DP011: Hikari! Contest Debut!! - The debut of Candy Musalina! Things go well enough, but Kojiro and Nyasu focus on selling fake seals and don't even see her first appeal! After that they act very AG like, being Musashi's servants more than her friends.
DP026: Pokemon Contest! The Sono'o Convention!! - Things go from bad to worse. Musashi goes to get her nails done so SHE can look nice in the Contest, and orders Kojiro and Nyasu to steal new Pokemon for her. When they fail she just yells at them.
DP027: "Decisive Battle! Potchama vs. Pottaishi!!" - After Musashi loses she yells at Kojiro and Nyasu and the two of them just kind of sigh at her.
DP049: Pokemon Contest! The Yosuga Convention!! - The crap really hits the fan in this one. Musashi says Habunake and Dokucale aren't good enough, so she wants to use Manene instead. To top it off, Kojiro is very upset by this, Musashi yells, and Kojro and Nyasu look at her with terror.
DP055: This is where DP finally started turning around for Rocketshipping. Kojiro is depressed over losing Sabonea, and Musashi comes up with a plan to cheer him up. I uploaded a short video on my site here
. Lots of cute stuff in this one.
After this one Musashi starts treating Kojiro and Nyasu better, but the other two take a little longer to come around.
DP061: "Pokemon Contest! The Zui Convention!!" - Musashi is going back to her old habits and wants Kojiro and Nyasu to fix the Contest so she can win, causing Kojiro and Nyasu to freak out because they never did fix it. However, in a huge surprise to everyone, Musashi manages to win the ribbon on her own!
DP077: "Everyone's a Rival! The Mikuri Cup!!" - Musashi learns she won the pervious Contest all on her own and gets very full of herself. She bombs in the appeal round very badly. Kojiro and Nyasu continue to act very fearful of her. They also don't seem to care much when she loses.
DP095 - "Pokemon Contest! The Kan'nagi Convention!!" - Musashi takes a different approach in this one and decides to copy the gym leader Melissa by dressing as her. She acts very conceited as she waits for the results, as she has Kojiro give her a neck massage wile she drinks some beverage from a martini glass. She once again fails to make it pass the appeal round.
DP102: "The Yosuga Gym Match! (Satoshi) vs. Melissa!!" - We saw very little of this Contest, but Musashi is able to win her second ribbon. She goes "back to basics" and doesn't try to copy anyone and instead just acts like herself. (Something Kojiro said she should do in another episode.) At the beginning of the episode Kojiro and Nyasu still aren't very supportive of her. (Kojiro says something about how she really likes to go at her own pace) However, before her appeal Kojiro cheers her on and accidentally uses her real name before correcting himself, just as he did in the Summer School episodes.
DP114: "Pokemon Contest! The Akebi Convention!!" - Musashi continues from last time and uses Megayanma once again. During the appeal she comments to Megayanma how gorgeous Megayanma is. Kojiro and Nyasu are starting to be much more supportive of her. After Musashi passes the appeal round, they happily hold hands and say that their cheering must have worked. In a surprising move, Musashi also smiles at Hikari's appeal.
DP117: Including here for completest sake. Also to note how things changed after this episode.
DP123: "Pokemon Contest - The Tatsunami Convention!!" - Musashi successfully figures out how to get inspiration from someone, and uses Urara's power up technique to have Manene perform a fun appeal. What's more important is that Kojiro happily lets Musashi use Manene and even says her third ribbon is counting on it. In the stands Kojiro, Nyasu, and Sonansu, wear their old ouendan outfits in support of Musashi. When the appeal starts, Musashi no longer waves to the audience when she comes out. After she passes the appeal round she doesn't even see the flowers Nyasu has for her, and instead she (and Kojiro) praise Manene for being a genius.
DP146: "Pokemon Contest! The Suiren Convention!!" I don't like this episode very much, but it is important in terms of Rocketshipping and Jeska will end up bringing it up anyway.
In this one we get some great moments at the beginning with Kojiro taking care of Musashi (see pics here
). The ending with the hug is also cute. But it's the middle where things get interesting. Since Musashi is sick she asks Kojiro to pretend to be Candy Musalina and win her third ribbon. He's very much against it and Nyasu has to pretty much force him into it. Nyasu's appeal is a reference to DP117, so that was awesome. (Yuusaku even watches!) Kojiro really starts getting into it and finds Contests fun, earned Musashi the ribbon. Musashi calls it "ribbon-chan" and cherished this one more than any of the others. Thankfully, this is the last time we ever see Kojiro being an ass towards Musashi.
DP161: "The Curtain Raises! Pokemon Contest - The Asatsuki Convention!!" - Before the Contest, Musashi said "Now, let the Rocket-dan become one and make the best stage show ever!". Apparently, much training went on for this Contest (God forbid we get to see it though) and everyone helped. Contests are more of a team thing now that Kojiro and Nyasu understand what she sees in them. This Contest is the first time Musashi barely involves herself in an appeal.
DP162: "Double Battle! (Hikari) vs. Plusle and Minun!!" - Kojiro and Nyasu are disappointed that Musashi's new battle technique didn't work when they were both sure it would. Musashi is the most upset after any loss thus far, falling to her knees in horror. The TRio cheer on Hikari to beat Urara, who had earlier defeated Musashi.
DP167: "The Pokemon Beach School!" - Momoan introduces Musashi as the "captivating, gorgeous lady". Musashi doesn't make any comment on that, and instead runs out on stage and releases Habunake. She's confident, shows determination and states that she'll get her fourth ribbon today. Nyasu says that she "shows a different kind of fighting spirit today" and Kojiro is certain Musashi will win her 4th ribbon.
DP171: "Togekiss Dances About! The Princess' Pokemon Contest!!" - Musashi tried to earn her fifth ribbon, but ends up being defeated by a girl who was pretending to be Hikari in order to see what being in a Contest was like. Unlike other times, there's no goofy reaction by Musashi when she loses this time. She just sits with her head hung, not saying a word. Kojiro and Nyasu try to cheer her up, but it's only when the girl gives her the ribbon that she gets happy again.
DP174 - DP177: Grand Festival - (It's easier to just put this all under one heading) Things gone similar to how they have before. The judges praise Musashi for her unique phsyical style of appealing and she manages to make it into the Top 4! This
cap right here sums up all of Kojiro (and Nyasu's) development when it comes to Musashi and her Contests. They no longer sigh and wish she'd give it up. They not only support her, but truly believe she can win. They even go so far as to make merchandise (that sells pretty well for the most part). However Musashi ends up losing to Hikari. It looks like she's going to rampage, but simply says Hikari better not lose in the finals. Of course, she does end up losing to Nozomi. Musashi, infuriated that she didn't lose to someone who ended up winning, decides to give up Contests for good and focus on Rocket stuff only. This was our very first sign that the 5th generation anime would be different. Though at the time people weren't sure if it was foreshadowing or not.
That about sums up DP. The league and the few episodes surrounding it didn't give us anything shippy. But you could still feel the close bond Musashi and Kojiro now had, and that Nyasu was more of a third wheel again. Which is where the radio show is picking up at.