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Review JN103: Satoshi and Citron! Great Friendship Training!!

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She's literally in the next episode, people. This debate is pointless
 

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She's literally in the next episode, people. This debate is pointless

Are we going off the tweet in the other thread? Because while I would like to see Serena return, that's not yet an official confirmation.

Edit: With the most recent development, I am now more inclined to believe that the original tweet was legitimate. Now all that's left is the official magazine scan...

Basically Dogasu was right, moving on

I feel like, if anything, this proves Alola and me right. That the writers made the active decision to hold Serena back from the flashback in JN103, in order to hype up her eventual return. (Whether it be in the upcoming episode, or for a future unannounced episode)
 
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Pretty sure the flashback either way was to reference how Bonnie/Clemont were the first two companions Ash met in Kalos. Remember he met them in the first few eps before Serena joined
 

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Pretty sure the flashback either way was to reference how Bonnie/Clemont were the first two companions Ash met in Kalos. Remember he met them in the first few eps before Serena joined
Chespin and Dedenne were in the flashback and they were only caught in the show until after Serena was introduced though.
 

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Chespin and Dedenne were in the flashback and they were only caught in the show until after Serena was introduced though.
I mean I'm sure the writers can overlook that to show them with their pokemon.
 

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Pretty sure the flashback either way was to reference how Bonnie/Clemont were the first two companions Ash met in Kalos. Remember he met them in the first few eps before Serena joined
Chespin and Dedenne were in the flashback and they were only caught in the show until after Serena was introduced though.
I think Clemont and Bonnie were the only ones in the flashback because they were the ones Ash was going to meet in this episode.
 

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So... with Serena coming back (Apparently), i think they are holding Misty for last (Since it would be weird to have Brock return, but not her).

Inb4 Misty is in the Masters Eight.
 

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Finally got around to watching this episode (we've reached the point of a series where I only watch subs for returning characters or plots that I find extremely interesting) and I was kind of underwhelmed, sadly. It was great to see Clemont and Bonnie again, and Bonnie was so cute watching Goh try to catch Froakie! Plus it was nice to see Clemont shift into his inventive mode again since it's been so long. But the training/battle felt really rushed and only half thought out, so that was kind of lame. It also felt weird to me that Clembot was such an afterthought? Ash didn't even greet it and they had that whole emotional ending with it during XY. That was the least of what they could've done. Even Bonnie's interactions with Ash felt really hollow and pretty subdued. I'm always fond of episodes that feature returning characters, so this one is no exception, but the writers really skimped in terms of emotion and impact on this one.

Bonus points for them not allowing Chespin to hog screen time, though. That was a legitimate concern, especially since they could've paired it up with Grookey for the ultimate insufferable, time wasting duo.
 

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It was subtle but really liked the way Bonnie matured here, she seemed older than in XY at least maturity wise. The way she patiently watched Go get Froakie instead of laughing at him, and remember how early XY Bonnie loved to hug pokemon but she stood by waiting for Go to get it instead of getting in his way.

During the Gym she had the same cute moments she was known for like finding a "scary" dragon pokemon like Dracovish cute and tickling it, and then hanging upside down from its neck. Also imitating the flag thrusts with her arms during Ash's training. Then of course the marriage gag but even then she felt more reserved.

I don't know if it was intentional or not but it really felt like Bonnie had grown a bit.
 
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