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Old January 13, 2012, 01:12:02 PM
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Default Magmaster12 Re watches the Pokemon Anime

My current goal is to try to re watch every single episode of the pokemon anime starting with episode 1 where I will post my review and thoughts of every single one including the specials and movies.

Here's hoping I get passed 200 episodes!

Pokemon Episode Reviews Indigo League    
EP001 Pokemon - I Choose You : Pretty great start for the anime, I really like how the show starts off by showing the actual game intro then switching it to the anime I think it's pretty over looked at awesome it is. I hated everything about Gary in the early including his voice what a jerk. The stuff with Ash trying to catch a pokemon is pretty boring, I guess this kind of proves he can't hold an episode by himself.

Overall this is a great introduction to the pokemon we see our characters wants, and a fantastic introduction to how the pokemon world works without talking down to it's audience. It's a memorable episode in the end.

4/5

EP002 Pokemon Emergency : Not much to be said about this episode aside from the fact it's strange seeing this since it's the only episode Team Rocket is supposed to be taken serously. Is it just me though but there voice actors are pretty bad in this episode? Heh Ash confused Ho-Oh for an Articuno. I wonder why Arcanine is on the tablet with the legendary birds. Oak thinks Ash didn't see Articuno, oh the irony. Why isn't Team Rocket taken this seriously by the authority in other episodes? They seem to have the entire town under deep watch but they have gotten off riding there balloon in major towns other times. And thus begins Team Rockets 600 episode long journey to catch Pikachu. Pretty fun episode though

4/5

EP003 Ash Catches A Pokemon: Well Misty is now a main member of the group, it's either love or Stockholm Syndrome you be the judge. The moment in this episode between Caterpe and Pikachu is weird but it's still pretty cut despite not making total sense. I find it funny how Meowth sees himself as the leaser.

This episode was pretty boring, it seemed to go back and forth between
1.Caterpe trying to befriend Misty
2.Misty freaking out
3.Caterpe gets depressed
This is were we also see Team Rocket again, personally I got sick of them fast because they basicly did the same thing every episode it's just well boring.

3/5

EP004 Challenge of the Samurai - So this 10 year old kid is just running around threatening kids with a samurai sword, no wonder they don't let actual 10 year olds live on there own. Team Rocket was pretty funny in this episode, I like how they're using a paper tank to avoid the Beedrill and are basically the cause of everything bad in this episode unintentionally. Metapod vs Metapod was also very funny.

4/5

EP005 ******** in Pewter City - This is the episode where we finally get introduced to Brock and the episode is okay. Something that annoys me a lot about the early episodes is the fact Ash basically doesn't deserve any of his gym badges and here it is no exception. I do like some of the moments with Brock's Dad which is pretty funny along with Brock's siblings trying to defend there brother dispute being pretty stupid. Also, Ash is willing to accept help from this total creeper he barely knows who later turns out to be Brocks dad but refuses Misty's help our hero ladies and gentlemen.

4/5

EP006 Clefairy and the Moon Stone - Another filler another weird character of the day and typical Team Rocket Attack. I guess the stuff with the Clefairy was pretty cool though.

2/4

EP007 Waterflowers of Cerulean City - Wow just one episode gap between a gym you never see that today. I find strange how Brock just leaves in the middle of this episode with no real explanation. Still a pretty fun episode especially a rare battle between Misty and Ash.

4/5

EP008 Path to the Pokemon League - I remember this as being one first times I actually saw pokemon so it should be interesting to watch this. I like this episode kind of explores the idea of "animal abuse" but it spent way to much time focusing on Akira and Ash arguing with little resolution. So it's pretty boring.

3/5

EP009 School of Hard Knocks - This episode was kind of interesting because it had the anime try to create new ideas for how the world works like the pokemon school which makes perfect sense. Something I noticed though is the fact that the staff the kid was going over for level 1 seemed really easy, so I wonder what the final grade teaches, the math behind IV's and Rate of shiny pokemon. I don't get the moral at the end though, computer battles are not the real thing so it's better to learn real tactics when fighting. So does this mean that instead of playing the games were you use made up tactics you should always do poorly made tactics? Typical writers.

4/5

EP010 Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village - Another starter capture another pokemon who starts off hating Ash but then ends up being captured pretty basic episode if you ask me.

3/5

EP011 Charmander the Stray Pokemon - Now this episode I like, it has some good moments with Ash trying to save Charmander and Brock actually being three dimensional by being so concerned about Charmander and eventually yelling at his trainer.

4/5

EP012 Here comes the Squirtle Squad - I find it funny how 4Kids made it so dramatic over Misty getting her hair dyed purple, in the original they were going to out right kill her. So with all the tactics and Squirtle who is a pretty interesting pokemon this makes up a pretty good episode. My only issue would be the fact the ending was way to sudden with the Squirtle Squad being good just like that.

4/5

EP013 Mystery at the Lighthouse - While this episode does use an expect of the game it doesn't use to much with it and this episode is pretty forgettable and drawn out. I found it pretty funny how Bill got stuck in the Kobutops costume, disadvantage of being a furry people! The episode also seems to have a lot of build up to Dragonite but all we see of it is a silhouette while it barely does anything!

1/5

EP014 Electric Shock ******** - Here's something I really hate about the anime, pokemon refusing to evolve. Yes I get it they don't want it to become for x reason but it's still pretty stupid and doesn't cover the real fact that it doesn't want to evolve so it can stay cute and sell as many toys and products as possible. Enjoy being mained to death for refusing to evolve Pikachu. For all it's worth though the battle between Pikachu and Raichu is still one of the better battles in all of Kanto though.
Also this is the first time Team Rocket uses a disguise and Misty immediately recognizes them oh the irony.

3/5

EP015 Battle aboard St.Annie - This is the episode of the anime where we are are introduced to Giovanni who isn't a real threat until 15 years later only to have his disappearance unexplained. The team up between all the pokemon taking down all the pokemon was pretty cool despite 50% of it being recycled animation.

4/5

EP016 Pokemon Shipwreck - At the beginning of the episode it's established that Officer Jenny thinks the group is dead, wouldn't it be interesting if they actually, oh I don't know establish it further before making that seen entirely pointless oh well. This episode is pretty fun though having a lot of high tension with the group using there own pokemon was pretty cool. Despite this episode being pretty drawn it's pretty cool.

4/5

EP017 Island of Giant Pokemon - Well this episode is well, different. It's weird seeing the pokemon voices subtitled especially how Charmander and Pikachu seem to be the only ones who care for Ash just you wait Charmander.Something that really bothers me is that Giovanni is the owner of this amusement park with giant pokemon you think he might use this to try well take over the world but nope Giovanni is only interested in expanding tourism.

4/5

EP018 Beauty and the Beach - Oh Boy time for a tramautizingly bad episode. I can understand why 4kids skipped this episode fanservice (especially for James) serves no point in this show. Along with the creepy character of the day who even flirted with Misty in the original version overall it's an outright mess. Also are Gary's fangirls aware he's 10 years old?

1/5

EP019 Tentacool and Tentacruel - Darn time for our "environmental episode". Pretty basic episode but seeing an entire city getting destroyed was pretty cool with all the guns and pokemon attacks really makes up for the sickening last episode.

3/5

EP020 Ghost of Maiden's Peek - Another episode that kind unfitting for this series. I'm not saying it's all bad though we get to see Brock and on a rare a cation James falling in love with a woman. Something that really annoyed was the climax with Gastly and how pretty seems to control all reality creating "animals" a mongoose then he just disappears without any real conclusion, yes it's but it'll be back soon. What exaclty was Gastly's goal in the first place?

3/5

EP021 Bye Bye Butterfree - This episode is pretty boring aside from the emotional goodbye we get from Ash in the end, pretty basic start for Ash starting to continually release pokemon in the distant future.

3/5

EP022 Abra and Psychic Pokemon - Something that's usually ignored by future episodes of pokemon is the gym leaders are incredibly boring with Sabrina it was nice they actually tried to something so dark. In fact aside from main characters Sabrina might be the most well developed gym leader. I do however have a problem with how over powered psychic types are in this episode but it's not going to be a big problem until the following episode.

4/5

EP023 The Tower of Terror - An episode that's actually creative!? This is another kind of episode the anime would never have today and it's pretty well weird. Overall it's pretty boring but also fun.

3/5

EP024 Kadabra vs Haunter - Man this was a weird arc and it gets even weirder here. I think the reason why it ended this way was because the writers realized they made the psychic types to over powered and knew there was no way Ash could say they just gave up. Still this arc was pretty ground breaking as it left Ash with a goal that expanded through multiple episodes, something that will become a high point of the series.

3/5

EP025 Primeape goes bananas - This episode has a lot going for it with Ash going insane trying to get his hat back but it got old fast.

3/5

EP026 Pokemon Scent-sation - This episodes has good moments and bad moments while it's incredibly annoying to see Erika just hand her badge over to Ash without a real battle considering all the filler that's upcoming but it's also not typical for to see Ash teaming up with Team Rocket and dressing up as a girl .

2/5

EP027 Hypno's Naptime - Man this episode is really stupid. The episode starts off with a lady confusing her son telling them he's been missing for three days! I guess that's what happens when your entire police force is inbred. Or the fact that no one is noticing this giant mansion on top of a building. Or the fact that Magikarp girl must have some how flopped over to the elavator and pressed the button. This episode is stupid but it's still a pretty fun watch.

4/5

EP028 Pokemon Fashion Flash - Basic episode but the stuff with Team Rocket obsessing over fashion and Misty's makeover it was pretty funny.

3/5

EP029 The Punchy Pokemon - This was a pretty bad episode, the characters of the day were really boring and the battle weren't a lot better. The only redeeming thing about this episode is Team Rocket and they're usually the only redeeming thing of most of these episodes. This is also the episode were we say goodbye to Primeape after appearing in 1 episode a lot people complain about the lack of screen time of the pokemon today but this is an example of how not to handle one of Ash's captures.

2/5

EP030 Sparks fly for the Magnemite - Officer Jenny is having these three kids she barely knows into the Power Plant to put the power on, heaven forbid you *get your uniform dirty Jenny. Other then pretty regular episode consisting of the group and Team Rocket just wondering around not that bad.

3/5

EP031 Dig those Diglett - Another episode that was made with littlee ideas in mind. Also Team Rocket's pokemon evolving in this episode but it's only done to expand the episode.

1/5

EP032 Ninja Poke******** - Why does 4Kids feel they need to add "poke" to every title seems really unnecessary. Compared to the last episode this episode is really well paced. Cramming some great battle between Ash and Koga and his sister, the funny moments with Ash and friends going through the gym, Psyduck failed moments and Team Rocket. Considering the fact Ash actually desrved this badge it's easily one of the better gym battles and pretty underrated.

4/5

EP033 The Flame Pokemon -Thon - Well Pokemon Racing is a pretty good idea for an episode but other then that his episode is pretty basic.
What's weird is the fact that in Japan this is the highest rated episode of Pokemon with 18.3% weird.
Also 4Kids never try to have your VA's do western accents again.

2/5

EP034 The Kangiskan Kid - My god this is a weird episode and a little people seem to hate it or love it because it's a display of everything the anime isn't now. Personally though I love it's really insane and stupid but hilarious. I totally recommend this episode to anyone who hasn't seen the original series and is curious to see the anime of yesturyear.

4/5

EP035 Legend of Dratini - Man I personally think it's a pretty big shame 4Kids had skipped this episode is favor of not airing it. The scenes with Team Rocket torturing the Warden are really funny along with how Ash keeps trying to catch other pokemon but ends up capturing a Tauros.

4/5

EP036 The Bridge Bike Gang - Are bridges normally built were the build the walkway first for bikers then for the actual drivers? Also yet again we see Nurse Joy sending the group off on job despite not knowing them at all, oh well Nintendo Logic! Considering the fact they don't really have anywhere to be, Ash doesn't even have his next gym battle planned there's really little point in them wanting to cross the bridge in the first place. This episode has some pretty good battles though so I'd recommend it.

3/5

EP037 Ditto's Mysterious Mansion - This episode is pretty awesome and memorable. We get a great establishment of everyone favorite egg making machine ditto and a memorable moment where the group does the Team Rocket motto.

4/5

EP038 Dennou Senshi Porygon - This episode took the idea of the pokemon storage system and made it awsome! Making the world inside a computer based wonder land with many seizure enduing lazers! Also Porygon is in it and he's also pretty awesome.

5/5

EP039 Pikachu's Goodbye - Man what a sad episode to bad we already know it's pretty clear Pikachu would never leave Ash. This episode is still pretty bad despite being pretty sad I guess it's no surprise this episode was put together in four months after the show got put on hiatus after the porygon incident.

1/5


EP040 Battling Eevee Brothers - I've always found this episode pretty ironic Mikey wants his Eevee to stay in its own form so it can be happy, you better not keep it to happy or it'll evolve when Gold and Silver. Overall this is another pretty boring episode but it's kind of interesting seeing them go over evolution stone evolution.

2/5


EP041 Wake up Snorlax - Well this was a good episode I guess the antics of them trying to wake up Snorlax were pretty funny.
4/5

EP042 ******** at Dark City - Man this episode is messed up. Personally I'm not sure if I should love this episode or hate it but I'll say skip it.

2/5

EP043 March of the Exeggutor Squad - Well this episode is just god awful. It's about a magician who sucks at his job, try's to use his pokemon brainwash Ash so he can brainwash more pokemon then there's a battle and the episodes ends. That's it. Probably one of the worst episodes of the entire franchise, it's not even fun it's just REALLY stupid.

1/5

EP044 Problem with Paras - Another terrible episode. At least last one was sort of entertaining this one is just really boring and starts the pattern of a typical filler today.
Character of the day has problem with there pokemon
There's a battle and it fails
Pikachu says its name
Team Rocket try to steal the weak pokemon and SURPRISE it's strong now we hope you enjoyed this recycled plot.

1/5


EP045 Song of Jigglypuff - Man I love this episode, back when Jigglypuff was funny and no one was sick of seeing it. Only problem is the stuff with the group trying to teach Jigglypuff to sing is pretty boring.

4/5

EP046 Attack of the Prehistoric Pokemon - Man this is another episode with a lot, between fossil digging, Team Rocket attack, fossil pokemon attack, Charmeleon evolving, the group trying to dig out Ash and Ash finding the first pokemon egg in the franchise this episodes action packed.

4/5

EP047 A Chansey Operation - Let me get this strait, in this world based around pokemon there isn't one pokemon center for miles so the group has to rely on a doctor to get an apple out of pikachu's throat yep, Also this episode has to much fanservice on Misty. Why is this wrong? SHE'S 10 FOR CHRIST'S SAKE!!! It's bad enough they had to make it so blatantly obvious the doctor is attracted to her.
Also Brock rejects Dr.Proctor's offer to help him because he wants to become a pokemon breeder good luck Brock.

4/5

EP048 Holy Matrimony - I like these history episodes. It's really great for us to learn more about James and his history it's a shame we don't more on other characters *cough* Ash *cough. All in all great episode. In fact this episode isn't even about Ash and friends it's about Team Rocket as we have more focus put on them then Ash and friends with them "Blasting off" at the end of the episode instead of them. I freaking love how satanicly evil Jessebelle and Jame's parents for letting him get tortured. I wonder why Ash never thought of the idea of James being rich of actually getting rid of him.

4/5

EP049 So near yet so Farfetch'd - This is a pretty boring episode, a kid tries to steal pokemon only realize that the pokemon he was using to steal was strong all along. I don't get it why didn't he know it all along when he was stealing the pokemon or why he did in the first place so this episode is just pretty stupid.

2/5

EP050 Who keeps Togepi? - Well 50 episodes in it's now time for the show to jump the shark for the first time! A lot people pinpoint this as the moment in the series when Misty stop acting violent towards Ash and became more based around cuteness of pokemon. This episode is pretty poor, for an episode that provides such an important event it provides very little.

3/5

EP051 Bulbasaur's Mysterous Garden - I've already stated my dislike towards the idea of pokemon refusing to evolve. It's just poor excuse for the animators to save money while at same time trying to sell as many bulbasaur products as possible. Heaven forbid we get screen time of a different pokemon. This episode was still a breakthrough though as Bulbasaur was one of Ash's weakest pokemon before this episode and once he learned Solar Beam he become Ash's more powerful pokemon. I guess it's trying to deal with idea of how people need to grow up and Bulbasaur refuses to look intimidating. BULLS***The moral of this episode makes no sense, if you don't want to change you don't have the option to and you should stay who you are the same person forever. BAD MORAL

2/5

EP052 Princess vs Princess - Learning about Japanese holidays is neat. I also enjoyed seeing a rivalry Misty and Jessie while fleshing out there character history. The only problem is Jessie rarely uses Lickitung after this.

4/5

EP053 The Purr-fect Hero - This episode is pretty basic there's nothing really good about but nothing really bad either it's just average. However the bipolar teacher in this episode really cracks me up.

3/5

EP054 - This episode is interesting because I think it's nice to see Ash trying a new approach to becoming a good pokemon trainer by having Pikachu go through Glowlthe Police Training and at the same time wondering if it's the right thing to do to Pikachu. Pretty Good.

4/5

EP055 - Pokemon Paparazzi - This is the episode where we are introduced Todd Snapp the character from the N64 where you take pictures of pokemon and it's well pretty boring. Just a pretty poor excuse at the writers to eventually advertise a game. It's pretty funny to see Team Rocket recruit someone to capture Pikachu only for Todd to completely fail.

3/5

EP056 The Ultimate Test - I think the point of this episode might have been to show that Ash has barley developed as a trainer on his journey as he's pretty bad so in a way this episodes point is kind of pointless. Like the only thing that matters about being a pokemon is just being a nice person. sigh. Another thing that annoys me is that Jessie has point in this episode, a lot of the info on the test makes no sense at all considering the fact the answers really can be easily misconstrued. I may be wrong though as Ash is really good at battling the gym leader/teacher but that's it also the antics with Todd can be pretty funny sometimes. Also at the end Ash says he's fine with getting badges his own way forgetting the entire reason why he took the test in the first place, Because most of his badges were just handed over to him.

3/5

EP057 Breeding Center Secret - This episode was pretty cool as it had pretty high tension as Butch and Cassidy are more threatening villians. I think it's also nice for us to see Misty helping the group out at the end of the episode instead of Ash for once.

4/5

EP058 Riddle Me This - I'm not going to talk about the gym battle because it's not until the end of the episode. The antics with the riddles and Ash trying to find a hotel is kind of funny I guess they didn't have to many ideas for this episode. There's also the fact that Pikachu is used in this battle when he was used in all the other ones while. Let me prove my point with this chart frojm the gym battles so far up to this point.
Pikachu 6
Butterfree 1
Pidgeotto 2
Bulbasaur 1
Squirtle 1
Charizard 4

3/5

EP059 Volcano Panic - I think this episode is proof why the writers never bothered to put in actual gym battles, when they put one it they're very poorly done and rushed. We have each pokemon OHKO each other staying out for 1 minute it's almost sheer proof how bad the Kanto League can be. Watching the group's pokemon working together to prevent the volcano from erupting was neat but I don't get why the wait so long to help though. Also this episode makes up from the poor battle in the last episode by putting together an awesome battle between Magmar and Charizard. By the way this episode is why Magmar was one of my favorite pokemon.

4/5

EP060 Beach blank-out Blastiose - This episode has a case of WSIC or Why should I care? This case will be more common in some future episodes but here there's not to many events in this episode. Also Squirtle, compared to Bulbasaur seemed pretty excited to see his evolved forms then why didn't he ever bother to evolve?

2/5


EP061 Misty the Mermaid - The idea of an underwater pokemon musical is weird but I'm sure it's better then the actual pokemon musical. Misty centric episodes especially in the earlier episodes were always pretty good.

4/5

EP062 Clefairy Tale - This episode is weird but still has some awesome moments. The character of the day is a total nut job which I love. This episode also has the funniest Team Rocket scheme ever, I'm not going to reveal anything though you'll have to watch the episode yourself. But the best part is the pink on pink pokemon action between Clefairy and Jigglypuff.

