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June 28th, 2007, 3:30 PM
Here is where you can discuss Ash's initial Sinnoh Gym Battle and the Paul/Ash rivalry intensifying in "A Gruff Act to Follow."

My review to come forthwith.

June 28th, 2007, 4:09 PM
errr...I can't believe Ash lost...Looks like a rematch to come, that and Team Rocket's Wacky Fossil Antics. Cranidos was way too strong...especially for the first gym leader, and I think that Aipom went out to fast. I'm wondering why the fact that Brock hasn't mentioned the fact that he was also a rock gym leader.

My favorite part was probably either Dawn's explosion at Paul or Staravia's reaction to not being in the battle.

June 28th, 2007, 4:32 PM
You know that Pokemon Special chapter where Giovanni initially deceives Red to analyze and observe his techniques? It's kinda like that.

Now, had the series followed game mechanics from the start, I would be more disappointed at the loss (and, frankly, bored from the exposition), here. But I'm disappointed on how the writers allowed Ash to lose, when he really didn't have to. Now, he's been a long-time Trainer, and he should have compensated for having an inexperienced roster. On the other hand, I think looking at the Psycho Cranidos, it's difficult to combat. At least when comparing to Paul's Battle, it was slightly less intense.

With few exceptions, the Gym Battles have never been this...savage until now. If this Battle would be based on one of the final Gym Battles, that's fine. However, if the rest of the Sinnoh Gym Battles are like this first one, Ash really has his work cut out for him.

Also, we learn that Paul isn't a complete jackass, like how he acts with the child Trainer. Good touch. Although, that deflates when measured by his paucity of lines.

And Wobbuffet is so darling in its lab coat.

June 28th, 2007, 7:06 PM
That episode was just pure awesome, Turtwig did get way faster and I liked how paul was kinda impressed in the middle of it.

It was so cool when pikachu used thunderbolt on the field and yeah this episode was pretty intense I hope every single battle is like this from now on and I love it when pikachu uses volt tackle head on like that.

The beginning was pretty funny that paul didnt remember dawn at all, I guess paul has a memory span of 1 episode.. HA.. it was kinda cool that paul atleast gave Azumarril to a kid instead of releasing it.. but isnt it kinda strange how their is little kids who look like they are 7 years old when you dont get a pokemon until you are 10

June 28th, 2007, 7:08 PM
I still say ash deserved a badge... As Whitney once said, a Gym Badge is proof you can beat the gym leaders strongest pokemon... Which ash did.

June 28th, 2007, 7:14 PM
I still say ash deserved a badge... As Whitney once said, a Gym Badge is proof you can beat the gym leaders strongest pokemon... Which ash did.

oh yeah thats true I own that episode but they dont make it like that anymore

July 11th, 2007, 9:35 AM
Episode Comparison time. Huzzah!


Dogasu makes an interesting observation, but he's right. Nevertheless, being the first Gym of the region, I don't quite agree with him, but whatever.