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| Less is Morrison
Rival Enters! Masamune and Dumbber!!
|| March 10, 2005
| United States
|| February 11, 2006
|| Team Ota
|| 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
|| 大山和弘 Kazuhiro Ōyama
| Assistant director
|| 渡辺正彦 Masahiko Watanabe
| Animation director
|| 広岡歳仁 Toshihito Hirooka
| No additional credits are available at this time.
Less is Morrison (Japanese: ライバル登場！マサムネとダンバル！！ Rival Enters! Masamune and Dumbber) is the 118th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 392nd episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on March 10, 2005 and in the United States on February 11, 2006.
On their way to Slateport City where the Grand Festival is held, Ash, Max, May, and Brock are relaxing in the woods and eating with their Pokémon. Ash and May, with their Pokémon, eat quickly so they can get started on their training, Ash with his Snorunt training Snorunt's Ice Beam while May trains her Pokémon for the Grand Festival. While Ash tries to get his Snorunt to use Ice Beam, a rice ball comes rolling down a hill, followed by a stocky male with red hair.
After some confusion with the rice ball which ended up with Munchlax eating it, the boy introduces himself as Morrison, and he tells Ash that he's going to win first prize in the Hoenn League. Ash then introduces himself and says that he is going to win it. They then go on to argue about who is the better of the two Trainers with Ash saying that he will be the best Trainer in the Universe and Morrison saying that he will be the best Trainer in the Universe of Universes etc. He then challenges him to a battle.
Ash uses his Pikachu and Morrison uses his Beldum. May consults her Pokédex and it reveals that Beldum emits magnetic waves to repel the Earth's magnetic field. Morrison's Beldum starts by using Take Down, Ash asks his Pikachu to dodge and use Quick Attack which hits Beldum. After Max reveals that the only move known to Beldum is Take Down, Morrison tells his Beldum to use Take Down again, this time Ash tells Pikachu to dodge and use Thunderbolt which also hits Beldum. May and Max comments that this will be an easy win for Pikachu because Beldum only knows one move. Beldum once again uses Take Down and Pikachu dodges it again but Beldum immediately launches another Take Down this time catching Pikachu by surprise and hits Pikachu strongly. After Pikachu lands heavily, Beldum launches another Take Down which catches Pikachu again. However, neither Beldum or Pikachu were done and each launches Take Down and Iron Tail respectively. The battle ends in a double knock-out with both Pokémon unable to battle. Morrison then boasts that he has seven Badges and Ash sheepishly boasts that he already has eight. Also when Brock tells Morrison that the competition is only two months away he freaks out and rushes away to win his eighth Badge.
Later, Ash meets up with Morrison at the Pokémon Center and the two race to get their Pokémon healed, leading to them both crashing into the door and sliding across the floor into the counter and begging Nurse Joy to heal their Pokémon before the other, much to Joy's surprise. The two then compete in an eating Contest, and attempt to see who can stay in hot water for the longest amount of time. That night, Morrison sleeps outside with his Beldum to enjoy the nature, and Ash decides to join in with Pikachu, the two rivals have a conversation while in the tree, until they both fall asleep after a long day.
In the morning the two continue to compete. They get into a race, leading to both Ash and Morrison sliding down a cliff. Spotting a single apple hanging from a branch on a nearby tree, Ash challenges Morrison to race to see who can get to the apple first. The race doesn't end too well as Morrison and Ash slam into the tree, ending up snapping the apple in half and both ending their competition in a draw. Finding this to be the perfect opportunity to catch the duo off-guard, Jessie, James and Meowth manage to trap Ash and Morrison in a cage. The two of them work together to break out and chase after the Team Rocket. Ash and Morrison catch up to them and fight Seviper and Cacnea on their own in their desperation to free their own Pokémon, leading to them falling in defeat. Eventually getting back up and continuing to fight them off, they free Pikachu and Beldum. The two Pokémon work together and manage to defeat the Rockets, sending them blasting off again.
Morrison then sails off, promising to meet Ash in the Hoenn League.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Pokémon Trainer's Choice: Trapinch
- The English dub title is a pun on the phrase "less is more".
- Beldum's size seems to change during the episode. While it is sleeping next to Morrison in their hammock, it appears to be as long as the length between Morrison's head and waist; this is how large it appears throughout most the episode. However, while it is in the cage with Pikachu, it is considerably smaller, more akin to its described 0.6 m (2 ft) length.
The rice ball in the Japanese version
The sandwich in the dubbed version
- Morrison's giant rice ball is turned into a giant sandwich.
- Team Rocket's rice ball is turned into a cracker.
- Question: Trainers, Which Pokémon goes from land to sky in one evolution?
- Choices: Noctowl, Trapinch, Loudred
- Answer: Okay, Trainers! If you chose Trapinch, you were right!
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