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"Splash, Dash, and Smash for the Crown!" and "Slowking's Crowning!" (Pokémon)

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"Splash, Dash, and Smash for the Crown!" and "Slowking's Crowning!" (Pokémon)
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Definitely splash, dash and smash this entire filler episode!
Part of Season: 23
Episode Number: 1123
Air Date: June 26, 2020 (Japan)
December 4, 2020 (USA)
Writer: Jun'ichi Fujisaku
Director: Fumihiro Ueno
Previous episode: A Festival Reunion!
Next episode: Toughing It Out!

"Splash, Dash, and Smash for the Crown!" and "Slowking's Crowning!" are the two segments of the 26th episode from Pokémon Journeys, the second episode of the third arc and overall the 1123rd episode of the Pokémon anime series.


"Splash, Dash, and Smash for the Crown!"

Goh enters his giant Magikarp in the tenth annual Magikarp High Jump Tournament.

"Slowking's Crowning!"

Goh and Ash head to Slowpoke Island, hoping to catch a Slowpoke.

Why They Suck

In General

  1. Unlike previous episodes, this episode has no plot whatsoever. It's just two 11-minute segments crammed into one, with the first segment being Splash, Dash, and Smash for the Crown! and the other being Slowking's Crowning!.
    • This is not necessarily a bad thing, mind you. This was done before with "Lights, Camera, Pika!", an episode from Season 18/Kalos Quest, this episode has episodic segments crammed into five, but because the plot was so good and because everything about it worked so well, it was very wonderfully executed and enjoyable. This episode is not one of them.
    • These two segments feel more like a random Saturday-morning cartoon show than episodes that come from an anime action show, more so than the Sun and Moon anime, which unlike the previous season(s), had all of its episodes feeling like plots.
  2. The intro of the episode makes no sense, as Team Rocket is at their hideout, and they get a Magikarp and Slowking, but that scene was never mentioned again in the series afterward.
  3. Lots of cringe-worthy scenes, such as the muscular Ash and Goh scene in the first part (as shown in this image), and that weird face (that looks like something out of a Hanna-Barbera cartoon) that Ash makes when he gets Slowking's crown, as well as how he acts.

"Splash, Dash, and Smash for the Crown!"

  1. Awful ending: Goh unfairly gets disqualified when his giant Magikarp doesn't land (which by the way the rule randomly appears out-of-nowhere), and nearly loses his giant Magikarp in freaking space, although it does return in the ending of the following segment.
    • Whether you dislike Goh or not, even you gotta admit he does not deserve this.

"Slowking's Crowning!"

  1. Many pointless filler scenes, one such example is when Ash, Pikachu, Goh, and Raboot keep swapping Slowking's crown.
  2. No real ending, all that happens is that Goh's Giant Magikarp falls from the sky and lands on Slowking's head, which knocks the crown away and turns Ash, Goh, Pikachu, and Raboot back to normal, we then get a montage of the begging with Team Rocket with Kasukarp making an appearance at the front of the door, but James closes the door.
  3. This segment happens right after the episode "A Festival Reunion", wherein the previous episode not only did Ash and Goh visit the Kalos region, but Ash had a World Coronation battle with Korrina, a character from Pokémon the Series: XY (season 17).
  4. This part is getting a one-part sequel which nobody asks for, known as "Slowking, Curry Encounter!!", which features Ash and Goh visiting the Slowpoke island again and features the debut of Galarian Slowpoke and Slowking. The preview shows that Ash is now possessed by a Galarian Slowking Shell crown while Goh is possessed by a Slowking shell crown.

Redeeming Qualities

In General

  1. The animation quality is still superior, and the voice acting is still good, too.
  2. Thankfully, it's just a filler episode. So, if they want to, the fans can skip it.

"Splash, Dash, and Smash for the Crown!"

  1. The montage of Ash and Goh training up the giant Magikarp (despite its cringe-worthy nature) is entertaining.
  2. Raboot's facial expression when seeing the muscular variations of the boys is pretty funny.

"Slowking's Crowning!"

  1. The closing scene with James closing the door on the Magikarp King was priceless.


Despite the episode's poor feedback from fans, not all fans disliked this episode. Animated Ginger (despite not being a fan of the two-paired episode concept) thought the episode/these two episodes is/are funny and enjoyable. He gave both episodes/this episode the B tier on his "Every Pokémon Journeys Episode Ranked From Worst to Best".


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