Iris Hate, right on schedule. This is not working, writers.
Seriously, I think I'm just going to go back and rewatch the entire BW Season 1. That was loads better than what's going on now.
As tons of people have stated before me, the episode was decent, but still dreadful in comparison with previous episodes from Season 1. So, Iris finally snaps after her dragonite starts rampaging and attacking the audience of the Pokemon World Tournament Cup. Amazingly enough, the two champions there don't do a single thing to help. Sure, it may still be within the battle constraints, but no! Leave it to the random ten-year-old kid with his adorable Sunglasses Larry to deal with it! I'm just going to sit(or in Cynthia's case, stand) there with a solemn look on my face! Like a Champion!
Speaking of Sunglasses Larry, that's the only thing I'm liking about this Season so far. M15 doesn't count(yet), so this is the current "only thing".
I didn't really go through that much of DP or AG, but from what I heard, May and Dawn suffered from a lot of BreakTheCutie and BreakTheHaughty moments. Is this Iris' turn? Keep in mind that Iris is different from May and Dawn. Unlike the two of them, who started as rookie trainers and see Ash as somewhat as their mentor. Iris already had plenty of experience in battling, but her ideals (Zekrom reference time) get in the way of her understanding her pokemon, which was what led to her losing to Drayden in her childhood. Cilan's hypothesis (Reshiram reference time) pretty much brought out the truth about why her Excadrill refused to listen to her, and she learnt to respect her pokemon's feelings and become more connected with them.
Best Wishes Season 2 is dashing that all to pieces.
It seems that Iris has forgotten her axew, excadrill, and emolga even existed. The writers have forgotten Cilan exists, and he's mostly becoming a sclerae-less version of Brock. Heck, even Cynthia's getting more screentime than he is! And she's supposed to be a Guest Character! If he doesn't get a fourth pokemon by the end of this series, I'm calling foul.
The moment Iris had her first loss with Dragonite handed to her, the fandom has gone crazy with joy, cheering her on about how "She deserved it" and "I wish one of Dragonite's flamethrowers had roasted her then". Iris is one of my favourite characters from Best Wishes, but I really hate what they writers've done to her. They've made her practically useless and a jerkass. This isn't right.
Her first battle with Dragonite: Dragonite starts disobeying her and wins somehow. Conclusion? "Yay, I won!" Unbelievable. The moment I saw that reaction, it was totally Out of Character for Iris, if all people. Her Title in the Games (even though I DO know that this isn't the games) is "The Girl Who Knows the Heart of Dragons", and she even says during battle, "The Pain of my pokemon...I feel it too!" Does this fit Anime!Iris' persona? I think not. She seems to have forgotten that pokemon actually have FEELINGS.
From the japanese spoiler comic that they had put up as spoilers before the actual episode itself aired, the battle was shown as such:
From the manga, Iris seems to be having relatively good control of her Dragonite throughout the battle. Even after the evolution scene, she keeps her cool enough to order Dragonite to fire an ice beam at Larry Krookodile to stop it in its tracks, and even after losing, she has a cheery smile, happy that her dragonite has done its best. The dragonite has the look of a pokemon that is regularly pissed off after losing a battle. Perfectly justifiable.
In the anime, the moment Larry Krokorok evolves, Iris loses it. She totally doesn't know what to do now, and she's totally helpless against that crocodile, despite having a Pseudo-Legendary Dragon with Dragon Rush and Ice Beam. Dragonite then proceeds to go insane and attack the audience, not even caring about what Iris is telling it, and Ash has to order Larry Krookodile to take it down, amid the confusion. Dragonite goes down, and cue Iris kneeling to the ground screaming like a spoilt brat.
What's even more amazing is that, throughout this entire Pokemon World Tournament Junior Cup (Long names, anyone?), Cilan, the freaking Pokemon Sommelier, hasn't bothered offering a single word of advice to Iris about her Dragonite. Or that Iris knows her travelling partner and boyfriend is a Pokemon Sommelier but still refuses to go to him for help, despite having done it back in BW36 ( I can't believe I actually wrote that from memory). What IS Cilan doing there? It's pretty obvious that the disobedience problem should be a pretty elementary one for an A-class Pokemon Sommelier, yet he still isn't lifting a finger.
