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AG100 : Solid as a Solrock
Advanced Generation series
AG102 : Where's Armaldo?
Vanity Affair
AG101   EP375
Man of the Sea! Shitennō Genji Appears!!
First broadcast
Japan November 4, 2004
United States November 12, 2005
English themes
Opening Unbeatable
Japanese themes
Opening チャレンジャー!!
Ending GLORY DAY 〜輝くその日〜
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 十川誠志 Masashi Sogo
Storyboard 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
Assistant director 渡辺正彦 Masahiko Watanabe
Animation director 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
Additional credits

Vanity Affair (Japanese: 海の男!四天王ゲンジ登場!! Man of the Sea! Shitennō Genji Appears!!) is the 101st episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 375th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on November 4, 2004 and in the United States on November 12, 2005.

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Ash is battling an unnamed Trainer on a dock as the episode begins. Ash is using Torkoal while his opponent has called out Scizor. Scizor goes for a Fury Cutter attack, but Torkoal uses Flamethrower, forcing Scizor to dodge it and stop its attack. Scizor responds with a Hyper Beam attack, but Torkoal tucks itself into its shell, negating the effects of the attack. As Torkoal emerges from its shell unharmed, Ash smiles and throws up a peace sign. Scizor’s onslaught doesn’t stop as it charges with Metal Claw attack. Torkoal responds with Overheat, which hits the Bug-type. Scizor faints from the attack, and Brock (who’s been refereeing) declares Ash to be the winner. Ash's opponent compliments him afterwards, saying that Ash must be a skillful Trainer because he's earned seven Hoenn League Badges. Nearby, Drake is seen watching the battle from afar.

A restaurant is on the dock. Inside, it’s revealed that Jessie, James, and Meowth are working there part-time. As Jessie and James are cleaning, they wonder where the twerps could be at that moment. After looking longingly at the ocean scenery, Drake walks through the door. Jessie and James inform Drake that the regular staff isn’t there today, but Drake doesn’t seem to care. He orders a hot milk with sugar, and tells the trio that it had better taste the same as it would if the regular staff was there. Team Rocket is intimidated.

Meanwhile, Ash and his friends are looking for a place to relax after the recent battle. They spot the restaurant and they decide to sit at one of the tables outside the building. After settling down, Max brings up the recent battle, and how Torkoal had a type advantage, and Ash states that he won’t lose to anyone who challenges him. Just then, James comes outside to take everyone's orders, but does a double take when he recognizes Ash and his friends. James nervously runs off, confusing everyone. Drake has now noticed Ash and the others sitting outside.

In the restaurant’s kitchen, Jessie and Team Rocket plot to kidnap Pikachu. However, they decide against their regular tactics when they imagine Drake making them blast off again with his massive punch. They’ll have to bide their time for the time being.

Back outside, Brock asks May about her next Contest. Suddenly, Drake approaches the group and tells the young Coordinator that her choice of Pokémon is very important. She thanks him for the advice. Inside the restaurant again, Jessie has the sudden realization that Drake is a member of the Elite Four. Team Rocket is suitably impressed.

Outside, Drake compliments Ash on his battle with Torkoal, pointing out that he had good timing. Ash thanks him and introduces himself, and his friends follow suit. Drake then invites everyone to his boat, and his invitation is eagerly accepted. Suddenly, Jessie appears with Drake's order, and although she's intimidated by the Elite Four member, she is relieved when she’s complimented on the drink. Drake then invites Jessie and James to come to his boat as well.

The gang (including Team Rocket) is led to the edge of one of the docks. Drake stands at the edge and stares at the ocean, waiting for his boat to arrive. The boat swings into view from the distance, but it looks more like a pirate ship than the small boat Ash and the others were imagining! The ship's crew greet their captain as the ship docks. As Wingull fly overhead, Brock marvels at the ship’s large masts. Max then asks Drake to show them his Pokémon, and Ash eagerly joins in. Drake instead asks for a battle with Ash, and the young Trainer agrees almost immediately. Brock yells at Ash to wait and think about his decision, but Ash is confident that he’ll win. Meanwhile, Team Rocket realize that this may be their chance to nab Pikachu.

The battle begins with Drake choosing Shelgon while Ash chooses Pikachu. Ash seems confident, thinking that Pikachu’s Speed will give it the advantage. Pikachu starts off by using Thunderbolt, and it hits Shelgon directly but Drake seems calm. Pikachu repeats the attack, and again Shelgon receives a direct hit. Drake’s Pokémon starts to glow as May and James comment on the battle.

