Home / Episode Guide / Hoho and the Ominous Forest!/ホーホーとあやしいもり!/Illusion Confusion
Titles and Airdates
  • United States 2000-09-04 Illusion Confusion
  • Japan 1999-09-11 ホーホーとあやしいもり!
  • Japan Hoho to Ayashii Mori!
  • Japan 1999-09-11 Hoho and the Ominous Forest!
  • Germany Pokémon Illusion!
  • France Des illusions et des confusions
  • Spain Ilusión, confusión
  • Sweden Spökskogen
  • Italy Illusione e confusione
  • Mexico Ilusión y confusión
  • Finland 2002-01-12 Mitä minun silmäni näkevätkään?
  • Taiwan 咕咕跟迷惑森林
  • Poland Czy to jest realne?
  • Netherlands Verwarrende waan!
  • Brazil Confusão de Ilusões!
  • Israel יער התעתועים
  • Czechia Iluze a přeludy
  • Greece Το Στοιχειωμένο Δάσος!
  • Portugal Confusão de Ilusão!
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Team Ota

Japan Screenplay 藤田伸三 (Shinzō Fujita)
Japan Storyboard 横田和 (Kazu Yokota)
Japan Animation Director たけだゆ (Yūsaku Takeda)
Japan Episode Director 大町繁 (Shigeru Ōmachi)

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Summary
Ash and co. are in a forest lost again. Ash tells his friends that they aren't lost. Brock adds in that they just don't know where they are. Brock says that they are now stuck in a spooky forest. When Ash hears the word "spooky," he tells everyone that he knows a way out, and he runs ahead of the group.

It has gotten dark, and Ash admits to his friends that they are lost. Misty notices the spookiness of the forest. Suddenly, they hear a strange sound. Misty doesn't like the sound. Thinking that it is her friends, she tells them to stop. Unfortunately for her, Ash and Brock aren't making the sounds. Then suddenly, a spooky face appears on a tree scaring the group. They run as fast as they can only to see another tree with a spooky face. Then a red light surrounds them and the faces disappear. Gary comes out and tells the group that the faces were just illusions. At Gary's side is a Hoothoot who caused the red light. Ash looks up Hoothoot in his Pokédex. Gary then tells everyone that they need a Hoothoot to get through the forest or they will be lost forever. Misty asks Gary why he is still in the forest if he has a Hoothoot. Gary tells her that he lost track of time because of his Pokémon catching. Then he walks away. Brock suggests that they get a Hoothoot to get out of the forest. Ash and co. searches the forest for a Hoothoot. They search through trees, bushes, and the grass. Then suddenly they hear a cry from a Hoothoot. It is standing beside Misty. Misty tries to move away from the Hoothoot, but Hoothoot follows her. Ash sees that Hoothoot is just trying to say hello. Then Hoothoot pecks at Ash's head and it runs away. Ash and co. desperately try to follow it. They are confronted with a bunch of stones. Brock wonders if it is another illusion. They continue to chase Hoothoot. Ash can't run any longer, and so he tells Pikachu to use Thundershock. Hoothoot senses the attack coming, and it begins to peck at Ash's head again.

An old-looking woman approaches the group. The Hoothoot walks beside her. Brock thinks that the woman is an illusion because she is very ugly. The woman gets mad at this. She introduces herself as Hagatha and says that they will need her in order to get out of the forest. Hagatha tells the group that she runs her own buisness. Her job is do lend people Hoothoots so that they can get through the forest safely. She says that Pokémon cause the spooky things, and that Hoothoot have the power to see through the spooky things. Misty concludes that Gary must've gotten his Hoothoot from Hagatha. They ask Hagatha if they can use one of her Hoothoot. Hagatha tells them that there is a problem. She only has one Hoothoot left. Brock thinks that the Hoothoot is in a fine condition. Hagatha tells him that for some reason, this Hoothoot doesn't guide travelers through the forest safely. She tells them a story about how a few days ago, a guy used this Hoothoot and still was lost in the forest for three days. Ever since, no one has used the Hoothoot for guidance. Hagatha tells them that the other Hoothoots will be back by tomorrow. Ash tells her that they can't wait. He thinks that all Hoothoot needs is a little training. Hoothoot jumps away from Ash and onto Misty's lap. Hagatha tells her that Hoothoot only likes pretty girls. Misty calmly pets the Hoothoot.

