I think Juan has turned out to be my favorite of the Hoenn gym leaders. He can be a bit pompous, but he really is a terrific battler and his moves have turned out to be pretty unpredictable. I'm halfway through my tape of part two now, so I don't know how it ends apart from Ash getting the badge yet.
I did love Juan being impressed with Chimecho and telling James that he can see it's been raised with love. It was also interesting to hear Juan not believe right away that Team Rocket is bad, and how calm and cool he was when Team Rocket was trying to steal his pokemon. If only Ash could be that levelheaded. I loved the "ta-da" sound effect when we first see James in his costume too. LOL
Overall, 9/10, rated just slightly lower because I'm not that into gym episodes and some parts dragged a bit.
Juan's pretty cool. His voice wasn't overly exaggerated or given an accent as might have been expected, but unfortunately I found his voice to be somewhat boring. It's okay, though (BTW, Sean Schemmel's really having fun with 4Kids' VA roles, isn't he?).
Meh, don't have much else to say that I can remember was definately in this episode... I'll check out the second episode thread for the rest of my review.
I only got to watch this episode today...so here goes...
--First off, I too thought Ardan (I like Ardan way better than Juan, BTW, so I call him that.) had a nice voice...but I was expecting it to have a little Irish/English lilt, but predicted lilt or not, it was still very nicely done.
Second of all, I found the battle a real nail-biter, but the cutest part was Pikachu riding Corphish.
Stay tuned for the rest of my review (aka my review of the other episode) tomorow
A excellent episode the gym battle episodes are always fun to watch. Well when I first saw this episode i was surprised to see Juan leading the gym, I was expecting Wallace (I didn't know about the Sootopolis Gym switching from Emerald yet.). Certainly interesting rules for the Sootopolis Gym, Ash was expecting another one on one type battle probably but nice to see he was able to adapt like usual. It was nice to see Snorunt in it's first official gym battle to bad it got knocked out, can't wait to see the end again tomorrow.
This episode was cool. The double battle with Pikachu and Snorunt vs Seaking and Sealeo was great. Seaking and Sealeo were both very strong. Snorunt really didn't do well in its 1st gym battle. It was a good thing Corphish replaced and helped to defeat Seaking and Sealeo.
Pretty interesting how the rules of this battle end up being. Starting off with a double battle followed by three (?) 1 on 1 battles.
This makes (so far) three characters that James is good at imitating.
1.) Professor Oak
Juan seemed to perform nicely in the Gym Battle but at least Ash won the Double Battle (the 2nd half Single Battle just started with Grovyle vs Luvdisc). TR appeared quite early for me but I was glad that they got blasted off by Milotic's Twister. I also liked James's Juan disguise, too.