Shelgon now takes the offensive as it charges toward Pikachu with Double-Edge, but the mouse Pokémon is able to avoid it with a Quick Attack. Pikachu then uses Iron Tail. Shelgon responds with DragonBreath, and then follows with Dragon Claw. The two attacks prove to be too much for Pikachu, and the little Pokémon faints. Ash retrieves Pikachu as Brock comments favorably on Drake's strength in battle. One of the crew members describes to Brock how strong the captain is as the battle resumes.

Drake brings out Altaria, and Ash responds with Grovyle. Max is worried because Grass-type are weak against Flying-type, but Ash seems to have a plan. He tells Grovyle to jump from mast to mast, allowing it to reach the flying Pokémon. It then uses Bullet Seed, but Altaria is able to avoid it by ducking behind one of the masts. Grovyle then uses Leaf Blade, but Altaria seems to have disappeared! Suddenly, it appears from behind with a Peck attack! Altaria then uses DragonBreath, knocking Grovyle to the ground! Drake’s Pokémon then charges downward with a Sky Attack, but Ash’s Grovyle is able to dodge it with Quick Attack, before throwing out a Leaf Blade at the opponent, but Altaria dodges that attack as well and launches SolarBeam. Poor Grovyle crashes through two barrels before slamming into a wall and knocking itself out.

Drake gently picks up Ash's Pokémon and tells the young Trainer that Grovyle's injuries aren't too serious but it should be taken to a Pokémon Center immediately after the battle. Ash recalls Grovyle. Drake invites everyone to have dinner on his ship after Ash’s Pokémon have been treated at the Pokémon Center, and everyone happily accepts. Off to the side, May is holding the now-conscious Pikachu. As Jessie puts on a pair of rubber gloves, James offers May a drink. She takes it, putting Pikachu down in the process. Jessie quickly snatches the Pokémon up, and Team Rocket jumps into their balloon, which is seen floating nearby. The trio recites their motto as they reveal who they are to the group.

Drake wastes no time in calling out his Salamence, which uses a Dragon Claw on the balloon's basket, causing the balloon to shake violently. This, in turn, causes Jessie to drop Pikachu and Salamence swoops in to save Pikachu. With Pikachu riding on its back, Salamence unleashes a Flamethrower attack on the balloon. Team Rocket blasts off yet again, and May checks her Pokédex for information about Salamence. Ash, watching Drake's Pokémon in action, comments that this must be the true power of the Elite Four.

That same night, Drake, Ash and his friends, and Drake's crew enjoy a hearty dinner. Drake tells Ash that he shouldn't focus so much on losing, but should always seek stronger and stronger opponents. Ash nods at this advice, having learned a lesson in humility, and is now ready for his next adventure.

Major events

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



Pokémon debuts




Pokémon Trainer's Choice

Pokémon Trainer's Choice: Wingull


  • This episode was initially intended to be the 102nd episode of the Advanced Generation series and the 376th episode of the Pokémon anime, but was moved up in the schedule due to strong earthquakes in Niigata Prefecture nearly a week before the airing of AG100. For the skipped episode, see AG101 (unaired).
  • The title is a pun on the fashion magazine "Vanity Fair".
  • This episode marks the only time a member of the Hoenn Elite Four appears in the anime.
  • This is the first episode that makes a running change in an English dub opening. From this point Unbeatable replaces the Mew and Lucario scene with Pikachu using Iron Tail and edited out Mime Jr. and Weavile from the Team Rocket scene. This is due to the fact that Lucario, Mime Jr. and Weavile had not yet been revealed to American audiences.


  • After Scizor has dodged Torkoal's Flamethrower, it lands for a second and jumps for more speed. But when it leaves the screen, its foot gets stuck on the corner of the screen, even though Brock's, Max's and May's faces can be seen moving after this, clearly following Scizor.

Dub edits

Pokémon Trainer's Choice

  • Question: Trainers, which Pokémon is Pikachu most effective against?
  • Choices: Torkoal, Wingull, Manectric
  • Answer: Okay, Trainers! If you chose Wingull, you were right!

In other languages

AG100 : Solid as a Solrock
Advanced Generation series
AG102 : Where's Armaldo?
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