Saw the pictures. Looks like a great episode to me, can't wait to watch it.
Pansage has Rock Tomb now, kind of feels odd to me. Pansear has Flame Charge, Fire Blast, and Solar Beam.
Some of Ash's Pokemon got some training in.
I would have liked Cress to appear in the flesh, but over the phone and a flashback is good enough.
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I didn't see anything I didn't like.
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Pansear learns Solarbeam, huh... interesting. I love when non-main in-game characters' Pokemon learn unusual attacks on-screen.
Yes, that was a serious comment. I really did like that.
So Cilian's Pansage learns Rock Tomb, well I am glad it got some development.
There was nothing I didn't like about this episode. Oshawott can get wins at the gym battle, Pansage and Pansear with new moves is great, Chili and Cress appearing is also amazing, and them teaching Pansear Solar Beam to help beat Water-Types is also great.
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Cilan's Pansage learns Rock Tomb offscreen: a-ok.
Iris's Emolga learns to battle without Volt Switch when it has to: ASFDDJBG,KBNNBHHHHMMVDSFGBNHHHHH MARY SUE MARY SUE KILL IT
Other than that, while I find this episode quite boring, I won't complain too much because it was clearly fanservice aimed at people who like a character I don't. The one thing I don't get is how Chili winning the second fight is necessarily good for his development... if he would have lost again, he could have learned a better lesson about how to get stronger. All the dumping on Oshawott lately is kind of strange too, unless it's leading up to a surprise in the Clay battle.
In the end, though, aside from fanservice, what was the need of this episode really? Chili's development is not going to be relevant to much in the end. I mean, if the episode was about Pansage learning Rock Tomb, at least it would have relevance to the main cast. It's not that there's anything wrong with a fanservice episode once in a while, but I just want to know if there was something I missed in this episode's core.
Considering Brock's family and Misty's sisters reappeared a few times, it was obvious they would focus on Cilan's brothers again.
Nice episode, at least it isn't about some random COTD like in the last batch of BW fillers.
This isn't BW013, don't be silly. This isn't fanservice, this is sweet brotherly love X3
It's nice that we got to see Pod come back, and I'm really happy that he won at the end. If he didn't (given Pod's attitude) that could very well lead him to stage 1 again ^^;
Honestly, Oshawott put up a GREAT fight, I dont' see why people are upset about that :x
Seeing Chili again was very enjoyable and I do love the whole bromance going on between Pansear and Pansage. It was great to see Chili redeem himself after losing to Ash, Trip, Burgund, and Cilan, but I'm really disappointed that all to prove he's not weak, they choose Oshawott to be his victim and he's been nothing but a punching bag lately. And in all honesty, having him fight Cilan again(maybe against Dwebble or Pansage again) and beat him would be far more redeeming for Chili since Cilan is far better as a trainer than Chili is, and maybe even Ash at the moment.
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another episode that was imho a waste of time.
Wonder when the anime will step it up again.
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This episode was ok... It was cool to see Baoppu again. Yanappu really was glad to see Baoppu again. It was very funny seeing Baoppu getting mad at Chili and taking out its anger on him. Nice to see Ash training Tsutarja, Pikachu and Pokabu in the beginning. It was great seeing Baoppu finally get an on-air win, plus it was vs Mijumaru. That makes up for Baoppu's on-air losses. It was nice seeing Baoppu, Yanappu and the others training and getting stronger together. Ash was very funny refereeing for the 1st time, even saying the wrong things. Cress had only a short appearance... but it's better than not seeing him at all. Cilan really helped out Chili very well and gave good advice.
I love me some Oshawott and I'm not upset he lost. They pretty much set it up that way so I don't see how anyone could be upset about that. He put up a great fight.
I liked this episode overall even though there was a whole lot of talking that I could've just done without.
You're really answering your own question when it comes to why I think this was fanservice - the episode was entirely focused on the sibling of the main character with the most intense fanbase, was created because of a plot point you recognize has been sustained by said fans, and ended with the fan-favorite character's sibling winning an improbable and largely pointless victory against the actual main character. That adds up to look like quite the proverbial wet dream for a fan of him.
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Anyways, it did help Dento either way (teaching others is a great way to learn and get better. Sure, we didn't learn anything about his past but that can be for another time).
I don't get how this is a "fanservice" episode at all. If that's the case they should have given us pics of Dento and Pod shirtless while they were at it.Dento/Pod/Corn are part of a trio and it's great that all three of them got to interact.
In my opinion, Dento's goal is completely different from Ash and Iris's. From how they learn from experience (by losing) isn't how Sommeliers would grow and progress at all. Sure they might battle once in a while, but that's not really how grow. If anything, battling for Sommeliers is strengthening their bond with their Pokemon, not improving their "tastings" (evaluations).
Still brother or not, the episode was made also to showcase his skills as a sommelier and even Satoshi seemed to picked something from the diferent typing moves advice and I hope he does something with it in the future.
Well I don't know how intense they are, I know poke_maniac is but I don't know how big it is in Japan, I would assume it is due to the VA and all, I don't think anything was pointless episode though like I said like it or not it expanded on him, dang we almost ddidnt even have Dent doing is shenanigans like he does in his "hobby" episodes, I seriously think this episode wasn't fanservice, if the fanservice is just bringing back a character and make an actualy good plot with it sure.
