By Alberto Martinez (PokemonBreederBertii)
The Team Flare Arc still continues with Pokemon XYZ EP. 41 titled, “Attack on Miare Gym! Citroid Forever!!” The following is a review of the episode and if you have yet to see the episode then SPOILER WARNING (Full Episode on YouTube)
The review of this episode is divided into the following sections The Pokemon Battles, Top Moments, Soundtrack, and Overall Episode.
The Pokemon Battle
The episode begins with Satoshi and Alain counterattacking Lysander in a Pokémon battle against Mega Gyrados and Pyroar. Meanwhile Bonnie & Blaziken Mask are hot on the tail of Zygarde to try and knock it back to its senses. Clemont and his trusty Clembot are in search of the megalith blaster in Prism tower to find themselves fighting off a Team Flare Top Admin. As for Marin, Professor Sycamore, Serena, and Team Rocket while on route to rescue Marin’s Chespin, they too are met with Team Flare. Luckily, they are quickly aided by a surprising old familiar ally which in my opinion enriched the entire episode and boosted the emotional tension that Kalos is not alone in their time of need. I feel that what made the battles so great were the emotion and intent behind the battle. Indeed the battle is to stop Team Flare, but it was more about the safety of Kalos and its citizens. It definitely gave the vibes of the unity that all the characters have to come to one common goal; save Kalos, save the Pokémon world.
This episode like the past few had emotional moments, but I will say that this episode can really pull at your heart even tighter than previous episodes. If you are a crier such as myself, then you will definitely find a couple of tear-jerking moments. One of those moments would definitely have to be Bonnie and Puni-chan’s (Zygarde) friendship song. Bonnie burst into tears and sings her Puni-chan song to remind Zygarde that she is with it and that it needs to snap out of its evil trance. The moment is furtherly strengthen with emotion when Blaziken Mask (Meyer) snatches Bonnie as Puni-chan-Zygarde seemingly attacks in her direction. As she is being held from safety, she reaches for Puni-chan and sings louder with tears rolling down her cheeks to show her affection for Puni-chan. This exchange really burns into your mind as you watch.
One other moment like that of Bonnie’s, is her brother Clemont as he is forced to say goodbye to Clembot. Clembot is Clemont’s trusty human like robot invention that he poured his heart and soul into when he attended the gifted academy. As Clemont kept Team Flare at bay, Clembot was busy shutting down the megalith blaster mechanism and in its effort to do so, found that the only solution was to sacrifice itself in the process. The emotion of the scene goes even further as Clembot has to explain to Clemont that he must be the one initiate the command to finish disabling the machine. Clemont tries to reason out other possibilities, but with no time, Clembot chose to do what it felt was best for Lumiose City.
Now onto top happy moments, there was the surprising arrival of no other than Steven Stone, the Hoenn Champion who comes to the rescue of Sycamore, Serena, Marin, and Team Rocket as their helicopter is attacked by Team Flare grunts. Just when you think that our favorite heroes are in trouble, in comes Steven Stone in fashion as he rides on top of his shiny Mega-Metagross. Steven’s arrival was by far The Johto Press’ favorite scene from this particular episode. Who doesn’t like a character from a previous generation? Steven’s entrance really moves the viewer to root for the safety of Kalos and before I forget to mention his battle scenes were awesome.
One last top moment from the episode is of course, bad ole Team Rocket, up until this episode Team Rocket was keeping up with their disguise as a news crew reporting the events in Lumiose. Throughout most of the previous episode their plan was to reach the lab and then usurp control from Team Flare and put another evil plan in motion; however, they quickly join the fight to stop Team Flare after being attacked. The moment is endearing because to save face, they claim the only reason they are even helping is to not allow the world to belong to no other team that isn’t Team Rocket.
The music in the episode went on to include a tracks from the Pokemon X & Y game. The song is titled, “An Eternal Prison”.* It is a beautiful emotional song. The song plays in the exact moment that Clemont learns that Clembot can only disable the megalith blaster by destroying his memory and robotic programming software. It drives the song home even more when Clembot’s final words to Clemont are “I am happy, thank you” … “I am glad to have had the opportunity to meet you” and with this Clembot’s final scene shows his body being electrocuted till he ends next to Clemont lying on the floor lifeless.
*Edit: Thank you [NOT] Silver (Cait’s Pig) from PokeAmino for pointing out an error on my original post. The track was indeed An Eternal Prison and not “Kiseki”
Another track in the episode, titled “The Legendary Pokemon Awoken” is played as Satoshi gives his counter speech towards Lysander’s beliefs with a memorable montage of the supporting cast fighting to liberate Lumiose from the grips of Team Flare. It was definitely a powerful scene and I feel that the song choice is just right. In a sense the legendary heroes have awoken to protect Kalos.
Lastly, one of the top moments in the episode also gets the most heart wrenching sorrowful toned version of the usually happy song titled, “Puni-chan no Uta”. The song is meant to be a happy and loving tribute about the friendship that Bonnie and Puni-chan have fostered throughout their time in the series. The song is sang by Bonnie in a more sorrowful tone and acts almost like a sweet lullaby to calm Puni-chan’s Zygarde 50% state in the hopes that it will snap out of its destructive trance. The song works on so many levels such as to show the power of love, pain, and uncertainty in one swoop.
Overall the episode hit the right marks perfectly and is a stand out entry in the Pokemon XYZ series. I do not believe much more can be said other than the episode did exactly what it intended to do. It gave viewers the emotional story that is going to make the fight for Kalos in the 1 hour 2 episode special more personal to the characters and the viewers of the show rooting for their favorite heroes to persevere and save Kalos.