5/5

EP063 Battle for Badge - The final gym is easily the worst. First of all there's Giovanni not getting used. WHY? This was the most climactic moment in the games why were the writers the against following the games even slightly. Second they're going to have this battle against Team Rocket who are currently 0-61? And third the battle is just poorly done. If there's something good I can say about this episode is the build up we get build up to Mewtwo strikes back and Gary actually *gasp* battle! However I'm annoyed they don't let Ash into the gym but they let in Gary's cheerleaders.

2/5

EP064 It's Mr.Mime Time - Well we just had a pokemon underwater musical now we have a pokemon circus. I liked how Ash managed to just leave Team Rocket like forget this I'm out of here. The best part would be the antics with Mr.Mime who's a great addition to the show.

4/5

EP065 Holiday Hi-Jynx - Another banned episode. The difference this time is that this one probably isn't a big miss. I do kind of wish there were more Christmas themed episodes of this show. How Team Rocket Stole Christmas theme works very well so it's quite a shame.

3/5

EP066 Snow way out - I liked this episode it really puts Ash in a corner and shows how determined he can sometimes be to help his friends in need. Also more references to Jessie being an orphan but this time it's funny watching her enjoy the snow.

4/5

EP067 ******** at the po-ke-corral - Now that the pokemon league is coming up its time for us to have a "breather" episode. This episode tries to establish stuff that has mostly been forgotten in the last few episodes but comes off as just pretty poorly paced. Also this episode is an example of how bad the rivalry between Ash and Gary was as we never get to see them battle they just spend the entire episode bragging to one another.

2/5

EP068 The Evolution Solution - And thus starts another string of filler er I mean Ash procrastinating from training for the pokemon league. This episode is pretty boring-stupid. Like it makes no sense at all they're not sure why Slowpoke evolves into Slowbro when a shellder clamps onto its tail say see it happen end of episode but a lot of stuff on this show doesn't make any sense so I'll just roll with it. The character of the day is over the top however its pretty stupid and not really funny at all.

2/5

EP069 The Pi-kahuna - This episode seemed to forget it was an episode of pokemon until we're half way through and it does the cliched thing.

1/5

EP070 Make Room for Gloom - The character of the day in this episode seems kind of stupid she keeps thinking she's a horrible trainer when her Gloom can't evolve even though it might have evolved from an Oddish and is upset about the nursery even though it's being run just fine. Also Prof Oak randomly comes in at the middle of this episode for barely any reason. NINTENDO LOGIC

2/5

EP071 Lights Camera Quaction - This episode is really fun. Despite this episode seeming like an ad for the movie (sort of) I enjoyed watching them make a movie with there pokemon.

4/5

EP072 Go West Young Meowth - This episode gives a captivating plot by showing us meowth's backstory.

4/5

EP073 To mast the Onixexpected - This is the first episode to introduce an E4 member despite the fact the role of the E4 won't be explained until about 10 years after this episode aired.
And you know what as an E4 member compared to them in future episodes he REALLY sucks. Oh well at least we got some slap stick with Misty.

4/5

EP074 The Ancient Puzzle of Pokemopolis - You know I don't really understand why this episode of the original series seems to have been largely forgotten. After all I think the fight between a giant Gengar and Alakazam is not really forgettable oh well. I guess when I think about it is kind of boring though.

2/5

EP075 Bad to the Bone - Pretty basic episode I guess it had a pretty memorable character of the day.
3/5

EP076 All Fired Up - Even for pokemon terms this episode is really stupid in common sense. Team Rocket wants to steal Moltres' flame. Why? So this episode can have a problem to keep the plot going, episode is just another annoying filler. This episode is also pretty poorly paced after the part with the Moltres flame is concluded it feels weird. But I do like how after Ash's confrontation with Gary he does seems to have some doubt in himself. There's also the fact that Team Rocket tries to steal the flame in a big stadium filled with many highly experienced pokemon trainers doing nothing. This episode defiantly should have spent a lot more time developing Ash's character rather then spending so much time obsessing over the flame.

3/5

EP077 Round one begin - Ah the Indigo League before it all went wrong. This is also one first few episodes to actually be dedicated to a battle and it's actually also pretty good as it didn't feel really rushed even though Kingler was used this entire episode. It's also nice to see Ash actually do a sweep and not look totally weak.

4/5

EP078 Fire and Ice - Well this is where it all went wrong. First the episode spent way to much time on Ash trying to heal his pokemon which went no where because we get no mention of after a pointless attack from Team Rocket. Also the battle between Ash and Pete is way to rushed, this battle was only won because Mist and Brock were present and last episode left me with high expectations what a shame.

3/5

EP079 Fourth Round Rumble - Yes an episode actually fully dedicated to battle and it's pretty good despite Muk being underused.

4/5

EP080 Friend in Deed - I hate Ritchie, the fact that he's a mature version of Ash leaves Ritchie as a robotic clone. Also in this episode Ash is unable to tell which pokeballs are his but I don't understand why this is an issue now. Also the method they're using to make Ritchie look like a better character is the same way they used for Gary bravo writers.

2/5

EP081 Friend or Foe alike - First of Team Rocket I hate when they use them as an obstacle it is just lazy writing because they're an obstacle in every episode why does it have to be convenient to the plot this time it's to cliche. This battle that also had so much built up is TERRIBLE. First Pidgeotto barely did anything how is it exuasted? Also why does Ash have Charizard when he knows it won't obey him this was the last battle of the Indigo League shame on you writers shame on you.

2/5

EP082 Friends to the end - You know with every episode knowing that they could have made Ash's battle with Ritchie a lot more climactic. Especially since this episode is pretty pointless and could have been shoved into the second half of the last episode if it wasn't for Team Rocket being completely unneeded in the last episode.

2/5


Pokemon the first Movie    

I'm not to sure if I can say how I really reel about this film aside from blaming everything that wrong with it on 4Kids but I think I can try.

I think my biggest complaint would be mewtwo's motive, he wants to take over the world for no reason when in the original he was mad that he wasn't created by god.
Also this movie is hypocritical with it's moral about fighting being wrong since they go back to doing it at the end of the movie anyways.

Don't watch this movie 4kids should have never been created!
2/5
Watch the original version subbed it shouldn't be to hard to find.
4/5

Character Analysis    

Ash - Despite being our main hero of the show Ash is probably the most
boring and dull character on the show. Now don't get me wrong I don't dislike the character but he could be a lot better. After in the first episode we did we get a good look at his personality shown as being determined enough to try and get his but at the same time caring for other like Pikachu in the climax of the final episode. Other then that there's not much to him and unlike the other characters we won't get a real backstory out him for quite a while. I guess it was established that he also became a better battler as the series went on using clever tactics with offence over defense getting put to good work during the pokemon league.

Pikachu - Well not much can be said about Pikachu in comparison to Ash's other pokemon because his main role of the show was to be "cute" but I digress. Pikachu's relation with Ash did change as from the start he did really little to try and bond with Ash almost having a hatred of humans, shocking every person in the first episode especially Ash. Pikachu eventually does come to real terms and realizes that the right thing to do is help Ash. Even warming
up to more kinder Misty much quicker then he did with Ash. Pikachu was also very full of pride for refusing to evolve to get stronger in the name of Pikachu.
You could say the there final test was in Goodbye Pikachu were it decides to stay with Ash but because the episode was put together last minute I'm not sure if it had character development in mind. As the series progresses Pikachu will actually do less in series which is why I'm talking about him now. While he was largely overused in this season just wait until Johto and considering this is the only season where he does a lot guess it is understandable for more screen time to get put on other pokemon in future, after all there's only so many times they reuse the same animation of Pikachu using thundarbolt.

Butterfree - Speaking of early captures I should probably talk about another strong pokemon of Ash's Butterfree. Looking back I kind of wish that he never really released him due to his many other releases in the future and Butterfree actually being a strong pokemon. Other then that he was pretty bland. While as a Caterpe he seemed focused on trying to befriend other people he seemed to also have a really strong desire to evolve. Problem is after that he has no personalty despite being pretty strong in battles against Misty and Team Rocket I really wish we could have seen him more.

Pidgeotto - Man this guy was underused. Not only that but despite being around for so long he did absolutely nothing! With screentime would often be taken away in favor of the more popular starters and was only used if flying was involved. This pokemon would actually start a trend of incredibly underused and ignored flying types.

Bulbasaur - Speaking of trending patterns Bulbasaur was the first of many grass starters Ash would catch. Along with that he was a lot more interesting being the "mature" battler on the team commonly sitting aside while Ash's other pokemon were playing. As Bulbasaur was depicted in his first episode it had shown he was very protective of other pokemon having a slight hatred of human for being abandoned quite a while ago. As for his battle skills he started off being pretty weak with a lot of battle losses. It's not until he refuses to evolve and learns Solar Beam when he finally becomes a powerhouse being Ash's only Kanto member to carry on for more then half of Johto. I've already stated how I feel about Bulbasaur evolving, it was a poorly done unexcused reason for the animators to save money on new animation.

Squirtle - Speaking of pokemon refusing to evolve it's time for me to talk about Squirtle. Squirtle was probably Ash's only "fun" pokemon besides Pikachu and I mean that after Charmander evolved. He was actually quite a mischievous pokemon, going around playing pranks on trainers only to eventually redeem himself to Ash in his capture episode. Beachblankout Blastoise was the best time for Squirtle to shine trying to help out his evolved brotherin as soon as possible but at the same time being pretty fun about it. Despite easily being sweeped in his only gym battle he was a lot stronger of a battler in other episodes wiping out Team Rocket a lot better then Bulbasaur might have.

Charizard - Speaking of pokemon that would wipe out other pokemon it's time to talk about Charizard. Early Charmandar was depicted as a pretty fragile pokemon who was more loyal to Ash then some of his other pokemon getting thrown out in battle more often in favor or anyone else on Ash's team. Despite this even as Charmander he was still willing to attack any other people with his flamethrower. Then he evolved into an even bigger powerhouse Charizard. Once he evolved into Charizard he was still completely unloyal to Ash becoming lazy, refusing to battle unlesss his ego has at stake or if it was another fire pokemon or just becoming strong. Why? Well I guess one reason could that just wasn't a good trainer but I don't really understand it Ash still seems to care for Charizard and at this part in the series he was shown as a good trainer. Annoying aside especially how stupid it is that it leads to a very disappointing climax to the Indigo League we'll get to see a good glimpse of him finally obeying Ash again in future.


Gary - This character I seriously do not understand the point of. I think his role might been to either show how inexperienced Ash was as a trainer and at the same time making Ash look like a more better character by comparison. In the process though they make him come off as an obscure ****** who knows everything and should be ashamed for being better. The biggest problem was the fact we never really saw him battle Ash, in fact in every battle we saw him in he had gotten his but kicked. So this also makes seem even more of pointless character with a lot of wasted potential in fact it won't be for along time until the series would get a recurring rival correct.

Misty - If there was any character that was truly liked by everyone who watched the series though it would be Misty. Misty started out just following Ash out of anger of her destroying his bike in fact when she first meets Ash she even slaps him a couple times(this when censored in the dub process). I also want to start off to make this clear but they were never meant to be a couple instead the true reason why Misty followed Ash was because she had gradually just become dependent on him. So it's love or Stockholm syndrome you be the judge. Misty has also left being the girl of the group so of course she also had to be the feminist, nice girl of the group despite sometimes beating up members of her group despite the dub sometimes making her come off as a little self-centered. Despite this we also saw a selfish side to her in Princess vs Princess as her entire goal of winning the competition has so she could win a collection of dolls to show off to her sisters who would commonly be the selfish ones on there own.

Psyduck - If there was anytime in the series were Misty would get mad at something it would be about Psyduck. He inclusion on the team could be considered a good thing or a bad thing though because he basically would come out of his pokeball only she'd call out another pokemon causing her to get mad instead of her using another kind of strategy with a different pokemon. However I don't think it's all bad though as he was her only pokemon that had personality and prevented Misty from being repetitive enough to call out the same pokemon again to use water gun.

Brock - Out of all of the traveling companions Ash has had Brock has probably been around the most only to do very little during his run on the show. Now don't get he wrong he actually does a lot in this series but in the future I suggest for you to lower your expectations. While Misty was more of a short term carer Brock was probably a long term one commonly worrying of when issues might arise in a situation. One main example would be when he got mad a Damian for letting his Charmander out in the rain to almost let it die Ash even suggested that Brock should be the one to keep it since he was the reason they had gone back for it. Other then that there's not much to his character aside from falling in love even his pokemon were even more uninteresting only being used at random moments for battle.

It's time I talk about the REAL main characters of the show Team Rocket. While the series would go on there antics would gradually get pretty old however in this series (up to the second to last episode) there material is still fresh. In fact he probably know more about Team Rocket then any other characters in the show.

James - James was probably the weirdest member of the group commonly dressing up in womans outfits for no set out reason and having incredibly bizarre obsessions. This might have been the reason why he did not won't to live with his parents as growing he was not well adjusted to proper he just wanted to do normal weird things and I think out of all the members of Team Rocket James got the best lines.

Jessies - Jessie was the self centered one of the group constantly trying to improve her image while still being depicted as a villain. She also had a poor childhood in comparison to Jame's as Jessie grew up going from orphanage to orphanage which is probably why she might be so self centered. Even at one point abandoning James and Meowth so she can participate in the pokemon league on her own.

Meowth - While Meowth was also pretty self-centered it still wasn't to the same extent as Jessie was since has probably the most loyal member to Team Rocket wanting to be Giovanni's pet instead of Persian. Meowth was also sort of the brains behind the group despite being pokemon and being easily distracted by a simple ball of yarn. Despite this Meowth still has a pretty soft side through displayed through his affection of the moon.


Full Review    


When people usually talk about the pokemon anime they usually associate it as the high point of this show. However, when you get down to is the the first season really as good as people say it is or are they just being completely biased through there nostalgia goggles? First I'm going to talk about the main problem with the show and almost every future season, there really is no main plot or focus on a goal. I mean yes we have thing like plots in mostly every episode but there's actually no real motivation or goal related to Ash being a pokemon master or Misty being a Water pokemon master. The problem with the first season though is the fact we have even less focus on Ash's gym battles, within the first 32 episode Ash has 6 of his badges with biggest gap being eight episodes only to have 28 more episodes until our next gym battle. Not to mention the fact there was absolutely no tension built up to these battles or even attention, for example the battles were very poorly done or just forgotten. However, it doesn't bother me too much though since this season was probably more based around the idea of Ash catching as many pokemon as possible, and I totally buy it lot more then just going around getting gym badges. As we go out through the show we see that Ash can barely hold up a battle on his own only for him to progress into the final 16 of the pokemon league. This was most likely the reason why most of Ash's gym battles were given out in petty, however I don't fully buy it. The problem with this is that the transition between Ash becoming a bad trainer to a good trainer might have been a little to quick since the gym battle were so overlooked especially since Ash only won against Blaine because of his Charizard didn't obey him and his Viridian City gym battle was SO BAD.
On the topic of that I should probably bring up how repatative the show is by telling how to play
THE POKEMON DRINKING GAME!!!!
Take A Drink When Watching this show when;
Brock Flirts With a girl
Team Rocket Tries to steal Pikachu
Animation Gets Reused (Double Sip if it's of Ash throwing a Pokeball)
Ash helps a complete stranger for no reason
Pikachu says it's name
Pointless POKEMON ARE CUTE moment!

I would give you a warning though because some people have passed out after 5 minutes into an episode. However I will give the show some credit for this as it's still fresh 82 episodes in but it will soon get old very fast. On the topic of that compared to other future season the animation here is at it's worst. With the same animation getting reused once every episode espicially for action moves. Fortunetly the poor animation is something that will change as the series goes on though. As for the voice acting well, it's not very consistent sometimes some of the actors are pretty good other times they're pretty bad. Veronica Taylor as Ash is pretty bad, especially in the earlier episode but even as her performances to get slightly better her voice she uses is still bad, if you close your eyes and just listen to his voice it does not sound like a 10 year old sounds like a woman in her thirties trying to be a woman. Rachel Lillis as Misty and Jessie are a better improvement with most there performances being pretty sometimes sometimes even in dramatic roles. One exception however would be Eric Stuart, who voices James and Brock and he can not act for the life of him. Everyone of his performances is said the same typical way no matter what the mood or tension. Eventually as series goes on and 4kids relies less on random voice actors (who are actually quite superb) and more of there own created talent (who are terrible) the voice acting gets far worse but between and season 4 the voice acting is just plain passable. So in the end how does it really fair up though? As series does put less focus on battling and slightly more on slap stick humor that would be quite reduced in the future it still was the classic sense of expedition and for that I give show credit and using plot devices that are not repetitive yet. I should also give the show credit for at least trying to put a plot together to the original Red and Blue which less face it had no plot in the first place. BUT there's still one final fact this season is REALLY stupid left with very little focus on logic at all.
Why does Officer always let kids do her own job?
Why do kids agree to help out such creeper character of the day?
Why is the show willing to have fan service for a 10 year old girl?
Why are the characters so stupid when it comes to Team Rocket?

This also leaves the fact that some aspects of the first season are boring and quite bland *couph* Ritchie *couph*. Like the Parras episode Dig those Diglett. The climax battle was bad with the writers giving us a terrible battle without a battle with Gary dispite so much build up. This left this season different but repetitive and stupid.

I give this season
2/5


5 To Watch
Pokemon I chose you
Battle Aboard Saint Anne
Electric Solider Porygon
Go West Young Meowth
Clefairy Tail

3 to Skip
Mystery at the Lighthouse
Dig those Diglett
March of the Executor Squad

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Orange Islands Time!

Orange Islands Episode Review    

EP083 Pallet Party Panic - Another episode that COULD have been devoted to the pokemon league, oh well. Also I'd like to mention that Team Rocket has no gotten old so I will never give shows extra credit with them. Especially since this is the first episode where Ash stupidly falls for Team Rocket's disguises after years of being smart especially since they're so freaking obvious. However it is nice to see the group fight back by using something besides Pokemon. Between Charizard, Team Rocket and Pidgeotto this episode is pretty poorly passed and isn't helped by the fact how we get no expedition set up for the Orange Islands.

2/5

EP084 A Scare in the air - I should start off this by pointing out a huge plot hole, why did Oak send Ash off to the Orange Islands with no plans for how Ash will get there. Oak is a jerk. Also Giovanni owns blips!? Giovanni for once get your plans straight. Your an evil Team Leader not a Travel Agent darn it! I lied seeing Team Rocket antics while trying to trick the gang is pretty funny. However it got old fast.

3/5


EP085 Pokeball Peril - These girls in this episode I'm watching sound exactly like Max. Oddly the girls are more fitting and there voices are more raspy. We also say goodbye to Brock in this episode and it's not very well done. It doesn't matter to much since he ends up returning anyways. Once Team Rocket still pretty funny.

3/5

EP086 The Lost Lapras - Tracy's introduction is weird. Also Ash is basically like screw you Prof Oak I'm becoming a pokemon master. I guess it's also nice that we get some real build up to Tracy starting to travel with Ash. The stuff with Lapras was also pretty nice. Tracy is really ethentric in this episode which is weird since this characteristic is
forgotten in future episodes.

3/5

EP087 Fit To Be Tied - We have our first Orange League "battle" and it's pretty bad. It annoys me slightly how the anime writers are forced into creating random situations in favor of a battle haven we having fighting in an anime based around fighting. The target practice isn't even focused on Ash instead we see Psyduck randomly playing around with the GS Ball. To much time was spent on Team Rocket's typical schemes. This episode has so little focus on this being a Orange Crew episode it seems to almost forget its not a filler this episode almost felt like it was more based around establishing Ash and Lapras' relationship.

2/5

EP088 Pikachu Revolts - Man Ash gets really upset in this episode over Pikachu, it's nice to see them get so concerned over there pokemon showing how strong there bonds are. I think Cassidy and Butch can be pretty fun characters so this episode is pretty good. Team Rocket teaming up with the group is pretty meh though. This episode also has an important moment where Togepi uses it's first move, Metronome.

