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So I saw this episode for the first time since its premiere and I have to say that while I feel it was a good episode and a nice start to the saga, it still rates below Episode 2 for me. Most of this episode was set up. We are introduced to Serena and her mom. Ash arrives in Kalos and searches for a Gym. Ash sees Mega Blaziken. Alexa tells him that her sister's Gym isn't located in Lumiose City and suggests the Gym in Lumiose City instead. Ash goes to Lumiose Gym and is denied. Clemont and Bonnie save him and introduce themselves and we meet Bunnelby Team Rocket introduces themselves to Clemont and Bonnie. The group is introduced to Froakie. So it's mostly set up for things to come and not nearly as eventful as the following episode. But two things stood out to me. One was the battle between Pikachu and Bunnelby, which I thought was a well choreographed battle with good strategy on both sides and the other was the way TR was portrayed in this episode. They managed to put up a good fight before Froakie came in. Another thing I would like to note is why Ash thought he could challenge the Lumiose Gym with only one Pokémon. Ash should know by now that the Gyms mostly have 2 vs. 2 or 3 vs. 3 battles. Shouldn't he have thought to catch more Pokémon first?
Overall, a good episode but not as good as Episode 2.
The most memorable thing is when Satoshi and Citron having the first battle for me and a great introduction for Pokémon XY. Nice reference for using examples from real life when Citron ask Horubee to use its ears for defending. Keromatsu was very brave since it took a Mirror Coat of Electro Ball although it depends on the damage that Sonans took.
The start of the XY series, definitely started with a bang! Loved how the episode felt, the characters were good here, and the overall interactions were good. Loved the part in the battle where it looked like Clemont and Ash were neck and neck, it's nice to see Ash not acting like a moron at the start. The battle was truly excellent. Clemont was the best here, then Ash was also good, Alexa is decent, Bonnie is below average, while TR is the worst part. I didn't like seeing them interrupt the battle, but Wobbuffet being super charged was funny. Froakie is good, loved how reserved he is.
Is overall this was a good episode and a great introduction to XY. I'll give this episode a 9/10, by far the second best XY episode I've seen so far.
It was a good opening episode. Serena's introduction was very similar to Dawn's. The only thing that surprised me was that they decided to animate fingernails now. I wonder what prompted that change.
Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
This first episode really gave me a good feeling for this next season. It paced well, the battle between Ash and Clemont looked pretty even and most of all they didn't make Pikachu look weak. I really hope the Best Wishes writers really did get fired because Unova was average at best.
The episode wasn't anything special. I suppose it was a nice introduction to the XY series but it wasn't all that exciting. The most memorable part was probably the way Serena spoke to her mother. If I had a kid I wouldn't let them get away with that crap. :] The battle was good, but Pikachu should have been destroying the rabbit. The fact that the match was so even was bull imo.
Froakie is a boss. This episode alone made me love that pokemon. It definitely has a lot of potential.
Going under the assumption that Ash is still supposed to be 10, did he age 2 years on that plane? No really, he looks about 2 years older since the last BW episode.
Last edited by Painkiller2001; 24th January 2015 at 6:08 AM.
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Ash seeing M-Blaziken gave me goosebumps since it was so surreal. Alexa was helpful and Clemont and Bonnie seemed so much better here than in future episodes. 9/10
I liked Ash here because at least his childish attitude was excusable, but I didn't like Clemont or Bonnie when I first saw them lmao.
This was a good kickstart for the new (that is now old-ish) series. Notably, it was the same as DP's because it started on the future female companion's house, too.
I liked how Ash saw two Spritzees when he got off the plane, plus his gym fiasco when he got shoved out was funny as well hee hee. Pikachu vs Bunnelby was pretty cool as well until it was interrupted by Team Rocket. ^^;
I finally got to see Clemont, Bonnie, and Serena after falling three season behind in the anime. A few episodes in, I've gotten to like both Clemont and Bonnie, they're fun to watch. Serena is slow to grow on me, but I'm hoping her upcoming episodes are better. It's also great to see Wobbuffet finally battling again after all this time, though I'm surprised Ash didn't even bat an eye that Wobbuffet was back after a long absence. I did like when Ash fell on his face after getting off the plane, LOL. Froakie is great too, and I love his voice.
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I watched this episode just now on Pokemon TV for the second time. I saw it on its original run and got to see some differences.
First and foremost is Serena' s voice. Her dub voice at first was snobby but the way it is now in the latest series, it changed. She has a gentle tone in her vocals. Is the voice actor the same since the first episode?
The battling style. I felt this battle between Bunnelby and Pikachu was awesome and the way the camera angles, camera shakes, and double takes were implemented made the battles that intense, something the latest episodes are lacking.
Bonnie is no longer amazed at Pokemon like it used to be. Maybe from travelling around, she lost that WOW spectacle. I miss this Bonnie in this episode. She came off as precocious.
Team Rocket was bad to the bone here. But like always, they became incompetent later on in the saga...
5 stars out of 5. One of the best episodes to date.
This episode was done very very well. So much humor and action. It was awesome
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