Dragonite was never really in my favourites or cute pokemon, but I never had any hate towards it. Now, this is making me even more biased towards the likes of Salamence and Hydreigon.
Either the writers are going all out to murder Wishfulshipping and the viewers' love for Iris (which is sad, since both were developed in watching BW Season 1), or this is some sort of foreshadowing telling me to study for my O levels. Most probably the latter. I really, really can't wait for M15 right now. I think I may even want to buy it. Scratch that, I probably WILL buy it. Just to see Iris and Cilan NOT acting this badly.
After looking at the screencaps from the latest episode,
Krookodile is officially my new favourite pokemon on Ash's team.
Just look at how cute he is. I call him Sunglasses Larry.
And he knows Dragon Claw too! My Larry needs to know something Dragon-y too. Outrage, maybe.
Well, at least there's an improvement. Not much, but an improvement, nevertheless.
Hooray for Stunfisk, who has gotten his first win. He is now officially on my Adorable list. And Hooray for Serperior, who is getting increasingly overused in the Pokemon World Tournament Junior Cup. Trip is finally starting to act a little more like Cheren, with his Alder obsession. If they could make Trip meet with older Cheren, that would be simply awesome.
Still, that dragonite and that Iris. It's nice to see that Iris is getting concerned and not trying to do what the writers did with her the last episode, but that Dragonite. Someone seriously needs animate the two of them together so that they look badass. Somehow, that Dragonite still doesn't look right standing (or sitting) next to her. It just looks way too out-of-place right now. Maybe if Ash's Krookodile (or his Larry) made a counter with its size, it'd help a lot. Or even Charizard. I don't know if Iris'd have had that problem with a haxorus or hydreigon or what not, though. Maybe it's just my fault for watching too many B2W2 spoilers of Champion Iris.
I like Iris, I like her characterisation in BW1, but right now in BW2, it's going very weirdly. And it's not only Iris. Cilan in one episode is shown to be a competent detective sommelier, in another he can't even find a missing cubchoo. Ash acts surprisingly aware of things around him in one episode, and then becomes totally clueless the next. And I don't even need to mention Iris. Indeed, the only people who're acting in character as far as I can see are Cynthia and Dawn. And maybe Caitlin.
Now I just really can't wait for that Gym Battle and Rufflet/Vullaby episode. And that Team Rocket episode where Meloetta gets a plot point. Hooray for proper plots!
Thank you for pulling a new random rival named Kotetsu (sounds like Kototsu from Bleach) out of nowhere for Ash with a Samurott and a Riolu.
Although I still don't see why they couldn't have used Hugh, who already has a Samurott established as his signature pokemon--
I guess they had to stop all the rabid fangirls from going crazy on the internet. Ah, well.
At least it's not Cabernet. THANK YOU, WRITERS.
Now that there's a Marlon/Shizui, where's that Incredibly Hot Cheren?
Why, writers? Why are you making Cilan look like an idiot when he so obviously isn't? He's ending up losing at the second round of everything. The Don Battle, the Donamite, and possibly the Pokemon World Tournament Junior Cup. Maybe it's true that he isn't much of a trainer or gym leader in BW1, but that's not reason to degrade his anime version so drastically. Especially when he's so horribly popular with the poke-fandom. His Stunfisk hasn't won. Once. At. All. In the game, I knew of a Stunfisk aboard the Battle Subway that was capable of wiping out my entire team in a series of one-hit-KOs.
And Iris. Her character is totally getting tossed and turned all over the place by the writers of the PWTJC. Her Dragonite refuses to listen to her and then goes berserk and lands a thunderpunch on the enemy without commands? "Yay! I won!" Unbelievable. It's been long established in the Excadrill episodes that Iris has been showing plenty of concern over her pokemon getting badly hurt, or when they're refusing to listen to her. Yet in that episode, she didn't even give a hoot about Dragonite, and she was practically screaming her head off at it to listen to her. Are the writers just trying to make her less likeable so that Dawn can remain popular, or have they just lost their minds after the release of B2W2?
Please, writers, give Cilan and Iris their due and make them get the development they truly deserve, instead of throwing it away for the sake of a certain penguin's fanservice. Stop throwing disobedient pseudo-legendaries at Iris, and stop giving Cilan TheWorfEffect. If you were able to do such a great job with Ash in Best Wishes Season 1 (and I really liked what they did with him), you can surely do it again.