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AG 131






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Dogasu's Backpack | Episode Comparisons | Houen Region

Episode AG 131
Episode Stats:

Japanese Episode AG 131: "A Rival Showdown!  (Satoshi) vs. Masamune!"
American Episode 401: "Choose It Or Loose It!"
Orchid-Hakase Pokemon Lecture:  Houen League information

Japanese Air Date:  May 26th, 2005
American Air Date:  March 25th, 2006

The stadium continues to wait for Masamune to choose his second pokemon as Satoshi wonders why his friend is being so hesitant.  Masamune finally decides to use Guardie, but the ease with which Heigani is able to defeat it angers Satoshi.  The young trainer yells at Masamune for not battling with all his heart, telling him that he's letting down his pokemon by refusing to battle.  This causes Masamune to snap out of his daze and apologize before choosing his third pokemon, Laglarge.  After battling ferociously, the two pokemon end up knocking each other out, leaving Masamune with only three pokemon left.  After a brief intermission, the second half of the match begins!  Masamune's Haganeil faces off against Satoshi's Pikachu and wastes no time in defeating the electric-type pokemon.  Next, Satoshi goes for a type advantage with his Cotoise, but Haganeil is able to deflect its fire attacks with Dragon Breath before knocking it out.  Satoshi's fourth pokemon choice is Juptoru.  Despite its type disadvantage, Juptoru is able to pull through with a volley of high-speed attacks that knock the powerful pokemon out.  Masamune's next choice is his Gliger, a pokemon who is able to match Juptoru's high speed.  After Gliger delivers a one-hit KO with its Guillotine attack, Ohsubame is called out.  The two flying pokemon butt heads repeatedly until they knock each other out, leaving each trainer with only one pokemon apiece.  The final matchup is Satoshi's Onigohri against Masamune's Metang.  Metang is able to deflect Onigohri's ice attacks with its Confusion technique, but Satoshi finds a way around that and freezes Masamune's pokemon.  Onigohri finishes the match with a spinning headbutt, allowing Satoshi to advance to the next round!  The next match-up is announced, and the battle will be between Satoshi and Tetsuya!  As Satoshi's Onigohri and Tetsuya's Jukain being the battle, everyone is left wondering...who will be the victor?  To be continued!


Thoughts
When Masamune was first introduced into the anime, we all knew what his purpose was; to fight Satoshi in the Houen League.  We all figured that Satoshi would beat Masamune and then lose to Tetsuya, and sure enough, that's exactly what happened.  Even though the match's outcome was predictable as hell, the anime producers still managed to make it fresh and interesting.  While the two-way KO's (Laglarge/Heigani and Gliger/Ohsubame) were lame, the rest of the battle was interesting to watch. 

This episode also had a number of technical issues that really bugged me.  I don't think I've ever seen an episode recycle footage as much as this one does, nor have I seen an animation error as glaringly obvious as the giant Gliger toward the middle of the episode.  I was also kind of bothered by the fact that there are so many damn explosions in this episode.  Why is there an explosion every time Ohsubame and Gliger collide?  Or when Pikachu and Haganeil's Iron Tail strike one another?  Or when Heigani uses Bubble Beam against Guardie?  Or when Heigani and Laglarge use Crabhammer/Focus Punch?  I mean really, is there anything in the Pokemon universe that's not combustible?


The dubbed version isn't really anything special except for the fact that they misspelled the episode's titleLose only has one o, 4Kids, not two.  That's the kind of mistake I'd expect from someone who doesn't know the difference between there, their, and they're, not a bunch of paid professionals who probably all have university degrees.  I really think Alfred Kahn needs to revise his statement about kids not reading to include his company's employees, because a mistake like this wouldn't have been made by someone who has ever picked up a book.

Cut--5 seconds
The first three seconds of the episode are removed.

Two more seconds were removed from the title screen.

Music Edit
In the Japanese version, the song Type:  Wild is played from the scene after the intermission until Pikachu is knocked out.  This Japanese vocal song is replaced by instrumental music in the dub.

Cut--6 seconds
Four seconds are trimmed from the scene after Kids' WB!'s final commercial break.

Two seconds are taken from the TO BE CONTINUED... screen.

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