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Japanese Episode 269: "Kesshou Toonamento! Furu Batoru 6 vs 6!!"
(The Tournament Finals! Full Battle Six vs. Six!)English Episode 607: "The Ties that Bind"
Pokemon Dare Da? Kentaros (Japanese), Umbreon (English)
Ookido-Hakase Pokemon Lecture: Jouto League Special Edition
Japanese Air Date: October 10th, 2002
American Air Date: September 20th, 2003
between Satoshi and Shigeru is nigh, but before that there is a day off
for all contestants.
Satoshi spends his day researching Shigeru's pokemon, trying his
best to choose the best pokemon to battle his longtime rival with.
eating breakfast, Satoshi's Lizardon flies in from out of nowhere,
Satoshi yet another pokemon to choose for his big showdown! The
of the competition comes, and it is revealed that the finals tournament
a six-on-six battle in a stadium that's constantly shifting among four
fields; grass, rock, water, or ice. The first battle pits Hazuki
an unnamed trainer, and the trainer from Mishiro Town wins. After
is the big battle--Satoshi vs. Shigeru! Shigeru chooses a
while Satoshi chooses his Kentaros, but Satoshi's pokemon's reckless
causes its downfall. Satoshi decides to use Heracross next, so
decides to substitute his Nidoqueen with a Boober. The fire-type
Satoshi's pokemon with a barrage of fire-type attacks, but Satoshi's
is able to withstand them long enough to K.O. the fire-type with a Mega
attack. Shigeru's next pokemon choice is a surprise to
Kamex! It is revealed that Zenigame was Shigeru's starter
and that it had evolved into the super-powerful Kamex! Can
pokemon withstand the attacks of Shigeru's most powerful pokemon?
dub dampens the most important part of this episode (which I'll get on
at the end of this comparison). And it seems like we have a lot
time cuts than usual, which doesn't make sense to me since the episode
seem any longer than any of the other episodes.
"Have you been online all night?"
Satoshi didn't stay up all night. He tells Kasumi that he woke up
at 5:00am because he was too excited about his upcoming battle to
doesn't pull an all-nighter the way Ash does.
"And since he doesn't prefer one particular pokemon over another,
it'll be a
different story than battling someone like Misty with all one type.
putting your team together is crucial."
He gives the
same advice in the Japanese version, but Kasumi and her water pokemon
isn't the only example he comes up with. He also uses Moé (Macey) and her
fire-type pokemon as an example of a trainer who favors one type of
There are two
possible reasons for this change--either there weren't enough mouth
flaps for 4Kids to fit Macey's name into the conversation, or 4Kids
purposely left her out in order to focus on Misty more.
Personally, I think it's a little bit of both.
cuts like these are part of the reason 4Kids doesn't keep all of the
original music in the show.
"Magmar is hit by the most powerful pokemon attack!"
No, Mega Horn
is not the most powerful attack. In the Japanese version, the
announcer states that Heracross used the most powerful BUG-TYPE attack.
"Brock! Could that be...?"
back in the first episode, when Satoshi asks Shigeru what pokemon he
got from Orchid-Hakase? Shigeru refused to tell him, and for 269
episodes, neither Satoshi, any of his traveling companions, nor any of
us knew which pokemon Shigeru got from his grandfather. With this
episode, however, we all find out at the same time.
the problem is. In the dub, Brock acts as if he knew all along,
and the tone of his voice seems to say that it's common knowledge that
Gary's starter pokemon was a Squirtle. In the Japanese version,
Kasumi asks how he got one, and Takeshi wonders if the Kamex Shigeru
has could be a Zenigame that he got from Orchid-Hakase. He
doesn't just sort of know the way he does in the dub, and his
ignorance in the Japanese version makes the revelation of Shigeru's
starter pokemon that much more special.
So thank you,
4Kids, for ruining one of the big revelations of the end of the series.
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