The Spoink bouncing around made this episode for me. The whole "I'll battle you to see who has a stronger connection with their Pokémon" bit was kind of funny. I'm glad that Ash didn't win the race for some reason. I don't really know for some reason. I guess I lost it. I initially thought that Pikachu won the race though so I was surprised that Snorlax won the race.
The Pokéathlon seemed interesting enough and I hope they bring it back for another episode (I'm guess they haven't yet?) though I wouldn't want to see it as a big part of the show like contests are. Yeah, that's about it I guess. Overall pretty enjoyable.
I initially thought that Pikachu won the race though so I was surprised that Snorlax won the race.
When they put the ending results on screen, it really looked as though Pikachu reached and crossed the finish line mark before Snorlax. When it was announced that Snorlax had won the Hurdle Dash though (iirc, that's what the event was called) I was left surprised.
Overall though, the episode was pretty much satisfactory; a decent way to showcase the Pokéathlon from Johto and advertise HG/SS altogether.
The Pokéathlon seemed interesting enough and I hope they bring it back for another episode (I'm guess they haven't yet?) though I wouldn't want to see it as a big part of the show like contests are.
Agreed. The Pokéathlon in the anime was pretty decent, however after watching this episode, I feel as though it couldn't pull off a major part of the plot in the show like Pokémon Contests do. Plus, by its announcement here, it only seems to be part of Johto's events and not any other regions (thus far). This pretty much leaves me assured that contests may indeed continue for the next generation.
I like how the writers made it seem like Ash and Brock already had some experience with the Pokéatlon because they were already in Johto. Maybe they went off-screen I don't know but it came off weird when they said it since you never saw it.
A dull episode for the Pokeathlon. I suppose it wasn't good in the anime, after all.
The music went rather slow when it panned down to them, I thought, like they're clumsy and slow. Well, Ash didn't know what the trampoline was, I suppose.
- "What's that?" "Looks like a trampoline" -_-
- Urgh, what's up with Snorlax's voice??
- They never heard of Pokeathlon, the liars -_-
- Contest means you can't participate? -_-
- Hey, wait, we had an episode like this before. That Johto guy with the Sizor
- Huh, the scnientist guy sounds familiar...Barry?
- Urf, this is a dull episode for Pokeathlon's...
- NOOOOO punching Staraptor was HORRIBLE
- Soo...science is better than heart? This is a weird lesson, Pokemon o__o Wtf...
- Why couldn't Dawn compete in the Pokeathlon??