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Japanese Episode AG 070: "Touka JIMU no Ikusa! Itsutsu Me no BAJJI!!"
Orchid-Hakase Pokemon Lecture: Yanyanma
Japanese Air Date: April 1st, 2004
American Air Date: March 19th, 2005
The battle for Satoshi's fifth Houen Gym Badge has begun! Senri starts out with Namakero, and no matter how hard it tries, Pikachu is unable to get a single attack to hit. Namakero uses a Blizzard attack on Pikachu, paralyzing it, so Satoshi decides to substitute it with his Cotoise. Satoshi's fire-type pokemon uses its Flamethrower attack to power through Namakero's Blizzard, winning its first Houen Gym Battle. Next up is Senri's Yarukimono, who quickly knocks out Satoshi's fire-type. Satoshi sends his Pikachu back out, and he soon devises a plan to use Pikachu's Static Shock characteristic to paralyze the lazy pokemon, enabling Pikachu to hit it with an Iron Tail attack. Senri's second pokemon gets knocked out, but as soon as it does Pikachu faints as well! Both trainers only have one pokemon left, so Senri sends out his Kekking while Satoshi sends out his Juptoru. Kekking proves to be a very powerful pokemon, and Juptoru wears itself in its assault. When the grass-type pokemon is almost out of stamina, its Overgrow characteristic kicks in, giving it just enough power to defeat the massive pokemon. Satoshi has won, so Senri presents the Balance Badge to the young trainer. However, Masato swipes the badge from his father and runs off! The young boy is upset that his father lost, and wonders how Senri can be taking his defeat so well. After everyone talks it out for a while, Masato emerges and returns the Balance Badge to Satoshi. Now with five badge, Satoshi starts his journey to the next town!
the rest of the gym battle? The animation during the Kekking /
Juptoru battle had what could be the most embarrassing animation I've
seen the series produce EVER. And then there was the fact that
Satoshi benefited from all these characteristic perks, but Senri's
pokemon didn't get to show off their characteristics. A
bit one-sided, don't you think?
biggest disapointment with this episode, however, was that we don't get
better farewell to Senri. I would have really liked to have seen
talk to her father a bit more and let her get some character
instead of letting her brother take it all for himself. Did she
tell him that she's decided to become a Coordinator? Did she
the badge case he gave her? Did she show her family the two
she had earned so far? Or her new pokemon? We never really
out, and it just seems like a waste to not deal with it here.
episode wasn't all bad, though. I liked seeing the Rocket-Dan
building their Secret Base, as it was a nice foreshadowing for the next
I also really liked the scene with Masato at the end, if for no
reason than to remind us that something called "characterization"
in this Advanced Generation series.
as far as the dub goes, there isn't too much to report. The major
change in this episode is the music (especially in the second half of
episode). Other than that, it's pretty boring for me, edit-wise.
Challenger!! replaces Advance
Adventure as the opening theme in this episode. Of
4Kids started using their second opening theme about 30 episodes
so fans of the English version got all the spoilers that the second
theme contains much earlier than fans in Japan did. The Japanese
had an animation error involving the Kamex that appears, but that error
be fixed by AG 072.
Max: "Well, you seem to be
forgettin' that people are saying Dad's so strong he's gonna end up a
member of the Elite Four. But, that's not to say that Ash hasn't
gotten stronger too, but he's still no match for Dad."
Masato does mention people talking about his father as being strong in
original, he never mentions the Elite Four (Shi Ten'nou in
two seconds are taken away from the pan shot of the outside of Senri's
gym after the commercial break is over.
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