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| Short and To the Punch!
Roaring Freezing Punch! Buoysel VS Barrierd!!
|| January 14, 2010
| United States
|| June 12, 2010
|| Team Iguchi
|| 十川誠志 Masashi Sogo
|| うえだしげる Shigeru Ueda
| Assistant director
|| うえだしげる Shigeru Ueda
| Animation directors
|| 広岡歳仁 Toshihito Hirooka
| 小山知洋 Tomohiro Koyama
| Additional credits
Short and To the Punch! (Japanese: 唸れれいとうパンチ！ブイゼルＶＳバリヤード！！ Roaring Freezing Punch! Buoysel VS Barrierd!!) is the 159th episode of Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, and the 625th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on January 14, 2010 and in the United States on June 12, 2010.
As our heroes journey ever closer to Daybreak Town, they meet Clayton, a Pokémon martial artist. Along with his Mr. Mime, Clayton demonstrates an unusual and powerful training and battling style, and of course Ash and Buizel want to learn more! But, while practicing the move Ice Punch, they quickly realize that Clayton's style is not as easy as it looks, and Mr. Mime soundly defeats Buizel.
Not to be outdone, Ash and Buizel begin some intensive nighttime training using a moving leaf as Buizel's target. After much tenacious preparation, they are ready to challenge Clayton and Mr. Mime once more.
The battle challenge begins in much the same way as their first match, but a sudden rainstorm enables Buizel to use its Swift Swim Ability. This Ability gives Buizel incredible speed, and having learned Ice Punch during its nighttime practice, Buizel emerges victorious!
Proud of Ash and Buizel for their patience and talent, Clayton bids our heroes a fond goodbye as they once again head off toward Daybreak Town.
While everyone relaxes by a waterfall, Ash tries training his Gible in order to master Draco Meteor. After yet another failed attempt, the meteor again hits Piplup, knocking him out. Ash calls for another try, but Gible then starts chomping a rock and due to his habit, he falls into the water. So Ash calls Buizel out to save him.
After the successful rescue, a stern-looking Black Belt by the name of Clayton and his Mr. Mime leap through the waterfall. The group quickly realize Clayton has a habit of abbreviating words after he gives them special nicknames. Clayton congratulates Buizel on his heroic rescue and challenges him to a battle against his Pokémon. Ash and Buizel naturally agree. Buizel starts with Aqua Jet but Mr. Mime counters with Psychic sending its opponent into a tree. Buizel then attempts a Sonic Boom but Mr. Mime evades the attack using Double Team. Once again, Buizel tries an Aqua Jet but his attack is countered by a Thunder Punch, knocking him out in the process.
Ash then asks to train with Clayton, and Clayton agrees. He takes Ash and Buizel over to the waterfall where he and Mr. Mime shows them what they can do, by punching the waterfall and turning it all into ice using an Ice Punch. Clayton then punches it and breaks the ice. Then he tells Ash and Buizel in order to master Ice Punch they need to practice by punching the waterfall. Clayton scolds Ash and Buizel for punching weak. Then he demonstrates again, punching the water without splashing and without his fist getting wet. After telling them they need to improve their concentration and speed, Clayton leaves Ash and Buizel to hone their skills. By evening, Buizel’s technique has dramatically improved, with Buizel finally succeeding creating some ice with a quick jab at the waterfall.
At dinner, Clayton and Mr. Mime are eating with a huge appetite, while Clayton compliments Brock on his incredible cooking. On the other hand, Ash is oddly not eating, and he soon leaves the table along with Buizel and Pikachu. Ash takes a moment to gaze at the moon, and watch as the wind carries loose leaves. He suddenly becomes inspired and tells Buizel to concentrate on hitting the blowing leaves. After a few unsuccessful attempts his fist starts glowing for a short time. Still, he has to practice more in order to master Ice Punch.
The next day Ash is feeling confident and challenges Clayton to a rematch. Tired of waiting, Team Rocket jump out of the bush proceeding to steal Mr. Mime as they recite their motto. But lightning strikes, sending the trio blasting off. The rematch takes place, and Buizel starts again with Aqua Jet. Like last time, Mr. Mime directs Buizel into a tree by the means of Psychic, but this time, Buizel manages to evade the collision by rebounding off the tree. Buizel then uses Sonic Boom but Mr. Mime evades it again using Double Team. Then Buizel uses Ice Punch while Mr. Mime uses Thunder Punch. Their fists collide and Mr. Mime's fist almost hits Buizel, though he manages to dodge at the last second. Clayton orders Mr. Mime to try another Thunder Punch. Ash orders Buizel to charge towards it, while his Ability Swift Swim is activated by a sudden downpour which increases his speed. He then evades the Thunder Punch while hitting his opponent with Ice Punch, knocking Mr. Mime out in the process. After the battle, Clayton congratulates them both on their victory. He wishes Ash all the best, before the group hit the road once again.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
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