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Episode AG 144
Episode Stats:

Japanese Episode AG 144: "Pokemon Contest - The Yamabuki Convention (Part One)"
American Episode 414: "The Saffron Con
Japanese Air Date:  September 15th, 2005
American Air Date:  June 17th, 2006
Important Characters:  Lillian (Lillian)

Haruka and her friends have finally arrived in Yamabuki City!  The young Coordinator notices that everyone's going into the Contest Hall to check out the stage before tomorrow's competition, so she decides to take a look as well.  Inside, Haruka meets Lillian, the emcee for the Kanto region Pokemon Contests, and is convinced to enter her Zenigame into the competition.  Later, inside the Pokemon Center, Haruka is surprised to find her old rival, Harley, working with Joi!  Harley has gained the trust of everyone at the Pokemon Center and works to convince Haruka that he's a changed man.  Meanwhile,  Musashi plots to enter the Contest and decides to use Kojirou's Sabonea.  While practicing, the cactus pokemon gets tangled up in her hair, requiring her to go straight to the Pokemon Center!  As Harley assists Joi with the new patient, Satoshi and his friends  battle with the other two members of the Rocket-Dan to prevent them from stealing all the Coordinators' pokemon.  Harley appears and helps Haruka defeat the duo, and eventually Haruka's Zenigame sends them blasting off with a newly acquired Ice Beam attack.  The next day, Haruka arrives at the counter to register for the Pokemon Contest, but she's shocked when the Contest Pass and the registration time that Harley told her about were wrong!  Haruka is upset that she can't enter, but Lillian, remembering Haruka's heroics the day before, pull some strings to get Haruka entered into the Contest.  Now that Haruka knows that Harley's still up to his old ways, she vows to defeat her rival and claim her first ribbon in the Kanto region.  To be continued!


Ahem.  Anyway, this is the first Contest episode of the Battle Frontier, and it really seems like the writers are trying to make up for the last month's worth of...crap by cramming as much into this episode as they could.  Meeting Lillian, the reintroduction of Harley, Haruka being deceived again, and Zenigame learning Ice Beam are just a few of the highlights of this episode.  I wish Musashi had kept the short haircut throughout the rest of the Battle Frontier since the Rocket-Dan still hasn't gotten a revamped look in Advanced Generation, but I guess they must really like her old jet-type hair style.

While this is a good set-up episode for the Kanto Contests, it feels like something's missing.  I mean, there are a lot of good things to say about this one, but the thing that bothered me throughout the entire episode is how un-Kanto like this episode is.  I mean, if you're going to have the Contest in such a well known city, why not take advantage of that?  Bring back some old characters, mention past plotlines, anything.  The anime producers could have easily made the episode take place in random filler town and nothing would have been any different.

The dubbed version doesn't surprise at all.  One thing I did notice about about this episode, though, was just how badly the music was mixed.  The music editors seemed to be more A.D.D. than they usually are, and they do their worst work in the scene where May walks into the Contest Hall and meets Lillian.  Maddie Blaustein (Meowth's VA) talked about how awful the music editing in "The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon" was, but I fail to see how she can badmouth that when the stuff 4Kids does is a lot worse.

Cut--4 seconds altogether
The first two seconds of the episode are cut.

Later, two seconds are removed from the episode's title screen. 

Paint Edit
Is this 4Kids' final paint edit of the series?  It happens right after Musashi kicks Nyasu in the face:

Japanese English

Click on each image to view a larger version.

The strange thing about this edit is that it's the only cleavage edit in the episode.  Every other shot we see Musashi's cleavage in (and there are quite a few of them) is left unaltered.  Was this one singled out because it was more noticeable or something?

Cut--4 seconds altogether
Two seconds are removed from the shot after Kids' WB!'s final commercial break.

Later, two seconds are removed from the TO BE CONTINUED... screen.

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