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Pokemon Sunday Episode 281: "Pokemon Ranger and the Tracks of Light" (Part Two)"
Pokemon.com Special Episode: "Pokémon Ranger Guardian Signs" (second half)
Japanese Air Date: March 7th, 2010
American Air Date: November 10th, 2010
Important Characters: Booker (Booker)
Important Places: Reinbow Island (Renbow Island), Yasuri Cave (Rasp Cavern)
up on Dorop Island, Natsuya has come across a Pichu holding a
ukulele! The young Pokemon Ranger uses his Capture Styler to calm
the pokemon down and let it know that he's its friend. Later,
Natsuya learns that the Ukulele Pichu saw the Pokemon Nappers kidnap
all of its friends on Dorop Island! After talking with one of
Pichu's friends, a boat maker named Booker, Natsuya learns that the
Pokemon Nappers have headed toward Reinbow Island. Once on the
island, Pichu leads Natsuya to Yasuri Cave. Pichu uses an
electric attack to incapacitate the female grunt guarding the entrance,
allowing it to go after the rest of the Nappers. Inside, Red Eye
and the male grunt are using small explosives to extract a stone tablet
with a strange symbol on it. Pichu enters the room and attacks
Red Eye, so he uses a Zugaidos he has under his control to fight
back. The pokemon headbutts Pichu, throwing it against the wall
and smashing its ukulele! Natsuya, who had just entered the room
moments before, notices the Pokemon Nappers making their escape!
After he frees Zugaidos from the Pokemon Nappers' control, Natsuya runs
outside and witnesses the evil team flying away on their flying
machines! Suddenly, the sky becomes dark and thunder clouds
swirl around in the sky. Before long, the legendary pokemon
Raikou appears before everyone! Will Natsuya be able to complete
his mission? To be continued in Pokemon Ranger and the Tracks of
Light on the Nintendo DS!
The plot in this
special doesn't wrap up and we're instead meant to continue the story
the DS game. Kind of a lame cop-out, isn't it? It's the
same type of thing that happens with the comic adaptations of the
movies, though, so it's not like this sort of thing is
unprecedented. And it's not like the writers would have had time
to wrap anything up anyway,
given the short runtime. I guess this was all they could do.
Another thing I
wonder about is whether or not this special is considered to be a part
of the same canon as Diamond &
Pearl or if it's treated as its own entity. In addition to
Natsuya's aforementioned lack of a personality, something he has plenty
of in the TV series, the fact that the
Ukulele Pichu he befriends in this episode is nowhere to be seen in Diamond
& Pearl raises some
questions in my mind. Then again, he is voiced by the same person in
both this special and the TV series. So I don't know.
One other thing I
think is worth bringing up is the fact that this special contains some
game music that we had never heard in the TV series before. The Pokemon Ranger and the Tracks of Light
title screen music and the music that plays whenever you try to capture
a pokemon are both heard in this special, while the rest of the
soundtrack consists of stuff from the movies (particularly the Manaphy
one). I doubt we'll ever hear this Ranger game music used in the TV
series ever again, so that makes this special stand out that much more.
Like the previous
episode, this second part of the special was cropped to 4:3 when aired
on TV but was actually animated in 16:9.
Like I mentioned
last time, the English version of this special combines the two parts
into one longer short. Other than that, there really isn't
anything "wrong" with this.
And here's Yasuri Cave.
And that's about it, really. Like I said before, the script in this special is accurate and all the Japanese music is kept, so there's nothing else to bring up edit-wise.
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