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Old December 8th, 2006 (02:14 PM). Edited January 4th, 2007 by Haruka.
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DP011 - Hikari! Contest Debut!! (Aired: December 7, 2006)
Hikari: (Translation) The Kotobuki Pokemon Contest has finally started. I'm a bit nervous, but the dress Mama sent me looks great, and I'm ready! Pochama, Mimirol, do your best! We will get that ribbon! Next time on Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl: Hikari! Contest Debut! Everyone get pokemon, I'm okay!

Major Events
Hikari participates in her first Pokémon Contest.

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Ash participates in an official Pokémon contest for the first time. (He previously entered an unofficial contest in AG190.)
Hikari participates in a Pokémon contest for the first time.
Nozomi, Jessie, Ash and Hikari compete in the first round with Misdreavus, James's Muskippa, Aipom and Pochama, respectively.

Source: Bulbapedia

Next Episode: DP012 - Contest Battle! Rival Confrontation! (December 14, 2006)
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Quote originally posted by BMGf (edited):
Hikari presumably's depressed about getting beaten by someone. =( Satoshi and Nozomi fight! Jessie does something too that I'm not certain of. Either She battles Nozomi and Ash beats Hikari, or she loses to Satoshi or Satoshi and Nozomi is in fact the semi-final and the preview is deceiving us again. Oh, and of course at some time Nozomi will be all. "Satoshi might not want to enter any more and beat Hikari or otherwise she'll get depressed."
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The reviews are mostly for English episodes...and we're still on "Slaking Kong" (the giant Slaking episode), so why are you posting this up here NOW????
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Old December 8th, 2006 (03:46 PM).
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This thread is for Recent Japanese Episodes, since I don't watch the dub anymore.

This is not a review thread, it's a discussion thread, and there is currently none for the Japanese Pokemon Anime. ;
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I liked this episode, always characters debuts are fun, but in the other half i disliked Ash joining contests too and taking some spotlight from the character that is designed to participate in contests, wich is Hikari now...

Nice dress and stuff, but i think the episode was more like a "Ash debut" than Hikari's :/.

BTW, i will be happy to discuss new episodes here .
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Personally, I find the Japanese long-reaching spoiler to be in the minority around here, but I won't necessary curtail their voice. Providing they keep this to themselves here and don't post any long reaching spoilers in current threads (like the episode discussions). Of course, there was a D/P spoiler thread not too long ago and it died out. So, all I can do is let the people ride this feeling out.

And to spare myself the spoilers here, that's all I'm going to say. And if anyone mega spoilers on other threads based from what is said here, I'm gonna hit ya hard and I'm gonna hit ya fast. Hehe. Have fun and be careful where you tread.
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wow, Ash is part-coordinator now?! Awesome!! At least that is something new to the series (i hope) Now it would be cool to see May or Hikari gym battling...
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I was really hoping that Brock would be the one who would participate in the Contests since he is completly useless, but oh well.

Maybe Hikari would decided to do gym challenges just to make Ash mad. That will be fun to watch.
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From what I could make out of it, it seems that Aipom wanted to participate in a contest. So, Hikari suggested that Ash should sign up for the contest. Appearantly it is not a requirement for the trainer to dress up? Hikari and Nozomi are wearing a special outfit, but Ash has his daily outfit.
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Old December 14th, 2006 (12:16 PM). Edited December 14th, 2006 by Haruka.
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DP012 - Contest Battle! Rival Confrontation! (Aired: December 14, 2006)

Major Events:
Ash and Hikari enters and loses their first Pokemon Contest

Contest Match:


Next Episode: DP013 - Good Luck, Mukkuru and DP014 - Leave It to Takeshi! (December 21, 2006)

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It's looks to me in DP014, Satoshi will be training his Mukkuru a new move for his upcoming gym battle. It better be a good filler.
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Episode 12 was fun. I think Nozomi winning was rather apropriate, though I was personally rooting for Jesse, she came so close.

