I liked the fact that someone other than Ash fought a gym leader.
I disliked the fact that Dawn lost, horribly. She was no match for Maylene who was supposed to be weak...
A 6/10 just because of the battle.
Wow, Dawn got demolished. But she did go into a battle against a Fighting-Type Gym Leader with 2 Normal-Types so it was expected. Overall this was a good episode.
Not a bad episode, it was nice seeing another person of the main cast battling the Gym (Next we will see James doing it lol, although he did double team with a gym leader if that counts). Sinnoh is breaking all the rules lol, too bad Dawn lost but she did okay for her first time ever in a gym battle.
I really liked the idea of another person battling a Gym Leader instead of Ash. I also gotta give props to Buneary after its battle against Meditite. It really held its own against it.
Picking up where last episode left off, Maylene requests Dawn to give her a day to get ready for their gym battle, which Dawn agrees to. During that day's time, both Ash and Dawn do a little training. Ash works with Reggie to teach Staravia Brave Bird (Paul's Electabuzz is watching), while Dawn gets the help of Pikachu and some of Ash's other pokemon to be gym-battle ready. Staravia initially has trouble getting the hang of Brave Bird due to not having a moving target to focus on, so Ash volunteers to be the target. Ash narrowly dodges a few Brave Bird attacks, which I honestly wouldn't have taken too much notice of, since, as Brock tells Reggie, this is how Ash trains. But the surprise on Electabuzz's face and and the guilty look on Reggie's face (as Reggie says, he thinks maybe he should stop Ash, but of course you know he's not going to; Reggie is a really cool guy!) makes me stop and realize again how neat Ash really is. Electabuzz's and Dawn's expressions are particularly memorable for me b/c of how earlier in Sinnoh, both have thought Ash to be reckless in a negative way (well, Paul more than Electabuzz). But seeing Ash train, they realize how special that quality is; Ash knows what he's doing. Electabuzz's acknowledgement is much more important, as it marks a step forward in the Ash/Paul rivalry.
That night, Dawn talks to Ash and Brock about feeling a little nervous, to which Ash tells her how nervous he is going into any gym battle. Brock also gives a few encouraging words about some of his experiences as gym leader. I think this scene is overall quite beautiful, even if some of the things our heroes say are a little corny; but when Sinnoh ends, I think this scene so far is the best one to remember about the friendship among these three in this region.
The next day, Reggie is there for the gym battle, which almost doesn't happen as Dawn freezes when it's her turn to call out a pokemon. I like this scene very much, b/c it highlights how gym battles do have their own intense pressure that differs from contest battles. To be honest, I've at times felt gym battles are easier than contests, since you can challenge the gym leader whenever you want, plus can come back if you lose. But it's nice to see that gym battles do have a tough atmosphere as well, where all eyes are on you and only you for a long time, rather than 5 mins. Reggie's reaction is just so neat, as he observes Dawn's hesitation but makes no move to do anything. He's a very perceptive, laid-back guy; only very confident people who have been through many, many tough times and are self-reserved act this way (meaning, not me. Ha ha). Reggie is sympathetic, but I think he figures Dawn will work this out, or at the very least it's not his place to interfere.
Ash comes to the rescue, telling Dawn to lighten up and then reminding Maylene she's the gym leader (which I think means Maylene should be the one conducting the battle atmosphere, and encouraging Dawn to be relaxed). Maylene thanks Ash, and soothingly informs Dawn she can start whenever she's ready. The battle gets underway, and it's more entertaining than I thought it would be. Only thing I wish is that Ampibom didn't get 1 hit KO'ed by Lucario's Bone Rush, but otherwise everything is fine and fun to watch. I especially liked to see Ash so enthusiastic; he's on his feet for much of the match, almost as much as the referee.
The first time I saw Ash compete in a contest was pretty fun, and I think the first time seeing Dawn compete in a gym battle compares nicely.
I've never seen the first part of this arc, so this was the very first episode I've seen with Lucario in it!
When I first saw this episode, I immediately fell in love with Lucario (not in that way!) and his awesomeness! Lucario = The most awesome Pokemon ever!
