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Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 1) (ポケモンレンジャー!波導のリオル!!(前編))
DP071
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: DP Battle Dimension Char. of the Day: Kellyn
Episode №: #537 Main: Ash, Brock, Dawn
Aired: JapanFlag March 20, 2008 Recurring: Jessie, James, Officer Jenny, Hunter J, Kellyn, Solana
UnitedStatesFlag November 1, 2008
Opening Theme: We Will Be Heroes Minor: Kellyn, J's henchmen, Client, Client's henchmen, Scientist, Riolu's Trainer (flashback)
Badge(s): Coalbadge Forestbadge Cobblebadge Setting: Veilstone City, Forest
Pokémon: Pikachu (Ash's), Meowth (Team Rocket), Piplup (Dawn's), Wobbuffet (Jessie's), Buizel (Ash's), Croagunk (Brock's), Salamence (J's), Crobat (J's henchmen's), Sharpedo (J's henchmen's), Golem (Client's henchman's), Floatzel (debut), Riolu (Aura Sphere Riolu; debut), Nincada, Ariados, Vileplume, Hoppip (×2), Skiploom (×4), Yanma (×2), Oddish, Gloom, Budew, Chimchar, Rattata, Butterfree, Pidgey (×3), Pidgeotto, Spearow (×2), Doduo (×2), Mankey, Bellsprout (×2), Sunkern, Nidorino, Nidoran♀, Nidoran♂, Sandshrew, Vibrava, Swablu, Drowzee (Scientist's; flashback)
Major event(s)
Ash and his friends meet Kellyn; Dawn meets Solana, learns about Pokémon Rangers, and learns that Ash can use Aura; Ash and his friends meet a special Riolu that can use Aura Sphere.
Pokémon: DP Battle Dimension

Plot

In the middle of the night, chaos breaks loose in an isolated research center as research subject RX-1, a Riolu, escapes with the help of several men and a getaway truck. But the men want to steal Riolu, not help it, so Riolu breaks out again and flees into the forest. The next day, nursing an injury, it encounters Ash and the gang, but mistakes them for more false friends and blasts Ash with Aura Sphere when he tries to help. Fortunately, Kellyn, a Top Ranger from the Pokemon Rangers, catches up with Riolu. Kellyn is just in time to stop Pokemon Hunter J's minions from grabbing Riolu themselves; he uses his Vatonage Styler to recruit nearby Bug Pokemon to halt the thugs' kidnap attempt.

Now that everyone can relax, he explains that Riolu hails from the Paradise Kingdom where it uses its special Aura powers to serve as the kingdom's guardian. Those powers strike a chord with Ash who's able to sense mental images from Riolu's past. Riolu was kidnapped from its kingdom and is now on J's target list, so Kellyn, together with Pokemon Ranger Solana and Officer Jenny, is here to save Riolu and get it back home. As proof of his good intentions, he brings Riolu a wooden carving made by the old man who raised it.

Hoping to evade J, Kellyn teams up with our heroes to escort Riolu downriver toward a waiting recovery team. It's all for naught, though, as J and her Salamence attack, forcing everyone to scatter. Ash manages to rescue Riolu and its prized carving from the water, but they wind up lost on a riverbank and cut off from the others, with J's goons already searching the forest around them.

Ash and Riolu make a break for it only to be spotted. J coolly decides to flush them out into the open by burning down the forest around them and Ash and Riolu escape the flames only to find themselves cornered by J and her Salamence. Are Ash and Riolu ever going to get out of this in one piece...?

Debuts

Humans

  • Kellyn

Pokémon

  • Riolu
  • Floatzel

Trivia

  • Professor Oak's Pokémon lecture: Pokémon Ranger
  • This episode, along with Pokémon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu! (Part 2), was based on the mission Rescue Kidnapped Riolu! in Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia, explained by the appearance of the special Aura Sphere Riolu and Kellyn.
  • This is the fourth time blood has been seen in the anime, seen when Riolu blasts out the back of the truck and hurts its arm in the process.

Errors

  • In the English dub when Ash chases after Kellyn and Riolu, Brock and Dawn tell Ash to wait, but only Brock's voice is heard.
  • When Ash is confronting J, J's left sleeve is colored the same as her jacket.

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