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君のそばで ~ヒカリのテーマ~
Kimi no Soba de ~Hikari no Theme~
Summary
Dawn is practicing for her first contest. She sends out Piplup. Piplup uses Bubblebeam, but it messes up and faints. Ash tells Dawn that she did good, but not good enough. Dawn doesn't give up yet. She orders Piplup to use Bubblebeam while spinning. Piplup follows Dawn's command, but it gets dizzy from the spinning. Ash, Brock, and Pikachu take cover as Piplup's attack heads for them. Then Piplup faints again. Dawn runs over to Piplup's side.

Team Rocket is laying on the ground. They are tired and hungry. Meowth states that he is so hungry that his mouth could go on strike. They stand up to search for food. Suddenly, they see a big mountain of food in front of them. Their eyes light up. Meowth runs over to take a berry. Before Meowth can eat it, Jessie stops him. Jessie notices that some Pokémon tracks near the mountain of berries, so some Pokémon must've collected the berries for themselves. Team Rocket doesn't care, and they steal all the berries. Meanwhile, a Golduck, Quagsire, Poliwag, and Wooper are happily carrying their berries back to their spot. When they get there, they notice that all their berries are gone. This makes Golduck angry.

Team Rocket is busy loading the berries in their Magikarp submarine. James says that they will never have to worry about being hungry again. James accidently drops one of the berries. Meowth reaches out to grab it. Meowth jumps to grab the berry, but he lands hard on the plank. The berries are thrown out of Team Rocket's grasp, and they land somewhere far away.

Team Rocket goes back to search for the berries again. They hear something from behind the bushes. They look to see what it is, and they see three dancing Ludicolo. In between the Ludicolo is a small pile of berries. Meowth notices that the tracks they saw earlier couldn't have come from the Ludicolo, however he thinks the Ludicolo would make a perfect present for the boss. Team Rocket thinks about all the money they will get. Suddenly, they see Golduck, Quagsire, Poliwag, and Wooper. Meowth translates what Golduck is saying. Golduck is telling the Ludicolo that they stole its pile of berries. Team Rocket now knows who the berries they stole belong to. They plan on helping the Pokémon, and then when the Pokémon trust them, they plan to steal them.

Team Rocket comes out into the opening as judges. They tell Golduck that it doesn't have any proof that Ludicolo stole their berries. Golduck points to the small pile that Ludicolo has, but Jessie doesn't see Golduck's name written on it. Golduck is still angry about this. Team Rocket takes off their disguises. Jessie sends out Seviper, and James sends out Carnivine. Seviper hits Golduck with its Poison Tail attack. Then Carnivine uses Bite on Golduck. Golduck falls to the ground, and its friends run up to it. Finally, Seviper uses Haze, and the four water Pokémon run off. Then Team Rocket tries to get the Ludicolo to trust them. The three Ludicolo are happy, and they swing Team Rocket around. Team Rocket runs off in a dizzy state.

Meanwhile, Ash and co. have stopped for lunch. Piplup hears something, and it runs away. Pikachu notices that Piplup is missing. Brock turns around and notices that Piplup is gone, too. Piplup runs into the opening. It use Bubblebeam while spinning, but it faints again. Suddenly, Golduck, Quagsire, Poliwag, and Wooper run right into Piplup. Piplup asks the Pokémon what they are doing. Golduck explains the situation to Piplup, and Piplup decides to lead the Pokémon somewhere. Ash and co. watch Piplup walk with the other Pokémon, and Dawn wonders what Piplup is planning to do. Ash looks up Golduck in his Pokédex. Ash and co. decide to follow the Pokémon to see where Piplup is taking them.

Meanwhile, Team Rocket is in their Magikarp submarine enjoying the berries that they stole. Jessie knows that Golduck will be back, but it will be easier to catch them. Piplup leads the four water Pokémon to the Ludicolo. Piplup walks up to the Ludicolo and begins to talk to them. Ash and co. see Piplup talking to the Ludicolo. Dawn looks up Ludicolo in her Pokédex. Ash and co. realize that Piplup isn't too happy with the Ludicolo. The Ludicolo use their Water Gun attacks on Piplup. This makes Piplup angry, so it Peck. The Ludicolo dodge the attack. Ash and co. think that Piplup is trying to act as a leader towards Golduck and its friends. Meanwhile, James is looking through his binoculars. He sees Piplup meaning that Ash and co. are nearby. Piplup tries to attack the Ludicolo again, but the Ludicolo dodge and Piplup ends up being thrown to the lense of the binoculars. Jessie steps in and throws Piplup off the lense. Then she sees Ash and co. coming their way.

