By Alberto Martinez
The finale to the Team Flare Arc has finally come to a close with the latest episode of Pokemon XYZ Anime, a one hour special beginning with the episode titled, “The Megalith Moves Forward! The Kalos Line of Defense!!” Although it was a two part episode special, this review will go over episode 42 respectively mentioned above. As always, SPOILER WARNING! Please be sure to watch the episode before reading if you do not want to be spoiled of the plotlines and episode resolutions.
The review will be split into the following which are Pokemon Battles, Top Emotional Moments, Music, and Overall Story.
This episode has some of the best pokemon battles and sequences of the Pokemon XYZ series which is not surprising with it being the conclusion to the attack on the Kalos region. There are quite a few that will be discussed, but not to worry some of the best have also made the Top Emotional Moments section of this review so bear with us as we go over some of the best battles.
The first battle is Serena, Steven Stones, and Professor Sycamore vs. the Megalith Zygarde. Although quite short, the battle was great in that we saw Mega Garchomp and Mega Metagross in action as they faced off with some of the vines with the help of Braixen. The Mega evolution scene with the Professor and Steven Stone amps the action that will surely come as the episode continues.
Next, we have the arrival of Alain and Satoshi to the aid of Steven Stone, Serena, and the Professor. The battle makes the scene so much more meaningful because of how it plays well on the comradery between all the characters. Mega Charizard and Pikachu come just in the nick of time to keep the vines from taking hold of Braixen, Garchomp, and Metagross. The scene moves forward with the plan to save Chespin within the megalith as Greninja joins the fight to free Chespin. The entire team valiantly works together but are unfortunately caught in the grips of the megalith vines until the arrival of the Kalos Line of Defense; who are the line of the defense? Keep reading as it is in the top emotional moment’s section of this review.
Top Emotional Moments
There are so many moments in the episode that are worthy of discussion! The episode was that emotionally driven. The first emotional moments has to be when Satoshi gives his short inspiring speech about protecting Chespin and the Kalos region. The always “go getter” and “fight to end” character motif of Satoshi at least has not changed in the 20 years of the Pokemon franchise. This moment in many ways becomes a voice for the fans as we cheer our favorite heroes on.
The second emotional moment is seeing the entire cast fly into the setting sun and standing together to fight off the megalith. Although the scenes were short, some of the action shots and scenes really highlighted the character’s comradery and emotion to save Chespin thus saving the Kalos region. Some of the shots include the helicopter scenes with Satoshi and the supporting cast overlooking their brave pokemon battle for the fate of Kalos.
Lastly, the top moment in THE JOHTO PRESS’ opinion has to be the arrival of the Kalos Gym leaders which are perfectly called after the title of the episode “Kalos Line of Defense”. Their arrival is signified by a white blast of light at a pivotal moment in the episode. Their arrival is just perfect with the right music, gym pun character lines, and their own glamour shot moment introducing their Pokémon specialty. This is the closing scene of the episode 42 which ends perfectly as the heroes regroup to plan a course of action.
Music + Soundtrack
Overall the music choices in the episode were fitting with track titles like the “XY Trainer Battle” Theme when Charizard and Pikachu save Braixen from a nasty fall and the “Ash-Greninja” Theme as Greninja joins the fight to mark the location of Chespin with his Water Shuriken attack as the rest of the supporting pokemon cast help Greninja reach the Megalith. Lastly the best music track combined with one of the best character appearance has to be the Kalos Gym Leaders as they unexpectedly join the defense line as they stand together. The music track that made this scene even more powerful is one that I unfortunately cannot seem to find but will link here and call it the “Gym Fighting Spirit”. This song was played another time when Satoshi faces off Olympia in the XY Gym Arc around 12:50 time stamp of the episode. The song really adds to the entrance of the gym leaders as they are each given a manga style portrait as they say their gym specialty. Fans went bonkers to see that Satoshi and the rest of the supporting cast had the help of no other than the most prominent characters from Kalos which apart from gym leaders include Malva from the Elite Four and the Kalos Champion, Diantha.
If anyone happens to know the track title that plays when the gym leaders arrive, please be sure to leave a comment below so I may update this review with its proper name!
The episode’s purpose was to definitely position all the characters in the important role they will play to save Kalos. Apart from moving the plot forward to its finale, the combination of the music, action scenes, and the arrival of the Kalos Line of Defense made this episode hit an emotional cord as a viewer. As a whole the story did well in making viewers feel that without the help of one another nothing can ever be accomplished. It also introduces moments in which Puni-chan’s fellow Zygarde core has difficulty understanding why humans are coming to the aid of a pokemon when they are up against a force much more powerful than them. Overall, the story was great with its emotional moments and throwing in ideas of belief and having hope.
As always be the best version of yourself!