The MC looks familiar for some reason, but I can't place my finger on who he reminds me of. In addition to the great battles (in spite of some one-hit KO's), I absolutely loved the little things in this episode, like Piplup pecking the heartbroken Brock, Pikachu and Elekid's little scuffle, Brock following his partner zombified, and Koffing's "OH SHI-". If one of the main characters were to win this, I'm really hoping the Soothe Bells prove to have some significance down the road, especially if they're dedicating a three-part arc to it.
Also, Chimmy and Pikachu giving each other the thumbs-up is unfortunately going to give way for more fuel to the "Chimchar should go to Ash" argument. Be prepared, folks.
Oh snap. Two non-snarky reviews in a row from me. Quick, somebody check my temperature. Preferably orally. Not the other way.