I wasn't actually focused on May at all this episode. I was far more worried about Ash rushing Pikachu to Professor Birch's lab because it was very unhealthy due to TRio's magnet in the prior episode. So yeah, May is...kind of a ditzy brat when we first meet her in the anime. She's pretty hot for a 10 year old girl, but I can't say she left a good first impression on me when I first saw this episode. However, I did like her adventurous spirit about traveling. She was also pretty hilarious when trying to rescue Professor Birch using a Mudkip.
Veronica Taylor took over the role in the English dub, and I was very pleased with that. I was expecting yet another Lisa Ortiz (how I absolutely loathe her voices in this show: as much as I like her in Slayers, "UGH" is the best way to describe her in the Pokemon anime) role here. She starts off a bit shaky, but granted, she starts getting more comfortable in the role as she gets more familiar with it (the same can be said of her successor in the dub, Michele Knotz).
This was a good episode for Ash. A really sweet one, actually. Call me selfish but at this time his issue was really dire and you couldn't help but feel sad for him and Pikachu. That's why I liked this episode so much: it was a great way to kick off AG on a high note in his case. I also liked Professor Birch and enjoyed Dan Green voicing him greatly. The only regret I have about AG is that it dropped Misty and started certain character replacement, as opposed to merely retiring all older characters at the end of Johto.
Re-watching this episode also makes me miss Veronica Taylor as Ash and May, Eric Stuart as James, Rachael Lillis as Jessie, and Maddie B. as Meowth. Good times...good times.
Rating: 95/100 (A)
"If Pikachu becomes a Raichu, I might be able to win that badge. On the other hand, to make it evolve just to fight...I would be just like Surge...Pikachu, what do you want to do? I really wanna beat that Surge, but I also don't want to force you to evolve if you'd be happier staying the way you are now." -- OS Ash, ESS
1. The Anime: OS > AG > BW > DP > XY
2. The English Dub: 4Kids + TAJ Productions (Seasons 1-5) > 4Kids Entertainment (Seasons 6-8) > DuArt Film and Video (Seasons 11-Current) = TAJ Productions (Seasons 9-10)
3. The Games: XY > BW > RSE > GSC > Y > HGSS > DP > RBG
4. The Manga: RSE > RBY > BW > DPPT > GSC
5. Pokemon: The Origin: Excellent: 94.7/100.
6. The Movies: OS > AG > XY (Prediction) > DP = BW