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| A Ruin with a View
Ancient Pokémon and Mysterious Teams!
|| November 28, 2002
| United States
|| March 15, 2003*|
November 8, 2003*
|| Team Ota
|| 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
|| 木村竜二 Ryūji Kimura
| Assistant director
|| 大町繁 Shigeru Ōmachi
| Animation director
|| たけだゆうさく Yūsaku Takeda
| Additional credits
A Ruin with a View (Japanese: 古代ポケモンと謎の軍団！ Ancient Pokémon and Mysterious Teams!) is the second episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 276th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on November 28, 2002 and in United States on March 15, 2003 as part of a special preview. It was later broadcast in sequence in the United States on November 8, 2003.
Now that Pikachu is feeling better, Ash is ready to head to Oldale Town to sign up for the Hoenn League. May has offered to show Ash the way in exchange for his company to Oldale Town—which is only fair, seeing as Pikachu destroyed May's bike when it was sick! In Oldale Town, May visits her first Pokémon Center and is amazed with all of its services, and by the ancient ruins next door. Things quickly turn sour when Team Magma, a mysterious band of criminals, shut down the electricity at the Pokémon Center and kidnap Professor Alden in order to invade the ruins. With no electricity, all of the Pokémon are in danger—including May's Torchic. It's up to Ash and May to save the day—and in doing so they uncover mysterious, ancient Pokémon.
Ash and May are walking down Route 101 on their way to Oldale Town. May is already tired, and Ash comments that she's slow. Then May snaps back about her bike. They continue on anyway to the next town. When May asks why Ash doesn't keep Pikachu in a Poké Ball, Ash simply says it's because Pikachu's his best friend. May wonders if she should do that with Torchic, but Ash suggests maybe looking it up in her Pokédex. She gets it out and tries searching for Torchic, but on the road is an Azurill. May wants to catch it, so she tries just tossing a Poké Ball and snags the Azurill, but the ball breaks open. May doesn't know what's going on, but Ash explains that she needs to battle the Azurill and wear it down before she can catch it.
May sends out her Torchic to battle. While she was thinking about Torchic's attacks, Azurill runs with Torchic tagging behind. Azurill manages to get Torchic to run into a tree, May goes over to see if it's alright. The Azurill still wants to fight, Torchic chases after it again. May then says to use Peck. Torchic goes full speed at the Azurill, but the Azurill dodges, leaving Torchic pecking another tree. May says to Torchic that it missed, so Torchic finds and chases the Normal-type Pokémon. Finally, Azurill makes Torchic slam into a rock. Torchic is down, but not out, and manages to chase the Azurill into some bushes. Torchic fires an Ember attack, and everyone goes to see what happened. On the other side is a very angry Azurill, along with a burnt, but very mad Azumarill and Marill. They all simultaneously spray Water Gun at Torchic, knocking it out in one shot. Ash scares them off by having Pikachu land a Thunderbolt near them. Then the water trio escape into a pond.
May checks on Torchic, who doesn't look so good. Ash says that the next town has a Pokémon Center, so they should hurry there. While they run the rest of the route, May hopes that her Torchic will make it. Along the way the come across a ruin on top of a hill. They go up on top to check out the place when an archaeologist goes up to them. Ash asks if he knows the way to the nearest Pokémon Center. The archaeologist points out to the distance, saying it's just down the road. The two thank him and head on down.
At the Pokémon Center, May gives Torchic to Nurse Joy and hopes for the best. Joy says Torchic is okay, but it'll take overnight to restore it. Afterwards, Ash decides to make a call to Professor Oak to tell him where he is and all. During the conversation though, May butts in, after all, it is the famous Professor Oak. After the phone call, May pressures Ash to show her around the Pokémon Center. Ash first shows her the rooms that they get to stay in, then the Trainer lobby. Ash overhears a conversation about the Petalburg City Gym Leader and he wants to know what the Gym Leaders are like. But May snaps at Ash, then says that she's hungry and wants to go to the restaurant.
Later outside in a telephone booth, Team Rocket calls up Giovanni. They tell him that they're in Hoenn, that could mean more opportunities for them. Giovanni isn't too thrilled, since it's the trio who screw up the most. However, Giovanni reconsiders, and since maybe they could take care of Team Magma, he's willing to give them a shot. After he hangs up, he smiles at the thought that they are just in one more area to terrorize.
The two start their meals, May comments how good the food is. May's really excited now, seeing how this is what Trainers get. The archaeologist from before happens to be at the restaurant and asks if he could sit down with them. The two don't mind, in fact maybe they could get some info on the ruins. Just outside the Pokémon Center, Team Rocket is digging a hole. They work hard at it knowing they can get Pikachu if they can just get this done right.
