First episode of the XY Series I actually liked. Hated XY004, disliked XY001-XY002, and XY003 was painfully average to me, but this gave me some hope.
Nice to see Ash caring about his Pokemon more than the battles themselves at the end, where he feels bad for what's happened to his Pokemon over the fact that he lost the Gym Battle. XY Ash came off as a generic hero up until this point, but it's good to see a more distinct personality emerging here than the flat, battle-obsessed freak I feared was coming out of the character like his DP counterpart (no offense to those of you who disagree).
Serena...is such a tool. Don't get me started with her: I'd like to see a goal for her rather than seducing Ash, you know...
Bonnie's gag was actually funny when she tried to find a wife for Clemont. Here's hoping it isn't overused and abused constantly, though. Apart from that, can't say I like anything or find anything unique about Bonnie/Eureka. She honestly pales in comparison to Max to me, tbh.
Clemont was funny: I like this guy. One of the few things about the XY Series I like is this character. Gotta admit, though, I hope he actually develops over the course of the series and isn't just there to be silly, or is flanderized to the point where he is no more than a one-note gag (e.g. DP's Brock, mid-end of BW Cilan).
No Team Rocket acting retarded or goofy this episode? EPIC WIN.
Rating: 80/100 (B-)
Last edited by PokemonNation2000; 7th November 2013 at 10:33 PM.
Opinions Regarding the Pokémon:
1. Anime: OS > AG > BW > DP > XY
2. Movies: OS = AG > DP = BW = XY
3. English Dub: 4Kids Entertainment/TAJ Productions (EP001-EP276; AG001-AG020) = 4Kids Entertainment (AG021-AG145) = TPCi/SDI Media (The Origin)/Very Good > TPCi/DuArt Film & Video (BW)/Poor > PUSA/TPCi/TAJ Productions (AG146-AG192)/Very Poor > TPCi/DuArt Film & Video (XY) = PUSA/TPCi/TAJ Productions/DuArt Film & Video (DP)/Atrocious
4. Games: XY > BW1 > BW2 > RSE > GSC > Y > HGSS > DP > RBG
5. Pokémon: The Origin: Excellent: 93/100.
6. Manga: RS > RB > Y > FRLG > XY > BW > E > DP > GSC
"It's like with each new Generation, Dogasu becomes an even bigger idiot than he was the last Generation." - Kalos Adventurer