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Staging A Heroes Welcome (545)


i was happy when Dawn through Step.

And Wartartle was great, amazing moves!



So the Wallace Cup starts off in this episode. May, Munchlax, Piplup, and Dawn are al enjoying a huge cookie, apparently to ease their nerves. Dawn needs to relax, she looked all worried about this Contest. Brock does his thing and Poison Jabbed again, making May laugh. I saw a few interesting references in this episode, especially in the beginning. The two girls who walked by looked like Sakura and her friend from Cardcaptors. Then right after Zoey appears before Ash, two kids run around with Weavile and Lucarion masks, a reference to Movie 8.

Zoey meets May for the first time, much to my delight. Jessie also planned on entering this Contest, and she once again put on her Jessilina outfit. It was cute to see Mime Jr. begging along with the others lol. When the Contest started, I was surprised to see so many people with Wallace hats all around, kinda cool. Dawn was nervous again, and her hair was a complete mess but this time May and Zoey came to help her. I loved Wallace's enterance. His Milotic put on a pretty display of water pillars to start things off with a bang!

The judges were introduced and the rules were explained, and May got to appeal first with her Wartortle which I assume evolved during her Johto trip. It was nice to see Drew, Soledad, and Harley watching her performace all the way from Johto. Wartortle made great use of the water around it, and it's Aqua Tail was adorable. Jessie's Wobbuffet move was cool too, I was shocked that the judges weren't impressed, poor Jessie. Zoey showcased her new Finneon and it's beautiful Silver Wind that reminded me of Beautifly's. Ash's appeal was ok, though not too flashy like the others, Buizel was at home in the water. Dawn's appeal was Ambipom really showed what it was capable of. 9/10 for the nice appeals.


Man of Mystery
Fantastic episode. I'm glad May came back and competed, she's really doing a great job raising her pokemon. I'm also glad Dawn got over her nervousness and made a great appeal with Ambipom and made it past the first round.


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I was very happy to see May again. All of her pokemon too, especially too see her baby squirtle having evolved into a wartorle. May and Zoey were a nice support system for Dawn to get over her nerves.


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Well, the way Dawn acts is something that's pretty much necessary, but I doubt anyone really likes her for it. It's just something that had to be shown. She's unable to appreciate how good her friends' performances are as she feels more and more pressure to perform up to that level; it gets to the pt that she doesn't even watch the end of Ash's performance-instead she checks a mirror to see if she looks okay. I didn't find this funny at all, and I don't think this scene was meant to be funny, either, judging by the way Zoey, May, and Brock seem to be running out of patience with Dawn. Piplup is the first to finally snap, blasting a weak bubblebeam in Dawn's face to bring her to her senses. For all Ash's, Zoey's, and May's efforts to encourage Dawn, I think this was the right way to get the temporary fix: Dawn's pokemon has to be the one to do it. You know, as obvious as it is to me that Ash and everyone else really sympathize with what Dawn has gone through the past couple of contests, I don't Dawn feels they really understand, b/c, for the most part, she hasn't been that honest. I suppose everything goes back to the Miltank scene, where Dawn thinks Ash is being a little silly when he proposes that she got something stuck in her eye to explain why she's crying. She obviously thinks he doesn't get it, and so, even in later scenes where Ash is shown to really have given some thought about how to help Dawn, she's taken a little by surprise or doesn't catch on to it b/c she thinks she's gotten away with hiding her confidence problems. In fact, based on the way we've been shown the episodes, it certainly did look a few times that she was getting away with it. That's b/c many of the Sinnoh episodes are told either from a general point-of-view or from Dawn's perspective, and very rarely are we given Ash's thoughts. I think, judging from Ash's actions, he believes the best way to get Dawn out of all of this is to give her time and plenty of encouragement, w/o forcing Dawn into any uncomfortable conversations. The downside of that, is that it's easy for Dawn to say "Okay" to those encouragements w/o getting anything from them, b/c she doesn't really believe the people saying them understand or have given that much thought to what she's been going through (and it's Dawn's fault in a way, b/c she doesn't really want to talk about it-Dawn being an introverted character). May and Zoey are amazing coordinators, Ash trains with his pokemon in a special, confident way-how can these guys really know what a lack of confidence feels like? But Piplup, she feels, does know. And so when Piplup does snap at her, she snaps right back, saying that it should know what she's going through and that she's trying her best. But Piplup will not accept that, and Piplup's rebuke means so much more b/c Dawn knows that Piplup has seen and understood everything. If Piplup says she must toughen up, then there's no excuse. Brock, May, and Zoey are really happy to see Piplup take its stand; but I think it's interesting that Ash isn't there to see it. That's not the attitude Ash takes with Dawn at all throughout Sinnoh, and I think it's just something against his nature to do now, to scold someone else about their faults. He always provides encouragement and positive support for Dawn, and before long now, she ends up doing the same in return; and that's b/c, I think, she finally appreciates what he tried to do for her during this part of the dp anime. But in this moment, and in this scene, the harsh way Piplup acts is what's needed.

