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| The Lonely Snover!
The Lonely Yukikaburi!
|| April 2, 2009
| United States
|| August 22, 2009
|| Team Iguchi
|| 松井亜弥 Aya Matsui
|| 山田浩之 Hiroyuki Yamada
| Assistant director
|| 渡辺正彦 Masahiko Watanabe
| Animation director
|| 夏目久仁彦 Kunihiko Natsume
| Additional credits
The Lonely Snover! (Japanese: さびしがりやのユキカブリ！ The Lonely Yukikaburi!) is the 121st episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 587th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on April 2, 2009, as part of a one-hour special along with DP122 and in the United States on August 22, 2009.
“Pausing for a moment on their way to Snowpoint City, and Ash’s next Sinnoh Gym Battle; A mountain cliff with a sprawling view catches their attention.” As they admire the view, they hear a group of Cherrim cheerfully singing in their sunshine form. Dawn comments on their cuteness, while Ash announces his restlessness on days such as this. Ash voices his eagerness for his battle in Snowpoint City, and Dawn remarks on this unaware they are being watched.
Ash begins to train Grotle and Chimchar in a battle, as Brock, Dawn, Piplup and Pikachu watch. Ash commands Grotle to use razor leaf, and Chimchar to dodge and use Flamethrower. Chimchar doges the storm of leaves, and unleashes its Flamethrower. Ash tells Grotle to dodge and use Bite, however due to its speed lost from evolving Grotle is hit in the side of the face. Grotle shakes off the attack and continues with its previous instructions. Grotle clenches its jaws onto Chimchar’s arm, pinning it to the ground. Brock and Dawn comment on how strong Grotle has become since it evolved. Ash orders Chimchar to knock Grotle off with another flamethrower. Temportarily phased by the flames, Grotle lets lose and backs away allowing Chimchar to stand up. Grotle remarks on Chimchar’s attack, and Ash calls an end to the training match. Ash praises Chimchar for a good job, then Grotle with Pikachu joining in. Ash notices Grotle’s exhaustion and suggest to Grotle to heal it self with Synthesis. Grotle agrees, and looks up at the sun using Synthesis. Healed it wallows with happiness, that is until a Power Snow hurtles towards it and the others. Ash and the gang are flash frozen in various poses of surprise, with the exception of Chimchar’s tail flame. A Snover pops out from behind a bush, and cautiously approaches. Snover investigates them, then breaks into a gleeful dance before noticing Chimchar’s still roaring tail flame. The flame melts and brakes free from the ice causing Snover to retreat in fear. Snover hides behind its bush, then peaks back to see Chimchar freshly thawed from the ice. Chimchar is a little dazed as it falls back, then it becomes fully aware when it sees the other’s frozen condition. Chimchar uses Flamethrower to thaw and free the others. Confused on what had taken place, they decide to go.
Snover continues to stalk them from behind bushes, stopping to use Grass Knot against them. Ash falls causing Brock to rush to his aid, also falling victim to Grass Knot. Dawn begins to comment on how they should watch where they are going, only to met a similar fate. Brock questions the event, and observes two grass blades tied into a loop around his foot. Brock identifies it as a Grass Knot, and the group realizes that the strange events from before and this was caused by a Pokémon. Dawn suspects the Pokémon of still being around as Snover laughs. Ash calls attention to the bush Snover is hiding behind, and they go to investigate. Snover panics from their threats and uses it’s Ingrain attack, capturing Ash and the others. Snover comes out of hiding and dances mockingly, revealing who it was that been playing pranks on them. Ash, who had his hands free, pulls out his Pokédex to identify Snover. Thinking it has secured them, Snover approaches them. Ash angrily calls out Grotle and has it use Razor Leaf to free them. Snover preemptively uses Leaf Whistle to put everyone asleep, then happily goes over to Ash to wake him. Snover shakes Ash’s shoulder waking him up and surprising him. Snover gleefully hugs Ash, and snuggles him. Leaf Whistle’s effects wears off the others, who wake up to the scene. Dawn questions Ash on what was happening, and Ash replies that Snover is showing what he’s like friendly. Snover lets go of Ash, picking a Snoverberry off itself for Ash. Ash accepts, causing Dawn and Brock to examine the strange gift. Ash splits his giving half to Brock, and Snover hands Dawn a whole one. They all split their shares with the Pokémon and consume the pieces. They are surprised by the taste, and then they thank Snover. Brocks comes up with the conclusion that Snover used all the pranks so he could stop them, then share the fruit with them. Snover becomes embarrassed as Ash comments on how extreme its approach was, while Team Rocket spies on them from above. From their balloon, Team Rocket begin to plan a scheme to give Snover to the Boss. They fantasize about the Boss opening up Snoverberry stands, and becoming richer by cornering the market thus giving them an award. They cheer happily, with James the only one to question if a Snover can produced enough berries.
