OMG, that really was an emotionel ending! This episode easily ranks up there with the best Pokémon episodes apart from the league- battle eps from various leagues. This ep will surley be a classic Pokémon "season finale".
The part when we saw them at Dawn´s house was great, because we saw them preparing for the goodbyes and eat a last breakfast etc. It was so "well, now its only hours left..." moments. Then we have the Piplup segement when he runs away and that was really sad. We saw how he really wanted the journey to continue. The TR battle was cool and I thought it suited the end that Ash and Dawn combined their signature Pokémons in a great attack.
No Takuto, well that means that he lost to Cynthia (if they even battled, it was his prerogative but we don´t know if he did it) because she was still the defending Champion and Flint the challanger. I suppose the gap between E4 and the League- Champion is pretty huge then. But on one hand I thought this was for the best. Had Cynthia and Takuto met we would have seen the newly crowned league champion be destroyed, and THAT would have been strange (concidering what Pokémon he had), or we had seen Cynthia lost and THAT would have been even more strange. But just Cynthia defeat an E4 member is more like what we are used to. She really is number 1 in Sinnoh.
The end at the dock was great, Dawn really did felt what the loss of her best friends meant. That this was the end of an era and a time which never would come back. Final high five! Soooo GREAT! The final end at the Kanto - Pewter City roadsign was sad in it´s own way, know the freinds from so long really are on different paths. Great montage after that.
The music was great, it really did build up all the scenes and made it extremly emotionel to watch. Yes I was on the edge of crying, this ep really was that good.
Total score, 9,5/10
We say goodbye in the pouring rain
And I break down as you walk away.
'Cause all my life I felt this way
But I could never find the words to say
~ Stay by Hurts