The Rocket-Dan's
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Vol. 04 of Pokémon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire was broadcast on July 22nd, 2012 on 76.1 interFM in Tokyo, Japan. The episode, just like the previous one, came out between the airings of Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! Episodes 088 ("Dent the Sommelier Detective! The Mystery of the Missing Kumashun!!") and 089 ("Iris and the Roughneck Kairyu") as the TV show was still on a short break due to the release of Movie 15. Portions of the episode were later released on CD in 2013. [1]

A big thanks to Team Rocket Cheer Squad on Twitter for providing me with the images and other backups from the old @Pokemon_Radio Twitter account. [2]

Release / General Information

On-Air Date
July 22nd, 2012
Runtime 28 minutes, 56 seconds
Special Guest
Yuuji Ueda (うえだゆうじ)

Opening Sketch "Detective Drama 1"

Inspector Kojirou is in the middle of interrogating a Nyarth that's been brought into the police station. "We found your fingerprints at the scene and you ain't got no alibi for the day of the crime. All that's left to do now is for you to admit what you did and this'll all be over." The suspect doesn't respond and so Kojirou angrily slams his palms down on the table. "HEY! ARE YOU EVEN LISTENING TO ME!?" A second officer, Musashi, warns him to calm down; after all, she reminds him, this whole thing's being recorded. Kojirou mumbles to himself about how much harder these interrogations have gotten ever since they started being filmed as he reaches over for a bowl of katsudon. "Hurry up and eat this before it gets cold" he says as he slams the bowl on the table in front of his suspect
. [3]

Nyarth starts to stuff his face, all without saying a word. Kojirou gathers his composure and starts talking again as the sound of a wistful sounding accordion begins to play in the background. "I have a daughter about the same age as you. She's been a troublemaker ever since she was little. I've been called to her school because of things she's done, and I've had to apologize to my co-workers here at the station as well. You got parents of your own, don't ya?"

Nyarth finishes eating. Musashi tells Kojirou that it seems like their suspect would like seconds and so the inspector reaches over and hands Nyarth a second bowl of katsudon. Musashi protests as that was supposed to be for her but Kojirou assures his co-worker he'll just get her another one later.

Nyarth starts in on his second bowl as Kojirou continues. The wistful music starts up again too. "We humans...we're creatures who become more cooperative when our bellies are full, you know? When you finish that up you'll tell us everything we want to know, right?" Nyarth keeps eating, all without saying a word. Kojirou continues. "Thieves, y'know, they're all the same no matter where you go. When my daughter was young, she'd only wear really short skirts [4]. She'd cause trouble at the neighboring schools, lure people into the shadows to take their money, take things from the supermarket and leave without saying a word...but you know, she's not a bad girl. There isn't a person in this world who's actually bad, deep down. You must've noticed this too. I'll bet you even have some regrets of your own, right? So, how about it?"

Nyarth stops again, which tells Musashi that the two bowls of katsudon still weren't enough. Musashi asks her partner if they should just go ahead and give the suspect his bowl...? Kojirou's finally had enough. "I'VE BEEN LOOKING FORWARD TO EATING THAT ALL DAY!" he screams. The inspector seems like he's about to assault Nyarth so Musashi rushes over to hold him back, reminding him that the cameras are still running. "I'll...I'll just order another bowl!" Musashi pleads as the sketch comes to an end.

Opening Music / Pre-Show Chat

Welcome to Pokémon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire! Nyarth, Musashi, and Kojirou introduce themselves before Nyarth reminds everyone that the purpose of this show is to recruit 7 billion people into the Rocket-Dan, all for their Boss Sakaki-sama. Musashi says that becoming a member is super easy; all you have to do is follow Sakaki-sama's Twitter account at @Pokemon_Radio.

Out of nowhere, Kojirou lets out a "Ta-da!" What is this? Some kind of disc? Kojirou reveals that it's a secret item that will be sure to get them noticed by their Boss. "Ah, so you actually went out and did it?" asks Musashi. "Without a hitch!" replies Kojirou. He tells his teammates they'll all listen to it real soon.

Nyarth then cuts in to introduce the first segment, "Welcome, Pokémon Day Care Worker!" Each week they invite guests who work hard to raise Pokémon every single day into the studio to talk about all the hard work they do. What kind of stories do they have to tell...? Let's get right into it!

