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Japanese Episode 194: "Oodairu VS Kamekkusu! Sumou BATORU!!"
Pokemon Dare Da? Oodairu (Japanese), Ledyba (English)
Orchid-Hakase Pokemon Lecture: Kara-Kara
Japanese Air Date: April 19th, 2001
American Air Date: March 16th, 2002
Important Characters: Raiden (Raiden), Shoonosuke (Shonosuke),
Satoshi-tachi continue their journey when they encounter a town featuring a Pokemon Sumo Competition. In the competition, the pokemon battling do so using only their own strength--no special attacks are used. Satoshi becomes excited and decides to enter, so he has his Kabigon (the only pokemon he owns that fulfills the weight requirement) sent to him. Musashi and Kojirou enter the contest as well, but they are quickly disqualified for cheating and are sent packing. Satoshi's Kabigon advances to the final round thanks to its belly, and it only has to battle Raiden and his Oodairu to win. The well-trained Oodairu seems to have the upper hand for most of the match, but Kabigon is able to win at the last second. Satoshi wins the coveted King's Rock and sends his Kabigon back to Ookido-Hakase.
This episode had a really great script, except for the fact that the dub loses a lot of the allusions to sumo wrestlng that the anime producers threw in:
James: "Look at these--souvenir Poke prints!"
...a little red kana symbol is erased from the bottom of the little paper that has the print. It looked a lot like the katakana symbol "ka," but it could have also been that kanji symbol that looks very similar (chikara, or "power")--nevertheless, it's probably a symbol to tell who the printmaker was or something like that. Take a look at the unedited picture for yourself.
Now would someone explain to me why this edit was made? This is an episode centered around sumo wrestling, a Japanese sport. The "characters-of-the-day" retain their Japanese names, and the announcer uses his very Japanese introductions ("from the east~~~ from the west~~~"). Yet 4Kids felt that this symbol was too Japanese and had to be erased!? I don't get it at all, I just don't get it.
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