After the usual preview clips of the episode, which branded this as an "Atsuto Uchida Special" episode, Taka and the rest of the hosts greeted the audience.
As always, Taka did his usual gag of calling Shoko-tan cute, and she pointed out that she had gone to the Pokémon Center Tokyo and bought a bunch of Maaiika squid rice crackers, and gained 2 kg as a result.
Taka pointed out that he likes them a bit chubby, and that hey, Yukito is kinda chubby too, and he's cute as well. Yukikto asks Taka to tell him
that at the start of every episode too, and Taka tells him to come to his dressing room.
He starts handing him the key, but Toshi stops him, saying he
needs that key.
Today's guests are then introduced: The TV personality Serina
and Ayumu Kato
and Yosuke Matsuo
from the comedian duo Xabungle, who used to be recurring guests on Pokémon Smash as well.
As usual, the guests are asked about their favorite Pokémon. Serina's choice is Pikachu, which she does acknowledge as a stereotypical answer, but it's still the truth. Matsuo says he coincidentally likes Pikachu the best as well, while Kato says his favorite is everyone except
Taka then gets ready to introduce today's anime episode, but Toshi stops him and says they have another guest today as well; a big guest who'll be joining them all from Germany via a live video feed: Professional soccer player Atsuto Uchida
, who's currently playing for FC Schalke 04
in Gelsenkirchen, as well as the national Japanese soccer team.
Uchida greets Shoko-tan with Taka's usual line of calling her cute, which has quite a larger effect on her than when Taka says it. Uchida explains why he's joining them today: Pikachu has been chosen as the special supporter for the "adidas Circle Project with Pokémon"
, a massive project where video streams get set up at various public venues so people can watch the Japanese team's matches in the Brazil World Cup.
Many of these venues will have various celebrities present, Pikachu being one of these. Uchida tells that Pikachu will be present during the Kirin Challenge Cup friendly match where Japan plays New Zealand at March 5th and their Send-Off Game against Cyprus May 27th, as well as their World Cup qualification match against the Ivory Coast at Arena Pernambuco on June 15th, and tells all the Pokémon fans watching to please come to these public viewings.
Toshi explains that Uchida will be taking part in the PokéTV Challenge today too, all the way from Germany. Before that, though, it's time for PokéTV Animation, and today's rerun: Pocket Monsters Episode 20, Pokémon Ghosts and the Summer Festival
. After the episode ends, Shoko-tan explains that this episode's main Pokémon, Ghos
, can't actually be found anywhere in Pocket Monsters X or Y, but you can obtain one by taking its evolved forms Ghost
to the Pokémon Day Care and hatching the egg that gets discovered there afterwards.
Furthermore, in these games, Gangar can mega evolve further into Mega Gengar, which changes its Ability from Levitate
to Shadow Tag
, which prevents enemy Pokémon from escaping.
Finally, it's time for the PokéTV Challenge. Since Uchida is joining them via video feed from Germany, the only game they can easily play is "Brainbuster Quiz! PokéRiddle", so both of today's games ends up being this. The prize for the first game was a Pokémon Lunch Set, consisting of a lunch box, a plastic drinking bottle, a straw bottle and a hand towel set.
The question was as follows:
The Pokémon are playing soccer. They wanted to form a Keromatsu team, a Namakero team, a Tamagetake team and a Pikachu team, but which of these teams could they not make? （ケロマツチーム ナマケロチーム タマゲタケチーム ピカチュウチーム この中で絶対にまけないのは どのポケモンチームでしょう？）
(...) not make.
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The Pikachu team (there's no ma or ke in "Pikachu")
(ピカチュウチーム（ま と け が ない）)
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While most of the members got the answer right away, Shoko-tan and Uchida both needed some heavy hinting before they finally caught on to the answer. Since all the members completed the challenge, Toshi drew a letter from a viewer to get the present: 11-year-old Ayana Kimura from Oita. Toshi then presented the prize for the second riddle: a Japanese soccer team uniform signed by Uchida himself, plus a pair of soccer cleats.
