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Japanese Episode AG 041: "Kimori no Shin Gejuu!! Suika Hatake no Tane Mashin Gan"
Orchid-Hakase Pokemon Lecture: Hellger
Japanese Air Date: September 4th, 2003
American Air Date: September 11th, 2004
Important Characters: Natchi (Natasha)
Important Places: Hajitsuge Town (Fallarbor Town), Fuen Town (Lavaridge Town)
After arguing for a while about the gang's next destination, it is decided that Satoshi and his friends will go to Hajitsuge Town to allow Haruka to compete in the next Pokemon Contest before heading up to Fuen Town for Satoshi's fourth badge. Meanwhile, in a watermelon field, Musashi and her friends try to steal some fruit before they are sent blasting off by a Marumain. As they're sent flying, the watermelons they were holding fall into a river, which eventually drift toward the area where Satoshi and his friends have set up camp. As Satoshi begins spitting out the watermelon seeds, he gets an idea: he'll teach his Kimori how to use Seed Machine Gun ("Bullet Seed"). Just then, the group is approached by a young girl named Natchi, who accuses the young trainers of stealing her watermelons. After Natchi realizes that they aren't the thieves, she challenges Satoshi to a double battle. The battle is between Satoshi's Kimori and Heigani and Natchi's Juptoru and Magmag, and Natchi puts up a really good fight. Magmag and Heigani eventually knock each other out, leaving Kimori to face off against its evolved form. Juptoru wins the battle, so the two trainers congratulate each other on a battle well fought. After Natchi bids our heroes farewell, Kimori shows that it has finally learned how to use Seed Machine Gun! Now that Kimori has learned its first grass-type attack, Satoshi and his friends head off to Hajitsuge Town.
The dubbed version is pretty
standard except for the typical things that go along with the start of
a new season. This episode is the
first episode in 4Kids' 2004-2005 season, and so the show gets a new
opening theme to go along with it. The theme, which uses the
animation from The Challenger!!
Japanese opening theme, is actually one of my favorite dub openings
(though my favorite is still the Johto Journies theme). The only
thing regarding the opening theme that I have a problem with is the
fact that 4Kids is showing it now
instead of 30 episodes from now, when
the opening animation first debuted in Japan. Because of this,
dub fans get some pretty massive spoilers WAY before they should have
which, in my opinion, isn't fair to the fans trying to avoid spoilers..
In addition, this season marks
the end of 4Kids' "Who's That Pokémon?" Replacing it is a
segment called "Trainer's Choice," which asks some sort of multiple
choice question before the commercial break, and then answers it when
the show returns. Most of the questions ask which pokemon is the
best choice to face off against a particular pokemon, but other
questions will ask which
pokemon evolves into which. The Trainer's Choice has been shunned
by fans because 4Kids will get the answer wrong about half the time,
showing fans just how little they actually know about the franchise
that they've been working on for the past seven years.
So what about the actual episode
itself? Well, one thing that fans (myself
included) have made a
mistake about is thinking that the watermelons in this episode are
actually Watmel Berries. This isn't true. Berry #33, Watmel
Berries, are called Kaisu no Mi ("Kaisu Berries") in the Japanese
version, but nobody in this episode uses that word at all.
Instead, they call the fruit that everyone's eating suika ("watermelon"), meaning that
4Kids is correct when they don't call the fruit Watmel
We also get a preview of
Grovyle's dub voice, which is just plain awful, in my opinion.
Meowth: "I ain't never
been so happy ta be wit somethin' so fruity!"
Jessie: "Come to me you
great big ball of juicy deliciousness!"
Meowth: "Talk about your
...and, just like in the Wailord
episode, the best lines are saved for when Team Rocket is blasting off:
Jessie: "All of that hard
work for nothing!"
And, just like last season, the TO BE CONTINUED... screen is shortened. This time, we get two seconds removed.
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