Ash faces Norman in a Gym battle. Norman switches offense and defense to baffle Ash, who tries to overcome this trial, having his Pokémon use abilities in the battle. After the battle, however, Max becomes upset over something.
At the battlefield, Ash promises to leave the Gym with the badge, pleasing Norman they will have a good match. May is excited to see the outcome, but Max takes offense, thinking May wants to see her father to lose. Brock calms Max down, who simply points out their father is very strong and could be a member of the Elite Four soon. May and Caroline calm Max down, even if this is the first time they see Norman fighting. Meanwhile, Meowth shows Jessie and James plans for building a Secret Base. They are all proud, knowing they will earn that promotion from the boss once they are done. At the battlefield, Norman sends Slakoth and Ash his Pikachu. The battle starts off with Quick Attack, but Slakoth evades the attack. Slakoth uses Shadow Ball, but Pikachu dodges and uses Iron Tail. Slakoth turns on his back, causing Pikachu to spin and get dizzy, missing his target. Slakoth uses Hidden Power, surrounding Pikachu with glowing spheres. Ash has Pikachu use Thunderbolt, but Pikachu gets hit.
Brock realizes Norman sent Slakoth on purpose. He points out Ash usually uses speed to his advantage to baffle the opponent and take control of the battlefield, but Slakoth will evade any speedy or powerful attack Pikachu could launch. Caroline confirms Brock's words, while Max is glad his father has the control over the field. Pikachu shakes its head, able to continue the battle. Pikachu uses Thunder, but Slakoth dodges and uses Blizzard, damaging Pikachu. Pikachu uses Thunder, but fails as the blizzard makes him unable to attack. Instead, Ash calls Pikachu back and sends Torkoal. Torkoal attacks with Flamethrower, so Slakoth counters with Blizzard. This causes the heat to get to May. Flamethrower attack negates the Blizzard and hits Slakoth. Slakoth is blown away to Norman's arms and is defeated. Torkoal is happy to won, but Max is a bit sad for his father's loss. Caroline, however, claims everything shall be fine.
Norman is impressed by Ash's choice to call Pikachu back and sends Vigoroth to battle. Torkoal uses Overheat, but Vigoroth dodges the attack. Vigoroth uses Scratch, immediately defeating Torkoal. May is amazed Vigoroth defeated Torkoal with one attack, while Brock determines Norman used a slow Slakoth then fast Vigoroth to confuse Ash, to test his opponent's limits. Ash is frustrated and sends Pikachu back. Meowth yells at Jessie and James for not following the directions, who point out Meowth is terrible with directions. Meowth claims he is much smarter than any of them for this operation, but Jessie and James place a crate on him and refuse Meowth's proposal to hire other workers. Meanwhile, Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, but Vigoroth jumps to dodge. Vigoroth uses Scratch against Pikachu's Iron Tail and gets hit.
Much to Ash's surprise, Vigoroth uses Flamethrower on Pikachu. Pikachu is burned, but still keeps fighting. Max is amazed by his father, as Caroline points out Norman's strategy changed, due to Ash's determination. May thinks Ash should just swap his Pokémon, though Brock points out he would only have one Pokémon left. Pikachu uses Quick Attack, while Vigoroth uses Flamethrower. Pikachu dodges and runs to Vigoroth. Vigoroth goes to scratch Pikachu, but Pikachu stops running and gets hurt, but triggers his own Static ability. Vigoroth is paralyzed, so Pikachu uses Iron Tail, defeating Vigoroth. Pikachu, due to the exhaustion and wounds, faints as well. Brock holds Pikachu, while Ash goes back to the battle. Norman admits he is glad to see this good battle, but tells Ash this is their last battle, though Caroline tells Max Norman is just having a great time.
Ash sends Grovyle and Norman his Slaking. Grovyle attacks with Bullet Seed, but Slaking stops the attack using its own hands. Brock fears Slaking's hands are powerful and due to it being a lazy Pokémon, an attack like that is stopped. Grovyle attacks with Leaf Blade, but Slaking grabs onto Grovyle's blades and tosses it away. Slaking uses Focus Punch, but is stopped by Bullet Seed on his face. Nevertheless, Slaking stands up, being angry and pounds its chest with its arms. Slaking uses Earthquake, shaking the battlefield. Team Rocket is also affected by the earthquake and find some Dugtrio leaving the area. Jessie kicks a rock, making them angry and chasing Team Rocket in a circle.