The question was as follows:
The soccer team Satoshi and Pikachu play for received a written challenge from their rival team: We will definitely win the next tournament and get the "ゆうき"! What did the rival team talk about getting? （サトシとピカチュウが所属するサッカーチームにライバルチームから挑戦状 次の大会では絶対に勝ってゆうきをゲットするからな! ライバルチームがゲットするといっているのは何でしょう？）
A big ゆう and a small き
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The Championship pennant (ゆうしょうき, しょう can also mean "small", so ゆうしょうき can be read as "ゆう small き")
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Once again, most of the members got the answer right away, while it took Kato and Uchida a bit of time to think of the correct answer. Since they passed the challenge, Toshi picked out another letter from a viewer. This time, the prize went to 7-year-old Maya Shinohara from Hyogo.
Next, Director Yukito introduced his all-new segment: "Get Better While Having Fun! PokéBatTours!". He explains that this is a show that combines Pokémon battles with city exploration: They'll wander around various towns, and when they get to eateries, they'll have a Pokémon battle to determine whether they get to eat there or not. The Pokémon Battle Tour members is led by Yukito himself. He brings with him the comedian duo Rubber Girl
, which consists of Tsubasa Tobinaga
, a Pokémon veteran who has currently played Pocket Monsters X for over 300 hours, and Yosuke Omizu
, who is completely unfamiliar with the franchise. The final member of the team is model Nicole Fujita
, a huge Pokémon fan who made it to the Hall of Fame in Pocket Monsters Y in just a single day, and who is sporting Pokémon nail designs for the occasion.
Today, the team will be hanging out in the Makuhari area in Chiba. As the group walks down the street looking for local specialties, Nicole spots the Bay Melon Pan
store, named after their local specialty, a delicious melon bread that's crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. The group all want some, but Yukito stops them, and says they'll have to have a Pokémon battle first. The narrator then explains the rules for this segment: Every time they want to eat, one member of the team will have to fight an online battle against another player. The battles will be double battles, 4-on-4, with Pokémon getting their levels reduced to 50, and powerful Pokémon like Mewtwo being forbidden. The team member that will perform this battle will be chosen via lottery: Each member will pick one of three monster ball toys and open them, and the one to get the ball with a piece of paper saying "Challenge battle" inside will battle.
Omizu the Pokémon newbie "won" this first lottery. The four Pokémon he had chosen for his team were the Water/Dark type Gekkouga
, the Water type Lovecus
, the Water type Kamex
and the Water type Golduck
, and goes on to explain that he chose nothing but Water type Pokémon due to his name Omizu (大水, literally "great water" or "flood"). He is matched up against a player from Sweden, who starts by sending out a Nidoqueen
and a male Nyaonix
. Omizu starts with his Golduck and Gekkouga, however they're both underleveled: Golduck is level 36, and Gekkouga level 40. The rest of the team says he has no chance to win, but Omizu believes he can do it... at least until the Swede switches his Nidoqueen for a Spin Rotom
, which knocks ot his Gekkouga with a single hit from Volt Switch
, an Electric type attack further boosted by Rotom's Electric type on top of dealing double damage to Water types. The Swede's Nyaonix proceeds to beat both Omizu's Lovecus and Golduck with its Psychic
, before finishing his Kamex with a Heat Wave
from his Mega Lizardon Y
. Yukito says that since they lost, there'll be no melon bread for them, and Tobinaga gives Omizu some post-battle advice: Level your Pokémon to at least 50, and don't use Pokémon that are all of the same type. Director Yukito gets to eat the melon bread all by himself, and makes sure to rub it in just how good it tastes, as the trio
wovs to do better next time.
