I apologise for not having the Malamar episode guide up yet. Since I don't live in America, I have in no way access to Cartoon Network, so I have to wait a day or two for the episode to be uploaded on the Internet. The guide will most likely be up some time on Tuesday. After that, you can call dibs on any episode you want to write a guide for, and I can take care of the rest. I can handle just about every episode that has aired as of now.
I just realized that this Saturday on Cartoon Network instead of the next episode of X/Y they're going to air the Mega Evolution special.
Having only seen the English episodes to date, I have no idea what it's about (Maybe Mega Evolution) but apparently it doesn't feature the twerps, so I guess everyone has a bye-week.
The only thing I will give away is that this Special episode has nothing to do with the twerps and Team Rocket, except maybe for a brief mention of Ash, but that's about it. The protagonist is different.
The question is if we are going to write a guide for this episode or not. Most likely not; after all, it has no dodginess that needs to be highlighted.
I hope you aren't including the special with Virgil, the prologue to the 16th movie, in your line about pointless and stupid edits, because it doesn't have any.
Not that I'd want a guide for it because I don't give a fuck about Virgil, plus his role in it was boring anyway. There are rivals who are more deserving of one.
No, I was mainly referring to 4Kids' "gems".
Personally, I would like to see a Special episode that focuses on Paul; where he reaches Snowpoint City, and rechallenges Brandon, but he is an old and forgotten rival by now, just like the whole Diamond and Pearl series.
There are a lot of concepts in the Best Wishes series that were discarded; a proper conclusion of these two rivals, the connection between Pikachu and Zekrom, Iris' special ability, overall development of Cilan's character (both Iris and Cilan were just screen fillers for the most part, they only got a chance towards the end of the series, and their respective Special episodes), and most importantly: a shit-ton of fillers in the end that could very well be used to implement the aforementioned concepts.
It felt like the writers had almost given up on the show, and the whole thing was just to hold us off for something bigger: the XY series.
Last Edit: May 31, 2014 16:27:00 GMT -4 by Swampert
I didn't say the XY series doesn't have its flaws. It sure as hell does. Where to start from? Well... Serena, (since you mentioned her) has had a whopping ZERO DEVELOPMENT so far. Funnily enough, even her Fennekin has had more development than her (it even learned Flamethrower!). Second, what the fuck?! Where is this series going, anyway? What to make of it? I guess Bonnie doesn't count. She is designed to be the annoying/cute (you'll be the judge) character of the gang, like Misty's Togepi, Max, Dawn's Piplup and Iris' Axew before her. I thought for a while that she was about to get some development, when I saw her will to take care of a Pokemon for her whole journey (something Max never did), but I was wrong. And here we have a loaf of bread that is even more useless than the traffic lights in Grand Theft Auto. Now that I think about it, it maybe does have some use: to provide electricity for said traffic lights, and sell extra merchandise. Of course, Bonnie looking for a wife to take care of Clemont is a very good piece of comedy as of now, but, in reality, it is just a cliché that will get dull and boring over time (see Brock). Team Rocket are starting to become slightly more stale already. Also, after all these years, I can tell almost certainly that associating Ash with romance is a pretty bad idea. It will most likely get discarded towards the end of the series, just like many concepts before it (see Best Wishes). In conclusion: So much for the hype!
However, the XY series has some key features over Best Wishes, which make it a better series overall, at least in my opinion. First and most importantly: CLEMONT! Clemont is the only character so far (ever since the very first episode of the anime) to CONSTANTLY gain development. Cilan had GREAT potential, he could be an awesome character in his own right, but the writers wouldn't give him a chance. Second, Ash showing competence. If the protagonist starts off as a complete idiot right from the beginning of a saga without apparent reason, while he showed an excellent performance in the previous one, you know something is about to go wrong. Terribly wrong. In my opinion, they attempted to completely reboot the series, only to result in a complete failure. They did it once back in Hoenn, but, for some reason, the Advanced Generation series was not a complete failure, probably because of May, who actually got some development, and the Battle Frontier (I don't know). Third, switching focus between characters. In order to keep things interesting, in XY series, they constantly shift the focus between characters. One episode focusing on Ash, followed up by an episode focusing on Clemont and so on. I know that Serena, for example, is hardly any interesting, but the whole idea is amazing. You see quite frequently Action Hero Ash being swapped with Action Hero Clemont, and that is a huge plus for the XY series. As mentioned before, Iris and Cilan hardly had any notable screen time. And last, the XY series have WOOOOOOOOBBUFFET!!