Night falls and Ash and the others are enjoying dinner with the Pokémon. Snover displays a healthy appetite, enjoying all of the attention. After dinner Ash and his friends say their goodnights to Snover, but Snover is reluctant to leave his friends. They notice this behavior and Ash invites Snover for breakfast, in extension to staying the night with them. Snover eagerly accepts in a comical manner, much to the other’s amusement. As the group sleeps, Team Rocket lands their balloon. With a robotic arm, they steal a berry and eat it. They all cry in joy from the flavor, and compares the berries to perfection and paradise. They regain their composure, extending the robotic arm to net Snover. Pikacu and Piplup alert the others, and team rocket begin their motto. Having dressed during the motto, Ash questions Team Rocket on what they were doing with Snover. Jessie reveals their plan to give Snover to the boss, and use its berries to make them rich. Ash angrily refuses to let them have Snover, callign Grotle out and commanding it to use Razor Leaf on the net and free Snover. Snover quickly takes shelter behind Ash, who then tells Pikachu to use Thunderbolt. Pikachu zapsTeam Rocket, causing Jessie to become furious. Jessie calls out Yanmega to do a Silver Wind. Yanmega’s Silver Wind strikes at Ash and his friends feet, causing them to be distracted as James calls out Carnivine. Carivines, as per usual and much to Jessie and Meowth’s dismay, bites James’s head upon release. James commands Carnivine to use Bullet Seed, and it to strikes at the Ash and the others feet. Team Rocket takes this opportunity to escape, and Ash commands Grotle to stop them with Razor Leaf. Grotle is however unable to reach much to its churnings. Ash has Pikachu use Iron Tail, who dashes up the mountain side and attacking Team Rocket’s Balloon. The balloon ruptures and sends Team Rocket blasting off. Snover celebrates by dancing happily their victory, as Pikachu and Piplup comments.
The next morning Dawn comments on the weather, while the gang has breakfast. Snover tricks Chimchar out of its Pokéfood, which causes Chimchar to become unhappy. Snover apologizes and presents Chimchar with its food, and ah comments on it liking practical jokes. Brock suggest that they move on, and Ash tells the Pokémon to get ready. Ash finishes recalling everyone but Grotle. Ash looks for Grotle and notice some wild Pokémon perched on Grotle’s back. Ash and the others investigate and find nuts growing on its back, which the Pokémon were enjoying. Ash samples one and finds out it doesn’t taste good to humans, but great to Pokémon as Pikachu gladly finishes it. The realization that some Pokémon grow such things as nuts and berries on their bodies reminds the gang of the wonder and mystery of Pokémon. Things don’t stay peaceful long though, as Team Rocket launches a surprise attack and captures Grotle and Snover in a cage. Ash and Pikachu retaliate with Thunderbolt, but Team Rocket has installed their balloon from electric attacks. Thinking quickly, Ash tells Grotle to use Energy Ball and destroy Team Rocket’s cage. Grotle blows the side off, and causing Team Rocket’s balloon to descend. The cage rocks, and to everyone’s horror Grotle falls out hurtling towards the ground. Snover uses Ingrain to catch Grotle, setting it down safely. Ash and the others run up to Grotle, and call to Snover to jump and they’ll catch it but its to scared to move. Jessie tells them that they’re one step ahead of them, and Meowth actives the balloon’s rocket engines. Snover holds on to the cage in fright, and Ash and the others go after them. Ash tells Pikachu to use Thunderbolt, and Dawn tells Piplup to use Bubble but they miss. Grotle who is lagging behind the others trips, and becomes discouraged at how slow he is. Remember how nice Snover is, and hearing it cry in fear Grotle stands up strong, roaring with a outburst of energy. Grotle use Synthesis, then its claws began to grow and illuminate as it prepared for Rock Climb. Grotle stampeded pass the others climbing the cliff side. Ash and Pikachu cheer Grotle on, as it trailed behind Team Rocket. Trying to outrun Grotle, Team Rocket takes their balloon up higher. Grotle gets on the top of cliff and launches into the air. To Team Rockets Surprise it slashes through their balloon and sends them blasting off again. As Grotle lands, Snover unconsciously spins to the ground. Everyone rushes to catch Snover before its to late, with Brock calling Happiny to catch Snover. Happiny speeds ahead but isn’t fast enough to make it in time. Grotle however saves the day by launching off the side of the cliff, and using bite to catch Snover. Grotle drops Snover into Happini’s arms and lands on the ground. Weak Grotle collapses, and Ash and Snover rush to show how impressed they were and to thank it.
