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Episode AG 096
Episode Stats:

Japanese Episode AG 096: "Kin'niku Batoru!?  Daburu Batoru!!"

           ("A Muscle Battle!?  A Double Battle!!")

American Episode 368: "Training Wrecks"
Orchid-Hakase Pokemon Lecture:  Eneko
Japanese Air Date:  September 30th, 2004
American Air Date:  October 8th, 2005
Important Characters:  Iwashimizu (Rocky)
Important Places:  Ganga Island (Muscle Island)

Satoshi-tachi have arrived on Ganga Island to catch a ferry that will lead them straight to Tokusane City.  As the gang walks around, looking for food, they stumble across a group of muscle-bound trainers working out in an outdoor gym.  The leader of the group, a man named Iwashimizu, invites Satoshi-tachi and Musashi-tachi, who had washed ashore earlier, to work out with them.  As the gang tries out the various exercise equipment, Iwashimizu invites Satoshi to a pokemon double battle.  Iwashimizu sends out his Todozeruga and Nuo while Satoshi sends out his Pikachu and Juptoru.  Satoshi gets a demonstration of why Iwashimizu is considered to be the strongest trainer on the island as he watches Nuo using its ground-type characteristics to absorb Pikachu's attacks.  After a few exchanges, Satoshi notices that every time Todozeruga uses its signature attack, Ice Ball, the time it takes for the pokemon to form the attack increases.  Taking advantage of this, Satoshi has his Juptoru take out Nuo before Todozeruga's Ice Ball can connect, allowing Pikachu to deliver a devastating blow to Todozeruga.  Iwashimizu congratulates Satoshi on a battle well-fought and tells him where they can catch the next ferry.  Later that night, Satoshi-tachi are on the ferry to Tokusane City.  The Rocket-Dan appear and try to kidnap Pikachu, and in the struggle Pikachu uses an electric attack that sends everyone blasting off!  To be continued!


Thoughts
After three pretty lousy filler episodes, Advanced Battle finally gets a good one.  Seeing everyone (except Kojirou) getting worn out by all the exercising was amusing, and everyone's attempts to get away from these men were great.  In addition, the battle between Satoshi and Iwashimizu was really well-done, even if it did end rather abruptly.  I mean, Satoshi's pokemon get hit by Ice Ball several times, yet all Satoshi has to do is hit his opponent one time and the battle's over?  Lame.

The dubbed version has the standard alcohol edit, and I'm sure that by this point, 4Kids is wishing that Sakaki would just put the wine down for a second.  Otherwise, it was a pretty standard episode.

Cut--6 seconds altogether
Four seconds are cut from the very first shot of the episode.

Two seconds are trimmed from the episode's title screen.

Then, right after the title screen, there's a two-second shot of Ganga Island that's cut from the dub.  It's the exact same shot of the island that started the episode off, so it's not like you guys are missing any footage that you hadn't seen before.

Paint Edit
Sakaki's wine glass is altered to remove the neck.

Japanese English

You ever notice how a good portion of the edits in the series occur during these Boss Fantasy sequences?


Cut--5 seconds altogether
Two seconds are trimmed from the pan shot of the island right before Kids' WB!'s final commercial break.

Then, three seconds are cut from the establishing shot of the ferry to Tokusane City right after Kids' WB!'s final commercial break.

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