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| Manectric Charge!
Return to Kinsetsu Gym! VS Livolt!
|| January 15, 2004
| United States
|| December 4, 2004
|| Team Ota
|| 松井亜弥 Aya Matsui
|| 吉田浩 Hiroshi Yoshida
| Assistant director
|| 大町繁 Shigeru Ōmachi
| Animation director
|| たけだゆうさく Yūsaku Takeda
| Additional credits
Manectric Charge! (Japanese: キンセツジムふたたび！VSライボルト!! Return to Kinsetsu Gym! VS Livolt!) is the 59th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 333rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 15, 2004 and in the United States on December 4, 2004.
Ash and co. have finally returned to Mauville City for a pit stop on the way back to Petalburg City. Before they get ready to make any plans, Max notices a huge sign for an entrance to a carnival! They decide to start they visit in Mauville by hanging out there. It seems open, though, so they decide to check it out on their own.
To their luck, it is open, so they check out the toy stand first, mainly full of Pokémon plushies, and it's run by two suspicious looking people in a Gengar and Tauros costume. May noticed the Torchic plushie, and gets excited and wants to buy it. Unbeknownst to them, these people are really Team Rocket...
Meanwhile, Ash and co send out all their Pokémon to play, and Ash's new Torkoal smogs them up as a friendly greeting, but they don't seem too happy. Ash introduces them to it, and explains that it likes to do that a lot in a friendly manner, and not to worry about it. Torkoal does it again, and it reaches Team Rocket this time, which gives them an idea to try and snatch it...
Next, they check out the soccer target game, where Brock scores a 10! The rest of them are about to take their turn, but then Ash notices his Torkoal standing right in front of the ball. It seems like it wants a shot at this! Ash is excited and ready to watch it go, but Max is a little concerned that it might mess up and trip, since its body is wide and its legs are pretty short. They all watch as Torkoal lifts its legs, gets ready to kick... but instead it falls over, landing on its back. Oh well, better luck next time.
Next, Brock has a go at the water targets. He uses the water gun that it supplies, but has Lotad and Mudkip help him with their Water Guns. Max is having a shot at the ring toss game, with the help of Pikachu and Skitty. Treecko and Corphish are working on the ring-the-bell game, using something else, and Torkoal smogs them both again. May is playing a DDR-style game, with the help of Torchic, Forretress, Beautifly and Taillow. A silhouette of Meowth appears on the screens and shows them the moves.
- Ash has a rematch with Wattson and loses.
- May learns of a contest in Verdanturf Town.
Pokémon Trainer's Choice: Larvitar
- The Gengar and Tauros costumes that Team Rocket are wearing had previously appeared in In the Pink.
- It is the first time Ash has a battle with a Gym Leader after winning his badge (excluding battles with Brock and Misty).
- Music from Mewtwo Strikes Back was used.
Pokémon Trainer's Choice
In Trainer's Choice Swampert is high effective against Manetrick.
In other languages
- French: Des matchs électriques
- Italian: Incontri tra amici
- Latin American Spanish: ¡Manetric ataca!
- Portuguese: Manectric Carregado
- Iberian Spanish: Carga Manetric