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AG 119






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Dogasu's Backpack | Episode Comparisons | Houen Region

Episode AG 119
Episode Stats:

Japanese Episode AG 119: "Raibaru Toujou!  Masamune to Danbaru!!"

           ("The Entrance of a Rival!  Masamune and Dumbell!!
")

American Episode 390: "Less is Morrison"
Japanese Air Date:  March 10th, 2005
American Air Date:  February 11th, 2006
Important Characters:  Masamune (Morrison)

The Saiyuu Convention is less than two months away, so Satoshi is busy helping Yukiwarashi master its Ice Beam attack.  Their training session is interrupted when a boy named Masamune crashes through the area, chasing after a giant onigiri.  The young trainer reveals that he dreams of being a Pokemon Master, a declaration that sparks a rivalry between Satoshi and Masamune.  The two trainers decide to have a battle, and so Satoshi's Pikachu is chosen to face off against Masamune's Dumbell.  Despite the fact that Dumbell can only use Take Down attack, the pokemon is able to put up a decent fight.  The battle is declared a tie when both pokemon knock each other out, requiring our heroes to make a trip to the Pokemon Center.  There, Satoshi and Masamune continue to be competitive in everything, and each little competition ends in a draw.  Despite their rivalry, each trainer realizes that the other shares the same amount of love for their pokemon, and Satoshi and Masamune become good friends.  The next day, when Satoshi and Masamune are out training, the Rocket-Dan appear and kidnap the trainers' pokemon!  Satoshi and Masamune had left their pokemon back at the Pokemon Center, so they are forced to battle the Rocket-Dan themselves.  Even though the Rocket trio has the upper hand for a while, Satoshi and Masamune are able to break their pokemon out and send the Rocket-Dan blasting off.  After a tough day of training, Masamune leaves the island to get his eighth Houen Gym Badge.  Will the two trainers meet again at the Saiyuu Convention?  Only time will tell!


Thoughts
So, rather predictably, Satoshi's rival for the Houen League is introduced.  I guess he's the best rival Satoshi's had yet, but that doesn't say much since I didn't really think Hiroshi and Hazuki were all that interesting.  One thing I did like about the episode is how neither Satoshi nor Masamune triumphed over the other.  They tied in everything they do, and I think that's an important point to remember when we enter the Houen League.

The dubbed version goes really wild with all the digital paint, changing all the onigiri into more Western foods.  I pretty much expected this edit to take place, especially after "Judgment Day," but it still doesn't make it hurt any less.  I feel the same way about these onigiri edits as I do about removing Manene and Manyula from the opening credits; after seven years of seeing the food show up in a countless number of episodes, editing it out now is too little, too late.

Also, here's a fun bit of trivia.  In the Japanese version, Masamune is voiced by Masako Nozawa, who is most famous for her role as Son Goku in all the Dragon Ball series.  And you know what?  In the English version, Morrison seems to be voiced by Sean Schemmel, who also provides the voice for Goku in the English version of Dragon Ball Z!  Now I don't know if this was intentional or not, but either way, it's pretty neat that the English version gives a little nod to the Japanese VA.

Cut--2 seconds
The first shot of the episode is shortened by two seconds.

Paint Edit
The onigiri that Masamune is chasing is changed into a sub sandwich in the dub.

Japanese American

Click here to view more pictures from the scene.

Cut--2 seconds
The episode's title screen is shortened by two seconds.

Paint Edit
Satoshi's badge case is altered yet again.

Japanese American

Honestly, Kids' WB!, what's the point?

Paint Edit
The Rocket-Dan have onigiri too, but this time it's changed into a cracker.

Japanese American

Click here to view more pictures from the scene.

Cut--1 second
A second is cut from the shot after the Trainer's Choice commercial break.

Side Note
Did anyone else get a chuckle out of the fact that "Haruka's Delicious 2" is now called "May's Pink Surprise?"  Who knew you could get away with something like that in a show with a TV-Y rating?

Music Edit
In the Japanese version, the song The Rivals is heard playing in the background from the scene after the Rocket-Dan's Boss Fantasy until they start attacking Satoshi and Masamune.  In the dub, this is replaced by instrumental music.

Cut--5 seconds
Three seconds are cut from the shot of the pier after Kids' WB!'s final commercial break.

Two more seconds are cut from the TO BE CONTINUED... screen.

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