Later they approach the foot of the mountain, when a group of school children notice Snover. Excited about seeing a Snover, the children hurry over with their teacher following behind. Brock falls for the teacher and scatters over to her, and begin flirting. However, as usual, Croagunk uses Poison Jab to disable Brock. Croagunk drags Brock away, as Ash, Dawn and the Pokémon approach. The kids run over to Snover and gather around it as it danced happily. Snover gives the Teacher a Snoverberry, which Brock (recovered from Croagunk’s Poison Jab) tells them is very delicious. The teacher splits the berry up into pieces so all the kids could have some, and they are delighted by the taste. The teacher thanks Snover, and the kids and Snover begin playing together. The teacher then ask Ash and the others if they were Pokémon trainers, to which Ash eagerly replies. Dawn specifies that she is a Coordinator, and the teacher asks if she was there for the Sandalstraw Town tournament. Unaware of the contest, the teacher reveals to Dawn that they were close to Sandalstraw Town and a upcoming contest. The group decides to go to Sandalstraw Town so Dawn could enter the contest. Ash tells Snover they have to go, but with his new friends he shouldn’t be lonely anymore. The gang say their goodbyes and make their way to Sandalstraw Town.
TV episode debuts
- The Pokédex image of Snover is the same as its Game Artwork.
- Together is used as background music.
- This is the first episode in which a main character's Pokémon explicitly uses a current HM move.
- This episode marks the first time Ash's Grotle has used Energy Ball since evolving from Turtwig.
- In fact, this is the first episode where Ash's Grotle used another move apart from Razor Leaf since its evolution in Aiding the Enemy!.
- Snover's Grasswhistle is a remix of Oracion.
- After eating a piece of Snoverberry, Jessie says "full speed to Shangri-La." This is a reference to the fictional Himalayan utopia Shangri-La from James Hilton's novel Lost Horizon. Snover is a mountain dwelling Ice Pokémon and the Himalayas are a freezing cold mountain range. Thus Jessie felt like she ate a piece of cold paradise.
- The dub title is the English equivalent of the original title, the first title that is a direct translation since Leave It To Brocko!.
- Much like Here's Looking at You, Elekid before it, this episode begins a new era for the Pokémon anime, as it switches from a 4:3 aspect ratio to a widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio, while broadcasting in high-definition for the first time.
- A new title card is introduced. It features the Sinnoh Gym Badges Ash currently has and Contest Ribbons Dawn earned. It also features the silhouettes of Dialga and Palkia, with the Notched-ear Pichu under the title. The Pichu was for a Japanese contest only so she did not appear in the dub version's title card.
- The new eyecatches are introduced. This time, Ash was positioned at the center for the first eyecatch and Dawn was positioned at the center of the second eyecatch. Previously, Dawn was at the center of the eyecatches. In addition, a quiz in Japan was introduced where residents from Japan had to answer where the Notched-ear Pichu appeared in.
- The font used for the "To be continued" text at the end of the episode has been changed, after being the same since EP001.
- In one scene, the dot on Staraptor's head is missing.
- In the scene where Snover gives out his berries, his tail is the same color as his body.