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Japanese Episode AG 062: "Shidake Taun!! Pokemon Kontesuto!!"
Orchid-Hakase Pokemon Lecture: Lanturn
Japanese Air Date: February 5th, 2004
American Air Date: December 11th, 2004
Important Characters: Musashinovitch (Jessilana), Shigeki (Stefano)
The day of the
Shidake Town Pokemon Contest has arrived! Kimimaro has managed to
sneak out of his house to compete, and Shuu has come out as well to
view the competition. Before too long, the Contest begins.
First up is Musashi of the Rocket-Dan, disguised as a Coordinator named
Musashinovitch. Musashinovitch and her Dokukeiru impress all the
judges, earning her the highest score of the appeal round.
Haruka's turn comes up soon, and the young trainer and her Eneko start
things off with a Blizzard attack. The attack fails, however,
costing Haruka enough points to make her doubt her ability to continue
into the next round. After Phantom's turn comes and goes, the top
four are announced; Musashinovitch, a Kameel trainer named Shigeki,
Phantom, and Haruka! The first match of the finals pits Haruka
against Shigeki, whose pokemon quickly loses to Haruka's Eneko.
Next up is Phantom vs. Musashinovitch. Kimimaro's mother, who had
been dragged to the Contest by her husband, watches her son fight
against Musashi's Dokukeiru. She sees how passionate her son is
about pokemon and begins to rethink her position on the
creatures. Phantom eventually comes out on top, leaving the
deciding match to be between Haruka and Kimimaro. None of Eneko's
normal-type attacks work against Phantom's Samayohru, so Haruka is
forced to rely on Eneko's imperfect Blizzard attack and its Assist
attack. Haruka gets lucky and uses Assist to wear down Samayohru,
but Phantom won't give up! Suddenly, Phantom hears his mother
cheering him on from the audience, giving the young Coordinator a boost
of confidence. Phantom removes his mask and resumes the battle as
Kimimaro, but Eneko is still able to pull through with a victory.
With Haruka's final opponent defeated, the young trainer earns her
second Contest Ribbon! As Haruka proudly holds up her new ribbon,
she thinks of how she's that much closer to the Grand Festival.
The whole Contest was
preposterous, in my opinion. Haruka gets a really pitiful score
in the appeal stage, yet she's allowed to continue into the
finals? Was the competition really lacking that day or
Then we get to the
finals, where Haruka's pokemon gets hit by a Focus Punch, two
Will-O-Wisp attacks, and two Hyper Beams without even look
winded. Meanwhile, Eneko deflects a few attacks then hits it with
a Blizzard attack, yet Haruka's pokemon is the one who comes out on
top? What is up with that?
There were other
oddities that sort of nagged at me as well. Why does Nyasu have
his own seat in the audience? I mean, did the Contest organizers
not have any issue selling a ticket to a pokemon? Also, this is
the second Contest in a row where Satoshi uses his Pikachu to attack
one of the Coordinators on-stage. Maybe it was overlooked in the
Kaina City Contest because it was revealed that Musashi had been
cheating, but Musashi didn't do anything wrong this time. Why
aren't the people in charge of the Pokemon Contests keeping an eye out
on this trainer who's traveling around, using his Pikachu to
electrocute people on-stage?
The dubbed version is
much less edited than the previous episode, so it returns to its usual
standard. Apparently the dub gave Vivian a last name (Vivian
Meridian?), but it's nothing to cry about.
Finally, three seconds are cut from the TO BE CONTINUED... screen.
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