Suddenly, Team Rocket's submarine surfaces the water. Team Rocket gets out, and they say their motto. Ash and co. wonder what Team Rocket is doing here. Piplup goes back to Ash and co. It yells at Team Rocket. Team Rocket sees that Piplup is the bodyguard for Golduck and its friends. Piplup tries to attack Team Rocket's submarine, but it's too weak and ends up falling back into the water. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt. Team Rocket quickly takes cover in their submarine. Their submarine is electricity-proof, so the Thunderbolt has no effect on them. Then Meowth presses a button from inside their submarine. Their submarine faces Ash and co. Two ropes are launched from their submarine, and they tie up Golduck and its friends, the Ludicolo, and Pikachu. Piplup tries to save the Pokémon by using Peck on the submarine, but its attack doesn't seem to be working.

Jessie notices that Piplup is being a pain. Meowth presses another button, and a bunch of Remoraid rockets fly out of their submarine. These rockets begin to hit Piplup and weaken it. Piplup falls to the ground. It begins to cry because it couldn't save the Pokémon. Dawn tells Piplup not to give up because it promised to save the Pokémon. Piplup stands up. It jumps into the air, spins around, and use Bubblebeam. Ash and co. notice that Piplup isn't growing dizzy. The Bubblebeam attack begins to explode the rockets. Then Piplup flips in the air and lands safely on the ground.

Piplup uses Bubblebeam again to create a whirlpool around Team Rocket. Team Rocket grows dizzy as their submarine is trapped in the whirlpool. Ash and co. free the Pokémon. When the whirlpool subsides, Team Rocket's submarine surfaces the water. Team Rocket opens the door for air. Pikachu then uses Thunderbolt on Team Rocket. Team Rocket gets shocked, and their submarine explodes. All the berries that Team Rocket stole fly down onto the ground. Golduck realizes that Ludicolo didn't steal their berries, and it shakes hands with Ludicolo. Team Rocket walks onto land again. They look up and see all the Pokémon glaring at them. Jessie tells the Pokémon that they were saving the berries for them. The Pokémon doesn't believe her, and they all use their Water Gun attacks on Team Rocket. Team Rocket blasts off again.

Now that all the berries are safe, Ash and co. wave goodbye to Golduck, Quagsire, Poliwag, Wooper, and the three Ludicolo. Ash says that Piplup was the hero. Dawn tells Piplup that it was awesome. Dawn tells Piplup to use its move again. Piplup jumps into the air, spins around, and uses Bubblebeam. This time Piplup doesn't mess up. Dawn thinks that she and Piplup are now both ready for their contest. Then they all run towards Jubilife City.

English Official Summary

It's a rough day for hero and villain alike, as Dawn's Piplup struggles to perfect a move for the upcoming Pokémon Contest and Team Rocket struggles to find something to eat. Team Rocket lucks out and finds a giant pile of berries in the middle of a field, but nearby footprints suggest the berries already belong to someone—or some Pokémon. Team Rocket steals the berries anyway, but a slip-up lands some of the berries in the possession of a Ludicolo trio. Then the berries' real owners, a Golduck and its Water Pokémon friends, show up and mistake the Ludicolo for the real berry thieves! Team Rocket steps in and defeats Golduck, all part of their plan to get the Ludicolo on their good side so they can snag them for the boss. Alas, this plan is quickly abandoned when the grateful Ludicolo turn out to be too energetic for Team Rocket to bear. As for the dejected Golduck and its friends, they have the good fortune to run into Piplup. Piplup take charges and goes right up to the Ludicolo, determined to show them the error of their ways. Team Rocket watches it all while feasting on their ill-gotten berries and, unsurprisingly, decides this is a great opportunity to steal a whole lot of Pokémon at once. Team Rocket pounces on the gathered Pokémon with the help of their Magikarp submarine. Piplup tries to save them, but Team Rocket launches a swarm of robot Remoraid that are just too much for Piplup to handle. That is, until Piplup finally pulls off a Contest-worthy spinning Bubblebeam move that wrecks the robots and turns the tide in our heroes' favor! Once it's revealed that Team Rocket had the berries all along, Golduck apologizes for falsely accusing the Ludicolo and the Pokémon join forces to beat Team Rocket. And with an amazing new move mastered, Dawn and Piplup can look forward to their upcoming Contest with newfound confidence!

