-The Castelia Gym looks much less ridiculous than it did in the games! Now it's just trees everywhere, instead of a mixture of honey walls & normal walls plastered with artwork.
-Come on, Burgh. Less babbling about how the forest-gym makes bug Pokemon happy and more battlng!
-There we go. Burgh leads with...Dwebble! Which has a lighter shell than Cilan's Dwebble, btw. I'm not sure why the animators felt the distinction was necessary when Cilan's not the one fighting here, but eh, whatever.
-Haha, Iris notices that they look different too. Burgh's Dwebble also seems to have sliiiightly more seperated eyes than Cilan's does. I can get the shell color difference, but bothering to draw THAT differently is kind of ridiculous!
-Using Protect once? Annoying, but I can deal with it. Using it again, right as Tepig goes in for a Nitro Charge? Christ, I know it's effective, but it's still boring as hell to watch.
-And Tepig is down. Hopefully the battle will get more interesting now that they've gotten the "look! Burgh's Pokemon are strong!" bit out of the way.
-Cilan:"Hm, Ash could use Oshawott since it's water type, or have Pikachu use Iron Tail..." Ash:"SEWADDLE, GO!!!" Oh, Ash.
-Pfft, Cilan & Iris' reactions to this are just great.
-STOP WITH THE GODDAMNED PROTECT, BURGH.
-Seriously, STOP IT. Unless this is leading up to an illustration of what happens when you repeatedly use Protect. But Burgh's been making sure to use other attacks in between each use of Protect, so...
-It's almost comedic how quickly Dwebble fainted once Ash caught it off-guard. That's what happens when you rely on Protect as your sole defense against attacks, jerk!
-Up next is: Whirlipede! AKA "the lamest part of the (still cool as hell) Venipede line."
-I retract my "Whirilipede is lame" statement. It just spun around like a goddamned buzzsaw!
-By the time Sewaddle actually gets an attack in, Whirlipede uses...Iron Defense. Oi.
-Burgh goes to finish Sewaddle off with...Solar Beam? But that's doubly not very effective against Sewaddle! Is Ash's refusal to make logical type matchups starting to rub off on his opponents?
-Sewaddle endures it, and...evolves! GREAT JOB, BURGH.
-The only bad part of this is that Swadloon is no longer eye-meltingly adorable.
-Apparently, Swadloon's string shots now shoot 3 strings at once. That's kinda weird.
-Whirilpede is down! Burgh should be embarassed that Ash is sweeping his gym with his specialty type, doncha think?
-Haha, Leavanny's entrance is dramatic enough to warrant the opening cutscene music from the games!
-JJ&M are eating up valuable screentime again. Apparently TR as a whole isn't too pleased with how the events of the postponed episodes went down. And...oh for FUCK'S sake Meowth, you're babbling about Pikachu again?
-...w...why are they doing the motto now?
-They're back in their white uniforms! And Meowth was obsessing about Pikachu again, so...oh dear god, PLEASE don't let this mean what I think it means. (or at least have the writers show some restaint by continuing to have TR-less episodes)
-My emotions of abject "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" aside, this is a pretty damned-well animated motto!
-Yep, they're just obsessing about Pikachu again. Fuck.
-Then a random human soul Pokemon...I mean, Yamask shows up.
-Jessie's about to attack the
human soul PokemonYamask, but James has a better idea...giving it Pokemon food! Because even spirits need to eat, I guess? At any rate, Yamask willingly joins James. Finally, people can stop whining that he doesn't have a Pokemon!
-Now back to your regularly scheduled "Pokemon VS its own evolution" battle. Swadloon starts with energy ball, and Leavanny uses...protect. *sigh*
-Swadloon gets hit with Hyper Beam and goes down. Yeah, sure, whatever.
-Oshawott pops out, and...manages to knock off its own shell while proudly beating its chest. THIS IS CLEARLY THE POKEMON THAT WILL WIN EVERYTHING FOR ASH!
-Then Ash decides to use Pikachu. Oshawott is devistated, to put it lightly.
-Burgh says stuff about Unova(presumably HEY THAT'S NOT A UNOVA POKEMON since that's clearly not gotten old yet), and...Cilan calls Pikachu Ash's vintage. Aww.
-How on earth is that String Shot supposed to have slowed Pika down? It's only BARELY interfering with one leg!
-And it's even interfering with Thunderbolt? I call bullshit!
-Blah blah battle blah blah Ash wins blah.
Honestly, I wasn't too fond of this episode. Burgh pulled off too much bullshit with Dwebble and Leavanny to hold my interest in their battles, and TR reverting back to their pre-BW ways was quite a letdown. (and before anyone goes HURP DURP WELL BW TR WAS ALSO BORING DERP DERP, this isn't the topic for that debate)
...although after doing my usual write-up, I read that TR actually disbanded(!!!), so...does that mean that JJ&M will just be wandering around forever, vainly hoping that they can get the team back together if they could only get that damned Pikachu? Well, whatever happens this...still isn't the topic to debate that!
EDIT: And now I hear that TR wasn't disbanded, Gio was just too busy to speak to JJM. Either way, I'm hoping TR continues their recent tradition of not taking up too much screentime. :<