This was way better than Darkrai vs. Cresselia.
Let's face it - the anime depicts legends poorly as a general rule of thumb. And while this was probably deserving of an additional episode and you can cry all day about the Regi releases of Regigigas' apparent healing power (I'll get to that one later), I can't say I was too disappointed with this one.
The opening minutes were completely awesome, from the almost movie-esque battle against the Battle Pyramid itself to J dauntingly walking up to Regigigas' shrine and going batshit on it with Salamence, totally disregarding anything the gang had to say. Much of this episode felt like a movie, actually. You know, the movie that Regigigas actually deserved (sorry, Shaymin). And you know I just loved Regigigas doing the boogie with random Hyper Beams once being awakened. He hasn't boogied for centuries; give the guy a freaking break!
Manipulating the smaller Regis' power was a nice touch, and speaking of the mutating bowling ball that is Regigigas and its power, I'm not annoyed about his revival abilities. After all, did he not create and mold Regirock, Regice, and Registeel and give them life? Regigigas gave life to inanimate objects, people. The Platinum Dex entry basically spells it out. Also loved Brock's scheme for breaking out of String Shot. One of the most clever uses of Croagunk.
I loved Brandon getting emotional over his fallen Regis. It's something you don't expect from a character who was previously portrayed as totally no-nonsense. It was very dramatic and you can tell how much freaking guts the guy has for leaping straight into J's beam. The slow motion effect as he fell into Regigigas' hands really added a lot, methinks. And we finally have evidence that J's beam is, indeed, breakable, rendering her totally powerless. I still hope we get an all-out battle with J's Pokemon one of these days, however.
Let's face it, folks - we aren't gonna be seeing Jindai after this. We were lucky enough to get him again in the first place, and I'm glad the writers chose to have him go out with a bang. I still stand by my statement that he's the strongest trainer we've seen in this series aside from perhaps the regional champions, and he was treated well in the anime.
J has yet to disappoint with her sheer heartlessness, and I give major props to the writers for never watering her down once. From sacrificing her own men to burning down a forest to turning Jindai to stone and leaving him there, she is the outright raw villain that this series somehow thrived without for so long. I'm also very glad they gave her to Iwane. And the BGM? Oh, how I pity you dub viewers with this one. Heavily Movie 7-based.
All in all, this episode had enough action to be spread out over an additional episode, so the ending was a little rushed, but regardless of whether you're upset about Brandon's releases (seriously, folks, we'll never see him again), I highly enjoyed this. Not only was this far better than Regigigas' Movie 11 role, but the action here was movie-quality anyways, which has basically become the standard for J episodes. We hadn't seen her in quite some time, and apparently her role with Galactic is still up in the air, as I didn't hear (i.e. understand) anything from her about it.