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Kimono Girl

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Kimono Girl
まいこはん Dancing Girl Group
Gold Silver Kimono Girl.png
Art from Gold and Silver
Other names Kimono Sisters (anime)
Introduced in Generation II
Appears in Gold, Silver, and Crystal
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Gender Female
Counterpart {{{counterpart}}}
Notable members Sakura
Anime debut Trouble's Brewing
TCG debut [[ (TCG)|]]
TCG card {{{card}}}
Manga debut HeartGold & SoulSilver chapter (Adventures)
Gold and Black VS Team Rocket (The Golden Boys)

A Kimono Girl (Japanese: まいこはん Dancing Girl Group) is a type of Pokémon Trainer that first debuted in the Generation II games. They appear as young women dressed in kimonos.

In the games

Generation II

In Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal, five Kimono Girls live in Ecruteak City, and can be battled at the Ecruteak Dance Hall. Each owns one of the five Eeveelutions available in Generation II.

Pokémon











Kimono Girls are also seen in the Battle Tower as random opponents, and some appear in Pokémon Stadium 2.

Quotes

Naoko
  • Before battle
"You have lovely Pokémon. May I see them in battle?"
  • Being defeated
"Oh, you are very strong."
  • After being defeated
"I enjoyed that bout. I would like to see you again."
Sayo
  • Before battle
"I always dance with my Pokémon. Of course, I also train them."
  • Being defeated
"Oh, so close! I almost had you."
  • After being defeated
"Rhythm is important for both dancing and Pokémon"
Zuki
  • Before battle
"Isn't my barrette pretty? Oh. A Pokémon Battle?"
  • Being defeated
"I don’t have any Pokémon left…"
  • After being defeated
"I put a different flower in my barrette every month."
Kuni
  • Before battle
"Oh, you're a cute trainer. Would you like to battle?"
  • Being defeated
"You’re stronger than you look."
  • After being defeated
"I trained a lot, so I thought I was capable trainer. I guess I'm not."
Miki
  • Before battle
"Do you like my dancing? I'm good at Pokémon too."
  • Being defeated
"Ooh, you're good at Pokémon too."
  • After being defeated
"I can keep dancing because there are people who enjoy what I do. My Pokémon keep my spirits up too."

Generation IV

Atop the Bell Tower
Inside the Whirl Islands

Much like other Generation II characters, the Kimono Girls made an appearance in the remakes, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver. Instead of being restricted to their dance hall in Ecruteak City, however, they will appear elsewhere, such as in Violet City (Zuki), Ilex Forest (Naoko), and the Ice Path (Sayo). A Team Rocket Grunt appears in their hall in Ecruteak, where the player battles him after he harasses Miki about her dance routine. Kuni is briefly met during the Radio Tower incident, in the Goldenrod Tunnel.

In order to encounter Ho-Oh in HeartGold and Lugia in SoulSilver, which is required before facing the Elite Four, players must earn all eight Badges and, after receiving the Master Ball from Professor Elm, battle all five Kimono Girls consecutively in the Dance Hall to obtain the Clear BellHG or Tidal BellSS.

In HeartGold and SoulSilver, the girls' respective Eeveelutions were swapped; only Zuki and Kuni's partners remained the same from Generation II. Additionally, Kuni's Japanese name, Sumomo, was altered to Komomo, probably to avoid confusion with Maylene, whose Japanese name is also Sumomo.

Pokémon











Given away as an Egg (Zuki)

Spr 4h 175.png
Type:
Normal Unknown
Ability:
Hustle or Serene Grace
Held item:
None
Togepi/ Lv.1
Growl
Normal Status
Charm
Normal Status
Extrasensory
Psychic Special
  --  
   

Pokéathlon (Kuni)

Kimono Girl OD.png  Skill  Course
Supreme Cup
196OD.png Espeon
 Skill 
197OD.png Umbreon
 Skill 
133OD.png Eevee
 Skill 

Quotes

Zuki

  • Before battle
"Welcome. My name is Zuki. I met you previously in Violet City. In order to bring back Ho-OhHG/LugiaSS, we needed someone with the right bond with Pokémon. We asked Mr. Pokémon to give this Mystery Egg to whoever showed true potential. The Egg was eventually handed from Mr Pokémon to Professor Elm, and then to you. However, being pure alone will not be sufficient to face the power of this Pokémon. I must test you. Are you ready?"
"I will test how closely you've bonded with your Pokémon!"
  • Being defeated
"I don't have any Pokémon left."

