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| All Things Bright and Beautifly!
Pokémon Contest! Agehunt's Magnificent Battle!!
|| February 20, 2003
| United States
|| December 27, 2003
|| Team Ota
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| よこた和 Kazu Yokota
| Assistant director
|| 大町繁 Shigeru Ōmachi
| Animation director
|| 酒井KEI Kei Sakai
| Additional credits
All Things Bright and Beautifly! (Japanese: ポケモンコンテスト！アゲハントの華麗なバトル！！ Pokémon Contest! Agehunt's Magnificent Battle!!) is the 13th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 287th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on February 20, 2003 and in the United States on December 27, 2003.
Rustboro City is on the horizon, but they're not there yet. Ash, Brock, Max and May have just arrived at a Contest Hall. Janet and Chaz, two experienced Pokémon Coordinators, teach the gang all about Contests. Pokémon Contests are different from battles in that it's not the strength of the attack that matters, but the beauty of its execution. Winners get ribbons instead of badges. The gang decides that they want to try entering today's contest, but they're too late. All is not lost, however, because Chaz offers to teach Pikachu the Iron Tail attack. And Janet lets May assist her with during the contest. During the contest, Chaz and Janet both perform really well and make it to the final round. In the end, Janet's Beautifly steals the show! May is really impressed and she's determined to one day enter a contest herself.
Ash and his friends arrive at Rustboro Hall, a Contest Hall located just outside Rustboro City, where they find various Trainers preparing for some sort of event. Almost as they arrive, however, a Beautifly lands on May's head. After being introduced to its Trainer, Janet, and her partner Chaz and his Venomoth, they learn that they are preparing for a Pokémon Contest to be held there. Inspired by the different form of Pokémon competition, Ash, May, and Brock all decide to enter in the Contest, but all three are denied entry as Jessie (after renewing her expired Contest Pass) had grabbed the last entry in the limited-entry Contest. However, all three are given Contest Passes so that they can watch the event, and Janet invites Max and May to be her assistants during her appeal with Beautifly. Jessie enters the Contest, having only recently learned that people can become famous by winning Pokémon Contests, with the intention that if she wins, she may get her own fan club in the process, which could garner an increased membership in Team Rocket.
Meanwhile, Brock learns of the Coordinator's conditioning of their Pokémon using Pokéblocks from Chaz, but when Ash tells Janet and Chaz of his intention to challenge the Rustboro Gym with Pikachu, he is told that as the first Gym is a Rock-type Gym, Pikachu will have difficulty in the Gym battle, as with May and her Torchic. Chaz offers to teach the two an attack that will help in the upcoming battle, for which May politely declines, wanting to help Janet instead. Chaz uses his Sentret to show Ash and Pikachu the Iron Tail attack, which could do well against Rock-type Pokémon. As Pikachu is training to lean Iron Tail (with the assistance of Taillow and Treecko by knocking Berries and twigs to Pikachu so that it could be deflected with Pikachu's tail), the Contest begins. As the unnamed Contest announcer explains, the Contest consists of an Appeals Round, and the top scorers from the round, as determined by a judging panel, move on to a Battle Round. The winner of the Battle Round wins the Contest, and earns a Ribbon. A Coordinator with five Ribbons from various regional Contests may participate in the Hoenn Grand Festival, similar to how eight Gym Badges may be used to participate in the Hoenn League.
Ash, busy training, nearly misses out on Venomoth's appeal, where it uses Confusion to psychically pour tea from a teapot, but manages to enter the Contest Hall in time for Janet's appeal. Janet begins her appeal by using Flash, following up with breaking plates thrown by May and Max using String Shot and using Hidden Power to reflect light on them. Her performance earns her a perfect 30.0 score, eclipsing Venomoth's 29.5. The Appeals Round ends with Jessie (as "Mademoiselle Jessica") using Seviper to appeal, but she quickly earns the audience's ire when it is commanded to use attacks that it cannot learn - Sacred Fire, Water Pulse, Blaze Kick, Dragon Claw, Psywave, and Luster Purge. When Meowth advises Jessie to appeal with Poison Tail, Seviper uses it to launch Jessie out of the Contest Hall. Jessie's appeal - or lack thereof - earns her a zero.
The Battle Round ends with Venomoth and Beautifly squaring off in the final, while Ash and company are explained about the details of the Contest Battle. Venomoth begins the Contest Battle using Stun Spore, with Beautifly countering with Gust, causing Venomoth to lose more points. Beautifly eventually takes the upper hand despite Venomoth's Confusion dealing more damage compared to Beautifly's Hidden Power, thanks to a Morning Sun that went unopposed. When time expires, Beautifly takes the victory for Janet, earning her her third Ribbon. However, at the end of the battle they are congratulated by a disguised Team Rocket, who manage to distract both Chaz and Janet with a bouquet with a hidden smoke bomb long enough to capture both Venomoth and Beautifly in bug-catching nets. Ash attempts to counter Team Rocket with Pikachu and Iron Tail, but the move fails. May, however, has Torchic Tackle Seviper before using Ember to free Venomoth and Beautifly, and the two combined Gust attacks used by the freed Pokémon send Team Rocket flying.
At the end of it all, May, continually awestruck by the Contest environment, makes it her goal to enter and win in her own Contest, while Ash continues to perfect Iron Tail in preparation for the next Gym challenge.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
Who's That Pokémon?: Magcargo
- The title is a parody of the song "All Things Bright and Beautiful."
- This episode contradicts a lot of what later became canon or frequent about Pokémon Contests.
- The Pokémon Contests are called Pokémon Competitions in this episode only.
- This is the only Contest in Hoenn not to be hosted by Vivian.
- Mr. Sukizo wears a different outfit than his usual one, a sweatshirt with a Poké Ball print on it.
- It is mentioned that when a Coordinator has five Ribbons, they earn the title of Top Coordinator. However, it would later be established that only a Coordinator who has won a Grand Festival earns that title.
- In the dub, the Slugma is heard saying 'Magcargo' instead of 'Slugma'.
- When May recalls what Pokémon Contests are about, the part of her bandanna that is usually filled in with white is left red. The red lining is colored white instead.
- Jessie's expired Contest Pass (purplish in color) turns to the new Contest Pass (yellowish in color) in one shot when she is registering on a Pokémon Contest.
- When the group is watching Janet and Chaz's battle, Brock's shirt sleeves are given an orange lining.
- This is yet another episode that states that Electric-type Pokémon have a disadvantage against Rock types. This is likely because every Generation I Rock-type Pokémon, excluding those resurrected from Fossils, have Ground-type secondary characteristics.
Jessie's Contest Pass' miscoloration
Brock's miscolored sleeves
- Jynx made an appeal in this Contest. However, because Jynx had been depicted with black skin instead of purple, she was cut from the English dub. This was also the last time Jynx appeared in the anime in her original design.
- The Team Rocket fantasy involving winning a Pokémon Contest was heavily edited (most likely because the grunts in the fantasy were doing a salute similar to the "Heil Hitler" salute of the Nazis).
Original Japanese version
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