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Japanese Episode AG 050: "Pokemon Contest - The Hajitsuge Convention!!"
American Episode 710: "Pros and Con Artists"
Orchid-Hakase Pokemon Lecture: Mantain
Japanese Air Date: November 6th, 2003
American Air Date: October 30th, 2004
Important Characters: Grace (Grace)
Satoshi-tachi have arrived in Hajitsuge Town! When the gang arrives at the town's Contest Hall, Haruka meets a Charem trainer named Grace. Grace already has three Contest ribbons, making Haruka feel doubtful about her chances of winning the Contest. Grace cheers Haruka up, however, by giving her advice for the upcoming competition. Afterwards, Haruka decides to train her Agehanto to use combination attacks, but becomes discouraged when they don't work. Suddenly, Haruka's rival Shuu appears! Shuu will be entering this Contest, and he tells Haruka that a Coordinator like her has no chance of winning. As Haruka trains harder, desperate to prove Shuu wrong, the Rocket-Dan are selling fake Polocks elsewhere in the town. Back at the Contest Hall, Shuu approaches Satoshi and challenges him to a battle. Shuu's Roselia defeats Satoshi's Subame despite the type disadvantage, all while Haruka watches. The young Coordinator gets some more advice from Shuu before he heads off to prepare for tomorrow's Contest. Later, Grace comes across the Rocket-Dan's Polock stand and exposes their scam before sending them blasting off with her Charem. Soon, the day of the Hajitsuge Convention arrives! Can Haruka beat the odds and pull through with a victory? To be continued!
The dubbed version
has quite a few edits, including what I think may be the series' first
tobacco edit ever. I think it's a bit odd that the censors had a
problem with an unlit pipe,
but I'm not surprised that it was edited at all. I do wish,
however, that 4Kids would play the theme music for the Pokemon Contests
at least once before the series is over. The music, which plays
whenever you enter a Contest Hall in the games, is used throughout the
Japanese version of the TV series, yet for some reason 4Kids never lets
hear it. If
Since it's kind of
hard to see, I've included a full-sized image of the scene
for you guys.
In the dub, Meowth
talks about the five c's: "cuteness, cleverness, confidence,
classiness, and courage." However, the Japanese version states
the five attributes as being cute, smart, cool, beauty, and
toughness. In other words, Nyasu is listing off the five
different Pokemon Contest types.
The other two
attributes that Meowth talks about are "coolness" and
"charis-magnetism." In the Japanese version, however, the two
attributes are being low-key (silver) and sexy (gold). Because of
this, this line from Meowth had to be changed:
charis-magnetism needs a silver block. Some side effects may
include enlarged lips and a desire to kiss things."
says that the silver Polock will increase a pokemon's sexiness.
So really, Sonansu is
supposed to represent being low-key when it eats a silver Polock, while
Sabonea is supposed to represent being sexy when it eats a gold Polock
(off-screen) in the second half of the episode.
You can see other
images (including a larger version of the images above) on this page.
Drew: "I get it. You're
tells Shuu that the reason he doesn't participate in Pokemon Contests
is because he's on a journey for Gym Badges, and that the gang is on
the way toward Fuen Town and its Gym. For some reason, Ash
mention any of that in the dub.
More images can be
And did anyone else
roll their eyes when the narrator ended the episode with that merciless
barrage of puns?
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