The Road to Humilau, What’s up guys?
So you may have noticed that I did not post an anime article last week. What happened was, I had to pull some specific “favors” to get Cartoon Network to cool off on putting out the new episode. Cos it was New Year’s, and I figured everyone needed a break.
You are very welcome.
At the very least, that it is what I told the other editors.
Anyways! Today, right now, in this article, I will be covering Pokémon BW Episode 95: The Road to Humilau! Ash and the gang have just finished competing in the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup, and met a new friend in Cameron and his Riolu after just saying goodbye to Dawn. If you’d like to know more about that, you can read about it here.
Wait, Cameron! Do you mind if I come with you and watch your Gym Battle? – Ash, to Cameron, as Cameron rushes off to Humilau City
Cameron has just found out that he actually needs eight badges, not seven like he thought, to compete in the Unova League (which he thought would take place in Ecruteak City, Johto). Freaking out, he demands to know where the nearest Gym is.
Luckily for him, Jeremy, Cynthia’s butler, hears his question, and suggests Humilau City. Cameron announces he and Riolu will head that way, and starts to walk off when Ash asks whether he, Iris, and Cilan can come along and watch his Gym Battle.
It is then implied that he agrees, as after the opening credits, they are all seen walking towards Humilau City together. Ash and Cameron get along great, Cilan notices. Iris adds that this obviously would be the case, as they are “both kids.”
The pair then turn around to look for Ash and Cameron, and realize that the two are nowhere to be found. They also notice that the path they had taken led to a three-way stop, meaning they could have taken either of the two completely opposite turns.
That’s just great. And they act like little kids too! I wonder if they’ll ever grow up. – Iris, upon realizing Ash and Cameron are missing.
Iris comments that this is particularly problematic because they both act like little kids.
Meanwhile, Ash and Cameron march on, oblivious to the fact that they have wandered away from the others. Meloetta pops out of nowhere, and Ash introduces Meloetta to Cameron, now that she is no longer invisible.
Cameron finally realizes that he hasn’t heard from either Cilan or Iris in a while. Ash realizes this two, and the pair start yelling out for the others. Ash, Cameron, Pikachu, Riolu, and Meloetta start looking around for Iris and Cilan, when Ash falls off a cliff.
Luckily, he is able to grab hold of a root and Cameron lifts Ash back over the edge.
You know, it’s starting to look like we’re the ones who took a wrong turn. – Ash, to Cameron, after being saved.
Ash starts to worry that maybe they were the ones who took the wrong turn, and not Iris and Cilan, but Cameron reassures him by announcing that he has his trusty map. Unfortunately, it turns out that Cameron had actually packed a placemat or a tablecloth.
Later, they reach a fork in the road and can’t decide whether to go left or right. Suddenly, the sky opens up and begins pouring on the two trainers. They break out running in search of shelter, and eventually, they find a cave to wait the rain out in.
They decide it’s time to eat, as everyone realizes they’re hungry, but Ash learns that he’d forgotten to pack his lunch. Cameron laughs at him, and offers his own lunch, but also learns that he’d forgotten to pack his lunch.
Hahaha! Ah. You’ve gotta have eats on the road! I’ll share my lunch. Come on. Hello? HEY LUNCH! – Cameron, as he rummages through his backpack in search of his lunch.
While this is going on, Meloetta looks outside of the cave, and slips out without anyone realizing. Later, Meloetta returns with an apple, which she offers to Ash.
The group deduces that if Meloetta is able to find one apple, there must be an apple tree nearby. The group agrees to go ahead and look for that tree. Using the tablecloth Cameron mistook for a map as cover, they head out in search of the tree. They find it easily, and grab a bunch of apples.
Back in the cave, they all stuff themselves full of the apples. Full, they decide to spend the night in the cave.
Hey Ash? I was wondering, have you thought about the kind of trainer you want to be someday? – Cameron, to Ash, before they go to sleep.
While trying to fall asleep, Cameron asks Ash if he’s thought about what kind of trainer he wants to be someday. Ash tells him about his dream to be a Pokémon Master, and Cameron reveals he wants to be the greatest Pokémon Champion. The two trainers vow to not stop until these dreams are realized, bumping fists as a way of sealing the deal.
Later, while everyone is asleep, Meloetta notices that the rain has stopped, so she wakes the others. They all rush out, excited to get back on the road. Unsure of where to go, Cameron pulls out a compass, knowing that Humilau City is in the north, but the two trainers can’t agree on which way is north. Turns out, Cameron’s compass is just as confused as its owner.
They decide to just start walking. Sure that Humilau City is near the ocean, they head in the direction they think the ocean is. Cameron announces that he can smell saltwater, and breaks out in a run, leaving Ash impressed.
However, it turns out Cameron was wrong as he leads them to a patch of grass instead.
Cameron comments that he wishes the sky would clear up, as it is cloudy. The clouds suddenly part, revealing a very starry night. After pointing out a few constellations, Cameron announces that using the constellations as a guide, he can find the direction Humilau is in.
The ground! I was just walking and suddenly there wasn’t any! – Cameron, after falling over a cliff.
Ash compliments Cameron’s skill, flattering Cameron greatly. But the flattery is cut short when Cameron suddenly finds himself over a cliff, hanging by a branch.
Ash grabs Cameron’s hand and tries to lift him up over the cliff, but finds he isn’t strong enough to do so. Cameron tells him to just let go, for fear that Ash will fall as well, but Ash refuses. Ash then falls as well, but Pikachu and Riolu come to his rescue and, together, they lift each other back over the cliff.
