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Japanese Episode AG 125: "Let's Go by Survival!"
American Episode 395: "Island Time"
Japanese Air Date: April 14th, 2005
American Air Date: March 4th, 2006
Important Characters: Robin (Robin)
Important Places: Whaleko Island (Wailmer Island)
Satoshi, Takeshi, and Masato are waiting for the boat to Saiyuu City to depart when Haruka shows up with a set of airline tickets! Everyone decides to ride the plane instead, but it turns out it's being run by Musashi-tachi! As the Rocket trio attempts to capture Pikachu, the plane they're riding in runs out of fuel and crash lands on a nearby island! Everyone is safe, but now Satoshi worries that he won't be able to make it to the Houen League on time. Suddenly, a man named Robin pops up and says he's been living on the island for some time now. He tells everyone that the whirlpools surrounding the island make it impossible to leave, but Takeshi develops a plan to turn what's left of their airplane into a boat! As everyone and their pokemon work together, the Rocket trio secretly plot to steal both the boat and Satoshi's Pikachu. The next morning, the Rocket-Dan strikes again, but they are soon thwarted when the boat they try to steal runs out of gas! The boat crashes into a whirlpool, so an angry Robin sends his Whaleko to fight them off. After a short battle, Whaleko evolves into Whaleoh and sends the Rocket-Dan blasting off again! Now that the thieves are out of the picture, our heroes decide that Whaleoh is strong enough to make it through the rough ocean. Everyone rides Whaleoh off the island and through the whirlpools before eventually being rescued by a ship sailing nearby. As Satoshi and his friends get on the ship, Robin decides that his life on the island is better than the life he had before and decides not to go with them. As Satoshi and his friends wave farewell to their new friend, Satoshi can't stop thinking about the upcoming Saiyuu Convention!
This episode is an alright filler that bridges the gap between Haruka's Grand Festival and Satoshi's Saiyuu Convention quite nicely. Even though we just saw an uninhabited island surrounded by impassable whirlpools ("Who, What, When, Where, Wynaut?"), the anime producers make up for their lack of originality by finally giving Whaleoh time to shine. I was afraid that the pokemon's pitiful debut in "Having a Wailord of a Time" would be all we'd see of it, so I'm happy to see the whale pokemon get its moment in the sun.
The dubbed version has an odd edit, but otherwise it's not too bad.
Cut--3 seconds altogether
The first second of the episode is cut out from the dub.
Later, two seconds are removed from the episode's title screen.
The small of Musashi's back is painted away before Robin's flashback:
And again after:
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I guess 4Kids mistook the line for a butt crack and got rid of it.
During the part when everyone's changing the plane into a boat, the final ending theme used in the original Pocket Monsters series, Pokettaari Monsutaari, is heard in the Japanese version. This upbeat song is replaced by instrumental music in the dub.
Cut--6 seconds altogether
Two seconds are trimmed from the shot right after the Trainer's Choice commercial break.
The shot of Whaleoh riding into the sunset right before Kids' WB!'s final commercial break is a second shorter in the dub.
Once the show gets back from commercial break, two seconds are trimmed from the shot of the ship. Also, notice how the sailor onboard is the same sailor from "Tentacool & Tentacruel," "Hoenn Alone," and "Vanity Affair"?
Finally, a second is trimmed from the TO BE CONTINUED... screen.
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