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Apr 04 2011 Pokémon Smash 26
Episode PicturePokémon Smash Episode 26, A New Land! A New Adventure!! / Robert's and the International Division's Spring-themed Pokémon Charaben-making Showdown / If Director Shoko-tan Loses This Pokémon Battle, She's Fired?(新たなる大地!新たなる冒険!! / ロバートとインターナショナル部が春にピッタリのポケモンのキャラ弁作りで対決! / しょこたん部長がポケモンバトル、負けたらクビ?), aired on Sunday in Japan.

A new opening was revealed in this episode. It features the current Best Wishes main characters Pokémon as well as a Monmen. Even though the opening shows a Monmen and the anime's main character Pokémon, it is *possible* that the Monmen is Akiyama's as he seems to have taken a liking to Monmen in Smash just like he did with HootHoot in Sunday. It is also possible that the Monmen is one of the main character Pokémon. It is currently unknown at this time what significance the Monmen in the opening plays or if its just a wild Pokémon.

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Golgo introduces this weeks rerun episode as part of the Pokémon Library and he also announces this weeks theme, The first step is a big step!(はじめの1歩は大きな1歩!). This weeks Pokémon Library rerun episode was A New Land! A New Adventure!! (新たなる大地!新たなる冒険!!) from the Advanced Generation series. A full summary of that episode is available in the episode guide. Red said the go-to line 'OK! Pokémon Library!' to start the repeat episode.

After the Pokémon Library episode aired, the Internation Division girls showed up. Shoko-tan opened a box of rice cakes that she made that looked like Golgo. Everyone was impressed with how good they resembled him. The International Division and the Adventure Division then showed their combined VTR video.

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In the VTR clip, the Internation Division girls and Robert from the Adventure Division went off to have a Spring-themed Pokémon Charaben-making Showdown. Head Judge Yukio Hattori(審査院長 服部幸應先生) who is best known from being on the Japanese television show Iron Chef met the cast and would be judging their creations. Oda Kinuko (審査員 尾田衣子) was also a judge.

Yummy! Cute! Nutritionally Balanced! Make Nutritional Recipes! Pokémon Bento Box Book(おいしい!かわいい!栄養バランスよし! 食育レシピでつくる!ポケモンお弁当BOOK) is newly released book that was being promoted during this episode. Yukio Hattori and Oda Kinuko both collaborated to write the book.

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Hana made a bento box based off of Shikijika, Maria based her's off of Munna and Mamanbou and Misaki based her's off of Pokabu, Chaoboo and Enbuoh.

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Baba made a whole scene in his larger box that was based of the Isshu region map. It also featured Herderrier, Emonga, Tunbear, Swanna, Hahakomori, Crimgan, Waruvile and Yanappu.

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Akiyama made a Darumakka who was facing away. Obviously everyone didn't know what it was until Akiyama explained it to them. He also made Nageki by wrapping a paper towel around a red pepper and a Dageki by wrapping a paper towel around an eggplant. He also showed his Vanipeti which was just an ice cream cone with Black Beans(黒まめ) for eyes. Misaki though was crowned the winner by the judges.

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In this weeks in-studio viewer battle, if Director Shoko-tan Loses this Pokémon Battle, will she's Fired? Shoko-tan faced 10 year old Sudō Atsushi (須藤篤志). Shoko-tan defeated him without loosing a Pokémon. She said she tried to apply the things she learned from Game Freak Game Designer Shigeki Morimoto who visited the Smash cast in episode #21.

A segment that was supposed to air during Pokémon Smash Episode #23 which showcased the launch of Pokémon BW in New York was shown at the end of this episode. Footage from the London March 4th launch event was also shown. Game Freak director Junichi Masuda (増田順一) and artist Ken Sugimori (杉森建) were both on hand during the London launch to sign games. They also visited New York on March 5th for the launch of the games in the United States.

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April 2011 Calendar

The April 2011 Pokémon Smash Calendar was posted on the official website. The wallpaper was first showcased on Pokémon Smash #11 and features Robert.

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Characters and Pictures from this episode have been added to the episode guide. You can also comment and discuss this episode on the forum. Also be sure to rate this and other episodes in the episode guide.
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