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Raise the Curtain! Shin'ō League - Suzuran Tournament!!
|| July 1, 2010
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| まついひとゆき Hitoyuki Matsui
| Assistant director
|| 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
| Animation director
|| 夏目久仁彦 Kunihiko Natsume
| No additional credits are available at this time.
(Japanese: 開幕！シンオウリーグ・スズラン大会！！ Raise the Curtain! Shin'ō League - Suzuran Tournament!!) is the 183rd episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 649th episode of the Pokémon anime. It aired in Japan on July 1, 2010.
Ash's opponent in the first battle round is Nando, the Pokémon minstrel. He is a talent who also entered the Sinnoh Grand Festival and had a fierce battle against Zoey. Nando, specialized in Template:Type2 and Template:Type2, sends out Roserade as his first Pokémon. Ash sends out Staraptor who has a type advantage.
But it is Nando and Roserade who take the initiative first. With their unique rhythm and strategy, they attack in angry waves Staraptor is unable to grasp. Ash, knowing that losing his first Pokémon in this short battle would create a huge disadvantage for him, becomes hasty. Just then, the match takes an unexpected turn...