But before that, a commercial!

Commercial -- Pokémon Mate

The Battle Subway brothers Nobori (voiced by Kensuke Satou) and Kudari (voiced by Kiyotaka Furushima) talk about "Pokémon mate," a line of merchandise featuring chibi-fied versions of the characters from the video games Pocket Monsters Black & White.

Pokémon Mate

There are file folders, clear stickers, and more! And starting from April, new tin badges, personal accessories, and other merchandise will be released, one after the other!

You can find Pokémon Mate merchandise in
Animate stores across Japan, but that's not all! The Shinjuku, Ikebukuro, Akihabara, Shibuya, and Yokohama stores all have special display corners set up for Pokémon mate! Follow the traffic rules and head safely to your nearest Animate! Alllllllllllllll aboard!

"Welcome, Pokémon Day Care Worker!"

This week's guest is Mr. Yuuji Ueda. "Thank-you-for-having-me My-name-is-Yuuji-Ueda I'm-so-happy-to-be-here" he spits out, seemingly all in one breath. The trio starts the standard introductory rap.

Kojirou:  "Yo, yo, yo yo yo. Your name is Yuuji Ueda and your job is voice actor, no doubt?"
Mr. Ueda:  "Sure thing pal!"
Musashi:  "That's the spirit!"
Kojirou:  "We're off to a great start."
Musashi:  "
What month were you born, and where are you from? And while you're at it, tell us your nicknames."
Mr. Ueda:  "My birthday's in June and I was born and raised in Fukuoka. My nickname is...Ue-san. But back in the day it was Iwa-san but now it's Ue-san and..."
Musashi:  "We don't have time for all that so let's just go with Ue-san...Ue-san...Ue-san..."

"Ue-san, what was your debut work Nya? Also, which work are you most known for Nya?"
Mr. Ueda:  "My debut was Calimero [5]. It was a remake of a show they did a long time before that. And an actor by the name of Megumi Hayashibara was a guest in one of the episodes. We worked really hard on that."
Musashi:  "Yes! Victory!"

Musashi applauds Mr. Ueda for giving his opening his own little twist. Nyarth adds that they expect a lot of great things from him today since he raises so, so many Pokémon. And besides, Musashi adds, Mr. Ueda is basically a walking encyclopedia of all things Pokémon, right? Mr. Ueda bashfully disagrees. But the Rocket trio continues, with Nyarth saying that he's even more of a professor than Dr. Ookido is while Musashi calls him a real life Pokémon professor. Kojirou adds that he's heard that their guest's also been given the nickname
"Poké-da Mon-ji" (ポケ田モン司) [6] ...? When asked why, Mr. Ueda says that when he got home one day he suddenly had this email that said "Please let me call you Poké-da Mon-ji." And that was that! The trio laughs at the complete randomness of this story. But it probably makes sense for their guest to have a Pokémon-related nickname since he's been in charge of so, so many Pokémon over the years. If anyone's ever like "what sound does this Pokémon make?" then Mr. Ueda is probably able to tell you! It's almost like there's a button inside him that he can push that enables him to summon the appropriate Pokémon voice or something.

Musashi tells Mr. Ueda that she can't imagine the studio without his prese...oh waitaminute, that's not how they want to refer to that place on this radio show, is it? The trio sort of breaks the fourth wall for a moment to make a very important decision; how should they be referring to the recording studios in this show? Should they call it the Pokémon Day Care Village or something like that...? Kojirou suggests they call the place where the Pokémon Day Care Workers like Mr. Ueda here do their job the "Day Care Workers' Studio Village"...or, to make it easier for all of them, just "Studio" for short. Musashi and Nyarth laugh. "That's good! Let's call it that from now on!" Musashi exclaims. Kojirou summarizes the whole thing up, saying that the official name of the place where the Day Care Workers raise their Pokémon is the "Day Care Worker Studio Village" but that here on the show they're going to call it just "Studio," with a capital S, for short. Musashi is very happy with this, saying that being able to call it the Studio is going to make things so, so much easier for them from here on out.

