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Hi guys, in this days I celebrated my 6th Bulbaversary so in order to celebrate it I've decided to make this "blog" where I post small opinions about the media I consume. We'll start with something Pokémon-related, some episodes from Season 12 that are plot-relevant or seemed interesting. Let's start:

-DP105: A fun and harmless Rotom filler, with lots of creativity and fun chase scenes. 7.5/10
-DP106: Piloswine's disobedience comes from nowhere, and the plot is interesting but also very messy. 5.5/10
-DP107: The Rampardos vs Bastiodon fight is really bad, but I liked the father-son dynamics even if they were solved with a TR fight. 5/10
-DP108: A good gym battle with lots of action and a great role from Gliscor. I'd have liked to see a defensive Bastiodon instead of an offensive one though. 8/10
-DP109: An amazing two-parter start with drama, mystery and good roles from Barry and Riley. 9/10
-DP110: It keeps up with what happened on the previous episode with decent action, but I don't like Team Galactic giving up and Riley being the hero. 7/10
-DP112: It would have been an amazing survival episode with mystery added, but Team Rocket spoiled it with two very long fights at the beginning and at the end. 5.5/10
-DP115: Wild Jenny isn't an interesting or funny character at all and the episode follows a classical formula to a T. 2.5/10
-DP117: Great TR filler, that focus on their relationship while giving Jessie and Meowth interesting goals and gives James a chance to shine. 8/10
-DP118: A very fun PokeRinger event that gives us great battles and makes good use of the wind as a luck element. The final fight could have had more strategy and less brute force. 8.5/10
-DP119: Dawn gets good development as a caretaker, but Mamoswine...doesn't. There aren't many stakes because TR is more the villain of the episode than Aggron and it doesn't feel like the end of its disobedience arc at all. 4/10
 
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Another DP update, the last one until August/September.

-DP122: The plot was reaaaally simple and formulaic, but at least Piplup got some development unlike Mamoswine on his own episode and TR was fun. 7/10
-DP123: A decent contest with cool combinations and good roles from Barry and Kenny. 7.5/10
-DP124: The worst decision in the anime, period. The episode is just as bad, as the ping pong matches are boring and there are Out of character moments (Ash feels nervous? BECAUSE OF PING PONG?) -56/10
-DP126: A confusing "intelligence isn't everything" aesop and a boring TR fight, but Zoey's backstory was nice. 5/10
-DP127: A downgrade from the other Sinnoh gyms, the first battles are too rushed. The final one has its moments. 6/10
-DP128: An amazing concept and a great execution, you really see Paul losing his sanity. He should have had a sightly better performance though. 9/10
-DP129: It has a nice start with J being as ruthless as ever, but the second half makes so many disappointing choices like J giving up or Regigigas "bonding" with Brandon. 6/10
-DP130: Were you expecting a train episode? Or an episode that properly introduces Looker? Too bad, enjoy this generic Ampharos filler. 1.5/10
-DP131: Great concept with great execution, that gives us memorable battles with a more strategic Paul. 9/10
-DP132: The great battle continues, with an interesting ending and cool strategies from the games. 9/10
-DP133: A cool "calm after the storm" episode, with good roles from Ash, his team, Dawn and Brock. 8.5/10
 
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Two Pokemon ones:

-OS50 (Who gets to keep Togepi?): Great episode. Its first half is simple but lays the foundation for what will happen later, with is a mini tournament with amazing comedy and twists. 10/10
-OS151 (The Totodile duel): Another fun episode that shows a good side of Misty, good personality from Totodile, a cool battle and a heartwarming ending. 9/10

-Ned's school survival guide: The best teen comedy series I've seen, it still holds up. It has useful advices, creative plots, meassured comedy and very likable characters, and it's so fun to see them growing up. 11/10
 
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Thanks to the 0 people who have read this, I really appreciate it. Now, some series reviews:

  • Little Witch Academia (anime): It has a slow start that makes it look like a childish show, but eventually the characters become more likable, the plot becomes very interesting because of its twists and while the ending has some rushed parts it also feels truly...magical. Definitely one of the most feel-good shows I've seen. 8/10
  • Raising Dion (live action series, season 1): It's really cool how they blended "struggling mother" drama stories with the superhero genre, creating an unique experience. However, many characters make stupid choices, and I didn't like that the geek character was some kind of predator. 7/10
  • Drifting Dragons (anime): A very strange series, that introduces vague anti-meat topics but always hand-waves the answer (contextualizing: This world depends on dragon hunting, sometimes dragons have feelings and the other times they're the most delicious thing on the planet), and it's for the most part episodic. The characters aren't bad, and the animation is cool though. 5.5/10
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of power (animated series, season 5): Our journey with Adora comes to an end and...wow, it's the best season. The episodes are great and each mission explores the characters' insecurities and fears, and it's very plot driven. Also, unlike certain other series about a boy who prefers pink the final battle is really big, all characters have their moments, there are lots of surprises and the conclusion is earned. My only complaints would be the lack of an epilogue and that Adora's fantasies became very repetitive. 9/10
 
