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Japanese Episode AG 083: "Otenki Kenkyuujo no Powarun!"
Orchid-Hakase Pokemon Lecture: Ledyba
Japanese Air Date: July 1st, 2004
American Air Date: June 18th, 2005
Important Characters: Milli (Milli), Bar (Bart), Ban'nai (Brody)
Important Places: Weather Research Center (Weather Institute)
and his friends are on the way to Hiwamaki City when the weather starts
to change, from sunny to rainy to snowy! Suddenly, a Powarun
appears to lead our heroes out of the area where the weather is so
fickle. They soon meet two scientists, Milli and Bar, who guide
the gang to the Weather Research Center where they work. There, a
giant antenna is used to control the weather, explaining the conditions
Satoshi and his friends experienced. As Milli shows Satoshi and
his friends around the center, a helicopter belonging to the Aqua-Dan
appears! Izumi appears from the aircraft and tries to access the
center's computer, but she is informed by one of the Aqua-Dan grunts
that she'll need a pass card before they can continue. Bar gives
his pass card to Powarun and has it deliver the card to Milli.
Though it is pursued by the Aqua-Dan, Powarun makes it to Milli and our
heroes. The young trainers wonder what to do, and Milli suggests
that they put all the data onto a disc and then delete the data on the
hard drive, keeping the Aqua-Dan from stealing it for themselves.
Satoshi-tachi agree, so they work out a way to distract the Aqua-Dan
(involving Milli's Metamon) in order to allow Milli access into the
main computer room. Once the data is transferred and deleted,
Milli and the gang step outside. The Aqua-Dan notice our heroes
and tells Milli that if she doesn't give them the data, they'll hurt
her co-workers. After a brief struggle, Milli throws the Aqua-Dan
the disc she just made. The Aqua-Dan seem to have gotten their
way until it's revealed that the disc Milli gave them was fake!
Suddenly, Milli jumps to the top of the antenna and reveals herself to
be Ban'nai, a secret agent of the Magma-Dan! Ban'nai, who has the
real data disc, battles our heroes briefly before escaping on his
rocket pack. Our heroes mourn the loss of the center's data, but
Bar reveals that they can just enter it into the computer all over
again. Soon after, a woman who claims to be Milli arrives at the
Weather Research Center, quickly arousing everyone's suspicions.
However, after Takeshi confirms that she's the real deal, the gang
returns on their road to Satoshi's next Gym Badge.
I really really liked this episode. I mean, it was good enough with the Weather Research Center and the Aqua-Dan and all, but Ban'nai made the episode stand out. He's an interesting character (he's the best cross-dresser since Kojirou!), but unfortunately we don't get to learn too much more about him in the future.
the way, here's an interesting fact: the names of the two main
scientists, Milli and Bar, come from millibar (mb), a unit of
dubbed version is pretty standard, except for "Brody's" terrible
voice. I don't know what sort of effect they were going for when
they cast the character (I'm thinking "gay surfer") but it doesn't work
at all for the character. Other than that, though, the dub turned
out good. Shelly kept her "Fight for the
Meteorite" name, so it's nice to see 4Kids be consistent with
seconds are shaved off the opening scene of the episodes.
second is cut right after the episode's title screen.
second is cut right after the Trainer's Choice commercial break.
And finally, two seconds are cut from the TO BE CONTINUED... screen.
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