Musashi then goes back to Mr. Ueda, saying that they can't imagine the Studio without his presence. She then says they hope Mr. Ueda's brought a bunch of his Pokémon with him today. Nyarth echoes this statement. Kojirou observes that sometimes two of the Pokémon that Mr. Ueda raises will be in the same place together, with Nyarth adding that it's not uncommon for one Mr. Ueda Pokémon to battle another Mr. Ueda Pokémon. Musashi realizes that whether the Pokémon is winning or is getting destroyed in battle, Mr. Ueda is the one who's raising them.

Yuuji Ueda voicing both of the Pokémon in a battle is a fairly common occurrence.

Musashi asks Mr. Ueda if he has any special memories of his time in the Studio. He replies that there are times when a lot of his Pokémon will all be together, howling or roaring or whatever at the same time, and how it's really hard to juggle all of them in such a short time. "OK, take care of this one. Done? OK, next." Those days are really tough, he says.

It's now time for Mr. Ueda to bring out some of his Pokémon! Musashi says she really wants to see the blue one he has with him...could you let him come out? Mr. Ueda is reminded that hey, it has been a while since the two of them have seen each other, hasn't it? [7] And then, all of a sudden...SOOOOOONANSU!

Musashi lets out a scream of joy. Kojirou and Nyarth also sound very happy to see it while Musashi gives it a heartfelt "Welcome back, Sonansu!" Mr. Ueda interjects and says that Sonansu really likes Musashi a lot. Musashi says she loves Sonansu back but adds that the only attack of its that she knows is "Counter." Mr. Ueda reminds her that it can actually use two attacks and so Musashi resolves to study more. She then states that it's been a while since she's seen Sonansu but it was recently reunited with Nyarth in the most recent theatrical short, right? "We had a lot to do in that, didn't we Nya?" he replies. "Sooooo~nansu!" Musashi asks what all they got to do, and Nyarth coyly replies that they'll have to go see the movie to find out. He adds that it's been a little over a week since the movie came out and while there are a lot of kids who have already seen it there are still a lot who haven't. He recommends listeners go to the theater to find out what he and Sonansu get up to.

Musashi recalls how, in the previous radio episode, Nyarth was head over heels with Meloetta-chan. But how does Sonansu feel about her? Mr. Ueda replies that, as far as he can tell, Sonansu shares the same feelings toward Meloetta that Nyarth does. Nyarth is surprised by this, but Mr. Ueda says Sonansu is the kind of Pokémon that some may find hard to read. Musashi can understand what he's talking about, adding that she sometimes wonders if Sonansu is really OK, blasting off with them and all. So Kojirou says she should just ask it directly. "So how are you, Sonansu?" Sonansu is quiet, causing everyone to laugh nervously. "Um...Sonansu? Do you like being in the Rocket-Dan?" "SoooooNANsu!" it replies. Nyarth says it seems like Sonansu likes being in the Rocket-Dan, making Musashi happy.

Next, Musashi brings up Take-san...or is it Takeshi-san? The others laugh at their teammate for messing up his name so badly. She pushes forward, saying that she heard that Takeshi was an acquaintance of Mr. Ueda there. "Takeshi-san really loves the ladies, doesn't he? How about you, Ue-san?" she abruptly asks. Mr. Ueda sheepishly starts to stumble over himself, letting out a weak "...I like them OK..." Nyarth comments that he doesn't look like he'd be a ladies' man in real life and so it's amazing he's friends with someone like Takeshi. That's the feeling he gets anyway, says Nyarth. In a segment of the interview only available on the CD release, Musashi adds that Takeshi even got a song all to himself! All three members of the Rocket trio say they're fans of that song, and while they don't ever say the name of it it's fairly obvious they're referring to Takeshi no Paradise. Musashi heard that the request to do that song came all of a sudden from one of the this true? As far as Mr. Ueda knows yes, that is true. Musashi then asks what was fun or difficult about his time as, that is to say, his time being acquainted with Takeshi. The guest replies that there wasn't anything about their relationship he found particularly difficult, per se; he just really enjoyed being able to befriend all sorts of new people thanks to Takeshi. Musashi guess Iku-san (Ikue Otani) was one such person.

Musashi observes that Takeshi has a really huge family. Mr. Ueda agrees, adding that his father's genes must be really strong, huh? Kojirou says that all those children having more or less the same face is kind of a lot to take in, huh?

