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Old April 26th, 2017 (4:32 AM). Edited August 21st, 2017 by Kostas.
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    May 18th: Get Out! Red Eyed Lycanroc!



    Opponent 3: A mysterious Lugarugan Trainer: His name is Gladion!
    A mysterious Trainer that uses Lycanroc and Umbreon arrives in town! What is this Trainer with the black Z-Ring capable of?!

    The lump of rock bathed in the Z of the blue moon will now... seal off the collapsing world!
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    Old May 1st, 2017 (5:08 PM).
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      So (I assume) Satoshi is getting the noon Lycanroc form... cool...
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      Old May 11th, 2017 (2:34 AM).
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          Pros
          Ash training his team
          Gladion appearance and attitude
          Akala reference and Ash seems to take an interest in Continental Crush
          Lillie and Gladion relationship revealed (Gladion won't battle in front of her) and a sprinkling of backstory

          Cons
          Team Rocket ruined this episode. The worst of it is was so obvious and yet still disappointing when it happened.
          The other classmates were strictly speaking, not really relevant

          Overall: 7/10. A good episode, ruined by Team Rocket.

          Best reaction: Lillie, for Ash letting Gladion leave.
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          Old May 19th, 2017 (4:16 PM).
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            I just had to post this because of Gladion:

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            Since Continental Crush sparked Ash's interest to challenge Olivia, what would interest Ash to go to Ula'ula Island?
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              Well the Dub of this Episode finally aired. Have to agree that Gladion is what inspired Ash to go to Akala and challenge Olivia. One could argue this was the Episode that spurred Olivia to appear 4 Episodes later and bring the class on a special trip to Akala just so Ash can fulfill his Trial challenge. Question now becomes, who acts as the trigger for Ash to travel to the next island? Can't wait for the dub of Episode 28(will be interesting to see the Lana Home run scene).
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                Good episode other than Team Skull and Team Rocket's appearances because of the higher than normal amount of battling. Gladion is very intriguing and I like him more than Ash's other rivals besides Gary. He's mysterious and tough, but also willing to battle Ash and complimentary unlike Trip, Paul, and season 1 Gary who were pretty much just jerks. The story with him and Lillie is definitely interesting too. Gladion may just be the character that provides the spark this season needs.
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                Old August 21st, 2017 (10:58 PM). Edited August 21st, 2017 by Hikamaru.
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                If anyone's wondering who Gladion's voice actor is, it's a guy named Eddy Lee.

                Never heard of him before, so I guess he's another completely new voice actor. It's like TPCi has an annoying habit of choosing these never-heard-of newbies when it comes to voicing new characters in XY and SM so far.

                Lana's VA was also someone who hadn't had any previous credit prior to the SM series either, while Lillie's only had one notable credit prior to SM, which was voicing one of the Team Flare scientists. Kiawe's VA is familiar to those who watch abridged videos, but other than that he's had no other credits before SM.
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                  Eddy Lee has done voices in Yu-Gi-Oh and a few other things, so he's not completely new or unknown. TPCi probably hires whoever is the most cost-effective.
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                    Unfortunately, some of his delivery was ridiculously wooden, such as when he says he's glad Lillie can touch pokémon again

                    When he's issuing battle commands, however, he's not half-bad

                    Whoever is in charge of VA direction needs to be replaced because the only people who seem to put any effort and life into their lines are the Skull Grunts, Ash and the TRio

                    As for the episode itself, it was quite enjoyable, even with the rage-inducing battle interruption (although given the track record for battles, that may have been for the best - we're still so far away from the Olivia battle, going by the dub)
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                    Whoever is in charge of VA direction needs to be replaced because the only people who seem to put any effort and life into their lines are the Skull Grunts, Ash and the TRio
                    So you're saying Lisa Ortiz completely sucks as a voice director?
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                      So you're saying Lisa Ortiz completely sucks as a voice director?
                      As with a lot of dubs, it's a hit or miss

                      Unfortunately, with what I've seen of the dub for BW, XY and SM, it's more of the latter

                      There's times the voices don't match the action and it comes off as awkward or unsettling

                      Wild frantic league battle?
                      Calm voices, awkward phrasing and line delivery coupled with a lackluster soundtrack makes for a poor viewing experience

                      It's not unwatchable, but it could be done so much better and there's been times where it's worked (Kukui's "I'm sorry" line in SM021 when responding to Rotom's question of where Stoutland has gone, for example)
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                      Old August 26th, 2017 (12:20 PM).
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                        The dub has never exactly had great mouth-movement matching and writing. It's not just a recent thing.
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