Slaking, however, uses Focus Punch on Grovyle, so Grovyle goes to attack with Leaf Blade. The Pokémon clash and exchange blows. After the collision, Grovyle is hurt, making Slaking Smile (Japanese ending). However, Slaking falls down, defeated, making Ash the winner of the battle. Everyone is impressed, except for Max, who is furious. At the end of the day, Norman gives Ash the Balance Badge, admitting he enjoyed this battle a lot. Suddenly, Max takes the badge and runs away. Max locks himself inside the greenhouse, crying about his dad's loss, wanting to know why he lost. May admits she also found it difficult to see Norman lose. However, she points out the most important thing is that their father fought his best to win. Max claims their father lost a match, deeming it unworthy. Norman steps in to say that losing is just as important as winning when one can learn much from losing. Norman reminds him that Grovyle and Ash did not give up and discovered a strength they did not know about. Ash tells Max he got stronger by battling against Norman and it does not matter if the reward is a badge.
In our season 10 finale, Christmas Eve arrives in Walnut Grove...but so does a blizzard! The men must head into the storm in a desperate search for the children, who left school early. Bucolic it ain't! We also cover important topics like religion, paste-eating, and orangutans.
Not only do two cryomancers of anime meet in the fifth match of season seven, but so do two orphans who grew from tragedy to serve forces greater than themselves. In a match of good and evil, these two anime figures, demon slayer and demon-empowered, test the might and versatility of their abilities against one another; for Gray and Esdeath, each will need every advantage they have to win a death battle.
Of the two combatants featured, the first to be covered is Gray Fullbuster. In the land of Fiore, countless cities and villages dot the magic-laden landscapes; one of these settlements, Brago, can be found in the frozen land of the North. Gray was born in this village and, if only while growing up, had as mundane an upbringing as could be hoped for. The humble life Gray led would be forever changed when the demon Deliora found his way to the North. Deliora slaughtered everyone in Brago that dared to confront him, leaving only Gray alive amidst the devastation. Stranded in the remains of his hometown, it was the ice mage Ur who found Gray and brought him under her tutelage. Through her teachings, Gray learned the secrets of ice magic and became emboldened by his newfound power. The orphaned teen sought to use it to exact revenge on Deliora, but his fledgling skills with magic proved incapable of letting Gray carry out his plans. Ur saved Gray by fighting the demon on his behalf, but gave up her life during the ensuing battle. Heartbroken but humbled, Gray traveled Fiore after the loss of Ur until his journey brought him within the confines of the Fairy Tail guild. A calmer man, changed from his ordeals, Gray joined the guild's ranks of mages and adventurers, finding a new family in the form of his guildmates.
The empire has several teigu-empowered soldiers in their ranks, but none are on a scale as Esdeath. The ice queen regularly pits her own brawn against rebels fighting against the Jaegers, some of whom can dodge lightning, and others able to match danger beasts that blow craters into the earth with the force of their attacks. By being able to keep pace with these characters, Esdeath demonstrates how imposing her own skill is; though she herself has performed similarly, if not even more impressive feats. Her ferocity is such that she can bury several hundred thousand victims alive in one attack, while her control over ice has let her effortlessly freeze an entire river. By absorbing the ice centaurs, she was once even able to generate enough ice to blanket the continent on which the empire's capital resided in an icy storm. However, there are certain shortcomings in her ice manipulation that the Demon's Extract has no answer for. Some of her more impressive feats, such as the ice army and the continent-spanning blizzard, had several days of preparation put into them, suggesting she has a limit on the amount of ice her magic can generate. More directly, the Mahapadma is incredibly taxing, to such an extent that she can only use it once per day. The same rebels that fought against Esdeath and the Jaegers eventually managed to compensate for this sheer power and finally felled her. In her final moments, she could only lament that she failed to win the heart of a rebel who won her own, suggesting that, even through the hardship she faced, there was still humanity with her even to the end.
Slamming a palm onto the ice beneath her, a wall of icicles erupts outward and closes in on Gray. Esdeath directs the centaurs towards the Fairy Tail hero, and Gray reacts by creating his own set of ice clones to meet the centaurs. Gray's clones begin to cull Esdeath's soldiers while the general herself mounts a centaur and rides into battle. Ur's pupil tosses a pair of icy javelins at his foe, but the centaur does its job of closing the distance, bringing the two face to face. As Gray smashes the centaur into mist, Esdeath leaps from the impact and descends with her rapier outstretched. The Patras survivor drives her sword through Gray's shoulder and vaults back into the air, halting her descent with bracelets of ice around her wrists and ankles. The Jaeger captain berates Gray before conjuring a frigid meteor and sending it hurtling towards him. Gray wastes no time invoking his ice-make magic, sending a barrage of crusher blades to collide with the meteor. As Esdeath's meteor explodes into crystalline icicles, the guildsman reconverges them into a rough mass and soars higher still. 59ce067264