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December 3rd: PM2019 089 - Winter Special #1! Dialga & Palkia! The Space-time Cataclysm!!

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lolipiece

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Be careful. Too much sodium is bad for you.
 

Ignition

Sinnoh Season
Make sure you have some Popcorn ready for that day

Yeah I think Ash beating Cynthia could finally be the usurper. Especially if she isn't even Ash's final opponent there
Ash has been set up to defeat Leon for most of Journeys so I don’t think people will get too upset if beats Cynthia. I’d agree if she was being set up to be his final opponent but I see the “controversy” being tame especially with a lot of fans wanting Ash to be the first to beat her since DP mentioned the Champion League. If there’s any loss this saga that would come somewhat close to it, it’d be against Leon in the finals.

Also still trying to understand the correlation between her having more team members equating to people being “outraged” at her inevitable loss
 

WaterShuriken

"I..I..Iron Tail, Pikachu."
Cynthia has Kommo-o. Neat-o. It's interesting that they decided to give her a Gen 7 Pokémon. If that's the case... do you guys think that she will be using Z-Moves in her Championship matches? Someone other than Ash has to and the others seem to use G-Max like Leon and Raihan and others have potential for Mega-Evolution like Cynthia and Garchomp and Leon and Gyarados.

We don't even know who are the remaining Top 8 members so if it's Diantha and Steven, then they also have Mega-Evolution.

Just some things are interesting to think about.
 
I'm actually glad she has Kommo-o seeing as it never got good spotlight in SM.
It literally got spotlight a dozen episodes ago in Alola.
 
Shirona has a Jyararanga, pretty cool I've been super tired of Gablias and this line needed some more representation.

Also LOL at Gablias needing rescue/support from Team Galactic-Rocket's technology. Anime continues to prove technology > super powered monsters.

HERE'S WHAT MAKES SATOSHI AN ANGEL:
HE ACTS EVEN WIHOUT PERSONAL STAKES! SATOSHI'S PURITY
Satoshi is really pure, especially when it comes to Pokémon. One episode that really made me go "Wow, he sure is giving it his all" was episode 10, "The Kairyu Paradise and the Hakuryu Trial!", where he put his life on the line for Hakuryu's sake by participating in its training. His purity and dedication really stood out here. What's so nice about Satoshi is that he's willing to do thing without any personal stake in the matter. Later in that episode, he also just abruptly proclaimed that the reason Hakuyu grow hands when they evolve into Kairyu is so that they can help others; He's normally pretty bad with words, so it was nice to see to him say something that inspired
I really like that last line? That was a very memorable dialogue and well-spoken for Satoshi actually. I still remember it to this day, Kairyu really is the best of his PM2019 team for me and I hope we get more screen for the barney-looking sweetheart. He's thematically the closest to Satoshi, how fitting Hakuryu has angelic looking wings on its head.
HERE'S WHAT MAKES GO AN ANGEL:
GO ACTING LIKE A DOTING PARENT IS JUST TOO ANGELIC
Go is extremely affectionate with his Pokémon. A very good example of this is episode 69, "I'd Like To Keep An Eye On Their First Errand!", which starts with a scene where he and Koharu are acting like doting parents arguing over whose children are the cutest. It's so nice to see Go be this enchanted by Sarunori nowadays when you think about the stern refusal to get anything but Mew that he used to have. You could say that the way he gets influenced by how cute his Pokémon are is pretty realistic; Maybe everyone would act that way if they became Trainers.
Parent!Go with his children-teen-adult 'mons was something I always adored that I'm glad they're actually acknowledging. His starters are his lovable children and troublesome teens. Funny how Sarunori seems to be his most troublesome spoiled compared to mild mannered Messon and more independent Hibunny.
A KEY MOMENT WHERE ANOTHER CHARACTER WAS A LITERAL ANGEL:
IRIS IS NOT AN ANGEL, SHE'S A CELESTIAL MAIDEN!
Iris from episode 65, "Dragon Battle! Satoshi VS Iris!!", is lovely as well. Since she's become Champion and switched clothes, she stands out from all the other returning past series characters as the one who's changed the most. The art in the episode was great, and even though Iris kept moving around and changing expressions all the time, she got to show some mature ones as well.
Why Iris? Why not Hikari or say Shigeru (a more recent return) is it to take a chance to reference how her Champion clothes are based off celestial maidens clothing? Either way I love they acknowledge how pretty that episode looked with that one wicked key animator and her progress/change being the craziest. They animated the movement of the dress and facial expression super dynamically. Glad they pulled that off with COVID-19 eating them alive.
 
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mehmeh1

I don't feel safe!
Wow I had never seen the manga version of the panel. It looks even more sinister than the anime's

"Do not underestimate humanity's infinite potential for malice!"

HXH is timeless. Damn you Togashi, just hire someone to draw the manga at this point and so we can get back to rolling. I want to see this manga through before I'm 30.
 

Eddieursa

Marsh Trainer
I'm quite worried about the alternative versions of the TRio. Not only because they look like competent and dangerous, but the way they talk in the trailer... It's like they have no emotions, as if they were robots. They are wearing battle armors, but do you think maybe they have cybernetic implants or something? It's really creepy.
 
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