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Japanese Episode 007: "The Water Flowers of Hanada City"
American Episode 107: "The Water Flowers Of Cerulean City"
Pokemon Dare Da? Pawou
Japanese Air Date: May 13th, 1997
American Air Date: September 16th, 1998
Important Places: Hanada City (Cerulean City), Kuchiba City (Vermilion City)
Important Characters: Sakura (Daisy), Ayame (Violet), Botan (Lily)
Hanada City, but for some reason, Kasumi doesn't want to stick
around. As Satoshi ignores his
traveling partner, the Rocket-Dan break into an electronics store and
steal a huge vacuum and a giant hose. After being questioned by
Junsa about the robbery, Satoshi and Takeshi split up for a
while. Eventually, Satoshi finds the city's gym, but instead of a
battle arena, he's greeted by a trio of sisters - Sakura, Ayame, and
Botan - performing an acrobatics show! Satoshi approaches the
girls and confirms that they're the Gym Leaders.
However, since all of their pokemon are exhausted from
their battles with previous trainers, they don't have any battle worthy
pokemon left. So Sakura, the oldest of the three sisters, tells
Satoshi that she'll just give him the gym badge. Suddenly, Kasumi
protests, revealing that she is one of the Gym Leaders! She tells
Satoshi that he won't walk out of the gym without
a fight, so the two begin a proper Gym Battle. Before the two
trainers can conclude their match, however, the Rocket-Dan appear with
machine made from the items stolen earlier!
As they use the vacuum to suck up the gym's water, Satoshi has his
Pikachu shock them with an electric attack, destroying the machine and
sending the trio blasting off again. Later, Sakura decides to
give the badge to Satoshi for rescuing their gym despite Kasumi's
protests. After the young trainer receives the Blue Badge, our
heroes being their journey to the next city.
This episode, our second gym leader battle in three episodes (the anime producers do this again with the Natsume/Erika battles later on), adds some interesting twists to the gym that weren't in the game. Kasumi's sisters are a welcome addition from the game, and the decision to have the gym double up as a water stadium was a great one, in my opinion.
The big problem I have with the dub is the destruction of Sakura, Ayame, and Botan. Not content with a trio of competent, un-annoying trainers, 4Kids had to go and make them "more appealing" by turning the three of them into airheads. The sisters in the English version are extremely unlikable, and I can't imagine anyone who's familiar with the Japanese version being happy about the way 4Kids handled these characters.
There were a few puns in the Japanese version that I couldn't figure out (one has to do with a Japanese version of pat-a-cake), and they all got changed for the dub. I only wish I knew what they meant so I could post that information here.
Hitodeman (who sounds an awful lot like Ultraman) and Starmie keep their Japanese voices.
Later, in the city, the establishing shot of the electronics store has the Japanese text painted away and replaced by the English equivalent.
Click on each image for a larger version.The katakana on the sign behind Satoshi is replaced. The Japanese text says room.
(By the way, what does that sign behind Takeshi say? E-Love?)
Finally, every shot of the outside of the gym has the words HANADA GYM replaced with CERULEAN GYM to keep continuity with the dialogue in the English version.
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