Naoko

  • Before battle
"You are quite strong. You helped me in the Ilex Forest. My name is Naoko. I'm the one that's not so good at directions. My eyes witnessed you defeating Team Rocket when Kurt was in trouble at the Slowpoke Well. Allow me to challenge you and your Pokémon!"
  • Being defeated
"Oh, you are truly strong."

Miki

  • Before battle
"You are quite the Trainer. I remember you chasing off that Team Rocket Grunt from right here. I must thank you for that. Although, I am actually a Trainer myself. She who knows the most speaks the least! I am Miki--the Kimono Girl! Allow me to challenge you and your Pokémon!"
  • Being defeated
"Ooh, you're good at Pokémon, too."

Sayo

  • Before battle
"Excellent fighting spirit! You got me off the ice by pushing me from the back. I am the one who skates in sandals. I am Sayo--the Kimono Girl! I was listening in the Dragon's Den when you passed the test of the Elder. Allow me to challenge you and your Pokémon!"
  • Being defeated
"Oh, so close! I almost had you."

Kuni

  • Before battle
"I am the last one. You were so dependable at the Goldenrod Tunnel. I am the one who twirls even underground. I am Kuni--the Kimono Girl! I looked at you in wonder when you thwarted Team Rocket's mission to take over the Radio Tower. You must show your strength to me now. Allow me to challenge you and your Pokémon!"
  • Being defeated
"Oh, you are wonderful..."

Sprites

Spr GS Kimono Girl.png Spr HGSS Kimono Girl.png S2 Kimono Girl.png
Sprite from
Generation II
Sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver
Portrait from
Stadium 2
Kimono Girl r II OD.png Kimono Girl b II OD.png Kimono Girl g II OD.png Kimono Girl OD.png
Zuki's overworld sprite from
Generation II
Kuni and Sayo's overworld sprite from
Generation II
Miki and Naoko's overworld sprite from
Generation II
Overworld sprite from
HeartGold and SoulSilver

In the anime

The Kimono Sisters in kimonos in the anime.
Left to right: Sumomo (in green), Tamao, Satsuki, and Koume
The Kimono Sisters in casual clothes. Left to right: Koume, Sumomo, Satsuki, and Tamao

The Kimono Girls (called the Kimono Sisters in the anime) were featured in two episodes, Trouble's Brewing and Espeon, Not Included. The dub retained their original Japanese names instead of using their localized English names.

In Trouble's Brewing, after Ash's win at the Ecruteak Gym, the gang bumped into Sakura, who took them to the tea ceremony her sisters were running when they ask where it was being held. Sumomo was the first sister they met, greeting them formally. Tamao was seen next, demonstrating ikebana to a small audience. Later, they passed by the lone Koume playing her shamisen. Finally, they were treated to a quiet display of the art of tea making and drinking by Satsuki. Needless to say, Brock was entranced by them all and grew frightened when they were all together and called him out on his praise.

The sisters are skilled Trainers as well as tradition keepers. Upon proposing a challenge to the trio to battle for Sakura to join them, Sumomo and Satsuki both displayed their Vaporeon's and Jolteon's abilities against Misty's Poliwhirl and Ash's Pikachu respectively. Vaporeon defeated Poliwhirl and Pikachu defeated Jolteon, but the latter only after Team Rocket's interruption.

When Sakura changed her mind about leaving at that time, Satsuki admitted that she and the other three weren't against Sakura leaving to begin her journey, only that they wanted her to not be dependent on others if she finally did.

In Espeon, Not Included, the four elder sisters were tricked by Team Rocket into handing over their Pokémon for dancing lessons. With the help of Sakura's Eevee, now an Espeon, the other four Eeveelutions were rescued, and the episode ended with the sisters wishing Sakura well on her journey.

In An Egg Scramble!, they made a cameo in Lyra's video about Johto.

A pair of Kimono girls could be seen very briefly in A Ghost of a Chance.

