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| The Electrike Company!
Rakurai Practice Center!
|| August 9, 2007
| United States
|| December 22, 2007
- Screenshots on Filb.de
- The above credits are from the Japanese anime magazine, Newtype. Another magazine, Animage, has different credits for this episode:
- Storyboard: 大庭秀昭 Hideaki Ōba
- Assistant director: 牧野行洋 Yukihiro Makino
- Animation director: 木下和栄 Kazue Kinoshita
The Electrike Company! (Japanese: ラクライ訓練センター！ Rakurai Practice Center!) is the 42nd episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 508th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 9, 2007 and in the United States on December 22, 2007.
On a sunny day in Sinnoh, Ash is literally hit by a bolt out of the blue—an Electrike is practicing its Electric-type moves nearby, but it accidentally zapped Ash instead of its target! Jaco, the Electrike's Trainer, is a Pokémon breeder who's raising Electrike at the Pokémon Training Center. He doesn't think Electrike will ever be able to control its moves, but Brock knows better and offers to help both of them train. It's all about developing trust between Trainer and Pokémon so they can work together as a team. From daily care and feeding to learning Electrike's individual rhythm, Brock knows just how it's done!
Even Team Rocket feels a little touched by the developing bond between Jaco and Electrike. At least, James and Meowth are touched; Jessie is just touchy. She wants to steal Electrike now, but not only do James and Meowth try to stop her, they also volunteer to help Electrike and Jaco train! They have plenty of experience at being zapped by Pikachu, so they're happy to run around in insulated jackets so Electrike can practice hitting moving targets.
Jessie is still determined to steal Electrike, and she uses her own one-woman robot to grab it. But when Electrike evolves into Manectric, Jessie steals an easier prize instead: Pikachu! To stop her getaway, Manectric needs to hit the one exposed spot on her rampaging robot. Will Jaco and Manectric's hard work finally pay off? Of course! Manectric hits its target and sends Team Rocket blasting off. Now that it's finally learned to control its attacks, Manectric is ready to graduate from the Pokémon Training Center, and our heroes can say goodbye knowing that both Jaco and Manectric have grown from the experience.
Ash, Dawn, and Brock are sitting next to a pond, watching their Pokémon play in it, when they see an Electric move coming down on them from the sky. They evade it at the last second, though the attack obliterates the ground. Suddenly as Electrike bolts towards them, which Dawn scans on her Pokédex. The Electrike accidentally zaps Ash. A man soon follows and apologizes, before introducing himself as Jaco, a Pokémon Breeder who is currently training the Electrike. He bends down to examine Staravia closer, and he complimenting it while he reveals his passion for Flying-type Pokémon. Cal is close behind, and reveals that he runs the nearby Pokémon Training Center for Electric types. Then he offers the group a tour of the school.
The group go down to the school only to find it mostly abandoned, though Cal admits that Jaco and Electrike are the last remaining students as everyone else already graduated. Cal explains that the Training Center is deisgned to train Electrike Pokémon like Electrike to work in the power generation industry. He provides a demonstration of another Electrike's training. He orders the Pokémon to use Charge followed by Thunder. The Electrike proves its ability to manipulate electricity by changing its direction to the left, upward and then on a quick descent before hitting the target while Jaco's Electrike watches closely from the sidelines.
After Cal leaves, Jaco expresses his disappointment with his Electrike, being more used to working with Flying types than Electric types. Brock volunteers to help coach Jaco in training Electrike, and the budding Breeder accepts the offer. Meanwhile, from their Magikarp Submarine, Team Rocket spies on the scene and figures Electrike is a good candidate to kidnap. James and Meowth point out that this Electrike is unstable, and hasn't matured yet. Jessie suggests that they wait for the twerps to do the work for them, then swoop in and steal it.
Later, Brock explains the importance of brushing a Pokémon. Jaco starts by brushing Electrike, but gets zapped by it to which Brock explains not to use a metal brush. Next, the scene turns to Electrike's training. It starts with Charge followed by Thunderbolt, but it loses control over the attack and accidentally hits Ash again. Upon seeing this, Brock suggests Ash and Dawn call out their Electric Pokémon, Pikachu and Pachirisu respectively, for a demonstration. Pikachu hits the target with no problem, but Pachirisu overcharges and blasts Ash. Dawn gives Pachirisu a Poffin, and it succeeds the second time. Brock then tells Jaco that Electrike is more powerful than other Electric-type Pokémon. Later, Jaco walks in on Brock as he prepares food for the Pokémon. Brock gives him some advice on breeding not only Electric types, but how all different types need different treatments.
That evening, Pikachu is training with Electrike while being remotely watched by James and Meowth who start to feel the bond of partnership the two have and are inspired for them to see it through. Ironically, Jessie has gotten tired of waiting despite her earlier advice and has them rush in. She tries to steal the Pokémon, but James and Meowth hold her back. She gets insulted, and runs off on her own. The others offer to keep helping Electrike, stunning Ash, Dawn and Brock. The following morning, after a meal courtesy of Jaco, Pikachu and Electrike resume their training. Jaco orders Electrike to Charge again and hit the target with a Thunderbolt, this time succeeding. Then Ash, Meowth and James dress in electricity insulated jackets in order to help Electrike learn to control electricity. Cal shows up in his car and is visibly impressed by the progress.
Jessie returns later, in her own pink mecha to steal Electrike. Pikachu attacks, but her machine is insulated. While held captive in the mecha's hand, Electrike evolves into Manectric, shattering the restraint. With Manectric too big for Jessie's hands now, she steals Pikachu instead. James and Meowth hop onto the back and hack a hole for Manectric to hit. Manectric has gained a lot of power, improved aim and electricity control, and manages to blast Team Rocket off. Afterwards, Cal shows up and congratulates Jaco and the group on their good work. He declares that Manectric has officially graduated and soon leaves to drop it off to work at a power generator. Jaco bids his farewell to Manectric as he leaves with Cal, while the group heads off to Hearthome City.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- When Ash, James, and Meowth are running from Electrike, Ash doesn't have his gloves on. However, when he tells Pikachu to use Thunderbolt on Jessie's machine, the gloves are back on. After Electrike evolves, Ash's gloves are gone again.
- Pachirisu and Pikachu zap the two outer targets. When the camera pans out, it shows the target on the right undamaged and the left and center targets broken.
- Similarly, Cal's Electrike zaps the center target, but when the camera zooms out, the left one is destroyed, while the center one is unscathed.
- In the Polish dub, Cal's Electrike's Thunder is called Thunderbolt.
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