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Japanese Episode 005: "The Battle of Nibi Gym!"
American Episode 105: “Showdown In Pewter City"
Pokemon Dare Da? Iwaku
Japanese Air Date: April 29th, 1997
American Air Date: September 14th, 1998
Important Places: Nibi City (Pewter City)
Important Characters: Takeshi (Brock), Munoh (Flint), Jiroh (???), Saburoh (???), Yomoko (???), Gorou (???), Mutsuko (???), Nanako (???), Yaoki (???), Kurou (???), Touko (???)
arrive in Nibi City! After
meeting up with an old man named Munoh, Satoshi
goes to the Nibi City Gym to battle the Gym Leader, Takeshi.
faces off against Iwaku, but the electric-type pokemon's
attacks have no effect! Pikachu is easily defeated, much to
Satoshi's dismay. After healing his pokemon at the Pokemon
Center, Satoshi vows to challenge Takeshi a second
time. Munoh decides to help Satoshi charge up his Pikachu, so he
hooks Pikachu up to a generator to give it a boost.
Satoshi faces Takeshi again, and the recharged Pikachu makes quick work
of Takeshi’s Ishitsubute. Next up is Iwaku. Pikachu is
still no match for rock snake pokemon, and all seems lost until a stray
the electric mouse causes the sprinklers to go off. Now that
Iwaku is drenched in water, Satoshi moves in to take advantage of the
situation! Just as Pikachu is about to deliver the final blow,
Takeshi's siblings grab onto Satoshi and beg him to stop! The
young trainer recalls his pokemon and forfeits the match, saying that
win because of a sprinkler wouldn't be fair. As Satoshi walks
away from the gym, Takeshi gives him the Grey Badge. Munoh then
appears and reveals that he's Takeshi's father and tells him that he's
now free to pursue his own dreams. So, Takeshi decides to join
Satoshi and Kasumi on their journey. Now that Satoshi has a new
friend and a Gym Badge, he leaves Nibi City for his next adventure.
about the episodes based on the Red/Green
of the gym battles are won because Satoshi either got lucky or because
the Gym Leaders felt sorry for him. "Skill" really has nothing to
do with it. Of course, Satoshi was just starting out when
he got to his first gym, so I guess it's understandable that the
gave him a freebie, but when they start to give them out every other
the "beginner's luck" reason doesn't hold together that well.
This is also the
introduction of Takeshi and his family. The fifteen year old Gym
Leader is a little too serious in this first episode, but before long
he'll turn into the skirt-chasing goofball we all know and love.
Other than the first major dialogue mistranslation of the series, this episode contains the most paint edits so far. Unfortunately, it won't hold that title for long.
Iwaku keeps its Japanese voice.
Also, Flint charges a $2 fee for sitting on his rocks, while Munoh charges a 50 ¥ (approximately US $0.50) fee.
Later, at the Pokemon Center, we're treated to one of the best looking paint edits of the series.
Click here to view more pictures from the scene.4Kids did a really good job with the poster. They emulated the style of the Japanese poster perfectly, and the translation is top-notch as well. Now I'm not a fan of the whole "let's replace Japanese text" bull, I wouldn't have as much of a problem with it if they all looked this good.
Next, in the scene where Kasumi makes Satoshi pay for her meal, the bill left was altered a bit. The kanji at the top of the bill was erased, and the ¥ symbol next to the final price (¥1150) was changed to a dollar sign so that it read $1150 instead. The words Resutoran Nibi (Restaurant Nibi) were also erased from the bottom of the bill and replaced with "Thank You."
Click on each image for a larger version.
$1,150 is a
little steep for a meal, isn't it? You'd think 4Kids would have
put a decimal in there somewhere...
Click here to view images of the gym.
Click on each image for a larger version.Dialogue Edit
First, we get this gem from Flint:
Flint: "Brock has ten little brothers and sisters to take care of, so he could never leave town for regional championships."
Takeshi has nine brothers and sisters, not ten. Maybe they added that extra sibling to make up for this:
father left the family to become a Pokémon
Trainer and they never heard from him again. Brock's heartbroken
mother tried her best to hold things together, but sadly, she passed
Takeshi's mom didn't pass away. She, like her husband, simply
abandoned the family. I guess 4Kids didn't want Brock to have two deadbeat parents, so they killed
one of them off. Of course, at this time, neither 4Kids nor the
original Japanese producers knew that Takeshi's mom would return to
make 4Kids look like dumbasses, but that's all water under the bridge
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