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Some shows and a book:

  • The Flash (season 6): Both halves have mediocre starts, but become better as episodes go on and have very great climaxes. However, both halves being so different (in terms of story and themes) makes it hard to recommend for newcomers and people who want to get back into the series again, but are fun if you are interested in the whole "Crisis" preparation and consequences. 6.5/10
  • Doom Patrol (season 1): The series had a very interesting "absurd dramedy" vibe and it's cool how it kept it from beginning to end. However, the absurd stuff provided some squicky images as well, and the characters had LOTS of angst, I think the series would work better if the characters weren't so damn depressive. However, they have good character development as a cause of that and the adventures they get into are interesting. 7/10
  • Green Eggs and Ham (season 1): I went with the expectations that this was going to be a very childish show but...wow, it turned out to be amazing. A very interesting story with twists I didn't see coming, and wonderful animation that puts many current shows to shame. Perhaps its only flaw was that the humor was a bit childish. 9.5/10
  • State of Mind: A book by John Katzenbach about a college professor who investigates serial murders and his sister in a utopical new state of the US. The first half is very boring, and mostly consists of wordbuilding and characters having panic attacks. The second half is thankfully more plot-driven, but still isn't great because literally ALL of the suspicions the main characters had turn out to be right. Where's the fun in that? The climax is fun and the characters are fine, and there's some cool word games at the beginning that sadly get dropped later. 3.5/10
Next I'll review more Pokemon episodes, from season 4.
 
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First up some shows:

  • No game No life (anime series): A very strange series, as half of it is an interesting series of battle of classic tabletop and gambling games made serious in a world that runs of them and the other half is just bad fanservice jokes over and over. The games themselves also lack some tension, as the writer decided they should never lose. But the animation is good, and I'm fine with how the things were presented so it's easy to follow. 5.5/10
  • Dark (season 3): One of Netflix's best shows comes to an end, and sadly it has many flaws. Some episodes such as 4, 5 and specially 7 (which may be the series' best) keep the feeling of the show and give impactful revelations about the world, but the others are just the same "Jonas and Martha are in love" and "Adam and Eve drive the narrative with their desires" lines over and over. Also, not much advantage is taken of the second universe and some things sadly go unexplained. But it has a decent ending all things considered, which is satisfying even if it could have been planned better. 7.5/10
And some Pokémon season 4 episodes:

  • A Goldenrod Opportunity: A very fun city introduction. The part in the mall has good comedy, the TR fight is creative and the battle is simple but is a good lesson on not judging people by their appearance. 8.5/10
  • A Dairy Tale Ending: The first half is a milk commercial. The second half I have mixed feelings on: It's cool to see Ash (and the writers) doing more elaborate strategies on how to stop an enemy move but it feels a little undercooked and simple. 6/10
  • Air Time: Unlike the Sun & Moon play, the story inside the story actually has a plot with interesting twists. The SM play does have more comedy, but this episode compensates by great roles from Chikorita and Team Rocket and game references. 7.5/10
  • Hassle in the Castle: An okay-ish episode about crossing a labyrinth with Zubat's powers. I like Brock and his Pokemon getting attention and the CotD but the execution of the plot is very simple and the massage room inside a castle plot goes nowhere. 5.5/10
  • Two Hits and a Miss: It's also a decent but flawed plot. The battles were great and the story was interesting, but two battles with TR was overkill and the beginning feels slow. 6.5/10
  • Power Play!: It's great to see Gary again and him having a better relationship with Ash. The power plant plot is a bit distracting but it was well-developed with a cool TR battle and Ash and his new mons solving the problem. 8.5/10
  • The Trouble with Snubbull: A very simple episode with a loooong TR fight, but also it's a good lesson about abusive relationships and I love seeing how Madame Muchmoney became wilder while looking for her pet. 7.5/10
  • Houndoom's special delivery: Togepi and Houndoom have amazing chemistry and their adventures are fun, except at the middle where the pacing becomes slower. Another simple but heartwarming episode. 8/10
 
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Hassle in the Castle: An okay-ish episode about crossing a labyrinth with Zubat's powers. I like Brock and his Pokemon getting attention and the CotD but the execution of the plot is very simple and the massage room inside a castle plot goes nowhere. 5.5/10
The best part of this episode was the dub TR motto:
Jessie: To protect us from all this chaffing and itching
James: It might finally stop all of Jessie's complaining.
That's at least a point to it's score in my books.

The Trouble with Snubbull: A very simple episode with a loooong TR fight, but also it's a good lesson about abusive relationships and I love seeing how Madame Muchmoney became wilder while looking for her pet. 7.5/10
When I got older I really appreciated the karma of the Snubbull running joke. Meowth got to enjoy a small taste of having a stalker chasing him across the countryside. However it's a good thing they ended it here instead of keeping it up too long.
 
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