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| Mean With Envy
Disorderly Melee! Pokémon Contest - Kinagi Convention! (Part One)
|| February 17, 2005
| United States
|| April 1, 2006
|| Team Ota
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| 井硲清高 Kiyotaka Itani
| Assistant director
|| 大町繁 Shigeru Ōmachi
| Animation director
|| たけだゆうさく Yūsaku Takeda
| No additional credits are available at this time.
Mean With Envy (Japanese: 混戦、混乱！ポケモンコンテスト・キナギ大会！（前編） Disorderly Melee! Pokémon Contest - Kinagi Convention! (Part One)) is the 115th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 389th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on February 17, 2005, in the United Kingdom on January 31, 2006 and in the United States on April 1, 2006.
Pacifidlog at last! May is practicing for her contest, and Ash wants Snorunt to practice Ice Beam. But Snorunt's wild aim hits Team Rocket instead and scares another Coordinator's Aipom. Skitty chases it, and May chases Skitty. She finds Skitty playing with another Coordinator, Joshua, and the two talk about the upcoming contest. Erica, a Coordinator who really likes Joshua, loses her cool when she sees them together and gives May a piece of her mind.
Ash and the others show up, but so does Team Rocket! The villains grab Pikachu and Snorunt, so May and Joshua team up to stop them. Erica's so mad that May and Joshua are working together, she has Jynx use Hyper Beam to send Team Rocket flying. Then it's time to register for the contest, where Team Rocket also has a plan to enter the contest—with Meowth!
The first competitor in the Pacifidlog Contest is the Jester and her Meowth. Both of them look awfully familiar, as does the Giovanni ice sculpture Meowth carves using Fury Swipes! Joshua, Erica, and May all do well and move onto the second round along with the Jester. To May's shock, she'll be facing Joshua in the second round! Erica wants Joshua to win so they can win the ribbon together, but there's no way May is going to give up!
Finally in Pacifidlog Town, May enthusiastically prepares for the upcoming Contest. Though she already has four Ribbons, she needs a fifth to enter the Grand Festival. Because the Pacifidlog Town Pokémon Contest is chronologically the last Contest before the Festival, May must win this Contest Ribbon to be eligible to enter the festival. With that as motivation, May and her Pokémon are soon hard at work on their performance moves -- with one notable exception. When Skitty chases after an Aipom, May runs into fellow Coordinator Joshua.
Meanwhile, Ash is motivated by all of May's hard work to start training for the Hoenn League Championship, itself not far off. He calls out Snorunt to work on Ice Beam, which proves difficult for the playful Pokémon at first. Snorunt has soon mastered the force behind the technique but has no control over it. Nearby, Team Rocket loses no time in making an attempt on Pikachu (an impromptu spring from nearby bushes), which is cut short as a rogue Ice Bean freezes them solid. Snorunt looses several more unaimed beams, causing chaos with nearby Trainers.
Elsewhere, May and Joshua had become acquainted. Joshua, a Pacifidlog Town native, has entered the Pokémon Contest and is apparently a local favorite. However, as May and Joshua chat, Erica (Joshua's girlfriend and yet another Coordinator) wrongly concludes that May is after Joshua romantically. As Erica watches and fumes from a distance, May reveals that she has not yet chosen a Pokémon for the Contest. As Joshua comments that she should consider her Skitty, Joshua comments that her Skitty "is so cute," which finally compels Erica to show herself. As Erica puts forth several accusations against May, she explains her master plan to go to the Contest finals with Joshua (which somehow involves them winning the Contest together) and reveals her Contest Pokémon, Jynx. Eventually, Ash, Brock, and Max find May, and the trio of Coordinators go to register at the Contest together.
On the way, Team Rocket has apparently regrouped and launches a balloon-born assault on the party -- however, May's Combusken quickly dismisses the balloon with a Sky Uppercut and Joshua's Houndoom rebukes Team Rocket's ragtag offensive. The addition of Skitty's Assist and Jynx's Hyper Beam send Team Rocket blasting off. May and Erica begin arguing over the battle, but Joshua points out that if they keep fighting, they will miss the Contest registration. May and Erica agree to resolve their argument on the Contest floor. Meanwhile, Team Rocket has landed and Jessie and Meowth enter the Contest in the persona of "The Jester". Ash resolves to keep training with Snorunt outside of the Contest Hall, leaving Brock and Max to root for May.
Jessie ("The Jester") and Meowth use Fury Swipes to carve out ice sculptures in the preliminary rounds, while Joshua uses his Houndoom's Shadow Ball and Swift for sensational effect. Erica's Jynx combines Blizzard and Psychic while May combines an Assist-spawned Razor Leaf, a Blizzard, and DoubleSlap to shower the hall in sparkling crystal. All four Trainers advance to the second round. May is assigned to fight Joshua, and Erica squares off against Jessie.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Pokémon Trainer's Choice: Hoppip
- Brock thinks that the ice sculpture of Giovanni "looks familiar", making canon to Mewtwo Returns, as it's the only time when Brock has met him.
- The English dub title is a pun on the idiom "green with envy".
- This is the third time Ash has trained on an attack during a Contest. The first one was Pikachu and Iron Tail, the second was Swellow and Aerial Ace and this one was Snorunt and its Ice Beam.
- This marks the anime debut of Jynx's redesign.
- The way Erica and Joshua split the Pacifidlog Town ribbon in Erica's fantasy resembles the way Ash and May would split the Terracotta Town ribbon 77 episodes later.
- When Meowth says "No Persian is gonna make a Mankey outta me!", the Closed Captioning referred the dialog as "No Persian is gonna make a Monkey outta me!"
- When Meowth changes the Persian statue into Meowth, it exclaims, "Nyarth", the Japanese name for Meowth.
- When Erica hugs her Jynx, one of Jynx's arms is purple not red, yet right after it moves it's arm, it becomes red.
- Jessie comments that Meowth is a rare example of a Pokémon that can understand human speech. However, all Pokémon can understand human speech. It's possible she was referring to understanding how to speak human speech and understanding the words themselves, which Meowth had to do, as chronicled in Go West, Young Meowth.
- Question: Trainers, which Pokémon comes first?
- Choices: Skiploom, Hoppip, Jumpluff
- Answer: OK, Trainers! If you chose Hoppip, you were right!
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