French Official Summary

C'est une dure journée pour nos héros et nos voyous : le Tiplouf d'Aurore essaye tant bien que mal de perfectionner un coup pour le prochain Concours Pokémon, tandis que la Team Rocket recherche désespérément de quoi manger.

German Official Summary

Auf dem Weg nach Jubelstadt zu Lucias erstem Pokémon-Wettbewerb beschließt Plinfa, einer Gruppe von Pokémon zu helfen.

Italian Official Summary

È una giornata dura per i buoni e per i cattivi, con il Piplup di Lucinda che cerca di perfezionare una mossa per la prossima Gara di Pokémon e il Team Rocket alla disperata ricerca di qualcosa da mangiare.

Portuguese Official Summary

A caminho da Cidade de Jubilife e o primeiro Torneio Pokémon de Dawn, Piplup decide ajudar um grupo de Pokémon necessitados.

Finnish Official Summary

Matkalla Jubilife Cityyn Dawnin ensimmäiseen Pokémon-kilpailuun, Piplup päättääkin auttaa hädässä olevaa Pokémon-ryhmää.

Spanish Latin America Official Summary

En su camino hacia Ciudad Júbilo y al primer Concurso podemos de Dawn, Piplup decide ayudar a un grupo de Pokémon necesitados.

Spanish Official Summary

Es un duro día tanto para el héroe como para el villano. El Piplup de Maya lucha por conseguir un movimiento perfecto para el próximo Concurso Pokémon, y el Team Rocket lucha por encontrar algo de comer.

English Great Britian Official Summary

It's a rough day for hero and villain alike, as Dawn's Piplup struggles to perfect a move for the upcoming Pokémon Contest and Team Rocket struggles to find something to eat. Team Rocket lucks out and finds a giant pile of berries in the middle of a field, but nearby footprints suggest the berries already belong to someone—or some Pokémon. Team Rocket steals the berries anyway, but a slip-up lands some of the berries in the possession of a Ludicolo trio. Then the berries' real owners, a Golduck and its Water Pokémon friends, show up and mistake the Ludicolo for the real berry thieves! Team Rocket steps in and defeats Golduck, all part of their plan to get the Ludicolo on their good side so they can snag them for the boss. Alas, this plan is quickly abandoned when the grateful Ludicolo turn out to be too energetic for Team Rocket to bear. As for the dejected Golduck and its friends, they have the good fortune to run into Piplup. Piplup take charges and goes right up to the Ludicolo, determined to show them the error of their ways. Team Rocket watches it all while feasting on their ill-gotten berries and, unsurprisingly, decides this is a great opportunity to steal a whole lot of Pokémon at once. Team Rocket pounces on the gathered Pokémon with the help of their Magikarp submarine. Piplup tries to save them, but Team Rocket launches a swarm of robot Remoraid that are just too much for Piplup to handle. That is, until Piplup finally pulls off a Contest-worthy spinning Bubblebeam move that wrecks the robots and turns the tide in our heroes' favor! Once it's revealed that Team Rocket had the berries all along, Golduck apologizes for falsely accusing the Ludicolo and the Pokémon join forces to beat Team Rocket. And with an amazing new move mastered, Dawn and Piplup can look forward to their upcoming Contest with newfound confidence!

Russian Official Summary

По пути в Джубили Сити, месту проведения первого Состязания Покемонов Доун, Пиплап решает помочь группе покемонов, попавших в беду.

Dutch Official Summary

Onderweg naar Jubilife City en de eerste Pokémon Wedstrijd van Dawn, besluit Piplup om een groep Pokémon in nood te helpen.

Norwegian Official Summary

På veien til Jubilife City og Dawns første Pokémon-konkurranse, bestemmer Piplup seg for å hjelpe en gruppe trengende Pokémon.

