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| Ka Boom with a View!
Fierce Fighting! Jungle Battle at the Battle Palace!!
|| February 16, 2006
| United States
|| November 11, 2006
|| Team Ota
|| 松井亜弥 Aya Matsui
|| 日高政光 Masamitsu Hidaka
| Assistant director
|| 渡辺正彦 Masahiko Watanabe
| Animation director
|| 山下恵 Megumi Yamashita
| Additional credits
Ka Boom with a View! (Japanese: 激闘！バトルパレスでジャングルバトル！！ Fierce Fighting! Jungle Battle at the Battle Palace!!) is the 164th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 438th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on February 16, 2006 and in the United States on November 11, 2006.
Ash's Battle Palace challenge against Spenser is about to begin, and it's going to be one big battle when the island itself is the true battleground! Ash's friends take to the skies in a hot air balloon to watch, and since no regular referee can keep up, a hovering robot called Jamero will keep everyone informed of what's going on. The first battle will be Spenser's Shiftry against Ash's Sceptile, and naturally the pair take to the forest to have their battle. Sceptile, back and better than ever after its recent romantic woes, takes a dunking during the fight but comes back to knock out Shiftry.
Next up is Spenser's Venusaur. Ash has brought Heracross in just for this match, although Heracross seems more interested in seeing if Venusaur's flower has anything tasty to eat. Speaking of tasty, after Venusaur's mighty Solarbeam defeats Heracross, Spenser takes time out of the battle for a snack break. After that refreshing pause, Swellow battles Venusaur on the beach, where the sun could prove to be an advantage for Venusaur. But the weather is unpredictable and a cloudy sky is no help for Venusaur's Solarbeam. That gives Swellow an edge that wins it the round, and now it's time for Spenser's Claydol.
Claydol is packing a powerful Hyper Beam that knocks Swellow out in short order, so now it's up to Sceptile. Things could be tough when a sudden squall blows through, but the clouds part and this time the sun is shining for Ash! The sunlight helps Sceptile charge up and its Solarbeam finishes the match, winning Ash his fifth Frontier Symbol. Next stop: the Battle Tower!
This episode starts out with Ash, Pikachu, May, Brock and Max standing outside of Palace Maven Spenser's battle grounds, the Battle Palace. Spenser and Scott approach Ash and his friends asking him whether he is ready, Ash declares so and the intro begins.
Scott and Spenser begin to explain about the Battle Palace and the battle field to Ash and how it is different from other battle fields. Scott begins to explain the rules about the battle: it shall be three-on-three and only the challenger can substitute a Pokémon.
The scene now focuses on a Poké Ball shaped hot air balloon in which Scott, May, Max and Brock can all be found. Max and May are admiring the views then Scott goes on to say the battle shall commence within the jungle, which is then shown by the camera zooming out showing how the whole side of the island is covered in trees only surrounded by a couple of mountains and the sea.
Ash and Spenser are standing atop a battle field on a flattened off mountain, Brock declares how Ash should be careful in his decision when choosing his Pokémon as the jungle can have a major effect on battle strategies. As Brock says they will have difficulty judging the battle, Scott calls up a floating Poké Ball-shaped referee. On the front there is a camera from which the four in the balloon can watch the battle.
The referee floats down to the battle field where Spenser and Ash are eager to get started. Ash's friends in the balloon see him on the TV screen standing ready.
We cut to Team Rocket who are sitting in a tree, spying on Ash and Spenser with binoculars and state how they are going to steal Pikachu and give him to the boss.
The scene quickly cuts to the referee who abruptly states the rules for Ash's Battle Palace match. Spenser calls out his first Pokémon, Shiftry and Ash replies with his Sceptile. The referee waves its flags and the match begins. Sceptile starts out with a blistering Bullet Seed but Shiftry is very fast and manages to dodge it. Shiftry and Sceptile run off down the side of the hill, closely followed by Ash, Pikachu and Spenser.
Sceptile and Shiftry are speeding through the forest running side by side, eyes locked onto one another, Ash orders a Leaf Blade from Sceptile, but Shiftry counters it with a Quick Attack. The two continue running along the grass in the jungle as we pan out to see Brock, May, Max and Scott watching on. As Shiftry bounces through the jungle closely followed by Sceptile, Spenser compliments Ash on his Sceptile's Speed not long before he orders his Shiftry to use Double Team.
