27th August 2012, 11:58 PM
Ash and his imaginations LOL.
Well, this episode introduced the Pokémon Ash has the longest (excluding Pikachu) and I did like the personality they gave it. I always enjoyed the Kanto starter arch because Ash probably got some of the most characteristically Pokémon he got during the entire Kanto and Orange Islands sagas (Immature and hilarious Squirtle, mature and stubborn Bulbasaur and the fighter Charmander)
Therefore, this episode was unsurprisingly, really enjoyable to watch and to see the roots of a epic Pokémon.
28th August 2012, 5:18 AM
Melanie told Bulbasaur to go with Ash, it agreed but wanted a battle first. Bulbasaur kinda was given to Ash.
Originally Posted by octopusG44
Torterra (when it was a Turtwig), and Aipom were other pokemon who decided to join Ash but wanted to battle him first.
29th September 2012, 4:11 PM
^ Battling it is enough for me.
As for the episode, it was alright. Bulbasaur is my favorite of Ash's starters, so it's great to see he finally captured one. Charmander's okay, but I still prefer Bulbasaur. I also like that fainted pokemon can still be captured. It makes more sense than being swallowed by a hole in the ground.
And Brock, stop beating up Misty. It's already so blatantly obvious what you want to do with Melanie.
14th November 2012, 12:34 AM
A good episode introducing Ash's Bulbasaur, I liked Misty's interactions with Oddish, it was really sweet. However, it was very disrespectful when Bulbasaur tackled Misty in such a rough manner thinking it was going to harm Oddish when she would never do such a thing. The COTD was really nice, I liked how she took care of all the abandoned Pokemon.
15th November 2012, 10:38 PM
No not really considering Bulbasaur wanted to protect his fellow pokemon, and besides she tried to catch it earlier and that could have pissed him off. Bulbasaur had every right to tackle Misty at least IMO.
Originally Posted by Angel~
2nd December 2012, 2:43 AM
You monster Bulbasaur!! Why would you hurt Starmie like that?! xD Well, at least Starmie got another win. Even though it was a wild Pokemon. And Ash now has Bulbasaur. And this is where it starts with his Starter Pokemon thingy. Misty touched another Staryu!!
8th December 2012, 1:55 AM
I wish Misty would of captured that Oddish. It would of been interesting to see her with something besides a Water or a Normal type
28th December 2012, 1:23 AM
Bulbasaur has always been my favorite starter (not including Pikachu and Squirtle is close with a second place) and I really loved the way they handle this episode and Bulbasaurs character. He is protecting this village like a boss and he has the mentality as a winner.
To bad he lost so many rounds during the first seasons (although he won much more in season 4 or something).
31st October 2013, 4:21 AM
Ahh, episode 10. For one thing, it's the start of the (long journey of) double digits, there are 72 episodes left to go before the Indigo League finishes. The other is it's known for the appearance and capture of Bulbasaur. It's been a while since Ash caught a new Pokémon, so it's about time he got a new team member. But who would've thought that he would get one of the three starters he missed on his first day? (...oh wait, the theme song spoiled it... err...)
I recall this being one of my favorite episodes, but looking at it now, the pacing was really... weird. At least when it compares to Charmander's and Squirtle's episodes, Bulbasaur's feels a bit off. It could be because there's no real conflict (Team Rocket showing up by the end with their... stadium float was a joke, let's be honest). Or it could be Bulbasaur was not given a backstory. We just know he's there as a bodyguard, but why he was there in the first place was never explained, though according to Bulbapedia he was technically Melanie's. The only thing that was interesting about Bulbasaur was that he had a bit of an attitude, which he keeps throughout the series (though he does mellow out a bit eventually). However, as Melanie said—and does turn out to be true—he is loyal. He indeed becomes one of Ash's most loyal and trusted Pokémon over time, sticking with Ash the longest besides Pikachu. It also becomes more apparent that he is one of the more mature Pokémon, though that characteristic can still be seen here. In a way, Bulbasaur has become one of my favorite characters because of that slow, subtle progression. Squirtle and Charmander were more way out there than he, but Bulbasaur's quiet demeanor has always stuck with me.
