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| Glory Blaze!
Hikozaru VS Zangoose! Destined Battle!!
|| October 18, 2007
| United States
|| February 1, 2008
|| Team Iguchi
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 日高政光 Masamitsu Hidaka
| Assistant director
|| 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| Additional credits
Glory Blaze! (Japanese: ヒコザルＶＳザングース！運命のバトル！！ Hikozaru vs. Zangoose! Destined Battle!!) is the 51st episode of Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, and the 517th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on October 18, 2007 and in the United States on February 1, 2008.
The good news for Ash and his friends is that they've entered a tag battle tournament in Hearthome City and everyone made it past the first round. The bad news? Paul is Ash's partner and the two of them just can't get along. Before the second round, Paul has his Pokémon team up against Chimchar to deliver some harsh training. Even Team Rocket thinks Paul is being cruel to Chimchar! It's all too much for Ash, who insists on taking Chimchar to the Pokémon Center.
At the Pokémon Center, Brock asks Paul to explain himself. Paul describes how he first met Chimchar: it was cornered by a group of relentless Zangoose and looked to be in serious trouble. Pushed to its limit, Chimchar let loose with a mighty Flame Wheel that knocked out all its foes! Paul immediately asked Chimchar to join him, but since that day, Chimchar hasn't been able to recapture that same power. And now, Nurse Joy and Brock tell Paul he has to give Chimchar a rest.
But at the tournament the next day, Paul sends Chimchar in to battle alongside Ash's Turtwig. What's worse, their tag battle opponents are fielding a Metagross and a Zangoose! Once again, Ash and Paul simply can't cooperate. Paul doesn't even care when Chimchar's Flame Wheel hurts Turtwig! But when Chimchar freezes in fear at painful memories of its battle with the group of Zangoose, Turtwig still comes to the rescue.
Disgusted, Paul turns his back on Chimchar, and Ash gives Chimchar and Turtwig commands so they can win the battle. After the match, Paul releases Chimchar—for good. As Paul walks away, Ash asks the unhappy Chimchar if it wants to come with him instead...
The Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition continues as the teams of Ash and Paul, Dawn and Conway, and Brock and Holly advance to the second round. During the night, Ash trains with his Pokémon, having Staravia use Aerial Ace. Aipom, Turtwig, and Pikachu dodge the attack with the spinning maneuver Dawn taught them before. Staravia then notices a blast of energy nearby. Meanwhile, offers his help to Nurse Joy at the Pokémon Center, who is overwhelmed with all of the Trainers who need their Pokémon healed. After talking with Conway for a bit, Dawn and Piplup run off to find Ash.
The explosive energy that Staravia spotted earlier was Paul's Chimchar taking several attacks from Paul's other Pokémon. Elekid uses Thunder, Murkrow uses Shadow Ball, Torterra uses Hyper Beam, and Ursaring uses Focus Blast. The tidal wave of attacks converges as Chimchar uses Flame Wheel to defend itself. Ash notices the brutal training as Chimchar unleashes Flamethrower, hits him and makes him fall down. Team Rocket watches nearby as Ash gets up, complimenting Chimchar's power. Paul calls Chimchar back for more training as Ash questions Paul's aggressive tactics, just before Dawn arrives. Paul brushes him off as he reveals his intention to get his Pokémon exposed to powerful battles. Dawn scolds Paul for his selfish goals, but he brushes her and Ash off, mentioning that he needed Chimchar to be struck by the Surf attack from their previous battle to get stronger by improving its weak points. Ash tells him that he should instead be trying to raise Chimchar's strong points, but Paul mentions that it is a waste of time, and, to Dawn and Ash's surprise, that this is exactly what Chimchar wants. Ash, believing this is the hard way, tries to convince Chimchar that there are better ways to improve, but Paul and his team walk away, so Chimchar must follow. After hearing this exchange, Team Rocket wants to take Chimchar for themselves to get the Soothe Bell.
Paul continues training Chimchar as it dodges Ursaring's Hammer Arm. Torterra then fires Leaf Storm and Chimchar gets caught in it, after which Murkrow executes a Sky Attack. Paul tells Chimchar to counter with Flamethrower, but it cannot bring itself to and falls down after taking the hit from Sky Attack. Paul orders Chimchar to stand up, and it tries to, but it is too weak from all the damage it's taken and collapses. Paul orders Elekid to use Thunder on it, but Pikachu rushes in with Volt Tackle to protect Chimchar. Elekid charges for another attack, but Ash and Dawn rush in to take Chimchar to the Pokémon Center. At the Center, Brock treats Chimchar, and his talent impresses Holly. Brock steps out and mentions that Chimchar needs rest, before confronting Paul about his harsh and unusual training methods. Although Paul is reluctant to reply at first, Brock explains that he is asking for Chimchar's sake instead of Ash's, and this make Paul start talking.
Paul mentions in a flashback how he met Chimchar; right after capturing a Ninjask, he noticed a Chimchar racing through the forest, with several Zangoose in hot pursuit, relentlessly attacking it at every turn for unknown reasons. Paul then decided to follow them, and Chimchar eventually wound up cornered at the edge of a cliff, as the Zangoose lunged forward. However, Chimchar activated its Blaze Ability and used a powerful Flame Wheel to consume the area with a spiral of fire. When it was over, the Zangoose were gone and Paul decided to catch Chimchar, wanting to utilize the mind-blowing power he just saw to win the Sinnoh League. This makes Brock and everyone else finally understand why Paul has always been harder on Chimchar than his other Pokémon; to recreate the stress of when the Zangoose were attacking it to push it to be able to activate Blaze at will, though he has never had any success. Paul wants to keep pushing Chimchar way beyond the limit, but, in vain, Ash and his friends try to convince him to let Chimchar get the rest it so desperately needs. Only Nurse Joy's insistence makes him comply.