Pokémon

Satsuki's Jolteon
Jolteon
Satsuki's Jolteon was first seen when Team Rocket disrupted the Kimono Sisters' tea ceremony, but didn't battle until she matched up against Ash and Pikachu. It fended off a few attacks from Pikachu, but ultimately succumbed to a Thunder attack.

Jolteon's known moves are Thunder Shock and Zap Cannon*, and its Poké Ball is a Moon Ball, matching Satsuki's kimono pattern.

Debut Trouble's Brewing
Voice actors
Japanese
English Kayzie Rogers
Sumomo's Vaporeon
Vaporeon
Sumomo's Vaporeon was first seen when Team Rocket disrupted the Kimono Sisters' tea ceremony, but didn't battle until it matched up against Misty and Poliwhirl. The Pokémon were well matched, but Vaporeon defeated Poliwhirl with its Aurora Beam.

Vaporeon's known moves are Tackle, Sand Attack, Quick Attack, Water Gun, and Aurora Beam, and its Poké Ball is a Lure Ball, matching Sumomo's kimono pattern.

Debut Trouble's Brewing
Voice actors
Japanese Chinami Nishimura
English Rachael Lillis
Tamao's Umbreon
Umbreon
Tamao's Umbreon was first seen when Team Rocket disrupted the Kimono Sisters' tea ceremony, but its only action was to rescue Sakura's Eevee from Team Rocket.

Umbreon's only known move is Agility*, and its Poké Ball is a Fast Ball, matching Tamao's kimono pattern.

Debut Trouble's Brewing
Voice actors
Japanese Satomi Kōrogi
English Kayzie Rogers
Koume's Flareon
Flareon
Koume's Flareon was first seen when Team Rocket disrupted the Kimono Sisters' tea ceremony, and was not showcased at all during its two episode appearances.

Flareon's Poké Ball is likely a Love Ball, based on Koume's kimono pattern (its colors are an inversion of the Love Ball).

Debut Trouble's Brewing
Voice actors
Japanese
English Kayzie Rogers
Sakura's Espeon
Eevee → Espeon
Main article: Sakura's Espeon

This Pokémon debuted as an Eevee in Trouble's Brewing where it was the only unevolved Pokémon owned by the five sisters. By its next appearance in Espeon Not Included, it had evolved into Espeon.

Debut Trouble's Brewing
Voice actors
Japanese Yumi Tōma
English Yumi Tōma
Kayzie Rogers (SS005)

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese Satsuki: 冬馬由美 Yumi Tōma
Sumomo: こおろぎさとみ Satomi Kōrogi
Tamao: 愛河里花子 Rikako Aikawa
Koume: かないみか Mika Kanai
Sakura: 國府田マリ子 Mariko Kōda
English Satsuki: Lisa Ortiz
Sumomo: Kayzie Rogers
Tamao: Megan Hollingshead
Koume: Tara Jayne
Sakura: Kerry Williams
European Spanish Satsuki: Elsa Pinillos
Sumomo: Gloria Núñez
Tamao: Amparo Bravo
Koume: Raquel Cubillo
Sakura: Sandra Jara (EP183-EP226) / Carmen Cervantes (SS005)

In the manga

Kimono Girls in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

The Kimono Girls make their debut in Pleased as Punch With Parasect, when Gold decides to visit them in Ecruteak after finishing up at the Pokéathlon. Gold is spending his time watching them perform, which annoys the Radio Director of Goldenrod. However, Gold reveals that he is actually allowing time for Aibo to train, who was trying to learn Double Hit. When he finally does, Aibo evolves into Ambipom, winning the praise of the Kimono Girls. By the end of the arc they have added a Leafeon and a Glaceon to their team.

In the Pokémon Gold & Silver: The Golden Boys manga

The Kimono Girls make a small cameo in Gold and Black VS Team Rocket. Gold and Whitney are greeted by Kimono Girls when they arrive in Ecruteak City for the Pokémon Summit.

