Satoshi, Iris & Dent continue their travels through the Isshu region. After successfully winning his 8th Gym Badge against Homika in Tachiwaki City, Shirona invites everyone to stay at her villa in East Isshu, where old friend Hikari is also staying, and participate in the Pokemon World Tournament Junior Cup before Satoshi participates in the Unova League. Team Rocket, meanwhile, initiate their final plan for the Isshu region-what is their purpose in their desire for the legendary Pokémon Meloetta?
This is an interesting reviewing experience for me. I'm used to having about 100 episodes to have to sum up-- or sometimes twice or three times that amount. And these 24 episodes feel a little oddly placed... But they were pretty good, and a lot of important things happened. I'm not really sure where to start... so I guess I'll just go in order.
I really liked that they brought Dawn back for a little adventure with the new gang. Continuing on in Unova, I missed Diamond and Pearl more than I'd expected to. Though that little adventure was brought down a bit by Meloetta... the
Mary-Sue Pokémon. I know Japan has a thing for idols, but she just... annoyed me. This powerful, important, damsel-in-distress legendary that everyone just can't help but fall in love with? Gag me. But the conflict with Meloetta did finally reveal Team Rocket's big plan, which was also... interesting. I mentioned that I liked what they were doing with Team Rocket in the past season-- portraying them as a formidable villain for once, and I was glad to see that come together. But it does feel a little strange that, of all places, in this season that hasn't even been particularly good... this is where Ash finally meets and confronts Giovanni. Who's on a quest to summon the dumbest-looking legendaries this world has ever seen. The episodes were handled quite well, but... I don't know. It just didn't feel right. And I'm wondering where this defeat leaves Team Rocket now. They all went back to Kanto together. Will the writers try to play it off as if their brief success was totally inconsequential and revert Jessie, James, and Meowth back to their usual pathetic selves? (Is it too much to hope that they'll just disappear for good, never to be seen again?)
Anyway, as this season reached its midway point, I was fairly pleased. There were a lot of things these 24 episodes did well. I surprised myself by really liking the episodes dedicated to developing Iris. I think she now has the most depth of any Unova character, and my opinion of her might just be softening a bit. And then we moved on to the Unova league and, as with the first conflict of this season, I'm about half and half when it comes to enjoyment.
There have been a few things the writers tried to do differently in Unova, and I've approved of most of them. (Especially because lack of originality was one of their biggest shortcomings starting out.) And while I appreciate switching things up a bit... I mean, do I even have to say it? There's a reason you don't write the match against the important rival as the very first qualifying battle of the tournament. I really like how much Trip seems to have grown since their last encounter, but I wish we'd seen a lot more of it. The final battle against the big rival of this season as just a one-on-one match? Not satisfying at all, in my opinion. I just didn't really care about any of Ash's other rivals, so after beating Trip and getting to move on, it was sort of inevitable that whoever he did end up losing to was going to be disappointing. Especially because the writers ended up going with Cameron, who's just stupidly strong. As well as being just stupid, period. Like, his strength does not make sense to me. But I digress...
The next season is even shorter, but I think I'm okay with that. Best Wishes redeemed itself a little... But I don't anticipate missing Unova like I missed Sinnoh. The time to move on to X and Y, which I've heard is really good, cannot come soon enough.
Over the years, Ash Ketchum (Satoshi) has traveled to many different regions in the Pokemon world. Each new region brings a new generation of Pokemon with it and the anime features Ash and his pal Pikachu catching a new team of Pokemon with each new adventure.
A digital encyclopedia that catalogs the many hundreds of species of Pokemon, a Pokedex is a handy tool and one of the best friends for any Pokemon Trainer. While Pokedexes do function a little differently throughout the Pokemon franchise, their base functions remain the same.