The next day, the tournament continues as Dawn and Conway and Brock and Holly win their battles and make it to the next round. Ash and Paul fight in the last battle of the day, and Ash chooses Turtwig. Paul shocks everyone by calling out Chimchar, who still hasn't fully recovered. Ash informs Turtwig to protect Chimchar during the battle, as their opponents send out a Metagross and, to Paul's elation, a Zangoose, which puts Chimchar into a state of fear. The battle starts as Metagross charges in with Bullet Punch. Paul commands Chimchar to use Flamethrower, but Zangoose jumps into its view, rendering it too scared to make any moves. Turtwig uses Razor Leaf, but Zangoose swats them away. Metagross lands Bullet Punch on Chimchar as Zangoose hits Turtwig with a super-effective X-Scissor. Chimchar then uses Dig, but Metagross uses Magnet Rise to dodge it. Zangoose then jumps in with a Crush Claw that hits Chimchar hard. Turtwig then attempts to Tackle Zangoose, but it dodges and Metagross uses Psychic to send Turtwig crashing into Chimchar. Zangoose then rushes in with another Crush Claw in tow, and Chimchar, paralyzed by fear, braces itself. However, Turtwig saves it by using Bite on Zangoose's claws to stop the attack.
Metagross charges in with Bullet Punch, and Paul orders Chimchar to use Flame Wheel... on Turtwig! Chimchar refuses to attack its teammate at first, but is forced to comply. Chimchar speeds forwards and hits Turtwig and Zangoose, separating them. Chimchar is able to keep the momentum going and hits Metagross as well. Turtwig suffers major damage as a result of this, and Ash is furious with Paul for intentionally harming his Pokémon. Zangoose uses another Crush Claw and Paul commands Chimchar to use Flame Wheel, but Zangoose pins it to the ground before it can do so. Paul then orders Chimchar to use Flamethrower, but looking Zangoose in the eye has it paralyzed in fear. Turtwig uses Razor Leaf to get Zangoose off of Chimchar, before collapsing from all the damage he's taken. Zangoose unleashes Fire Blast toward the incapacitated Turtwig, but Chimchar returns the favor and blocks the attack, powering up in the process. As Metagross heads in with another Bullet Punch, Ash and Chimchar wait for Paul's command, but now that it is apparent that not even reliving the exact catalyst that enabled Chimchar to activate Blaze is working, Paul completely gives up on Chimchar and turns away. Ash, not wanting to give up, orders Chimchar to use Flamethrower, stunning everyone. Chimchar does so and hits Metagross, knocking it out. Turtwig takes it from here and, after spin dodging a Crush Claw, uses Razor Leaf and Tackle to finish Zangoose off, giving Ash and Paul the win and entry into the semifinals. As Ash praises the two Pokémon for winning, Paul still has his back turned, and Chimchar's worried expression shows that it knows what is in store for it.
At sunset, Paul releases Chimchar, tells it to get lost, and turns to leave. Ash and his friends arrive and scold Paul for throwing all of his hard work and training away, but Paul could not care less and walks off. Chimchar also turns to leave, and Ash is upset to see such a loyal and hardworking Pokémon treated like this. Inspiration suddenly strikes him and he decides to offer the Chimp Pokémon a spot on his team, stunning Dawn, Brock, and even Paul, now stopped in his tracks. Ash steps up to Chimchar and kneels down, leaving it with an important decision to make...
Paul releasing his Chimchar
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Professor Oak's Big Pokémon Encyclopedia: Bronzong
- Pokémon senryū: ドータクン エスパーわざで さあドーダ Dōtakun, esupā waza de, sā dōda. "Dohtakun, Psychic moves, now how's that?"
- By Your Side ~Hikari's Theme~ Winter Version replaced the Pop-Up version of the song as the Japanese ending theme.
- Music from Lucario and the Mystery of Mew and Pokémon Symphonic Medley are used as background music.
- Ash and Paul narrate the preview for the next episode.
- Yuriko Yamaguchi returns to voice Nurse Joy.
- Although the ending theme song changed, the accompanying animation did not.
- The title is a reference to the phrase "Going out in a blaze of glory", as well as the song Glory Days by Bruce Springsteen.
- This episode, along with Tag! We're It...! and Smells Like Team Spirit!, was aired as a 90-minute special on February 1, 2008 on Cartoon Network.
- Paul's Murkrow is voiced by Chinami Nishimura, for unknown reasons, in this episode, though its usual voice actor is Chie Satō.
- Team Rocket doesn't blast off or recite their motto in this episode.
- When Metagross first uses Bullet Punch, in the first scene, it turns 90 degrees to its left. However, when it hits Chimchar, it is turned 90 degrees to its right instead.
- In the English dub, Dawn and Conway talk about how friendship is the key to Pokémon and Trainers becoming stronger. In the original Japanese version, they talk about love being the key.
- In the English dub, after Ash commands Chimchar instead of Paul, Conway says that the team is breaking all of the rules. In the original Japanese version, he says that, since Ash took over, they cannot really call it a tag battle anymore.
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