Sorry for the lateness of this. I’ve had tests to study for/birthday celebrations to attend to, so I haven’t had the time to write this. But, as they say, better late than never:
-The episode starts at a dock in the middle of a battle between Satoshi and an unnamed trainer. Satoshi’s using Kortoise while the trainer uses Hassamu. Kortoise uses some sort of fire attack (Flamethrower?), but it misses. Hassamu responds with a Hyper Beam attack, but Kortoise tucks itself into its shell, negating the effects of the attack. As Kortoise emerges from its shell, unharmed, Satoshi smiles and throws up a peace sign. Hassamu’s onslaught doesn’t stop as it charges with what I think is a Metal Claw attack. Kortoise responds with Overheat, which hits the Bug-Type. Hassamu faints from the attack, and Takeshi (who’s been refereeing) declares Satoshi to be the winner. The trainer says that Satoshi must be so skillful because he has seven Houen League badges.
-Nearby, Genji is seen watching the battle from afar.
-Elsewhere in the dock, a restaurant is seen. Inside, it’s revealed that Musashi, Kojirou, and Nyasu are working there part time! As Musashi and Kojirou are cleaning, they wonder where the twerp could be at the moment. After looking longingly at the ocean scenery, Genji walks through the door! Musashi and Kojirou inform Genji that the regular staff isn’t there today, but Genji doesn’t seem to care. He orders a hot milk with sugar, and tells the trio that it had better taste the same as it would if the regular staff was there. Team Rocket is intimidated.
-Outside, Satoshi and the others are looking for a place to relax after the recent battle. They spot the restaurant that Musashi and the others are working in, and they decide to sit at one of the tables outside the building. After settling down, Masato brings up the recent battle, and how Kortoise had a type advantage, and Satoshi states that he won’t lose to anyone who challenges him. Just then, Kojirou comes outside to take the customers’ orders, but when he notices who they are, he does a double take. It’s the twerps! Kojirou nervously runs off, confusing Satoshi and the others.
-Inside, Genji notices Satoshi and the others sitting outside.
-In the restaurant’s kitchen, Musashi and the others plot to kidnap Pikachu. However, they decide against their regular tactics when they imagine Genji making them blast off again with his massive punch. They’ll have to bide their time for the time being.
-Back outside, Takeshi asks Haruka about her next contest. Suddenly, Genji approaches the group and tells the young coordinator that her choice of pokemon is very important. She thanks him for the advice.
-Inside, Musashi suddenly realizes who Genji is…he’s a member of the Shi Ten’nou! Team Rocket is surprised.
-Outside, Genji compliments Satoshi on his battle with Kortoise, pointing out that he had good timing. Satoshi thanks him, and introduces himself, and his friends follow suit. Genji then invites everyone to his boat, and everyone agrees that that’s something they would like to do. Suddenly, Musashi appears, and Genji brings up the milk. Musashi is intimidated by the Shi Ten’nou member, but she is relieved when she’s complimented on the drink. I think at some point, the Team Rocket members are invited to Genji’s boat as well.
-The gang (including Team Rocket) is led to the edge of one of the docks. Genji stands at the edge and stares at the ocean, waiting for his boat to arrive. The boat emerges from the distance, but it looks more like a pirate ship than the small boat Satoshi and the others were imagining! Members of the ship greet their captain as the ship docks. As Kyamome fly overhead, Takeshi marvels at the ship’s large masts. Masato then asks Genji to show them his pokemon, and Satoshi eagerly joins in. Genji asks for a battle with Satoshi instead, and the young trainer agrees almost immediately. Takeshi yells at Satoshi to wait and think about his decision, but Satoshi is confident that he’ll win. Meanwhile, the Team Rocket members say that it’s their chance.
-And the battle starts! Genji chooses a Komoruu while Satoshi chooses Pikachu. Satoshi seems confident, thinking that Pikachu’s speed will give it the advantage. Pikachu starts off by using Thunderbolt, and it hits Komoruu directly as Genji seems calm. It uses the attack again, and Komoruu just sits there and takes it, again. Genji’s pokemon starts to glow as Haruka and Kojirou comment on the battle.
-Komoruu now takes the offensive as it charges toward Pikachu with Double Edge, but the mouse pokemon is able to avoid it with a Quick Attack. Pikachu then uses Iron Tail, but Genji remains calm. Komoruu responds with Dragon Breath, and then follows with Dragon Claw. The two attacks prove to be too much for Pikachu, and the little pokemon faints.
-Satoshi picks up Pikachu as Takeshi comments on Genji’s strength. One of the members of the crew (I think he’s the guy who’s listed as Yoshimitsu in the credits) describes how strong the captain is as the battle resumes.
-Genji brings out Chirutarisu, and Satoshi responds with Juputoru. Masato is worried because Grass Types are weak against Flying Types, but Satoshi seems to have a plan. He tells Juputoru to jump from mast to mast, allowing it to reach the flying pokemon. It then uses Bullet Seed, but Chirutarisu is able to avoid it by ducking behind one of the masts. Juputoru then uses Leaf Blade, but Chirutarisu seems to have disappeared! Suddenly, it appears from behind with a Peck attack! Chirutarisu then uses Dragon Breath, knocking Juputoru to the ground! Genji’s pokemon then charges downward with a Sky Attack, but Satoshi’s Grass-Type is able to dodge it with Quick Attack. It then throws a Leaf Blade at the opponent, but Chirutarisu dodges that attack as well. It answers the attack with Solar Beam, which hits Juputoru. The pokemon crashes right through two barrels before slamming against a wall, knocking it out.
-Genji picks up Satoshi’s pokemon and tells the young trainer that its injuries aren’t too serious, but that it should go to the Pokemon Center right after the battle. Satoshi recalls his pokemon as the battle comes to an end. Genji invites everyone to have dinner on his ship after Satoshi’s pokemon are finished with the Pokemon Center, and everyone happily accepts. On the side, Haruka is holding the now-conscious Pikachu. As Musashi puts on a pair of rubber gloves, Kojirou offers Haruka a drink. She takes it, putting Pikachu down in the process. Musashi quickly snatches the pokemon up, and Team Rocket jumps to their balloon, which is seen floating nearby. The trio recites their motto as they reveal who they are to the group.
-Genji wastes no time in calling out his Bormander. The dragon pokemon uses Dragon Claw on the balloon’s basket, causing the balloon to violently shake. Musashi drops Pikachu, and Bormander swoops in to save the pokemon. Bormander, now with Pikachu riding on its back, uses a Flamthrower attack on the balloon, causing Team Rocket to blast off again. As Haruka looks up Bormander on her Pokemon Zukan, Satoshi comments that this must be the true power of the Shi Ten’nou.
-That night, Genji, Satoshi and his friends, and Genji’s crew all enjoy dinner. Genji tells Satoshi that he shouldn’t focus so much on losing, but that he should instead always seek stronger and stronger opponents. Now, with a much-needed lesson in overconfidence behind him, Satoshi is ready for his next adventure.
I really liked this episode. Satoshi barely touched Genji’s pokemon, and it’s good that Satoshi got a lesson in humility. I also really liked Genji’s character, and I hope he makes a reappearance in the future.
Characters (in order of appearance):
The Shi Ten’nou=The Elite Four