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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
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.
Kimono Girls are also seen in the Battle Tower as random opponents, and some appear in Pokémon Stadium 2.
- "You have lovely Pokémon. May I see them in battle?"
- "Oh, you are very strong."
- "I enjoyed that bout. I would like to see you again."
- "I always dance with my Pokémon. Of course, I also train them."
- "Oh, so close! I almost had you."
- "Rhythm is important for both dancing and Pokémon"
- "Isn't my barrette pretty? Oh. A Pokémon Battle?"
- "I don’t have any Pokémon left…"
- "I put a different flower in my barrette every month."
- "Oh, you're a cute trainer. Would you like to battle?"
- "You’re stronger than you look."
- "I trained a lot, so I thought I was capable trainer. I guess I'm not."
- "Do you like my dancing? I'm good at Pokémon too."
- "Ooh, you're good at Pokémon too."
- "I can keep dancing because there are people who enjoy what I do. My Pokémon keep my spirits up too."
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.
Given away as an Egg (Zuki)
- "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!"
- "I don't have any Pokémon left."
- "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!"
- "Oh, you are truly strong."
- "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!"
- "Ooh, you're good at Pokémon, too."
- "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!"
- "Oh, so close! I almost had you."
- "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!"
- "Oh, you are wonderful..."
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.
| 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).
|| Trouble's Brewing
| Voice actors
|| Kayzie Rogers
Kimono Girls in Pokémon Adventures
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.
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.
- 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.
|| Chinese (Mandarin)
小桃 Xiǎo Táo*
小鵑 Xiǎo Juān*
||小梅 Xiǎo Méi*|
小夢 Xiǎo Mèng*
小玉 Xiǎo Yù*
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