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My reaction to new Aldnoah.Zero: damn.

Posted 6 hours ago With 1 note
tags: #aldnoah zero
Don't count your chickens before they hatch. They said literally one episode later that Serena 'doesn't have to rush.' But forgive me for not having faith in a character who is still a drag on the show. Ugh

illustrious-rocket:

vallhala:

illustrious-rocket:

vallhala:

illustrious-rocket:

vallhala:

I don’t think the ‘no rush’ thing is a big deal, to be honest. After all, the arc ended with Serena agreeing to meet Shauna at the next Tripokalon, not Serena saying she’ll take some more time to decide for a goal. I’d say that Serena NOT jumping into Tripokalons straight away but first checking them out is taking into account Ash’s advice. They basically set up Shauna as Serena’s mentor/rival and set Shauna up for another appearance.

I doubt they would have done that if they were planning to have Serena check out the Tripokalons only for her to say ‘nah, not gonna do it’. That would also beg the question of why they even bothered to introduce such an elaborate goal had they not planned on someone in the main cast pursuing it, in this case, Serena.

So yeah, I think this is actually legit. :D

I didn’t want to do this publicly, but since you gave me no choice…

What we were told about Tripokalon makes it sound completely unworkable as a regular feature of the show. If she has to win every contest three times, that’s around nine to fifteen contests just to make the Master Class. Figure that many of them will be two part episodes, you’re looking at a potential 30 episodes not even counting the training and Master Class episodes, or contests she loses. For a goal that hasn’t even begun 43 episodes into a probably 150 to 180 episode series, that chokes up the calendar too much when added to the remaining gyms, the league and whatever happens with Team Flare.

There are more superficial reasons as well, but when I add it up I do think it will technically be her goal. It’s just going to be teased for ORAS promotion for now, but she won’t dedicate to it until she’s leaving, getting the writers out of having to stretch such a thin, repetitive concept across a full arc.

You make a very good point I admit, the very same thing made me initially skeptical about Performing being her goal, but then I realized, Serena doesn’t have to quality for the Master Class. As you said yourself, fifteen such tournaments would be way too much so the writers could use that as a perfect excuse not to have Serena quality for it. 

May and Dawn, they both managed to enter the Grand Festival, but that doesn’t necessarily mean writers should allow Serena to enter the Master Class. I think it would be quite unique if they made Serena fail so she doesn’t enter the Master Class at all which would set her apart from May and Dawn who managed to get into the big tournaments.

Basically, Serena would pursue her goal but she wouldn’t manage to win everything in time (for some reason, maybe be too slow about it or even have the reason be Ash’s gym battle quest so Serena realizes she needs to travel by herself if she wants to pursue this dream) and she’d be utterly depressed but then regain her motivation and decide to try it out again. 

Also, there is the question of exactly how many tournaments there are. For all we know, there could be three tournaments, and not five, that she has to win three times which already slims down the number of episodes. And even then she doesn’t have to qualify for the Master Class. 

I think there are strong arguments for and against this being Serena’s goal, but I guess only time will tell. ^^

If there’s no endgame, what even is the point of it? I’ll be blunt, if the writers were trying to avoid her coming off as a huge waste of time in the end, doing her goal so halfheartedly that that happens would be the worst possible failure they could make. It would be like Ash failing to make the league.

Halfheartedly? I wasn’t saying that.

I was just saying that Serena is for some reason prevented from winning or maybe she ends up not being as great at it as she thought she would be or maybe her future rivals are much more skilled at performing than she is. Serena shows nothing but enthusiasm for the Performing (judging by the latest scans) which would make her not entering the Master Class all the more crushing since she cares about it so much. It would also be quite realistic because there are also people who will not make it into Master Class, the world isn’t perfect. 

Moreover, you cannot possibly compare Ash’s quest with Serena’s quest. Ash’s quest is at the heart of this series and is something that will never be skipped whereas the writers are free to do whatever they want with Serena - she’s not as iconic as Ash, they are free to do the experiments with her. What matters is how the character develops in the end and how their successes/failures impact them. Even if her goal doesn’t turn out to be as interesting and fun to watch, i’ll still be there to root for the character through their ups and downs (of course, by this I’m assuming Serena’s performing arc will be written well)

Also, I doubt this is a thing of you doubting Serena will do the Tripokalons. The latest scans reveal she is catching Pancham who wants to perform and Serena herself has performing plans for Pancham therefore making it highly likely that the Tripokalons will be way more than just ORAS game promotion - it is becoming a goal.

The evidence keeps stacking up and with the Pancham capture that is firmly tied to performing, it seems all the more likely. The only thing that remains here is whether you’re on board with the goal or not. And I guess I cannot influence your opinion on it since, of course, it is a matter of personal preference. I can only present you with the facts and the fact is - more and more of performing stuff is coming up and Serena is catching a Pokemon that likes to perform and whom she wants to use in the Tripokalon tournaments.

