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| The Misty Mermaid
Hanada Gym! Underwater Battle!
|| September 3, 1998
| United States
|| September 23, 1999
|| Team Ota
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| 井硲清高 Kiyotaka Itani
| Assistant director
|| 岡崎幸男 Yukio Okazaki
| Animation director
|| 林広道 Hiromichi Hayashi
| No additional credits are available at this time.
The Misty Mermaid (Japanese: ハナダジム！すいちゅうのたたかい！ Hanada Gym! Underwater Battle!) is the 61st episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on September 3, 1998 and in the United States on September 23, 1999.
Misty's Horsea needs to find a bigger pool to swim in, and so, the gang decide to head for Misty's home town, Cerulean City. When they get there, the discover that Misty's sisters at the Cerulean Gym are having trouble attracting crowds to their performances and have advertised Misty to be in a new performance called the "Underwater Ballet." Misty is reluctant to be a part of this at first, but finally agrees after much begging from her sisters.
The whole gym fills up with people eager to see the show. Ash and Brock are sitting among the audience, and Ash is excited to see Misty. The show starts smoothly with Misty swimming with the water Pokémon. While Lily and Violet are watching Team Rocket attacks them and replaces them to be the antagonists of the show. Because of this, Ash becomes the prince in order to help Misty out together with Brock. An underwater battle commence between Misty's and Ash's water Pokémon and Jessie's Arbok, which happens to put up a good fight.
The battle continues and the audience are completely convinced that it's all part of the show and are practically enjoying it. Seel fights well against Arbok and eventually evolves into Dewgong to finish off Team Rocket once and for all. With Dewgong and Pikachu's help, Team Rocket gets blasted off again. The crowd goes wild, an obvious fact that they enjoyed the show. Because of this, the Cerulean Gym shows are popular again.
Before departing, Misty decides to leave Horsea in the gym and her sisters borrowed her Starmie. They also want Togepi and Pikachu as well, but Misty and Ash refuse to hand them over. After all that, Ash and his friends bid farewell to the Sensational Sisters to continue their journey. As they leave Cerulean City, Ash says that Misty was pretty amazing back there, but Misty reminds him that he still owes her a bike.
Who’s That Pokémon?: Clefairy (US and international), Tattu (Japan)
- When Brock enters the Cerulean Gym, Misty's sisters greet him like they know him, however, Brock never met them during their debut episode, as he said he had some things to do so he left Ash alone to go to the Gym. It is possible, however, that they met beforehand.
In other languages
- Finnish: Merenneito-Misty
- French: La sirène magique
- German: Bezaubernde Meerjungfrau
- Italian: Uno spettacolo straordinario
- Latin American Spanish: ¡Misty la sirena!
- Iberian Spanish: Misty la sirena
- Brazilian Portuguese: A Sereia Misty