Team Rocket is also lost in the forest. James is studying the map, but he hasn't found a way out of the forest. Then suddenly, Ash and co. walks right by Team Rocket. Team Rocket is amazed at their discovery.

Meanwhile, Ash and co. have just ended up at the same place as they were before. Hoothoot sighs in disappointment. Then suddenly more illusions appear. A bunch of blue floating circular things surrounds them. Team Rocket is spying on Ash and co. behind a tree, and they don't see anything. Hoothoot tries to use its power to destroy the blue things, but it fails. Misty tells Hoothoot to not give up. The blue things form a monster which scares Hoothoot off. Ash and co. get scared too from it and they run for safety. Team Rocket thinks that Ash and co. have lost their minds. When they find safety, Ash gets frustrated at Hoothoot for not trying. He lectures about how Hoothoot needs to try harder. Hoothoot gets angry at Ash and runs back to Misty. Misty sighs and asks Hoothoot to try to help them. Not only will Hoothoot be helping them, but it will be helping itself by becoming a stronger Pokémon. Hoothoot decides to give it a try.

Suddenly, a rope wraps around Pikachu. Pikachu gets pulled up into the air. Ash quickly jumps up and grabs onto the rope. He has an idea of who the cause is. Team Rocket comes out and says their motto. Ash gets thrown off the rope, and Pikachu is put into a box. Ash demands for Pikachu back, but Team Rocket refuses to give it to him. They get into a wooden boat and sail away on a rope. The rope breaks. The boat falls and the box containing Pikachu flies out of Team Rocket's possession and into Ash's hands. Ash opens the box and Pikachu jumps in his arms. Team Rocket wants Pikachu and Hoothoot. Jessie sends out Arbok and James sends out Victreebel which attacks him again. Ash sends out Bulbasaur. Before the battle can begin Hoothoot runs around in circles. A faded white fog surrounds them and a Dragonite is revealed. Team Rocket wants to capture the Dragonite. Dragonite starts to run off with Team Rocket following it. Ash and co. couldn't see the Dragonite though.

Then suddenly, a bunch of Ashs appear. They all begin to talk claiming that they are the real Ash. Pikachu begins to get a headache and shocks everything around it. The Ashs disappear leaving the real one standing. Then a faint scream is heard from Misty. A bunch of bug Pokémon surrounds her. Brock tries to tell Misty that the bug Pokémon are only illusions. Misty claims that they seem to be real. Hoothoot begins to run off but is stopped by Ash. Ash tells Hoothoot to help Misty because she is the one that believes in it. Hoothoot gets its confidence back and uses a strong Foresight to see right through the illusions. A bunch of Haunter and Gengar are revealed. They were the ones that were creating the illusions. Bulbasaur uses a Vine Whip on them, and then Pikachu shocks them with Thundershock. The ghost Pokémon then disappear.

Ash tells Misty that he has finally trained Hoothoot. He picks Hoothoot up, but Hoothoot pecks him again and heads straight for Misty. Misty tells Ash that Hoothoot was only listening to him because it liked her. When daylight comes, Ash and co. find themselves at the same place where they were before, or was it? An old woman comes up to them. Ash and co. think that she is Hagatha, but the woman yells at them saying that she is Agatha, Hagatha's twin sister. Ash and co. are finally out of the forest, and they continue their way to Violet City. Meanwhile, Team Rocket imagines themselves at a beach, but they are really still in the forest surrounded by the Haunter and Gengar.

English Official Summary

Who would be foolish enough to brave a thick forest in the dead of night without a Hoothoot guide? Certainly not Ash Ketchum, but when he settles for the only guide available—an inept Hoothoot with no sense of direction—maybe he would have been better off alone...

Italian Official Summary

Chi può essere così stupido da affrontare un'intricata foresta nel cuore della notte senza una guida Hoothoot? Certamente non Ash Ketchum...

Portuguese Official Summary

A floresta pode ser bem assustadora de noite, especialmente se você está perdido! Nossos heróis precisarão de ajuda para sair dessa. É então que Hoothoot aparece para o resgate!

