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The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire Vol. 01
Guest: Ohtani Ikue ( 大谷育江)
On-air: July 1st, 2012
Vol. 01 of Pokemon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire was broadcast on July 1st, 2012 on 76.1 interFM in Tokyo, Japan. It aired between BW 086 ("Potchama vs. Yanapp! The Magnificent Battle!!") and BW 087 ("Survival on the Island of Iwaku!").
Musashi, Kojirou, and Nyasu are following Meloetta under the orders of Seger-Hakase. As they monitor the pokemon, Kojirou begins to question the trio's serious attitude. He asks Musashi if she's happy being as "cool" and "professional" as they've been being lately and points out that Musashi, who used to be so open about what she liked and disliked, has recently only ever spoken in order to confirm where they are. He then turns to Nyasu and tells him that he's the only pokemon who's able to speak human language and yet gets the least amount of lines out of the three of them. He goes on to say that he can't tolerate having to say "everything is for Sakaki-sama!" one more time. Musashi finally breaks down and says that she's started to feel the same way but that there's nothing they can do about it.
At this point, Nyasu breaks out a secret weapon he was saving just for such an occasion: plans for a Rocket-Dan radio show! By using this broadcast, the Rocket trio will be able to recruit the entire Earth's population of 7 billion people into the organization and gain the praise of their beloved Sakaki-sama! In addition, the three of them will be able to say whatever they want on-air! Kojirou worries that Seger-Hakase will get angry at them and complain, but Nyasu tells him not to worry because this whole operation of theirs will be a secret.
Each member of the Rocket trio introduces themselves and then start to describe what exactly this radio show is about. Nyasu explains that they'll use this thirty minute show to provide information while adding new followers to the Rocket-Dan. Nyasu says they'll use the social networking site Twitter to help them in their quest, causing Musashi to ask what this "social network" mumbo-jumbo is all about. Nyasu explains that by "Follow"ing the program's official Twitter page, listeners can become their comrade. Musashi wonders how they can get 7 billion people to join the Rocket-Dan when some people don't have a computer or a cell phone and others are too young to use it, but Kojirou and Nyasu simply rush on to the next segment.
Nobori (voiced by Satou Kensuke) and Kudari (voiced by Furushima Kiyotaka) promote the Pocket Monsters movies playing on the cable network Kids Station.
This week's guest was Ohtani Ikue!
The voice actor segment started with an introductory rap.
Ikue Ohtani provided the voice of Hara Kiiyoshi in Ganbare Kickers!, Kobo-chan in Kobo-chan, Nonohara Himeko in Hime-chan no Ribbon, Gash Bell in Konjiki no Gash Bell (released in the U.S. as Zatch Bell), Stephanie Tanner in the Japanese dub of Full House, Tony Tony Chopper in One Piece, and Pikachu (among others) in Pocket Monsters.
The interview starts with the Rocket trio asking Ms. Ohtani how she feels being in the studio. She responds by congratulating them on getting the radio show off the ground.
The first pokemon she introduces is, of course, Pikachu. The Rocket trio freaks out at the pokemon being in front of them and are worried that it'll attack, but Ms. Ohtani assures them that it'll be OK. Kojirou then suggests Ms. Ohtani place Pikachu on Musashi's lap; Musashi protests at first, but once she sees how nicely the pokemon acts around her she calms down. Ohtani Ikue says that like every pokemon, Pikachu has days where it's harder to raise than others but that on the whole it's very easy to take care of.
Next, Tosakinto is brought in. Musashi is happy to learn that Tosakinto don't have arms and legs, probably because that means they can't attack her as easily. She then says there's an old man who sells Tosakinto that they should be careful of. Ms. Ohtani corrects her (while slipping up and saying "fish" instead of "fish pokemon") and tells her that the old man that she's thinking of sells Koiking, not Tosakinto. They proceed to tell her about the Koiking salesman and warn that he may seem legit at first but that he' always has some trick up his sleeve.
Next up is Roselia. The pokemon lets out a loud screech and attacks the Rocket trio, prompting Nyasu to mention that there are a lot of pokemon who appear cute and pretty who are actually tough and violent.
Jupetta's called out next. Kojirou mentions that there's rust on its Monster Ball, alluding to the fact that it's been a while since Ohtani Ikue's had to perform the character's voice (its last appearance before this radio episode was broadcast was back in 2008). When the pokemon is brought out and appears ready to fight, Ms. Ohtani explains that Jupetta are fired up by the color orange. Kojirou points out that it's strange that she came to the studio wearing orange; unfortunately, the Rocket-Dan's Twitter wasn't uploading photos at this point and so we don't get to see what she's actually wearing. Nyasu says that the color orange seems to be good for your liver, so Musashi pops up and says that Kojirou should wear orange all the time from now on. Everyone else seems to agree with this, so Kojirou says he'll go to Roppongi and buy some orange clothes after the show.