Sceptile is surrounded by many Shiftry, and before Ash can reply, a powerful Shadow Ball from Shiftry knocks Sceptile into a nearby pool. Then, as ordered by Spenser, Shiftry uses Rock Smash on the ground by the lake, which sends off a barrage of rocks from the nearby water's edge and fills the pool. Ash is worried that Sceptile has been crushed as they see Sceptile's head just duck underwater as the rocks hit the pond, along with May, Max and Brock. Ash is sure that Sceptile has been knocked out. Suddenly, Sceptile appears from atop the waterfall, jumps out and crashes a powerful Pound attack on Shiftry which, along with a Leaf Blade, knocks Shiftry clean out, giving Sceptile the victory.
We cut to Team Rocket who have just set off a trip wire, picking all four of them, Jessie, James, Meowth and Mime Jr. up and into a net hanging from a tree which Jessie is very upset about.
Meanwhile, Spenser is impressed but he holds nothing back for the next battle swiftly sending out his Venusaur which thunders down onto the ground. Ash recalls his Sceptile and sends out Heracross, which instantly leeches onto Venusaur's flower due to its addiction to sap. Venusaur is having none of it and flicks it off with his Vine Whip, which everyone has a good laugh about.
Up in the balloon our friends are discussing with Scott how Heracross has the upper hand against Venusaur due to its type, but Scott knows how powerful Venusaur is and he says not to underestimate it. Ash quickly orders Heracross to attack with a Horn Attack, which Spenser tries to counter with a Razor Leaf; however, Heracross cleverly manages to knock all the leaves out of the sky with its horn and strike a direct hit onto Venusaur. Heracross continues to attack with Fury Attack until a powerful Vine Whip knocks Heracross back.
Heracross lands on its feet and is ready to retaliate; both Heracross and Venusaur go for a Tackle attack, meeting eyes locked in the middle. They are evenly matched, both very worthy and strong advisory; Ash orders Heracross to use Megahorn which hits Venusaur hard, knocking it back. It slides directly into a tree knocking from it a Nanab Berry, which Spenser catches. Spenser orders a Solar Beam from Venusaur, and Ash uses the delay from the move to his advantage attacking again with a Megahorn.
We again cut to Team Rocket, who against set off another trip wire, however this time they set off numerous spiked thorns and sticks which stick the trio to a nearby tree.
Megahorn hits directly onto Venusaur, again a very powerful attack, but this time Venusaur replies with a Solar Beam which smashes straight into Heracross knocking it out for a win to Spenser. Everyone is amazed at the power of the Solar Beam which came from Venusaur, especially up in the balloon. Ash says nothing other than "impossible".
Ash calls back his Heracross and swiftly sends out his Swellow giving him the type advantage once more, even though it had just been proven that it may not affect the outcome of this battle. Swellow flies down and as Ash orders it to attack, it catches a Nanab Berry in its mouth. Spenser is dishing them out to everyone, including Ash and Pikachu, so everybody sits down for a rest and a quick snack. Up in the balloon they also stop for a quick snack, but sadly no Nanab Berries: only apples for our other heroes and Scott.
Meanwhile, Meowth manages to set off a third trip wire. Jessie, James, Meowth and Mime Jr. brace themselves for impact but nothing happens, they let out a sigh of relief and take a step only to be caught out by a camouflaged pit. This doesn't faze them, though, and they continue to try to capture Pikachu.
Back at the battle we cut to Swellow flying far out into the jungle, up in the balloon May is unsure what Ash is up to. Brock spots the ocean and realizes where Ash is headed.
Spenser and Venusaur follow, and using Razor Leaf Venusaur tries to cut down Swellow; it manages to fly off to one side and avoid the attack. Ash orders Swellow to speed up which Spenser tries to counter with multiple Vine Whips, which Swellow manages to avoid again. Swellow bursts out onto the beach, closely followed by Ash and Pikachu, then Spenser and his Venusaur where the battle commences.
Venusaur lets loose a Razor Leaf at Swellow, which is only just dodged by a last-minute Double Team. Venusaur panics, unsure of which Swellow is the real one. Ash orders a Quick Attack from Swellow, while Venusaur counters the clones with a Vine Whip. The real Swellow is found but it manages to avoid the vine and directly hit Venusaur, knocking it back. Venusaur is exhausted, which Brock points out is due to the serious damage Heracross inflicted with its Megahorn. Spenser orders a final Solar Beam, causing Ash to panic. They both notice the clouds covering the sun, which stops the Solar Beam from charging, much to Ash's relief.
