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Episode AG 105
Episode Stats:

Japanese Episode AG 105: "Kyodai Nendooru o Fuuin se yo!!"

           ("Seal the Giant Nendoll!!

American Episode 376: "Claydol Big and Tall"
Orchid-Hakase Pokemon Lecture:  Cotoise
Japanese Air Date:  November 25th, 2004
American Air Date:  December 3rd, 2005
Important Characters:  Shigemori (Sigourney)

On their way through Izabe Island, our heroes come across a mountain with a giant Monster Ball at the summit.  As the gang stares in amazement, they are approached by an old man named Shigemori who tells them that a similar Monster Ball exists in a nearby lake.  The trainers all go to see the other Monster Ball, but the Rocket-Dan beats them to it!  They try to carry it with their Nyasu balloon, but they accidentally destroy it instead!  The ball's destruction releases a seal that was placed on a giant Nendoll, enabling it to roam the earth again!  The pokemon begins to rampage through the island, so our heroes team up with the Rocket-Dan in an attempt to lure the beast to the mountain with the Monster Ball at the top.  After a number of failed attempts, a plan is hatched that sees our heroines dressed up as maidens.  The Nendoll falls for Sonansu, of all people, and is lured by the pokemon to the mountain.  Once the giant pokemon in in range, our heroes combine their power to push the Monster Ball off the mountain and re-seal the giant Nendoll.  The Rocket-Dan try to steal the giant Monster Ball a second time, but it's weight causes their balloon to crash and sends them blasting off.  Now that the giant Nendoll is safe in its Monster Ball once again, our heroes are able to continue their journey to toward Serosi Town.

This Nendoll episode is one of my favorites.  Everyone likes to talk about how terrible fillers are and how the show would be much better off without them, but I can't look at an episode as good as this and think the same thing.  The episode had humor, an amusing character-of-the day, cross dressing, eggplants,
great animation...honestly, what more could you want from an episode.  So what if it doesn't advance the plot any?  It's a fun episode, and at the end of the day, isn't that all that matters?

The Japanese version of this episode is also special for having the last Orchid-Hakase Pokemon Lecture thing ever.  I guess the anime producers got sick of making this new animation that never got translated overseas, so they opted to go for the much cheaper "Pokemon Trivia Quiz" thing that starts in the next episode.  We'll see Orchid-Hakase pop up again every now and then to talk about the newest movies or to announce new contests, but the segments where we see the professor getting his butt handed to him by the pokemon du jour officially dies with this episode.  It'll be missed. 

The dubbed version is, in my opinion, even funnier than the Japanese version.  The episode had so many great quotables (my favorite being from when James was dressed up as an eggplant) that it made the episode even better.

The editing, on the other hand...

Cut--3 seconds
The first three seconds of the episode are removed from the dub.

Paint Edit
We haven't had a good old-fashioned "4Kids has too much time on their hands" paint edit in a while:

Japanese American

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The funny thing is that the flag 4Kids erased in the front shots is still there in the profile shots.   See for yourself.  Now THAT'S what I call lazy editing.

The same paint edit occurs the second time Sigourney shows off his merchandise as well.

Cut--3 seconds altogether
Two seconds are trimmed from the episode's title screen.

Later in the episode, after the Trainer's Choice commercial break, there's a second cut from the shot of all the village people running away in terror.

Music Edit
Just thought I'd point out that the music everyone's playing when they're dressed up like maidens is changed in the dub.  The styles are the same in both versions, but the songs themselves are different.

Also, in the Japanese version, Sonansu continues to play its flute after the initial shot of everyone playing music.  It just keeps on playing that flute, off screen, oblivious to the fact that everyone's stopped playing their instruments.  It's actually pretty funny.

In the dub, I guess Wobbuffet just gets tired, because it stops playing after that initial shot. 

Paint Edit
It's the second episode in a row to feature a cleavage edit!

Japanese American

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Cut--3 seconds
A second is cut from the shot of the Monster Ball rolling down the mountain right after Kids' WB!'s final commercial break.

And finally, two seconds are cut from the TO BE CONTINUED... screen.

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