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Review JN010: The Kairyu Paradise and Hakuryu's Ordeal!

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I mentioned this in somewhere else, but the fact that Dragonite was given to Iris basically to make up for the fact that she wasn't going to evolve her Axew, but not only that, she was made to go through the whole "disobedient Pokémon" ordeal for the second time in one series.
But her Kibago helped her develop through furthering her dragon empathy, Kairyu didn’t make up for that but simply offered a challenge for her to handle in terms of taking a disobedient Dragon-type Pokemon and learning to trust and work with it. Plus several characters insisted those victories were not hers but her Pokémon’s and she herself was honest about that.

Iris aside, looking at Satoshi alone why does he get a final stage super powerful raremon? Why is it fair? 10 episodes in?
 
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Iris aside, looking at Satoshi alone why does he get a final stage super powerful raremon? Why is it fair? 10 episodes in?
Because he's a Champion, has been shown to be capable of training a pseudo in the past, and is not apparently going to go through a regular regional journey, in which gradual growing stronger makes more sense.
 
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Because he's a Champion, has been shown to be capable of training a pseudo in the past, and is not apparently going to go through a regular regional journey, in which gradual growing stronger makes more sense.
That doesn’t make sense, going by that logic he shouldn’t get any base stage Pokémon. I LOVE that he caught this thing but that doesn’t change the fact he got a super rare, strong Pokémon without a battle when it would have been a better testament to his strength and experience to have caught and trained a Miniryu/Hakuryu. Numelgon/Goodra is hardly a good example for well developed Pokémon, it jobbed fantastically at the Kalos League wasn’t really trained or battled with until its last stage and then released soon-after. He didn’t do much training with either one of his Kalos dragons to justify their lightning fast development. Even then that doesn’t give him a free pass to get final stage monsters nor does his Champion status. The point of the show is raising and growing alongside these Pokémon, Hakuryu’s only issue was it couldn’t fly and that was fixed and it has no disobedience so he has a very powerful Pokémon he got early in the series without a struggle or battle with no strings attached. That’s hardly A-Class writing.
 
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That doesn’t make sense, going by that logic he shouldn’t get any base stage Pokémon. I LOVE that he caught this thing but that doesn’t change the fact he got a super rare, strong Pokémon without a battle when it would have been a better testament to his strength and experience to have caught and trained a Miniryu/Hakuryu. Numelgon/Goodra is hardly a good example for well developed Pokémon, it jobbed fantastically at the Kalos League wasn’t really trained or battled with until its last stage and then released soon-after. He didn’t do much training with either one of his Kalos dragons to justify their lightning fast development. Even then that doesn’t give him a free pass to get final stage monsters nor does his Champion status. The point of the show is raising and growing alongside these Pokémon, Hakuryu’s only issue was it couldn’t fly and that was fixed and it has no disobedience so he has a very powerful Pokémon he got early in the series without a struggle or battle with no strings attached. That’s hardly A-Class writing.
Just because it's fully evolved doesn't necessarily mean he wouldn't need to train and grow with it.
 
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Just because it's fully evolved doesn't necessarily mean he wouldn't need to train and grow with it.
True.

But that still doesn’t make it okay for him to have such a rare and strong Pokémon so early on, without a battle or anything to offset this new prize. Especially since the Galarian starters still need a home and he essentially gets a another Lizardon/Charizard with no recoil. It’s going to be weird seeing him add a base stage Pokémon to his team with an oversized late game powerhouse like Kairyu.
 
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True.

But that still doesn’t make it okay for him to have such a rare and strong Pokémon so early on, without a battle or anything to offset this new prize.
He earned its trust through logical and sensible means. Besides, it's so Ash-like to befriend a Pokémon before catching it. Nothing we haven't seen before.
 
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He earned its trust through logical and sensible means. Besides, it's so Ash-like to befriend a Pokémon before catching it. Nothing we haven't seen before.
Just because he’s friendly to a Pokémon in universe doesn’t mean it’s an A-okay writing to decision to him a near-legendary rare Pokémon as his first real catch of the saga. Imagine showing up at the first Galar gym and whipping out this thing, unless they plan to super charge the challenges that come his way he’s got a very powerful freebie to mow down opponents, unless they make Kairyu a jobber.
 
