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Japanese Episode 003: "I Got a Pokemon!"
American Episode 103: "Ash Catches A Pokémon"
Pokemon Dare Da? Caterpie
Japanese Air Date: April 15th, 1997
American Air Date: September 8th, 1998
Important Places: Tokiwa Forest (Viridian Forest)
Deep in the
Tokiwa Forest, Satoshi throws
Ball at a wild Caterpie and captures it! The young trainer
his very first capture and sees this as his first step to
becoming a Pokemon Master. Kasumi is less than thrilled,
revealing that she hates bug pokemon, causing Satoshi to start taunting
her. The next day, Satoshi comes across a Pigeon
and decides to capture it, so he sends his Caterpie out to
weaken it. The bird pokemon makes quick work of Caterpie, so
Satoshi has no choice but to end the battle by having his Pikachu use
Thunderbolt. After capturing the Pigeon, Satoshi is scolded by
Kasumi for putting his pokemon in danger and is told how important a
pokemon's type is. Suddenly, the
Rocket-Dan appear in the forest! They reveal that they are after
Pikachu because of the immense power it had displayed earlier.
They send their pokemon out to battle and quickly disable Pikachu,
prompting Satoshi to send his Pigeon
out to do battle. The flying-type pokemon is unable to fend off
Musashi's Arbo and Kojirou's Dogas at the same time, so the young
brings out his Caterpie to do battle. Despite its fatigue from
its earlier battle, the pokemon is
able to defeat the Rocket-Dan by using String Shot to mummify all the
pokemon. As Satoshi celebrates his first battle victory,
Caterpie begins its evolution into Transell! The trainer from
Masara Town continues through the Tokiwa Forest, eagerly waiting to see
what pokemon he'll run across next.
The dub is decent
enough. I'm surprised they didn't shorten that scene with Pikachu
and Caterpie because it's so nonsensical and goes absolutely nowhere,
but I guess they couldn't be bothered to remove it. Other than
that, there's really not that much to talk about on the dub side.
Caterpie and Pigeon keep their Japanese voices.
You can't really
mention quasi-religious stuff like Heaven and Hell in a kids' show on
so 4Kids rewrote it.
Click on each image
for a larger version.
The symbols behind
Caterpie, ga~n, is a Japanese
onomatopoeia for "big, horrible revelation." And yes, there' s an
onomatopoeia for something like that in Japanese.
I think this is
the last time Kasumi slaps Satoshi, so I don't think we'll be seeing
too many more edits like this one.
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