As for the next to episodes, looks like both will have something going on (maybe two evolutions), so I look forward to them, especially the Brock focused one.
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Okay, this is just a few questions about the DP anime to spark a few discussions:

Does anyone besides me think that Hikari has really supplanted Ash as the series' main character? The beggining and ending theme both seem to be sung from her point of view, and the episodes seem to have a trend of being mostly Hikari-centric, or else sharing the view with all of them.

Additonally, I normally hate random rivals thrown in for Satoshi in order to replace Shigeru (if he comes back, someone PM me right away so I can organize a party), but Shinji does a heck of a good job if I do say so myself. (And I do.) He's fairly obviously based off of the G/S/C rival, so I'm glad of his presence... and I'm pulling for him. Satoshi can get his butt whupped by this guy anytime, and I'll be right there with my popcorn. (Hmm.. maybe he could go back to Altomare and cry for a bit with Latias. I love Altoshipping- don't really believe it, but I wish I could.)
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dose ashes pigiot come back
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Old December 22nd, 2006 (01:12 PM). Edited December 22nd, 2006 by Unown_.
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Left is the opening for Battle Frontier. It mentions Ash (Satoshi) but not May (Haruka). Right is the opening for Pokemon DP and it mentioned Ash (Satoshi) but also Hikari.

Before Pokemon DP started there was a magazine scan with Dialga, Palkia and Hikari, announcing that Pokémon DP is going to start. At first it was assumed that Ash and co will disappear, but Hikari tagged along with them. Because of the magazine scan, it is rumored that Hikari will have a greater role in the anime series most likely a greater role than May or Misty.
My impression (after having seen 12 episode of Pokemon DP) is that the Hikari/Ash balance in the anime serie is somewhat like 50/50.

Since movie 10 is titled "Palkia vs Dialga" I'm starting to wonder if the Dialga&Palkia&Hikari thing is still going to be in the anime serie.

Also I like Shinji the way he is now, and I certainly don't want him to become a friendly person.
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Also I like Shinji the way he is now, and I certainly don't want him to become a friendly person.
Myself as well, but we all know that with the anime's crazy writers it'll happen anyway. Heaven help us all.
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I certainly hope Shinji doesn't become that way as well, but like said it's inevitable eventually. I just hope that instead of making him super friendly, they make a sort of friendly but still act like a cold-looking, tough, mean sounding, and serious trainer. A friendship that still involves competing and fighting with each other....It could happen right.....right?

As for Hikari, yeah it's more 50/50 when it comes to main character status. So far there are episode that focas entirly around Hikari, and there are some where she is just in the backround while Ash (or Brock for one episode) take the spotlight.

and, no Ash's Pigiot does not come back.

As for the most recent DP episodes, they were alot of fun to me, I always like it when they give Brock some time to shine and the Mukuru epsiode was fun as well (IT's THE BIRDS!!!).
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DP013 & DP014 - Good Luck, Mukkuru/Leave It to Takeshi! (Aired December 21, 2006)
Major events
DP013:
Ash's Mukkuru evolves into Mukubird.
Brock's Bonsly learns Mimic.

DP014:
Brock's Bonsly evolves into Sudowoodo.
From: Bulbapedia

Next Episode: DP015 - Kurogane Gym! Hiyouta vs Shinji!! (January 11, 2007)
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Hmmm.... I think I made a thread like this awhile back and it got closed for some reason.
Anyways....

Firstly I cant believe that they delayed the next ep to air on the 11th. Its so far away.

I enjoyed the Mukkuru ep, Mukkubird is awesome. But the Bird Pokemon seemed to have been too easily caught IMO.
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Some upcoming Japanese titles are coming down the pike. Courtesy of Serebii.net.

Episode 486: Kurogane Gym Again! Deciding Match Against Rampurado!

Episode 487: I Got A Pachirisu...!

And this Thursday will finally end the month long (I think) hiatus with the first Gym Battle!

Episode 483: Kurogane Gym! Satoshi VS. Shinji!

