*Sees Pokabu's backstory*
Me: "Oh come on...."
Wow, this was truly an amusing episode. Kind of made up for the slightly rushed feel of last episode.
I absolutely loved how Ash goes to battle that trainer, sends Pikachu first, Mijumaru comes out and demands that it battles, trainer sends out Futachimaru, Mijumaru is then, "never mind, you go ahead.". Wow, I'm really beginning to love Mijumaru.
Pokabu was quite cute... knowing what it evolves into still had me bothered. However, I nearly facepalmed upon seeing it's backstory.
Also, I loved the scene with Pikachu knocking over those boxes, then several other boxes fall onto him, then that metal plate. Awesome.
Okay, this should have occurred to Ash since he was told that Isshu doesn't have any older Pokemon, so why exactly did he suggest Bla-I mean, Umbreon? It's from Johto, they're in Isshu. There isn't supposed to be anything old there. Otherwise, having an excuse for Meowth to get painted like an Umbreon was hilarious. His expression after realizing was Jessie was up to was priceless.
Then him talking to the battle club guys was amusing, reveals that he isn't an Umbreon, casually walks past them, and then someone notices that he's probably the Meowth on the Camera.
And finally 4th time consecutively that Team Rocket has not blasted off. Wow, this is starting to get interesting.
I actually kind of hope Iris gets another Pokemon. Something tells me that she doesn't really want her Kibago to fight just yet, so she's trying to find something else before actually using it. I think she wants more than one Poke to fight with. If that makes any sense.
edit: One last thing: I noticed that this around they're using a lot of the game's soundtrack in this one. I heard: trainer battle theme, E4 theme (not battle, the pokemon league theme), victory theme (after having caught a Pokemon), and I'm pretty sure I heard a town/city theme as well.