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Japanese AG Episode 013: "Pokemon Contest! Agehanto's Magnificent Battle!!"
English Episode 625: "All Things Bright and Beautifly!"
Dr. Ookido's Pokemon Lecture: Haganeil
Pokemon Dare Da? None (Japanese), Magcargo (English)
Japanese Air Date: February 20th, 2003
American Air Date: December 27th, 2003
Important Characters: Megumi (Janet), Eiji (Chaz), Sukizo (Sukizo)
While entering Kanazumi City, Satoshi and his friends spot a variety of Trainers preparing their pokemon in unusual ways. They can't figure out what they're doing with their pokemon until two Coordinators, Megumi and Eiji, appear to explain that everybody is training their pokemon for the upcoming Pokemon Contest. The Pokemon Contest is a competition that places emphasis on a pokemon's beauty and skill rather than its ability to win a battle, and Haruka seems especially interested in the competition. Our heroes are given tickets to watch the show as Eiji warns Satoshi that the Kanazumi City Gym Leader is a Rock-Type Trainer. He tells the young trainer that he should have his Pikachu learn the technique Iron Tail, so Satoshi trains with his pokemon as the contest starts. The Rocket trio enter as well but are quickly disqualified, so the trio plans their revenge as Megumi and Eiji make it to the final round. Megumi and her Agehanto are eventually declared the winner, and before the contest ribbon can be handed out the Rocket-Dan appear to disrupt the contest. Satoshi tells his Pikachu to use Iron Tail but the attack fails. However, Megumi and Eiji's pokemon, along with Haruka's Achamo, are able to send the trio packing. Megumi is awarded the first prize ribbon as Satoshi and the others rush to reach the first gym.
As far as the dub goes, the translation itself is fine but 4Kids got a little edit happy with this episode. This episode now has the honor of being the most edited episode of the new series ("There's no Place Like Hoenn" used to hold that position) so far. I still find it amazing that a show as tame as Pocket Monsters needs to be censored at all, but such is the society we live in.
You know the Rocket-Dan fantasy Musashi has about winning the Pokemon Contest? Well, the shot of the trio reigning over about a dozen or so Rocket Grunts either had a whole lot of digital paint thrown onto it or was completely redrawn by the Japanese producers. In this case, I think I'll just let the pictures do the talking:
You can view larger versions of these screenshots by clicking on each one.
In addition to the paint edit, the sound effect of a large group marching in unison is taken out of the dub.
The only reason I can think of for the edit was because the stance the Rocket Grunts are holding looked too similar to the "Heil Hitler!" stance used by the Nazis during World War II. I don't see why 4Kids didn't just cut this shot instead of having to practically redraw the entire scene but I do at least appreciate the amount of work that would have gone into keeping this scene intact.
I actually predicted that this edit would take place, since Rougela is the black (no pun intended) sheep of the pokemon world.
The stupidity of these edits never ceases to amaze me.
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