Was Takeshi so infatuated with the ladies from the beginning? Kojirou asks. Mr. Ueda says that he wasn't. One day one of the more senior staff members just decided to throw in a scene where Takeshi goes heads over heels over a lady and the rest is history! Mr. Ueda later found out that the same senior staff member had apparently gone out and seen some other show at around that same time and decided to incorporate what they saw in that show into Takeshi's personality. The Rocket-Dan are amazed to learn this. Musashi guesses that, from that point onward, Takeshi gradually became more and more like the ladies' man we know today.

It's now time for Mr. Ueda to show off some more of his Pokémon! Kojirou has a Water-Type in mind but he doesn't have any good memories of it but before he can say its name Musashi cuts in and asks him to bring out Kimori. "Kimo-!"

How about Buby? "Buby!"

Kojirou wonders about the Water-Type he was trying to request earlier, the one that's always soaking know the one! Mr. Ueda responds by letting out a Koiking. Musashi says that, for them, this Koiking's lively energy is the greatest.

Suddenly, a "Hino!" can be heard. It's Hinoarashi! Musashi remembers how childlike it is.

"Bai Bai Bai!" It's Barrierd! Kojirou recalls how it likes to cook and clean a lot.

Musashi mentions that Mr. Ueda also raised Shinji's Glion, right? "Glion!" The trio talk about how strong it looks.

Kojirou recalls that Mr. Ueda raises a Pokémon that had a very soothing aura about it...what was its name again? "Hee hee!" a high pitched voice says. Mr. Ueda says he raises a Pokémon named Hinbass that's not unlike the Koiking he also raises. As the others laugh, Musashi asks their guest to let it out one more time. "Hee Hee!"

Musashi is amazed at the variety of Pokémon Mr. Ueda raises. He can raise battlers, relaxed ones, and everything in between! Is there any Pokémon he can't raise?! In the CD version of the interview, Mr. Ueda believes the only type of Pokémon he hasn't raised yet that he wants to are those that can speak human language. But basically Nyarth is the only one who can do that normally, replies Musashi. Mr. Ueda supposes all he can do instead is hope to develop new friendships during the movies he helps out with every summer. Who would he like to develop a friendship with, Kojirou asks. Musashi says Takeshi's already good friends with Satoshi but how about you, Ue-san? Both Kojirou and Musashi add that he seems like Satoshi would be a strong friend to have in your corner, though Mr. Ueda says it's probably a chicken-or-an-egg type situation; do they support each other because they're friends or are they friends because they support each other? Musashi admits that she doesn't really understand such grown up topics like this.

Musashi says that, from now on, they'll try to incorporate more of a friendship vibe to their appearances in the movies. They're not in the Kyurem movie, of course, but maybe from the next film onwards they can try...? Kojirou asks who they'll make friends with first and Musashi quickly says Satoshi-san's name. "We'll make it work somehow!" she adds. She also wants to make friends with Pikachu, but that'll be hard since the second it sees them it lets out a "Piiii~" and instantly sends them blasting off. But they'll figure something out!

Anyway, it's about time to wrap up the segment so Musashi asks Mr. Ueda to tell their listeners all about the new movie that's currently out in theaters.

Mr. Ueda:  "Pocket Monsters The Movie Best Wishes! "Kyurem vs. The Sacred Swordsman Keldeo" and "Meloetta's Dazzling Recital" is now a big hit in theaters! The plan is for future movies to be big hits as well! Everyone, please find a reason to go to the theaters to see it! Sonansu and a bunch of other Pokémon appear!"
Nyarth:  "Nya and Sonansu play a big role, Nya. In the's been about nine years [8]  Nya! So be sure..."
Mr. Ueda:  ", for the sake of Pokémon and everyone else involved, go see this movie!"

Musashi realizes that there are probably some brats listening to this radio show right now who are too young to have ever seen a Pikachu short in theaters before. After all, it has been about nine years since the last one, right? Nyarth thanks his guest as Sonansu lets out one last "Sonansu!"