Swedish Official Summary

På vägen till Jubilife City och Dawns första Pokémon-tävling, bestämmer sig Piplup för att hjälp en grupp människor i nöd.

Danish Official Summary

På vej til Jubilife City og Dawns første Pokémon-konkurrence beslutter Piplup sig for at komme en gruppe nødstedte Pokémon til undsætning.

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 Giovanni
  • Japan サカキ
  • Japan Sakaki
  • Japan Sakaki
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  • United States Brock
  • Japan タケシ
  • Japan Takeshi
  • Japan Takeshi
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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 Dawn
  • Japan ヒカリ
  • Japan Hikari
  • Japan Hikari
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  • United States Ash's Aipom
  • Japan サトシのエイパム
  • Japan Satoshi no Eipam
  • Japan Satoshi's Eipam
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  • United States Ash's Turtwig
  • Japan サトシのナエトル
  • Japan Satoshi no Naetle
  • Japan Satoshi's Naetle
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  • United States Ash's Starly
  • Japan サトシのムックル
  • Japan Satoshi no Mukkuru
  • Japan Satoshi's Mukkuru
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  • United States Dawn's Piplup
  • Japan ヒカリのポッチャマ
  • Japan Hikari no Pochama
  • Japan Hikari's Pochama
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  • United States Jessie's Seviper
  • Japan ムサシのハブネーク
  • Japan Musashi no Habunake
  • Japan Musashi's Habunake
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  • United States James's Carnivine
  • Japan コジロウのマスキッパ
  • Japan Kojirō no Muskippa
  • Japan Kojiro's Muskippa
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  • United States Wobbuffet
  • Japan ソーナンス
  • Japan Sonansu
  • Japan Sonansu
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  • United States James's Mime Jr.
  • Japan コジロウのマネネ
  • Japan Kojirō no Manene
  • Japan Kojiro's Manene
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  • United States Marian
  • Japan モモアン
  • Japan Momoan
  • Japan Momoan

Wild Pokémon

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  • United States Golduck
  • Japan ゴルダック
  • Japan Golduck
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  • United States Poliwag
  • Japan ニョロモ
  • Japan Nyoromo
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  • United States Wooper
  • Japan ウパー
  • Japan Upah
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  • United States Quagsire
  • Japan ヌオー
  • Japan Nuoh
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  • United States Ludicolo
  • Japan ルンパッパ
  • Japan Runpappa
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11:07

Eyecatch Diamond and Pearl Eyecatch

Third variation of the Diamond and Pearl Intro and Return Eyecatches featuring Hikari, Satoshi and Takeshi.
23:05

Okido Segment Pokémon Encyclopedia

Pokémon Encyclopedia & Senryu
Theme Pokémon Breeder (ポケモンブリーダー)
Japanese ポケモンに つくしてそだてる ブリーダー
Romaji Pokemon ni tsukushite sodateru buriidaa
Translated

Japanese Music:

