| The Mandarin Island Miss Match
The Mandarin Island Miss Match (Japanese: してんのうカンナ！こおりのたたかい!! Kanna of the Shitennō! Ice Battle!!) is the 99th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on June 3, 1999 and in the United States on April 15, 2000.
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Ash, Misty, and Tracey are on Mandarin Island, and Ash is on a winning streak. He finishes off a Butterfree with Bulbasaur's Razor Leaf. Ash starts to get a bit full of himself, then lets known the fact that he is hungry. Misty and Tracey then gets something to eat.
As Ash and Misty eat, Tracey tells that Prima is going to give a lecture on the island. Misty is ecstatic, and tells Ash and Tracey that Prima (who is better known as Lorelei of the Elite Four) is her hero. She hears a voice behind her, and turns to see Prima herself! Misty and Tracey introduce themselves while Ash chokes on his sandwich. She walks past them, however, and bends down to look at Togepi.
Nearby, Meowth watches from the bushes while Jessie and James eat. They peer through their binoculars, and James recognizes Prima. Unfortunately, he doesn't remember who she is. Prima looks out at the ocean, and makes many philosophical comments about nature. But all Ash wants is a battle. But Prima continues to ignore him. Ash interprets this to mean that she's afraid to battle and goes off in search of someone else. He does find a opponent who accepts his challenge. As Prima watches, Ash offers to let the boy set up the rules and they agree on two Pokémon each. Ash sends out Squirtle, and the boy releases a Persian.
Squirtle uses Water Gun, but Persian dodges it. It unleashes a Thunderbolt attack, but Squirtle uses Withdraw. Squirtle then pops out of its shell and Skull Bashes Persian, and it is knocked out. The boy then sends out a Tauros, who Take Downs Squirtle right away knocking it out. Ash withdraws Squirtle, and sends out Charizard. But Ash still cannot control Charizard and it burns him.
Prima continues to watch as Tauros uses Take Down. Charizard then uses Flamethrower, knocking Tauros in one hit. He then flies into the air and tries to burn everything in sight. Ash tries to call it back, but the beam from the Poké Ball misses. When Ash gets burned again, Prima intervenes, sending out her Slowbro. Slowbro uses Disable, immobilizing Charizard in midair. It then brings it down to the ground, and Ash succeeds in calling it back. Prima asks Ash if he knows what he's doing, and he defends himself by saying that he was in the top 16 in the Indigo League. Prima isn't impressed and starts to leave. She turns and asks them all to come to her demonstration later. They enthusiastically accept.
Later, Ash and his friends watch Prima battle from the stands of Mandarian Island Stadium. Team Rocket has also snuck in dressed as food venders. James now fully recognizes Prima, and they plan to steal her Pokémon. The demonstration goes on for a while and Prima beats every Pokémon she goes up against. Ash watches intently, determined to try to pick up some tips. After the demonstration, Prima invites Ash and his friends to her house for some tea. As Misty and Tracey thank her for inviting them and rave about her Pokémon, Ash sits in silence. Suddenly, he speaks up and announces his suspicions that Prima is trying to teach him reverse psychology. Prima tells them that every person has a particular way of acting in and out of battle. She explains to them that she is like the water. She usually "goes with the flow", but when she's in battle, she becomes as cold as ice. She walks outside, and tells Ash that the most important thing is knowing where your strength lies. Ash may be strong in some ways, but he needs to develop what comes from the inside.
Ash then once again challenges Prima to a battle which she accepts. They agree on one Pokémon each, and send out their Pokémon. Ash uses Pikachu, and Prima chooses Cloyster. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, but Cloyster Withdraws into its shell. As a result the attack has no effect. Pikachu uses Agility, but is knocked back by Cloyster's Reflect attack. Pikachu uses Thunder which hits but then Cloyster starts to glow red. Tracey warns Ash that this is Rage, which increases its Attack level. Pikachu tries a Quick Attack, but is pummeled by an Aurora Beam and Take Down. Ash loses.
Prima calls back Cloyster, and looks at Pikachu to see if it is ok. She tells Ash that he has the skills he needs to be a Pokémon Master, but he needs to remember that his Pokémon are the ones who win the badges. She tells him that with his Pokémon and friends at his side, he'll always succeed. She then tells him that if he wins all the gym badges in the Orange Islands League, he'll be presented with an "Honorable Trainer" trophy. Ash then thanks Prima.
Suddenly, voices sound from above. It's Team Rocket, and they ask if Prima has a recording of her lecture on a CD. She replies that it's on tape only, and whispers to Ash and his friends that it's $18.95. Team Rocket falls out of their balloon, then says their motto. Misty correctly guesses that their original plan was to steal Prima's Pokémon, but they tell her that they figured they'd lose. They then decided to stick with the program and steal Pikachu. Ash gets ready to fight, but Prima tells him that she'll take care of it.
She sends out Jynx, who uses Ice Beam and freezes Team Rocket. Jynx then uses Blizzard and blows them into the sky. The pieces from the ice block rain down, causing lots of sparkles in the sky. Everyone watches, amazed. That evening, Prima tells Ash that the nearest gym is on Trovita Island, which is straight across the bay on the other side of Mandarin Island. Ash and his friends thank Prima again for everything that she taught him. They wave farewell, and head towards their next adventure.
- Prima (Lorelei)
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket)
- Togepi (Misty's)
- Bulbasaur (Ash's)
- Charizard (Ash's)
- Squirtle (Ash's)
- Slowbro (Prima's)
- Dewgong (Prima's)
- Cloyster (Prima's)
- Jynx (Prima's)
- Butterfree (unnamed trainer's; Orange Islands variety)
- Persian (unnamed trainer's)
- Tauros (unnamed trainer's)
- Kadabra (unnamed trainer's)
- Machamp (unnamed trainer's)
- Marowak (unnamed trainer's)
- Professor Oak's lecture: Primeape. Oak discusses about Primeapes' bad tempers. Oak gets punched in the face by a Primeape after saying Primeape are troublesome and strange.
- Pokémon senryu summary: In a dewy grass area, a cute Primeape appears.
- In the dub, Lorelei is incorrectly referred to as Prima. This was likely due to "Lorelei" having an extra syllable over "Kanna", Prima's Japanese name. It is also possible that the writer did not know Kanna already had an English name.
- The scene where Ash first challenges Prima to a battle was cut short in the English dub. In the original Japanese version, he challenges her to a battle, but she smiles and doesn’t take him seriously, and he blushes in embarrassment and anger. Ash then says something inappropriate about Misty in front of Prima. This really angers Misty, and she shouts at Ash, and he walks away and finds another trainer to battle. This 25 second segment was cut from the English dub, and in that version, after Ash challenges Prima, it is simply implied that he feels sorry for her because she didn’t accept his challenge.
- In the English dub Prima orders Jynx to use Ice Beam, instead of Ice Punch.
In other languages
- French: Sirena sur l'île Mandarine
- Italian: Lezioni di vita
- Latin American Spanish: ¡Duelo en la isla Mandarín!
- Spanish: Combate femenino de isla Mandarina}
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