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| Wired for Battle!
Let's Battle! Hassam VS Heracros!!
|| March 23, 2000
| United States
|| February 24, 2001
|| Team Ota
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 近藤信宏 Nobuhiro Kondō
| Assistant director
|| 岩崎太郎 Tarō Iwasaki
| Animation director
|| はしもとかつみ Katsumi Hashimoto
| Additional credits
Wired for Battle! (Japanese: バトルしようぜ！ハッサムＶＳヘラクロス！！ Let's Battle! Hassam VS Heracros!!) is the 140th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on March 23, 2000 and in the United States on February 24, 2001.
When the most promising trainee at a Pokémon dojo abandons battle altogether, opting to gather information for his comprehensive Poké-database instead, it's up to Ash and friends to convince him that battling, and life for that matter, is more than just a matter of probability.
The episode starts with Team Rocket discussing their plan to steal Ash's Pikachu. They're interrupted by a man who asks them if they are looking for a Pokémon battle. They accept and get beaten easily.
Ash, Misty and Brock are walking in the woods when they hear movement. They are confronted by a new Pokémon which waits for Pikachu to make the first move. Brock and Misty warn Ash to be careful, because his first move could be his last. They think it must be wild, but then the same man who defeated Team Rocket appears from behind a tree and tells them that he is its Trainer.
Misty gets angry and yells at the man for letting his Pokémon run loose and attack at will. The man tries to explain that they were only trying to do some secret training in the woods. Misty continues to shout at him and has to be dragged off by Brock. The man apologizes and introduces himself to Ash as Muramasa. He says his Pokémon is a Scizor who he calls Masamune. Ash uses his Pokédex to identify it, he learns that it is an evolved Scyther. Muramasa tells Ash that he was impressed with Ash and his Pikachu. He says that Ash was just the Trainer he has been looking for.
They followed Muramasa to his elite Pokémon training center. He explains that Trainers from all over the world come here to train themselves and their Pokémon. Ash, Misty and Brock speak to a novice Trainer at the center who explains that Muramasa is a very talented Trainer and his Scizor is also known as The Crimson Streak because of its incredible speed and strength.
Team Rocket are nearby spying on the heroes and the center. Ash comments that "The Crimson Streak" is "pretty cool" when another Trainer standing nearby says "It used to be." Muramasa tells Ash that the Trainer is his top student named Shingo, he asks Ash to see if Shingo is interested in a Pokémon battle. Ash challenges Shingo, who sits down and opens a laptop and a database entry of Ash is brought up. He explains that it contains everything he ever needs to know about any Trainer. When Team Rocket hear this, they decide to steal this elite database. Shingo says Ash is a type C Trainer, he says Ash uses standard attacks, and relies on his Pokémon's power to win for him, that he's prone to making rash decisions and relying on his hunches.
Both Misty and Brock agree. Shingo comments that Ash was lucky to get into the top 16 in the Indigo Plateau Conference. Ash argues that he's much better now. Ash asks Shingo to battle so he can prove it but Shingo says his data tells him that Ash will lose, so there is no point in battling. Ash says he doesn't care and wants to battle anyway. The novice Trainer tells Ash that Shingo is probably right, since he told all the Trainers at the center the same thing and he beat them all. Shingo tells Muramasa to find an opponent that can teach him something he doesn't already know. Shingo leaves.
Muramasa tells Ash, Misty and Brock how Shingo hasn't battled in over a year because he believes he can predict any battle with his laptop. Muramasa explains that Shingo has lost his way and needs someone to battle him to show him that there is more to Pokémon than just facts and figures. Ash decides he'll find some way to battle Shingo. Muramasa thanks him.
Ash tries to drag Shingo away from his laptop. Shingo explains again that he can win a match without leaving his laptop. While this is happening, Team Rocket plugs in a cable to Shingo's laptop so that James can begin downloading. Instead, Jessie grabs the cable and pulls in the whole laptop. Masamune cuts the cable half way and grabs Meowth.
Team Rocket release all their Pokémon. Shingo grabs his laptop, Team Rocket do their motto, only for Shingo to look up Team Rocket on his database and find that they're not listed. Team Rocket decides the database isn't so great after all. Shingo is stunned that his database is incomplete. Shingo gets mad when Team Rocket make fun of his laptop, he grabs a Poké Ball and releases his own Scizor called Blade. He explains that it's faster and stronger than Masamune, and that it has never been defeated in battle. Shingo prepares to use his laptop during battle. He uses the laptop to decide which attack to use. He uses Quick Attack and defeats all of Team Rocket's Pokémon in one move. Muramasa is pleased to see Shingo battle again. Ash explains to Shingo that there is more to battling than just winning, that data can't predict everything. Finally, Shingo agrees to battle Ash.
Shingo chooses Blade and Ash chooses Heracross. Shingo starts with a Quick Attack and Ash tells Heracross to use Leer. Blade increases its attack speed (all the while Shingo is using his laptop to help him battle). Leer doesn't have enough time to work and Heracross gets hit with Quick Attack. Heracross gets back up, Shingo tells Blade to use Metal Claw, Blade picks up Heracross by the horn. Ash tells Heracross not to let it throw him. Heracross uses its weight to get back to the ground, then it uses Horn Attack and hits Blade hard.
Shingo was amazed, Ash tells Shingo that he uses his gut, not data to choose attacks. Heracross uses Take Down but can't hit Blade who uses its Agility. It's too fast for Heracross who starts to become dizzy. Ash tells Heracross to relax and let it come to him, Heracross closes its eyes and waits. Shingo panics, he can't look at his laptop and the battle at the same time. Heracross suddenly opens its eyes and focuses on Blade, Ash tells Heracross to use Fury Attack. Heracross goes berserk, Blade tries to use Metal Claw, but Heracross is too fast and knocks Blade sky high.
Blade stands up and Heracross uses Fury Attack again. Shingo can't believe the speed of Heracross, he leaves the laptop and gets up and concentrates on the battle. Shingo tells Blade to use Quick Attack, Heracross uses Tackle but the attack is too slow. Both Pokémon miss. Heracross dodges Blade's Metal Claw again, Blade uses Agility to get away, Shingo tells Blade to use False Swipe. Ash tells Heracross to stand its ground. The powerful attack is ineffective against Heracross's hard shell. Heracross uses Horn Attack to throw Blade and finish it off, giving Ash the win. Muramasa asks Shingo about his computer and Shingo tells him he doesn't need it anymore, he tells Blade that it battled very hard. Ash thanks Shingo and they agree to battle again in the future.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Cyndaquil (US and international), Scizor (Japan)
Pokémon seen at the dojo
Pokémon seen on Shingo's laptop
- Though most of the episode was animated using cels as customary, some shots in Heracross and Scizor's battle were animated digitally.
- This is the first time that Steel-type Pokémon other than Magnemite and Magneton (who were previously only known to be pure Electric-type) appear in the anime.
- Misty mentions Prima in this episode.
- The book Tough Enough is based on this episode.
- Shingo mentioning that his Blade's Quick Attack deals three times more damage than usual could be a reference to a line from the Mobile Suit Gundam series, where the character of "Red Comet" Char Aznable mentions that his S-Type Zaku II suit is three times faster than usual.
- Shingo commands his Scizor to finish the match with False Swipe, but that move cannot cause a Pokémon to faint.
- In the Who's That Pokémon? segment, Cyndaquil appears to only have one arm.
- In the English dub, Jessie only calls out Arbok and Weezing, but Lickitung and Victreebel appear as well.
- At the same time, she calls out Weezing, who belongs to and is released by James.
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