Suggested by Sonic Kite has a whole lot of duel monsters at his disposal and that’s going to be bad news for Misty. Her Pokemon are powerful and she has her classic Starmie but the power scale of Kite’s monsters are on a different level. His Galaxy Eyes would not have a problem defeating most of her Pokemon right out of the jump. Throw in his trap cards and that’s really a wrap here. Kite (Yugioh) wins.
Suggested by Sonic Dorothy is a powerful MAR character and certainly my favorite one. She is fast and deadly with a blade. Still, even with all of that at her disposal I’m not sure that she’ll be able to win this round. Misty has a ton of Pokemon at the ready and the sheer numbers of her army will prove to be very difficult to deal with. Dorothy’s ARMS can hold some of them off, but not all of them. Misty wins.
Suggested by Anonymous Launch Octopus may not be one of the most well known Megaman X villains, but he can definitely fight with the best of them. The guy’s got quite a lot of water based attacks at his disposal and is fairly quick. He will lose to sheer numbers though as Misty has quite a few Pokemon and they all known how to fight. Even her Togepi has grown more skilled as the seasons went on. Launch Octopus just isn’t ready for this barrage. Misty wins.
Suggested by iKnowledge Charmcaster is a talented spellcaster even if she does tend to be lacking in confidence. She can teleport which will make it hard for Misty’s Pokemon to land a direct hit, but they will still be able to do so with just a little patience. They have her outnumbered and she doesn’t have any spells that can directly take on an army of creatures. Misty has all of the advantages here and will be able to win as long as she plays it smart. Misty wins.
Time for another Pokemon adventure. Ash and friends were minding their own business when they notice a big crowd of people gathering around. It turns out that a big talent show is occurring nearby and Gary is even participating in it. Ash isn’t a big fan of contests, but Gary eggs him on and continues to insult Ash until the main character decides to bluff his way through it and claims that he already has a great act in mind. Can Ash think of an act that will actually defeat Gary’s or is it time for a slice of crispy, humble pie?
This adventure is a lot of fun because having Gary in the story is always great. I recently went back to check out most of his best moments and it’s easy to see why he’s such a fan favorite. The book does him justice as well since he actually had the slight upper hand against Ash. As Ash referenced, it’s a little odd for Gary to be so arrogant after Ash upstaged him in the tournament, but this is the fan favorite portrayal of Gary after all so I guess it’s to be expected. Either way I hadn’t been expecting a rematch between the two of them so that was really awesome.
The actual talent show wasn’t bad either. I felt a little bad for Ash since he apparently can’t sing or even play any instrument so he was given the smallest role. Still, Misty and Brock did help him out by coming up with their show so that was nice. I’d definitely assume that Gary is a better singer than Brock, but it’s nice to see that the Pokemon characters have such musical talent. The ending is a little cheesy though as the owner stated that this contest wouldn’t be about battling and just sportsmanship, but then Ash saves the day and he flips on that statement. I suppose having your life saved is a decent reason to quickly change up the results, but it still felt like Ash didn’t really earn his win. I guess that part could be pretty nostalgic to the original season as well though.
This book probably had the most action out of all the Pokemon books I’ve read so far so as you can imagine it is also my favorite one. Pokemon action is just a blast to watch and I definitely picture the fights in my head as they go. I forgot that Gary had a Charizard or if they just made it up for this adventure but that’s certainly interesting. It’s a little disappointing that Charizard was losing to Alakazam, but psychic types are some of the only ones who can give him a real fight so I can live with it. The stakes were definitely pretty high. I think Alakazam could definitely beat Psyduck though. Psyduck’s confusion certainly is great, but it takes forever to use and no opponent should actually just stand there and wait to be attacked. Gary’s confidence let this happen, but it wouldn’t be viable on most opponents.
Ash also fought another performer earlier as she thought he stole her Seel so she retaliated by trying to beat him up. I guess she was determined to get the truth out of him, but beating Ash in a Pokemon fight is no easy task. I think Ash is a little too quick to return his Pokemon during the battles here, but when you have Pikachu at the ready I suppose it’s no big deal. I also didn’t mind that the battles got more screen time than the actual show because that part was certainly more exciting for me.
As always the pacing is really great for the book. Since it’s so short everything has to happen quite rapidly which always makes for great results. Ash really can’t catch a break as a result, but it also shows how he is able to think on his feet. There’s never a dull moment and so you’ll be engaged from cover to cover. It certainly won’t take you long to finish this book anyway so it works out well.
