9th May 2016, 8:29 PM
My favorite part was when the Gym building's windows broke + when Team Rocket cheered secretly for Ash and Pikachu.
10th May 2016, 1:37 AM
25th September 2016, 1:11 AM
Watching this again, I still can't believe how tall they made Matis look in the anime. He was almost twice as tall as Satoshi. The thing that I'll always remember is how Raichu got ravaged by Pikachu's speed. That and how the Rocket-dan supported Satoshi and Pikachu.
24th October 2016, 1:12 AM
This is such a classic episode. It was also the one that truly established Pikachu as the show's mascot for life. Him refusing to evolve proved that he is going to stay as he is through the rest of the series.~
22nd December 2016, 9:21 PM
Moderately good Gym episode. Pikachu's refusal to evolve was something to watch, as was its rematch with Raichu. TR cheering on Ash was something to see, too bad they barely ever do that anymore. Also, the explanation of no more moves after evolution was quite good.
4th March 2017, 6:42 AM
They do, though. Granted, not frequently, but we've seen them side with Ash dozens of times. I don't get why they took Pikachu's side here, though. It seemed forced.
Originally Posted by ZilverLox
5th March 2017, 4:46 AM
The Rocket-dan felt sympathetic towards Satoshi's Pikachu here because they saw how roughed up he was when Raichu beat him. Since they had been chasing Pikachu for weeks/months, they had gotten attached to him, as odd as it may sound.
Originally Posted by Wednesdayz
2nd April 2017, 8:22 PM
I think this is pretty much why they ended up not wanting to steal Raichu and sticking with Pikachu. At first I was confused about that, but it sort of makes sense now.
Originally Posted by datdimfb
4th April 2017, 3:05 AM
I think the decision was made because they had decided to make Pikachu the show's mascot, so evolving him would've been a bad idea.
Originally Posted by Mega Altaria
4th April 2017, 11:11 PM
Yeah, Pikachu was needed for mascot status, hence why he didn't evolved here. Ash owning Raichu would've been so weird.
Originally Posted by DarkLeviathan