On a personal note, I want to say this is why I could never imagine being a parent. It's so complicated trying to understand someone else and figure out how to help him/her. I think I would tend to act like Ash does and give people their space, but the truth in this episode is that Dawn wouldn't have made it to the contest stage if Piplup hadn't been so stern with her.

Now, for May and Dawn. When Dawn is having hair problems in the dressing room, May is the one who helps Dawn out, and while doing so, is surprised to hear from Zoey that this sort of thing happened at Dawn's first contest. I think the idea of being nervous is something a little foreign to May, but she tries her best to be sympathetic, and tells Dawn to not to worry with a wink, which I think embarrasses Dawn considering the talented coordinator this remark is coming from. The 2nd very supportive scene happens after Dawn performs her appeal. Dawn says that, even though the appeal went okay, she's worried she might not advance anyway (a very honest remark from Dawn-so she's opening up a little bit more). May walks up to her and tells her she should have confidence in herself. Not only are these actions important for the way they help Dawn feel better, I also think they're important from Zoey's standpoint as well, as she sees the way one should help a friend- instead of saying some sort of wisecrack or being blunt and mean. Zoey's learned a few things about that from Ash, and I think she learns from May as well.

Speaking of Zoey and Ash, this episode starts with Zoey meeting Ash and apologizing for not seeing he was right about learning from both contests and gym battles. Ash smiles and says it's not a problem (although I think he's sort of wondering what Zoey is talking about). But actually, Ash is wrong, b/c it is a problem with someone else who sees his appeal performance on tv: Paul.
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Lance The Champ

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For me Zoey's performance was the best


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This episode was cool. It was great to find out that May's Squirtle had evolved into Wartortle, and even learned Aqua Tail. It was also great to find out that May's Bulbasaur had evolved into Venusaur. It was cool to see a Yanmega for the 1st time. It was really cool to see the known Female Feature of Venusaur shown in the Anime. Jessie's reaction when she failed at the appeals was hilarious. It was cool to see Wartortle do a completely new appeal than it had in the past. It was great to see Dawn get past her nervousness and make it past the Appeal round with Ambipom.

Interesting of note, you can see Ash kept the Teddiursa doll that May gave him during this ep, we see it again in BW1...its sitting on his dresser.


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May's wartotle is so pretty what a cute water pokemon! and LOL at her saying "whatya know, croagunk's doing Max's job." UMM, and where do you think Max originally got it from? yeah I think we all know. ;)


Staging A Heroes Welcome 545

Catching fire has alot of foreshadowing its really good. Mockingjay scrub me off lol. When you read it we can talk about it

And sweet you dont have a banner for this clan, right?

apparently you cant say scrub.... Im just going to cuss and see whats filtered. scrub, scrub, scrub, scrub, scrub, scrub, scrub


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I really liked this episode. Milotic and Wallace's entrance to the stadium was beautiful and just plain fabulous. I liked seeing May's Wartortle and it's appeal in which it skipped across the water in its shell. Jessie and Wobbuffet's performance was hilarious and I loved how Jessie literally crumbled when she found out she didn't advance to the next round. Dawn was so nervous before going on stage, so I was glad when she got some confidence, performed well with Ambipom, and advanced.

I absolutely LOVED Paul's reaction to seeing Ash in the contest.

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I'm glad to see that Dawn finally was able to break her streak of 2 consecutive losses in the appeal rounds in this episode. She really needed that so that she can gain a little more confidence in herself as a coordinator. I also liked that she got over her nervousness as well. All the other appeals looked nice as well and I laughed at Paul's reaction when he saw Ash participating in the Wallace Cup 10/10
I don't know why, but I found Paul's reaction to Ash competing in a contest hilarious! :)

Mrs. Oreo

Hee hee I actually liked Jessie's appeal here, plus Zoey owning a Finneon was cool and so was its appeal. Dawn getting nervous was a nice touch and her appeal with Ambipom went smoothly thankfully. ^^
I loved watching this particular episode, if only for the throwbacks to Hoenn and Johto and the chances to see Pokemon doing cool Pokemon stuff, but it's convinced me that Sinnoh's Contests are just not the same thing as Hoenn/Kanto ones. :c


Wow, Zoey recognizing the advantage of Ash's style? May still proves to be a fantastic coordinator, yay for Wartortle. Jessie's still full of herself. Ack, poor Piplup.


Nozomi returned here, which was awesome. Hikari having a bad hair day is always amusing, and Joi blushing because of Mikuri was adorable. The fact that Satoshi was also competing was neat, but Musashi's Appeal was self-centered as usual. Nozomi's Appeal with her new Keikouo set the bar high, and Hikari's Appeal with Eteboth was her best so far.