13th June 2013, 4:51 AM
Oh yeah, the episode when the show went completely downhill for me. *sigh*
Things haven't felt the same since this episode began, IMO.
I know what you're thinking: "Oh, Dwail always hated the TPCi voice cast right from this point onwards."
Surprisingly, I really didn't, people. I only began really disliking them when they started deviating so strongly from the 4Kids VAs, which occurred in the middle portion of BF up until the second season of DP.
To me, though, this marks the point where the show doesn't even feel remotely like the same show anymore, with a few exceptions in VAs here and there, IMO.
Okay, yeah, this cast is not as good as the 4Kids cast to me at all, but that doesn't mean I thought they were bad here. Truthfully, I think some started better here, than how they are nowadays. O_O
Ash: Easily a NO. Just a big fat no. The voice itself...surprisingly, I didn't hate it. The emotion was god awful, though, but I did like Sarah was going for Veronica here. Wish she'd kept the voice but worked on the emotion myself, looking back. 5.5/10 is a fair score. Probably the worst of the replacement VAs to me here.
Brock: Easily a YES. Wow, I still can't believe this is Bill Rogers. Because this was VERY good. Man, why and I mean WHY didn't he stick with this voice? I mean, it's lacking Eric's rasp and emotion, but the voice itself is VERY GOOD and actually sounds like a 15 year old kid. That's who Brock is, people. 9/10 is fair. Best of the replacement VAs to me here.
May: Another big fat NO. Seriously, Michele doesn't even TRY in this role. Seriously, there's no defense for this crap. Anyone can see this is just Hajime Yagi from "The World of Narue." Okay, Taylor was just using her voice for Narue itself, but she was May before, so it was okay. It was a pre-established voice for her. This isn't even a REMOTELY acceptable or passable imitation. Not even trying, IMO. The voice is okay. 6/10 is more than fair here.
Max: Barely PASS. It's...okay, actually. Kayzie sounded a lot more like Amy Birnbaum here than she does later on, and it shows. It's a passable impression, yet it's not good, either. 7/10 is fair.
James: Another YES. Pretty good, but it's lacking in staying power and presence. Ever since this episode Jimmy has made it sound like Eric's James got a cold and so this is now his voice. I will say that he could actually ACT back then, though. 8/10 is fair.
Jessie: Another YES. Excellent. Hate the high-pitched squealing, but besides that, easily almost on par with Rachael's version and fits Jessie very well. A 9/10 is fair. Tied with Brock for the best replacement VA at the time.
Meowth: Slightly a NO. Okay, I guess. Too pirate-y and artificial for my tastes, yet not bad, either. A 6.5/10 for me.
Last edited by PokemonNation2000; 13th June 2013 at 5:14 AM.
26th June 2013, 11:46 PM
It was a pretty good for a filler episode and a bit emotional too. Abra's flashback was a little depressing.
24th July 2013, 5:56 PM
This is the first TPCI-dubbed episode. Back then, I thought Ash's voices was terrible. There was no emotion in Ash's voice and he sounded bad, but as time went on, Sarah's Voice acting improved and now I have no problem with Ash's voice anymore.
Anyway, this was a okay filler. Abra's flashback was kinda depressing. I liked the expressions on Jessie, James and Mewoth's faces when Wobbufett released those Pokemon from their prison.
Last edited by PokemontrainerY; 24th July 2013 at 5:59 PM.
24th August 2014, 2:24 PM
lol What a gayass theme song. Thank god for Chinese subs and the badass Japanese opening. Hell yeah. Subs FTW.
14th November 2014, 3:16 AM
The Bra in this episode was a lot cuter (and not so creepy) than the one that Sabrina had back in the first season.
It also makes me realize that Abra is one of those many Pokemon you don't see that much in the show.
28th August 2015, 5:53 PM
Wobbuffet was awesome in this episode. to bad it didn't get the girl (kirlia) in the end.
And FYI for those who don't know, but the person who voiced Meowth before this episode passed away.
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3rd June 2016, 3:34 AM
I didn't like the voice cast change that began here but Wobbuffet has some good moments which made this episode more tolerable. 6/10
6th June 2016, 2:20 AM
I liked the ghost pokemon illusion of a giant Haunter and I felt so sorry for the town's abandoned psychic types. Wobbuffet's crush on Kirlia was cute and I thought that the new dub voices were alright. ^^
6th June 2016, 9:57 PM
The setting wasn't that great IMO. I expected a huge Ghost versus Psychic showdown, but all we got was TR garbage...
Originally Posted by Fulgore2005
15th June 2016, 9:58 PM
Wobbuffet's infatuation with the Kirlia was kawaii + the new voices took some getting used to. Overall this was a zanny filler episode.
29th August 2016, 5:18 AM
I would've liked seeing more conflict between the pokemon here myself, tho I did enjoy how Jessie and James turned into ghosts during their motto at least hee hee. ^^
Originally Posted by Gillachu
24th September 2016, 12:31 AM
The town of Psychic-types seemed like a reference to Yamabuki City, and when Musashi's Soonansu gained a crush on that wild Kiruria, I was thinking that Soonansu was going to leave the Rocket-dan here, which would've been an interesting twist.
22nd October 2016, 3:33 AM
I remember the day this premiered on Cartoon Network and how I thought this would be a terrible episode, but it wasn't too bad for a first try. May's new voice did sound like her old 4Kids dub voice, which I thought was great. Max sounded a little more annoying, but Brock sounded better.
14th February 2017, 11:40 PM
The giant Haunter was confusing. I couldn't tell if it was saying Ghost or Gastly. TR's voices took some getting used to, but I really enjoyed Meowth's reaction to Jesse's suggestion he battle the Haunter.