I dont know if you remember but people have said for ages that Pod was losing and losing and losing, some users actually suggested he would appear and win something, the writers apparently were also noticing that and actually gave him a cool episode to give his confidence back and give him a win.
I though the plot and the episode was well thoguh and I don't think it was driven by any fanservice demands, like I said after him losing repeatedly and seeing this episode, I am assuming the writers though of doing this from the start.
-Today, Ash is having Tepig, Snivy, and Pikachu do some target practice. I like how they're going out of their way to show Ash actively training these days.
-Oh look, it's Chili! Dento is understandably confused about why he's in Driftveil, but apparently Chili's set off on his own journey. But more importantly, Chili challenges Dento to a battle!
-Aw, Pansage and Pansear are buddies. :3
-When the hell did Pansage learn Rock Tomb?
-Unsurprisingly, SHOOT FIRE AT THINGS UNTIL THEY DIE doesn't do so well against actual strategy. And even less surprisingly, Ash is a bad referree.
-Then Pansear gets mad at Chili, but it's impossible for me to take it seriously because of its little monkey voice.
-Pansear ends up running off, and Chili's too stubborn to go apologize. Shortly afterward, Dento calls Cress, and...it turns out Chili was lying about why he wasn't at the gym! He ran away without a word after Cress said "well you could get better at battling by changing your style" to him after his losing streak got him down. Looks like someone can't handle constructive criticism.
-Chili is eating his stress away. With donuts. A lot of donuts. Everyone cheers him up a bit, and they go off to find Pansear. Which is eating its stress away. With apples.
-Apparently Chili has a dream of opening up Unova's first fire gym. Way to say he doesn't care much about the gym he's part owner of now!
-Once everyone's happy again, Dento evaluates Chili and Pansear...and notes a big problem. Pansear only knows fire moves! But teaching it Solarbeam will help with that problem, *and* help it against Water types.
-Then we get a delightfully hippie moment as everyone stands with their arms outstreched and appreciates the sun.
-Chili decides to fight Ash to test out Pansear's new attack, and Oshawott volunteers itself to battle for Ash. And Chili's first command is...Fire Blast. (which is deflected with Water Gun) Then Fire Punch. (which is repelled with Razor Shell) This is why Dento was telling you to branch out your moves a bit, dude.
-Of course, Chili wins the instant he commands Solar Beam.
Pretty good episode, though it's definitely one I'd appreciate more if I could understand everything that's said. Although the episode focused on Chili, we did learn a thing or two about Cilan; if nothing else, it was nice to see exactly what he's getting out of traveling with Ash(he's learning balance from him!).
But less importantly, posts on another forum taught me that all three Striaton gym brothers have slightly different pant lengths. I'm impressed that someone decided to put that detail in, and more impressed(...but in a rather different way) that anyone actually noticed it(I sure as hell didn't until it was pointed out to me).
And even if it is fanservice, I don't see how that's automatically a bad thing. Then again, I don't really dislike any of the characters in BW, so maybe it's different if you actively hate Cilan/Iris/whoever.
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Disappointed that Cilan's pokemon have been displayed yet again learning moves off screen...but then people will justify this by saying that he has been doing a lot of off screen training, doing a lot of "connoisseur talk". Especially with Pansage, who is his signature pokemon, people will say that Cilan's pre-existing history as a gym leader as well as his past experience with Pansage, is enough to justify learning these moves off screen and so quickly.
I feel as if people are being mislead by an illusion of how Cilan's skills are displayed. Ash is a trainer who acts primarily out of instinct. There's no specific way how Ash structures his training. His style is very free-spirited and unrestrained. Cilan is the exact opposite of that. He uses his knowledge as a connoisseur to evaluate the relationship between a trainer and their pokemon. Using that skill, he makes well-thought-out and organized decisions on how to act in a battle.
In this episode, Cilan talks about balance and what not, and he has his pansage use rock type attacks to fight against Chilli's Pansear. Also, using Pansage against Pansear put Cilan at a type disadvatage, a situation that Ash has also been in. Using super effective attacks for a pokemon who has a type disadvantage to promote his idea of "balance" and how "type isn't everything" suggest that from all of Cilan's observations, he's perfectly adopted Ash's approach to battling with no difficulty at all.
It's just another attempt to avoid giving Cilan proper, rudimentary character development seeing as how Pansage displayed no kind of difficulties learning the move or disadvantage on screen, nor have any of his pokemon showed any signs of struggle for adopting this new approach to battling. A shame that the writers felt that this was the best way for Cilan's pokemon to improve without directly forcing Cilan himself into a situation where his pokemon would desperately need the improvement.
Once again, Cilan is potrayed as being the expert and everyone else around him must learn under his instruction and guidance.
Something's that annoyed me were...
1. Pansear knew Dig back then in BW005 why was that replaced? Dumb Chili.
2. Why couldn't Oshawott deflect Solarbeam like he did with Cilan's Pansage... now that gym seems even plot power driven then before.
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