I finally watched this episode of Best Wishes, and I admit that I wasn't very impressed. Despite it appearing that Ash indeed got to keep his Zuruggu after all, the whole episode still felt empty. I might also receive numerous death threats for saying this, but I'll say it anyway: I disliked Zuruggu. I thought I'd like it because it looked sort of funny in the previews, but it wasn't. Anyway, it was interesting Ash examining his Gym badges. You know, because he has OCD and he was afraid they might have run off if he didn't keep an eye on them all the time. Then Kibago noticed Ash's egg beginning to glow, and Ash and friends got all excited about that. Kibago then accidentally hit the egg and it went rolling. Haha. Luckily, Pikachu managed to catch it before it hit a rock, so no harm done I guess. The egg finally hatched ( I really liked that egg-hatching music that we got in there) and as many predicted, it contained a Zuruggu. It looked harmless enough, but then it used Leer and tried to Headbutt Pikachu for some reason. Ash then decided to teach Zuruggu how to battle. Either that, or to showcase its techniques (I don't care, really). Iris was surprised that Zuruggu only knew 2 moves, but then again, so did her own Kibago. Ash had Zuruggu attack Pikachu with Headbutt, but the attack didn't do much against Pikachu. Then Pikachu used a tiny Thunderbolt on Zuruggu, but even that looked like too much. Geez, the Zuruggu looked weak. Ash then sent out his other Pokemon to meet Zuruggu, and Mamepato tried to greet Zuruggu but it got attacked by Zuruggu. How rude! Mijumaru tried to greet Zuruggu, but was just attacked. It was so cute to see Pikachu and Pokabu having to hold Mijumaru back as it tried to fight lol. Mijumaru wasn't taking BS from the newbie though, and it attacked Zuruggu again, only to have its shell taken by Zuruggu. Mijumaru used Water Gun, but Zuruggu blocked most of it. It then Headbutted Pokabu. Haha, that was funny though. It looked like Zuruggu was really just out of control. Lol, problem, Ash? Zuruggu then tried to Headbutt the rock where Tsutarja stood, but Tsutarja managed to dodge that quite faaaabulously. You go girl! She then used Vine Whip to hold Zuruggu back. It looked like Zuruggu was going to attack Kibago next, but it hid in Iris's long hair. Well, I guess that's one way of avoiding trouble teehee, Though I wouldn't mind it if Kibago had gotten attacked, since it did almost kill Zuruggu while it was in the egg. Back in Shippou City, Team Rocket appeared all serious-like and they were seen talking to that Flint guy and it looked like they were going to target yet another building in the future. Geez, even this show's filler has filler. Anyway, that evening, Ash and his friends appeared to have stopped to feed their Pokemon. Ash tried to talk to Zuruggu, but it didn't seem to want to socialize or even eat. Well, Ash shouldn't have to beg it, anyway. Then we got another scene change to Team Rocket. Talk about bad pacing.
It appeared that Team Rocket had found the building that they had looked at via their laptop earlier. Anyway, in the next scene, Zuruggu appeared to have started eating, much to Ash's surprise. Zuruggu didn't want to go back into its Pokeball that night, however. Spoiled little brat. That night, Kibago woke up and noticed that Zuruggu was looking at the sky and then went missing, so it alerted Iris, who alerted Ash and Dent. They found Zuruggu Headbutting a tree, then a wild Denchura appeared! It looked sort of creepy at first, but then it looked cute. Ash and Pikachu were going to fight it, but Zuruggu wanted to fight instead. Denchura used Elecball and then ElecNet, which trapped Zuruggu. Pikachu managed to scare it away in the end, though. Just as Ash was talking to Zuruggu, it appeared to have suffered from one of Denchura's attacks. Iris managed to make some medicine though, which cured it. Huh, Iris is like the Brock of Best Wishes. Back in Shippou City, Team Rocket delivered the meteor to some scientist guy who ran some tests on it. It started glowing and for the first time in like 17 episodes, Team Rocket showed some emotion as they looked surprised. In the morning, Zuruggu woke up but returned to the forest to practice Headbutting again. Then, predictably, a bunch of Denchura appeared and Kibago had to go warn the others. Ash and friends then ran towards the forest, and arrived just as the Denchura were going to attack Zuruggu! I was impressed with Mamepato, Pokabu, Mijumaru, Tsutarja, and Pikachu's efforts as they fought back the Denchura. Looks like those bugs got squished. Ba-zing! It looked like Zuruggu gained some new respect for its fellow Pokemon after that battle, which was great character development I suppose. Well, almost, since Zuruggu still didn't like Kibago. Dent then said that Zuruggu and Kibago should battle, which I found odd. As the battle started, Zuruggu used Leer and then Headbutt on Kibago, while Kibago used Scratch on Zuruggu several times. After that, Iris had Kibago use its most potent attack: Dragon Rage! Only, Zuruggu used Headbutt before Kibago could finish charging it, which just caused an explosion that knocked out both Iris's Kibago and Ash's Zuruggu. Well, that was anti-climatic, to say the least. After the battle, Zuruggu allowed itself to return to the Pokeball, officially giving Ash a team of six Pokemon, which hasn't happened this early since the Kanto saga I believe (I don't care, really). Ash then did his little victory pose thing that he usually does when capturing a new Pokemon, and all seemed well with the world. It would appear that Ash would set his sights on Hiun City next. Well, the episode could've been worse. Like I said, I didn't find Zuruggu to be likable, but it sure was crazy in the beginning; what with attacking Pokemon with Headbutt for no apparent reason. I'm sort of sad that it went to Ash though, since Iris could use some love. Anyway, normal episode, 6.5/10. Stay faaaabulous~