It looks like the archaeologist, whose name is Professor Alden, has his own office in the Center. He tells them about the Oldale Ruins and how according to legend there are ancient Pokémon to be found there. He notes that there may even be some still alive. Just outside, a Team Magma member spies on them using special goggles. He reports everything is a go and the rest of the group moves in. Back inside, the electricity goes out all of a sudden and then a few Team Magma members with their Houndoom come in. Joy walks by going into the room, but she's caught from behind by another Magma member. One of the members says that they need access to the ruins, and if Professor Alden doesn't comply, they'll do something to the others. He has no choice but to give in.
Team Rocket on the other hand dig up, but only find themselves still outside. And one thing that's not good is that they are surrounded by Magma members! They don't give up that easily and send out their Pokémon. However, Team Magma's Houndoom use Roar, sending the Pokémon back into their balls. With that, Team Rocket runs off.
The gang and Joy are thrown into the storage room. Locked in, they try to find a way out and help Professor Alden before anything goes wrong. Pikachu finds a vent, and they can escape from there. Joy tells them to find the master key and get everything back up if they can.
Back in the ruins, the Magma members continue to pin down Professor Alden with threats, and eventually tells him what to do. They give him a box with four colored orbs, and he knows what to do. Professor Alden puts each on in a wall of one building and it moves, opening the path to a room. The Magma members go in a take pictures. But nothing's interesting here, just a bunch of a drawings on the wall. The leader says they're out of time and it's time to head out.
Ash and Pikachu go inside the vent to try to find the way out. Along the way, May stops them, she wants to come along as well. They go on until they find a split, and they are unsure where to go. Pikachu uses his ears to try to find the way out, and finds it. They follow Pikachu and find a grate where they can escape. Ash kicks down the grate and apparently they aren't too far from the counter. Ash goes up to find the master key while May turns the power back on. Ash goes back and frees nurse Joy, now to find Professor Alden.
They get to the ruins just moments before Team Magma makes their escape on a helicopter, it looks like they're too late for them. They find Professor Alden unharmed fortunately. They ask him what happened and if everything is alright. He says everything's okay, nothing to worry about. Team Rocket behind a rock managed to snag the four orbs, and everything goes well until Wobbuffet makes a big scene. The gang notices them and Professor Alden notices they have the orbs. Jessie quickly sends out Arbok, but Ash tells Pikachu to use Quick Attack and soon enough Pikachu's attack hits Arbok and knocks the orbs away from Team Rocket. Finally Pikachu finishes them off with a Thunderbolt and sends Team Rocket flying off once again.
Professor Alden recovers the orbs and they all head inside the room. He places the orbs back into the wall/door and soon it glows. The light trails around through lines in the room. The giant block moves, revealing stairs that lead down. They go down and find an underground lake. Soon enough a Relicanth jumps out of the water and they see that the lake is full of them. Satisfied, Professor Alden thanks the two for their work.
Back in the Pokémon Center, Joy gives May her Torchic back, who's all better. May sends out Torchic, who jumps up to May happily. Now it's off to the next town and another adventure.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
Who's That Pokémon?: Crobat
The recurring stone tablet
The recurring sealed door
- The stone tablet that Professor Alden possesses in this episode is very similar to a stone tablet containing the legend of Pokémopolis, which appears in The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis exactly four years previous.
- One of the doors in the ruins appears similar to the sealed door in the ruins of the King of Pokélantis' tomb in Battling the Enemy Within!, which aired almost four years later.
- This episode is therefore at the midpoint between the two episodes featuring the ancient civilizations Pokémopolis and Pokélantis. In addition, it contains elements from both those episodes.
- Max and Norman are both mentioned, though not by name: May tells Professor Oak that her brother never misses one of his Pokémon lectures while some Trainers discuss the Petalburg Gym having a new leader.
- The four treasures are the same colors as the versions of the four original Japanese games and are arranged in a style similar to the placement of the Poké Balls on the pedestal in Oak's lab when Ash got his Pikachu.
- The order the four were placed were similar to the making of the games in Japan, first red then green, then blue and yellow.
- Pikachu's fondness of ketchup is shown again when Ash and May were eating dinner.
- The dub title of this episode is a reference to the phrase "a room with a view." A later episode has a similar title.
- In "Who's That Pokémon?" the fact given for Crobat is "Evolution gave this Pokémon wings where it had legs!" Although it is mentioned in Pokédex entries that a Golbat's legs become the second pair of wings on a Crobat, Crobat does in fact have small feet.
- This episode aired dubbed the shortest time after the original of any 4Kids-dubbed episode, with only 107 days separating the airings.
- The Brazilian title for this episode is a translation for a later episode in the English dub: Gateway to Ruin!.
- May's Pokédex refers to Azurill as the Water Ball Pokémon, when its official classification is the Polka Dot Pokémon. This was most likely a translation error as 水玉 mizutama, Japanese for "polka dot", can also mean "water ball".
- While being shown around the Pokémon Center, the logo on May's bandanna disappears for a short time.
- There is a three-second shot of Jessie performing an akanbe, which involves pulling her eyelid down and sticking out her tongue at the same time, a common insult in Japan. Like in Bound for Trouble and The Bicker the Better, this was cut from the dub. However, other episodes featuring akanbe before and after had no such edits.
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