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| The Battling Eevee Brothers
The Four Eievui Brothers
|| April 16, 1998
| United States
|| October 27, 1998
|| Team Ota
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 井上修 Osamu Inoue
| Assistant director
|| 井上修 Osamu Inoue
| Animation director
|| 梶浦紳一郎 Shin'ichirō Kajiura
| Additional credits
The Battling Eevee Brothers (Japanese: イーブイ４きょうだい The Four Eievui Brothers) is the 40th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 16, 1998 and in the United States on October 27, 1998.
Ash and his friends are traveling through a forest when they discover an Eevee which has seemingly been abandoned. After learning of Eevee's three stone evolutions from Ash's Pokédex, Misty wants to keep it and make it into a Vaporeon. The group decides to take the Pokémon with them to the nearby Stone Town, where the Eevee's collar says it is from. They find the house listed on the name tag and, upon arrival, they discover there is an evolution party going on at the house. Many trainers are shown evolving their Pokémon using various Evolutionary stones, including a Ninetales and an Exeggutor. They discover that Eevee belongs to a boy called Mikey, who hid his Eevee so that his brothers would not make him evolve it. The three brothers, Sparky, Rainer, and Pyro (who own a Jolteon, a Vaporeon, and a Flareon, respectively), tell Mikey the only way for Eevee to win is if it evolves. They also offer stones to Ash and Brock so they could evolve Pikachu and Vulpix, but they both refuse.
Mikey is unsure what to do, so Misty approaches him and tells him that running away from his problems will not make anything better, and the only way to deal with his problem is by standing up to his brothers and telling them how he feels. Mikey thanks Misty for her advice and is about to tell his brothers that he wants his Eevee to stay how it is when Team Rocket appears. The trio steal all of the Pokémon, stones and food that were at the party except Misty's Psyduck. They escape, but Misty's Horsea leaves a trail of sludge for the trainers to follow. After cornering Team Rocket, the Pokémon's trainers free their Pokémon and use them to attack Jessie and James. Vaporeon, Flareon and Jolteon are eventually beaten in battle with Team Rocket, which causes Mikey to step up. He uses his Eevee to help Ash and Pikachu defeat Team Rocket by telling his Pokémon to use Take Down.
Mikey then tells his brothers that he doesn't want Eevee to evolve and wants to become an Eevee trainer. After seeing how strong Eevee was, and how Mikey was so attached to it, the brothers agree saying "Now we really will be the four Eevee brothers!"
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Eevee
- This episode was supposed to air on January 13, 1998.
- The episode aired as a two-hour special (放送再開スペシャル（放送再開スペシャル やっとあえるね！）１時間SP) with Pikachu's Good-Bye, when Pokémon came back on the air.
- Rainer warns Mikey that he could lose his trainer qualification as a result of losing his Eevee. Mikey is clearly younger than Ash and should not have a trainer qualification yet.
- Pyro offered Brock a Fire Stone to evolve Vulpix and Sparky offered Ash, who still has one, a Thunderstone to evolve Pikachu. Misty also has a Pokémon that can evolve by way of evolutionary stone: Staryu, though Rainer never did offer her a Water Stone, probably because she already has a Starmie.
- It is heavily implied in one scene, that if an Eevee is evolved using more then one stone, it could be very dangerous. This is still unknown, since Team Rocket didn't get the chance to use all stones at once.
- This episode is one of the times the anime shows real world animals, as James was holding a lobster.
- Misty refers to Electric Shock Showdown when she tells Mikey that once Pikachu decided not to evolve using a Thunderstone.
- This episode is featured on the Volume 6: Eevee copy of Pokémon All-Stars.
- Arcanine is the only Generation I stone evolution Pokémon not to appear in this episode.
- When Misty is talking to Mikey, Pikachu's left ear is missing.
- When Misty asks why Team Rocket couldn't have taken Psyduck along with the other Pokémon, her shorts are all blue. They should have been light blue on the bottom.
- Mikey calls out a second attack against Team Rocket before the first one, Take Down, is ever executed, and calls it "Rage Tackle Attack". Although Eevee can learn Rage and Tackle as separate moves, there is no such thing as "Rage Tackle". See Dub edits) for details.
- In the picture that Psyduck takes, Raichu's normally white belly is orange.
- Originally, instead of a "Rage Tackle Attack", Mikey ordered his Eevee to use a Tackle attack powered by the anger it felt after seeing its friends getting beaten up by Team Rocket.
- Rainer is seen holding the magazine "The Pokémon Friend"; the word "Friend" was added for English speaking audiences.
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