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Japanese TV Special 003: "Poketto Monsutaa Kurisutaru - Raikou Kaminari no Densetsu"
Japanese Air Date: December 30th, 2001
American Air Date: N/A
Important Characters: Kenta (Jimmy), Marina (Marina), Jun'ichi (Vincent), Buson (Atilla), Bashou (Hun), Shiranui-Hakase (Professor Sebastian), Wataru (Lance), Shinji (No English name), Muu-chan (Lil' Miss), Pink-chan (Lil' Pink), Wani-Wani (Wani-Wani), Minaki (Eugene), Kudou (Kudo)
and Jun'ichi are three Pokemon Trainers who have all gone their
separate ways in pursuit of their dreams. Kenta and Marina
reunite one day at a Pokemon Center and decide to have a battle
to see how they've grown as trainers. However, the battle
is interrupted when the sky turns dark and unleashes lightning bolts on
our heroes! Marina's Muuma runs off, so Marina and Kenta chase
after it. When she finally catches up with the ghost pokemon, she
and Kenta witness two members of the Rocket-Dan, Bashou and Buson,
trying to capture the legendary pokemon Raikou! The young
trainers want to help the pokemon, so they battle the two Rockets to
from succeeding. After driving Bashou and Buson away, the young
trainers take Raikou to a nearby Pokemon Center, where it heals the
wounds it got in battle. Once the pokemon is conscious, it
breaks out of the Pokemon Center and runs back to the wild. Kenta
and Marina, who are eventually reunited with Jun'ichi, follow the
legendary pokemon to the Rocket-Dan's "Crystal
System," a device that is used to lure Raikou out of hiding. This
time, the Rocket-Dan succeeds in capturing
Raikou, but they also capture Marina by mistake! After the young
"Idol Trainer" helps the
pokemon escape, Bashou and Buson turn the ship around and begin to
chase after it again. Their search brings them face-to-face with
Kenta and Jun'ichi, who vow to rescue Marina and protect Raikou!
Raikou fights back and frees Marina, but the Rocket-Dan still has a few
tricks up its sleeve. By changing the Crystal System's settings,
they are able to sap Raikou of all its strength! Our heroes band
together to stop the device, and after a
long and frenzied fight, the Crystal System is
destroyed. As Bashou and Buson flee the area, Raikou returns to
the wild where it can finally live in peace. After our heroes
rest up a bit, they all go on their separate ways again, vowing not to
forget the wonderful adventure they all had together.
first - all of the edits that occurred in the TV version appear on the
DVD, which hasn't been released in the US yet. This page tracks
the additional edits made for the DVD version, which includes extra
paint edits and time cuts.
First of all, there's some general stuff to point out. The version on the DVD is re-edited to flow more like a movie, meaning all the added opening themes, recaps, and TO BE CONTINUED... edits are removed for the DVD version. They weren't there in the Japanese version, since it wasn't broken up into three parts, so this change actually makes the dub closer to the Japanese version.
Also, the faux-letterbox effect that shows up in the TV version of Part One doesn't transfer over to the DVD.
In addition, the title screen for Part Two and Part Three are taken out while the title screen for Part One is changed to read "The Legend of Thunder - The Movie" instead of "The Legend of Thunder - Part One."
The scribbling on the sign behind Kudo is erased for the DVD release. Click on the images below to see a larger version, because you really can't see what I'm talking about with the pictures sized down like this:
They do it again
a few shots later:
Yet oddly enough,
they left the text in this shot alone.
liked to erase random text (or, in this case, scribbles) from all their
other dubs, so I guess it was only a matter of time before they got
around to doing it with Pokémon.
Why they left it in the TV version but edited it for the DVD release is
The final shot of Raikou in this episode (which had the TO BE CONTINUED... text added to it in the TV airing) is shortened by three seconds in the dub.
After this exchange:
control unit's busted, but the crystal itself has officially switched
over to auto-destruct. Tell them what that means, Atilla."
The only other
about the credits sequence is that the DVD now credits Ikue Ohtani as
the voice actress of Pikachu despite the fact that the pokemon didn't
this special at all.
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