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REVIEW: S21 EP46: Securing the Future!

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Aired on TVNZ. Keep spoilers in the tags.

Cast List:
Sarah Natochenny
Laurie Hymes
Jessica Paquet
Rosie Reyes
Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld
Marc Swint
Rodger Parsons

Simona Berman
Sam Black
Roger Callagy
Carter Cathcart
Emily Cramer
Daniel J. Edwards
Abe Goldfarb
Bobbi Hartley
Melissa Hope
Emily Jenness
Riley Joseph
Michele Knotz
Eddy Lee
Ted Lewis
Michael Liscio. Jr
Suzy Myers
Lisa Ortiz
Scottie Ray
Sean Reyes
Erica Schroeder
Marc Thompson
Pete Zarustica

WTP coming soon!
 

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Nice to see Ted Lewis credited, must voice a minor background character as Giovanni is absent
 

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Hey, Scottie Ray’s back! Been a while since we heard from him.
 

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Dammit, Goldfarb, you ruined the Poipole montage. I wasn't expecting Future Connection, but at least give me something other than extremely generic filler tracks. In the Japanese version it felt like a triumphant ending to Poipole's story, here it was just a random series of clips set to what's basically the musical equivalent of walla (unintelligible murmers by background cast to fill a scene) with nothing at all to make it stand out as a cap off to Poipole's adventures. Even an extended version of Under the Alolan Moon would have been better than what we got.

I'm not normally one to complain about Goldfarb's score and watching Master Quest on Twitch showed me that he's a vast improvement on whoever was doing the 4Kids music at that time, but he really did not deliver in this instance.
 

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The Japanese version had no title card. Does the dub have one?
Nope, Ash just calls out, "Securing the Future!" awkwardly during the first scene transition, it really feels jammed in there. There's no intro either, the episode starts with Ash recapping the arc, then we see Faba and Kikui fighting Team Rocket's Aggron, then it cuts back to Ash and co. with, "Securing the Future!" called out over a random shot of the cave roof leading into the first Ultra Guardians scene of the episode.
 
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It's actually the same scene the title is shown on-screen in Japanese, but since they don't actually have the title as on-screen text in the dub it's pretty awkward. I wouldn't be surprised if they play with it for the UK release, though; they've corrected typos and the like before.
 

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I saw the title on the screen...I thought it was really cool because it was different! I also liked that Ash has been narrating the past few episodes' recaps. SM has been trying so many different things and it's really refreshing!

I thought this arc was pretty good overall. I thought it was serious without being too edgy or overboard. They threw some humor in there to keep it from being a total drag. Ash and Faba were particularly funny in this episode. Also, I absolutely love Professor Kukui. I already knew this, but this episode just cemented it.

Gladion and Ash using the z moves together for Lunala and Solgaelo was awesome.

I wasn't a huge Poipole fan tbh (I didn't hate it or anything, I just didn't really feel one way or another) so the departure scene didn't really hit me too hard, although its drawing of Ash and Pikachu was cute.

Not going to lie, I'm looking forward to getting back to some more fun, lighthearted episodes! Fortunately, I felt that this arc was just the right length: not too short, not too drawn out, so I wasn't sick of it by the end. Hit all the marks for me!
 

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It seems the New Zealand version of this episode has no episode name but the US version does
 
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