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Pokémon Smash 116 / Rougela's Christmas Recolored Version


The announcer introduced the show by saying: "Ho ho ho! Golgo the Medalman is coming to town! So you'd better watch out for Pokémon Smash!". Golgo and the crew started off by saying Merry Pokésumasu! Golgo gave presents out to Red and Shoko but only one gift to Robert. Golgo then told them to pull the ends out to reveal two gifts but that just left Yamamoto with a wrapping tube which he put on his arm as he couldn't think of anything else to do with the 'present'.

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Akiyama introduced this weeks rerun episode as part of the Pokémon Library. The theme for the episode was: Don't be greedy! (よくばったらダメ!). This weeks Pokémon Library rerun episode was Rougela's Christmas (ルージュラのクリスマス) from the original series. A full summary of that episode is available in the episode guide. Professor Red said his go-to line 'OK! Pokémon Library!' to start the repeat episode.

Rougela's Christmas (ルージュラのクリスマス) - Recolored Version

Unlike the 15th anniversary of the Pokémon Anime episode of Pokémon Smash where a real remastered episode aired, Smash 116 contained the first airing of the recolored version of Rougela's Christmas. The episode also aired as part of the special Pokémon TV Show! The Rocket Gang Secret Empire: Pocket Monsters airing on Kids Station earlier in the week. Below are the changes between the Kidstation/Hulu Japan/Unedited version and the recolored version. The edits are also listed in the notes section of the episode guide for this episode.

Timecode Description Image(s)
01:30 The Smash 116 airing of the episode added the anime warning: While watching anime, make sure not to sit too close to the screen and that the room is well lit. (テレビアニメをみるときは、部屋をあかるくして近づきすぎないようにしてくださいね。)    
01:49 Both the Pokémon TV Show! The Rocket Gang Secret Empire: Pocket Monsters on Kids Station HD and Smash 116 on TV Tokyo 7 were both not remastered versions of the episode. Both airings featured the telecine/tape gunk at the top of the picture during scene changes. Both airings were on HD stations but both aired upscaled standard definition versions.    
03:08 The major difference between the Smash 116 airing of this episode and all previous airings of this episode is that the color of Rougela's skin has been changed from black to purple. Oddly the color change didn't occur till the Smash 116 airing on 2012-12-23 despite the fact the episode also aired 4 days earlier on 2012-12-19 as a special Pokémon TV Show! The Rocket Gang Secret Empire: Pocket Monsters episode.    
03:08 The Smash recolored version of the episode featured a significant crop of the picture similar to that of the remastered version of episode 1. A direct frame line up of the Kids Station special airing and the Smash 116 airing shows the difference. The red border is the part of the picture that is in the Kids Station special version but not in the Smash recolored version. The right and left sides of the picture are cropped quite significantly in the Smash 116 airing.    
04:02 An obvious spot where the color change can be seen is during the Satoshi's Zukan scene.    
04:10 Oddly, part of Rougela's forearms are poorly colored white instead of the original red. It makes part of the round area near its elbow seem to be a weird bump in the recolored version.    
05:25 The English dub removed the tag that stated 'Santa Claus" (サンタクロース) in the Japanese versions and replaced it with a brown snowflake tag with the face of Santa Claus.    
09:29 The Smash 116 airing did not have the Dare da scene but the Kids Station and Hulu Japan versions kept Rougela black.    

After the anime episode, Mr. Medal Golgo sets out for part 3 of his series of episodes and this time he meets with children that have amazing specialties. Part 2 of the series aired during Smash 112. The Internation Division kids then show up and the VTR is started.

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Red and Lucario started the clip at the Service Area, Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture (神奈川県 海老名サービスエリア). Golgo then shows up dressed in his Mr. Medal Golgo outfit. The then visited a vendor selling roasted chestnuts (京やきぐり) and tried one. They also visited a Golden Rice Cake (黄金餅) vendor. Lucario also got some Ebina Melon Pan (海老名メロンパン).

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They then visited an indoor skateboarding park where they met Kaya Isa. She showed off a 360 trick. Neese and Noemi then showed up on skateboards and they were then taught how to do a basic jump on a skateboard. Golgo and Red then did rock-paper-scissors to see who would be the one to lay down on the ground while the skateboarders jumped over them. Red lost and he was the 'victim'. Lucario then lay down and the two skateboarders jumped of it. Then they tried to get Kaya to do a skateboard flip trick and on her 5th try she almost did it successfully. Golgo awarded her the Elite Medal (エリートメダル).

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After the commercial break, the group moved on and visited with Team Ebina Junior (エビナーゼジュニア) who were the National Champions for Throw Ball into Basket (玉入れ全国大会優勝!). They use Ajta balls (アジャタボール) to throw up into the basket. Ajta comes from the All Japan Tamaire Association.

Tamaire Game

“Tamaire” is a game traditionally played by elementary school children at sport festivals. It takes about 200 stuffed balls, 2 baskets and 2 poles to hold the baskets. Any number of children can participate.

The winner is determined by seeing how many balls can be thrown into each basket within a certain time. Traditionally there are two teams; one is the Red-team and the other is the White-team. Each team has about 100-stuffed balls colored Red or White. The balls are placed on the ground first and the children pick them up and throw them into the basket, which is on a pole about 1.5 meters or 2 meters high.

AJTA has made the game slightly more regulated and orderly so that adults can enjoy it as well. They also organized an official tournament held on the first or second Sunday of September each year.

The size of the basket and its height originated in very unique way, based on such things as the north latitude and the lowest recorded temperature in Wasamu town.

It all started in August 1990 in a town called Wassamu-cho as an outdoor sport. It was the very first Tamaire Championship held as part of the town’s “Fureai Matsuri” festival or “ Getting to know each other festival.”

Since then the official rules as well as standards for equipment were formalized and introduced aiming to spread the game throughout Japan and to become a true “All-Japan Championship tournament.”

Now it is well reorganized and can be enjoyed even by adults. It is so easy to play that you hardly notice the rules.

Source: http://www.tamaire.jp/TamaireENG.htm

Golgo then wanted to see how well they could do throwing 100 balls up into the basket. The 6 kids managed to do it quite fast. Niccolo and Maru then showed up to try out the game and learn how to stack the balls to throw them better. The Smash team then faced off against the National Champion team. The Smash team lost but only had 6 balls left. Golgo then presented the team with the Master Medal (マスターメダル).

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In the viewer battle 12 year old Honami Nakamura battled against Akiyamna. Akiyama ended up loosing the battle and Akiyama had to give up his level 50 Glaceon 'GLAY' for Honami's level 89 Lizardon.
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