4/5

EP089 The Crystal Onix - Compared to other episodes most of the people on the island are jerks but if this was the real world it would actually make sense.
Although I don't get why Team Rocket agrees to work after braking the store merchandise, do they have such little faith in themselves they don't even want to bother? I also find it funny how Team Rocket ends up getting caught in there own traps saving us from another unneeded Team Rocket battle. Only for them to escape admiting even the writers don't even know while James has doughts he can win. Who ever wrote this episode feels the same way about Team Rocket that I do. This episode also has a pretty good expedition with the character of the day and I think the idea of a Crystal Onix was handled pretty well. My only problem is the fact is that the character just manages to understand everything by looking into Onix's eye instead of him just practicing or capturing it but whatever it's what should be expected from this episode. Once again nice change to see him not capture it.

4/5

EP090 In the Pink - This episodes start off with a pretty funny establishment to be foreshadowed, Togepi doesn't know any moves. Not that it'll matter though since this is the last time we see Togepi use Metronome. I feel should also give the writers credit for kind of accurately connecting animal isolation to pokemon isolation.

3/5

EP091 Shell Shock -I liked this episode despite how slightly stupid it was. First it's nice to see how Ash is consistently mad at someone for actually try to them which is smart. However, how did this guy now stealing the Kobutops will disturb the island he really just seems, well insane. The moral at the end of this episode also seems to kind of come out of nowhere with our characters changed just like that.

3/5

EP092 Stage Fight - The Raichu subplot in this episode is pretty good. Other then that this episode was pretty good. But I don't get why the smoke screen effects this one guys voice I mean why hasn't this happened before.

3/5

EP093 Bye Bye Psyduck - In this episode Misty thinks her Pysduck will evolve, What you Misty might get a pokemon to evolve so she'd would have an excuse to rant every time it comes out of it's pokeball. No wait it's an anime running gag it won't end unless the character leaves. Misty episodes are always pretty nice though it's pretty cool to see Misty fangirl all over water pokemon. The only problem with this episode is the fact that battle between Team Rocket lingered on.

3/5

EP094 Joy of Pokemon -This episode was pretty pointless. Basically proof that pokemon and humans can coexist which is shoved in and practically the entire point of this show! Really uneventful episode. With a mandatory Team Rocket appearance.

1/5

EP095 Navel Adventures - Eww the 30 something year old gym leader in this episode and Misty are attracted to each other. The Orange Island Gym "Bsttles" are pretty weak once again but at least this one had a lot more focus then the first "battle". However I think its a little stupid for all the objectives to be based around physical strength and not real pokemon battling and blah blah blah. It just real annoys me because battles are what we've come to expect out of this show and it's just pretty disappointing.

3/5

EP096 Snack Attack - Snorlax is probably my favorite of Ash's pokemon. This episode has some pretty fun shenanigans even though we've already had a Snorlax episode like this. However instead of them trying to wake up a Snorlax in this episode they're trying to put it asleep.

4/5

EP097 A Ship full of Shivers - This episode was pretty forgettable even though many think of t as being pretty memorable which I can understand since the stuff with Haunter and Gastly was kind of good. The part where Ash watches the Orange League battle seemed pretty pointless though.

2/5

EP098 Meowth Rules - Team Rocket centered episodes are pretty good. I found it surprisingly believable that Team Rocket went out of there way in this episode. Still a pretty basic but memorable episode.

3/5

EP099 Tracy Gets Bugged - Well this is another pretty basic episode but this one is still pretty good as it's focused on Tracy and not some one over used.

4/5

EP100 A Way Off Day Off - My god this has to be the worst episode out of the last 99! The episode is just plain awful! It's boring an uneventful there no point at all! And of course this episode has yet another pointless Team Rocket and Jigglypuff moment. It's like they copied and pasted random moments in other episodes and pasted them into this one it's so terrible.

0/5

EP101 Mandarin Island Mismatch - This episode stars Prima's breasts costarring Prima. This episode is a lot better then Bruno's episode as we see some real battles with rather then having her depicted as a looser. Man this episode is a step up for the last one.

4/5


EP102 Wherefore art though Pokemon - The team rocket scheme is stupid even for there standards and that's pretty low. This episode is still pretty good since goes over theme that's rarely used in the show, "romance".

3/5

EP103 Get along, little pokemon - This is a boring basic episode with Team Rocket and the gang and character of the day are left to save the day.

2/5

EP104 The Mystery Menace - The string of poorly done fillers continues. This episode is basically no exceptions. But a plot about a corrupt leader who willing to do whatever means to protect the citizens, doesn't that sound familiar. This episode also has the most insane conclusion so far.

2/5

EP105 Misty Meets Her Match - Another Orange Island battle with "gasp" an actual battle! To bad it's pretty poorly written. This episode was pretty good character development for Misty who get a lot this season which is great. Also Team Rocket is used minimally isn't great?

4/5

EP106 Bound for Trouble - Eh basic Meowth and Pikachu episode.

3/5

EP107 Charizard Chills - This episode is probably one of the best episodes of the Orange Islands. Since we get some character development and finally see what we've been waiting for, Charizard obeying Ash! It's pretty emotional episode with a good pay off.

4/5

EP108 Water Pokemon War -The first half of this episode was pretty good since it focused on Squirtle. But the second half SUCKED it was way to focused on Team Rocket who are not interesting when they're just sitting around.

3/5

EP109 Pokemon Food Fight - This is basically a copy of the other two Snorlax episodes but this time with a Team Rocket abuse. The character of the day was also pretty bad too.

2/5

EP110 Pokemon Double Trouble - Another episodes with to much focus on Team Rocket and this is the final gym battle of the Orange League darn it! Also the part about how Pikachu and Charizard having a rivalry didn't strike me as to believable since it was never established before. So this battle is pretty poorly done.

2/5

EP111 The Wacky Watcher - First of all why did the dub make the character of the day in this episode sound like Gracho Marx. I'm pretty sure there weren't to many 5-12 year olds watching black and white 1920's films. Man this dub is also pretty bad I mean there's so much bad random dialogue I feel like I'm watching the dub to digimon. However at least this episode leaves Team Rocket pretty minimally

4/5

EP112 Stun Spore Detour - Once again another decent episode with focus only on Misty. Team Rocket was over used way to much in this episode but at least some of there antics were pretty funny.

4/5

EP113 Hello Pumello - Well we get a basic set up for our final battle for the Orange League and a great battle between Drake and Ash or at least a good battle for this series.

4/5

EP114 Enter the Dragonite - After the last episode our battle continues it still seems like the writers have no idea how to pace a battle. I'm not sure why because we have a couple filler episodes after this and Johto started in Japan 2 months before GS came out. I guess the writing team just had no idea how to execute a battle since we didn't have a real one the entire season. Also Team Rocket trying to steal Dragonite was so freaking unnecessary. The ending was also pretty anticlimactic.

3/5

EP115 Viva Las Lapras - Well this episode was pretty bad and good. The whole pirate sub plot is pretty stupid. But I do like how the tension is raised higher by them and the fact that Lapras is unsure if he'll see his family again.

3/5

EP116 The Underground Round-Up - In this episode we have a young Clint Eastwood impression. Yay? Seriously I've never noticed this as a kid it's pretty strange now. It was probably the writer's attempt to be "western" even though they don't seem to know to much. Overall this is a pretty classic episode but other then the random Clint Eastwood guy and Togepi's random tearful good bye there's nothing to special about it.

3/5

EP117 A Tent Situation - Yay Brock is now back! We never get a real explanation what happened to him and Prof Ivy but I think we're better off not knowing. My only problem is that this episode feels a little to much like ******** at Po-ke Oak Corral. We have Ash return home and see the same pokemon from the previous episode but with Tracy and a pointless Team Rocket attack. The battle we see with Muk is pretty good. Something strange about this episode though is the fact that Team Rocket is the least funny aspect of this episode. I'm not saying that in a bad way though, because it leaves the show a refreshing for not just relying on Team Rocket for humor.

4/5

EP118 A Rivalry Revival - Took them more then 100 episodes but we now finally get to see Ash and Gary "gasp" battle! To bad it's only a few minutes but it's still pretty good. The scene were Gary was walking passed Team Rocket seemed really unnecessary like. YOU WANT THIS GAME SO BADLY YOU WILL WALK RIGHT PASSED THAT TO JOHTO. Team Rocket showing up in this episode seemed a little pointless but still a little fun.

4/5


Pokemon 2000 The Power of One    

Man this movie is a lot better then the previous movie.
For one I like how we see a lot of pokemon panicking it really rises the tension of the events here. How awesome can your movie be when a presidential candidate uses a line from this movie?


Character Analayses    

Ash - Ash kind of took a back seat this season, while I'm not saying he didn't do much, he did a lot but a lot more focus was put on other characters. As I said earlier the Orange Island battles don't feel like actual gym battles they feel more like random filler which is because Ash wasn't growing to much as a character from them in fact it felt like he was growing less. But man does Ash get harmed a lot in this season to go out of the way for other pokemon. He nearly drowns to death trying to save Lapras, electrified to death by Pikachu while under mind control, and let's not forget the amount of times Charizard tried frying Ash. But in a way this is still how our character acts being the character who goes in without any thought about the consequences which is what makes him both a good and bad battler. Charizard Chills is probably the best example of this as he stays up a night trying to keep Charizard warm so he won't die despite his disloyalty. You could also say it was shown in his final battle with Drake but it so poorly done I'm honestly not sure. As the show develops though Ash does calm down but here compared to how he acted last season there's still little to no change. He's still really immature such as constantly demanding for Prima to battle him but that trait disappears with time.

Pikachu - Even less focus seemed to be put on Pikachu this season, with Ash mostly relying on his other pokemon like Lapras, Charizard and Squirtle. The only episode were he reseaved focus was Bound for Trouble were Meowth
and Pikachu were separated from there trainers and are forced to work together. While at first he refuses to work with him he's still willing to except as an equal as they continue on through the episode, only to blast off Meowth in the end. Pokemon Double Trouble also had some development of Pikachu's stubbornness with him having trouble working with Charizard because he was self-centered but it felt pretty hashed since the battle was pretty poorly done in the first place. The only bug battle Pikachu had done this season was against Dragonite who in an easy win manged to take down
a powerful Dragonite, this will be the first many of Piakchu's inconsistent victories though.

Bulbasaur - He basically did absolutely nothing this season, aside from one quick loss from Drake's Electabuzz he didn't do anything. This probably the reason why he's the only one besides Pikachu who will stay for another 2 seasons.

Squirtle - Unlike Bulbasaur Squitle did a lot in this season. His biggest battle up to this point was probably his battle with Rudy where he gained victory by learning Hydro Pump which would take out many opponents in the future. We also get some slight foreshadowing of future events in pokemon water war. Squirtle basically gets involved as he wants to help out the other pokemon put out the fire feeling slightly helpless which doesn't help his pride to much either only to eventually get over it.

Charizard - Charizard spends more then half the season still disobeying Ash. This is only finally changed when after he looses a battle to a Poliwrath and his flame is almost burnt out Charizard realizes how much Ash cares for him. While he may be a bad trainer, he is still a good person even when he was saved as a Charmader. This makes him willing to battle together again and becomes willing to try to defeat Poliwrath again. There are other moments with him in this season too like how he refused to help out Ash build an ice sled or his pointless rivalry with Tracy's Syther but that's it. We does end up putting a powerful fight against Drake's Dragonite only to eventually loose but he becomes one of Ash's strongest pokemon for the future.

Lapras - Probably Ash's most prominent pokemon in the Orange Islands, Lapras. Who is well a pokemon. In its introduction episode it is shown to be afraid of humans after being washed on the beach and attacked by the ruffians. At first Lapras is afraid of humans due to this trama but when Ash saves it from Team Rocket it ends up becoming a member of his team. In the end it spends the entire season just carrying around Ash, Misty, and Tracy. Lapras would still hold up good in it's only battle against Drake's Gengar despite ending in a tie. The following episode however would have him returned to his family as he wished and we say goodbye to Lapras.

Snorlax - Was another one of Ash's pokemon in this saga that would become his strongest. Despite being asleep for most of the time his use has alfor either battling, or just having another episode like wake-up Snorlax other then that nothing.

Misty - One of the biggest aspects of the Orange Islands would be the emphasis that was put on PokeShipping. This started when Ash and Misty were kidnapped by Team Rocket and called them "lovebirds" only to quickly deny it while blushing. One of the biggest developments in Misty's character was in the Meridian Island Mismatch, after Misty has gotten close to the gym leader of the Island, Rudy. Seeing how polite and mature he is Rudy offers Misty to stay on the island with him and even get married (Which was only in the Japanese version) However during Ash's battle with Rudy she decides that she wants to continue journeying with Ash. While fans might say this comes to a final conclusion in the Orange Islands, I must disagree because after that it just doesn't seem to go anywhere. Misty was also displayed as being determined to save her friends in Stun Spore detour, an episode that focuses entirely on her. While Misty did do a lot in this season it still showed she was willing to stay with her friends and care for them. This might be because there's a lot less slap stick now but it's still character development darn it!

Tracy - Tracy does probably less then Brock. His entire role in the series is to;
1. Draw Pokemon
2. Fanboy over Prof. Oak
Of course while taking the role of Brock he also has to explain everything in the series to people who no little about pokemon which isn't needed to much. It's also explained that he knows a lot about the Orange Islands despite how we have little back story from him it left him as a pretty boring character. He only had to episodes focused on him.
One was Tracey gets Bugged were his entire capture of Syther felt more like something Ash could have done. The other one was Wacky Watcher which didn't establish much about his character anyways. This is Tracy's only season since he ends spending the rest of the series staying with Prof Oak but is nice to see him towards the end of every series though.

Team Rocket - Team Rocket get a lot less focus in this season which is easily a good thing. Team Rocket has gotten very repetitive as I mentioned earlier and it's always better for them to be used as less as possible or least have material that's kind of funny. Watching them just using an over sized machine to grab Pikachu for 100th is not amusing! It's just boring! This episode did start the trend of an entire episode just focused on Team Rocket though and seeing them not trying to capture Pikachu is pretty amusing. It had also tested the groups loyalty to Meowth. As Meowth had to decide of whether living an entire life life of pleasure or continuing with Jessie and James. While I do believe the idea Meowth returning to them after finding out that it was there only coins that had saved them. I don't beileve that Team Rocket would be willing to save Meowth by doing that but oh well character development is character development.

Final Verdict    

The Orange Islands was not only one of the shortest seasons but also one of the most memorable for most nostalgia fans. Personally I can understand because overall it is slightly better then the Indigo League. While some of the episodes terrible it almost left the series feeling consistent like they were consistent with the amount of terrible episode to good episode ratio. However probably the best aspect of the Orange Island is one major change for the series, and that is more emphasis on other characters. I liked this because it left our other character and there pokemon a lot more interesting rather then having them just stand around and do nothing. Another thing that's different about this series is that when production on this series started the writers had kept in mind that this would be released internationally. However the writer's attempts to be "Western Friendly" are pretty bad such as having characters like Clint Eastwood or Grucho Marx. Apparently I think the writers knew as much about our culture then 4kids knows about there's. There's also a big change in the amount battling, most of them only lasting of few minutes with them poorly done. I can understand were they are coming from since last season didn't have to many good battles either but it still feels like wasted effort since the entire game this show is based off of is fighting! If there's something that hasn't changed it would be the quality of the voice acting and the animation. Well the animation is kind of better with relying less on constantly reusing the same animation of Ash turning his hat backwards and more diverse background although the writers weren't afraid to reuse animation when they had the chance.
Overall with more focus put on other characters, semibad episodes and improved animation the Orange Islands was okay.

3/5


4 To Watch
Pikachu Revolts
Pokemon Food Fight
Mandarin Island Mismatch
Misty Meets Her Match

3 To Skip
Joy of Pokemon
A Way Day Off
Get Along Little Pokemon

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Johto Rage Count 49
Episode Review    

EP119 Don't Touch Dile - And thus begins an incredibly longed out journey. I think this was basically the writers trying to copy the idea of the stolen starter from GS. Except instead of the well developed jerk rival we get the Team Rocket Morons THANK YOU JOHTO. This episode alone is incredibly poorly paced as it is.
My god Prof Elm has such a bad voice actor too. My god what terrible start to what is a terrible saga.

2/5

EP120 The Double Trouble Header - In this episode we get introduced to the baseball fan Casey and man she's really annoying. Of course because she's a baseball fan we get baseball puns. Yay? The way she talks about her baseball team sounds like the same way I talk about the New York Mets, I know they suck but I route for them anyways. But seeing Casey get upset was pretty good while giving her back story despite being kind of weak. As for Tea Rocket well they feel more like real villains trying to trick another pokemon trainer. Also why do they just have Brock and Misty on sidelines just watching Casey and Ash suffer no need to help your friends guys.

3/5

EP121 A Sappy Ending - This is another episode that suffers WSIGAD as in there's no tension in this episode. Why should I honestly care about whether or not the forest is dying it's just a really bad environmental message that phoned in. In this episode Misty seems to be as enthusiastic as I am but it's probably only because she's afraid of bug pokemon. Also why are the Pinsir even going to other side of the forest in the first place? It's never explained I also don't get why they're not destroying there own forest also. And yet again Team Rocket is behind everything. So now it's obvious what going to happen next. They don't even need the sap Team Rocket just needs to make a plot. AGGGGGGGGGGGHHHH THANK YOU JOHTO. Also why the heck does Ash go through the entire episode without trying to catch Heracross? AGH

1/5

EP122 Roll on, Pokemon - After the last episode suddenly it appears Ash WANTS to catch a pokemon. I also hate the fact that not only does the idea of Donphan finding Amberite makes no sense but it's ability is never brought up again. Ash battling Donphan just felt like something to make this episode longer not that it matters since every episode so far has been like this.

2/5

EP123 Illusion Confusion - We start off with a group lost yet again only to run into Gary. Gary says that a Hoothoot is required to get through the forest or you'll be lost forever. Are you kidding me? That makes no sense!! Also Gary isn't willing to help Ash, hope you're happy coping with Ash's death Gary! And finally there's the fact that the only Hoothoot left isn't good at it's purpose. But of course how else will this constant cleshe bring tension aside from the obvious result that's going to happen. AGH TRIPLE RAGE!!!!! If there's one thing good about this episode it would be the illusions made by Hoothoot even though it was only done to create fake tension.

1/5

EP124 Flower Power - First of all why does this episode take place in a random town? I wouldn't be so mad about this but they never visted Cherrygrove City in the an anime and it's actually a pretty important town! Anyways the string of no tension filler continues. now we have to deal with Bellosum that mess one single move while street performing. OH NO SOME ONE HELP THEM IMMEDIATELY! Also many people watch this? There's honestly nothing impressive about this episode.

2/5

EP125 Spinarak Attack - Well this episode isn't as god awful as the other ones this season so far. Not say much though but it's nice to see an episode with some slight continuity. Such as Jenny thinking the group are detectives, Misty's fear of bug pokemon and James' bottle caps. but something I don't get is the fact they don't establish whether or not they're stealing from rich people. Probably nitpicking but it would raise the tension a little bit. Also for a series that's supposed to focus on the new Johto pokemon I don't get why we usually see one per episode. Or the fact it seems like the group are helping Officer Jenny for no reason besides Brock having the hots for Jenny.

3/5

EP126 Subbull Snobbery - This episode isn't too bad since it shows the characters with pretty full personality. Especially how Brock yet again spoke out for a pokemon. Also 4Kids now apparently thinks Jelly Filled Donuts = Popcorn Balls. Problem i don't think it's enough for me to care. Serously what's the deal with how Team Rocket's balloon just randomly landed by them only for them to be blasted off soon afterword.

3/5


EP127 Little Big Horn - You know Brock can be a really over looker character some times. This episode show how he can actually be not only an interesting character but also shows off how good of pokemon breeder. See he's good for something aside from random flirting. I guess the only problem with this episode would be the fact that like all the other episodes so far this episode is poorly paced. And what is it with how the pokemon in Johto like to scare trainers with there illusions? This song also randomly starts playing the song together forever for some reason. It totally makes no sense at all like 4Kids believes music must always be playing in the background or people will lose attention for 5 seconds without music? Well I'm now distracted by that to write about it so I guess not. Brock using tough love to get rid of Stantle reminded me of Harry and the Hendersons. Also the Team Rocket attack in this episode is just stupid. James basically spent all of there money on a robotic Stantle to capture one weak baby Stantler for no real reason after not even seeing it battle. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? This is stupid even for Team Rocket standards. This is also the first time wee see one of Brock's Pokemon since the Indigo League to bad it's only on screen for 10 seconds.