Time Track Notes
Japan 00:11 2006-2010(DP)-M05 ~君のそばで(ヒカリのテーマ)~ (BONUS-TRACK)
Japanese (Romanized): Kimi no soba de (Hikari no Theme)
Japanese (Trans): By Your Side (Hikari's Theme)
Hikari begins her "performance" in the contest.
Japan 00:53 ゴンベのテーマ
Japanese (Romanized): Gonbe no Theme
Japanese (Trans): Gonbe's Theme
Movie 7 BGM - Satoshi, Takeshi and Pikachu disapprove Hikari's "performance".
Japan 01:34 Together <TVバージョン>
Japanese (Romanized): Together <TV Version>
Japanese (Trans): Together <TV Version>
Opening Theme for Japanese Version
Japan 03:02 2006-2010(DP)-Subtitle Diamond & Pearl Title Card
Japan 04:19 Movie 2 Short - Tamatama The Pokémon notice the disappearance of their food.
Japan 05:35 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
Nyarth's boss fantasy: Sakaki uses the Runpappa to create music for his activities.
Japan 06:17 1997-1998-M28 Today's Pokémon Curiosity Koduck accuses the Runpappa of stealing the food.
Japan 08:17 2006-2010(DP)-M19 Rocket Gang use their Pokémon to drive off Koduck & co.
Japan 09:39 ゴンベのテーマ
Japanese (Romanized): Gonbe no Theme
Japanese (Trans): Gonbe's Theme
Movie 7 BGM - Pochama walks away from the group and practices his BubbleBeam appeal.
Japan 10:41 Movie 2 Short - Exploration Club Pochama assumes the leadership of the Pokémon's group and walks ahead, towards the Runpappa, with the Pokémon following behind (the opening drums of the music are skipped).
Japan 11:08 2006-2010(DP)-Eyecatch A Eyecatch Break
Japan 11:14 2006-2010(DP)-M21 210ばんどうろ(昼)
Japanese (Romanized): 210-ban dōro (hiru)
Japanese (Trans): Route 210 (Day)
Sponsor Message
Japan 11:24 2006-2010(DP)-Eyecatch D Eyecatch Return
Japan 12:10 Movie 4 BGM - Celebi Refuses Movie 4 BGM - Pochama starts discussing with the Runpappa, in the defense of Koduck and co.
Japan 13:24 2006-2010(DP)-M11 視線!げいじゅつか
Japanese (Romanized): Shisen! Geijutsuka
Japanese (Trans): Eye Contact! Artist
Pochama uses Peck towards the Runpappa, but they dodge, causing the penguin Pokémon to fly towards the river and smack into Rocket Gang's sub's periscope.
Japan 14:11 2006-2010(DP)-M17 Rocket Gang's Diamond & Pearl Motto Variation
Japan 15:13 2006-2010(DP)-M13 戦闘!野生ポケモン
Japanese (Romanized): Sentō! Yasei Pokémon
Japanese (Trans): Fight! Wild Pokémon
Pochama starts pecking Rocket Gang's sub.
Japan 16:26 2006-2010(DP)-M18 Rocket Gang launches Teppouo rockets at Pochama.
Japan 17:23 2006-2010(DP)-M22 206ばんどうろ(昼)
Japanese (Romanized): 206-ban dōro (hiru)
Japanese (Trans): Route 206 (Day)
Pochama starts a triumphant first successful BubbleBeam appeal to destroy the Teppouo rockets and then blast off Rocket Gang.
Japan 19:09 Movie 2 Short - Final Farewell The berries that Rocket Gang stolen fly down onto the ground and Koduck discovers that Runpappa weren't guilty at all, and they make up.
Japan 19:40 Movie 6 Short - Escaping Destruction Rocket Gang is confronted by all the betrayed Pokémon, who use their Water Gun to send the trio blasting off.
Japan 20:41 2006-2010(DP)-M21 210ばんどうろ(昼)
Japanese (Romanized): 210-ban dōro (hiru)
Japanese (Trans): Route 210 (Day)
The Pokémon have the berries and wave goodbye to the group.
Japan 21:54 君のそばで〜ヒカリのテーマ〜
Japanese (Romanized): Kimi no soba de 〜Hikari no Theme〜
Japanese (Trans): By Your Side 〜Hikari's Theme〜
Ending Theme for Japanese Version
Japan 23:15 2006-2010(DP)-M22 206ばんどうろ(昼)
Japanese (Romanized): 206-ban dōro (hiru)
Japanese (Trans): Route 206 (Day)
Professor Okido's Pokémon Encyclopedia
Japan 23:20 2006-2010(DP)-M08 201ばんどうろ(昼)
Japanese (Romanized): 201-ban dōro (hiru)
Japanese (Trans): Route 201 (Day)
Okido explains the characteristics of the Pokémon Breeder.
Japan 24:04 Okido's Senryū Theme Okido recites a Senryū.
Japan 24:15 2006-2010(DP)-M11 視線!げいじゅつか
Japanese (Romanized): Shisen! Geijutsuka
Japanese (Trans): Eye Contact! Artist
Diamond & Pearl Episode 8 preview
Japan 24:45 2006-2010(DP)-M01 けんきゅうじょ(オープニング)
Japanese (Romanized): Kenkyūjo (Opening)
Japanese (Trans): Laboratory (Opening)
Sponsor Message

Music Statistics:

Number of Assigned Tracks to the Japanese Original: 28
Number of Assigned Tracks to the English Dub: 0
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