So we can now add trading to evolution on the grand list of Pokemon game mechanics which are secretly bad. Great.
The Gentleman gives a pretty corny speech about friends trading with friends, creating a web of friendship that will envelop the globe, laying it to waste when the giant spiders hatch, eternally hungry for human flesh. The implication is that he’s kind of subtly cajoling Ash into giving him the Butterfree that kicked his Raticate’s ass but the speech about trading is pretty much the same one Nintendo gives so I’m not sure what to think.
Extra worst: Ash putting a lot of effort into raising Butterfree? Hahaha, no.
He’s talking about his sperm, everybody. I just thought you should know.
Wow, talk about game mechanics that really didn’t need to be brought over.
Instead of, you know, just swapping Poké Balls with each other, Ash and the Gentlemen apparently have to use this machine. Perhaps to brainwash the Pokémon inside into accepting their new masters. The machine works using the buttons of a cassette player. Which is a make-up I’d expect to see on the TARDIS but not so much for this. I guess it’s strange that I could accept the record button being used to traverse the time vortex and not to trade Pokémon but here we are.
You never use it and you’re going to give it away in five episodes. Enough with the melancholy, Ash. Ash talks about how he traded away his beautiful, pure Butterfree because the other guy liked trading so much and made him feel that he couldn’t refuse without being a jerk. Is this a sex thing? Are we learning to resist advances? Is this what I’m watching? I hope not.
Meanwhile, a few feet down from Ash and Misty, Weevil Underwood is throwing away Yugi’s Exodia cards.
“Increase stock in Celadon City casino. Lessen focus on taking over Kanto, Johto games are coming out soon. Blow up Viridian City Pokémon Center 13 episodes ago.”