3/5

EP128 Chikorita Rescue - The Chikorita in this episode defeated Ash's Bulbasaur and Charizard. PREPARE FOR INCOSISTANSIES. At least this episode tries to explain why Team Rocket wants to capture a Pokemon for once. Other then that this is just another capture episode with the pokemon getting turned around by how hard headed Ash is.

3/5

EP129 Once in a Blue Moon - Man this episode is cleche and stupid even for this shows standards. Of course the first time we see the GS Ball it ends up getting stolen and of course Team Rocket tries to steal the pokemon of the day for no explained reason and of course when Ash gets it back he's the lucky one. Can't it be someone else who gets all the luck. Also Officer Jenny just goes out and flat out arrests the group because they don't know anything. You'd think by now the group would learn to research the area. The whole plot to this episode is well stupid at the idea that a pokemon would go around stealing round items with no one caring because it gives good luck!? Maybe it's just more common in Japan for that stuff to be accepted. And the Quagsire steal all this stuff so they can through it up a waterfall. What? Finally, the fact that the GS Ball is deemed lucky from this episode to bad it's just going to be a forgotten side plot!

1/5


EP130 The Whistle Stop - Typical Johto filler, no tension, pointless Team Rocket Attack, boring character of the day, and same old running gags.
Johto = Pain

1/5

EP131 Ignorance Is Blissey - Wow an episode that's actually good well not just good but really good. The antics of the ditsy Blissey were pretty funny. We also have a confusing bit of continuity. How did she try to become a pokemon nurse while also joining a Bike Gang, Dropping out of a Pokemon Tech then meeting up with James to join Team Rocket? But it's also surprisingly emotionally in trying to explain her backstory. Showing that even Jessie has her limits when it comes to being evil.

5/5

EP132 A Bout Sprout - Well sooner or later the anime would have to follow something from the game. I just wish it wasn't that spinning guy you met in Violet City. Seriously it's so weird! Oh well at least his appearance is brief. But what is it with Team Rockets motive in this episode. Turn over Pikachu or we'll become world renown terrorists. What? This episode still wasn't to bad because the character of the day wasn't totally bland.

4/5

EP133 Fighting flyer with Fire - Seriously you'd think by now Ash would stop trusting people with Pikachu because of Team Rocket and stop letting them eat time out of such an important episode! Team Rocket says they're not as smart as they think they are. Well duh they keep falling for there disguises and seriously just glasses for disguises? But I guess if it works for Clark Kent it works for Team Rocket. Also like all of the other Johto gym leaders in this region Falkner is DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUL. I also don't understand why the only Gen II flying type he uses is the already seen Hoothoot. Where the writers restricted to to the Gen II pokemon they could use early on? This episode isn't to bad the battle is well executed. However I'm still pretty disappointed because it was a pretty long wait but I guess there was probably no way they could make it pleasurable.

4/5

EP134 For Crying out Loud - Well back to a string of terrible fillers. This is just another bland typical filler not much to say. I don't even get we need a Marill episode when Tracy owned one.

2/5

EP135 Tanks a Lot - You know I really don't get it. Why do the writers feel they must force Johto pokemon down our throats one at a time? Why do they have to run around being cute when nothing like that is in you know THE GAME! Heaven forbid we have a real battle and not another longed out Team Rocket battles. Okay well aside from that rage attack again. At least episode has some tension, from a tank but i personally think fans would be more then happy to see Togepi killed. I think this episode was one that tried to over the top by using crazy schemes but the executions are just not good. Seriously Ash having Charizard use flamethrower on the window for the tank, why wasn't that done earlier? I also find it ironic they cut the length it takes to get away from Violet City when they still aren't in Azalea Town yet.

4/5

EP136 Charizard's Burning Ambition - Let me start off by saying this, Charizard deserved to released! I mean let's face it, he had to use him in the first gym but it would have been way to easy for him to go through the rest of the gyms with such a strong pokemon. Overall this episode is also really good too.
But why is it that whenever an episode is good this season it seems to get everything right? Interesting character of the day, interesting plot, and Team Rocket getting used minimally. Why aren't all episodes this consistent? And oh man the final scene of this episode is just fantastic.

5/5

EP137 Grin to Win - I personally think this episode could have been a lot worse. At least the antics with Team Rocket and Sunflora were interesting. It's also nice to see Meowth get used for something besides Team Rocket for a change. But I hate that fact the 4kids seems to constantly insist on playing Together Forever like it has a special meaning whenever the Japanese version has no music. I like the fact that one of Sunflora's is really tall and Brock suggests it might be one steroids. Gotta love 2000 4kids humor. This is also the first episode of Johto we've seen that displays 3 Johto pokemon in one episode. Took them long enough! Not that it matters since Snubull is a recurring pokemon. His entire appearance was so forced too.

2/5

EP138 Chikorita's Big Upset -Pokemon physiology, in a children's anime. The writers can barely write this show for kids what makes them think they can do the opposite? In this episode we also have a bunch of random fighting pokemon. And guess what? NONE OF THEM ARE JOHTO POKEMON. God this show even fails at it's own poorly done premise! Also the whole plot with Chikorita is just really boring. I think this might have worked as a subplot but this is Johto where everything sucks. If there's one thing I like about this is the fact the Ash tries to save Chikorita and Pikachu himself instead of using his pokemon. Although it makes no sense, serously there are at least 13 other good pokemon you can't use any of them? Why does Ash never do this in any other situation? I well I still like it. I guess the good thing would be this episode went by fast. BUT SERIOUSLY 4KIDS STOP PLAYING TOGETHER FOREVER WE'RE ALL SICK OF IT NOW! This episode also feels pretty pointless since this isn't the last time Chikorita's relation with Ash will be shown as an issue.

2/5

EP139 Foul Weather Friends - Typical boring episode not worth talking about since it's a copy and paste of almost the other episodes in this show so far. Good thing about this episode, Brock actually does something. Ah the your special moral pushed in at the end, so annoying! At least it gave a point to this episode.

2/5

EP140 Superhero Secret - Man why is Brock so obsessed with finding out who Gligar man is, it feels out of character of him. I guess a plus for this episode is that the plot is really original. For whatever reason the animators in this episode decided to make Misty look 20 years old and hotter then the girl Brock flirts with in this episode. But man this episode is awesome though. A pokemon based superhero there is no way they can screw this up! The overall execution of this episode was great too.

4/5

EP141 Mild 'n Wholly - Rather watch sheep to fall asleep then watch this episode. Of course we even get more then one Team Rocket attack in one episode because well what else can be done in this episode?

1/5

EP142 Wired for Battler - First off were the heck is the guy getting all this information on trainers in the last five years to find out so much including there strategies. I mean did he use Bulbapedia or something? The whole idea of a guy trying to predict the out come of battle makes perfect sense. Well gee it's not like something like that can be calculated in the game, oh wait it can! But I guess pokemon battles can be based on luck is only if there are critical hits. This episode spends way to much time having Ash try to get the character of the day to give in. What annoys me is the fact that the trainer tries to tell his Scizor to finish off the battle with False Swipe. YOU CAN NOT DO THAT IN THE GAME WRITERS DID YOU EVEN LOOK UP ANYTHING ABOUT THE GAME!!!! GAWD. It is such a bad ending to the battle. Other then that this episode is just basic.

3/5

EP143 Good Quil Hunting - Oh right I almost forgot, Ash himself could catch some of the new rarely seen pokemon. Ash is so excited about capturing a Cyndaquil, I'm gonna catch one practically abandon it then evolve 10 years from now. Ug more rage. Maybe it's because they've made so many appearances now and I've just gone insane,
Team Rocket is actually pretty enjoyable in this episode.This also seems to have pretty good use of Ash since he actually comes up with pretty clever tactics to take down the mechanical robot. Although I personally think the ending this episode was left pretty empty. The writers seem to have an obsession with associating fire starters with abusive trainers.

3/5

EP144 A Shadow of a Drought - Well I guess some of the antics with Team Rocket in the beginning of this episode are pretty good. I also like the irony of Misty and Ash arguing over whether they should go to the gym or Kurt first. Either continue on with the only plot device that will never lead anywhere or continue what is left of the plot. Hmmmmm. Also at the end of the episode it just turns out that no one will be mad at the group because it rained.


3/5

EP145 Going Apricorn - Well it's finally happened after many months and days we have finally reached Kurt to give the GS Ball to only to find out. ??? NOTHING THIS SIDE PLOT WAS ABANDONED!!! Bad writing aside this episode is pretty general. I mean the stuff with Maisy and the Apricorns felt pretty boring and repetitive. And my god Team Rocket just die already!!!! Also why are they even bothering to make special pokeballs? Also why haven't the characters ever used there fast balls for promotions? This episode would a lot better if it didn't start so many freaking plot holes!

2/5

EP146 Gettin' the Bugs Out! - Another gym battle another bland gym leader. Also why does Team Rocket have to appear in this episode, they're so freaking pointless! They do nothing for this entire battle. Also Bugsy says this is first time someone has beaten his second pokemon in a long long time. This is the third battle in a row we've heard something like to rise the tension. I don't buy it. Syther spinning around to deflect fire attacks to aviod fire attacks, that's just an excuse or a bad climax and end to this good battle. The group is in shock of the fact that they almost left the town without there new apricorn balls. Not that it matters since Brock will never use his Heavy Ball. Ash also says it was a long journey but it was worth the wait. No. Just no.

3/5

EP147 A Farfetch'd Tale - Once again we have another episode that doesn't focus on a Johto Pokemon. I don't care to much though since this is an event from the game and it's the game's fault for not doing the same. This episode is still just as annoying as any other Johto pokemon of the day episode.

2/5

EP148 Tricks of The Trade - Now we have an episode that focuses on something from the games again, pokemon swap meet. It's this episode that makes me mad but what happens in it. First off we get our introduction to the overused and pointless pokemon who last 10 years, Wobbefett. Next we have Ash permanently sending Heracross off
to Prof Oak for pointless research. Because well he can't have an original pokemon on his team for a full season he has to use every started. AGH. There's also the fact that Ash tries to show off his Taurus so the character of the can get offers but he refuses. ASH YOU HAVE 30 TAUROS AND REFUSE TO TRADE ONE. IT THOUGHT YOU WANTED TO CATCH AS MANY POKEMON AS POSSIBLE. I wouldn't get so mad at this episode but come on, give him some more pokemon because we're stuck with the same ones for a very long time. I'm also not a big fan of Jessie trading Lickitung because it leaves her with Arbok for the next two years. Sigh oh well. This episode still isn't to bad. This is also the first episode I've seen that uses Gen II with out a reason FINALLY. Although oddly they only seem willing to use Gen II pokekmon that have already appeared. Seriously the group is so stupid! They couldn't tell the fact that Benny's Lickitung was traded for the Wobbefett Team Rocket just suddenly had! Man

3/5

EP149 The FireRing Squad - You know release episodes can either be really good having pokemon reach the peek of there development or poorly done by have the pokemon released with lousy excuses, this episode is no exception. First off I'm having trouble understanding the idea of thousands of people willing to gather in a big stadium to watch pokemon put out fires, that's just stupid. I also don't get why he borrowed Psyduck when he should know how useless it is. I know you could reason that the guy never met Poliwag but Psyduck never did anything! The fact that Squirtle has to help his team feels so freaking forced, I mean they're already one of the best water pokemon squads but they need to be even better! Oh well could be worse. Why does Squirtle get a montage in his release but Charizard does not. Oh well it was probably because we already had one and he was overused.

3/5

EP150 No Big Whoop - This an episode about a Preschool. For Whooper. I couldn't joke about this if tried! So the character of the day has to meet her mother. So in place of her she agrees to put the twerps in charge. Because yeah putting total strangers in charge of your job, great idea! The antics in this episode are so unfunny! For once I was actually HOPING Team Rocket would appear.

1/5

EP151 Tunnel Vision - Once again we get another episode focus on the Johto pokemon of the wait. In the episode we get a focus on the pokemon Onix that has already made plenty of appearances. In this episode we actually get focused on the now unfunny recurring gag pokemon Jigglypuff and Snubble sadly. All we get in this episode is a bunch of the terrible running gags. Writers here is the thing with running gags, in order to make running gags funny, they actually need to be funny the second time around and not identical to the first time it was used! This episode had absolutely no effort put into it.

1/5

EP152 Hour of the Houndour - Pretty basic episode but there's nothing in it that really stands out. With maybe the exception of Brock doing something for once.

2/5

EP153 The Totodile Duel - You know I'm kind of glad they waited a while for Ash to catch all of the starter pokemon. The less screen time these annoying guys get the better. Well I'm mainly referring to the fact that it will get old fast. I honestly would still prefer for Misty to catch the starter pokemon since it wouldn't feel just like Ash's Kanto team and give Misty a pokemon with a personality. But wait Ash is the main character and must have THE MOST PREDICTABLE TEAM POSSIBLE!!! Also James does the can can right in front of the group, you think they would have noticed it was him. The battle between Ash and Misty was pretty poorly done but everything else I liked.

3/5

EP154 Hot Matches - First off the battles in this episode are identical to each other. Each one was Skarmory using swift, someone using agility then dodging flamethrower. How lame. But I actually do like seeing Ash actually training his pokemon for once, it makes it more believable that he is a good trainer.

3/5

EP155 Love, Totodile Style - Pokemon in love. Is it a good idea?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWaLxFIVX1s
So yes this is just as bad as it sounds. Of course this is an episode with pokemon circus, because THAT hasn't been done before right? Totodile is also freaking annoying in this episode especially when it gets rejected by Azumarill. This is also probably the closest Team Rocket has gotten to actully catching Pikachu. The only problem is the fact the decided to spend the entire night in a cabin near the twerps when taking off in there GIANT MEOWTH BALLOON. At least try to use a different mode of transportation for
once!

2/5

EP156 Foul Play - I've noticed that most of the capture episodes have been pretty good. To bad this episode features the final member of Ash's Johto that will require catching. thank you Johto. The antics with Ash and Noctowl's illusion is pretty fun along with how eccentric our character of the day is. This is also the third episode in a row where Ash competes with another trainer to capture the pokemon. Nice to know the writing is so original still. The twerps also argue with Team Rocket about them using a machine to capture a pokemon claiming it as un honorable. Really guys just now you're pointing this out. Them playing dirty is as original as them trying to steal Pikachu. This episode was okay but very unoriginal. I don't understand why people seem to like all the mechas Team Rocket has when they all end up with the same obvious results.

3/5

EP157 Forrest Grumps - This episode features The Twerps and Team Rocket working together. And it totally works! I mean the character interactions between the group are really good with us getting seeing them work together. Especially because it gives us a chance for the characters to talk about something besides well pokemon. I also REALLY like Jessie in this episode because it makes her more fleshed out again and question our loyalty to Team Rocket. While Misty is left in a light similar to Jessie because of her own selfishness. But seriously the group is running across a random rickety bridge to get away from the Urasing. So in turn they decide to execute straight out murder and cut the bridge! Why? Because pokemon are jerks! This still gives us a good moment of everyone working to together as a team. I especially the realization of how Misty, Meowth and James were afraid to jump off a cliff that has actually only 3 feet high. Might be nitpicking but it annoys me that Team Rocket at the end of the episode (especially Jessie) they're totally uneffected by this episode, I mean not even 1 second of regret? Well actually looking back I think it might be more fitting for her to just blaim James and Meowth but I still would have like to see her affected more. Oh well still a great episode. Also in the end the area was an Ursaring mating ground, The sign to not disturb then and if you do it just may be.... MAY BE WHAT WE WILL GET A HUMAN/POKEMON HYBRID!? I want to see some explanation!

4/5

EP158 The Psychic Sidekicks - First off here's something I should point out, the writers during Kanto and the Orange Islands thought ghost pokemon were super effective against psychic types when that wasn't changed until Gen II. Now that we're in Gen II the writers decided to correct themselves despite the change. I should credit 4kids though for making a reference to trainer tips and not having it get lost in translation. Speaking which 4kids never released this episode on dvd because they aired the episode out order. Nice going. Also use of the move future sight, good just really don't get why so many were so shocked. Man it would really suck if a dark type pokemon that is immune to pyschic types attacked this town. O have a very strong feeling this episode was written for Kanto and forced out of desperation by the Johto writers. Just another episode were a trainer of the day we'll never see again battles Ash and has obstacle Team Rocket comes along and tries to make the obstacle worse only for the trainer to overcome there problem in a time of need. I swear it's like this episode has written by mad libs. If there one thing good about this episode it's that along with the great battle it's also a pretty funny episode.

3/5

EP159 Fortune Hunters - Why does it seem like that the writers usually use stuff from the games before or after gym battles? Also the disguises for Butch and Cassidy really tricked me until I heard there voice lol stupid trainers just handing over there pokemon. This episode pretty good since it once again kind of goes off the topic of pokemon again originality is strongly praised this season. We even see James deny the facts of the book only to quickly accept it and we get an incredibly over the top performance.
This episode still down plays Butch and Cassidy while not as much as future episodes but because of how they will be used in a future arc. I also don't get why they got the idea for the daycare owners on that route to actually be evil Team Rocket members, oh well. Oddly this is also the first time the characters see Giovanni, after 159 episodes how anticlimactic. Looking back it's pretty stupid seeing Giovanni give support for Butch and Cassidy when we've never seen them succeed.

4/5


Spell of Unown    

You know as much how fans love this movie I don't remember liking this movie to much. However I might actually be wrong .
I started off by watching the Pichu bros short and it's pretty boring. Of course I'm reviewing something far out of my age range but come on it's so boring and compelling.
It's really feels like something just to stretch out the movie by another 18 minutes. But pokemon is pokemon at least it actually shows pokemon we haven't seen in the anime yet. Also Ash says that it's the day the first met. THEN WHY IS HE STILL 10!!?!!?!?!?!?!
Okay I never noticed this but, I really like how our villain is a little girl and not only that but it's really believable that a seven year old would do all this and not be aware actions. It took us almost a half hour for us to finally see Ash's face. I also like the battle at the beginning of this episode since it showcases all of his pokemon that he used this season almost like a call back. I like the fact that when Dahlia comes out of the car she seems to only care that Pikachu is present and starts groping her breast. It's probably more likely just trying to hug her but it's not helped by the fact the camera man seems to want to get in on this action. Also the music score sounds really cheap, I wouldn't be complaining about this if 4kids had bothered to keep the original music and not use there own 5 MAN orchestra! I also appreciate how high the tension in this movie is, since we're left with both sides from Molly who is afraid of loneliness and Ash who feels the same way towards rescuing his mother. Brock also seems to be flirting with Molly during his pokemon battle with Brock. Brock you're sick she's seven! I'm also not a big fan of Ash's friends being sidelined for part of the movie but I think actually works to make the characters more interesting especially since Ash's friends don't do to much in the movies it's nice to see them do something. But towards the end they just seem to disappear! Oh man, the battle between Charizard and Entei is really amazing. Here is probably one of my favorite aspects of this movie and it is the fact the we have a great moral and tie in with themes without it feeling forced. While the movie is very short it's well rounded up and paced with incredible animation to top it off.

4/5



Full Review    

Well that was the first third of Johto, and is it as bad as everyone says? Well yes and no. First of all we have a lot of terrible episodes that just feel like they're in the same same cycle, character A has a problem, the group tries to fix it, Team Rocket shows up, at the last minute our resolution is resolved. THE END. Okay and even if you were willing to except that, I don't buy it there's only so many times the writers can use the same cliche over and over again. The same thing goes for there running gags which were milked to death this season even the ones that were created this year. I can just imagine the writers sitting in there room having no idea were to take the episode so last minute they just through in a running gag. I especially hate how in every episode we've Brock runs into a hot girl, once again can't our characters run into an ordinary male or ugly female? And even if you over look all of that there's still no tension. I know there are a lot people out there that actually do enjoy fillers and reason that they're fun and aren't always bad. The thing is that can be true as a said there were some episodes that really surprised at had good they were but it was mainly because they were emotional or just original even though some were good at building up tension. For those of you who question why it matters? Thing is all shows need tension! If there's no tension there's little point to series or motivation, or goal which means no plot. The only reason why it is this way is because the writers keep using the same plots! We never see any real reason for the group wanting to help out
the character of the day except for Brock not being able to keep it in his pants! While the original series gave us a basic set up by having raised tension with Gary and Ash wanting to catch 'em all and the Orange Islands had fillers with some tension and more logical plots we have neither here. Gary is more mature now and it seems Ash hates him for no reason. His appearances now seem based around just getting the plot going making him downplayed even more ignoring the tension brought on by there rivalry.
So yes I despite some surprise episodes Johto is as bad as people say it is and I look forward to torturing myself more on my journey through Johto.

