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| Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters out of the Gate!
| ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 出動ポケモン救助隊ガンバルズ！|
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Setting Out: Pokémon Rescue Team Ganbarus!
|| March 23, 2007
| United States
|| September 8, 2006
|| Team Koitabashi
|| 松井亜弥 Aya Matsui
|| 湯山邦彦 Kunihiko Yuyama
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation director
|| 玉川明洋 Akihiro Tamagawa
| No additional credits are available at this time.
- This is one of the few episodes storyboarded by executive producer Kunihiko Yuyama.
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate! (Japanese: ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 出動ポケモン救助隊ガンバルズ！ Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Setting Out: Pokémon Rescue Team Ganbarus!) is a special episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in USA on September 8, 2006 on Cartoon Network.
Unlike previous special episodes, this does not take place in any continuity of the main storyline. Instead, the plot is based on the spin-off games Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. The story involves a young child turning into a Squirtle and teaming up with a Chikorita and Charmander to form a Rescue Team.
The episode begins with Charmander's voice calling out from the darkness if Squirtle is okay. The sleeping boy wakes up, and can't believe himself when he sees a talking Charmander. Charmander then points out that he's a Pokémon too. The boy takes a look at his reflection at a river besides him, and sees that it is true! He has turned into a Squirtle, and has no recollection at all how this had happened.
Later, Squirtle wakes up at a house, and takes a look at his reflection on a pool of water, seeing that he truly is a Squirtle. While trying to get a closer look, he falls into the water. He starts sinking, but to his surprise, he finds himself able to breathe underwater. He swims around for a while and starts thinking that being a Pokémon isn't so bad after all. As he's a Water Pokémon, he tries to use Water Gun, but it turns out as Bubble instead. While admiring how pretty the bubbles are, he sees that Charmander has entered the house with a Chikorita. They think that Squirtle is pretty weird, as he acts like a human. Squirtle tries to explain that he really used to be a human, but Charmander and Chikorita don't seem to take him seriously. Charmander asks what Squirtle thinks about the place, and Squirtle says that he loves the house. Charmander, however, explains that it's not a house but their Team Base. He then throws Squirtle a Rescue Team Badge, and explains that from now on, he's a member of their Rescue Team, Team Go-Getters. Squirtle asks what a Rescue Team is, shocking Charmander and Chikorita. Just then, an earthquake strikes, and Squirtle starts panicking, but it goes over quickly and Charmander and Chikorita explain that that is normal, and those earthquakes are why Rescue Teams exist, to help Pokémon that are in trouble. Chikorita says that Squirtle must be the only Pokémon around that doesn't know anything about this. Squirtle tries to explain that he was a human, but Charmander and Chikorita still don't believe him, and instead push him out and tell him that they're going to the Pelipper Post Office to look for a new rescue mission. They give Squirtle their bag, and he tries to keep up with them as they run ahead.
Meanwhile, at the Pokémon Square, the Whiscash Elder tries to calm down crying Pichu, and tells him that Alakazam and the other Team A.C.T. members are sure to save his older brother Pikachu. Snubbull, however, points out that Team A.C.T. is at the Magma Cavern, trying to save Minun and Plusle. Whiscash tells Pichu that despite this, they still have many Rescue Teams to do the job. Just then, Team Go-Getters arrives, only to be pushed away by Ekans, Medicham, and Gengar of Team Meanies, who are ready to take the case. Whiscash gives the both Rescue Teams the mission to go through the Sinister Cave and save Pikachu. Gengar, however, doesn't seem to think he's going to need help from the other team.
Chikorita leads Charmander and Squirtle to the Kecleon Brothers' shop for supplies, but when they get there, they find out that the whole shop has been emptied by some greedy customers. When they're about to leave, Squirtle asks who those customers were, and the Kecleon Brothers say that they were Gengar and his companions from Team Meanies. Later Team Go-Getters checks out their bag, which is full of Berries, but nothing else. Team Meanies then appears behind a tree, mocking the three Pokémon how they could save anyone with just Berries. Charmander tries to explain that Berries can be really useful. Gengar sends Ekans forth, and it eats all the Berries. Outraged, Squirtle tries to use Bubble on them, but his attack is easily stopped by Gengar's Night Shade. Team Meanies then leaves, leaving Team Go-Getters with just two Oran Berries. Just then, however, Aunty Kangaskhan comes and offers her help for them. She gives them each their own Pecha Scarves, and a bag of Corsola twigs. She then wishes them luck as Team Go-Getters leaves for the rescue mission.
Team Go-Getters enters the Sinister Cave and starts going through, having their way lit by Charmander's tail flame. Then they hear someone crying for help. Charmander locates the voice coming from behind a big rock, and uses Metal Claw to break it, revealing a small tunnel. Out comes Pichu, who is terrified of the darkness. Charmander hands Pichu the other one of their Oran Berries, and Pichu quickly regains his strength. Pichu explains that as he couldn't just sit and do nothing while his big brother was in trouble, he followed Team Meanies. They weren't too pleased to see Pichu, so Gengar tricked Pichu into the tunnel and trapped him inside by blocking the tunnel way with a big boulder that he lifted with Confusion. Team Go-Getters is outraged for such a behavior, and decides to rescue Pikachu before Team Meanies can.
The Rescue Team then reaches a group of sleeping Shroomish. Charmander tells everyone to keep their voices down, but Squirtle accidentally bumps into one Shroomish, and quickly all the Shroomish in the cave are awake, and use their Poison Powder on them. Team Go-Getters quickly runs away, but the Shroomish are following them. Charmander uses Ember, scaring the Shroomish. As he tries to do the same again, Charmander ends up using Flamethrower instead. The Shroomish run away and Pichu congratulates Charmander and tells him that he just leveled up. As they continue forward, Squirtle starts thinking that they all might have leveled up because the Poison Powder did nothing to them. Chikorita, however, explains that this was due to the Pecha Scarves Aunty Kangaskhan gave them.