Trivia

  • For some reason, the Kimono girls were given different but still Japanese names in the English versions. The French localization also followed suit, but were renamed to their original Japanese names in Generation IV with the exception of Koume, who was referred to as Umeko instead.
  • In the French and German localizations of Gold, Silver, and Crystal, the name Keiko was used for different Kimono Girls.
  • In HeartGold and SoulSilver versions, when the Kimono Girls are summoning the legendary Pokémon, they dance clockwise for Ho-Oh and counter-clockwise for Lugia.
  • Bill's mother was once a Kimono Girl, according to Poké Maniac Brent, who reveals trivia about Bill via Pokégear.
  • Both of the anime episodes which featured all of the Kimono Sisters had Masaaki Iwane as animation director.
  • In the anime episode Espeon, Not Included, the four elder sisters' fans match the elemental themes of their Pokémon.
  • In the anime, all of the Kimono Sisters except for Sakura have their Eeveelutions in an Apricorn Ball; in the games, these, along with the Safari Ball and the Sport Ball, are the only Poké Balls that an Eeveelution cannot be legitimately caught in.

Names

Japanese English French German Italian Spanish Korean Chinese (Mandarin)
スモモ Sumomo*
コモモ Komomo*
Kuni*
Sumomo*
Michiyo*
Komomo*
Sumomo*
Wilma*
Komomo*
Andrea*
Maki*
Sumomo*
Zoe*
Komomo*
Sumomo*
태희 Taehui 桃桃 Táotáo*
小桃 Xiǎo Táo*
サツキ Satsuki Miki*
Satsuki*
Sayaka*
Satsuki*
Lore*
Satsuki*
Christine*
Keko*
Satsuki*
Kim*
Satsuki*
난주 Nanju 五月 Wǔyuè*
小鵑 Xiǎo Juān*
コウメ Koume Naoko*
Koume*
Eri*
Umeko*
Koume*
Edith*
Umeko*
Nicole*
Yuki*
Koume*
Isa*
Umeko*
Koume*
수정 Sujeong 小梅 Xiǎo Méi*
小夢 Xiǎo Mèng*
サクラ Sakura Sayo*
Sakura*
Yumiko*
Sakura*
Keiko*
Sakura*
Sayo*
Sakura*
Bea*
Sakura*
예솔 Yesol 櫻花 Yīnghuā
タマオ Tamao Zuki*
Tamao*
Keiko*
Tamao*
Linda*
Tamao*
Carina*
Kana*
Tamao*
Ico*
Tamao*
옥희 Okhui 玉緒 Yùxù*
小玉 Xiǎo Yù*

In other languages

Language Title
Mandarin Chinese 藝妓 Yìjì
France Flag.png European French Kimono
Germany Flag.png German Kimono-Girl
Italy Flag.png Italian Kimono Girl
South Korea Flag.png Korean 전통무용수 Jeontong Muyongsu
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Chica Kimono


Non-player characters in the core series games
Johto Professor ElmProfessor OakMomEthanLyraSilverMr. PokémonEusineLanceRedKiyoBaobaMagnusEarlKurt
CarrieMaryBuenaRadio DirectorHaircut brothersWebsterDragon Clan ElderLiWilmaPrimoJetDudeMr. Game
Team RocketGym guideGym LeadersElite FourFrontier BrainsKimono GirlsName RaterFelicityTealaCameron


Trainer classes in the Pokémon main series
Johto Ace Trainer*BeautyBikerBird KeeperBlack Belt*BoarderBug CatcherBurglarCamper
ChampionExecutive*FirebreatherFisherman*GentlemanGuitaristHikerJugglerKimono GirlLass
LeaderMediumPicnickerPokéfanPoké Maniac*PKMN TrainerPoliceman*PsychicRivalSage
SailorSchool Kid*ScientistSkierSuper NerdSwimmerTeacherTeam Rocket Grunt*TwinsYoungster
Mystery ManCHGSS*
Double TeamHGSSElderHGSSYoung CoupleHGSS
Only in the Battle FrontierHGSS:

Aroma LadyArtistBattle GirlCameramanClownCollector
CowgirlCyclistDragon TamerIdolJoggerLadyNinja Boy
Parasol LadyPIPoké KidPKMN BreederPKMN Ranger
RancherReporterRich BoyRoughneckRuin ManiacSocialite
TuberVeteranWaiterWaitressWorker
Arcade StarCastle ValetFactory HeadHall MatronTower Tycoon

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