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To Hanasemasu!? Pokemon no Kotoba
("Pokemon Can Speak!? Pokemon's Language, Pokemon's Feeling!")English Episode 438: "The Poké Spokesman"
Pokemon Dare Da? Reacoil (Japanese), Wooper (English)
Ookido-Hakase Pokemon Lecture: Garura
Japanese Air Date: April 26th, 2001
American Air Date: March 23rd, 2002
Important Characters: Lang (Simon)
Satoshi-tachi are walking through the mountains when Satoshi notices something wrong with his Pikachu. As everyone tries to figure out what's wrong, an elderly man comes up and starts to talk to Pikachu in pokemon language! The man, Lang, says that he is able to communicate with pokemon, and that he uses his services to pay to manage a rest stop. After an attack from the Rocket-Dan, the police come and announce that they're after Lang! They say that someone is going around, pretending to be able to speak to pokemon and taking trainers' money, and Junsa suspects Lang of being that person! Before he can be apprehended, a smoke bomb is thrown and Lang disappears! The smoke bomb was actually thrown by the gang who Junsa is after, and they take Lang to their cabin. They ask Lang to join them and help them make more money, but he refuses. Lang escapes and checks on Pikachu at the Pokemon Center before running from the cops, but the gang manages to track him down! Lang, talking to the gang's Coil and Reacoil, manages to convince them to stop their attack and turn on their trainers. With the real crooks captured, Lang is able to roam the land freely, practicing his communication skills. As he passes the Rocket-Dan's Nyasu, Lang is filled with new hope after being able to understand the cat pokemon.
Lang's name (which is actually spelled "Rangu" in Japanese) is a pun on the word "Language." Fitting, isn't it? The dub renames him Simon, and that just doesn't have the same impact, now does it?
Wow, this is the second Jouto League episode in a row that I have edits that I can report about. I know it sounds bad, wishing for 4Kids or Kids' WB! to edit the show more, but from a comparison standpoint this is one boring season.
The only reason I
of for this scene being cut was because Kids' WB! didn't like the
of two rockets hitting a building, especially since nobody in the
seemed to notice. It's amazing, because I think Kids' WB! is the
only network who's still censoring its shows because of 9/11. I
know if this scene was shown in other countries and this is just a
WB! thing (wouldn't be the first time), but it's an odd edit.
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