“You cannot possibly compare Ash’s quest to Serena’s” Imagine if May or Dawn had their goals end in utter failure. They would get as much hate as Iris gets for not evolving Axew. Why is Serena a special case?

Well May and Dawn didn’t end in utter failure. Additionally, Contests were well received by the majority whereas Tripokalons don’t seem to be as interesting to people.

Additionally, even if Serena fails, the Master Class could be showcased through participation of other characters like Shauna, so whether Serena fails or not, we would see the Master Class in action either way.

Posted 8 hours ago With 19 notes

lordtrollbias:

vallhala:

Is it Thursday yet? ;_;

I’m praying this is an episode long battle because this looks amazing.

Ideal scenario:

- No Team Rocket whatsoever.

- No dialogue from the sidelines.

- Just pure, raw battle.

Posted 15 hours ago With 41 notes
You two are not fit for raising a child. I feel bad for your kid.
Anonymous

kamie-malik777:

allteensrelate:

parkingstrange:

I mean she may only be 7 months old but so far she hasn’t sent anyone anon hate so I think we’re doing better job than your parents did, just saying.

that was brutal

Damn

Posted 15 hours ago With 81,245 notes
tags: #damn

Is it Thursday yet? ;_;

Don't count your chickens before they hatch. They said literally one episode later that Serena 'doesn't have to rush.' But forgive me for not having faith in a character who is still a drag on the show. Ugh

illustrious-rocket:

vallhala:

illustrious-rocket:

vallhala:

I don’t think the ‘no rush’ thing is a big deal, to be honest. After all, the arc ended with Serena agreeing to meet Shauna at the next Tripokalon, not Serena saying she’ll take some more time to decide for a goal. I’d say that Serena NOT jumping into Tripokalons straight away but first checking them out is taking into account Ash’s advice. They basically set up Shauna as Serena’s mentor/rival and set Shauna up for another appearance.

I doubt they would have done that if they were planning to have Serena check out the Tripokalons only for her to say ‘nah, not gonna do it’. That would also beg the question of why they even bothered to introduce such an elaborate goal had they not planned on someone in the main cast pursuing it, in this case, Serena.

So yeah, I think this is actually legit. :D

I didn’t want to do this publicly, but since you gave me no choice…

What we were told about Tripokalon makes it sound completely unworkable as a regular feature of the show. If she has to win every contest three times, that’s around nine to fifteen contests just to make the Master Class. Figure that many of them will be two part episodes, you’re looking at a potential 30 episodes not even counting the training and Master Class episodes, or contests she loses. For a goal that hasn’t even begun 43 episodes into a probably 150 to 180 episode series, that chokes up the calendar too much when added to the remaining gyms, the league and whatever happens with Team Flare.

There are more superficial reasons as well, but when I add it up I do think it will technically be her goal. It’s just going to be teased for ORAS promotion for now, but she won’t dedicate to it until she’s leaving, getting the writers out of having to stretch such a thin, repetitive concept across a full arc.

You make a very good point I admit, the very same thing made me initially skeptical about Performing being her goal, but then I realized, Serena doesn’t have to quality for the Master Class. As you said yourself, fifteen such tournaments would be way too much so the writers could use that as a perfect excuse not to have Serena quality for it. 

May and Dawn, they both managed to enter the Grand Festival, but that doesn’t necessarily mean writers should allow Serena to enter the Master Class. I think it would be quite unique if they made Serena fail so she doesn’t enter the Master Class at all which would set her apart from May and Dawn who managed to get into the big tournaments.

Basically, Serena would pursue her goal but she wouldn’t manage to win everything in time (for some reason, maybe be too slow about it or even have the reason be Ash’s gym battle quest so Serena realizes she needs to travel by herself if she wants to pursue this dream) and she’d be utterly depressed but then regain her motivation and decide to try it out again. 

Also, there is the question of exactly how many tournaments there are. For all we know, there could be three tournaments, and not five, that she has to win three times which already slims down the number of episodes. And even then she doesn’t have to qualify for the Master Class. 

I think there are strong arguments for and against this being Serena’s goal, but I guess only time will tell. ^^

If there’s no endgame, what even is the point of it? I’ll be blunt, if the writers were trying to avoid her coming off as a huge waste of time in the end, doing her goal so halfheartedly that that happens would be the worst possible failure they could make. It would be like Ash failing to make the league.

Halfheartedly? I wasn’t saying that.

I was just saying that Serena is for some reason prevented from winning or maybe she ends up not being as great at it as she thought she would be or maybe her future rivals are much more skilled at performing than she is. Serena shows nothing but enthusiasm for the Performing (judging by the latest scans) which would make her not entering the Master Class all the more crushing since she cares about it so much. It would also be quite realistic because there are also people who will not make it into Master Class, the world isn’t perfect. 