Swellow now finishes off Venusaur with an Aerial Ace, sending Venusaur flying and landing onto a rock, smashing it completely. Ash now has the advantage being two games up to one, but Scott knows something the trio in the balloon do not. He goes on about how Spenser's last Pokémon is not to be underestimated.
Spenser sends out his Claydol to face Ash's Swellow. Swellow seems worried at the prospect of fighting the Claydol, but still it continues to do so. Ash orders a Quick Attack, but Claydol dodges it cleverly with Teleport, which it leads into a Rapid Spin attack hitting Swellow hard from behind. Swellow regains its flight only to be fazed by a Rapid Spin attack sending up a cloud of dust and sand, catching Swellow off guard. Combining this with an almighty Hyper Beam, Claydol knocks Swellow clean out.
Ash and Spenser are both down to their last Pokémon. Ash sends Sceptile back into battle to face Claydol. Team Rocket are now hiding behind a mound of earth, next to Ash and Pikachu and ready to snatch Pikachu from the battle field.
Claydol sends out a Psybeam attack which Sceptile manages to dodge, jumping out of the way. The Psybeam hits the earth in front of Team Rocket, blasting them off before they had a chance to grab Pikachu.
Sceptile unleashes a Bullet Seed at Claydol, but Claydol again dodges an attack with Teleport, sending it out above the water, where it uses Rapid Spin to send a jet of water at Sceptile. Sceptile now jumps up onto the side of a cliff, as we see the sun behind Sceptile beaming onto the yellow patches on its back, which start to glow. However this is cut short due to an overcast sky which is followed by rain.
A Rapid Spin from Claydol starts up a sand twister; Sceptile tries its best to avoid but is caught in the twister. Using this advantage, Spenser orders Claydol to use Psybeam at the twister, doing serious damage to Sceptile. Sceptile is sent flying and struggles to gain its feet again, slipping as it tries to stand.
The clouds start to part and Ash notices the yellow patches on Sceptile's back are absorbing the sunlight. Spenser explains that that phenomenon is called a squall. A bit later, the clouds depart and Ash realizes by a flashback he has to Venusaur using Solar Beam. Spenser orders a Hyper Beam from Claydol, but Sceptile just manages to avoid this by jumping out of the way, and from high up in the air, Ash orders Solar Beam from Sceptile. Claydol is blasted with a super effective Solar Beam, defeating it and hurling it into a rock in the process. Sceptile and Ash are declared the winners, and Ash has beaten Spenser. Ash congratulates his Sceptile with a hug, which doesn't faze the cool Sceptile at all. May, Max and Brock confirm Sceptile learning Solar Beam and are excited that Ash has beaten Spenser.
It is now sunset, the balloon has landed on the beach, and our heroes are standing next to Spenser and Scott along with Ash's Sceptile, Swellow and Heracross. Spenser congratulates Ash on an outstanding battle and awards him the Spirits Symbol. He thanks Spenser and does his victory pose, as tradition says so. Scott enters the picture and tells Ash now he has to head to the Battle Tower where his next adversary awaits him.
The picture pans across Swellow, Heracross and finally Sceptile, the picture then zooms out to the sunset where the episode finishes.
Ash holding the Spirits Symbol
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Spenser was added to the opening credits.
- Spenser's Claydol keeps its Japanese voice in the dub.
- The episode's English title could be making a reference to the James Bond film A View To A Kill. This idea is reinforced as Meowth utters the line "No one does it better", which is the title of a James Bond theme song.
- Alternatively, it could be a reference to the phrase, "a room with a view", similar to a previous episode.
- All three Pokémon Ash uses in this battle (Heracross, Swellow, and Sceptile) are also used in Ash's battle with Tobias during the Sinnoh League.
- Team Rocket does not recite their motto in any form.
- When Shiftry uses Double Team, its Japanese voice can be heard in the background at one point.
- Before Heracross and Venusaur start their battle, Brock, May, Max and Scott say that Heracross has the advantage over Venusaur because Grass-types are weak to Bug-type moves. While this is technically true, it is not true for Venusaur since its secondary type is Poison (which is resistant to Bug-type moves).
- After Heracross is hit by Solar Beam, Ash's shirt is missing.
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