Hi guys! I’m going to summarize and review the 5th episode of Pokemon Black and White. You won’t want to miss this one! Ash and Iris finally arrive in Striaton City. Ash is eager to challenge the Striaton gym leader, but doesn’t know where to go. Our heroes run into Cilan, a Pokemon Connoisseur. Cilan agrees to take Ash and Iris to the Striaton City Gym. When they get inside, the place looks like a restaurant. The gym is actually behind the restaurant and the gym leaders are actually the three waiters, Cilan, Cress, and Chili.
Ash is given a choice to battle a brother but boldly asks to battle all three. They agree and the first battle is between Ash’s Tepig and Chili’s Pansear. Next up is Ash’s Pikachu against Cress’s Panpour. After two exciting Pokemon battles, Ash must face Cilan for the Striaton City Gym Badge. It is up to Oshawott to beat Cilan and his Pansage. The battle is fierce and the episode ends with Ash’s Pokemon not looking too well, but without a conclusion. Meanwhile, Team Rocket reports to Giovanni and receives orders for the latest scheme.
Finally, we are treated to a gym battle. I’m glad Ash wasn’t hungry. Looks like I wasn’t the only one who was growing impatient for a Pokemon gym battle. Kudos to the writer for making Ash challenge all 3 brothers. Speaking of Cilan, Cress, and Chili, I wonder what hair color their parents have. Oh, and what’s up with the cheerleaders/fangirls hanging out in the restaurant? It brings back memories of the cheerleaders that were following Gary around. Is it just me, or is Iris looking awfully adoringly at something (watch her expression right before the battle is about to begin)?
The first battle was epic. I figured Ash would choose fire vs. fire. I like how Ash doesn’t always try to go for the type advantage. I pegged Tepig to lose the match even before it started. Tepig proved me wrong time and time again. Tepig started well, but his Ember was overpowered by Pansear’s Flamethrower. Pansear proceeded to use Dig repeatedly, punishing Tepig. I was anticipating the knock out eyes each time Tepig was hit, but the little piglet came through for Ash. The battle was quite lengthy and included some great animation.
The second battle was disappointing. I figured Ash was going to get his badge, but since he only needed two wins out of three battles, he would have to lose the second round. I thought he’d send out Oshawott vs. Panpour, but instead he sent out Pikachu. I had a bad feeling. I figured Ash was going to lose one match no matter what, but I didn’t imagine Pikachu was going to lose. I think Pikachu got one Iron Tail in, but pretty much got beat up. That makes Pikachu’s record: 0 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie. These Unova Pokemon are looking really strong.
We see the start of the final match, but not the end of it. I was afraid Team Rocket might interrupt, but they didn’t. I smiled at the scene where Oshawott was cowering from the huge Pansage face. Good stuff. Oshawott gets outclassed pretty badly, but finally lands a Water Gun after many unsuccessful tries. The episode ends with Pansage using Solarbeam in Kamehameha fashion. Will Oshawott be able to come back from behind like Tepig or will Ash have to endure his first Unova gym defeat?