Spanish Latin America Official Summary

El bosque puede ser un lugar temible por la noche, ¡especialmente si estás perdido! Nuestros héroes necesitarán algo de ayuda para salir de este embrollo. ¡Hoothoot, al rescate!

Spanish Official Summary

¿Quién sería lo suficientemente tonto como para hacer frente a un espeso bosque a altas horas de la madrugada sin una guía Hoothoot? Desde luego no Ash…

English Great Britian Official Summary

Who would be foolish enough to brave a thick forest in the dead of night without a Hoothoot guide? Certainly not Ash Ketchum, but when he settles for the only guide available—an inept Hoothoot with no sense of direction—maybe he would have been better off alone...

Dutch Official Summary

Het bos kan een enge plek zijn 's nachts, vooral als je verdwaald bent! Onze helden hebben hulp nodig om uit de problemen te komen. Dan schiet Hoothoot ze te hulp!

French Official Summary

Qui serait assez fou pour oser s'enfoncer dans une forêt dense en pleine nuit, sans l'aide d'un guide Hoothoot ? Certainement pas Sacha...

German Official Summary

Wer ist wohl so dumm, mitten in der Nacht einen dichten Wald ohne Hoothoot-Führer zu betreten? Doch gewiss nicht Ash Ketchum…

Characters

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  • United States Ash Ketchum
  • Japan サトシ
  • Japan Satoshi
  • Japan Satoshi
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  • United States Pikachu
  • Japan ピカチュウ
  • Japan Pikachu
  • Japan Pikachu
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  • United States Misty
  • Japan カスミ
  • Japan Kasumi
  • Japan Kasumi
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  • United States Brock
  • Japan タケシ
  • Japan Takeshi
  • Japan Takeshi
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  • United States Gary Oak
  • Japan オーキド・シゲル
  • Japan Shigeru Ōkido
  • Japan Shigeru Okido
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  • United States Misty's Togepi
  • Japan カスミのトゲピー
  • Japan Kasumi no Togepi
  • Japan Kasumi's Togepi
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  • United States Meowth
  • Japan ニャース
  • Japan Nyarth
  • Japan Nyarth
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  • United States Jessie
  • Japan ムサシ
  • Japan Musashi
  • Japan Musashi
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  • United States James
  • Japan コジロウ
  • Japan Kojirō
  • Japan Kojiro
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  • United States Ash's Bulbasaur
  • Japan サトシのフシギダネ
  • Japan Satoshi no Fushigidane
  • Japan Satoshi's Fushigidane
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  • United States Jessie's Arbok
  • Japan ムサシのアーボック
  • Japan Musashi no Arbok
  • Japan Musashi's Arbok
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  • United States James's Victreebel
  • Japan コジロウのウツボット
  • Japan Kojirō no Utsubot
  • Japan Kojiro's Utsubot
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  • United States Hagatha
  • Japan スズ様
  • Japan Suzu-sama
  • Japan Suzu
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  • United States Hagatha's Hoothoot
  • Japan スズ様のホーホー
  • Japan Suzu-sama no Hoho
  • Japan Suzu's Hoho
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  • United States Nagatha
  • Japan カネ様
  • Japan Kane-sama
  • Japan Kane

Wild Pokémon

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  • United States Haunter
  • Japan ゴースト
  • Japan Ghost
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  • United States Gengar
  • Japan ゲンガー
  • Japan Gangar
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10:52

Who's that Pokémon Johto Journeys

11:15

Who's that Pokémon Dare da

23:05

Okido Segment Pokémon Lecture

Pokémon Lecture & Senryu
Pokémon Pigeon (ピジョン)
Japanese かぜおこし ピジョンにあおがれ よきとばし
Romaji
Translated

Japanese Music:

