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The Curtain Rises! The Alola Pokémon League!! (1071)

Discussion in 'Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon - Ultra Legends' started by Serebii, Jun 30, 2019.

  1. Serebii

    Serebii And, as if by magic, the webmaster appeared... Staff Member Admin

    The Curtain Rises! The Alola Pokémon League!!

    It's time for the opening of the Alola Pokémon League and the group have arrived at the stadium to register. The expectations for the league heat up as reveryone's rivals appear in quick succession. However, soon Guzma and the rest of Team Skull appear and start causing trouble, especially when Team Rocket also appear. This leads into a delve into the history of Guzma and Kukui. What happened between them in the past and can the League continue?

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  2. Decidueye23

    Decidueye23 Well-Known Member

    so what happened between kukui and guzma?
    KenzeyEevee likes this.
  3. The beginning of the league didnt got me hyped. The story between Kukui and Guzma was interesting and Kukui being depressed is a nice touch. Ash gave some speech. So the only purpose of Guzma in the anime is the league?
    Xuxuba and Lord Godwin like this.
  4. Lord Godwin

    Lord Godwin The Lord of Darkness

    Could you summarize what's the story and buff between Kukui and Guzma?
  5. Zoruagible

    Zoruagible Lover of underrated characters

    TRio and Gladion(why was that even needed?) beat Team Skull offscreen.... -.-
    Yet people are gonna defend that like always cause apparently SM can do no wrong! The Team Skull guys are supposed to be the TRio's rivals... they needed more than that, especially as this is like the third time they've interacted and just might be the last.

    Of course Guzma flashback stuff is shown now and not in, you know.... the time travel episode? Rushed as heck is what this is, hope Guzma rightfully turns a classmate into canon fodder soon....
    Xuxuba likes this.
  6. Btw how that new segment where they do the league predictions?
    mehmeh1 likes this.
  7. satopi

    satopi Go’s Scyther is indestriketible! <3

    I enjoyed this episode for the most part. Aside from showing a very unnecessary scene of Ash getting thrown by a swarm of fan girls somehow and off screen battles of Team Skull losing from Gladion and surprisingly, the TRio, this episode was a decent setup for the Pokémon League. Kukui’s and Guzma’s brief flashback captured my attention and seeing Kukui depressed about it meant it was a bad argument. I chuckled seeing Kiawe passionately moved by Ash’s encouraging speech and he was taken back from it. So nice seeing Ulu here. I forgot how he’s like the Alola version of Brock. Also I love seeing how firm and strong Lillie is looking! She’s a force not to be messed with!
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2019
  8. nuzamaki90

    nuzamaki90 Well-Known Member

    Damn I don’t even know how you can manage to make a League introduction episode so boring. All you have to do is show all the characters interacting with the rivals. Hell Acerola and Mina weren’t even there. The Team Skull stuff really wasn’t even necessary seeing how the backstory was thrown in damn near the end of the episode.

    Could have at least shown Ash calling his mom, Oak, or even Brock and Misty. Just seems like a lot of this episode was useless padding because they REALLY didn’t want to start the Battle Royal until next week.
    Emelie, _AISP and Xuxuba like this.
  9. WhiteBlair

    WhiteBlair ベストチャンピオン。

    I must have skipped Rowlet holding an Everstone. Spits it against Team Skull's Salandit and swallows after.

  10. Dephender

    Dephender Gizakawayusu Staff Member Moderator

    It's a contest where viewers can make their own predictions and get the chance to win prizes if they guess right.
  11. TheScentedApple

    TheScentedApple Well-Known Member

    Its been holding one since Hau's episode, it uses it for Seed Bomb :)
    mehmeh1 likes this.
  12. Xuxuba

    Xuxuba Well-Known Member

    There is not much to say about this episode, i just found it very boring...
  13. CMButch

    CMButch Kanto is love. Kanto is life.

    The start of the league is worse than BW's and XY's. Hopefully remaining 5-6 episodes are at least good...
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  14. lolipiece

    lolipiece Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    "Screw you, Kukui! I'm gonna leave, and then I'm gonna go dye my hair!" - Guzma, probably.

    Good that Hau spent most of the episode with Ash and co. It's really disappointing how little he's appeared, but stuff like this is at least an attempt to make up for that.

    I'm glad that Rowlet and Decidueye's dynamic didn't change after evolving. They even did the hair(feather?) flip thing. Though I don't like that because it evolved, it lost the unique animation for Razor Leaf. The blade quills looked cooler.
    i2i, mehmeh1 and Decidueye23 like this.
  15. lemoncatpower

    lemoncatpower Cynical optimist

    I enjoyed the episode but mostly because I am so excited for next weeks episode.
    Decidueye looks way better animated in the anime compared to the games. I like him in the games, so it's just that much better animated IMO. Rowlet and him are still adorable. Nothing from meltan this episode really or anyone else of Ash's pokemon except obviously Pikachu, who had a cute interaction with Rowlet, besides the battle.

    The Team Skull scenes were pretty pointless but it was fun seeing everyone hyped up and it'd just be reused move animation for each battle anyways so I'm okay they went quick with it. I really just wish I knew japanese so I could understand the talking in this episode which I feel was a bit more important lol.
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  16. RLC

    RLC Well-Known Member

  17. satopi

    satopi Go’s Scyther is indestriketible! <3

    Don’t underestimate my Queen.
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  18. DuquÊ?

    DuquÊ? Too lazy to pick a pic

    I'll appreciate little moments like James, of all people, being the scariest over Jessie. It's strange not see Hau eating anything but malasadas, but I didn't watch his debut, so eh.
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2019
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  19. Ignition

    Ignition Champion SZN

    Wasn’t expecting anything too wild since they’ll never pass DP’s league opening episode but it was decent.

    One thing that sticks out to me though is Decidueye’s soul piercing stare. There’s several scenes where it’s just standing there motionless.

    Guzma without his hair dye looks so off
  20. WaterShuriken

    WaterShuriken Well-Known Member

    It was weird seeing Guzma just at the start of his Hot Topic phase.

    So Kukui was already wearing his coat meaning he was a Professor by then.

    I wouldn't be surprised if Guzma was jealous of him. Beat the Island Challenge, became Professor, has a nice body...

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