The next pokemon is one that the Rocket-Dan loves very much, Manene. After fawning over it for a bit, Musashi asks Ms. Ohtani if she's noticed any tricks to raising pokemon. She says that pokemon want to talk with the people raising them and brings up Satoshi's Pikachu as an example of a pokemon and trainer having good communication skills. She then says that, in Manene's case, it's happy being with its trainer even when it's blasting off with him.
Next, Musashi asks if there are any pokemon that are easier or harder than others to raise. She replies by saying that the ones who are difficult to talk with are the ones who are difficult to raise.
She then brings up Nazonokusa (who she also brings to the studio) as an example of a pokemon she likes from the first series.
Finally, Kojirou then asks if there are any other pokemon who have left a deep impression on her. She says that Nyaruma, a pokemon who was raised by Nozomi and even participated in a tournament, is one such pokemon. She says that the way the pokemon rolls its tongue when it purrs is very difficult for it (and, since Ms. Ohtani provides its voice, for her) to perform.
The interview ends with Ohtani Ikue being asked to promote Kyurem vs. The Sacred Swordsman Keldeo and the short Meloetta's Dazzling Recital, in theaters July 14th, 2012.
Nobori and Kudari talk about "Pokémon mate," a line of Pokemon toys being sold at Animate stores across Japan.
Nyasu announces that this segment has the Rocket-Dan members listen to the opening and ending themes from the TV show that those brat kids star in and try to guess which ones they are. When they know the answer, they have to say the names of three pokemon in a row without repeating any and then give their answer. As the game goes on, clothespins will be attached to each contestant as they answer.
01) Rocket-Dan yo Eien ni
The three pokemon Musashi lists are Fushigidane, Nyaruma, and Pikachu. She guesses Rocket-Dan no Uta, but that's wrong, obviously, so Nyasu plays the intro again. Kojirou chimes in with Nyoromo, Nyorozo, Nyorobon and (kind of) correctly guesses Rockets-Dan yo Eien ni. Nyasu says the song was the second single ever released for the series and that it went on sale December 10th, 1997 from Pikachu Records.
02) Maemuki Rocket-Dan
Nyasu plays this song twice because Kojirou is confused by how the only part they get to hear is the sound of the bells being hit at the beginning. Musashi lists Meloetta, Kyurem, and Tsutarja and then correctly identifies the song as Maemuki Rocket-Dan. Nyasu says that this song was the Rocket-Dan's second single. It went on sale June 21st, 2001 and was the 12th ending theme of the original Pocket Monsters series. Nyasu mentions that Sonansu also participated in the song, getting a happy reaction out of Musashi.
03) Mezase Pokemon Master
Nyasu just plays the part at the beginning when Satoshi says "Pokemon, Getto Da Ze!" Nyasu says this one's a freebie, but Kojirou complains that all they got was a spoken line instead of actual music. The Rocket trio then decides to let their guest Ohtani Ikue take this one. After Pikachu's voice actress correctly identifies the song, Nyasu tells everyone that the CD single was released in 1997 and sold 1.2 million copies in its first half year.
Nyasu ends the segment by playing one more song and asking us to try to figure it out as homework for next week's show.
Homework Intro Quiz: Hyaku Gojuu-Ichi
Nyasu announces that the answer will be revealed in next week's show.
Nyasu announces that the song for this week's episode will be Rocket-Dan yo Eien ni. A shortened version (the entire middle portion, as well as the motto, are omitted) of the song plays.
The Rocket trio talk about how fun it was to do their first episode of their first radio show. Nyasu asks everyone to use the Twitter hashtag #Rocketdan to call their attention to any questions they may have. Ohtani Ikue chimes in and asks if she can become a member of the Rocket-Dan as well, but Musashi points out that Pikachu is too strong and that the show would end really quickly if it joined them.
Kojirou adds that they'll have more segments coming up and that he would personally love to have a segment showing off his precious bottle cap collection, but Nyasu tells him that that wouldn't really make for good radio. Kojirou replies by saying that they can upload pictures to the Rocket-Dan's Twitter account. Nyasu asks everyone to go to Twitter to tell them what segments they'd like to see, which guests they'd like to have brought on the show, and ask them any other questions they may have.
Until next time, Victory! Ii kanji!!
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