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Japanese Episode AG 089: "Pikachuu, Roketto-Dan ni Hairu!?"
Orchid-Hakase Pokemon Lecture: Mokoko
Japanese Air Date: August 12th, 2004
American Air Date: September 3rd, 2005
the way to Minamo City, Satoshi's Pikachu is attacked by the
Rocket-Dan. A battle to rescue Satoshi's pokemon begins, but it
comes to a quick end when the Rocket-Dan's mecha explodes.
Everyone is sent blasting
off in different directions, with Satoshi, Haruka, Takeshi, and Masato
ending up in one spot, Musashi and Kojirou in another, and Nyasu and
Pikachu in a third. Much to Nyasu's surprise, it seems as though
Pikachu is suffering from memory loss! The Rocket-Dan pokemon
tells Pikachu that it's his ally and begins to befriend his long-time
enemy. Nyasu reunites with Musashi and Kojirou and tells the duo
about what happened to Pikachu, and so the two work to get the
electric-type pokemon to trust them. Shortly after, Satoshi, who
used his Ohsubame to
find out where his pokemon was, arrives on the scene to take his
pokemon back. However, Pikachu doesn't want to go with him!
After a short battle in which the Rocket-Dan command Pikachu to attack
its trainer, the Rocket quartet makes its escape in their Nyasu
balloon. Satoshi jumps onto their basket and climbs to the top,
so Kojirou commands Pikachu to use Thunderbolt. The attack causes
the balloon to explode, sending Satoshi and Pikachu hurtling toward the
ground! Luckily, they land in a river, where they drift a
distance away. Haruka and the others catch up with Satoshi and
are happy to learn that Pikachu seems to have gained its memory
back! The Rocket-Dan drop in one more time, expecting Pikachu to
help them out, but Satoshi surprises them by having his pokemon send
them blasting off. With a renewed sense of friendship, Satoshi
and his Pikachu, along with Haruka and the others, continue their way
to Minamo City.
This episode doesn't really stand out to me. The "main hero gets amnesia and teams up with the bad guys" plotline is about as clichéd as you can get, and the episode doesn't really do much with the story to make it any better than the dozens of Saturday morning cartoon shows that have done this before.
The dub version of this episode teaches us that pretty much every flashback from here on out is going to get screwed over in the English version. Other than that, though, it was nice to hear so much of the music from "Camp Pikachu" make its way into the dub, since 4Kids seems to like replacing that kind of stuff for some reason.
A second is cut from the opening shot of the episode.
Cut--36 seconds / Added footage--36 seconds
You know the big flashback toward the end of the episode? Well, 4Kids pulls a "Gotta Catch Ya Later" on us by replacing all the clips used in the Japanese version with different clips for the English version. Here's a breakdown:
Looking above, it looks like the English version should be longer, but in actuality, both the Japanese flashback and the English flashback last for the same amount of time (36 seconds).
The flashback is also accompanied by a vocal song. In the Japanese version, the song was Soko ni Sora ga Aru Kara (the first Advanced Generation ending theme). In the English version, the song used seems to be a brand new song created just for this episode. Here are the lyrics:
Somehow your heart went astray
Feeling so strong but I'm feeling so wrong
Somehow you just slipped away
You're already gone, but I'm hanging on!
You can't remember laughing together
You don't remember all the moments we shared
You won't remember the times we were happy and sad
We'll always be in my memory
And that's good enough for me.
I've posted some pictures from the Japanese version of the flashback on a separate page to help out some of you guys who are using dial-up.
This edit is particularly annoying because it's just so...so...so POINTLESS. I mean, half the clips used in the dub flashback are clips that occurred five minutes earlier in the episode, for crying out loud! What was the point, 4Kids?
Cut--6 seconds altogether
Four seconds are cut from the shot right after the final commercial break.
And two seconds are cut from the TO BE CONTINUED... screen.
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