Whenever Lucario used force palm, I always thought of Star Wars:
"Use the force(palm) Luc(ario)!
Claimed by me!
What would have happened if Dawn had beaten Maylene?
This goes to show us that just because Dawn looks good battling doesn't mean she was prepared for an actual gym. I felt sorry for her poor Pokemon.
My ideal battle ever!
This episode was very cool. It was cool to see Dawn have her 1st gym battle ever, with Maylene, so that they would both regain confidence in themselves again. The battle was really cool. Not very surprising that she lost the gym battle, but she did however put up a good fight. It was cool to see that Meditite knew Drain Punch. Too bad Buneary lost this battle after Drain Punch and Bounce collided. It was cool to see Ambipom block Drain Punch with its tail and finish Meditite off with Double Hit. It was cool to see Lucario using Bone Rush to defeat Ambipom. It's not surprising that Ambipom lost easily to Lucario. Lucario vs Piplup was a good battle. It was cool to see Force Palm for the 1st time, and that ended up being the finishing move.
Battling was pretty different the way Dawn thought it was. Usually she's always turning the attacks into something more big but that takes up too much time. Watching her and then watching Ash battle is like watching day turn to night.
Coolest Eevee evolution ever!
Shame mamoswine wasn't here. With that sort of power there's no way anything other than lucario would have survived. And mamo would have no qualms on straight up battling. A good ep regardless.
It was very interesting to watch Dawn battle a Gym Leader. Even though she lost and only defeated one of Maylene's Pokemon, I was actually quite impressed. I really liked several of the moves and strategies Dawn used, such as incorporating some of her contest strategies into the battle, how Buneary Bounced off of its ears, and how Piplup Pecked through Lucario's Aura Sphere. So, I think Dawn did a pretty good job considering that this was her first Gym battle ever and the fact that she is focused on contests and not the Pokemon League challenge.
Dawn definitely did much better than I was expecting.
Also, I liked that Maylene got her confidence back & I liked watching Ash train Staravia to learn Brave Bird.
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This episode Picked up where last episode left off, Maylene is getting a day off to get ready for her and Dawn's gym battle. During the day's time, Ash tries to teach Staravia Brave Bird. on the other hand, Dawn trains for the gym battle with the help of Ash's Pokémon.
I liked the scene where Staravia has having trouble getting the balance of Brave Bird and Ash makes himslef the target for Starvia. Starvia makes Ash it's target and uses Brave Bird, but Ash dodges a few Brave Bird attacks. Starvia's Brave Bird starts to become more accurate in the process. I thought Ash's training method was cool, It's nice to see Starvia learning Brave Bird with the help of Ash.
In the next day, after some rather boring scenes with Reggie....Dawn and Maylene's battle begins.
Ampibom defeated Metitie, but it terribly got One-hit-KO'ed by Lucario's Bone Rush. Burneary and Piplup also put up a good battle aganist Maylene's Pokémon.....but they ended up losing. Dawn's Pokémon were inexperienced compared to Maylene's Pokémon, so it was expected. But at least Dawn put up a good fight against Maylene with her Pokémon, which was nice. Maylene got her confidence back and now she's ready to battle Ash.
Overall, this episode was good. It was nice see someone other Ash battling a gym battle.
I was impressed by Reggie's Staraptor's Brave Bird attack, and I liked that Ash's Staravia started learning it as well and the look on Paul's Electabuzz's face was priceless. Anyway, Team Rocket watching Dawn and Maylene's battle was interesting, and I cheered when Dawn's Ambipom slayed Maylene's Meditite after Buneary failed to do that.
This episode made me realize Dawn would have been just as good at doing Gyms had her mother not brainwashed her to become a coordinator at both. Pretty much a shame this is the only Gym leader Dawn battled, it would have been nice to see her battle another.
This episode was a brief taste of what a female companion would be as an actual battler challenging Gyms. Since we never go this ever again with anyone else.
Anyways I loved this episode, Dawn showed that she had some potential if she decided to challenge gyms. 10/10
Credit goes to Cresselia92