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EP165 : Hassle in the Castle
Original series
EP167 : A Hot Water Battle
Two Hits and a Miss
Kapoerer VS Fushigidane! Hand to Hand Showdown!!
First broadcast
Japan September 28, 2000
United States September 15, 2001
English themes
Opening Born to Be a Winner
Japanese themes
Opening OK!
Ending ポケモンはらはらリレー
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
Storyboard 椎名ひさし Hisashi Shiina
Assistant director 岩崎太郎 Tarō Iwasaki
Animation director はしもとかつみ Katsumi Hashimoto
Additional credits

Two Hits and a Miss (Japanese: カポエラーVSフシギダネ!かくとうたいけつ!! Kapoerer VS Fushigidane! Hand to Hand Showdown!!) is the 166th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on September 28, 2000 and in the United States on September 15, 2001.

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On the way to Ecruteak, a renegade Tauros dashes past our heroes. Seeing an old man in Tauros's path, Ash and Bulbasaur battle the break-away beast. The old man is impressed with Ash's skill and asks him to come to his dojo. Ash quickly realizes the old man is looking for a new Shihan (master teacher) to take over, but the old man's granddaughter believes she will inherit the dojo, even though her method of training has more to do with fitness than fighting. Who will be selected as Shihan?


Ash and his friends encounter a panicking Trainer who apparently lost control of his Tauros and is heading towards an unsuspecting old man. The old man spots the Tauros approaching, takes out his Poké Ball but Ash intervenes and tries to stop Tauros with his Bulbasaur, while the old man watches both of them with great interest. Bulbasaur uses Vine Whip to stop him in his tracks, then uses Sleep Powder to put him asleep. Then Misty, Brock and Tauros's Trainer join them and the old man congratulates him on training his Bulbasaur very well.

They eventually discover that the old man is called Kenzo who invites them to a dojo where he is the current Shihan. As they approach the dojo, the gang hears voices from the inside. They ask what is going on, and Kenzo replies that it's his granddaughter's stupid idea of training through dancing. After the door opens, Ash sees a Hitmontop dancing and checks him on the Pokédex. After the training is over, Kenzo's granddaughter Chigusa presents herself, and Kenzo presents Ash informing he will be the new Shihan. Ash reacts surprised while Chigusa reacts angered saying she must be the new Shihan.

Kenzo refuses to pass the title on to Chigusa due to the fact she isn't serious with the training, rather teaching ballet than fighting. Ash then tries to settle the argue, while Chigusa provokes Ash to a battle which will the decide the future Shihan. Ash replies he doesn't want to be a Shihan and he even doesn't have a Fighting-type Pokémon to battle, but Kenzo intervenes saying he should use Bulbasaur.

Ash refuses again, then an outsider called Shiro shows up and challenges the current Shihan to earn enough respect to open his own dojo after already defeating 11 dojos. Kenzo accepts his challenge, while from the rooftop Team Rocket spies on them, planing to steal Chigusa's Hitmontop. Next, the battle is up. Shiro sends Hitmonlee and Kenzo sends Machoke, but as it gets out of its Poké Ball both Kenzo and Machoke experience backaches. Chigusa then replaces Kenzo for the battle. Brock becomes the referee and the battle restarts.

As the battle starts, Hitmonlee blocks all Hitmontop's attacks. Hitmontop then launches in a Rapid Spin attempting to use Triple Kick, but Shiro predicts every hit, ordering Himonlee to dodge the attacks. Next, Hitmonlee hits his opponent with Double Kick followed by a Jump Kick and a Hi Jump Kick. As Shiro prepares to end the battle, Team Rocket shows up releasing smoke on the field. After the smoke clears, the two Pokémon are being caught in a net while Team Rocket recite their motto in ninja outfits.

As they are dragged in the balloon, Ash sends Bulbasaur to use Razor Leaf on the net, therefore releasing the Pokémon. Jessie and James reply by sending Arbok and Victreebel. Arbok uses Poison Sting but Hitmonlee dodges the attack attempting to use Hi Jump Kick. Victreebel counters with Sleep Powder putting Hitmonlee to sleep. Pikachu and Bulbasaur quickly dispose of Arbok and Victreebel followed by Team Rocket's balloon sliced by Razor Leaf which blasts Team Rocket off.

After all that's happened, Shiro suggests Chigusa to battle tomorrow as both their Pokémon are fatigued due to the intense activity they encountered. The day turns night and the scene moves to the inside of the dojo where Chigusa expresses her overconfidence of winning the tomorrow's battle. Kenzo informs her of a possible failure if she continues to battle the same way she did today. Then he turns to Ash requesting him to train his granddaughter.

Next the scene turns to a battle commencing between Chigusa's Hitmontop and Ash's Bulbasaur. Hitmontop begins attacking Bulbasaur but missing each time. Then he launches in a Rapid Spin and attempts to use Triple Kick, but Ash predicts every hit, ordering Bulbasaur to dodge the attacks. After all the successful dodgings, Bulbasaur uses his vines to spin Hitmontop out of control, wrap him and then using Tackle to knock him out. Kenzo declares Ash the winner proceeding to explain his granddaughter her flaws in her style of battling.

Chigusa realizes the mistakes she made, apologizes to Hitmontop and proceeds to train with Ash and Bulbasaur. Next day, the battle between Chigusa and Shiro takes place again. Hitmonlee proceeds to use Rolling Kick, but this time Chigusa predicts his attacks and orders Hitmontop to dodge them. Next Hitmonlee uses Double Kick but Hitmontop manages to block his attack. Then, he attempts to use Hi Jump Kick but misses while Hitmontop launches in a Rapid Spin attempting to use Triple Kick again. He misses two times and knocks Hitmonlee from the third hit. Chigusa is declared the winner and Team Rocket make their appearance again.

This time they show up with a boxing Meowth machine. One of the hands extends to grab Hitmontop, but Bulbasaur cuts it off with Razor Leaf. Then the other hand proceeds to grab Bulbasaur but Hitmontop cuts the other hand with Rapid Spin sending it back to the machine. Then Pikachu uses Thunderbolt to blast Team Rocket off, destroying the machine.

The scene then cuts to Ash, Misty and Brock saying their goodbyes and heading on their paths once again.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.


Pokémon debuts

TV episode debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Slowking (US and international), Hitmontop (Japan)


  • Chigusa's graceful fighting skills are more in line with those of a Pokémon Coordinator; a concept that had not been introduced to the franchise when this episode was produced.
  • The book Winner Takes All is based on this episode.


  • At one point, Chigusa says, "Hitmonlee and I are going to destroy Shiro". However, Hitmonlee is Shiro's Pokémon, as Chigusa owns a Hitmontop.
  • At one point, Shiro incorrectly refers Hitmonlee's High Jump Kick as "Hi Jump Attack".
  • At the point where Kenzo explains Chigusa the weakness of Hitmontop's spinning, Hitmontop stands in front of Chigusa. But after it turned around to her and back again, it suddenly stands behind her without moving a single step.
  • In one scene when the battle resumes, one of Misty's shoes is colored green.

Dub edits

  • In the original version, when Kenzo says he is the Shihan of the Dojo, Ash thinks a Shihan is a new-type Pokémon. In the dub, he thinks it is a Chinese restaurant dish.
  • The original airing of this episode on Hungama TV in India started the episode directly from the title card, skipping the part of the episode that comes before it.

In other languages

EP165 : Hassle In The Castle
Original series
EP167 : A Hot Water Battle
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