Time Track Notes
Japan 00:00 OK!
Japanese (Romanized): OK!
Japanese (Trans): OK!
Opening Theme for Japanese Version
Japan 01:29 1997-1998-M01 ~オープニング~
Japanese (Romanized): ~Opening~
Japanese (Trans): ~Opening~
The group stops in the middle of a forest.
Japan 02:24 1997-1998-M52 Title Card Kanto Title Card
Japan 03:02 1997-1998-M25 You Have to Earn Respect Already at night, the group hears strange sounds.
Japan 03:15 乱れ飛ぶモンスターボール
Japanese (Romanized): Midaretobu Monster Ball
Japanese (Trans): Wildly Flying Monster Balls
Movie 1 BGM - The group is frightened by a sudden scary face drawn on a tree.
Japan 03:48 1997-1998-M29 Not Another Argument! Shigeru appears with a Hoho.
Japan 05:20 1997-1998-M66 Goofball Alert Following Shigeru's advice, the group decides to find a Hoho.
Japan 06:07 Movie 1 Short - Madatsubomi Eyecatch The Hoho doesn't leave Kasumi.
Japan 06:19 Movie 1 Short - Togepi Cries (Fast Version) Hoho runs away from the group. The group is stopped by some strange rock formation.
Japan 06:56 1997-1998-M67 Wreakin' Havoc The group keeps running after Hoho, but as it sees how Pikachu is ordered to attack it, it attacks Satoshi.
Japan 07:47 1997-1998-M50 A Devious Plot The Hoho actually has an owner, and it's a strange old lady.
Japan 09:29 Movie 1 Short - Yadon Eyecatch Mrs. Suzu says that she rents out Hoho to people traveling through the forest, as they have the ability to see past the ghostly illusions.
Japan 10:07 1997-1998-M09 再会
Japanese (Romanized): Saikai
Japanese (Trans): Reunion
Satoshi shows interest in Hoho's usefulness.
Japan 10:39 1997-1998-M26 ロケット団隠密作戦
Japanese (Romanized): Rocket-dan Onmitsu Sakusen
Japanese (Trans): The Rocket Gang's Secret Schemes
Rocket Gang struggles to find a way out of the forest too.
Japan 11:15 1997-1998-M53 Eyecatch A Dare da?
Japan 11:22 1997-1998-M54 Eyecatch B Hoho!
Japan 11:52 1997-1998-M26 ロケット団隠密作戦
Japanese (Romanized): Rocket-dan Onmitsu Sakusen
Japanese (Trans): The Rocket Gang's Secret Schemes
Rocket Gang watches the group acting weirdly... except the group's eyes really see blue fireballs around them and are scared.
Japan 12:24 FLYINGカイリュウ
Japanese (Romanized): FLYING Kairyu
Japanese (Trans): Flying Kairyu
Movie 1 BGM - Hoho tries to use Foresight against the blue fireballs, but it's no use.
Japan 12:44 FLYINGカイリュウ
Japanese (Romanized): FLYING Kairyu
Japanese (Trans): Flying Kairyu
Movie 1 BGM - Hoho tries to use Foresight again, but the fireballs combine into one big fireball that shows a scary face, and Hoho runs away.
Japan 13:57 1997-1998-M73 Unconditional Love Satoshi tries to motivate Hoho, but once again it goes to Kasumi's feet.
Japan 15:04 1997-1998-M20 なんだかんだと聞かれたら…
Japanese (Romanized): Nandakanda to Kikaretara…
Japanese (Trans): If You Ask Us About Whatever…
Rocket Gang Motto
Japan 15:54 1997-1998-M27 激闘果てしなく~逃げろや逃げろ!
Japanese (Romanized): Nigero ya Nigero!
Japanese (Trans): Run Away, Run Away!
Rocket Gang gets on a cable boat, but the cable is cut and they fall into the ground, letting go the box with Pikachu.
Japan 16:41 1997-1998-M56 戦い(VSトレーナー)
Japanese (Romanized): Tatakai (VS Trainer)
Japanese (Trans): Battle (VS Trainer)
Rocket Gang sends out its Pokémon. The music plays until Utsubot bites Kojiro's head.
Japan 16:55 1997-1998-M30 大混戦
Japanese (Romanized): Daikonsen
Japanese (Trans): Chaos
Satoshi sends out Fushigidane.
Japan 18:33 1997-1998-M14 Rocket-Powered Disaster! Kasumi's worst fears, the bugs, all appear in front of herself (as illusions).
Japan 20:23 1997-1998-M04 出会いと別れと
Japanese (Romanized): Deai to Wakare to
Japanese (Trans): Meeting and Parting
The sun rises up over the forest and the group finds Mrs. Kane, Mrs. Suzu's twin sister.
Japan 21:36 Movie 1 Short - Grass Pokémon Eyecatch Rocket Gang are relaxing at a beach, except they don't realize it's an illusion caused by the Gangar.
Japan 21:44 ニャースのパーティ
Japanese (Romanized): Nyarth no Party
Japanese (Trans): Nyarth's Party
Ending Theme for Japanese Version
Japan 23:06 1997-1998-M33A Professor Okido's Pokémon Lectures Professor Okido's Pokémon Lecture
Japan 23:10 1997-1998-M18B トキワへの道‐マサラより
Japanese (Romanized): Tokiwa e no michi - Masara yori
Japanese (Trans): The Road to Tokiwa - From Masara
Okido explains the characteristics of Pigeon.
Japan 23:54 Okido's Senryū Theme Okido recites a Senryū.
Japan 24:05 Mezase Pokémon Master Instrumental Johto Episode 6 preview

