I get it, but remember similar cases like Pikachu vs Lt. Surge's/Sho's Raichu, Buizel vs Mr. Mime, Ash's Pokemon got revenge in the rematch for their development to feel fruitful. But what feeling does a loss in the rematch, even after evolving give? The development doesn't feel fruitful, and gives us a feeling that it still lags way behind. That's my question.
I agree with this. I'm less inclined to believe that Ash's Torracat will evolve.I still have faith in Rowlet, this episode to me was more damning for Torrecat. Its rivalry does not garentee an evolution, Kaku owning a Z ring makes Ash having Incineroar's Z-move redundant and we'll almost assuredly see more of Masked Royal and his Incineroar
It's the new Aerial Ace amonst moves... Speed is Ash's game, but man this is getting ridiculousThis episode made it clear that Professor Kukui might be Champion-tier. It would make sense considering his role in SM. I truly expected Torracat to learn Double Kick upon evolving... did Torracat really need Flame Charge? That's three fire-types in a row that Ash has it.
I'm not saying it with any certainty, but I don't understand why people think it has a better chance from this going forward. I guess since it's only one step away, but it didn't seem to me like it wanted to evolve to beat it, rather just to actually beat it in the future. To me it's like Ash's Gible and Cynthia's Garchomp... yeah Ash got landshark late, but we knew for a fact her's was her Ace and if Kakui is indeed the champ of the region in the anime, Ash isn't sharing an Ace.I agree with this. I'm less inclined to believe that Ash's Torracat will evolve.
I think Ash could get an Incineroar. SOMEONE should showcase the Dark Z-Move, after all.
I actually like training being shown on screen. Sure, all that booty shaking and floor crawling may look silly, but it's effective. It also gives a little insight into the technique(s) the Pokémon itself has to use to perform certain moves. For instance, it seems performing Flame Charge involves working the back muscles and/or arching the back. I don't think we've really seen that in previous series.This episode made me realize that off-screen training is the place where training should be left.
I have to agree I prefer the format of the Pokemon training to master moves and boosts or learning from 'Sempais' than them abruptly getting them as a deus ex machina against the dilemma or bad guy face-off. The former feels like way more of a cathartic pay-off and helps emphasise the trainer and their Pokemon as hard workers. This is one of the few 'heat of the moment' evolutions that I thought worked perfectly and that's because Litten had spent the whole time during and even before the episode trying to get stronger onscreen. Even Masked Royal issued the battle to help Litten get stronger (that smirk when he sees Torracat).
I admit I'd like to see Ash try a different training method though, the booty shaking is funny but it's getting old (and surely can't be the solution to mastering every attack).
Same, I liked that they called back to their previous reporting jobs, and it's a rarity to see a SM episode with TR to not have Bewear. (the last time being the Aether arc. At least unlike that arc they were doing something honest so Bewear didn't need to show up)Team Rocket catching a break for once and getting a job as announcers was fun (and a neat call back to their previous reporter jobs).
I don't remember it using Flamethrower.By the way, i feel that Kukui broke the 4 move limitation and used 5 moves in one episode today.
If i am right, Incineroar used 'Cross Chop', 'Throat Chop', 'Flamethrower', 'Darkest Lariat', and 'Bulk Up'.
I honestly don't care much about Litten (except for his sad story, but I guess I won't get anymore references to that), but I found myself feeling excited while watching his training (the Alola song helped a lot). It was a good call he still lost to Incineroar though.
And man, did Litten turn ugly when he evolved...