Ash got STOMPED OUT! Paul is teh best!
Now on to the episode. The match continues with Pikachu vs Magmotar. Pikachu delivers an awesome quick attack but is inflicted with burn. I’ve played the games countless times, but whenever special abilities that cause status effects are shown, I’m always surprised. Next, the two Pokemon deliver simultaneous attacks. The huge fiery explosion caused by Flmathrower and Thunderbolt looked absolutely epic. Pikachu follows up with a Volt Tackle but Magmotar respond by using Rock Tomb. The way Magmotars arm/hand changed shaped and sent out the purple energy balls into the ground was also epic looking. Pikakachu is unable to dodge and runs right into a bunch of rocks. Magmotar uses smog but Pikachu quickly uses the Thunderbolt counter shield. Totally wasn’t expecting that. Even though Pika is still being afflicted by its burn it delivers a Iron Tail before Mag could unleash a powerful Flamthrower. Pika is recalled and Buizel is sent out. It delivers an Aqua Jet that almost sends Mag toppling over. Buizel follows up with a water pulse but Mag counters with its Rock Tomb. Buizel goes through the rocks with Aqua Jet but Mag is nowhere to be found. That’s when we find out Rock Tomb was merely a distraction so that Mag could jump into the sky and use Smog. (That Smog looked like it gave Buizel paralysis, wtf?) Anyway, Mag is returned and oh no...
Out comes the brute, Ursaring. Buizel does Water Gun and Urs counters with a one armed Hammer Arm. Urs then uses Bulk Up to become even more of a beast. Bui uses Aqua Jet yet again but Urs takes the blow and lands a Slash attack right across Bui’s face. Urs uses Focus Blast but Bui uses its Aqua Jet counter shield in the nick of time. The Focus Blast is broken apart and turns into miniature energy projectiles that hit Urs. Bui does Sonic Boom but Urs runs through the attack and delivers a mighty Hammer Arm. Bui’s faces as its been closelined is priceless! Ash makes some poor judgment and decides to keep Bui in. Its KO’ed by Urs’ Focus Blast. Staraptor comes out delivers an Aerial Ace. But Urs is too strong and lands a Focus Blast, slash, and a finishing two armed Hammer Arm into the ground. Urs is returned and Ash sends out Chimmy. Paul brings out Electabuzz who is quickly returned after using Protect and Light screen. Paul unleashes his Torterra and we learn it can manipulate the direction of its Stone Edge!
Chimmy is returned and Ash sends out Gliscor who is quickly taken care of with Frezny Plant. Ash decides to uses Pika’s speed to topple Torterra with a couple Iron Tails but Paul recalls his Pokemon. Urs is sent out again and delivers a Hammer Arm that hits before Pika can land its quick attack. The way Pika’s eyes glaze over and is sent flying was hilarious! Before Urs can attack again its afflicted with paralysis. Pika gets in an Iron Tail but its also hurt by its status effect. Urs’ special ability guts kicks in and it delivers its signature two armed Hammer Arm attack after taking a Thunderbolt. Pikachu is sent into a pond and faints. Ash’s only Pokemon left is Chimmy. It lands a couple attacks that finally topple the brute.
Chimmy then evolves into Monferno (really cool looking evolution by the way) and is raring to go. Before Paul sends out Electabuzz we find out that Monferno knows Mach Punch. The battle that ensues is just simply amazing. Electabuzz is surprised to find out his old training buddy has evolved and is then treated to a Mach Punch to the gut. Electabuzz does Thunder and paralyzes Monferno. Monferno uses Flame Wheel. Electabuzz, Protects then uses Thunder Punch but misses. Monferno uses Dig and Electabuzz then uses Thunder. Monferno uses its Flame Wheel/Flamethower counter shield to protect itself from the electric attack. Monferno , while still using Flame Wheel hits Electabuzz across the chest. Monferno then uses Mach Punch but Electabuzz uses Protect followed by Thunder. Monferno looks like its about to collapse from paralysis but it rises up and its tail ignites into a even bigger flame! Monferno uses Mach Punch and Electabuzz uses Thunder Punch. The two punches collide but Electabuzz comes out victorious after a momentary pause. Paul agrees with Reggie that the battle was awesome and leaves Ash crying with Monferno in his arms and his pride crushed.
Awesome. Simply awesome. The art direction and animation this episode was top notch. Combine that with a well thought out match and you got one of the greatest battles in Pokemon anime history. I just hope that when Ash defeats Pual in the Sinnoh League its actually believable. The staff is going to have a hard time topping this battle but I’m confident they wont disappoint.
Also some slight spoilers but the DP series will go on for a fourth season. Episode 52 of Galactic battles will air in Japan during December so North America probably wont get to see the Sinnoh League and Grand Festival until Fall of 2010.