So for the first time in Pokemon Anime history Ash will be challenging gyms from a seperate game BEFORE he collects all the badges from the game the series is based off of FTW! Also for the first time in a long time it's nice to see a main character use an evolved Pokemon who has a type advantage against an opponent who has a non evolved Pokemon. Now when was the last time you saw that!? Now we just have to wait until Ash meets up with Dawn again. And don't even get me started with Piplup and Oshawatt.
Well I loved that episode, but first we find out that the opelucid gym is closed and Iris is very pleased with that news. I wonder why she is so keen to stay away.
Anyway, into the main body of the episode and it focuses on Cilan and his Connoisseur talent which will be used to pick the first pokemon for a little girl named marigold. It leads to a battle between Cilan and a rival 'A' Class connoisseur named Ricard and the winner will chose marigold's pokemon. Cilan wins and chooses a pokemon nobody else could dream of and it turns out to be Marigold's best friend in the garden; a foongus. I just wanted to add Burgandy's participation in this episode was brilliant and the Team Rocket reference to her blast off from Ash had me beaming from ear-to-ear.
The episode ends with Ash deciding to go to Virbank City which is exciting! Can't wait to see what goes on there which means on to the next one!
Wow, for an episode with low pre-expectations, this episode was definitely well made. xD
Too bad to hear that the Opelucid Gym is closed, and Iris is relieved about that. Wonder why...
This was a good episode for Cilan to get focus upon. His miniature rivalry with Ricard was quite unique.
Oh hey! I forgot Cilan still has a fear over Purrloin. Totally left my memory since we last saw a Purrloin on the show.
LOL YES. Burgundy blasting off into the sky... wow. Memories man. It's been forever since that happened with Team Rocket. Ash making a vague reference to that was a huge throwback. Burgundy herself we well put in this episode. Definitely a great non-tournament spot for her.
Marigold had some sparkling eyes...
The butler recommends to Ash to head for the Virbank Gym, and Cilan seems very eager to go there. I also wonder why.
This is the beginning of a new turn in the BW saga.