2/5


4 To Watch
Ignorance is Blissey
Charizard's Burning Ambition
Superhero Secret
Forest Grumps

____ To Skip
You know what, ALL OF THEM basically aside from maybe the gym battles and the episodes I listed above nothing in this series is worth watching at all!

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Johto League Champions    

EP160 A Goldenrod Opportunity -The kids want to eat a hamburger, is it made out of Whitney's dead Miltank!? In all honesty I do like how the anime tries to show us stuff from the game, like the underground tunnel, haircut brothers the bullet train and how Whitey's Miltank is an evil evil pokemon. Whitney is also a pretty fun character, but why does she have a Nidorina!? Who dies after one turn. HATE. Well actually this battle is just really bad in general.

3/5

EP161 A Dairy Tale Ending - I think it's strange seeing Ash think of going back
to Pallet Town after loosing to Whitney, seems out of character for him. I don't understand why Ash doesn't come up with the idea he had to defeat Miltank during his first battle and not against Team Rocket. Also Whitney, the gym leader who cried over loosing to you and didn't give you your badge after beating her in GS just hands over her gym badge after defeating just one of her pokemon. Oh well at least we finally got two episodes for a gym, less time for filler the better.

3/5

EP162 Air Time - This is yet another original episode as it puts Ash in a corner we haven't seen before. While the story that's read feels more like a bad fanfic it was pretty awesome originality wise.

4/5

EP163 The Bug Stops Here - Yet another thing used in the game and while Casey is a very annoying character it's was nice to see Ash actually mentor someone, it also made our hero's less boring. Team Rocket's antics in this episode were also pretty funny including there mecha. This episode wouldn't be so bad though if there weren't so many baseball puns! HATE.

3/5

EP164 Type Casting - The group needs to cross a river and the only way they can get across is by showing an old man a Sudowoodo. Ewww. I guess this was the show's smartest excuse to do the GS event. But I don't get how this makes them have way to Eckriteak City. Then we two random researchers named Pierre and Marie. SUBTLE. And then this episode goes from bad to ungodly boring. I mean does it really matter if it is a Rock type or a Grass type? Are they this desperate to create tension, just throwing a pokemon type war? Moral, next time focus on the obvious facts and not your own like the ones on Wikipedia!

2/5

EP165 Fossil Fools - Yet again Prof Oak pops out of nowhere to be in this episode. Yet again Team Rocket unknowingly causes conflict for the group. You'd think by now they'd at least try to not work near them due to it ending in failure. Okay when Brock pulled Misty away when she was fangirling about water pokemon the same way she does it to him was pretty funny. Man Prof Oak seems to really love Omnamyte but I REALLY do not care myself.

1/5

EP166 Carrying On - Man this episode is SO STUPID! First off this one island has to rely on multiple carrier Pidgey because it's secluded? Why would anyone want to live on an island like this? Why would there be some many pokemon injured at once? How do the people on this island even live being so isolated and relying on carrier Pidgey? Why does this guy have to go out the way to take care of the Pidgey so much? IT MAKE NO SENSE. The whole idea of this doesn't make any sense to begin with why can't the man stop while he's ahead? And of course Team Rocket's also stealing the Pidgey's. SEE this is why it's a terrible idea! Also Ash's Noctowl creates creates illusions for Team Rocket? WHY DOESN'T HE DO THIS MORE OFTEN! Also of course they allow him to become a handler of the pidgey when he seemed to already know plenty and when he was put in a corner and didn't do anything! There's also the fact the grandfather is still willing to let the kid waste the rest of his life waster his time for an unnecessary stupid job!

0/5

EP167 Hassle in the Castle - This episode easily has the worst Team Rocket motto. And my god them and there bad puns. But I do enjoy how Brock, and Team Rocket are trying to get out of the maze, while they're not doing as a team in fact they're pretty bland but I do enjoy Jessie getting slapstick in favor of Wobbefett. Zubat evolving in this episode seemed REALLY random! Mainly because we've bearly seen it get used (like most of Brock's pokemon)

2/5

EP168 Two Hits and a Miss - Darn it! I still hate Lisa Otiz as a voice actress, she's just so bad! and she gets a big role in this episode. Doesn't help the fact that this also yet another boring episode. And am so sick of the YOUR POKEMON MUST WORK AS A TEAM thing it's so freaking over done for the love god writers stop it already! Right now if I could choose between watching more episodes and getting my arms and legs removed I'd ask for them to bring it on!

1/5

EP169 A Hot Water Battle - It's now gotten to the point were 4kids could make any kind of pun and it will be an episode title, it doesn't even have to pertain the actual episode all that matters is that it's a pun no matter how little sense it will make! Not only that but this episode is also just plain terrible. The entire episode basically features the incredibly unevolved Johto Starters trying to chase around Aipom on a ball. There is no way this premise can be done right! At least this episode has some tension but it's for the pokemon of the group I honestly would rather see dead and Team Rocket.

1/5

EP170 Hook Line Sinker -Finally an episode that isn't cringe worthy! Well it's Misty focused and I've said many times before how she's such a good character. I hate the fact that our character of the day is a villain who has nothing better to do but to torture our protanganist for no explained reason! Really hate that cliche. Team Rocket was also pretty good in this episode! Also it might have been a catfish? Ash do you mean animals exist in this world or were you referring to Stunfisk? It annoys the hell out of me how because there's a tie and of course we end up getting a Poliwhirl vs Poliwrath, this feels more like set up for it's evolution, but really? It just have to be a battle they have no other solution! Also Team Rocket's attack = unneeded.

3/5

EP171 Beauty and The Breeder - I'm really sick of seeing bland, boring, unoriginal characters. Also we don't find out who won the contest, as if this show had nothing to build up anyways, after all this is the last time we see Vulpix!

2/5

EP172 A Better Pill To Swallow - This is a pretty basic but slightly memorable episode. For one it was a random scene of Meowth falling in love with James.
I guess this also means Team Rocket was funny in this episode, having many pokemon fall in love with them. Also Brock the lesson you learned in this episode was totally out no were! Why does he suddenly learn a lesson when he did nothing in this episode!!

3/5

EP173 Power Play - The kid's voice in this episode is probably the worst yet, it's like the voice actress is trying to do both an English accent and a kid's voice at the same time and failing at both. Also Gary just walking away from Ash, there's being a jerk, being a moron and just being out of character, this a combination of both! I also hate the fact that we suddenly have Ash run into Gary and there rivalry starts up again after we've had no mention of it for more then a year! The worst part is the fact that after this episode it's completely ignored! This episodes seems to be proof how much Gary, pretty much the guy who raised tension in the original series has been downsized into a terrible rival!. He's just so bland and boring now. Team Rocket's antics with the Wobbefett Robot was pretty funny, seeing them actually scheme a plan, it's just awesome to watch. Also why was the handle on the dam missing in the first place? And why was it chained? I must admit that I also still like the fact that it shows how Ash can be a good trainer in his own right and make it believable that Gary has changed.

4/5

EP174 Mountain Time - This episode is going to be terrible, I can just tell it, which is why my attention is was pretty waned. While Team Rocket is strongly overused but funny, it is nice to see an episode with *gasp* tension. but man the character of the day is so boring! I'm also starting to realize how freaking useless Togepi is, it just sits there and says its name, this the first for a long time since it's actually done something but he's such a forced mascot.

3/5

EP175 Wobbu-palooza - During the Johto days the writers really seemed to like Wobbufett. Can you imagine these people if they saw a wynuat? Also the villains in this episode, they just need to get a life there lack of motive is just Also no pokemon are allowed to battle because it's festival despite there being danger?

2/5

EP176 Imitation Confrontation - Not much to say about this episode, aside from the return of Dupleca who is now much more boring overall it's just terrible.

1/5

EP177 Trouble With Snubble - After spending about 50 episodes as a poorly done running gag, we're apparently now supposed to take it seriously when I would like to see it dead. It's really just another boring episode.

3/5

EP178 Ariados Amigos - First of all, I don't get why they use the random sister of Koga, Iya in favor of the actual game character and gym leader who has never appeared in the show yet, Janine. But NO we can't get any refrence to the game EVER because this is Johto!!!! Overall this episode was still pretty awesome, except for obviously the poorly done Team Rocket action. Still Iya is the first character we've seen in long time that wasn't bland and flat as cardboard.

4/5

EP179 Wings N' Things - The story for this episode was pretty good, but Ash and his friends do nothing this entire episode!
DEXTER: Yanma's 2 most powerfu l attacks are Tackle Double Team and Sonic Boom.
Nice to know 4kids know how to count.

2/5

EP180 The Grass Route - OH NO in this episode they're say pokemon are actually hurt from battle!? You meaning I've been killing my little friends for years now!? We also see Ash get over confident which I don't really get because it seems to come out of nowhere. Seeing Ash get overconfident makes him seem more unlikable then seeing it as character development.

2/5

EP181 Apple Corp - This hasn't been easy, not easy at all!!! I've already sat through some of the worst episode I could ever imagine, there's no way it could get any worse, I
thought for sure that there's no way I can see an episode any worse. Then I herd that the other episodes that I thought were the worse , but THIS is the episode many people consider the worse! As per usual, pray for me! First off, the character of the day immediately thinks Pikachu is an apple thief! Why? Because it was holding an apple!
Of course the apple thief are Pichu. KILL THEM KILL THEM NOW THEN WE WPN'T HAVE NOTCHED EAR PICHU AND NO MASS GENOCIDE. Then a Fearow attacks and Pikachu saves them. The Pichu's while now hungry have returned the apples. But now the girls is just letting the Pichu take the apples!? Bad news, we're no only 10 minutes in!!!
Now the Pichus are going around attacking whatever pokemon are trying to get all attacking pokemon who want food. SHAME ON THEM FOR WANTING FOOD!! Really it was revealed there's a food shortage in the forests and now they're going around attacking them. Oh wonderful it's time for our padding, er I mean Team Rocket to take the fruit oh no! IT'S WORSE THEN POKEMON POACHERS, actuak quite. Seriously though why is Team Rocket's vacuum sucking out now, it's never explained, wouldn't this shoot the apples out? They also ran out of power so whats charging it? Why don't they put it back on suck so they can suck up the Pichu? And of course they end up destroying the generator by shocking the balloon to much, I'm pretty sure batteries don't work that way. Well that was it, certainly not the worst episode I've seen but clearly really bad and stupid.

1/5

EP182 Howl of Houndoom - I really hate Togepi now, we just keep seeing it stand around and be cute so we can all buy it's products!! This entire episode is based around Togepi being a complete moron and I can't take it anymore this is worse then the Pichu episode!! Teaam Rocket is so pointless in this episode. My god this episode has one the worst pop ballads I've ever heard!!
Also why do we have a random Raikou appearance in this episode? This episode was just plain terrible.

1/5

EP183 Ghost of a Chance - Man, 4Kids really loves that pun. Also they have the character, the fire breather from the games who hands out the item finder in the games in this episode. I don't get it. IF THEY DO LITTLE THINGS LIKE THAT WHY CAN'T THEY FOLLOW THE FREAKING PLOT AT ALL!?!?!?!?! Also Morty is such a boring gym leader, he spends the entire episode with emotionless expression on his face. I swear it's like they weren't even trying. Overall pretty good since we got some back story from the game and pretty funny James moments.

3/5

EP184 From Ghost to Ghost - Of course the writers can never freaking remember that Normal and Ghost types don't effect each other, or how foresight works. Seriously writers? Pikachu just getting OHKO'd!? Then Noctowl just OHKOing Haunter. Man what a terrible battle, I wouldn't get so mad about this if we didn't have such a long wait with so many terrible episodes! Half the stuff in this episode is devoted to either the Team Rocket antics or Brock just overly explaining everything!

2/5

EP185 Trouble's Brewing - Episodes like this make me understand why people were upset when Misty left the group, she was a really dimensional character and not boring like Brock or Ash. Now it probably would have gotten boring if Sakura was a main character but at the same time refreshing to have another girl part of the party. Still this episode wasn't to bad though, it has a good moral for Sakura who is an interesting character and I'm glad this isn't the last we've seen of her.

4/5

EP186 All that Glitters - Murkrow a jerks. It's really annoying how easily the group keeps failing out of stupidity in this episode. Eric Stuart as James in this performance is one of his worst the guy has no idea how to emote at all! Still a basic episode were nothing happens.

2/5

EP187 The Light Fantastic - Man this episode lingers on sooooooooo much. There was an ancient civilization but because they took all trees it dried up and there's an artist named Van Goose who wants to see a shiny light in the dessert. Does this even sound like a pokemon episode? Also two boring Team Rocket attacks in one episode, bad idea.

1/5

EP188 UnBEARable - This episode is annoying because all the main characters are such morons! Anyone who likes Misty really won't like this episode because she becomes are Mary-Sue just obsessed with cute pokemon despite
being one of strongest members of the group. This episode does build good tension but it lingers on way to much.

3/5

EP189 Moving Pictures - I always found it strange how Todd Snapp made a random reappearance in Johto only to never show up again afterwords, after all we never really had a sequel to his game. Also the episode starts out with Ash almost getting killed by a frozen Sunkern! Yeah I think what I just said speaks for itself. It's weird I strongly remember watching this episode as a kid
for the crazy old people in it, but I personally don't blame myself since this episode really was not that forgettable because of them. But man Eric Stuart just learn to emote already! Team Rocket was trying to escape, they didn't have anything and Ash has Pikachu use Thunderbolt anyways
Our heroes everyone!
Pokedex: The Sunstone can evolve many pokemon such evolving Sunkern into Sunflora and Gloom into Vileplume
4Morons
I hate the fact that all the Sunflora end up running over!
Just for once can't they teach you can't always get what you want?
This was a memorable episode overall, at least Ash finally put his Sun Stone to good use! Now only if they could do the same with there Quick Balls.

4/5

EP190 Spring Fever - Well this anime has gone more then 100 episodes without a hot spring scene, we're easily long overdue! The voice acting in this episode just made it feel like the episode had reached a new low. Especially since Todd Snap did nothing. Also they decide to go after Team Rocket by sliding down a dirt mountain, once again there's nothing I can say about this. But have to admit it is nice to see the recurring plot line of Articuno, since this is pretty boring. Oddly this is the second episode in a row that totally didn't abuse Team Rocket. Other then that this is just another bland filler were our heroes do absolutely nothing.

3/5

EP191 Freeze Frame - The first "arc" for the show comes to a close as Articuno makes his debut in the main cannon anime. This explains why we haven't seen Jigglypuff in a long time or because the fanboys wouldn't stop complaining about how bad the old running gag has gotten. It's also pretty refreshing to see Ash be the voice of reason for Todd, having the roles reversed. While I do like how this episode has a lot of tension built from Articuno, Team Rocket is abused way to much.

4/5

EP192 The Stolen Stones - This episode shows how the writers has little effort when writing Johto because this episode just lingers on and one and on. I mean it's really bad, the narrate every event in great deal! And Team Rocket DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII IIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE EEEEEEEEEE
JUST DIE I'M SO SICK OF YOU DIE A LONG AN INCREDIBLY PAINFUL DEATH AS SOON AS POSSIBLE I'M SICK OF YOU PITFALLS, MACHINES AND YOU BLASTING OFF JUST FREAKING DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!

1/5

EP193 Dunsparce Deception - This episode is about everyone's favorite pokemon, Dunsparce! Serously the kids in this episode seriously are obsessed with Dunsparce! I think the writers knew it was such a bad pokemon and decided to troll us. Or this was forced by Nintendo to sell there Durnsparce products, which were probably weakest in sales.
The play Team Rocket put on is pretty funny despite seeming unnecessary as usual. This episode is really accurate in showing how annoying it is to catch one, not only does it have a 1% encounter rate but this was laos back when rare pokemon could flee from battle. The conclusion to the episode felt way to similar to every other episode, Team Rocket steals pokemon but refuse to obey them only to attack them when there trainers return.

2/5

EP194 The Wayward Wobbefett - Well this episode was great. We have tension built up from Wobbefett, who by the way has been the best thing to happen to this saga.
Seeing the group try to chase after the clueless Wobbefett is just hilarious. While we have an action subplot with a criminal who just can't get away.

5/5

EP195 Sick Days - I really love this episode, it's easily one of my favorite episodes of Johto because it uses the characters to there full potential including Brock who is shown to be dependent. Being in Culinary really love the stuff with Misty's surprise soup and everyone's reaction to it. Not much else though.

5/5

EP196 The Ring Masters - Seeing an evolved form of a starter here in the anime kind of angers me. Especially when Ash points out that it's what he'll look like when he'll evolve, to bad he never will. I think Pokemon Sumo Wrestling was an obvious random idea for us to have for episode since we've already had pokemon boxing, battling, racing and stage show. I've never seen Sumo Wrestling before but here it's, just really weird. I think this episode was pretty good since it did seem to handle the Sumo Battles really well.

4/5

EP197 The Poke-Spokes Person - David Brimmer was a pretty unique voice actor for 4kids, not only does he sound like a real person he's also a great actor especially in this episode, well good compared to anyone else. This episode still really holds up because it seems to try to take itself seriously for once and we also have an interesting character of the day. Only problem is that I'm not a big fan of the cliched ending.

4/5

EP198 Control Freak - Well the streak of four good episodes has ended, of course we finally have another good episode. Just kidding this episode was pretty good despite being REALLY stupid, it also feels pretty out place making it feel like FAN FICTION. Of course though I'm not referring to this in a bad way, at least it feels original. Plus Brock actually does something in this episode, that's also something out of place but good. Also the moment of Crobat's evolution is really downsized in the dub due to 4Kids need to replace ALL DUB MUSIC. Speaking of which that was actually this entire episode, that crappy unfitting dub music that downplays an already struggling series.

3/5

EP199 The Art of Pokemon - This is an episode about vandalizing Smeargle that is all you need to know about this episode. And yet again a group of towns people are quick to judge our heroes which leads to pointless arguing. This episode feels like it was written by a six year old, it's to stupid to even be written by an adult! This episode relies way to much on the character the day who is really boring, I really don't have anything good to say about this episode.

1/5

EP200 Heartbrake of Brock - This is another episode devoted to a running gag. Misty seems to spend this episode WANTING Brock to leave but I guess it is in character for her to question Brock's motives. I also like how we get another reference to Jame's commitment issues. Other then that this was an out ordinary episode, in a good way of course.

4/5

EP201 Current Events - Out of all the starters of Ash to evolve, the writers just had to choose the most annoying and overly cute. Wouldn't be so mad but Chikorita line reserved more screen time then any other Johto Starter! Goes to show how focused the writers were on selling new toys too, when can almost promise Chikorita is the most unpopular Johto Starter. Ash working together with his Chikorita to get out of the factory was interesting but other then that nothing special about this episode, especially the Team Rocket attack.

3/5

EP202 Turning over a new Bayleef - Man this is an annoying episode. I'm still annoyed by the fact that Bayleef is the only one of Ash's pokemon to evolve and this entire episode is based around how annoying it is! I mean Ash yells at it once and all the sudden it's evil! There's tough love and there's just being a moron!!! And then this episode just lingers on and on and on. Team Rocket I'm also still waiting for you to die already so I can rest safely.

1/5

EP203 Doin' What come naturally -4kids grammer good zomggggg. We already saw pokemon street performing in one of the first few episodes of this region now we're seeing it again! But it's not that bad since we do get to see Natu getting featured pretty well. Problem is it's the same cliched plot of kid and mentor that's been in every episode so far! James run into the Magikarp salesmen yet again! Okay seriously it was funny the first two times but using the same animation and dialogue three times does not mean it's still funny! This time around that scene was also entirely pointless! Lady: Oh Machoke how did you get away? Here's a better question, how did you find them so late.
I like how after Team Rocket's balloon crashes into a daycare and the kids watch the Team Rocket battle the adult has the same expression as any other adult who watches this show. Another really boring uneventful episode dam.

