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| Duels of the Jungle!
Attack! The Stray Manyula!!
|| July 27, 2006
| United States
|| January 13, 2007
|| Team Iguchi
|| 十川誠志 Masashi Sogo
|| 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
| Assistant director
|| 渡辺正彦 Masahiko Watanabe
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| Additional credits
- Screenshots on Filb.de
- As with AG183, 山下恵 Megumi Yamashita was credited as 総作監補佐 general animation assistant director
Duels of the Jungle! (Japanese: 襲撃！はぐれマニューラ！！ Attack! The Stray Manyula!!) is the 185th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 459th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on July 27, 2006, and in the United States on January 13, 2007.
The episode starts off with Ash and friends walking through the woods. Ash kept his Aipom and Pikachu out of their Poké Balls. Ash was ready and raring to go to fight Brandon of the Battle Pyramid. Finally, after a long while in the woods, Ash and the others made it out and to a field. Max claims that he hasn't seen the sun for a while.
Everyone decides to take a rest while Aipom and Pikachu run off to play. Aipom, interested in the flowers, wanders off and gets lost. A fierce wind blows as Aipom comes face-to-face with a wild Weavile. The Weavile challenges Aipom to a battle and proceeds to use Shadow Ball. An explosion alerts the gang that Aipom is in trouble. Once the gang catches up to Aipom, May scans the Weavile with her Pokédex. Ash asks if the Weavile wants to battle, to which it replies with another Shadow Ball at the gang. The gang moves out of harms way, only to be attacked by another Shadow Ball.
Ash angrily battles the Weavile, making his Pikachu use Thunderbolt. Weavile dodges the attack swiftly and uses yet another Shadow Ball. Pikachu was ordered to dodge, but got caught in the explosion. Aipom quickly covers for Pikachu. Ash tells Aipom to use Swift. Weavile, oddly, dodges the attack. On his feet, Ash told Aipom to use Double Team and go into another Swift. Once Aipom was close enough, she used Swift again. Still, Weavile is able to dodge it. It goes straight into a Shadow Ball attack, strangely enough hurting Aipom. Aipom was immediately knocked out.
The gang looked to see Weavile was gone. A man ran over, asking if they were okay. He saw Aipom and said he had a hut in the woods; a nice place for Aipom to rest. The gang followed him.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket were eating their rice balls, watching the whole thing. Meowth said it'd be best if they stayed away from the Weavile, but Jessie had other plans. She was eager to catch it. Meowth claimed that they were going to give it to the boss, but Jessie wanted it all to herself. Angrily, claimed he wanted to fight the Weavile himself.
The episode switches to a small cabin in the woods. The man from earlier introduces himself as Kerrigan, part of the Wilderness Guard Core. He's the one that watches over the forest. After the gang introduces themselves, they inquire about the Weavile. Kerrigan says the Weavile is a stray and that there is a gang of both Weavile and Sneasel. He claims that Weavile had left the group and now challenges random Trainers to battle it. Kerrigan decides it'd be best if he went outside and searched around. The gang decides to tag along, leaving Aipom to rest after her harsh battle.
The episode switches to the stray Weavile. It begins to have a flashback about it and a female Sneasel in the rain. It seemed to have come from a harsh battle, limping away. After the flashback, Weavile jumps down from the tree it was in and runs off.
Meanwhile, the gang and Kerrigan are searching for Weavile. They come to a spot where Kerrigan says he's seen Weavile many times. When there are no Weavile in sight, Max gets an idea to use Pikachu to sniff out the Weavile. Pikachu sniffs the air and runs off with the gang right behind.
Again, the episode goes back to the stray Weavile, looking in a river and watching its reflection. Meowth approaches the Weavile dressed as a fellow Weavile. Jessie and James watch as Meowth talks to the Weavile. Weavile doesn't seem to buy that Meowth is a fellow Weavile at all, even smacking his hand away when Meowth wanted to shake. Weavile seemed to threaten Meowth as Meowth ran away nervously. Meowth says that the Weavile threatened to use Meowth as a target. Jessie, unsatisfied with Meowth's claims, angrily threatens to do worse to Meowth if he didn't get back out there and talk to the Weavile. Before Meowth can react, the gang shows up. Pikachu runs over to Weavile and begins to talk to it.
Meowth then translates for Jessie and James, saying that Pikachu asked what Weavile was doing, to which Weavile replied that it didn't need to answer that question. After that, Meowth couldn't follow. Jessie angrily stood up, yelling at Meowth and revealing their position to the gang. After their motto, Jessie throws herself at Weavile's feet.
Soon, a Sneasel runs over, happy to see the stray Weavile. Meowth begins to translate their conversation. Weavile asks the Sneasel why she had followed it, to which Sneasel replies that she wasn't following the Weavile, she was escaping from the rogue Weavile that that particular stray Weavile had fought with for leadership. A flashback shows the fierce battle between the two Weavile and shows how the stray had gotten those three scars on its cheek. Weavile had lost and that was why it became a stray.
Weavile claimed that its motives behind attacking the random trainers was to be big and tough and show everyone what its made of. The female Sneasel was sick of being pushed around by the rogue Weavile, which turned out to be extremely mean, so she ran away from the group. Immediately following the speech, the rogue Weavile shows up. The Sneasel cowers behind the stray Weavile, to which Jessie responded that the Weavile was hers. Weavile, angered by her, blasted her and the other two away with a Shadow Ball.
With some encouraging words from Ash, the battle between the four Weavile and the stray Weavile ensued. First, the three Weavile attacked, but were in turn attacked by Ash's Pikachu. The rogue Weavile looked angry and attacked the stray. The battle begun with both Weavile running along the river bank. The rogue used Shadow Ball. This was easily dodged by the stray who also used Shadow Ball. The Shadow Ball hit the water, splashing it up between the two. The rogue Weavile came through the water and tried to slash Weavile's face with its claws. Weavile was able to block the attack with its own claws and send the rogue Weavile flying into the water. It then used Shadow Ball where the rogue splashed into the river.
Unfortunately, the other Weavile was able to escape. It used Shadow Ball on the stray Weavile. Weavile remembered its previous battle with the rogue Weavile and knew it was planning on using the Shadow Ball as a distraction to scratch Weavile's face. Weavile dodged the Shadow Ball and saw the Weavile coming at it, but was able to use its claws to the throw the rogue away. Weavile landed on the ground beside the riverbank. The stray jumped on top of the rogue Weavile and thrust its claws at it. The rogue thought it was over and tightly shut its eyes. Without feeling an impact, the rogue looked up to see the stray's claws were only right above its face. The stray had regained its place as the leader.
Both the new leader and the rogue Weavile made a truce with Sneasel's help. The Weavile, after thanking Ash, walked off in peace to go back to their group.
Ash and friends went back to the cabin, finding a fully recovered Aipom. The gang said goodbye to Kerrigan. Aipom happily ran off, to which Ash said 'that Aipom's nuts'. They soon chased after Aipom, happily going to the Battle Pyramid.
TV episode debuts
* No official credit was given for this character.
- In one scene, one of the Weavile's ear feathers is blue instead of the usual red.
- In several scenes, Aipom's Swift attack fails to hit its opponent even though Swift is an unavoidable move.
- Ash's Aipom takes damage from Weavile's Shadow Ball even though Ghost-type moves do not affect Normal-type Pokémon.
In other languages
- Chinese (Taiwan): 襲擊！落單的瑪狃拉！！
- French: Duel dans la forêt
- German: Das Snibunna-Duell
- Italian: In lotta per il territorio
- Latin American Spanish: ¡Duelos de la Selva!
- Iberian Spanish: Duelos en la jungla