Apparently, Satoshi is going to have a rematch with Shinji. Yep. I'm sensing a theme here (Like with Brawly -- I forget his Japanese name at the moment -- but not nearly as long between episodes). Yeesh.
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Euh, I believe it would be "Kurogane Gym! Hyouta VS Shinji!". Shinji is going against the gymleader not against Ash/Satoshi. Would this be the first gym match where Ash isn't the challenger?
I'm glad the week is finally over. It took ages if you ask me.
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OMG I cant wait till Thursday! It's even better that my birthday's just three days before the ep. The second it's available for download, I'm downloading it!
Shinji I heard may end up losing. :\ aw well, at least Ash is supposed to lose too. Shinji looks hot in most of the pics too.
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Personally, I like the Diamond/Pearl season, but I think the main characters are losing too many battles in too short a time span. I think Ash losing three battles in 8- episodes to someone who can't even train Pokémon properly is a bit discouraging.
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Euh, I believe it would be "Kurogane Gym! Hyouta VS Shinji!". Shinji is going against the gymleader not against Ash/Satoshi. Would this be the first gym match where Ash isn't the challenger?
I'm glad the week is finally over. It took ages if you ask me.
Oh, oops. I wrote it in a hurry and mixed up the names. Haha. Sorry. But hey, the thread got revived, so that's all that matters, right? Thanks, though.

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DP015: "Kurogane Gym! Hyouta VS Shinji!"

Major events:
* Shinji's Azumarill make it's debut
* Shinji wins the gym match against Hyouta
* A new DP Pokémon make it's debut (don't know the name)

Spoiler:

So, Ash and co reaches Kurogane City and goes to the the gym. Upon arrival, Shinji is already there requesting a gym match. How ever the gym leader (Hyouta) doesn't seem to be in the gym. When Hyouta returns Shinji will battle him first than Ash can give it a try.

Ash and his friends go look for Hyouta. The gym leader has dug up a fossile of an Omanyte. Team Rocket is on the spot too btw. Ash and co meet up with Hyouta and the return to the gym.

Shinji returns from the Pokémon Center and the battle between Shinji and Hyouta starts (3 on 3 btw). Hikari wants to see the gym match (this would be her first time if my Japanese is correct) Hyouta doesn't mind to have spectators and Shinji responds with his typical "I don't care". Hyouta uses Geodude, Onix and a DP Pokémon who I don't know the name of. Shinji uses Azumarill, Elekid and Hikozaru. Shinji wins the match.

Well, it's a nice change to see that Ash isn't the one who battles gymleaders on screen. This would be the second one (Gary vs Giovanni would be the first). Shinji is in his regular "I don't care/Leave me alone"-mood. Also is it just me or is having a Geodude a trademark of being a rock-type gym leader? I mean Brock, Roxanne and Hyouta all have one.

Speculation based on the preview of DP016:
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Shinji is ticking off Ash again probably. Hikari and Pikachu tries to stop them by jumping in (Hikari is sooo cute in that shot).
Also during the preview Ash mentioned Pikachu, Naetoru (typo?) and Aipom. Seems like Mukubird don't get a shot in this gym match (perhaps in the rematch?) and it's ready to cry over it.
Shinji probably ends on Hikari bad side as well. She looks like one angry Groundon :D


Edit: the Omanyte fossil is being revived while Team Rocket is watching. Three guesses what would happen next...
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Old January 14th, 2007 (12:40 PM). Edited January 28th, 2007 by Scarlet Weather.
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Okay, it seems to me that based on the upcoming titles, Zudaigasou (sp) is going to battle Pikachu and defeat him after evolving into Ramparudo. Good news: Shinji gets ahead of Satoshi. Bad news: A repeat of the whole "running around training to beat the gym leader" that we saw with both Whitney (I think, I stopped watching the English anime then) and Brawly (I watched most of those fillers. I hated 'em.) Me, I'm waiting for the episode supposedly titled "I Got a Pachirisu...". I always like new Pokemon getting added. That's half the fun of the series!

Edit: Oh, goody, there was only one filler. I must have gotten the episode titles out of order. Hmm... this seems to be moving faster then I thought it would. Unfortunately, Ash is still going to have a ways to go before the second gym, I think. Jeez, give us a gym battle soon!
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