1/5

EP204 The Big Balloon Blow Up - Oh boy pokemon air ballooning how exciting!! hah hah hah. At least we see Meowth in control in this episode trying to get stop them from cheating, that's nice. For a show called Pokemon we really don't even see a lot of pokemon. However the combination of the Team Rocket attacks and interactions between Meowth practically saved this episode.

3/5

EP205 Screen Actors Guilt - IT SMOOCHUM, SHE'S CUTE SO CUTE BUY HER PRODUCTS AND GIVE US MONEY MAHHAHAHAHAH.
Pokedex: Smoochum uses its lips to explore and examine with. WHAT? HOW? HUH? But man when Togepi actually does something it's so annoying! This plot is just so stupid in this episode. However most of the lines (that were clearly added by 4kids) were pretty funny. Overall this is another episode with way to many longated Team Rocket attacks.

2/5

EP206 Right on, Rhydon! - So the string of cringe worthy episodes continues. It's about a Rhydon who is in water, that's it. Other then that there's nothing notable about this episode at all. I also don't get it, it can't with stand water attacks but can tolerate living in water!?

1/5


EP207 Kecleon Caper! : It’s more than a full year before RS comes out and they’re already promoting them! A majority of the Johto Pokémon haven’t even appeared yet they’re giving horrible filler about one already! This is also the first episode with a boss fantasy while it’s less over the top it’s still good to see Team Rocket with better motives. This episode is based around playing hide and seek how exciting! At least Team Rocket is still pretty funny. My god Kecleon is annoying, if anything this makes me to not want to see anything that deals with that pokemon.
2/5
EP208 The Joy of Water Pokemon: This episode is basic proof of the effort the writers had when they wrote this series and how low on ideas they were on. It’s about a Nurse Joy who lives on a lake, hates water pokemon and wants to write a book, The End. I wouldn’t have so many issues with this but Nurse Joy is the basic definition of the term Mary-Sue, she’s perfect in every way, if you has an obstacle she can overcome come it, because she’s freaking perfect! I’m still yet to see an episode with Nurse Joy that doesn’t want me to get my head cut off. Yet in this episode she has a phobia of water pokemon for reason the writers won’t explain because that would require effort. Team Rocket is used as basic padding in an episode yet again.
1/5
EP209 Got Miltank!: This episode is just terrible, it feels like a rehash of Mewtwo Returns except with a healing a Miltank and no, Mewtwo, tension, the exposition, or Giovanni. This is facepalm worthy, for shame! I wouldn’t be so bothered but it came out less than a year before this episode!
1/5
EP210 Fight for the Light: The episode starts off by showing us that the gym leader is a leader girl, which shouldn’t be surprise to anyone who does play the game except for the writers who most likely don’t. Brock: Ash why are you using Pikachu against a Pokémon then isn’t effected by any of it’s attacks!!? THIS IS JOHTO PIKACHU MUST BE USED IN EVERY GYM BATTLE!!! Also Jasmine is another incredibly bland gym leader with the writers completely ignoring the actual personality she had in game that made her um MEMORABLE!? At last the Team Rocket attack in this episode didn’t feel entirely pointless, even though the assistant girl was really forgettable as a character but not totally bland.
3/5
EP211 Machoke, Machoke Man: Well we’re currently yet to see a good gym battle this season and since this is the last episode I think this episode should worth noting. First off Chuck is not a completely bland gym leader with personality of a piece of celery and actually seems to be based off. The Games!?? Although I don’t understand why they felt he should have a Machoke instead of a Primeape since we haven’t seen one since Ash’s ironically. Dan Green’s performance as Chuck in this episode is also really weird, it’s not bad but also not good. Oh man Pikachu has now been used in every gym battle, seriously what the hell!? Why can’t they use different Pokémon GOD? Oh well at least he goes down fast. Other then that the second half of this battle is pretty good despite being mildly short. How ironic that the most memorable gym leader has the most forgettable episode. Also Jasmine shouldn't be a gym leader is she's going to be so easily distracted by a freaking Ampharos!

3/5


Mewtwo Returns    
Not many people seem to not be aware that we kind of had a direct sequel to the first movie, Mewtwo Returns. First off at least this movie gives us, (a some what vague) explanation unlike the first movie. This oddly in wide screen while 4Kids actually cropped all of there dubbed movies, weird. It also seems that as the time Mewtwo has been away he has been spending his time, staring at the sun thinking emo thoughts to himself. This movie kind of seems to retcon the character development from the first movie but it might have been because Mewtwo's was done in the last minute of the movie.  Giovanni also seems pretty downplayed in his first time role as a villain. I'm going to recapture you Mewtwo so I can take over the world then......? He already captured Mewtwo and did very little I don't see what difference this makes. I know a lot fans will disagree with me on this one but I really did not care for this special, it tries to through in so many themes at once, environmentalism,  loneliness, remembrance it just becomes a convoluted mess. Ash and his friends spend the entire second and third act doing absolutely nothing in fact this more of a Team Rocket movie then Ash and Pikachu movie. 

3/5

Celebi The Voice of the Forrest    

This is the first movie were we get a world of pokemon intro, I'm guessing it's because people complain about going into these movies without knowing anything, which is great because it's an excuse for them to show off awesome effects in later movies. I find it strange how the intro in this movie doesn't show any Gen II pokemon and oddly enough show Porygon. I hate the fact that Sammy has the same raspy boy voice 4kids gives to every 10 year old. Something worth noting, the animation in this movie is easily top notch! It's actually really good. The evil in this film creates a pokemon that not only can catch any pokemon but can increase it's power to the highest level and make it evil! Just roll with it! Man this feels really padded out with random drawn out moments of Ash and friends following the pokemon then swimming in the lake. It doesn't bother me to much since it gives the movie a chance to show off its flashy effects. Most of it is used for foreshadowing later on but leaves little impact. I must admit the I do like the relationship between Sammy and Ash in this movie and how Sammy is worried if he can return to the past.
Sammy: Look at all the Butterfree
Ash: I hope you'll be free soon Sam, free to go back in time.
That pun, my god!
After we get about 20 minutes of basic pudding comes out of nowhere and catches Celebi. Are you kidding me? We couldn't get any real battle, I mean just like that! As much as an under developed villain the Masked Murroder is he's really memorable for being well evil. Yet again we're having a cramming of themes into this movie during the last minute. However the stuff with evil Celebi is pretty awesome. The stuff with Celebi being freed from evil and it's pokeball exploding. No, just no. Wait this is a Japanese anime so we still need to break a few hearts before this movie ends! Now Celebi is just out of energy! Actually I admit it, seeing the last moments with Celebi was pretty sad. Seeing it come back to life was a really beautiful moment. So Sammy was Oak all along, then why didn't Prof Oak add all the Johto pokemon he saw in the region in his pokedex, in fact this opens a lot of plot whole to the series. Oh well while this was pretty flawd plot wise it's not to bad, it should have been a lot longer though.

3/5



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 So that was Johto League Champions and "suprise" it's just as bad as I made it out to be. Not much has changed quality wise except while Season 3 had some episodes that surprised me episodes this season didn't surprise me do to there original plots or just plain goofyness. But what makes this season worse then the previous one? Well it's 4Kids fault, because let's face it we already have poor overall storytelling and animation the only thing this show had going for it was it's high quality music score which 4kids decided to cut in half and make moments with the original more scarce toning down the importance of the moment with the low budget music. As if that wasn't bad enough the voice acting is also brought down to an incredibly low quality with nearly all of the voice actors just sounding either bored or no idea who they are voicing. Also this may be a nitpick but 4kids decides to instead this season use there own pokemon for whose that pokemon, leaving hints of who the pokemon is which left little to the imagination. The point of whose that pokemon was to identify the main pokemon for the episode not something for kids to guess on! Man 4kids just really can't get anything right. On final note there really was nothing good to come out of this season, no capture, no releases, and one evolution of a pokemon I think people didn't want to see evolve put that with a collection of horrible gym battles and you've got a recipe for crap!

1/5



4 To Watch
Air Time
The Wayward Wobbefett
Sick Days
The Poke-Spokemen

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Thanks a lot guys I appreciate all the feedback, almost makes sitting through all these fillers worth it, who am I kidding it is!

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EP212 Around the Whirlpool: What we have here is a longated episode that's basically set up for the whirl cup which will only last 2 episodes. Most of it set up for what's to come and foreshadowing of a long and pointless arc were we get filler for filler. This episode was especially longated with every moment milking for time. Take your time being ready to be a gym leader again Jasmine it's not like it's your job or something.

1/5

EP213 Fly Me To The Moon: Wow, I think this might be one of the stupidest episodes ever. Aside from the bland character of the day and pokemon the entire premise is just incredibly stupid! I mean a Pidgey that flies though the planet's atmosphere into out space and doesn't burn up! It's so freaking stupid! Also if humans can't breathe at a certain altitude what the heck is the pidgey breathing? Why don't any them just burn up? Why can't we ever get death in this show over logic? I'm asking for to much but at least this episode got some tension built up through that. However Ash and his friends did nothing this entire episode!

2/5

EP214 Takin' It on the Chinchou: ZOMG CHINCHOU IS THE CUTEST POKEMON EVER IT'S CUTER THEN DUNSPARCE I MUST THROUGH ME MONEY AT IT. I think this was the intention of the writers when they were told to make an episode of this pokemon. I mean it's likely that the uglier the pokemon the more of a god it has to be treated so people will buy the products. It's another episode with a lot of padding so we can't be in Olivine as soon as possible. So even when this show does add tension it feels incredibly forced in lengthening the episode. If anything this episode makes me hate Chinchou.

1/5

EP215 The Corsola Caper - This episodes starts with a house with a little girl inside about to go into a whirlpool and our heroes stealing a motor boat in order to save them. And peoples main complaint about this show is that Ash doesn't age. Seriously why would anyone build a house on a bunch of Corsola!?The voice acting in this episode is so terrible, I've never heard it this bad before! Also why is the group helping them find the Corsola, what debt do they owe them!? Yes and leave it to Misty to catch one of the worst pokemon in the game. She also uses are lure ball on it even though she never caught it through fishing.

2/5

EP216 Mantine Overboard - Due to our heroes case of ADD they are late for a ship yet again and forced to go on an even more boring of an adventure. I like the fact that this girl gives the twerps a ride on her boat DESPITE NOT KNOWING THEM AT ALL. I have to admit though Team Rocket did get a good laugh out of me in this episode. In fact they did a pretty good job at building tension making this episode pretty interesting.

3/5

EP217 Octillery The Outcast! -
Meowth: When Boss sees all that cash he'll respect us in a flash
Team Rocket: Let's get the stash!
Hey I thought only PUSA could give Team Rocket bad puns.
Why is it that pokemon only evolve if the character of the day wants them to but we never see any of Ash's Pokemon evolve, specifically this season!
Oh man the beginning of this tourney is just terrible, it's all just OHKOs because instead we need to get focus on the character of the day and his own problem because this junk is the only thing the writers can write about! Also why are more people participating in this then the pokemon league!?
Seriously they can't stretch out this episode with a long battle just a lame story about an outcast octillery! It's so stupid! No wonder why the writers rely on Team Rocket so much, nothing happens in this episode! It took 14 minutes into an episode for Team Rocket to do something, must be a new record. Overall a pretty meh episode.

2/5

EP218 Dueling Heroes - So we finally get a whirl cup with all the build it most be great right? right? First, Kingler gets its first battle since the Indigo League
this is notable because we'll probably never see it in battle. The battle between Ash's Totodile and Kingdra starts off pretty good, showing us some moves never used in the anime but its ending is so stupid. He bites down on Kingdra's mouth when it uses hydro pump and expands! There's this moment with Misty about her saying how happy she is about being part of the whirl cup but it's such a short moment of actual development it just feels out of place! Her battle with a Qwilfish is also pretty poorly done, Misty basically is unable to land and attack for the entire battle and when she finally does she wins! And we end up seeing Ash vs Misty early, but I'll talk about this next episode.

3/5

EP219 The Perfect Match - After seeing only match both our main characters are pitied against each other, and how does it go down? Terribly, duh. First why did the writers feel they needed to end this so quickly? I mean they really had better ideas then making them go further? Really this battle is on the level of the battle between Ash and Ritchie, it is just plain poorly done. I mean this is an important battle for Misty and she wins with Psyduck!? I mean Ash has completely forgotten what gives Psyduck it's power! For shame writers, for shame. And Misty's loss. WHY? As if this tourney wasn't pointless enough we can't have a real achievement or character development for her? This is her last season and a perfect way to show how Misty has grown as a character, they already planned to replace Misty at this time but nnnnnnnnooooooooooooooc instead she gets her butt kicked against someone who didn't even come close to winning! There was no point in Misty loosing and no point in this poorly done filler arc! While Ash loosing the pokemon league allows the series to move on without making him seem to over powered there is no point for Misty to loose! Trinity is such a bland character. WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY WHY? WHY DO NEED A TEAM ROCKET ATTACK! Overall this episode was a painful watch.

1/5

EP220 Pant it now Diglett Later - What's worse then the Whirl Cup? MORE FILLER! The amounts of stupidity is just to much for me to overall comprehend. The plot is all over the place, I have no idea what I can say about this episode aside the fact it's just well weird. I don't even think this episode was put onto paper, it was all just improvised! The episode makes Kanto plots look perfect by comparison!

2/5

EP221 Hi Ho Silver Away - Honestly, why do our characters care about these two characters who are in love, in fact why should I care!? Why does this episode exist it's so freaking pointless even as a pokemon episode!? The group does absolutely nothing this entire episode! This has got to be the most pointless episode of pokemon ever! Oh and Ritchie's Sparky reappears, as if I didn't like this episode enough.

0/5

EP222 The Mystery is History - You know, this show has a long history of knowing how to anger me, but I think this might top it. We get an arc about the legendary pokemon Lugia and who do we get? We get the bland one sided character that no one likes, except for maybe the people that think they're a couple, Richie. Also 4kids is really inconsistent with the name of this island of the day because they keep switching back and forth forth between the Japanese name. This entire set is just basic filler and set up for the next 2 episodes but this episode still feels really pointless. Also, why is Richie here? We never get an explanation for why he's in Johto and he doesn't really do anything different at all. Ash STOP FREAKING CALLING OUT BAYLEEF YOU HAVE OTHER POKEMON. I'd appreciate it more if he just used a less annoying pokemon more often, like anyone else on his team besides Pikachu or Bayleef!

2/5

EP223 A Parent Trapped - The month is almost over and so far I've watched only 5 episodes of the anime, out of the first 200 episodes never before have I felt less motivated to continue my marathon, because it's just so terrible. So I apologize I just wish it was easier for me to get through this. The episode just starts off with our heroes wondering how they'll get Silver back when just like that the parent Lugia pops up! Yep, now if only they'd wish for Arceus to show up to kill them all so this series will end. Not to mention the animation they have for Lugia is TERRIBLE you tell they only drew him with a few frames in mind. Most of it is obviously recycled from the second movie which is stupid because it's not like Lugia is the hardest pokemon to draw. Man the blandness level of all the character is a 10/10 I mean MY GOD everyone, Richie and the other two arc of the day characters. Not complaining to much though since every character we've had in Johto has been incredibly one sided but they make Richie seem like the most dimensional character! Only thanks writers for not including Misty and Brock in this episode over Ritchie, because why should we have those compelling characters when we can have a bland Ash clone? It's just so out of character for them to stay behind and there's no reason for it. The moments with Lugia searching for it's son was so freaking pointless and done just to stretch out this episode, what a surprise more padding! Not that the random scenes we have with Team Rocket and Prof Namba have any fluid to them either. My god this episode stretches itself out so freaking much! come on I'm waiting 5 minutes for something to actually happen. A SIMPLE EPISODE OF DRAGON BALL Z HAS LESS PADDING THEN THIS!!!! Surprise! Lugia is captured, what a moron. We also just cut to the twerps in a cage at the end not that it mattered if we actually saw that!!!

1/5

EP224 A Promise is a Promise - Well for starters at least this episode seems to have some good tension to it. Okay Namba do you really need to stay concentrated to put that one headband on Pikachu, it doesn't look that hard. It's all worth it to see Ash headbutt Prof Namba then smashing the machine with a bat! Wait. Why do they actually use pokemon to fight in this show again? Pretty awesome but this was set out way to easily. Also are Butch and Cassidy the only characters in this base that use pokemon? And there headbands explode just like that!!? This show has gone from to little of nothing to to much of something! Now the battle with Namba's Electabuzz is lingering on incredibly. Not to mention it's terrible. While this is the last time Ash will meet up with Richie sadly this is the last time we'll see him.

1/5

So that was the Whirl Islands Arc, and it was just plain AWFUL. I am just astonished out how bad this show is at trying to carrying an overall plot but then messing it up so easily, it's not hard this goes to show how horrible Johto is even without fillers! There were so many missed opportunity and not to mention the animation is at an incredibly low quality! So yeah for shame makers of this show for shame.

EP225 Throwing in the Noctowl - Ours heroes who seem to have no sense of time or scheduling are yet again trapped on an island without a way to the next island. To this episode's credit the character of the day in this episode is actually. Interesting? Man it feels so refreshing to have a character of the day that isn't totally lop sided. Other then there's just something about this episode I didn't like it might because I've sat through so many bad episodes I'm not in a good mood but darn it! Also Jigglypuff thanks for being shallow and stupid enough to out right almost killing our protagonists! Best episode of the season so far, which isn't saying a whole lot.

4/5

EP226 Nerves of Steelix - The first third of this episode is dedicated to a Team Rocket battle, but I'm not complaining to much since this does showcase Jasmine's Steelix and
she only has 2 pokemon.
Jasmine: Go Magnemite
Ash: Go Pikachu
Me: ASH YOU HAVE HAVE OTHER POKEMON THEN PIKACHU THAT CAN ACTUALLY ATTACK MAGNEMITE YOU ARE SO STUPID YOU DON'T DESERVE TO BREATHE. This is the sixth gym battle in a row were he's using Pikachu he has other pokemon gawd! Then he takes out the Magnemite in less then a minute! Steelix doesn't end up effecting Steelix, maybe you should have thought twice about the fact that Steelix is a ground type before sending him out. In fact why don't you just try to set off the sprinklers like you did against Onix! Speaking of which why doesn't he send out Totodile instead, did the writers even know that Steelix is a Steel/Ground type? Overall this battle was pretty rushed and poorly done at the same time, Steelix gets all the hits until last minute were Cyndaquil hits last minute and OHKOs it.

2/5

EP227 Bulbasaur the Ambassador - The group runs into this random guy and tells them he's headed to Ekriteak City and gives them a ride.
Moral: Always trust strangers. As much Bulbasaur did absolutely nothing whole thing of Bulbasaur being an ambassador to pokemon visiting Oaks ranch is just stupid it makes no sense at all why he'd be the only one pokemon who can help or why all these pokemon can't just settle there differences or even move, NO they must be jerks and refuse to move because problem is never bad in the wild. Not like they can settle there differences on there own. Also we can't understand anything Bulbasaur is saying to them to get them to get along, just stupid or bad writing you decide. Bulbasaur just uses Solar Beam and they get along. Then this episode just lingers on like crazy with Bulbasaur helping out random pokemon and Tracy and Oak just standing on the side doing nothing like a bunch of morons they are. Then the moment were Bulbasaur gets with by a giant boulder and we get a bad music played to random clips with Bulbasaur. WOW Never before have I seen such a random excuse for a bad AMV. In fact I can imagine there are probably some kids watching this that now think he's dead because of this random cut. Look if you're going to have a montage of all the moments with a pokemon you can't just do it at random moment in the episode out of no where because then it's forced and contrived. This episode has to be one of the most anticlimactic good byes for Ash.