Commercial -- Kids Station

The Battle Subway brothers Nobori (voiced by Kensuke Satou) and Kudari (voiced by Kiyotaka Furushima) talk about the Pokémon programming on the cable network Kids Station. The network will be airing a different Pocket Monsters movie every Sunday at 12:00 noon as part of their special programming block, "Pikachu the Movie Special!" And that's not all! Every weekday the network will be airing reruns of the most current series, Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! One episode a day Monday through Friday at 5:00pm and two episodes on Saturday evenings from 6:00pm. For more information search the Internet for Kids Station!

The Rocket-Dan's On-Location Report

Musashi asks Kojirou to deliver his report about the new movie. That's what's on the disc he was teasing them with during the intro, right? With that, the Pokémon Radio Show's first on-location report begins!

The show then cuts to audio taken outside a movie theater playing
Pocket Monsters The Movie Best Wishes! "Kyurem vs. The Sacred Swordsman Keldeo" and "Meloetta's Dazzling Recital." The murmur of a crowd of people can be heard in the background. Kojirou says it's time to ask the little brats out there what they thought about the movie [9].

Kojirou:  "How was the Pokémon movie today?"
Kid A:  "The Swordsmen were really cool and I thought the part where Keldeo used its sword at the end was really great."
Kojirou:  "Do you like the Rocket-Dan? Or do you not like them?"
Kid A:  "They're really funny in every episode so I like them."
Kojirou:  "Thank you very much!"

Kojirou:  "Sorry, do you have a minute? Who was your favorite character in the movie?"
Kid B:  "Pikachu."
Kojirou:  "OK, and who do you like within the Rocket-Dan?"
Kid B:  "Kojirou."
Kojirou:  "Oh! Thank you~!"

Kojirou:  "Hey, you over there! Who do you like the best among the three members of the Rocket-Dan?"
Kid C:  "Umm...Kojirou?"
Kojirou:  "What a great kid you are!"

Kojirou:  "Hey hey! Do you know the Rocket-Dan?"
Kid D:  "Yup!"
Kojirou:  "Who do you like the most in the Rocket-Dan?"
Kid D:  "Nyarth!"
Kojirou:  "...Nyarth?"

The audio returns to the trio inside the studio. Nyarth likes the direction this segment is going! He then decides, right then and there, that these types of on-location reports will be Kojirou's responsibility from now on. But why me? protests Kojirou. Musashi reasons that for her, at least, it's because it's too hot outside. A lady must think about her looks after all!

The 'Orders from Double-Q - Try These New Items Out Ahead of Time' Segment

A new order's come from Double-Q! [10] Nyarth reads the e-mail out loud:

"Did you enjoy the new items last time Nya? Today, I've sent you items that will help you beat the heat this summer that we want you to try out. Saving electricity is something we in the Rocket-Dan have to do Nya. Musashi, we got 'chu some grub this time too. We're looking forward to your report."

With that, Nyarth introduces the next segment, "The 'Orders from Double-Q - Try These New Items Out Ahead of Time' Segment." What did Double-Q send them this time?

It seems like Double-Q's sent them a box filled with a variety of items for them to try out! Musashi reads the labels, one by one: "Cooling Mattress Pad" (霊感敷きパッド), "The Outlast Sweet Dreams Cooling Pillow Pad" (アウトラスト快適快眠クール枕パッド), "Mist and Fan Instant Cooler" (ミ スト&ファン瞬間冷却), "Bone-Chilling Arctic Gel" (ぶるさらり ん北極圏ゲル), "Cooling Head Band" (熱さまひんやりヘアバンド), "Ice-Non Lotion" (ぬるアイスノン), "Teijin Gettcold's (Cap)" (TEIJINゲットコールズキャプ) and a "Hand Crank Ice Cream Maker" (く るくるアイスクリームメーカー)...!? Musashi's especially excited about this last one and wants to start from there but Nyarth points out that if they eat first then they'll be too sluggish to get through the rest of the segment. He then continues to read a memo that states that these items are all meant to get people through those hot summer nights [11].

