And what's more, last time, it was Serena being pulled away from Ash, but now, it's the other way around.It’s poetic how last time the escalator separated them, but now it’s a ship sailing away.
"Contest Live" is the Japanese name of Contest Spectaculars in ORAS. I assume they're a concept that exists alongside regular Contests in the anime.To be fair, this isn't explicit even with subs.
The Contest in this Episode was called Contest Live, so we can't assume is a different kind from previous Contests.
However, this isn't directly explained. It's never mentioned that there are different types of Contests, we only assume this due to the information we have.
And what's more, last time, it was Serena being pulled away from Ash, but now, it's the other way around.
"Contest Live" is the Japanese name of Contest Spectaculars in ORAS. I assume they're a concept that exists alongside regular Contests in the anime.
I watched this episode last night. And, I must say, it was excellent, an episode that managed to tie all expectations very well. The episode is, at the same time, funny, entertaining, charming, constructive, nostalgic and, perhaps, even romantic. All the characters, like a jigsaw puzzle, were majestically well fitted into the script. But without a doubt, Wallace and Serena were the scene-stealers.
The first, while just a roadblock to Ash and Serena's reunion, acted in such an elegant, majestic and fun way that, for that alone, and Goh's exasperation, the delay was worth it. For her part, Serena looks amazing, extremely confident and assertive. Her interaction with Koharu was so smooth, natural, and meaningful to the latter, that you can't help but be proud of the character.
And finally, her interaction with Ash, despite being tiny and under a tone of reunion and, at the same time, farewell, was quite poetic and noteworthy.
The very tone of the character's voice, when Serena notices Ash's presence and calls out to him, has a I don't know what else, like a contained feeling. Then, the sparkle in the eyes of the characters who, while the ship is sailing away, renew the statements of their life's purposes, and the fading lights of day creates an aweispiring contrast. I don't believe Amourshipping fans could be happier, what we witnessed was, truly, a bewitching scene.
OBS: I just feel a little sorry for Lisia, who was totally overshadowed by Serena, but who knows she doesn't have the opportunity to reappear later in an episode with a bigger focus on her.
OBS 2: I don't know if you noticed those green lights on the pier as the boat pulled away. I've heard interesting theories about them. The first is that the light on the pier is a clear reference to the Great Gatsby Green Light, that is, the unachievable love between the fictional characters. On the other hand, it may just be a reference to the rare Luz Verde, a photic phenomenon that can occur at sunset and sunrise which is usually associated with hope, as Jules Verne famously describes: "a green which no artist could ever obtain on his palette, a green of which neither the varied tints of vegetation nor the shades of the most limpid sea could ever produce the like! true green of Hope."
I think it's the later considering that the Great Gatsby ends in tragedy and the whole novel is a deconstruction of the American Myth of the Self-Made Man. That's putting it lightly. Pokémon is a more optimistic take on the world.
Also, what did they do to Contests?? They kept calling them "Contests Live" but gave no insight as to what that actually is. What are the different "levels"? Why did Serena get to use 3 Pokémon but no one else did? I see people keep referencing the games, but I really don't participate in Contests in the games so even if any of this is explained by the games, it flew over my head. All I know is, as someone with limited Contest game knowledge, I did not like the way it was represented in this episode. Contests used to be so intricate and interesting...this was boring and basically Showcase Lite (which is impressive considering Showcases were bare bones and boring enough as is...) I wanted to see Serena compete in a full blown Contest, and I thought maybe that's where the Wallace Cup would come in, but based on this episode, I don't think that's happening. Really, really disappointing.
It probably won't sound just like any of them. Eileen Stevens (the original English voice actress of Delphox and its pre-evolutions) left the series during the last third of SM, only returning once since then to voice Iris in JN065. As a result, Fennekin is now voiced in the dub by Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld (best known for voicing Bonnie) as of JN046, and I'm guessing its evolutions will follow suit.Do you think it's highly likely that when this episode gets dubbed, Serena's Delphox will probably sound just like either Aria's Delphox or her appearance inside Pikachu's nightmare in XY098 (only that she now only just says her name instead of actually talking)? While the first Delphox seen in the anime (owned by an elderly redneck couple) sounded more like a stereotypical hag due to its witch-themed appearance, there is only one instance of a Delphox seen in the anime that's implied to be a male due to its voice: that's right: Merilyn's (the evil Delphox lady) Delphox from M17 (the Diancie movie).
It's what Pokémon Contest Spectaculars are called in Japanese. It's the name used of Contests in ORAS. I could see it as a variation of regular Contests in the anime.They kept calling them "Contests Live" but gave no insight as to what that actually is.
Ranks are a Contest thing from the games. There are four ranks: Normal, Great, Ultra, and Master. Once you've won a Contest in a rank, you can advance to the next and harder one.What are the different "levels"?
My guess is it was just a question of choice. No one else simply decided to use more than one.Why did Serena get to use 3 Pokémon but no one else did?
If Koharu does choose to take that path I can’t imagine that we’ll get any real explanation on how they work since that would probably be how they end up writing her out of the series at the end of Journeys with her setting off on her own journey. With how late into things we are now, I can’t imagine them doing a Contest arc for her even with how oddly focused the series has been since hitting episode 100.- I don't know either, I've never participated in Contests in the games, other than the bare minimum in Pokémon Sapphire and Platinum, and that's been over a decade. I understand why people are criticizing the representation of the contests in this episode, but we must bear in mind that this was a very packed episode, so the contest itself didn't get the focus it deserved. In fact, we've only seen the performances by Koharu, Serena and Lisia, who appeared too simple or rushed to fit the script. Previously, when there were performances and contests, pretty much the entire episode revolved around that, this wasn't the case here. But, If koharu gets into this field, I believe we'll have a better explanation and representation of the show, which, I imagine, will not follow the old model of the third and fourth generation Contests, but, apparently, something more in line with the performances or with the last games.
- I just hope all contestants don't just wear idol clothes. lol