Ryu Taylor, Dub Lover: Sorry, it's just that after SM021 and M21, I know Mima's gonna be three for three when it comes to terribly mishandling emotional moments.
Feb 9, 2019 18:50:46 GMT -4
Donkarasu: But at least you're fine with episode 79, because you've never said anything about it.
Feb 9, 2019 19:02:38 GMT -4
Ryu Taylor, Dub Lover: That was a lucky case of not bad but the dub did better.
Feb 9, 2019 19:09:02 GMT -4
Donkarasu: Masafumi Mima said he got goosebumps when selecting the music for a certain episode and even the voice actors were brought to tears, I'm certain it was indeed episode 108 that he was talking about: twitter.com/Sunma47/status/1073896011758587909
Feb 9, 2019 19:12:11 GMT -4
Ryu Taylor, Dub Lover: That's fine and good for them. Mima's just unfortunately given me lots of reasons not to trust his music placement skills (actually, lack thereof).
Feb 9, 2019 22:39:49 GMT -4
Ryu Taylor, Dub Lover: Looks like I'm right not to have believed him when he promised I'd cry at the onscreen events. But I can give him a bit of credit: it turned out better than SM021 and M21 did, so that's a relief.
Feb 10, 2019 10:26:25 GMT -4
Ryu Taylor, Dub Lover: It ended up with the same results SM079JP did: a "well, okay, that happened. Can't wait for the dub to improve it" kind of feeling.
Feb 10, 2019 10:27:06 GMT -4
Ryu Taylor, Dub Lover: BTW, I watched it in the first place just because of how cocky Mima was about it.
Feb 10, 2019 18:07:31 GMT -4
Donkarasu: I'm just going to say it now: I will not be happy when TPCI fills the silent moments with music. Silence is needed especially in tear-jerking episodes as it helps set the mood for a depressing atmosphere (it's hard to describe, so I tried my best).
Feb 11, 2019 5:46:51 GMT -4
Donkarasu: It's more Reina Ueda's voice acting as Mao (I can't believe anyone who thinks she wasn't amazing) and the dialogue and less so the background music used which makes those scenes so heart breaking and caused me and others to cry or tear up.
Feb 12, 2019 10:04:15 GMT -4
Donkarasu: While I said I wasn't going to talk about the whole controversy around Vic Mignogna, I do want to say one thing about it and that's, it kind puts me off anything to do with Funimation, especially due to other voice actors being involved in this.
Feb 17, 2019 8:44:25 GMT -4
ShiningStarlia: That is my biggest grief behind it. They honestly shouldn't of said anything at all, rather than outright lashing at fans that disagree with them.
Feb 17, 2019 19:44:19 GMT -4
Donkarasu: Regarding Sean Schemmel being the latest person to be a part of it, that causes me to say this: Even if you're not a fan of Masako Nozawa's Goku voice, at least she's a kind woman who respects fans and has never caused any sort of controversy.
Feb 18, 2019 13:03:11 GMT -4
Donkarasu: And for the record, this is not the only time Schemmel did/said something which caused some outrage.
Feb 18, 2019 13:04:46 GMT -4
ShiningStarlia: Yeah, I'm aware. His past sins have come to light and while I was able to tolerate a lot of it, his latest episode was were the line in the sand has been crossed. Cancelled Funimation account as well.
Feb 18, 2019 23:00:57 GMT -4
ShiningStarlia: If he's gonna be an arrogant butt that insults the hands that feed him, then he'll have to accept the consequences of it and hopefully that'll stick. Still yeah. I was never annoyed with Nozawa's Goku voice and she is really nice.
Feb 18, 2019 23:03:51 GMT -4
ShiningStarlia: I mean, Goku's supposed to sound like a disrespectful county hic (remember his inspiration from Journey of the West which the Monkey King routinely pissed off the gods)
Feb 18, 2019 23:05:54 GMT -4
ShiningStarlia: and I think most complaints stem from just different tastes in vocals from us overseas. I honestly wonder why people make a really big deal out of it. Not everyone is Norio Wakamoto
Feb 18, 2019 23:07:38 GMT -4