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Dogasu's Backpack | Episode Comparisons | Diamond & Pearl

Japanese Episode DP 040
Episode Stats:

Japanese Episode DP 040:  "The Champion Shirona Enters!"
American Episode 504: 
"Top-Down Training!"
Japanese Air Date:  July 19th, 2007
American Air Date:  December 8th, 2007
Important Characters:  Shirona (Cynthia)
Important Places: Nature Park ("Amity Square"), Kannagi Town (Celestic Town)


Satoshi-tachi have made it to Yosuga City!  Our heroes hear that the Champion Shirona is in town, so they go to pay her a visit.  When they arrive, they see that a crowd has gathered around the powerful trainer!  Suddenly, Satoshi's rival, Shinji, emerges from the crowd and challenges Shirona to a pokemon battle!  The other kids in attendance can't believe the nerve of a kid challenging the champion, but, much to their surprise, Shirona accepts!  Shirona's Gablias fights against Shinji's Hikozaru, Manyula, Yamikarasu, and Dodaitoise, but Shirona's pokemon is able to defeat all of them with one hit.  After the battle, Shirona and Satoshi-tachi accompany Shinji to the Pokemon Center.  There, Satoshi chastises Shinji for treating his pokemon so poorly during the battle and, before long, an argument breaks out.  After Shinji states that he simply wants to become stronger, Shirona offers to take him and Satoshi to a tablet to share its knowledge with them.  After attempting to explain the meaning of the tablet's inscription to our heroes, Shirona starts to talk about her desire to meet the legendary pokemon, Dialga and Palkia.  Meanwhile, Musashi-tachi break into the Pokemon Center and kidnap Shinji's Hikozaru!  When our heroes discover this, Shinji calls out his Ringuma to send the trio blasting off.  After the battle, Shirona hears about the Lustrous Orb being found in Kannagi Town, so the Champion leaves our heroes to go look at the object.  After she leaves, Satoshi and his friends resume their journey, hoping to become as strong as Shirona one day.


Thoughts
This was an episode jam-packed with good stuff.  We learn all sorts of stuff about Shinji and his past, we get to see a lot of game-related stuff, and we get to meet the champion of the Four Emperors.  I'm really glad that Shirona pretty much flattened Shinji; the kid needed to be knocked down a few pegs. 

I'm also glad that they made Shinji an experienced trainer who's been in just as many regions as Satoshi has.  Because otherwise, Satoshi's loss against Elekid back in the third episode would have been even more humiliating than it already is. 

The dubbed version left the Japanese text on the tablet alone.  So let me get this straight...a tablet with writing on it that completely contradicts what Cynthia's "reading" is left as-is, but a bunch of made-up characters require digital paint?  Friggin' geniuses.

(And yes, I realize the irony of me complaining about something not being censored, so there's no need to point that out :P)

I was also thinking, while watching this episode, that the voice used for Cynthia would have worked very well for Gardenia...the part at the beginning of the episode where Cynthia happily picks out what ice cream she wants had way more energy in it than anything Gardenia said in her three episodes.  Speaking of voice acting, the kids in the crowd were probably the worst-acted bunch of kids I've ever heard.  Especially "Hey no brains, remember? [horrible laugh]" kid.  Ugh.

Gablias keeps its Japanese voice.

Dialogue Edit
Before the title screen, we get a dialogue edit that kind of changes the setting of the episode:

Boy:  "Hey guys!  Check it out!  The champion just turned up at Amity Square!"

Not quite.  In the Japanese version, he says that she's in shizen kouen (
自然公園..."nature park"), which seems to be an anime-only place.  The Japanese term for what we know as Amity Square is Fureai Hiroba, and it isn't heard once in the entire episode.

Shinji's "Battle standby!" becomes "stand by for battle!" in the dub.

Also, in the dub, Team Rocket keeps calling Paul a "twerp."  The Rocket-Dan, on the other hand, do not; they usually just refer to Shinji as "that guy."

Finally,

Brock:  "It would be amazing to meet Dialga and Palkia!"

In Japan, the movie Dialga vs. Palkia vs. Darkrai debuted in theatres between the last episode and this one.  So, if you believe that the movies take place in between those two episodes, then Takeshi's already met Dialga and Palkia.

In the Japanese version, Takeshi simply says "Dialga and Palkia, huh?  He doesn't say that he has met them, but he doesn't say that he hasn't, either. 

Added Footage--3 seconds
Three seconds are added to the TO BE CONTINUED... screen.


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