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DP089: Up Close and Personable!

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Up Close and Personable!
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: DP Battle Dimension Char. of the Day: Conway, Angie
Episode №: #555 Main: Ash, Dawn, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag August 14, 2008 Recurring: Jessie, James, Conway
UnitedStatesFlag January 10, 2009
Opening theme: We Will Be Heroes Minor: Angie, Professor Rowan, Yuzo, Mitchell
Badge(s): Coalbadge Forestbadge Cobblebadge Fenbadge Setting: Pokémon Summer Academy
Pokémon: Pikachu (Ash's), Meowth (Team Rocket), Piplup (Dawn's), Wobbuffet (Jessie's), Buizel (Ash's), Yanmega (Jessie's), Shinx (Angie's), Slowking (Conway's), Lumineon (debut), Carvanha, Dewgong, Chinchou, Sealeo, Gorebyss, Goldeen, Surskit, Totodile, Kingler, Relicanth, Wooper, Huntail, Poliwag, Corsola, Remoraid, Crawdaunt, Tentacool, Horsea, Seel
Major event(s)
Ash and his friends continue their week in the Pokémon Summer Academy.
Pokémon: DP Battle Dimension


It's the third day of Professor Rowan's Pokémon Summer Academy and he's sent the campers to observe Water-type Pokemon living in a nearby lake. There are just two main rules: no catching Pokemon and no leaving the area! As the Trainers begin searching for Water-type Pokemon, Pikachu sees a flash of light and spaces out for a moment, but quickly recovers. Ash and his friends continue to observe Pokemon until Angie notices that her Shinx is missing. And Piplup falls into a brief trance after it sees the same flashing light as Pikachu!

Conway thinks this is related to the legend of the lake which says that Pokemon vanish when the blue light flashes. Ash and his friends search for the source of the light and they eventually stumble into a cave with an eerie green glow. At the back of the cave, Angie's Shinx is standing by a glowing pool of water and the glow is coming from the fins of a Lumineon. As our heroes wonder what an ocean-dwelling Pokemon is doing in this cave, Jessie barges in and declares she's going to catch Lumineon.

Of course, that's against Professor Rowan's rules, so Conway uses Slowking to drive away Jessie and her Yanmega. All the commotion frightens off Lumineon, but Ash and Buizel dive into the water and spot an underwater tunnel. That must be where Lumineon went--the tunnel lets it swim from the ocean to the cave, where there's lots of seaweed to eat. The flashing lights on its fins hypnotize the "vanishing" Pokemon, too! Professor Rowan is pleased to hear our heroes' discovery, but he also deducts points from everyone who broke his rules by entering the cave. It looks like Ash and his team will have to make up some points if they want to win at the Summer Academy!




  • Dawn narrates the next episode preview.
  • This is the only episode in the entire Summer School arc where Jessie's Wobbuffet made its appearance. It is also the only episode of the arc where any of Ash's Pokémon (besides Pikachu) appears.
  • The dub's title is a reference to the phrase, "up close and personal".
  • Several rare Pokémon can be seen in the wild during this episode.
  • Ash makes a sketch of a Dewgong, the first main character to do so besides Tracy.
    • Another sketch is made right after, probably by Brock.


  • When Piplup was hypnotized by the light, Dawn's belly button disappears.
  • When Dawn activates her Pokédex, it is interrupted by Conway. Since it's a machine, it should have worked describing Gorebyss at the same time as Conway, instead of not working at all.
    • The same happens when Dawn tries to get a reading about Lumineon.
  • While giving instructions on the report, Professor Rowan's assistant pronounces 'Pokémon' as 'Pokéson'.
  • When Shinx appeared in the cave, its eyes were normal, not blacked out like before.


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