Team Go-Getters reaches the end of the cave, and Pichu notices Pikachu's Treasure Bag on the ground and picks it up. Just then, a Skarmory shows up, snatches Pichu and flies away. He is taken as a prisoner to the top of a mountain, just besides his brother Pikachu, who apologized for getting him into trouble as well. Pichu, however, tells Pikachu that Team Go-Getters is on the way to rescue them. While climbing the mountain, Squirtle is tired as the top doesn't seem to get any closer. He thinks that he could use Water Gun to rocket himself there, but when he tries to use it, it just turns out as Bubble again.
Then Team Go-Getters notice something lying on their path; Team Meanies! They tell how they had been surprised and defeated by Skarmory. Squirtle, Chikorita, and Charmander then take their last Oran Berry, split it into three parts, and feed two parts to Medicham and Ekans respectively, recovering their healths instantly. At first, Gengar refuses to take his part, but when Squirtle tells how they're all Pokémon, and therefore like brothers who must be helped when needed, Gengar accepts and eats his piece of the Berry.
Finally Team Go-Getters reaches the mountain top, and see tied Pichu and Pikachu as well as Skarmory. Skarmory doesn't like the intruders and attacks them. Chikorita tries to use Razor Leaf, but Skarmory just uses Whirlwind to blow the leaves away before attacking Chikorita with Steel Wing. Squirtle attacks Skarmory with Bubble, but Skarmory easily avoids the Bubbles and uses Fury Attack on Squirtle.
Team Go-Getters retreats. Seeing how strong Skarmory is, they decide to use the Corsola twigs Aunty Kangaskhan gave them. They open the bag, and find three twigs, one for each of them. They start a combination attack. Charmander uses Flamethrower, and while Skarmory dodges it, Chikorita throws her twig, but Skarmory easily dodges it too. Squirtle then uses Tackle on Skarmory, knocking it out of balance. Charmander throws his twig, but Skarmory just knocks it away and prepares for a new attack. Pikachu then hurries Pichu to drop the content of his Treasure Bag out. A Seed falls out, and Pikachu kicks it, sending it flying into Squirtle's mouth. Squirtle swallows the seed, and when he dodges Skarmory's attack, he and everybody else notice that he's a lot faster now. Pikachu explains that the Seed was a Quick Seed, which makes its eater's moves super-fast. Squirtle uses Skarmory's confusion as his advantage, and throws his twig at it, scoring a direct hit. Charmander attacks with Flamethrower and Chikorita goes with Razor Leaf. As Squirtle tries to add a Bubble attack to the barrage, he finally uses Water Gun! The attacks make a direct hit, and Skarmory is finally defeated. Charmander and Chikorita admire how strong Squirtle's Water Gun was.
Team Go-Getters releases Pichu and Pikachu from their ropes. They're very glad for being saved. Just then, Skarmory wakes up, and doesn't seem to remember anything that just happened. Chikorita suspects that Skarmory possibly hit its head. Whatever the case, Team Go-Getters celebrates for successfully completing their first mission. Then they see a Pelipper flying towards the Pokémon Square, and they rush back to the town in hope for a new rescue mission. Squirtle ends the episode by saying that as long as he's going to be a Pokémon, he's going to stick in Team Go-Getters with Charmander and Chikorita.
Comparison with the game
: Major plot or ending details for the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon games may follow.
- The Caterpie rescue mission and the Magnemite rescue missions were omitted.
- The mission to rescue Pikachu from Sinister Cave is actually the third storyline mission received in the game, after completing the two mentioned above.
- While this is true, this is actually based on the Mt. Steel mission, which is the actual third mission in the game. There is no Sinister Cave in the game itself, but there is, however, a Sinister Woods.
- Team A.C.T. does in fact go to Magma Cavern in the game; however, it is to battle Groudon, not to rescue Plusle and Minun. The player eventually goes to Magma Cavern themselves in the penultimate storyline mission.
- As it is based on Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, the music in the episode is somewhat similar to the game.
- The episode was animated by Team Koitabashi, which usually handles the movies.
- The episode was storyboarded by Kunihiko Yuyama, who also usually handles the movies.
- The episode had music producers, which are usually only found in the movies.
- The only Pokémon in this episode that didn't speak human language were Golbat and Shroomish.
- Most of the background music in the episode was taken from the game score, which was composed by Arata Iiyoshi and Atsuhiro Ishizuna. Unusual for the Pokémon anime, the music was not arranged by Shinji Miyazaki, at least according to the Japanese credits—the U.S. credits list Miyazaki Shinji as the composer.
- The episode ends with To be continued, despite there being no indication of a continuation of this storyline.
- The title shown some time during the beginning was colored blue only, not red, similar to that of the cover of both games.
- This special aired in the USA first, then Japan.
- Aunty Kangaskhan's child has a male voice, despite Kangaskhan being an all-female species.
- When Gengar ordered Ekans to eat up all the Berries that Team Go-Getters collected, he called the Poisonous Snake Pokémon Arbok, which may be a misinterpretation of the Japanese name of Ekans, Arbo. This error was also present in the Japanese version and even in the credits.
- If one listens closely to Ekans's response after the error, he replies with "Gee, thanks," as if the mistake was made to be intentional.
- In one scene, the top of Aunty Kangaskhan's head is discolored brown.
- Gengar uses Confusion in this episode, but Gengar cannot learn that move in the games.
- The Arbok error was corrected in a reairing of the episode on September 30, 2006.
- Pelipper did not speak in the original Japanese version, but does in the dub.
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