1/5

EP228 Espeon Not Included -
Brock: Your family now has all the evolution of Eevee.
Oh Brock if only you knew.
A large portion of this episode is dedicated to Team Rocket dressed in Kimonos just well being but it is Team Rocket so it is pretty funny but it gets old pretty fast. We also get this huge pointless recap of the Whirl Islands arc, it happened less then 5 episodes ago why did we need a recap? Jessie is mad that they don't have an Espeon oh Jessie if only didn't suddenly become so OCD and remember other then the fact you said in the original series there were only three. I do like how they show Sakura has come of age off screen and grown as a character. Problem is though this episode lingers on a lot. I guess the whole return of Sakura was mandatory and I should give this episode credit for not feeling forced and keeping my attention. I really do wish Sakura would join the cast though.

3/5

EP229 For Ho-oh The Bells Toll - Once again our plot is set into action by Team Rocket because apparently they're the only characters in this universe to do something major to get the plot going. Seriously for once can we NOT be the one to get the plot going? I love the irony of Suicune getting mad at Ash over the fact that he hasn't seen Suicune but Ash has. This episode has a lot of tension built around it from the pokemon attacking but it doesn't a whole lot of sense. I mean all because a bell broke all pokemon want to just take over the world? Early on in the series this would have worked with the whole, if only pokemon and humans can coincide message being shot around a lot but now it seems really forced. I guess it might not be to forced though since they're referencing the first episode with it by throwing in Ho-oh. I honestly don't get why we have this random seen of Eusine trying to capture Suicune COMPLETELY FORGETTING THE POINT OF THIS EPISODE. Suicune then just appears and everything is just back to normal. This episode is over loaded with a lot moments that almost come off as completely random despite making the characters more fleshed out this episode just felt a little pointless necause the whole humans and pokemon must live together is so forced in. Other fans will probably like this episode more then me but it just wasn't to enjoyable for me.
Also why could they have the whole pokemon and humans coinsiding thing return when it would have actually matter with Team Plasma and N? Oh wait its because they NEVER fallow through with anything when it actually matters!

3/1/2 /5

EP230 Extreme Pokemon - Well Gary Oak has now become a bland boring Gary Stu, hope you're happy writers. Also Ash is concerned about how people using pokemon who are hooked up to a leash and using them to skateboard and is more concerned about the pokemon! Are you kidding!? Ash as much as how many times Pikachu had tried killing you with Thundershock I don't think have a leash on them is that dangerous! Not that it matters since this ignored later on. Especially considering the fact he ends up using the smaller Bayleef. He also seems to get over his anger pretty quickly. I have to admit it is intriguing watching Ash do something else with a different goal in mind. I also like how we don't see Team Rocket until we're 8 minutes in. But oh man 4kids you nd your incredibly unfitting dub music, it's so unfitting! And then right in the middle of the freaking race after all the build all the focus gets put on yet another Team Rocket battle! Gee I wonder what will happen? The tension is just so incredibly high! NOT. Still this
is probably the best episode so far mainly because it barely featured Team Rocket but it's still not saying much.

4/5

EP231 An EGGciting Adventure - Amazing how I don't have much to say about an episode that's actually pretty good. I enjoyed how this episode gives us a change of pace by being a mystery, albeit a bad one but it's still a good change. The voice actress for Officer Jenny does a terrible job and the music is incredibly unfitting but it was still a pretty good episode.

4/5

EP232 Hatching a Plan - This episode is basically one boring Team Rocket scheme after another so I think it's pretty clear on how I feel about this episode.

0/5

EP233 Delibird Dues and Don'ts - Something strange about this episode is the fact that Team Rocket attacks in Football uniforms, considering this aired here in America the day before Super Bowl XXXVI this was probably planned. What is it with the anime and manga making Delibird all powerful? It also makes sense for them to be removed from Team Rocket after so long and failing so much. But why does Team Rocket need pension and a retirement plan and human resources? THEY'RE A CRIMINAL ORGANIZATION WHAT FEAR DOES HE HAVE IF THEY GO ON STRIKE WHEN HE CAN JUST THROW THEM IN JAIL! Overall this episode still wasn't to bad.

4/5

EP234 Just Waiting on a Friend - In this episode Brock mention he had a Ninetails a while back, 4kids way to be just completely wrong yet again. This is yet another great episode, strange thing is so far the only episode that have been good don't even focus on pokemon that much in general. I liked how in this episode Brock does have a lot of personality and I also enjoyed Ash and Misty doing stuff all within and the mystery if Ninetails. To bad this story could be done with just about any show. Also did we really need a Team Rocket attack in this episode!! At least it's sped up.

4/5

EP235 A Tyrogue Full of Trouble - Well back to terrible fillers. Dan Green in this episode puts as little effort as possible putting life into our character of the day not helping how he's already kind of a boring character but still pretty fun.

3/5

EP236 Xatu the Future - Wow the people in this town are REALLY stupid, but yet again I'm questioning the logic of people in a show where people force little monsters to fight each other and stuff them in small balls. This episode also gives us this random Family Guy esque Manatee gag to show us Jessie was a weather reporter at one point. What does this have to deal with anything? nothing just 10 seconds of sheer randomness. Still pretty funny neither-less. The episode's morral isn't to bad and it doesn't even fill put in last minute or overly done.

4/5

EP237 Talkin Bout an Evolution - GASP For once the writers are actually following something from the game! To bad they're way to late for the entire plot with the Lake of Rage to make sense. Speaking of which the whole stuff about the Radio Waves gets used to make the pokemon weaker makes no sense but also very little. The whole idea is also forgotten about really quickly. I do like how they have the Persian statues in the secret base like in the games, that was a nice send off.
Science Man: Together we will make breakthroughs in Pokenistic Science. Yes you so didn't totally did not JUST come up with that word. Also why they heck are they sending out rookies to do the main job when there track record is 0-???.

3/5

EP238 Rage of Innocence - Like the morons they are Team Rocket you again let's our heroes go free, I don't really get why when the pokemon are already weakened and Lance shows up a few minutes later to help them. What is up with how in the middle of this episode Ash just seems to try and befriend Gyarados to stop it from raging? Oh my god. Pryce has the worst voice I've ever heard and it's so unfitting! it sounds like a raspier version Gary! Well at least this episode had some real tension and excitement other then that this one was pretty stupid.

2/5

EP239 Cold as Pryce - Team Rocket do you have to narrate this entire episode for blind people, they spend the first half of this episode pointing everything else. Ash using his Phanpy against Dewgong, that's just incredibly stupid. I do like how Pryce is a well developed and has his own back story. Something I don't get is that the moral is weak. If a close friend betrays you, you shouldn't act cold and harsh to others because the whole time they've trying to help you and real friendships do go on forever. This is seriously a terrible moral for kids, writers!

3/5

EP240 Nice Pryce Baby - Man this has to be one of the worst pun-titles of them all. BECAUSE ALL KIDS IN 2002 WERE LISTENING TO VANILLA ICE. This really shows how 4kids knows so little of there general audience. When Pryce sends out Dewgong he sends out Cyndaquil and for the first time ever he doesn't send out Pikachu! This is another poorly done pokemon gym battle with.
Ash and the gym leader's attacks not hitting
Gym leader comes up with a strategy
Ash counters it resulting in a OHKO
Gym Leader OHKOs with his next pokemon
Ash sends out Pikachu
The Anime completely forgets typing
However as the battle of Piloswine vs Pikachu progresses it does get better.

3/5

EP241 Whichever Way the Wind Blows - Episodes they have after a gym battle are always incredibly terrible. Just another case of WSIGAD. I like the fact how this anime always goes out of the way to tell us wrong forced evolution is such as with Pikachu but these just evolve naturally. Also way for the group to do absolutely nothing in this episode, they're just there do nothing. Honest to god though, why the heck are they fighting in the first place? Are Pokemon just secretly racist!? I mean these pokemon are fighting
but then what? Even Team Rocket's role in this episode is completely pointless and unneeded.
Misty: Oh what should we do? We can't just stand here and let them fight!
Brock: Actually that's exactly what we have to do Misty.
Man: Brock is right if we need them to stop fighting we need for them to understand in the end it won't get them anywhere.

WELL NO S***. IF WAS THAT IMPORTANT TO NOT DO ANYTHING WHY TRY INTERFERRING IN THE FIRST PLACE I WASTED 22 MINUTES OF MY LIFE I'LL NEVER GET BACK ALL BECAUSE YOU COMPLETELY LACK UNDERSTANDING.

0/5

EP242 Hot Matches - Well it's been about 50 episodes since the last time we've had a hot spring scene so of course we get yet another one in this episode. After about 30 episodes of Misty doing absolutely nothing it's very refreshing for her to actually be doing anything. It does a good job of showing off Misty as an individual rather battle partner #2. That and fire is my favorite elemental type. The character of the day also isn't bad either, like kind of interesting. Other then that nothing about this episode really stands out.

3/5

EP243 A Great Change in Pokemon Magic - This episode was pretty enjoyable, I like how there's a focus and the character of the day us also really fun. There's two things I don't get. Why do they randomly bring up the whole pokemon and humans must coincide thing again? Why did they turn Ash into Pikachu then change him back in the next episode? Seriously this is an awesome idea for an episode, I think the writers are just trolling me now.

4/5

EP244 As Clear as Crystal - Episodes starts with a disguised Team Rocket putting Pikachu into a container. Yep Ash it's not like other people have tried stealing Pikachu by doing that. Overall besides the appearance of Zapdos there's nothing special about this episode, just another one with a bunch of drawn out Team Rocket attacks.

2/5

EP245 Same Old Song and Dance - Wow the writers of this show have now somehow made me hate Jigglybuff even more and didn't even think it was possible. Oh man the stage show is just so annoying! I guess I shouldn't be so suprised since the people who did this are the same people behind pokemon live. I can understand like really little kids enjoying this but grown men!? This isn't like MLP. I do enjoy the fact that Team Rocket does there song again. This episode is also the English debut of the song Takeshi's Paradise and it is awesome! I noticed this on a rewatch but when Jigglypuff is digging through the gangs bags she finds a handkerchief in Misty's and bread in Brock's FORESHADOWING.

3/5

EP246 Enlighten Up - In this episode Ash and his friends encounter a cult, no lie. The moment in this episode where the group tries to find enlightenment as we look into there heads was very amusing. Especially considering how one sided the characters in the show have been lately. Actually this episode had a lot of good moments in it and used all of the character to there full potential instead of just making constant Team Rocket attacks. If only more fillers were like this.

4/5

EP247 Will the real Prof. Oak please stand up? - So 4Kids now thinks kids listen to Eminem, they're probably setting up the bar to high it's still better then making a Vanilla Ice reference. This is another episode that focuses on Team Rocket why to much and gets pretty boring fast. It just focuses on one joke. Get it because Jessie and James look like Oak and DJ Mary. Seems pretty ridiculous that they would leave the contest of who the real Prof is to just three questions! I mean honestly they could just ask either Prof for some ID or anything like that? What a stupid plot.

2/5

EP248 Wish upon a Star Ship - I'm starting to think they just wrote these filler episodes so they can debut the rest of the Johto pokemon one at a time again, because yeah they weren't doing it at a slow enough pace already. Not that this episode isn't bad though. The pokemon mystery club actually is a pretty funny group. I like how they reference the previous invading Clefairy episode, you'd think they'd learn how to properly fly there space ship. Man Team Rocket's role in this episode was so freaking unneeded. We also get a brief montage of all the three moments Phanpy has had with Clefairy because you know we don't remember what happened in the last 20 minutes.
4/5

EP249 Outrageous Fortunes - Someone forgot to tell the animators that Misty is supposed to be the same age as Ash because in this episode she looks more like she's 20. It's not helped by the fact in this episode she looks like she's a foot taller then Ash. I like how Team Rocket's scheme is thought out in this episode and less straight forward.
Ash wants to help find the stolen Poliwrath by using Noctowl but can't because he was still at the Pokemon Center. Gee it's not like another character like Brock owns a flying type like Crobat! Seriously this is a prime example of how Brock is neglected way to much for the writers to just forget about what pokemon he uses. Not that it matters since they find Team Rocket rather quickly. And now the device Team Rocket was using to control Poliwrath lands on Jessie and everything fit perfectly, not only that but Meowth now has the controls to control her as a pokemon. Why do I get the feeling someone with a bizarre fetish wrote a fanfic about this. You'd think they'd try to put the machine on another pokemon but nope, Meowth has to fulfill his fantasy! As much as I am complaining this is still pretty funny.

4/5

EP250 One trick Phony - Once again the Team Rocket plot is less straight forward and I enjoy it for it. The battles in this episode are pretty good too. Problem is it kind of gets boring fast. I enjoy that they kept a lot of the original music in this episode which is pretty rare for the series at this point

3/5

EP251 I Politoad you So - Man what a boring episode, it's hard to make you feel emotion for a character of a day when you honestly don't care about them until last minute.

2/5

EP252 The Ice Cave - Ah the final episode to get banned by the wrath of 4kids. Despite being covered in water Pikachu is still able to use thunderbolt on Team Rocket, whatever. For an episode banned for featuring Jynx the pokemon isn't focused that much. This episode isn't to bad since we have some pretty funny moments with Brock and Team Rocket I think it's quite a shame this episode got banned.

3/5

EP253 Beauty is Skin Deep - Clair's first appearance is in this episode and while it is interesting to learn about Dragon pokemon stuff,Clair's voice actress is just plain awful. Although it's not helped by the fact that like all other Johto gym leaders she is dull! The way Clair is protecting Dratini without it being shown to evolve just makes Clair come off as a moron. I hate the ending to the episode where we get a random light dragon that goes up into a star. No sense or explanation at all. Man this episode was drawn out way to much an nothing seems to happen.

2/5

EP254 Fangs For Nothin' -
Brock: Wouldn't you know the battle for his final badge would turn out to be his most difficult one
Me: ...
So far this battle has had more narration in it then actual battling. The rest battle is the same way until *suprise* Clair needs to stop Team Rocket because this town with valuable treasures only has one strong trainer!?
Brock: Wow I can't see a thing
Me: Open your eyes then!
And then the rest of the episode is the same old boring Team Rocket antics.

2/5

EP255 Great Bowls of Fire – Of course the obvious Charizard silhouette at the end of the last episode was Ash’s Charizard, I never would have guessed! It’s like Lisa and Clair are competing to see how can do the worst voice acting. I like the fact that despite how Charla is in love with Charizard there are still arguments over its gender, I blame fanfic writers. Oh boy more pointless mentions of Pokemon and People must live in peace. Even though the move Dragonite is using is obviously Outrage based off the fact it won’t stop attacking is confused. Nice to know after five years you still don’t do your research 4kids. Oh man the battle with Dragonite is really awesome but also pretty sad at the same time. My only problem with this is how off it feels for Team Rocket’s plan to go on this long for it to get annoying. But it’s nice to see Clair be less one sided and show her being smart.

4/5

EP256 Eight Aight Enough – The battle in this episode is just awesome.
Probably the best gym battle in Johto easily although that’s not saying much but it is legitly good. Even though this is the eight gym battle in a row to use Pikachu!!

5/5

EP257 Why Why Not? - I can imagine this episode had a lot building up to it. Introducing new Pocket Monster for Pokemon Advance!!!! ZOMG. Find it strange that this episode probably had more build up then the Kecleon one. Still Whynaut is still pretty funny in this episode. The flashbacks for the gym badges in this episode are unnecessary and bring back bad memories for me like it was only done to stretch out the episode, it’s really pointless for them to just flashback randomly. Once again Brock has another opportunity to use his Crobat and doesn’t use it again, what a jerk! I mean we see creepy images of Clair creepily flying around on her Dragonair.

4/5

EP258 Just Add Water – Nnnnnnooooooo this is the last episode of the main anime to focus on Misty . I do find it funny how despite this it’s still refreshing to see an episode focused on Misty. Seeing Brock expecting female synchronized swimmers was pretty funny. Seriously this is probably Brock’s most perverted moment. The guy wants to have a gym just like the Cerulean Gym. So he basically wants to only focus on putting on shows and handing out all their badges without battling. Seriously why are Ash and friends having this underwater battle in their regular clothing!?! It’s not like they haven’t established having swimwear. Not only that but there’s just able to stand underwater. Trivia note, this is Goldeen’s first real battle, took only 257 episodes. The battles in this episode were pretty good but Team Rockets annoying pointless attacks are pointless and annoying.

3/5

EP259 Lapras of Luxury – How is it that Ash’s Lapras has aged but Ash hasn’t? I do like how we get a revisit from an older pokemon like Lapras, it’s pretty well thought out. Ash refers to Ice Beam as Cold Beam despite how commonly 4kids is correct is about this move. After nearly 50 episodes of absense the writers finally seem to remember Brock has a Crobat which he wants to send out for specified reason.

3/5

EP260 Hatch Me If You Can - So the egg Ash & Friends received in the last episode has now hatched but is sick. As if that isn't bad enough the power in the pokemon center is knocked out and the generator breaks. Wow I had no idea Team Rocket wasn't the only one who could create problems in this show! Oh wait no Team Rocket is responsible for EVERYTHING that goes wrong in this show! Of course the group falls for Jessie as Nurse Joy despite not be able to move her lips when talking because of a mask! I like the fact that when Brock reasons that it's a phony Nurse Joy we doesn't bring that fact up either! I thought Team Rocket was in great debit how the heck the affording all these machines? Oh screw it, why would they need to start being consistent now. This episode was okay, it attempts to flesh out Ash's character more but it ends up failing by just showing characteristics already established in previous episodes. The appearance of Ash's mother is also random.

3/5

EP261 Entei at your own risk - Well it appears Larvitar is still having trouble around humans, this pretty good because it leads to good developmental and interactions between characters. It also feels like a relatable situation I can see a lot of younger kids relating to, so points for that. Then all of a sudden an angry Ursaring shows, my guess he's mad about the animation budget because this entirely random scene clearly reuses animation from an earlier episode! CONTINUITY! I don't get it, rock types aren't fond of hot springs but fire types are!? The plan Ash has to brake through the truck is actually pretty well thought out. Of course Ash has a battle with a ghost type and it's even pointed out, now because of that you'd think Normal type moves wouldn't work, after all it's like the only thing the writers have been consistent about. hah. And Brock ends up saving the day by giving us the most random evolution in the series. Hey it's two Johto pokemon making debut in one episode so I have no complaints! Seeing the character of the day challenge Entei was also a high point of this episode.

4/5

EP262 A Crowning Achievement - I wrote this long review of this episode but of course I'm moron who forgot to save. This is another episode where Ash and Friends do nothing.

2/5

EP263 Here's looking at You Elekid - Casey returns in yet another episode, only 5 minutes in and her baseball puns are giving me a terrible headache. Once the group runs into Casey they seem to completely forget about Larvitar who has been kidnapped. This episode probably freature Meowth worst fantasy about capturing a pokemon but at least there's now a motivation. This episode then goes in a completely different direction and we have James trade away his Victrebelle, this entire sub plot is really funny especially how they try to portray it in a serous light. Team Rocket using Sweet Scent is also a good idea coming from Team Rocket. In a way this episode is good because it had a lot to it, in fact all most to much, it really felt like these were originally written as two separate episodes then they combined both of them and made this.

4/5

EP264 You're a Star Larvitar - YES THIS THE DEBUT OF MAGBY THIS THE BEST EPISODE EVER!!! I like how this episode portray evolution in a positive light for once. It also brings up the idea of Ash trying to evolve Cyndaquil. But does he? Nope. We have to wait about 8 years. It's also really refreshing seeing Ash actually prepare for a conference by showing him train. I like how in this episode Ash and Larvitar make an actual well thought out plan to take down Team Rocket. And of course at the end of the episode Ash still doesn't believe in evolving his pokemon because he believes they have heart. Because that worked out so well for Ma-Ti.

4/5

EP265 Address Unown - This episode starts off normal, the group find an injured pokemon of the day, they heal it and Team Rocket shows up in a comical fashion. Only catch is half way it falls into OMG what is this what happened to my regular routine moment! When everyone is shown to just disappear. I like how Brock is shown to know exactly where they are so quickly. He spends this entire episode explaining everything likes he's suddenly a total genius. This episode is also kind of a mind f***. This episode also tries to be symbolic by using physiology, honestly never thought I'd being saying that about pokemon. Looking back I can just see a whole bunch of little kids watching this and just thinking to themselves wut. This is a great episode for analyzing.

