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Japanese Episode AG 053: "Eneko to Neko no Te! Donmeru Bokujou!!"
Orchid-Hakase Pokemon Lecture: Pokemon Senryuu Contest information
Japanese Air Date: November 27th, 2003
American Air Date: November 13th, 2004
Important Characters: Yohko (Julie), Don-chan (N/A)
Important Places: Hono'o no Nukemichi (Fiery Path)
Our heroes are
running away from a group of Magmag in the Fiery Path when they escape
onto a large meadow. There, the gang comes across a Donmel, a
camel pokemon which doesn't seem to phased by anything our heroes do to
it. As Satoshi and his friends marvel at the pokemon, their
owner, a young lady named Yohko, arrives on the scene. Yohko
invites the gang to her house, where Haruka and Yohko stage a battle to
let Haruka's Eneko gain some fighting experience. As the two
battle, Haruka uses her Pokemon Zukan to determine what kind of attacks
her newest pokemon can use, and one of them happens to be "Neko no Te"
("Assist"). Much to Haruka's surprise, Eneko produces an Ember
attack, and then a Silver Wind attack! Yohko explains that Assist
allows Haruka's Eneko to randomly use any technique that the pokemon
in her party are able to use. The battle ends, and everyone heads
back to the ranch to get some sleep. That night, the Rocket-Dan
appear in a giant Donmel mecha and steal all the pokemon on the
ranch! When Satoshi and his friends go outside to stop them, the
robot inadvertently kidnap Haruka and her Eneko as well! Haruka
is able to rally the Donmel inside the mecha to break free,
allowing Satoshi to appear and use his Pikachu to send the Rocket-Dan
blasting off. The next morning, Yohko shows the gang where they
can find a ropeway to Entotsu Yama, allowing them to reach Fuen Town,
the site of Satoshi's next Gym Battle.
Well, I thought it
was just OK. Yohko was a bit intriguing to me because we have
this girl who's out here, presumably by herself, taking care of these
Donmel for no known reason. Why is she taking care of them?
How did she get this herd of pokemon? Maybe she's carrying on her
family's business? And why does she happen to have a spare room
with two bunk beds? I know this sort of overthinking can be
applied to most of the one-shot characters, but for some reason I found
myself questioning this character more than I do most others.
The dubbed version
has a few changes for me to report, but otherwise it's your standard
It's also the Donmel
that she has her Eneko use Assist on inside the Rocket's mecha:
In the dub, this
Numel isn't brought any special attention at all.
Max: "I hope ya
got seatbelts back here."
didn't say anything at this point. 4Kids was probably pressured
into adding this line to calm the censors who are afraid that parents
will write angry letters demanding why these kids are riding on the
back of a truck like that.
In the Japanese
version, Kojirou dreams of having all-you-can-eat cup ramen and cup
yakisoba, while James dreams of having ice cream. Nyasu wants a
cheeseburger and chocolate parfait, while Meowth wants a cheeseburger,
large fries, a chocolate shake, and something called a
"Poké-Mint" ice cream soda. Finally, Musashi wants a BBQ
featuring all-you-can-eat rice, while Jessie just wants the BBQ.
Food edits like this
are a bit annoying (especially since the dub eliminates Nyasu's and
Kojirou's hilarious reaction to Musashi's all-you-can-eat rice
comment), but as long as they don't pull a One Piece and actually use digital
paint to change the food on-screen, I won't be too bothered by it.
Three seconds are cut
after Kids' WB!'s final commercial break.
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