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Last Call, First Round! (グランドフェスティバル開幕!炎と氷のアート!!)
Season13 ep7 ss4
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: DP Sinnoh League Victors Char. of the Day: None
Episode №: #640 Main: Ash, Dawn, Brock
Aired: JapanFlag April 29, 2010 Recurring: Jessie, James, Nurse Joy (x3)
UnitedStatesFlag September 18, 2010
Opening Theme: We Will Carry On! Minor: Ursula, Nando, Zoey, Raoul Contesta, Kenny, Fantina, Rhonda, Marian, Sukizo, Johanna, Coordinators, Audience
Badge(s): Coalbadge Forestbadge Cobblebadge Fenbadge Relicbadge Minebadge Iciclebadge Setting: Lake Valor
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Dawn's Piplup, Jessie's Wobbuffet, Ash's Gible, Dawn's Buneary, Dawn's Pachirisu, Dawn's Mamoswine, Dawn's Cyndaquil, Dawn's Togekiss, Brock's Croagunk, Jessie's Seviper, Jessie's Yanmega, Zoey's Lumineon, Zoey's Gastrodon, Ursula's Plusle, Ursula's Minun, Ursula's EeveeUrsula's Flareon, Ursula's EeveeUrsula's Vaporeon, Nando's Kricketot, Nando's Altaria, Kenny's Empoleon, Kenny's Floatzel, Johanna's Glameow
Coordinators
Blaziken, Sceptile, Rapidash, Steelix, Cleffa, Girafarig, Lickilicky, Rattata, Toxicroak, Skuntank
Major event(s)
Dawn enters the grand festival with Zoey and Jesselina, Nando, Kenny and Ursula have won five ribbons and can compete as well, Nando has seven gym badges, Nando acquired a Kricketot and Altaria, Zoey's Shellos evolved into Gastrodon and her Finneon evolved into Lumineon prior to the Grand Festival, Kenny's Prinplup evolved into Empoleon and he caught a Floatzel prior to the Grand Festival, Ursula obtained two Eevee and evolved them into Flareon and Vaporeon during the appeal round, Dawn, Nando, Zoey, Ursula and Jessilina qualify for the next round, but Kenny didn't pass the appeal round and is eliminated.
Pokémon: DP Sinnoh League Victors

Plot

The Grand Festival is finally under way, and the air is crackling with excitement! We join our heroes at a meet-and-greet to kick off the event. Many of Dawn's fellow Coordinators are in attendance, and they're all excited to show off their skills. Nando, Zoey, Ursula, and Kenny have all come to compete, as well as Jessilina (who is, of course, Team Rocket's Jessie in disguise). But the real surprise comes when the judges announce Nurse Joy from the Hoenn region and Hearthome City Gym Leader Fantina!

The first round begins with three stages running at once! The girls and Nando all turn in splendid performances, but Kenny tries out a risky combination move that doesn't go so well...

When the final tabulation is revealed, everyone but Kenny has moved on to the second round. Vowing to begin training at once for the next Grand Festival, Kenny cheerfully bids goodbye to Dawn and her friends. He also advises Dawn to make sure she beats "that girl with the Plusle and Minun"—her old rival Ursula, of course!

We leave the Grand Festival as it wraps up its first day. But the second round is coming up quickly!

Debuts

Pokémon

Trivia

  • Professor Oak's Pokémon lecture: Hitmonlee
  • This is the first episode of the four-part Sinnoh Grand Festival arc.
  • The names of the three stages of the appeals round are the same as that of the three original games, Red, Green and Blue.
  • Despite the fact that a main character and two recurring characters have each owned an Eevee that has gone on to evolve, this episode marks the first time an Eevee is shown evolving on-screen in the anime, with two Eevee undergoing separate evolutions.
  • This episode marks the first time a Pokémon is seen to evolve in the middle of a Contest appeal, discounting the illusory Johanna evolving her Feebas in Malice In Wonderland!.
  • Not marking his brief, non-speaking cameo in A Breed Stampede!, this episode marks the first appearance of Nando since Dawn's Early Night!, an absence of 125 episodes.
    • This is also the first in person appearance of Nando which is not animated by 木下和栄 Kazue Kinoshita.
  • Background music from Mewtwo Strikes Back, Spell of the Unown, Jirachi: Wish Maker, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew and The Rise of Darkrai, as well as the instrumental of By Your Side ~Hikari's Theme~, are used.
  • Team Rocket isn't seen in their regular uniforms throughout this episode.
  • The English version of this episode aired on the same day Pokémon Black and White came out in Japan.
  • Team Rocket doesn't blast off or recite the motto during the entire arc.
  • One act of the Appeal Rounds involved a Toxicroak and a Skuntank, similar to Saturn's Toxicroak and Jupiter's Skuntank.

Errors

  • Nando's Kricketot used Sing in this episode, a move that Kricketot cannot legally learn (although its evolved form can).
  • When Zoey's Gastrodon first came out, the top of its head was pink instead of Brown.

Dub edits

  • During the appeals of everyone before Dawn, different pieces of music were used instead of the wild Pokémon theme from the Advanced Generation series and an instrumental from a Pokémon movie.

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