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| Takin' It on the Chinchou
Set Out to the Sea! Line of Chonchie!!
|| August 23, 2001
| United States
|| September 28, 2002
Takin' It on the Chinchou (Japanese: たびだてうみへ！チョンチーぎょうれつ！！ Set Out to the Sea! Line of Chonchie!!), is the 212th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on August 23, 2001 and in the United States on September 28, 2002.
On their way to the Whirl Cup competition, Ash and friends are fortunate enough to pass a small mountain village just as an annual Chinchou migration is about to occur. Long ago seismological forces had combined to lift the mountain out of the depths of the sea, bringing along with it the undersea nesting ground of these Chinchou. Guided by instinct, these sea Pokémon continue to lay eggs there even though the land is now above water. Ash and friends join a father and son appointed this year by the village to protect the Chinchou on their journey—and it's a good thing these Pokémon Trainers were along because it turns out Team Rocket has designs on the migrating Chinchou as well.
Ash and his friends are riding a cable car to what they think is Bluefinland, where they want to take a ferry to Yellow Rock Isle. They quickly find out that the cable car will stop at another town called Blue Lagoon, however. When they get off, they see a lake in a crater surrounded by forests and the town. A Chinchou comes up and looks around, Ash takes out Dexter to see what it is. Seeing this looks like a perfectly good opportunity, Misty tosses a Poké Ball attempting a capture, but the Poké Ball bounces off the Chinchou. A boy's voice is heard, yelling the name "Bright"; the boy gets to the Chinchou, but it hops away. Ash goes around and cuts the Chinchou off, but it ends up using Spark on Ash. The boy introduces himself as Dayton. Team Rocket, spying on them as usual, tries to figure out what the gang is doing now.
At Blue Lagoon, a festival is underway. Ash is at the Pokémon Center calling Professor Oak to get any information about the location. He explains that the island was made when an underwater mountain came up, its crater trapping the water. The festival is held whenever the Chinchou make their journey from Blue Lagoon to the ocean, and Ash offers to help out with the journey.
Dayton and his father Daizō are at a pier while the gang waits with them. Daizō blows on a whistle and the lake begins to glow, with the glow getting closer and closer. Then, numerous Chinchou come out to the pier and towards Bright before leaving. They go through the town and the citizens splash water over the Chinchou, meant to give them energy for the long haul. Their first stop comes upon a rope-bridge; Bright doesn't really want to go, but Dayton encourages him and they start off. At the end of the bridge, they come across a tower with Team Rocket on it. Meowth gets out a device and press the button on it, but nothing happens. Brock, Misty, Daizō, and half of the Chinchou seize this opportunity to run across to the other side; just as Meowth finally fires a missile. Just above the bridge, the missile fires a net, which gets caught on the bridge. The net pulls the rope bridge into it and it sinks down towards the river.
Seeing there is no way to get across the river, the two parties decide to split up. After a while, Bright gets tired and stops, as do all of the other Chinchou. Dayton reasons that they should get some water; Ash sends out Totodile and orders it to use Water Gun as a rain effect. It energizes all of the Chinchou, after which they come across a mountain pass as the night passes on. Dayton steps on a loose rock and falls into the valley below.
Sometime later, Dayton wakes up at the bottom, feeling lost as there is no other way back up. Ash searches for Dayton, but Bright senses something and makes his way down a path into the valley. Dayton starts to hear Bright and sees the light they produce, whereupon meets up with Ash. They walk through the forest again and finally arrive at the beach, where Brock, Misty, and the others are already there. The Chinchou start to run towards each other, but as soon as they meet up, they get caught in a pitfall. When the dust clears, it is revealed that Team Rocket is in their balloon, and has caught the Chinchou. James sends out Weezing and it uses Smokescreen, creating a thick cover for their escape. Pikachu tries using Thunder Shock but misses. Dayton yells to Bright to shine his light so they can see them. The Chinchou start to glow and the light seeps through the smoke. Ash sends out Bayleef and Totodile. Totodile makes a hole in the smoke with Water Gun, followed by Bayleef using Razor Leaf to cut the cages, but to no avail. Dayton then yells to the Chinchou to use Thunder Wave; this succeeds in breaking the cage, and the Chinchou land in the ocean. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, followed by all of the Chinchou using an amplified Spark, sending Team Rocket blasting off.
Bright returns to Dayton at the shore, not wanting to leave just yet. Dayton tells Bright he will be alright, just as a wave sweeps up Bright. Meanwhile, Team Rocket float in the ocean, waiting for something to help them. They see a bunch of yellowish bulbs and think rescue has come. When they jump on it, it was really the Chinchou, and they shock them again. Later, Ash and his friends arrive in Bluefinland. The gang catches a ferry to Yellow Rock Island, saying their goodbyes to Dayton and Daizō while doing so. At the last minute on a wave barrier, a lone Corsola sits. Misty almost dives towards it, but Ash and Brock grab her and restrain her from jumping off.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
Who's That Pokémon?: Smoochum (US and international), Chinchou (Japan)
- The English title of this episode is a pun of the phrase "Taking it on the chin".
- The costumes that Team Rocket is wearing at the beginning of the episode are the same costumes that they wore in the episode Spinarak Attack, when they were pretending to be The Black Arachnid.
- Music from Pikachu's Vacation and The Power of One can be heard in this episode.
- Misty narrates the preview for the next episode.
- Meowth breaks the launcher control for Team Rocket's "capture missile" in half trying to make it launch, but after the rocket has taken off, the controller is once again whole and undamaged. However, this may simply be an example of anime physics.
- Daizō calls his son Payton instead of Dayton once.
- Ash pluralizes Chinchou as "Chinchous". However, names of Pokémon are never pluralized with an S, so the correct term would simply be "Chinchou".
- When Pikachu tries to attack Team Rocket through the Smokescreen, Jessie said that Pikachu's Thunder won't work. However, he was using Thunder Shock.
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