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DP088 : Camping It Up!
Diamond & Pearl series
DP090 : Ghoul Daze!
Up Close and Personable!
DP089   EP555
Research Presentation: "Legend of the Lake"!
First broadcast
Japan August 14, 2008
United States January 10, 2009
English themes
Opening We Will Be Heroes
Ending {{{en_ed}}}
Japanese themes
Opening Together2008
Ending 風のメッセージ
Animation Team Iguchi
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 日高政光 Masamitsu Hidaka
Assistant director 鎌倉由美 Yumi Kamakura
Animation director 松坂定俊 Sadatoshi Matsuzaka
Additional credits

Up Close and Personable! (Japanese: 研究発表「湖の伝説」! Research Presentation: "Legend of the Lake"!) is the 89th episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 555th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 14, 2008 and in the United States on January 10, 2009.

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It's the third day of Professor Rowan's Pokémon Summer Academy, and he's sent the campers to observe Water-type Pokémon living in a nearby lake. There are just two main rules: no catching Pokémon, and no leaving the area! As the Trainers begin searching for Water-type Pokémon, Pikachu sees a flash of light and spaces out for a moment, but quickly recovers. Ash and his friends continue to observe Pokémon until Angie, another Trainer on Ash's team, notices that her Shinx is missing. And Piplup falls into a brief trance after it sees the same flashing light as Pikachu!

Conway thinks this is related to the legend of the lake, which says that Pokémon vanish when the blue light flashes. Ash and his friends search for the source of the light, and they eventually stumble into a cave with an eerie green glow. At the back of the cave, Angie's Shinx is standing by a glowing pool of water, and the glow is coming from the fins of a Lumineon. As our heroes wonder what an ocean-dwelling Pokémon is doing in this cave, Jessie—now pretending to be another Summer Academy camper—barges in and declares she's going to catch Lumineon.

Of course, that's against Professor Rowan's rules, so Conway uses Slowking to drive away Jessie and her Yanmega. All the commotion frightens off Lumineon, but Ash and Buizel dive into the water and spot an underwater tunnel. That must be where Lumineon went—the tunnel lets it swim from the ocean to the cave, where there's lots of seaweed to eat. The flashing lights on its fins hypnotize the "vanishing" Pokémon, too! Professor Rowan is pleased to hear our heroes' discovery, but he also deducts points from everyone who broke his rules by entering the cave. It looks like Ash and his team will have to make up some points if they want to win at the Summer Academy!


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On the second day of Pokémon Summer Academy all of the students go to a lake to study Water-type Pokémon, As Ash and Angie are walking by the lake they find two boats and use one to explore the far side of the lake, Dawn and Brock follow using the other boat. After Ash and Angie quarrel over what Pokémon to choose they stumble across a Dewgong and a Sealeo, Ash decides on the Dewgong while Angie chooses to draw Sealeo, but they quarrel again when both Sealeo and Dewgong moves the opposite direction causing Ash and Angie to bump into each other. Meanwhile Dawn chooses a Gorebyss and Brock chooses to draw a Chinchou. Ash decides to get up close to the Pokémon to make the research better, they then return to the bank to finish drawing their Pokémon.

As the group is talking a white flash comes from across the lake and Shinx becomes hypnotized and walks off. After a few minutes the group realizes that Shinx is missing and they start looking for it. When the light flashes again and Piplup becomes hypnotized but Dawn stops Piplup from wandering off, Conway then appears and tells a legend about a light that attracts Pokémon. The group decides to go and investigate the light and they find a cave, and in the cave is a Lumineon whom the light off its tail fin hypnotizes Pokémon and draws them in. Jessilinda finds out about the Lumineon and decides to catch it, but is stopped by Conway's Slowking. After Conway defeated Jessilinda, Brock discovers that the Lumineon had been eating some algae.

When the group returned to the class they did a report on Lumineon and said that Lumineon had been eating algae, and although they got a perfect score, Professor Rowan deducted several points because they left the lake without permission.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.


Pokémon debuts

TV episode debuts





  • Dawn narrates the next episode's preview.
  • This is the only episode in the entire Summer School arc where Jessie's Wobbuffet made its appearance. It is also the only episode of the arc where any of Ash's Pokémon (excluding Pikachu) appears.
  • The dub's title is a reference to the phrase, "up close and personal".
  • Several rare Pokémon can be seen in the wild during this episode.
  • Ash makes a sketch of a Dewgong, the first main character to do so besides Tracy.
    • Another sketch is made right after, probably by Brock.


  • When Piplup was hypnotized by the light, Dawn's navel disappears.
  • When Dawn activates her Pokédex, it is interrupted by Conway. Since it's a machine, it should have worked describing Gorebyss at the same time as Conway, instead of not working at all.
    • The same happens when Dawn tries to get a reading about Lumineon.
  • When Shinx appeared in the cave, its eyes were normal, not blacked out like before.

Dub edits

In other languages

DP088 : Camping It Up!
Diamond & Pearl series
DP090 : Ghoul Daze!
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