- Jan 28, 2011
- Reaction score
I knew all along that Serena would choose Fennekin, and not just from reading ahead--the opening theme spoiled it. And does anyone else think that Sycamore got a new VA?
Bonnie's first few eps are already better than Max's. He came across as a know-it-all, or at least he thought he knew everything. Statistics, maybe, but his battling skills sucked. Bonnie at least is doing something semi-useful, and is clearly eager to learn instead of acting smarter than she is.
Fletchling is already being established as this region's Pidgeotto expy. Let's hope he's a competent battler and not limited to scouting missions.
Little continuity snarl: Meowth says he can't translate the Pika-Dedenne shock-talk, yet he did so for Pika-Zapdos in Pokémon 2000. And speaking of TR, it's nice to see that Pika isn't just standing still and letting them catch him. Now he's jumping away from attacks that come out of nowhere. I'm liking that. It lets him show how fast he's supposed to be.
During the river scene, I was fully expecting the Inevitable Waterfall, only for TR to run into a rock. (I even made that joke in "Caption the Screenshots," using dialogue from The Emperor's New Groove.) Way to subvert that trope.
When Our Gang had to recharge Dedenne, why would Clemont pull out a Rube Goldberg machine when Ash had a living battery on his shoulder? Unless he just wanted to show off (and make something explode). At least the tech talk about static electricity was right. Thank you, Bill Nye.
whoever writes TR's dialogue should have been fired by now, seriously. It's literally so bad it's insulting. James occasionally did a deeper and more posh voice in this episode which more matched Stuart's, which I think was the obvious better voice, he should keep that as his normal or be replaced completely, his voice is the most jarring thing about the XY dub. And Meowth needs to stop sounding like a high pitched smoker. Clemont's voice remains my favourite in the dub, I feel like Serena's shouldn't be as high as it is, and I like Bonnie's. Nothing to comment on story-wise cause I watched the subbed version first and enjoyed it.
loved the scene with Jessie jumping up and trying to snatch Dedenne though, I must have forgotten about that. it brought this to mind.
Overall a very good episode. Bonnie is actually proving to be useful as well as enjoyable. While I have no real qualms with Max, he did seem more of a bratty know-it-all, yet was never really able to back anything up. Bonnie is actually eager to learn and help, while still maintaining a child mentality, and yet also understand priorities and what's important. While she really wanted Dedenne, when Pikachu got lost with it, she was more determined to find him than Dedenne, proving she knows what's important. I'm liking her character more with each episode. And the fact that Dedenne used Nuzzle when Bonnie didn't intentionally mean for it to attack proves that Dedenne has some potential, as well as already showing loyalty and forging quick bonds. I find that very encouraging.
Dedenne and Pikachu bonding like siblings was very cute. And both have a fondness for having their large/long tails stroked. Huh... didn't know that. Interesting trivia.
Pikachu and Dedenne actually trying to escape TRio was a very good change of pace. Unlike many past encounters, they actually made the effort to get away. Though how many of those electro-net bomb things do they have!? They must've thrown at least five of them at the two electric rodents. And, while what Meowth says contradicts The Power of One movie, it does make sense. After all, he learned how to speak through mimicry and books, not with electric outlets.
Clemont's catchphrase is pretty funny. Once again, he invokes the bottomless satchel bit to bring out an overly large machine. I do love how his invention names (well, most of them) tend to have fairly obvious and to-the-point names. At least the invention worked, as Dedenne was restored to full health. Though it was hilarious when the invention was about to go kaboom, he was almost casually holding the broken lever, and Dedenne merely walked away just moments before it did. That gag is becoming a favorite of mine (probably because I love to tinker and build as well, such as models, so I can understand how something like that could happen).
Bunnelby is proving to be very useful for the common regional Normal-type. It obviously wants to help any way it can, and it is a very good battler. Even though Diggersby has grown on me over time, I hope Bunnelby stays the way it is. It just seems to fit in the group better than its evolve form, but that's just me, I guess.
While it was a mega-duh that Serena would get Fennekin (how obvious was that, right?), it has proven to be a very courageous and loyal Pokemon. It protected Serena from Vespiquen without hesitation, even forcing it to flee with just one Ember. Unlike Torchic and Piplup, who got clobbered pretty easily at the start, Fennekin has shown its strength already. I like that a lot. It has potential. Here's hoping to a Delphox.
The only problem I have with this episode is that everyone was calling Dedenne just an Electric-type. No one acknowledged that it was part Fairy, even the Pokedex. I found that a bit odd. I know that a later episode will "fully" acknowledge the Fairy-type, but you think that at least the Pokedex would state that its a Electric/Fairy Pokemon, not just an Electric-type. Oh, well, that's just a minor complaint, so I won't harp on it.
Overall, a great episode. I give it a 9/10, it only lost one point because of some nitpicky complaints I have. But other than that, the XY anime is off to a blazing start.
In the Japanese version Bonnie says 'keep' in English as basically her signature line - but the problem is that adapting a randomly dropped in English word into an actual sentence doesn't really work that well, and obviously they haven't thought of a dub equivalent 'cute' way of saying 'catch it'.The only thing that bothers me is some of the choppy dialogue heard in the episode. When Clemont said "I've caught Dedenne and I'm keeping it for Bonnie!" I cringed a little, because of the awkwardness of it.
Well, no, it just shows that instead of being contracted to do one song a series, they agree to a wider amount of music to be made.So there was some speculation about contractual obligations with Loeffler and co. keeping TPCI from using all Japanese bgm, but that doesn't seem to be the case. According to the credits, the composer for XY's dub score is Ed Goldfarb, who also arranged the theme song.
So yes, it would seem TPCI really is just replacing the music because they feel like it.
If that's the case then TPCI are terrible negotiators.Well, no, it just shows that instead of being contracted to do one song a series, they agree to a wider amount of music to be made.
Because the new opening theme arrangement is quite good, letting them do some music to replace it in other parts of the episode seems a reasonable trade off for TCPI to make when finding someone to do the opening.
Also, they've finally fixed the "To Be Continued" thing.