Nyarth tells Kojirou that he'd like him to put down the cooling mattress pad first and then try to fall asleep to see how well it works. "You mean right now!? Here!?" asks Musashi. Nyarth says that if they don't try it out for real then they can't really write up their report, right? Kojirou puts the cooling pad down on the floor of the recording booth and gets ready to sleep, being careful not to get out of range of the microphones. After a few moments Nyarth asks how it is. "It's...meh" replies Kojirou. But, he adds, he can definitely feel a difference. Nyarth guesses that if it was too cold to the touch then you wouldn't be able to sleep on it for long and so they must have made it so it's just cool enough to enable you to make it through a hot summer's night. Musashi likens it to eating ice cream too fast; you don't want that initial jolt of coldness, right? If you sleep on this, she continues, you can remain comfortable even as the temperature rises into the early morning. Kojirou then starts to snore, prompting his teammates to shout at him that he can't fall asleep now since they still have so much to cover. Kojirou wakes up as Musashi states that an item like this will be great for all those times the three of them have to sleep outside. Kojirou then observes that maybe the reason he didn't really feel that much of a difference at first was because he's currently inside an air conditioned room; if he was outside where it's hot, he guesses, the difference would be much more pronounced. But Musashi says that since they're in the Studio Village...oh wait, they're calling it the Studio now, right? ...they get to enjoy being in an air conditioned environment.

The trio apparently skips the
"The Outlast Sweet Dreams Cooling Pillow Pad" and decides to try out the "Mist and Fan Instant Cooler" next. Musashi describes that this is a blue hand-sized device with a small fan attached on the end. There's also a small trigger on it. Musashi pulls the trigger and explains that if you fill it up with water first then you could spritz yourself with water while cooling yourself off with the motorized fan. The trio plays rock-paper-scissors to see who will get to try it out and Musashi wins. As she turns the fan on the microphones in the Studio pick up the sound of the motor. Musashi says that just the fan by itself is probably enough, but she'll try using the water bottle part of it too. Musashi appears to wince as she sprays her face with the water and so Kojirou suggests she hold it further away from her before pulling the trigger again. She follows his suggestion, and while it does seem to help the problem she observes that it's more of a spray of visible water droplets than the "mist" advertised in the product's name. It's more like one of those sprays people sometime use on their laundry, maybe? But Nyarth believes an item like this would work well if you're outside in the heat. Musashi turns the fan off.

The next item they'll try today is the
"Bone-Chilling Arctic Gel." Musashi reveals that the can has a line of text that reads "for use after you step out of a hot bath." It seems like if you push on the pump at the top then gel will come out. The trio plays rock-paper-scissors again and Musashi ends up losing and so she, for some reason, gets to be the guinea pig for the second time in a row. Nyarth tells her to put out her (ungloved?) hand so he can apply the gel. Musashi wonders what you do with this gel -- do you just take a little bit and then rub it over the rest of your arm...? -- and so Kojirou is asked to read the instructions that came with it. "Apply generously to the nape of your neck, your arms, legs, etc." Musashi tries it out and, after a few seconds, exclaims that the gel is very cooling. She then invites Kojirou to try some for himself. As the trio takes turns trying it out, commenting on how great it feels, they warn listeners not to touch your face or eyes while using this. Musashi comments that the gel has a kind of spearmint fragrance to it while Kojirou observes that the smell reminds him a bit of the kind of anti-itch medicine you would apply to a bug bite. Musashi believes this would be great to apply after a hot shower.

Next up is the
"Cooling Head Band." Musashi and Nyarth says it looks like a thinly sliced piece of ice and Kojirou notices that it seems to be filled with some type of gel. It's very malleable, Nyarth adds; it doesn't feel like a stiff piece of ice at all. Musashi reads that you need to put the ice pack part in the freezer for at least three hours before being able to use it, and then after that you just slide it into the included head band. But will it still be bendable even after three hours in the freezer...?

The trio then tries to think up of some use cases for this item. Musashi wonders if it would be good for students taking their school entrance exams but then realizes that most of those take place in the winter so that's not it. Nyarth picks up the packaging and sees an illustration of a mother vacuuming with the head band on her forehead and a smile on her face and so maybe that's when you should use this...? Kojirou then comes up with the idea that this would be great to wear if you have to clean out a steam-filled bathtub after bathtime. But whatever she would end up using this for, Musashi says, her hair style would probably prevent her from wearing this properly. Both Nyarth and Musashi try it on anyway, and they both agree that they can definitely feel a difference. Musashi adds that if you're having trouble sleeping at night then you can put on this head band and, because the gel inside keeps it from freezing solid, it won't get in your way as you sleep. It may not be the most fashionable thing on the planet, Musashi admits, but it gets the job done. Nyarth adds that it seems like Kojirou doesn't have any problems with the way it looks; is it because its blue color matches so well with his hair color?

