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REVIEW: SM129: The Great Fray! Battle Royal 151!!

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Great opening for the league that starts. Wish, most of the Ash's Classmate can make it in finals round.

Overall rating: B+
 
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Ok that was honestly a bit weak. We simply saw too few challenges to the main cast. The fact that all 6 of them have made it through also emphasises how low-stakes the whole Battle Royal setup was. Of the qualifiers, I don't think we ever even saw Kojiro, Matsurika, Hau, Ookido, Acerola or even Guzma battle a single Pokemon!!

I did like the scene between Satoshi and Gladio though, that was a stirring moment - one of the very few in the whole episode.
 
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Episode looked a bit messy overall, I feel like this preliminary stage would have worked a lot better if it was split into two episodes tbh, but I kinda get why they didn't go for something like that, because damn are the first round matches packed! I can hardly see them skipping any.
 
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Wasn't that bad of an episode I admit, some of the battles were over a bit too quickly, Plumeria certainly had potential to go through
 
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I knew it, the writers/animators couldn't handle the sheer scope of the Battle Royale, which ended up looking too tame. There just wasn't a realistic sense of scale or chaos, which makes me wish that there hadn't even been a Battle Royale at all.
 
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Omg forgot to say a key thing - Satoshi twigged that it was Musashi's Mimikyu, and seemed to join up the dots when he saw Musashi. I think this is the first ever time HE has recognised the TRio in disguise without prompting!! I'm so proud of my little twerp :bulbaLove:
 
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I'm just wondering about those people freaking out about the 'character based on a staff member' taking up screen time, seeing as he was the first KO.
 
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I knew it, the writers/animators couldn't handle the sheer scope of the Battle Royale, which ended up looking too tame. There just wasn't a realistic sense of scale or chaos, which makes me wish that there hadn't even been a Battle Royale at all.
Aside from what I mentioned early (making the battle royale 2 episodes instead of 1) I think the biggest weakness this episode wasn't the writing or animation themselves, but the direction, I feel like with a couple of match cuts and some better transitions from battle to battle the whole thing could have felt way more cohesive, I don't think the episode was necessarily bad, but compared to the potential it had it does feel kinda mediocre in comparison.
 
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Too bad the opening theme wasn't updated to include Hau's Decidueye in place of Dartrix. Decidueye still appears as Dartrix no matter how many updates they add.
 
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I liked this episode, it was fun and exciting but I have a few complaints:

Every league needs a narrow down the contestants to a proper tournament number (Ironic that the two best leagues- Sinnoh and Kalos- both magically started with a tournament friendly 64) for realism if anything. It just makes sense. The battle Royale did that but I’m not sure I liked that we went straight to 16. I’d have been able to accept all the classmates getting to the top 32, but not the top 16.

I’m not sure I like that the contestants were able to help and spare each other. I know this league is meant to be a bit of fun compared with others but that doesn’t sit well with me.

Sandy and Shaymin- the two Pokemon we complain haven’t done anything- are barely shown. Worse because we’ve never seen Shaymin battle or so much as use an offensive move. They yadder yaddered that a bit.

So many characters were not seen battling at all- Oak, Hau, Mina, Acerola, or barely seen battling- Guzma. Which is fine I guess because they are progressing in the league.

Their were characters however that didn’t go through to the next round her appeared for splits seconds with no battle action- Kahili, Oulu, DJ Leo. Characters like the master fisherman and photobombing hiker- I’m not convinced appeared at all.

I’m still not satisfied. Araquanid has not made a proper major appearance yet!

Their are way more characters they could’ve put here- I’d only just for a small cameo: Horacio, Ida, Ryuki, Alolan Ninetails girl, the revenges...

But I did like this episode- it was nice seeing Ilima getting a chance to shine and seeing a lot from Plumeria: their battle being potentially the best part! Oh and Turtonator was great in this episode too!

Like the episode, but when I look back on this in years to come- I’ll wish some things were done differently.
 
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Omg forgot to say a key thing - Satoshi twigged that it was Musashi's Mimikyu, and seemed to join up the dots when he saw Musashi. I think this is the first ever time HE has recognised the TRio in disguise without prompting!! I'm so proud of my little twerp :bulbaLove:
Something tells me he will remain clueless about it
 
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All complaints about Mao's using Shaymin is turned out to be pointless, as we didn't even see its fighting anybody.
Yeah, this is truly disappointing. I just wanted to see Shaymin in action using some moves. Anyway, for some reason Dare Da was skipped for this episode and instead, they show pics and fan-arts made by Pokemon fans. I wonder if Dare Da will be included in Hulu version or reruns.
 
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Yeah, this is truly disappointing. I just wanted to see Shaymin in action using some moves. Anyway, for some reason Dare Da was skipped for this episode and instead, they show pics and fan-arts made by Pokemon fans. I wonder if Dare Da will be included in Hulu version or reruns.
Someone posted pictures of it in twitter.
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Felt rushed. Liked Magicarp. Would be good to get 3vs3 now after that. Would Shedinja(Guzma) vs mega Kangaskhan not be better?
 
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I thought it was great sadly Shaymin wasn’t shown battle

I was happy to see Togpdomorgo battle with new move or move she knew never been used lol

I wish it was 256 trainers that way to be part 2 episode to see more battles honestly 151 was a lot but I think two parts be great

Ash vs Gladion will happen

I wonder who has ideas who going to win top 16, top 8 top 4 top 2 then battle royal mask
 
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