Now Shinji, on the other hand, obviously knows deep inside that Satoshi is a worthwhile rival, otherwise he wouldn't stalk him like the stalker he is (remember that Pikachu/Raichu episode where he tagged around to see if his instincts about Satoshi were correct?), yet he wouldn't outright admit it because he's a b**** of a man-child, and instead choose to go the "I'm much tougher than you" alpha male attitude. Yeah. Real swell guy. Unlike some other rival I know that put Satoshi on an equal footing.
Besides, it's not like Satoshi is going to suddenly turn bright through this kind of writing. All this does is feed the Satoshi-haters and fan the flames for trolls everywhere. Unless the writers decided to stick with the change in attitude for Satoshi and make him the copy and pasted version of Red (and pretty much every real life Pokemon players out there), this was a pointless action to take.
Last edited by Lionel; 7th September 2014 at 3:44 AM.
Seriously? You're calling Satoshi's actions those of a stalker? How shallow can you be? He's a ten year old trying to put people on equal footing, something many ten year old brats out there wouldn't even try to do, and he gets called a stalker. Yeah... Real nice.
Here's a little phrase for you, "Treat others as you would like them to treat you." This might help you figure out why Satoshi is all friendly and nice towards Shinji despite his tough-man attitude. I would say this makes him a bigger man than Shinji, if anything. But of course, none of that idealistic values mean much to your cynical soul, I'm sure.
Also, the reason I brought up Shigeru post-rivalry is because it wasn't even really a 'post-rivalry'. Shigeru still acted as a critic on Satoshi's battling skills post-Johto, so he could still be considered Satoshi's rival on some level. Furthermore, their exchange of dialogues in AG and DP were probably some of the best character development since the OS, since you could see how the both of them (or rather just Shigeru really) have grown since the first few seasons, which is why I brought it up to show how childish Shinji can be. And save me that "Satoshi and Shinji got friendly post-rivalry" crap. We're talking about Shinji's attitude in this episode alone, not some far-off distant episodes.
Satoshi's skills aside, you're seriously rooting for this scumbag? I'm hardly surprised, of course. His military regime grinding down his Pokemon resulted in something similar to the Stockholm Syndrome, but instead of that, we have the 50 Shades of Abuse version where the Pokemon felt that such abuse was really necessary because of both the writers and the characters' ignorance to what's going on with Shinji's training. From the way his degrading eyes looked down on other Pokemon, releasing them as a means of labeling them as "worthless" to his reckless attitude to plow through his enemies with suicide tactics, I'd pretty much call this guy an abusive trainer, not a good trainer. A good battler? Perhaps. But as a trainer? Give me a break. Satoshi might be thick-headed, but he's ten times the trainer Shinji ever was, specifically because he knows how to balance out the harsh and the idealistic... at least until the writers decided to circle-jerk in BW, that is.
But even before BW, in DP, you could easily see that Satoshi knows when to pull the leash, his treatment of Gliscor being the best example.
Finally got to watch the episode prior to this one, and I don't need to finish watching these two episodes to know why Shinji ultimately won in the end. It's the same reason why L was so effective against Kira in Death Note - Shinji's tactics were made to tackle Satoshi's Pokemon alone.
He knew beforehand the kind of Pokemon Satoshi held in hand, and the moves/abilities they would have, hence his predicting skills were so effective. Shinji might as well have been a noob Pokemon player battling a gym leader in-game, because that's the same level of challenge Satoshi gave him. I could plan just as easily against a gym leader whose Pokemon I've studied, despite being a poor battler at Battle Frontier.
In Satoshi's defense, he was always the kind of casual trainer who only battles with the Pokemon he likes - and there's nothing wrong with that. Shinji is the competitive battler, using prediction skills and strategies in every battle... not that it matters in this fluke of a match anyway, because he read Satoshi's moves like an open book. Satoshi still fared pretty well though, from what I could see so far. I was honestly surprised when he returned Buoysel when fighting against Torterra. This was probably because it's a "must-win" match for Satoshi, so he didn't take the usual "trust in your Pokemon despite type disadvantage" routine.
Honestly, I could relate to him in terms of battle techniques. Most of the time, "offense is the best defense" is my thought as well, because OHKO sweeper techniques are still considered proper and legit tactics, even by Smogon's standards. Give me stallers and tanks and I wouldn't utilize them properly, though the "Toxic/Subseed" technique remain as one of my favorites.
Anyway, about some of the things discussed earlier... the point of these two episodes don't really occur to me as a "let's put down Satoshi" moment. By the way, Satoshi didn't say "Why Stone Edge?" in the original version; he merely remarked "He said "Stone Edge"" in surprise. I know I'd be a little surprised anyway, considering the Grass/Ground type of Torterra. Aside from that, Satoshi is handling it quite well from what I could see so far. I'm at the 18 minute mark of Part 1, and Electabuzz just used Light Screen against the Grass Type Grotle's Energy Ball. Nice typing strategies on Satoshi's part btw, and again, it's quite obvious at this point that Shinji is merely winning because of the above prediction technique. Given a proper unprepared battle, he'd be Batman without Prep Time and go down as if Bats went against Supes.
I'm less angry about these two episodes for now. The fan reactions gave me the wrong idea, especially with a certain "dark master"'s comments adding to the fuel. Ah well.
I loved how Pikachu got Burned status from Magmortar's Flame Body and I really thought that Ash's Buizel would shine against Magmortar, only for Paul to use Ursaring to knock poor Buizel out. I screamed when Staraptor and Pikachu both lost to Ursaring as well and I was relieved when Chimchar finally knocked him down a beg despite him losing eventually.
Paul really decimated Ash in this one,he analyzed every move Ash made and countered it.It's too bad Paul didn't use the same lineup against Ash at the League,I guess he used a new team to shake things up.
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Ash had no solid plan of action so him losing wasn't surprising. I wish he had lost in the previous episode so that this match hadn't dragged on so much. 5.5/10
Wow Paul's Ursaring seemed unstoppable when it defeated Buizel, Pikachu and Staraptor. When Chimchar evolved into Monferno I was expecting Ash to win the whole match, but sadly he still lost.
I had a feeling Ash would lose here since Paul was using much better strategies than him + Ash was nowhere close to being on Paul's level.
Paul was able to put up a good match up as Ash makes the first move and choice of his Pokemon. Although Ash lost, it was a good fight. I think Monferno will eventually evolve into Infernape and it will be a powerhouse in Ash's DP team.