In a CD version exclusive, the next item the team tries is the "Ice-Non Lotion." Musashi comes out right away and admits that it seems very similar to the "Bone-Chilling Arctic Gel" they tried earlier. She rubs some on the hand she didn't rub the Arctic Gel on earlier and announces that the feel of this one is pretty much exactly the same. The smell's a little different, though. Nyarth reads a piece of copy from the package saying that this product won't leave your hands sticky afterwards.

Kojirou asks which of these products they think will be the most useful. His vote's for the "Cooling Head Band," and Musashi believes that the two gels are similar enough that you wouldn't go wrong with either one. Other than the company name on the packaging the two items are pretty much identical, though the smell of the Arctic Gel is noticeably stronger. Musashi then wonders what it would be like to put some of these gels on the coin on Nyarth's forehead but he guesses that doing so would probably just make it feel really cold to the touch.


Next up is the "Teijin Gettcold's (Cap)." Nyarth says he can't tell what this is just from the name (for some reason they neglect to say the "cap" part of the product's name) while Musashi says the name isn't really making her look forward to trying it out. They open it up....and it's a sporty-looking baseball cap? Musashi reads the instructions and says it seems like you dip it in water, wring it out, and then put it on your head like any other baseball cap. Nyarth says this is the first time he's heard of anything like this. Musashi asks Kojirou what it's like -- apparently he's the one who gets roped into trying it out -- and he says it's pretty cold. Nyarth tells the listeners that it seems to be made out of some material that allows it to be damp but, somehow, not dripping with water. Musashi reads that you're not supposed to soak it in water but are only supposed to submerge it just enough to get it damp and that it's supposed to keep you cool for a long while. Nyarth reaches over to touch it while Musashi tells us that it feels like a hat that's just been taken out of the washing machine. Nyarth tells Kojirou he should leave it on for a while and that, just like with the mattress pad earlier, it would probably work better if he was outside in the summer heat instead of in an air conditioned studio.

Musashi then marvels at how stylish these Teijin caps are. Kojirou adds that it would be good if a baseball team, for example, commissioned Teijin to make their teams hats like the ones they're trying on now. Nyarth then wonders if the Rocket-Dan should get in on this? Musashi reads from her copy that these hats are supposed to be able to withstand temperatures of over 150° Celsius (about 300° Fahrenheit) and that their ability to absorb moisture doesn't decrease as time goes on. Kojirou says he definitely has to go outside to try this out now. But, to piggyback off what Nyarth said earlier, if the Rocket-Dan made hats like these and then he walked around outside with one of them on then it would make it pretty obvious that he's a member of the organization himself, wouldn't it? Musashi continues to read, saying that these hats are supposed to have seven times the moisture absorption power of similar hats made out of cotton. And they're surprisingly lightweight! Musashi concludes that the technology and skill needed to develop these hats makes them perfect for the Rocket-Dan.

Nyarth says they're all of out time and so they've gotta wrap things up! But they haven't even gotten to the ice cream maker yet, protests Musashi! Nyarth says they'll have to save it for next time.


Kojirou introduces today's song, Takeshi no Paradise! It's sung by Takeshi, a friend of today's guest Mr. Yuuji Ueda.

A 1 minute 7 second edit of the song plays.

Closing Words

Thank you for joining us today! exclaims Nyarth. "Ice creeeeeeam~!" Musashi continues to complain about them not getting to the ice cream but Nyarth says they'll definitely start with that next time. Musashi mutters that she'll start eating from the opening sketch...but anyway, I wanna eat ice creeeeeeam~!

Kojirou reminds listeners that the goal of their show is to grant Sakaki-sama's wish of recruiting people from all over the world into the Rocket-Dan. Becoming a member of the group is easy! All you have to do is follow Sakaki-sama's Twitter account...and that's it! Nyarth says that if you're already following him then please share your opinions of the show, what Day Care Workers you'd like to see stop by, what items you'd like the three of them to try out, etc. Musashi says that when you do this to be sure to use the hashtag #Rocketdan. And don't forget about the ice cream!

That's all the time they've got for today! We've been Nyarth, Musashi, and Kojirou! Until next time...Victory!

