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Episode Stats:Japanese Episode 006: “Pippi and the Moon Stone”
American Episode 106: “Clefairy And The Moon Stone”
Pokemon Dare Da? Pippi
Japanese Air Date: May 6th, 1997
American Air Date: September 15th, 1998
Important Places: Moon-Viewing Mountain (Mt. Moon), Hanada City (Cerulean City)
Important Characters: Rikao (Seymour the Scientist)
While on the
way to Hanada City, home of Satoshi's next Gym challenge, Satoshi,
Kasumi, and Takeshi come
across the Moon-Viewing Mountain. There, they spot a man in a
lab coat being attacked by Zubat! After having Pikachu zap the
pokemon, Satoshi is showered with praise by the grateful professor,
Rikao. Rikao guides our heroes into the mountain, where he points
out that someone had strung lights all around the inside. This,
in turn, is causing all of the pokemon to become confused. Before
long, Satoshi and his friends discover that the
people who had put the lights up are the Rocket-Dan! Satoshi
out his Butterfree while Takeshi sends out his newly-captured Zubat to
battle the trio, and before long they emerge victorious. Later,
gang go deeper into the mountain and enter an area of the cave housing
a giant stone known as the Moon Stone. All of the Pippi who live
the cave start to dance around the stone, and before long Satoshi and
the others determine that the Pippi worship the Moon Stone as a
Suddenly, the Rocket-Dan appear again and steal the giant stone!
Our heroes chase after them, and, after a brief battle, successfully
retrieve the stone. Now that the Moon Stone has been
returned to the Moon-Viewing Mountain, our heroes sit back and witness
the Pippi continue their dance until they eventually evolve into
Pixy. Rikao decides to stay
behind to continue studying the Pippi and the Pixy, so our heroes bid
the scientist farewell and return on the path to Hanada City.
I also like how
in these first few episodes. He actually volunteers to battle
alongside Satoshi instead of just standing in the background doing
nothing, but unfortunately, this won't last long.
The dub is alright except for the complete reversioning of Rikao's character.
Zubat keeps its Japanese voice.
Click on each image for a larger version.
During the opening narration of the episode:
Narrator: "Ash and his friends hike toward Mt. Moon. Many strange and astonishing tales have been told about this mysterious place, and the group's about to discover that all of them are true."
Originally, the narrator adds that our heroes are on the path to Hanada City. In the dub, we don't learn this until Ash comes across that sign at the end of the episode.
So the scientist our heroes run across is a very different character depending on what version you're watching. Rikao is a scientist from Nibi City (see below) who loves to talk about romance. He thinks the moon is romantic, and his main virtues are love and courage. Seymour the Scientist, on the other hand, is a scientist who loves to recite poetry. He doesn't care at all about love and courage, and is instead dedicated solely to knowledge and research.
While both characters are seen as being nut jobs, the decision to change Rikao's obsession with love and romance is kind of annoying. God forbid a scientist talk about anything other than knowledge and research, right 4Kids?
We also get this
rather important rewrite:
"Never call me mister! My name's Seymour! Seymour the
gives our heroes his name and tells them that he works for the Nibi
Museum. This connection to Takeshi's hometown is never mentioned
in the dub.
Click here to view more pictures from the scene.
Ash: "The Clefairy collect all of these rocks and...do the Macarena!"
That was a dated
reference back in 1998; today, it's just embarrassing.
In the Japanese
version, Satoshi thinks Pikachu's doing the bon-odori.
The general gist of the whole thing was kept in the dub, but of course, you can't say the G-word on kids' TV.
Click here to view more pictures from the scene.What's interesting is that when they show the sign in the Japanese version, we see an image of Shigeru doing the "bii-da~" face (when you stick out your tongue and pull one of your eyelids down with your index finger). This image of Shigeru is painted away in the dub.
The funny thing is that If you look in the issue of Pokémon Power (the magazine that came with Nintendo Power a while back) that retells this particular episode, the image of Shigeru is left in.
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