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The Water Flowers of Cerulean City
Suichūka of Hanada City
First broadcast
Japan May 13, 1997
United States September 16, 1998
English themes
Opening Pokémon Theme
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター
Ending ひゃくごじゅういち
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 井上修 Osamu Inoue
Assistant director 井上修 Osamu Inoue
Animation director 藤田宗克 Munekatsu Fujita
No additional credits are available at this time.
  • 水中花 suichūka are a type of artificial flower which "blossoms" when placed in water.

The Water Flowers of Cerulean City (Japanese: ハナダシティのすいちゅうか Suichūka of Hanada City) is episode 7 of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on May 13, 1997 and in USA on September 16, 1998.

In this episode, Ash arrives in Cerulean City, eager to get a second badge. When he gets to the Gym, he finds out that Misty is the Gym Leader.

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Excited about winning his Boulder Badge, Ash can't wait to get to Cerulean City to battle for his Cascade Badge. For some reason, though, Misty is trying to avoid Cerulean, and leaves Ash and Brock as they enter the city.

When they get to the gym, they find three sisters performing underwater. Ash confronts the girls backstage, finds out that they are the Gym Leaders and challenge them to a battle. The girls (Lily, Daisy and Violet) explain that their Pokémon are too tired to battle, and offer Ash the badge without a battle. Ash is about to take it, when Misty appears and challenges him.

It turns out that Misty is the youngest of the "Sensational Sisters" - also known as "the runt" who said she wouldn't come back to Cerulean until she was a great Pokémon trainer. Ash battles Misty (who's coming out on top) but suddenly Team Rocket turns up with a huge modified vacuum cleaner. They suck the water out of Cerulean's pool, taking all the Pokémon with it. Ash helps the girls save all their precious Pokémon, and gains the Cascade badge for his assistance.

Major events

  • Ash gets a Cascade Badge.





Who's That Pokémon?: Seel


  • Brock's absence during the episode is never explained, and is the source of much speculation among fans.
  • This episode has led many fans to believe that Misty's last name is Waterflower. In actuality, the words "water flowers" used in the title are merely a metaphor used to describe the three sisters' grace and beauty, and their own names come from flower species.
  • This is the second time real animals are shown. Fish are seen behind the glass when Ash walks into the aquarium. Real animals were only shown in the first season (due to the lack of Pokémon resembling several real-world animals in Kanto, although it is unknown why the fish Pokémon Goldeen and Seaking weren't shown).


  • In the Spanish dub, when Misty's sister calls for Seel, she said "See-al".
  • In the English dub, during the opening narrative and right before the title card appears, the text on the sign Gary wrote on is still in Japanese.

Dub edits

  • The outside of the store Team Rocket loot simply says "MASHIIN" (machine) in the Japanese version, while it says "MACHINE SHOP INDUSTRIAL SUPPLIES ALL MAKES AND MODELS" in the dub. The next shot replaces "RUUMU" with "LS".
  • Like the Pewter Gym, the "Hanada Gym" sign is changed to "Cerulean Gym".

In other languages

  • European Portuguese: As Nadadoras da Cidade Cerúlea
  • Dutch: De Waterbloemen van Cerulean City
  • French: Les fleurs d'eau d'Azuria
  • Italian: Il segreto di Misty
  • Latin American Spanish: ¡Las flores acuáticas de Ciudad Celeste!
  • Brazilian Portuguese: As Flores Aquáticas da Cidade de Cerulean
  • Spanish: Las flores acuáticas de Ciudad Celeste
  • Finnish: Cerulean Cityn lumpeenkukat


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