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Just because he’s friendly to a Pokémon in universe doesn’t mean it’s an A-okay writing to decision to him a near-legendary rare Pokémon as his first real catch of the saga. Imagine showing up at the first Galar gym and whipping out this thing, unless they plan to super charge the challenges that come his way he’s got a very powerful freebie to mow down opponents, unless they make Kairyu a jobber.
That's exactly why he was given a strong Pokémon this early: his goal clearly isn't to challenge progressively stronger Gyms in this series.
 
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Getting Dragonite so early is one of a few signals that this series is really not doing the standard quest. This was already hinted at because Pikachu didn't reset. At all. In episode 3 we have a Tyranitar and a Gyarados teaming up on him; he's in danger but after the Ivysaur help and he gets a second wind, Pikachu overpowers their combined attacks and blasts them off. Team Rocket keeps getting pretty strong Pokémon in general, and Pikachu keeps flattening them. In 7 he blasts through a tournament and clearly has the upper hand in the finals (Mightyena gets a single decent hit in and ends up literally cratered in the ground).
In episode 12 we have a World Tournament match to determine the strongest in the world that Ash is watching so we might finally be getting a followup on the Champion's League.
 
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That's exactly why he was given a strong Pokémon this early: his goal clearly isn't to challenge progressively stronger Gyms in this series.
Still not good writing since he has strong reserve Pokémon that need screen time, like say Gaogaen/Incineroar if that was the intention. He was given a rare, strong Pokémon just because and it’s not disobedient or has any flaws that could backfire on it. (the lack of flight which could have been made into a character arc.)
 
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Still not good writing since he has strong reserve Pokémon that need screen time, like say Gaogaen/Incineroar if that was the intention. He was given a rare, strong Pokémon just because and it’s not disobedient or has any flaws that could backfire on it. (the lack of flight which could have been made into a character arc.)
Maybe he's going to take on stronger opponents during this series. The World Championship concept seems to hint at that direction. And like I already said, it fits Ash's character to make friends with a Pokémon before catching it.
 
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Have to say, I'm impressed by Team Rocket's plan

Turns out they pretended to be shipwrecked off-screen and the Dragonite they captured came to rescue them, resulting in it being captured
Which is weird, because Team Rocket already knew where the island was, so why pretend to be shipwrecked?

I wonder if that island is where they get the dratini for their Game Corner prizes...
 
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Given the storm that surrounds the island, they decided to pretend to avoid being shipwrecked for real

We'll never know as they showed the most intelligent thing for a while off-screen
 
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Iris aside, looking at Satoshi alone why does he get a final stage super powerful raremon? Why is it fair? 10 episodes in?
Because unlike Iris he actually deserves it? He's been through 7 regions and participated in 8 Leagues, winning two of them along with a Battle Frontier.
He's the true Dragon master, maybe next time Iris meets she'll show him some damn respect
 
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Because unlike Iris he actually deserves it? He's been through 7 regions and participated in 8 Leagues, winning two of them along with a Battle Frontier.
He's the true Dragon master, maybe next time Iris meets she'll show him some damn respect
Iris protected hers, struggled with its disobedience, was a noted prodigy who won 100 straight battles in her youth, was acknowledged by a Dragon Master (Shaga) as being worthy of being a gym leader, on top of that had dragon empathy powers he helped her realize.

You talk like the characters weren’t friends and she hated his guts and behave overly criticizing and vitriolic toward simple teasing but I guess that’s the reason I don’t touch forums with a 50-foot pole these day’s. She would be happy because she loves Dragons, she can show him her Fukamaru. She has no reason to be pissy over his when she has her own already broken Kairyu.
 
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I'm definitely with the majority in that this episode was much, much better than what we have been getting so far. However in most any other series it would be seen as a standard "filler" episode, which I guess just shows how much a lot of people have disliked this series so far!

I do think the problem with the Rocket trio in this series isn't their characterization but the fact that they don't have enough time to shine. In Best Wishes they had plenty of screen time, it was just mostly boring as all hell. They still seem to be written as they were in XY and SM but with such little time allowed for them it's hard to get their characters feeling right. We haven't seen any lengthy scenes of them in down-time which imo is when they are at their best.

You never know, Satoshi's Kairyu may yet take a shining to Nyasu, that would be a super fun subplot actually especially if it led to more twerp/TRio shenanigans!
Honestly this would be a million times better than Kiteruguma 2.0 which is what a lot of people suspected, so I'm hoping this happens!
 
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