Dub Music:

Time Track Notes
United States 00:00 Pokémon Johto Opening Theme for the English Dub
United States 01:05 1997-1998-M01 ~オープニング~
Japanese (Romanized): ~Opening~
Japanese (Trans): ~Opening~
The group stops in the middle of a forest.
United States 02:00 1997-1998-M52 Title Card Title Card
United States 03:26 1997-1998-M29 Not Another Argument! Gary appears with a Hoothoot.
United States 06:33 1997-1998-M67 Wreakin' Havoc The group keeps running after Hoothoot, but as it sees how Pikachu is ordered to attack it, it attacks Ash.
United States 09:44 1997-1998-M09 再会
Japanese (Romanized): Saikai
Japanese (Trans): Reunion
Ash shows interest in Hoothoot's usefulness.
United States 10:16 1997-1998-M26 ロケット団隠密作戦
Japanese (Romanized): Rocket-dan Onmitsu Sakusen
Japanese (Trans): The Rocket Gang's Secret Schemes
Team Rocket struggles to find a way out of the forest too.
United States 11:27 1997-1998-M26 ロケット団隠密作戦
Japanese (Romanized): Rocket-dan Onmitsu Sakusen
Japanese (Trans): The Rocket Gang's Secret Schemes
Team Rocket watches the group acting weirdly... except the group's eyes really see blue fireballs around them and are scared.
United States 13:31 1997-1998-M73 Unconditional Love Ash tries to motivate Hoothoot, but once again it goes to Misty's feet.
United States 14:39 1997-1998-M20 なんだかんだと聞かれたら…
Japanese (Romanized): Nandakanda to Kikaretara…
Japanese (Trans): If You Ask Us About Whatever…
Team Rocket's Motto
United States 15:29 1997-1998-M27 激闘果てしなく~逃げろや逃げろ!
Japanese (Romanized): Nigero ya Nigero!
Japanese (Trans): Run Away, Run Away!
Team Rocket gets on a cable boat, but the cable is cut and they fall into the ground, letting go the box with Pikachu.
United States 16:15 1997-1998-M56 戦い(VSトレーナー)
Japanese (Romanized): Tatakai (VS Trainer)
Japanese (Trans): Battle (VS Trainer)
Team Rocket sends out its Pokémon. The music plays until Victreebel bites James's head.
United States 16:30 1997-1998-M30 大混戦
Japanese (Romanized): Daikonsen
Japanese (Trans): Chaos
Ash sends out Bulbasaur.
United States 18:08 1997-1998-M14 Rocket-Powered Disaster! Misty's worst fears, the bugs, all appear in front of herself (as illusions).
United States 19:57 1997-1998-M04 出会いと別れと
Japanese (Romanized): Deai to Wakare to
Japanese (Trans): Meeting and Parting
The sun rises up over the forest and the group finds Agatha, Hagatha's twin sister.
United States 21:21 Two Perfect Girls (Swing Version) Pokémon Karaokémon
United States 22:21 Pokémon Johto Ending Theme for the English Dub

Music Statistics:

Number of Assigned Tracks to the Japanese Original: 32
Number of Assigned Tracks to the English Dub: 17