The group later finally makes it to Humilau City. However, when they reach the ocean, they can’t find the gym. Suddenly, a Wailord emerges from the ocean in front of them, a silhouette of a trainer standing on top of it.
Ash and Cameron are taking forever. – A bored Iris says to Cilan in front of the Humilau Gym.
Iris and Cilan are brought back to focus. Sitting over the docks in front of the Humilau Gym, the two look extremely bored, and are unsure of where the two childish trainers are.
Axew then notices a figure speeding towards them in the water, and they all identify it as a Wailord, with Ash and Cameron, along with a mysterious blue haired person riding on top of it.
Hey! How’s it! ‘Sup? You’re all ready, huh? The name’s Marlon, the proud Gym Leader of the Humilau Gym. It’s all good! – Marlon introduces himself to the group.
The whole gang is finally united, Ash and Cameron apologizing for their tardiness. Marlon introduces himself, and invites them all to come in and get the battle started.
After the gym rules are announced, Cameron decides to start off with Riolu. However, to his great dismay, he learns he had left Riolu with the others. Ash, Cilan, and Iris begin to worry about Cameron’s chances of winning, with Iris commenting that it’ll only be due to luck.
After taking a second to think, he does this thing that appears to be his signature idea-reaching move. He pulls his headband and allows it to snap back to his head, and cries out “Eureka!”
The group notices that Ferrothorn can barely move on the water battlefield, and once again doubt Cameron’s chances.
The battle starts, and Ferrothorn turns out to be more than capable of holding it’s own against Jellicent, eventually defeating it with Thunderbolt. However, something weird happens when Jellicent faints, but no one besides Iris seems to really notice.
See? Winning’s a brilliant idea! – Cameron, as Ferrothorn gains the upperhand against Marlon’s Jellicent.
Marlon compliments Cameron’s skill, and sends out his “Pokémon ace,” Mantine. Cameron is overjoyed, noting that Mantine will be an easy win. He orders Ferrothorn to use Thunderbolt, but for some reason, Ferrothorn can’t.
Marlon smirks, and points out Jellicent’s Cursed Body ability, something Cameron didn’t know about. Riolu looks really worried for its trainer.
Ferrothorn easily defeats Ferrothorn, taking advantage of both the skies and the water. Cameron is discouraged, and appears to have lost hope. He then does his signature headband-Eureka thing, and exclaims that he will take advantage of the battlefield as well.
Cameron then sends out Samurott. Mantine attacks with a Bullet Seed, and Cameron orders Samurott underwater. Marlon tells Cameron that underwater is where Mantine battles best, a statement Cameron mirrors.
Samurott outspeeds Mantine underwater, and attacks with Hydro Cannon and Aqua Jet. Mantine looks like it is struggling to keep up, and the two Pokémon land back over water. Mantine attacks with Bullet Seed, which is blocked by Samurott’s Razor Shell, so Marlon orders a Wing Attack, and Cameron counters with a Double Razor Shell.
The two Pokémon clash, and when they land, Mantine is knocked out, signifying Cameron’s victory.
You took to our special Humilau Gym battlefield like you owned the place! Your spirit and battling style deserve praise. – Marlon, as he presents Cameron with the Wave Badge.
After congratulating Cameron on his win, the group and Cameron decide to part ways.
In my opinion, the episode was an OK episode. Like the Junior Cup episodes, this episode felt a bit rushed, as they had to fit in both the travel to Humilau Gym and the actual Gym battle itself.
The Gym battle itself was alright, although I’d say it was probably the worst Gym battle of the saga. Marlon’s character wasn’t very fleshed out, and seemed to only be characterized by his choice of words. His backstory, what he does outside of the gym, all of that. His actual character was ignored, and he existed solely to be Cameron’s eighth Gym battle.
Seeing as pretty much all the Gym Leaders in the entire history of Pokémon were given some sort of actual character, it’s a bit disappointing that they shafted one of the two new Gym Leaders this way.
Now, the actual battling was pretty lackluster. While we got to see all the Pokémon in action, it seems everything fainted after two or three attacks. For an anime, that seems kind of sad, since we really want to see some action. I will admit though, the underwater scene, while short, was pretty cool. It’s rare that we see Pokémon battling in a way that the environment is actually a factor, so that was pretty cool.
However, not all is bad. The other half of the episode was pretty humorous. As I said in my last article, I was pretty excited to see Cameron’s character get some spotlight.
I think the highlight of the first half was when Cameron and Ash admitted their feelings for each other…I mean, for their dreams. That scene there really showed the two trainer’s growing bond with each other, very reminiscent of the Ash and Ritchie episode in the original season.
His quirkiness was also a huge plus in my book. While a little lame, it was funny to see the little details of scatterbrained the writers created for him. You just wonder how he ever survived on his own.
Closing statement: this was an ok episode. I want to like it more because of Cameron and the Gym Battle, but the battle just didn’t reach my expectations.
I’m going to start doing a new thing; the Magikarp Rating. On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the highest, I’m going to rate the episodes by Magikarp.
And that’s my article! I’m sorry about the wait; life got really busy for me this week with work, my girlfriend leaving Japan and heading back to San Francisco, and my own podcast. I will try my very best to make my articles come out much earlier.
So, did you enjoy the article? Did you watch the episode? What are your thoughts (on either my article or the episode)? Let me know in the comments down below!
Written by Justin Vidal
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