The one slight problem I have with Bulbasaur is that he warmed up too quickly toward Ash to allow him to battle it. Since we learn that Bulbasaur is a bit cynical towards Ash's loyalty for a while, why did he decide to give Ash a chance? Squirtle and Charmander I can understand warming up to Ash, but that was probably because there was time in between their first meeting and the capture that—not even a full day has gone by here. Still, his fight with Pikachu, while sadly short, was neat to see. His defeat by a Thunderbolt was a bit... cruel, since it looks like he got cooked. But his expression when the PokéBall hit him was great, almost like he couldn't believe what just happened.
Looking more at the episode, the beginning confuses me. How could Misty not know Oddish was a Grass-type, not a Water-type? You would think the leaves on its head would be a dead give-away, though I guess she does have a soft spot for cute things. It wouldn't be the last time she tries to get a Pokémon that's not a Water-type, but it still was an odd moment.
Ash apparently had a thing with pirates in this episode... okay. I also noticed that he might've crushed on Melanie if she was a pirate... or if he wasn't so into pirates to ask that question... I dunno. But speaking of Melanie, she's not a bad character-of-the-day, but her personality isn't that strong to me. She may be soft-spoken and kind (even though she set up those traps o-O), but that's not really enough for me to like her, let alone have her be memorable to me. She's also the first girl that Brock was actually developing (his usual) feelings toward, since I'm not counting Giselle due to her being a bit underage (Officer Jenny could count as well, but he wasn't blushing like mad and acting like a kid flustered over a crush). He sure took the rejection well, though—and I have a feeling this is the last time he's that mature over it. Best funny parts were when Misty teases Brock, her facial expressions were priceless. A shame she ends up not keeping that personality, but whatever.
Once again, Team Rocket is the butt monkey, doing nothing very productive in this episode. A shame, too, as this is the first gadget we see Team Rocket using that they get from Giovanni—though we don't know this at this point in time. I say it's a shame because... it's a weird machine. “Flying stadium”. Really? They couldn't go with anything more threatening? And how did Pidgeotto manage to blow it away? I don't care that balloons are attached to it, it looks like it has weight to it.
Even though it's been pointed out, for fun, here's the screenshot of the mistake where Bulbasaur's bulb looks like it got a bite taken out of it. Okay, yeah, it fits the shape of Ash's hands perfectly, but still, that made me double-take.
“Let's just hope our heroes don't take anymore shortcuts, or we may never get there.”
Pfft, so much for being the omnipresent narrator. But at least he (and us, I suppose) should be glad that we don't have to wait almost 30 episodes in between badges this early in the show. Those were a long several weeks as a kid, and I think they had a few more episodes they aired out of sequence.
Last edited by Kutie Pie; 31st October 2013 at 4:26 AM.
14th December 2013, 11:36 PM
Cool to watch this episode this morning...it had been so long since I'd seen any of the early episodes. Odd to hear the original dub voices, fun to see Ash and Misty's then-traditional "old married couple" arguments, blast from the past to see Butterfree and Pidgeotto. Good times.
18th December 2013, 11:22 AM
just rewatched this episode still like it alot
16th July 2014, 7:41 AM
So, we get to see Ash receive the first starter he missed out on when he started his journey.
Bulbasaur looked like he was more knocked out/fainted than just weakened during battle. Then again, this is the show. The show and the games aren't equal.
10th November 2014, 8:52 AM
I was surprised that Misty wanted to catch Oddish given that it wasn't even a Water-type. Anyway, seeing Brock fall off the bridge looked intense, and I cackled at Ash's monologue while trapped in the net. I liked that Bulbasaur was the protector of a bunch of wild Pokemon and a natural-born leader as well. TR's stadium thing was random though imo.