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Japanese Episode AG 039: "Utau! Pokemon Karakuri Yashiki!!"
Orchid-Hakase Pokemon Lecture: Bayleef
Pokemon Dare Da? None (Japanese), Seviper (American)
Japanese Air Date: August 21st, 2003
American Air Date: September 4th, 2004
Important Characters: Akina (Alanna), Karakuri Dai'ou (King of Tricks), Shouta (Ivan)
Satoshi and his friends have almost arrived in Kinsetsu City, but before they do they decide to stop at the Pokemon Trick Mansion. There, they meet up with a Gonyonyo trainer named Akina who accompanies them through the funhouse-like attraction. Following them into the Trick Mansion are the Rocket-Dan (dressed as a boy scout and a girl scout) as well as the Purin from the Kanto and Jouto days! Everyone eventually falls prey to Purin's song except for Gonyonyo, whose Soundproof characteristic prevents it from falling asleep. Everyone continues through the mansion, thinking of the one year supply of Polocks that await the winner. The Rocket-Dan get ahead by using dirty tactics, and before too long they reveal their identities to Satoshi and his friends. Akina uses her Gonyonyo to fight the Rocket-Dan, and Satoshi's Heigani finishes them off. The competition ends, and a young trainer named Shouta emerges victorious. As everyone watches the announcement, Purin appears and gives one more performance. When the pokemon thinks that Gonyonyo is sleeping because of its song, the pokemon gets mad and storms off.
Another interesting aspect of this episode is everyone's
favorite singing pokemon, Purin. I find it kind of weird that the
anime would decide to bring the pokemon back into the anime after all
this time. Where had it been all this time? And how did it
get to the Houen region? We get no answers. I wish the
story of the little balloon pokemon had been resolved, with Purin and
Gonyonyo somehow ending up together (like being captured by Akina...?),
but instead the writers decide to leave the episode open-ended to allow
the pokemon to come back.
As far as the dub goes, we get the reoccurring problem that
4Kids has of not knowing enough about the game that the anime is based
on. Take the Karakuri Dai'ou,
for instance. In the Japanese versions of both the video games
and the anime, the character is known as the Karakuri Dai'ou. In the
American game, his name was translated to the "Trick Master."
However, in the English anime, the character is renamed the "King of
Tricks." Similar to Prima / Lorelei, Tabitha / Harlan, and
Shelly / Isabel, 4Kids gives a character who already has an English
name in the video games a completely new name for the anime.
Besides that, calling the Trick Master the "King of Tricks"
makes him sound like some kind of pimp or something.
This episode also has the infamous "wardrobe malfunction"
line that fans liked so much:
James: "But how many
chances do I get to wear this?"
Personally I liked James "two snaps up" line in the second
half of the episode better because it seemed like a reference to the
old "Men on Films" segments on In
Living Color. But I guess the kids these days prefer
references to Super Bowl half-time shows more than references to old
sketch comedy shows from the early 1990's.
Alanna: "Hey, how come
you didn't get your face
Soundproof isn't an attack; it's a characteristic that's
always in effect.
The TO BE CONTINUED... screen is shortened by one second.
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