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    Wow, for an E4 member, Aaron sure got his butt handed too him. I know bug Pokemon aren't the strongest type out there, but you'd think, being an E4 member, he'd put up more of a fight.

    Glad Aaron got his Wurmple back as a beautiful Beautifly!
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    For some reason his bug Pokemon in Platinum are just terrible to beat. But in the anime, they made his seems like Caterpie and Wurmple.
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    I am glad that a bug type trainer is in the elite four

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    This is a bit of a difficult episode to review, in that the character it focuses on is one that is not really supposed to be judged, but listened to. And that is essentially what Ash and company do; they do not criticize Aaron for his actions as a child, nor do they try to make him feel better. As with Dawn's mother's rival at the contest a little while ago, Aaron is a flawed character, and thus he's realistic. But, again, his flaws are really not meant to be criticized, or treated with sympathy; nor his is hard work ethic or his devotion of his battling style towards bug pokemon as a sort of apology meant to be honored. But, in order to really "live," I guess, meeting different sorts of people and hearing their stories is just necessary. It's a part of growing up, and is helpful in appreciating the world and who you are. And that goes for Ash, Dawn, and Brock too. But more for Ash and Dawn, and probably most for Ash in this particular episode.

    Aaron's character is developed really well heading into his childhood story, so that his flashback to Wurple is believable. He likes to show off; his public training session at the beginning is evidence of that-and I doubt he's very irritated that most of his audience is comprised of screaming girls. He also doesn't seem to have much creativity in his training, nor a real "spark," if you will. He training of his pokemon is focused on accuracy, with little innovation there; and it sort of shows later on, when his pokemon are captured by TR-Pikachu and Piplup are pretty much the leaders of that gang, with Aaron's pokemon looking a little disoriented w/o their trainer. Aaron's reasoning for taking Ash and the group to his training facility is, again, a show of pride. But it's believable and needed, too; after all, there has to be a good reason for why he would take them there. And the good reason is a "realistic" one: Dawn mentions the trio's adventure with Cynthia a little while back, and so Aaron decides to show off how hard he works, which, in his mind-I think-is a way of indirectly showing off to Cynthia. And he certainly succeeds, with Dawn saying essentially what Jenny said at the beginning of the episode: Aaron's training regime is what you would expect of the elite 4. Ash doesn't take that sitting down, and (politely, mind you) gets on a bike and starts pedaling at a really high speed. Aaron and Brock are aware of why Ash is doing this; but Ash maintains his dignity in the end, although he does wear himself out.

    After that, the group are sitting outside, and the topic comes to bug pokemon. Ash remarks how Caterpie was his first pokemon, and how he thinks about it a lot. The way he tells his story (expressions-wise), you can see, that even though he misses it, he's satisfied as a trainer that he did his best to make it happy. His flashback (just for him; he doesn't say this, at least not in the dub, but thinks about it) image is of Butterfly flying off with the female Butterfree, and he's smiling thinking about it. Dawn's smiling as well, listening to the story, and I think that's important if just b/c, even w/o really knowing the story, she can feel that Ash is happy about what he did for Butterfree. Brock is smiling as well (he was there, of course). Aaron doesn't really get it, though, at least I don't think. Dawn's smile is a sincere one, if you will; Aaron though, is just saying the polite things he's supposed to say. As if, "of course this kid is going to try to impress me with stories of bug pokemon; I am a member of the elite 4, after all." The story has no real impact, and no real meaning for him. And by now, I feel like this episode is drawing some comparisons b/w Ash and Aaron. These two characters are really different. First, in the way they train. And second, as we find out later on, in the way they really care for their pokemon-and these two are a little linked, I think. Ash is more spirited, more creative; he works hard, of course, but I don't think he works the hardest. He works within his limits, understanding (since about the BF, I think) that it's his unique style that will give him a chance to one day succeed in defeating a champion like Cynthia. He does not work his pokemon or himself from morning to about afternoon, either; he treats them as living things, things that need to live themselves and grow. I think this is what Cynthia has tried to emphasize to him, as well, in the brief time they've been together. Aaron's goal in bringing the trio here is to show that he trains harder than Cynthia; and he probably does. The gang are conscious of his upcoming battle with Cynthia constantly throughout the episode. But Cynthia is not that sort of person; she enjoys life a good deal, and in doing so, she has a real creative, focused side to her as well. We only see that side of her when she battles, which is really rare; and so, most of the time, she feels like a "normal" human being (although she's quite exceptional, confident and elegant: someone I really wish I could be like). In her last appearance, it wasn't till the very end of the TG arc that Ash was reminded that she is the champion, and so must take on new challengers when requested to by the league (or whoever's in charge of setting up the battles). And I think that's honestly why Cynthia is the superior trainer compared to Aaron. And that's also why Ash has a chance to be better, too. He understands life, pokemon, and battling on a level that Aaron just does not. Hard work is important, but not to a strict regime, so that's it's turned into basically a show, as it has for Aaron. Ash has much more spirit, and creativity, in the way he trains (this region, and eventually the next-I know it's coming, eventually!). And although we're never shown her training, I imagine Cynthia's style is something similar does, if only b/c we're never shown it, meaning it's not something that consumes her life.

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    This episode was ok... It was cool to see Elite 4 Aaron for the 1st time. He really looks young for an Elite 4 member. It was great that he was able to reunite with the Pokemon he left, Wurmple, but this time it had already evolved into Beautifly and stepped in to save everybody. I'm surprised at how forgiving Wurmple was even though Aaron abanded it.

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    I think people should stop trollin' i mean it wasn't the best ep ever but they tried to keep it to the e4 arc didn't they??!!
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    I liked that Aaron showcased his Drapion and Vespiquen at the start, although his Skorupi felt really redundant in my opinion. I was also surprised that he had fangirls. Anyway, I loved seeing rarely showcased Bug-types like Surskit and Ledyba appear here, and Aaron reuniting with Beautifly was sweet even if he abandoned it as a Wurmple.

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