Overall, This was a really good Pokemon story. All of the characters were itching for a fight and Ash was always ready to oblige. He may not have won all of his matches instantly but at least he reacted right away and acted reasonably experienced. I’d love to see an old school Pokemon movie that takes place around here where Ash just takes on trainers. It would be a lot of fun and I miss his old school lineup of Pigeot, Charizard, Snorlax, and the others. It was just a very balanced team even if Bulbasaur and Squirtle may hold the team back in attack power since they’re still in their first forms. They really haven’t been looking good in these books so far but maybe that’ll change soon. Charizard and Pikachu have really been doing all of the work. If you haven’t checked this story out yet, then you should definitely change that ASAP.
It’s time for another Pokemon story. This one was pretty ironic right from the start. Remember how in the last book Tracy joined up since Brock left and they were about to have some fun adventures? Well, since this is a few volumes later, it starts off with the aftermath of Tracy leaving and Brock suddenly returning. It’s all pretty surreal and would have been really funny if these volumes were actually back to back. It just ended up being pretty funny because of the circumstances.
Ash and friends are trying to have a good time when they see a bully picking on a girl whose balloon was shot down. It turns out that Team Rocket are the ones who actually sabotaged her, but it matters not at the moment. Ash challenges the bully, but gets steamrolled by his impressive Fearow. Ash’s friends quickly insult him for this and Ash almost cries so they decide to take revenge by entering the balloon challenge and helping the girl overcome the bully. It’ll be tough, but Ash knows that he can pull through in the end.
The whole book is basically the race. It’s a pretty short chapter book like the others so you’ll be able to read through it right away. Because of this, the book wastes no time in getting straight to the action. The actual race is pretty rigged though and I feel bad for most of the contestants because they just go down so easily. Team Rocket actually looks competent for once as they technically eliminate almost all of the teams. Nobody seems to care much either as Ash and friends think about what is happening but none of the other teams ever do anything about it. They’ve all accepted their fates which is actually rather tragic if you overthink the whole situation. Why didn’t they put up more of an effort to fight back? They all have Pokemon so that shouldn’t be too hard. Maybe they figured a ref was watching them so they couldn’t make a move. It makes sense then why only the bully and Team Rocket were doing anything, they called the tournament’s bluff and that proved to be successful. I’m not sure about giving away Pokemon as a prize though, but that’s a topic for another day. For now I’ll assume that Dratini was a pretty chill Pokemon who just went with the wind.
Ash had a bit of a confidence issue in this book, but at least he gained it all back by the end. I also like how he pointed out that he never lost his confidence and it was just hanging around the entire time. That’s why Ash is a pro, he rolls with the punches and even has a few good bluffs to help himself out. I do wish he could have beaten the bully though as that would have just been a lot more satisfying than the result we got. Bullies should never have the last laugh. Sure, he didn’t win the race but he will still go on thinking that he is one tough customer.
This book had more action than the last one and felt more like a classic Kanto adventure. I’d definitely say that it has aged well and was probably a pretty fun episode back in the day. I can’t really say that I remember it all that well at this point, but it certainly has been a while since I watched the original episodes back in the day. I’d definitely recommend checking it out whether you’re a Pokemon fan or not. It’s a solid book for all ages and since you can read it in under 30 minutes it’s not a big time investment either. We’ll see if the next Pokemon book can keep up the positive trend that we have so far of getting better and better. Also, this book confirmed that Ash can understand Pokemon speech.
Harpnote may not be the strongest opponent in her universe, but she can still fight when the going gets tough. Whether it be through musical energy blasts or powerful strings, Harpnote can defend herself. That being said, Misty has the edge in this battle thanks to sheer numbers. Staryu and Starmie are already pretty threatening and when you add the raw power of Blastoise into the mix…things get hairy. Harpnote can outspeed most if not all of the Pokemon at Misty’s disposal, but her attack power is lacking and that’s hard to overcome. It would take a long time to knock out some of Misty’s fighters and Harpnote doesn’t have that kind of time. Misty wins.
Dawn is a skilled pokemon trainer, but she’s not quite as experienced as Misty. Misty is a gym leader and she’s faced many skilled opponents during her career. Not only did she fight Ash Ketchum, but she’s entered in her share of tournaments as well. Dawn’s pokemon are decently tough, but she doesn’t have any heavyweight champs on her side. Misty’s Staryu has always been a pretty lethal weapon, which should help her take the win. Misty wins.
Madeline always made sure to save the day whenever it counted, but now Misty’s here to fight her. Madeline may be tough, but she’s not quite tough enough to take down Misty. Misty’s just too powerful. Misty has water pokemon with dangerous abilities and can use them to wipe Madeline out. Misty wins.