This radio program is brought to you by Kids Station and Movic.

Show notes
  1. ^ As with every episode, the contents of Episode 04 were broken up into segments and spread out across several CDs.

  2. ^ On July 18th, 2012 -- a few days before the fourth episode went on the air -- the @Pokemon_Radio Twitter account posted a number of images of examples of the Rocket-Dan merchandise that had been released before. These included:

  3. Later that day the account posted this image of their newest piece of merchandise, a special Pokémon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire bumper sticker! These stickers were eventually given out to attendees during "The Rocket-Dan's Secret Live" event that was held about a half year later.

  4. ^ The scene of a police inspector giving a suspect katsudon (a bowl of rice topped with a deep-fried breaded pork cutlet, egg, vegetables, and condiments), letting them eat it, and then expecting them to confess to all their wrongdoings is a very common trope in Japanese detective dramas that has, subsequently, been parodied in Japanese animation countless times over the decades. The trope has even been referenced a few times in Pocket Monsters itself.
  5. ^ The skirts included in girls' school uniforms in Japan tend to be fairly long and conservative when worn as intended. A lot of girls, however, will rebel against their parents and either hitch up their skirts to show off their legs or change into shorter ones after leaving the house.
  6. ^ Yuuji Ueda's debut work is a TV series called Calimero from 1992. He played the voice of Giuliano. Megumi Hayashibara played the role of Jonathan in an episode from 1993, though details beyond that are hard to find. As Mr. Ueda alludes to, the 1992 series is actually a remake of a Calimero TV series from 1974.
  7. ^ According to an interview Mr. Ueda conducted for Pokémon Pia magazine, the "Poké-da Mon-ji" (ポケ田モン司) nickname was given to him by fellow voice actor Ikue Otani. For this nickname, Ms. Otani took the "da" (田) and "ji" (司) from Ueda Yuuji's name, written in kanji as 上 田 祐司, and then stuck them in the word "Pokémon" (ポケモン).
  8. ^ This episode of the radio show aired between Pocket Monsters Best Wishes! Episodes 088 and 089, meaning it had been nearly two years since Sonansu had left the show at the end of Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl.
  9. ^ "It's been about nine years" is a reference to how it had been nearly a decade since the last Pikachu short was released; the most recent Pikachu short before "Meloetta's Dazzling Recital" was "The Dancing Pokémon Secret Base," released alongside Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation The Movie "The Seven Night Wishing Star, Jirachi" way back in 2003.
  10. ^ According to this tweet, Kojirou's on-location interviews took place on July 16th, 2012.

  11. ^ The CD Pokémon Radio Show! The Rocket-Dan's Secret Empire Volume Three - Nyarth Version contains a CD-original sketch about Nyarth going on a scavenger hunt set up by Double-Q to find data that's been stolen by the Plasma-Dan. The sketch is broken up into small snippets and placed as the intros / outros to each track on the CD.
    • In the intro to "Merchandise to Beat the Summer Heat," Nyarth reaches the entrance to Shirogane Mountain in the Johto Region. He goes over to get a closer look at a signpost nearby and finds that some of the stolen data's been taped to the sign!
    • During the outro, Nyarth looks back on the segment and comments on how cute it was when Musashi was wincing as she sprayed herself in the face with water. He also notices that the version of the segment he just listened to seemed a little different from the one broadcast on the radio. He puts two and two together and figures out that what the Plasma-Dan stole was actually the original, unedited version of their radio broadcast! Nyarth says he can't let the Plasma-Dan get away with stealing such precious data and works himself up to head into the heart of Shirogane Mountain. As he heads inside a Nukenin pops up out of the ground, leaving behind someone's writing that says "Disc 1-2." Nyarth thanks Nukenin for its help. After the sketch ends, Double-Q's voice can be heard telling listeners to go to Disc 1, Track 2.
  12. ^ The photographs of the Double-Q merchandise the official twitter account posted were not the greatest quality so I replaced them in the write-up with better-quality promotional images. The original images posted by @Pokemon_Radio can be found below:

    Click on each image to view a larger version.

Sign board from this week's guest.
"To all Members of the Rocket-Dan, Yuuji Ueda.
Takeshi, Sonansu, etc."

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