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PREVIEW: XY074: Kunoe Gym Battle! The Beautiful Fairy Trap!!

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Re: XY074: Spritzee

Could this possibly be the Laverre City Gym Battle? If so, it is weird that these gym battles are close to one another.
 

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Could this possibly be the Laverre City Gym Battle? If so, it is weird that these gym battles are close to one another.
It won't necessarily feel rushed if XY073 turns out to be about Serena's second Showcase with Valerie possibly debuting there. Other than arguably the Showcase, I don't see what needs to happen before the gym.
 

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At this point I think the gaps between 6th and 7th gym and 7th and 8th will be longer, 15-20 episodes at most, I don't understand the rushing, maybe a filler saga is coming? idk. Ash must have completed the Kalos gym quest around XY100-110 my guess.
 

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Re: XY074: Spritzee

The title of this episode is "Laverre Gym Match! The Beautiful Fairy Trap!!!" as confirmed by the Pokémon Fan magazine.

I find it funny that people on SPPf were so sure that this would just be Valerie's introduction rather than the gym episode. I had a feeling that XY073 would introduce Valerie. Clearly the XY series is moving at a faster pace than some people would care to admit.
 

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Re: XY074: Spritzee

Here are some images and summaries from the episode.


Challenge the Laverre Gym!
Ash challenges Valerie after her fashion show! How will this battle go!?


A battle against two Fairy types!
Valerie's Pokémon are Fairy types! They may look cute at first glance, but don't let your guard down around them!

Sylveon uses Disarming Voice!

Fletchinder is in trouble after a Trick Room!
Fletchinder gets locked up in Spritzee's move "Trick Room", which prevents it from utilising the speed it specialises in!

Valerie:
A Gym Leader who loves Fairy type Pokémon and is said to understand their language!
 

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Looks like this is Fletchinder's gym to star in.

And this is going to be an interesting battle, since Ash has always relied on Fletchinder to increase its Speed with Flame Charge in all of the battles it has been in since it evolved. Ash has struggled with Trick Room during the last time he fought somebody that used it (Conway in DP), and unfortunately all four Pokémon he has on his team at the time of this battle are really fast.

I wonder if Valerie will use a third Pokémon, and if it is Mawile or Mr. Mime. In any case, I can see Pikachu being used for Iron Tail alone.
 

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Re: XY074: Kunoe Gym Battle! The Beautiful Fairy Trap!!

*gulp* :uhoh:

Okay, okay...don't panic. Even if they've decided to rush the Badge Quest it's still better than the Kanto and Isshu ones (and some Hoenn battles).
Still, I really hope they've got something good planned to justify it or make up for it and it's not because the producers wanted to throw out some of the story shoe-horn in some promotional elements (again)...
 

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I'm convinced: They planned a big arc ahead and Pokemon XY is going to get a second season. Judging by this fast pacing, I'm sure Ash will get his eighth badge between episodes 100 and 110. It's probably one of the two after that:

1. Mega Evolution Specials crossover - a.k.a., Team Flare arc.
2. Zinnia arc.

The league is more or less a subplot or an extra thing

I could be wrong, though.

As for the upcoming gym battle, it would be interesting to see a Trick Room strategy against Ash's fast team.
 

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I think either Fletchinder will evolve and win the match (and maybe learn Brave Bird?) or Ash will lose for the first time since Viola and have to rematch.
 

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They're going faster, I hope for a post-arc after the league featuring Team Flare or something.
 

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We're kinda going at a rushed pace right now....The first few gyms often had at least 15 episodes between them, but Lumiose and Laverre came pretty quickly.
 

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I think either Fletchinder will evolve and win the match (and maybe learn Brave Bird?) or Ash will lose for the first time since Viola and have to rematch.
Talonflame would have been spoiled on the ending then.

The "Ash loses" part is actually being speculated on some places, due to the fact Valerie only shows 2 Pokemon. The battle in XY073 needs to be rushed, so just like Cameron vs Marlon it's possibly that is just a 2vs2, and if Ash loses it could be changed to a 3vs3 for the rematch. However, there's not much to do at Laverre apart of the Pokeball factory,and there aren't any signs that Serena's second showcase will happen here. Also, none of the following episodes has Sylveon, Mawile, Mr. Mime, etc. as broadcast data.
 

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Y'know, it might just be me, but Valerie looks younger than she does in the games. And she has cuter eyes.

I'm already wondering what her voices (Japanese and English) will be like....
 

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Well this is disappointing. The Laverre Gym Battle so soon? With what seems to be two on two?

At least Valerie looks more human here with visible sclera.

I was really hoping there would be some distance between the Gyms. Heck, this would be a good time to introduce Team Flare and the Pokeball factory first. Or Serena's second showcase (which at this point seems nonexistent). Have someone catch a new Pokemon. I just hope the series won't rush like BW did...I was hoping it would have the same substance that was the Sinnoh saga.
 

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Also, none of the following episodes has Sylveon, Mawile, Mr. Mime, etc. as broadcast data.
If Ash loses here, the rematch will probably happen in the next episode. Sylveon and Mawile were both used as broadcast data for previous episodes, so it makes sense that Treecko would be used instead even if it had a secondary role in the episode. Helioptile was used for XY006, even though Alexa just helped Ash train and the rematch was the actual focus.

I don't see why Valerie would save Mawile/Mr. Mime for a hypothetical rematch, as it should be her weakest Pokémon (meaning that it should be sent out first). Either Pokémon Fan neglected to mention her third member (which has happened before), or it doesn't exist at all.
 

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Going by the titles for previous Gym Matches in XY, Ash is going to lose here.

The Hakudan Gym Battle! The Magnificent. Viviyon's Dance Battle!! - Lost

Decisive Battle on the Ice! Pikachu VS Viviyon!! - Won (Rematch)

Shōyō Gym Battle! Pikachu VS Chigoras!! - Won

Shara Gym Battle! Pikachu VS Mega Lucario! - Won

Hiyoku Gym Battle! Gekogahshier VS Gogoat!! - Won

Miare Gym Battle! Satoshi VS Citron!! - Won

Now look at the title for the match with Valerie;

Laverre Gym Match! The Beautiful Fairy Trap!!

Notice how there is no VS in the title, nor any Pokemon names either. It's just like the episode title when Ash lost to Viola. Of course, this is only pure speculation based on the way episode titles are named, but it makes sense. Also the fact that it's only a 2v2 match is somewhat suspicious to me. Hence why I think Ash will lose here.

 

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Well, theoretically, if there was any gym Ash should lose, it should be the Fairy Gym, since he's dealing with a type he's not used to before.
 

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I hope Ash loses here. Spritzee's nose slays all.

While I preferably would want there to be at least 10 episodes between each gym, I'm kinda okay with the pacing, especially if Ash'll return for a rematch. Rather have it be fast-paced than that Sinnoh-torture.
 
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