Moreover, you cannot possibly compare Ash’s quest with Serena’s quest. Ash’s quest is at the heart of this series and is something that will never be skipped whereas the writers are free to do whatever they want with Serena - she’s not as iconic as Ash, they are free to do the experiments with her. What matters is how the character develops in the end and how their successes/failures impact them. Even if her goal doesn’t turn out to be as interesting and fun to watch, i’ll still be there to root for the character through their ups and downs (of course, by this I’m assuming Serena’s performing arc will be written well)

Also, I doubt this is a thing of you doubting Serena will do the Tripokalons. The latest scans reveal she is catching Pancham who wants to perform and Serena herself has performing plans for Pancham therefore making it highly likely that the Tripokalons will be way more than just ORAS game promotion - it is becoming a goal.

The evidence keeps stacking up and with the Pancham capture that is firmly tied to performing, it seems all the more likely. The only thing that remains here is whether you’re on board with the goal or not. And I guess I cannot influence your opinion on it since, of course, it is a matter of personal preference. I can only present you with the facts and the fact is - more and more of performing stuff is coming up and Serena is catching a Pokemon that likes to perform and whom she wants to use in the Tripokalon tournaments.

Posted 18 hours ago With 19 notes

lordtrollbias:

Well we know how the brothers in the sibling rivalry episode look like now. Kinda hoping the writers throw us for a loop by having Bonnie side with the nerdy looking one and Clemont siding with the athletic looking one. Ash and Serena can go practice Amour and dancing in the background can stay neutral.
Also Serena, Pancham and Fennekin stuff and Clemont with badass Luxio being badass

DAT PANCHAM

noodlerama:

Just realized that the Luxio line is based in a lion, lions are a symbol of strength and courage, guess what Clemont wants more of? Don’t think I didn’t notice that writers, now Clemont needs to catch that Luxio so make it happen.

The fact that Serena seems to get the idea to get Pancham all by herself is so amazing - it’s nice she’s getting proactive. Moreover, the summary says she’s thinking about using that Pancham in performances thus making it seem like she sees performing potential in Pancham and wants to catch it. 

DBAJKDAGHFKA

I AM SO EXCITED

Posted 1 day ago With 15 notes
tags: #pokeani

noodlerama:

Also since Serena is training for the Tripokalon I guess that confirms that she indeed wants to actively pursue the profession.

noodlerama:

Even more new episodes! A Bonnie episode and Serena episode

XY049 - Dispatch the Lapras Protection Team! Do Your Best, Eureka!! [Oct. 30]

 A group of children attempt to get a Laplace which got hurt in a forest back to the sea. Eureka decides to help them too, but then Team Rocket shows up!

XY50 - Dance, Pancham - Captivate, Fennekin! The Dance for Tomorrow!! [Nov. 13]

Serena and others are training for entering the Tri-Pokelon. But then the Pokemon are kidnapped by Team Rocket!

Looks like Ash won’t be the only one who catches dance fever! And Bonnie being a treasure as always, I can’t wait.

protector-of-kalos:

One of the things interesting about the “Excadrill arc” if you can call it that was how different the disobedient Pokemon was from Satoshi and Hikari before. In their case it was more of the trainer unable to handle a powerful Pokemon due to evolution. Iris on the other hand is all about battling. Too much so in fact.

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Iris has thought for years the problem was pride in it’s power; she tries to get him to battle again by encouraging him often. But as Dento points out (and I think it’s awesome the Sommelier figured it out since it was a break in their once strong bond), that’s not the problem at all.

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She was so focused on getting her 100th win the thought of loss wasn’t even on her mind. And she pushed Excadrill through this match without even considering something was wrong when he paused because he knew this match was unwinnable. She was far too focused on herself and the match at hand. So when Excadrill was beaten so badly because of someone he thought he trusted, he closed himself off to Iris because he thought she cared more about the battles than him. He wasn’t frustrated over battles he was frustrated over her 

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She thinks back to the battle and realizes her mistake. It never even occurred to her, she was the problem and she’s heartbroken. How could she be so careless toward her friend! She apologizes immediately after figuring this out

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This is a turning point in their friendship, Iris admits to her mistake, Excadrill can do what he wants to do, not what Iris wants him to do. And she’ll try harder this time to understand him. You can see this really hurts her and Exacdrill can tell her apology is sincere, so he slowly opens up.

He does want to battle, he enjoys it too. And from here Iris understands that as she helps him learn a new move knowing it will take a while to restore their bond.

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While I would have liked the distrust to go on a little longer and her slowly gain his trust back, this was still a really well done episode. She loves him, and he understands that now. Before he was doubtful if she really cared. I think this is also a turning point in her character, from here Iris does better trying to understand Pokemon in general and I think it’s why she was able to deal with Dragonite later. While that one was the more traditional disobedient Pokemon she still used her knowledge she gained from this to better her skills as a trainer. And I think that’s why the village set this headstrong girl out to journey, to deepen the bonds with her Pokemon. They know she’s got the talent for battling, now she needs to learn how to actually understand the thoughts and feelings of Pokemon. 

Pikachu vs. Mega Lucario!