As they continue down the street, Nicole points to a sign advertising Honke Zeppin! Nikomi Katsu-curry (本家絶品!煮込みカツカレー)
, which specializes in its unique namesake, "Nikomi Katsu-curry", or "Boiled Pork Cutlet Curry", which is made by boiling boned pork ribs in a special salt-based broth for four hours before deep-frying them and serving them with curry and rice.
Of course, the team wants to try this. This time, Nicole wins the lottery, and will have to fight a Pokémon battle. She's fond of dragons, so she made Dragon type Pokémon the focus of her team, which consists of the Dark/Dragon type Sazandora
, the Dragon/Flying type Kairyu
and the Ground/Dragon type Flygon
as well as the Psychic/Fairy type Sirknight
for balance. She gets matched up against an American player, who starts off with a Gablias
and a Thunders
. Nicole starts off with her Kairyu and Sirknight, but her Kairyu gets defeated right away from one hit by the American Gablias' Dragon Claw
. The Gablias then goes on to defeat her Sazandora and Flygon in one hit with Dragon Claw as well, and she loses badly. Tobinaga explains that Dragon types are weak against Dragon type moves, and she had too many of them on her team, which she tries to defend by saying she loves them so much. However, once again, Yukito gets to eat all by himself in front of the jealous trio.
The team continue their journey, as Yukito takes them to the ultimate goal for the day: The Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex
, where the Next Generation World Hobby Fair '14 Winter
is currently underway (this was January 25th and 26th). This is where the Tokyo qualification rounds for the Dragon King Match
, the Shogi-inspired official tournament to determine the greatest Dragon type master in Japan. Battles are held in both the Pocket Monsters X and Y video games and the Pokémon Card Game, and there are also various shogi events for beginners going on. Of course, the PokéBat team will have to battle one of the participants in the Dragon King Match in order to eat one of the local specialties: Makuhari Potato from Petit Marier Makuhari Sweets Factory
, which is highly popular with local women.
The opponent chosen for the battle is 9-year-old Seitaro Nozawa. The team gets happy about their chances once he tells them he lost in the first round of the Dragon King Match, and even more so when the Pokémon expert on the team, Tobinaga, wins the lottery and gets to face him, though they lose some of that confidence when Seitaro tells them he lost the first round in the card game
division, and is actually pretty good at the video games. Seitaro starts by sending out Hariteyama
, while Tobinaga goes with Marilli
, and utilizes an effective strategy where Morobareru uses Rage Power
to direct all of Seitaro's attacks at itself, giving Marilli the opportunity to safely use Belly Drum
, which sharply raises its Attack while cutting its HP in half. He largely recovers the lost HP with an Obao (Sitrus) berry
, then proceeds to knock out Seitaro's team with repeated uses of the now highly powered-up Aqua Jet
, easily winning.
After the team has eaten the Makuhari Potato they won the right to, Tobinaga says he wants to try battling the winner of the video game division as well. Yukito agrees, and goes to get that day's (January 26th) winner: 12-year-old Haruto Akita
. Haruto starts the battle by sending out a male Nyaonix
and a Yukinooh
, while Tobnaga goes with Yuradle
. However, Haruto immediately switches his Yukinooh for a Dosidon
to receive minimal damage from the Fire type attack Tobinaga's Mega Lizardon X used against it, before having his Nyaonix use Trick Room
to make slower Pokémon like Dosidon move first. He then has Nyaonix further boost Dosidon's Rock Slide
with Helping Hand
, dealing huge amounts of damage to Tobinaga's entire team. In the end, Tobinaga ends up badly beaten, learning that he's nowhere near the level of tournament winners yet.
With this, today's PokéBatTours are over, but before the team leaves, Yukito points to a huge poster advertising the Pokémon World Championships, which will be held later this year in Washington D.C.. Tobinaga says they should all enter that, and Yukito agrees. Will this trio make it past the qualification rounds and all the way to America? Shoko-tan thinks it might be a bit hard for them, but as long as they pour enough love into their Pokémon, it will definitely pay off in the end. The hosts then end the episode by wishing Uchida good luck at the World Cup.