5/5

EP266 Mother of All Battles - In this episode we get the big reveal of who were the people who stole Larvitar's egg and it was! Joey Wheeler!!!! Man I hate when 4kids actors don't try to distinguish there voices. Brock already knows about the Pokemon Preserve Ranger, totally not a creepy at all Brock. This episode also seems to have a lot of bad rhymes in it, including fart jokes and I have no idea if its 4kids and or just overall bad writing. This leads to some of the worst dialogue ever including fart jokes. Some of Brock's antics with the Ranger were pretty funny. I have to admit it was pretty sad to see Larvitar go, but I'm to see him back with his mother.

4/5

EP267 Pop Goes the Sneasal - In this episode we get the introduction of Richie Harrison. Who is just as bland as Richie but doesn't have "Ash Qualities" like him. We also get a boring pointless back story on the Ho-oh, seriously, I'm guessing now that this will be an excuse by the writers for Team Rocket to steal it, I'm calling it now. It also makes no freaking why a Sneasal would care so much about the flame in the first place or why a Machoke and Machop would want to team up with it. Serously what a logic fail. Oh man the animation in this episode is really bad. To anyone who used Sneasal in Gen II they should know that they pokemon is freaking weak but here it's really strong. Even though the established it as being strong it never actually did a whole lot of battling.

2/5

EP268 A Claim to Flame - This episode starts off by showing us how perfect Gary is, he already has his paperwork filled out, his pokemon planned, and is now just chilling and greets Ash politely. That's him perfect Gary. No wait he's actually still a jerk to him because of 4kids. Either way I'm still mad. Mr.Goodshow as head of the pokemon league thing sees at his duty to hand out balloons to the fans and introduce himself. Totally nothing creepy about an old man with a backwards baseball hat handing out balloons no sirree. I like how they show screenings in this episode, it makes sense with the amount of opponents that could be in this conference. For whatever reason Brock starts mentioning levels in this episode like a lot. The method Ash uses to take down Furret is pretty cheap but whatever it's pretty good aside from the fact the pokemon goes down so quickly. This episode has a really good moment between Ash and Gary without having Gary be a total jerk to him. It also portrays in a more interesting light. We also can't go one episode without Team Rocket doing anything to effect the plot so of course out of ALL the trainers they decide to kidnap Ash of course because it's not like he has any peers to draw his attention from. This really angers me because it just gives annoying flashbacks to how the kidnapped Ash before the Richie battle. I have a feeling they put this in as a back up plan in case they released RS to early. Of course they had to have Ash bring in the flame AGAIN, it's not like Gary is the one that caught it. Amazing how much good and bad stuff this episode has.

4/5

EP269 Love, Pokemon Style - Less then 3 minutes into this episode we already have Team Rocket appear!!! THIS A TOURNAMENT WE ALREADY HAVE TENSION FROM IT THE LAST THING WE NEED IS TEAM ROCKET NOW!!! Oh well the chase is still entertaining and makes Macy more of an interesting character, seriously she's one of my favorites now. I freaking wish they'd go into Misty's jealousy more though. I wonder why the writers were so reluctant for Ash to use his Kingler since 10 years later and still hasn't been seen in battle. The writers also seem to have remembered that Electric doesn't effect Ground and we get to see it use Earthquake, how awesome. It should be noted that this is the first time Phanpy has won a full on battle. The execution of Squirtle's battle was really good.

5/5

EP270 Tie One On - Whoa spoiler alert! The character of Jackson is kind of like an inside joke, if 4kids had half a brain and knew it was the same character in Legend of Thunder maybe just then he would be more amusing as a character. But nope 4kids don't know noting herpy derp. Then again it would have also been more interesting if they also included Marina and Jimmy in this tournament but they can't ever have male game characters either. I'm confused fighting isn't allowed but sparring is. This episode doesn't have a whole lot of tension because we know that if Ash looses this battle he'll just have to battle again and we know that won't happen. Still the battle is really good. 4kids nearly ruins the impact of this battle with there poor music. Also how the hell did Brock get Pikachu at the end of this battle when it was used by Ash?

4/5

EP271 The Ties that Bind - Finally after 5 years we finally get a full 6 on 6 battle, not only that but this is also the first battle in the series to use six pokemon. I freaking love the pre episode build we have for this episode and the build up and development we have for Ash's rivalry while at the same time showing us how far Ash has come as a character. Then Charizard appears in a way that in real life probably would have killed him instantly. The battle starts off feeling pretty rushed not that it feels poorly done.

5/5

EP272 Can't beat the Heat - The battle continues and it still feels pretty rushed. However the battle between Charizard and Blastioce ranks this as the best battle of the original series. Delibird also comes in to collect Team Rocket's money they made from the pokemon league and I guess this is how they paid off there debit since this is the last time the sub plot is brought up. This brings a good conclusion to the rivalry of Ash and Gary.

5/5

EP273 Playing with Fire - Another battle and this one is just as good as the previous one. The is also the last battle Totodile and Bayleaf have appeared in onscreen.

5/5

EP274 Johto Photo Finish - This is it Blaziken vs Charizard truely this is a battle worth noting. Wait the battle just ended in 15 WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO!? Random filler DUH. Nah I'm just kidding, this is a good set up for Gary to decide become a researcher and I'm pretty this doesn't come out of no where completely. Also what do Team Rocket with there Bill Collectors? They attack there Bill Collectors with a giant mecha buildings! Wish I could do that.

4/5

EP275 Gotta Catch Ya Later - Nooooo not Misty!! SHE WILL RETURN SOMETIME. I'll go into my thoughts on Misty leaving and role in the show later though. As the group returns to Viridian City the PokeCenter now has a new Nurse Joy, I'm guessing the previous one took Ash's blame for blowing up the Pokemon Center in the second episode. Of course instead of having Team Rocket be an antagonist for Misty we have to have an annoying underdevolped villains slammed in. This is slammed out of no where but I really enjoy the interactions between the trio. I like how they make a call back to Ho-oh as a plot device to get the plot moving and have Ash go to Hoenn. Speaking which of course we get another Team Rocket battle in this episode. This still has good result with Ash climbing back up the pit fall with a fork and spoon.

4/5

EP276 Hoenn Alone - Oh man I am so freaking sick of the Team Rocket loves to eat running gag now, that leaves zero running gags left I like. Oh and once again Team Rocket kidnaps Pikachu because Ash can never put the thing on a leash. Clearly this episode is totally necessarily as the final episode of the original series. It's not like they could make any tributes to the last 275 episodes or anything no. We have to get an episode that tries to copy everything involving Ash. This then turns into annoying filler, not like they're needed. OH WAIT THEY AREN'T. Meowth is kind of needed to explain what Pikachu and the other pokemon are saying the entire episode. Well aside from the fact this is a contuated into the second part with Pikachu's illness it's uneeded.

1/5



Pokemon Heores    

I have to admit something, I've never seen this movie in one sitting because of my hatred of the edits that 4kids made to this movie for no reason and you know why? I freaking hate how thy dumbed this movie down, this movie has a lot of stuff that's not typically done in a pokemon movie and leaves it more intriguing but OH NO 4kids has to step and ruin it to make it another stupid pokemon movie. Wow 4kids somehow made the fifth opening even more bland by just repeating the same last lines over and over again and a guitar solo already in the song! how lazy. And so Latias decides to help Ash win this water race by cheating! I'd also like to point out that the background art they have for Alto Mare is really nice. Annie and Oakley aren't member of Team Rocket in the original version but I don't mind that to much since it makes them seem a lot less shallow as villains. My god the amount of 3 dimensional CGI turns they do in this movie is making me dizzy, it's like they're copying the matrix or something. 22 minutes in and it feels like half the movie has already been spent on Ash chasing after Latias. *yawn* Darn it these legendary eon pokemon really go down easily.
Oakley: I can control the whole world from here!
M Bison: Of Course!
I hope you're happy this movie is now resorting to me stealing jokes! In the original version she just wants to take over Alto Mare but whatever this doesn't make a whole lot of sense to begin with. So far Team Rocket has had more lines then Brock and Misty in this they're like nonexistent here. Yet this movie still seems to remember the fact Brock has a Crobat. While this movie is well paced, it's just overall to short leaving for a weak final battle. However I think the climax where Latias shows what Latios is seeing is one of the best moments for the series.

4/5



Character Analyzation    

Ash - Ash's role as a character was greatly reduced during Johto saga, but the funny thing is he got far more focus then any other season. Problem is he was left pretty one dimensional. The only trait he really seemed to show during Johto would be his caring and determined nature which was shown throughout whenever he bonded with a pokemon but that's just it. The best thing we got out of Johto was the explanation for why he's determined in the first place, to be better then Gary. It did show us though that Ash has become less rash though. Another thing to note however is that after Ash's battle with Clair it's a start of trends Ash where he uses more diverse startagies like body slamming the water. Towards the end of the series we see a departure in Ash's cocky attitude which will continue on in the next saga.

Brock - Brock pretty much has the role he had in the last series but to an even later degree, he spends countless episodes on the sidelines and basically works as a live in maid the group and he flirts, lots of flirting. Even the episodes where Brock got focus he was still forced to stay on the sideline so he never did much, what's funny is that the writers won't even be done with him as a character for another 8 season, but Johto was probably where he got the least screen time. I can only guess this was because the writers had not planned to keep him as a character and bring him back brought the writing staff trouble.

Misty - Misty finishes her last saga as the female tough as nails tomboy we have known to love. Doing girly things whenever the writers or 4kids wanted her to. Problem is that like Brock she never really did much or got a lot of development. Unlike Brock though Misty still seemed to stay the main focus of her episodes instead of just falling into the sidelines. She gained interest and participated in the Whirl Cup and didn't gain anything from it. Last season we saw her relationship with Ash get more subtle hints but that also didn't go anywhere. When she left it really did show how she's developed as a character from being such a hot headed character to a more calm collected water trainer. I really think that she made a smaller impact on the series as it went on and if she had stayed on the series she would have to just stay on the sidelines and I'm glad that they keep her appearances minimal.

Team Rocket - Team Rocket is Team Rocket they cause all the problems in every episode and in turn create bad tension. One good thing I can say about them would be how towards the end of the series they came out with more intriguing will thought out plans but that's pretty much it.

Gary Oak - At the beginning of Johto we get the impression that Gary has matured, and he kind of has what's wrong with that is the fact it made him boring and one dimensional. Fortunetly when it came to battle Ash he regained it it also led to a more touching moment between Gary and Ash as they retouch the true meaning of there rivalry but also there real friendship. I do find it believable that him and Ash are friends and I do find it believable of him to become a pokemon researcher, after all he does seem pretty finished with battling but it's not like he'll disappear from the series forever just for about four years.

Bayleaf - Bayleaf was probably the most annoying and fun member of Ash's team. She started off as a selfish and needy pokemon and we needed to sit through every freaking second of her fits. Of course as the most popular pokemon it had to be the only member of Ash's team to evolve and the only pokemon worth noting here. It's evolution was slightly symbolic of its attitude, that it was no longer a little kid but a more mature pokemon and not a cry baby and looking it's quite a shame know Bayleef has not been seen in battle for 10 years because it was a fun pokemon. Her relationship and abuse with Ash balanced her out a lot and I'd love to see the pokemon more.


Full Review    
This was probably the best part of Johto. While we get some of the worst episodes during the whirl islands arc proving to be pointless, unneeded and wasted potential. It also had one of the worst episode of the entire series I've ever seen and also one of stupidest. But it still has a lot of great moments. The entire last quarter has great battles along with great moments between Ash and the Larvitar arc is a really high point for the anime. The Johto league is also a huge improvement over the previous one with two of the most epic battles of the original series. Not only that but we get a great conclusion to the rivalry between Gary and Ash. The animation for Johto gets pretty bad and never as anything to stand out. The voice acting is also pretty bad but I don't blame 4kids for this since they were throwing out at least 5 episodes a week thanks to KidsWB and the earlier release of RS so I wouldn't blame them on this one. so overall this season still was pretty flawed but had a share of some of this sagas best.


3/5

4 To Watch

A Great Change in Pokemon Magic
Eight Aignt Enough
Adress Unown
All The Johto League Episodes

4 To Skip

Whirl Islands Arc
Hoenn Alone
Whichever Way the Wind Blows
A Hatching Plan

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Ahh memories...

Good luck. There's so many episodes.
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the funny thing about the pokemon series is that it's the worst thing ever.
but that's why its so good! the dialogue was terrible, the songs in the show where terrible (except for the main theme, that was rad), and the characters where so one sided. never was the series good.
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I don't understand how 4Kids managed to mess up so many things up, though. They must have hired complete idiots, huh? Anyway, I remember some parts of the series, but I didn't really see the full thing. This whole thing really shows to me that the Pokemon anime has always been horrible. Great job, Nintendo.
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Okay I'm posting to announce that soon I will start my reviews of Pokemon Advanced.

Pokemon Advanced    

AG001 Get the Show on the Road - This episode is a perfect introduction to the new character May, an inexperienced trainer who is more interested in traveling then actually learning about pokemon. This results in us seeing how unconfident and inexperienced she is which is well executed for future episodes. Anyways about the actual episode, first I don't really get why Jessie is now suddenly depressed. Having a tie in of the in game event with Prof Birch was pretty creative. Dan Green's performance as Professor Birch is just terrible. The episode still had good tension with the Pikachu explosion subplot

4/5

AG002 A Ruin with a View - I like how in the beginning of the episode they really have Ash displayed as a mentor to May, even though we doesn't do to much. Oh yes, they made reference to Pikachu's love of ketchup! We also get an introduction to Team Magma but like all of there future appearances they'll later be proven as completely pointless to plot with no real reasoning behind there actions. Also Team Magma is all talk, they make serous threats in this episode but never actually do anything to be taken seriously, not even when Ash and May turn the power back on and then just fly off, making there role totally useless. Of course this episode turns into a pokemon are magic episode and it ends with them trying to make the boring character of the day interesting.

3/5

AG003 There's no place like Hoenn - I freaking love how Max's reacts to meeting Ash, his reaction seems to be like any other kid if they actually met Ash. The platform the Team Rocket stands on for one second looks like ***** and I have no idea why anyone caught that. The rest of this episode is Team Rocket hijincks but because it's with defferent people it still doesn't feel repetative, especially the moments with May's Torchic and Max.

4/5

AG004 You never can Tailow - Pokemon are jerks. Suddenly Brock just appears out of freaking no where. Pikachu is so freaking over the top in this episode. Also now the Jelly Donuts are being passed as Sandwiches. The introducttion we get of Tailow is really good. Team Rocket was used small in this episode which is also good.

4/5

AG005 In the Knicker of Time - This is the episode with the insane Pokemon cosplayer. He's a pretty fun character of the day. I think this episode is good example of how Max would sometimes be overly annoying.

3/5

AG006 A Poached Ego - I like in the beginning of this episode May cockblocks Brock by wanting to talk to Nurse Joy, May's such a jerk. Why exaclty would someone want to poach a bunch of random Ekans and Koffing in the first place. No wait it's because they need poison type pokemon because apparently poison types are needed. I like how this episode makes Team Rocket more likable without completely ruining there characters. In fact I can't help but feel saddened by the goodbye.

4/5

AG007 Tree's a Crowd - I like how in this episode Brock just completely brushes off the fact that Ash is separated from the group acting like it's nothing. The moment at the end wit the tree makes no sense at all. This episode still does a good job introducing Treeko.

3/5

AG008 A Tail with a Twist - Another Team Rocket episode and this one also isn't to bad, this one is pretty funny since we get to see Jessie have a pokemon battle with Seviper which is one of there most funniest in the show. Plus character development for Treeko so yay for that.

4/5

AG009 Taming of the Shroomish - Once again we get a bunch of random moments in an episode expanding on characters and boy do I freaking love it! We go two whole minutes without any real mention of pokemon it's so refreshing! I don't get why Brock wold be so afraid to go into a haunted mansion though. Unfortunetly this episode gets wrapped in another bland character of the day episode and same old Team Rocket Attack. Also the Shroomish told Max what they wanted. Seriously what the heck!

3/5

AG010 You Said a Mouthful - A Pelliper that knows Vine Whip, Thunder, and Flamethrower seems legit. Other then that nothing to special about this episode aside from John Cambell's over the top performance in this episode which gives it a nice touch.

3/5

AG011 A Bite to Remember - Oh boy another episode another anti evolving episode. At least in this episode Max shares my point of view. We wasted ten minutes into this episode explaining different forms of evolution. Of Poochyena evolves at the end of this episode partially ruining this episodes moral and point. On the plus side this episode still had some good moment with Team Rocket but Max got pretty annoying.

3/5

AG012 The Lotad Lowdown - This episode makes pretty good use of berries they have in game. They also do a pretty good use of Brock's character which is also refreshing after seeing all the other characters get so much focus lately. Nothing really notable though.

3/5

AG013 All things bright and Beautifly - This is the episode were we have the first pokemon contest and Ash actually training one of his pokemon to learn a new move, to bad it's Pikachu. I actually wonder why Ash made such a big deal about missing the guys appeal since he just met him, what I find most ridiculous though is how the Beautifly got a perfect score when it's basically nothing compared to what we'll get in later contests. I found Jessie's appeal round to be pretty funny. Seriously the contest in this episode feels pretty underwhelming but that's most likely because this the first one and the writers still don't know what they're doing but it's still pretty good. But of course this episode needs another Team Rocket attack because we can't even go through the first contest episode without one. Still I like how May is successful with Torchic for once.

4/5

AG014 All in a Day's Wurmble - One episode after Torchic manages to defeat Seviper and the writers have already become incosistant. The group also seems to forget about May and how terrible of trainer she is when it comes to being left alone. However this still leads to pretty good character development for May who now feels like an actual trainer.

4/5

AG015 Gonna Rule School - We get a pretty funny moment in the beginning of this episode by having Ash dress up in outfits from the gift shop Wait our heroes can actually act embarrassed over something, as in real emotions!?! WOW. Why can't there ever be a gym leader in the anime to be straight forward ab out being a leader? This episodes also marks the first appearance of Typhlosion in the anime, and only about 120 episodes late. Max becomes borderline annoying in this episode with how much unneeded focus put on Max. Still some of the ideas they have with extra random characters seem pretty good because they act like actual people. Except for the bully who is there because you can't have a school without some underdeveloped jerk. It doesn't make much sense for why the shy kid would be so smart in the end though.

4/5

AG015 Winner By a Nosepass – A like how in this episode May visibly speaks her mind about why she wants to be a coordinator, she does a good job convincing us that she’s changed. We also get another random Team Rocket subplot in this episode because we can’t go one episode without them appearing. Also this is the first gym battle Max has seen, really? Seems really strange since Max is a total nerd and would have watched at least one gym battle what a stupid pointless retcon. FOR THE LOVE GOD WRITERS HOW MANY TIMES MUST SAY THIS GROUND DOESN’T EFFECT ELECTRIC NO MATTER HOW POWERFULL THE ATTACK THAT’S LIKE MULTIPLYING FIVE MILLION TIMES ZERO IT’S STILL FREAKING ZERO. Then Pikachu absorbs Nosepass’ electric attack, man this stupid. While there were still some good strategies in this episode the way Ash took out the pokemon were incredibly poorly done.
3/5

AG016 Stairway to Devon - Why isn't that the pokemon anime is still yet to mention Silph Co but they have nearly an entire episode reserved for Devon Corp? This another episode based around one of the few scattered plans of Team Magma/Aqua that is never explained or mentioned again after this episode. I don't really get why Max is so afraid about how May feels about Max braking the PokeNav when she's never been seen holding it!! I guess it still would be in character for May but I doubt she'd care. One of the inventions they have at Devon Corp is one to see in Pokemon's dream but it's not done yet, apparently they've never heard of Muuna. Another device let's you speak with pokemon, would counter argue that by mentioning N but he's still yet to appear in the anime. Devon thinks it's a good idea to bring an inexperienced child along with him to confront a possibly dangerous criminal, screw that he needs experience. Man adults in the pokemon world are stupid. It was nice to see the company but everything else in this episode is pretty forgettable, I found Devon Stone to be a little creepy.

3/5


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Cheesh it's just something to do out of boredom and at the same time I want people to be more aware of the better or worse aspects of the series.
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