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| Camping It Up!
Pokémon Summer School Course!!
|| August 7, 2008
| United States
|| January 3, 2009
|| Team Iguchi
|| 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
|| 山田浩之 Hiroyuki Yamada
| Assistant director
|| 山田浩之 Hiroyuki Yamada
| Animation director
|| 夏目久仁彦 Kunihiko Natsume
| Additional credits
Camping It Up! (Japanese: ポケモンサマースクール開講！！ Pokémon Summer School Course!!) is the 88th episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 554th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 7, 2008 and in the United States on January 3, 2009.
On their way toward Celestic Town, Ash and his friends arrive at a Pokémon Summer Academy and decide to participate there after an invitation from Professor Rowan. At this event, many Trainers gather and spend time together for one week while learning various things about Pokémon. After being separated into one of three teams (Red, Blue, and Green), the Trainer's first task is to choose a random Poké Ball, train the Pokémon contained inside, taking a day to bond with it, and battle with it the next day. Many of the Pokémon that were highlighted had some kind of social issue, from lack of confidence in the case of Dawn's Grimer, to the all-out paranoia of Ash's Raichu. Being able to overcome such obstacles and befriend their Pokémon would require much more skill and patience and thus be a fitting test of a Trainer's ability to bond with their Pokémon.
Ash and friends also meet Angie, a competitive tomboy who quickly becomes Ash's rival. In a twist of fate, Angie and Ash are both assigned to the Red team and examples of the two competing occur throughout the first day, their antics causing them to be punished and their team to lose points. The two make up and get along better in the evening, but their rivalry picks right back up the next morning.
The morning before their battles, Ash and Angie do some last-minute training to overcome their Pokémon's issues. Ash boosted Raichu's confidence by encouraging it to use strong attacks. Raichu Digs itself underground to hide, and Ash attempts to pull it up. Raichu is bothered by the pulling, so it shocks Ash. Telling Raichu that you have to be pretty strong to make someone's hair look a mess like Raichu just did to him, Ash manages to get Raichu's confidence up. Angie sees this and bonded with Monferno by dodging the disobedient Pokémon's Ember attacks, taking a page from Ash's book and having her Pokémon attack her. Team Rocket stayed totally off the radar, with Jessie (under the alias Jessilinda) spending all of her time gushing over her Smoochum, while James and Meowth posed as janitors.
During the battles, Jessie squared off against Brock, Dawn faced Conway, and Ash battled Angie. After being hit with an attack while gushing over her Smoochum in the middle of battle, Jessie forfeit her round. The battle between Dawn and Conway was inconclusive, and the match between Ash and Angie, while intensely heated, ended in a draw once time ran out.
At the end of the day, Dawn wins the award for most development in their relationship with their Pokémon. The blue team came in first, the green in second, and the red in last. Even though Dawn's team got the most points, Ash and Angie lost them points for quarreling and their "daytime nap".
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- This is the first episode of the four-part Pokémon Summer Academy arc.
- Summer Vacation Fan Club is used as background music.
- In past episodes Jessie wanted to have her own Smoochum. In this episode, she gets to train one.
- None of James's Pokémon appear throughout the Summer Academy arc.
- Team Rocket do not appear in their standard uniforms throughout the Summer Academy arc.
- They also don't blast off or recite their motto during the entire arc.
- The three teams' names come from the first Pokémon games Red, Green, and Blue.
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