Home / Episode Guide / Dancing Gym Leader! Melissa Appears!/踊るジムリーダー!メリッサ登場!!/Playing the Leveling Field
Titles and Airdates
  • United States 2009-02-07 Playing the Leveling Field
  • Japan 2008-09-11 踊るジムリーダー!メリッサ登場!!
  • Japan 2008-09-11 Odoru Gym Leader! Melissa tōjō!!
  • Japan 2008-09-11 Dancing Gym Leader! Melissa Appears!
  • Germany 2009-04-20 Eine ganz besondere Gegnerin!
  • France Une rencontre inespérée
  • Spain Jugando en un campo de nivel
  • Sweden 2010-04-04 Spela med lika förutsättningar!
  • Italy 2009-04-18 Imparare dalle proprie sconfitte
  • Mexico 2009-05-12 ¡Jugando En Un Campo Superior!
  • Finland Aina korkeammalle!
  • Taiwan 舞動的道館訓練家! 梅麗莎登場!!
  • Poland Niesamowita walka
  • Netherlands Op gelijk niveau komen
  • Brazil Jogando no Campo da Nivelação!
  • Israel נלחמים בשדה הקרב
  • Czechia 2009-05-09 Neobyčejný zápas
  • Norway 2009-05-29 Jevnet med jorden
  • Denmark 2009-05-29 Jævnet med jorden
  • South Korea 춤추는 체육관 관장! 멜리사 등장!
  • Portugal 2010-12-21 Nivelando Combate e Competição!
  • Russia 2009-05-04 Битва прямо на месте
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Japan Screenplay 冨岡淳広 (Atsuhiro Tomioka)
Japan Storyboard 秦義人 (Yoshito Hata)
Japan Animation Director 木下和栄 (Kazue Kinoshita)
Japan Episode Director 秦義人 (Yoshito Hata)

OP/ED List

Summary

English Official Summary

Dawn and her friends are passing through a town on their way to the Celestic Contest when they see Zoey in the middle of a tough battle with a well-dressed Coordinator. Zoey's Glameow is beaten by her opponents's Mismagius, and this stranger introduces herself as Fantina—the Hearthome Gym Leader herself! She's traveling as a Pokémon Trainer to become a better Gym Leader and perfect her own style, so she's not interested when Ash requests a Gym battle and Jessie (disguised as the reporter Jessedia) requests some interview time. But Fantina is willing to battle Ash in a friendly three-on-three battle, starting with her Drifloon against Ash's Buizel. The battle's barely started when Drifloon hits Buizel with Hypnosis, putting it to sleep. By the time Buizel finally wakes up, it's too exhausted to battle! Next up is Chimchar, but Drifloon uses Psychic to stop Chimchar's Flamethrower and follows up with Hypnosis yet again. Now Chimchar falls sleep, too! Now it's up to good ol' Pikachu to save the day—if it can. Pikachu confidently launches a Volt Tackle that's slowed to a crawl and then reversed by Drifloon's Ominous Wind. Pikachu strikes back with Thunderbolt, but that just sparks Drifloon's Evolution into Drifblim! Drifblim uses its aerial mobility to dodge Pikachu's Thunderbolt, then uses Hypnosis again! With Pikachu sleeping like a baby, Ash's team is unable to battle. Ash is bummed by the loss, but Fantina promises him a battle at the Hearthome Gym and even agrees to someday battle Dawn as well. That night, Jessie, hoping Yanmega can learn Drifblim's moves, shows her Pokémon the videos of Fantina's battle, while Zoey shows Dawn her third Ribbon. Now that Fantina has given them some new challenges to consider, Dawn and Ash are ready to get back on the road to Celestic Town!

French Official Summary

En continuant leur route vers Célestia, nos héros rencontrent deux personnes : Zoé, la rivale d'Aurore et son adversaire Kiméra, Championne de l’Arène d'Unionpolis.

German Official Summary

Auf ihrer Reise nach Elyses begegnen unsere Helden ganz unerwartet Lucias Rivalin Zoey, die sich gerade mitten im Kampf gegen Lamina, der Arenaleiterin von Herzhofen, befindet!

Italian Official Summary

Lucinda e i suoi amici stanno attraversando una città sulla strada per la Gara di Memoride quando vedono Zoey impegnata in un duro incontro con un Coordinatore ben vestito.

Portuguese Official Summary

A caminho da Cidade de Celestic, nossos heróis encontram duas pessoas que eles não esperavam: a rival de Dawn, Zoey, batalhando a elusiva Líder do Ginásio de Hearthome, Fantina!

Finnish Official Summary

Matkalla Celestic Towniin sankarimme kohtaavat kaksi ihmistä, joita he eivät odottaneet näkevänsä: Dawnin kilpakumppanin Zoeyn ottelemassa vaikeasti tavoitettavan Hearthome Cityn salijohtajan, Fantinan kanssa!

Spanish Latin America Official Summary

En su camino hacia Pueblo Celestic, nuestros héroes se encuentran con dos personas que no esperaban ver: ¡la rival de Dawn Zoey, luchando contra la evasiva Líder de Gimnasio de Ciudad Corazonada, Fantina!

Spanish Official Summary

Maya y sus amigos están pasando por una ciudad de camino al Concurso Celeste, cuando ven a Zoe en medio de una dura batalla con un Coordinador muy elegante.

English Great Britian Official Summary

Dawn and her friends are passing through a town on their way to the Celestic Contest when they see Zoey in the middle of a tough battle with a well-dressed Coordinator. Zoey's Glameow is beaten by her opponents's Mismagius, and this stranger introduces herself as Fantina—the Hearthome Gym Leader herself! She's traveling as a Pokémon Trainer to become a better Gym Leader and perfect her own style, so she's not interested when Ash requests a Gym battle and Jessie (disguised as the reporter Jessedia) requests some interview time. But Fantina is willing to battle Ash in a friendly three-on-three battle, starting with her Drifloon against Ash's Buizel. The battle's barely started when Drifloon hits Buizel with Hypnosis, putting it to sleep. By the time Buizel finally wakes up, it's too exhausted to battle! Next up is Chimchar, but Drifloon uses Psychic to stop Chimchar's Flamethrower and follows up with Hypnosis yet again. Now Chimchar falls sleep, too! Now it's up to good ol' Pikachu to save the day—if it can. Pikachu confidently launches a Volt Tackle that's slowed to a crawl and then reversed by Drifloon's Ominous Wind. Pikachu strikes back with Thunderbolt, but that just sparks Drifloon's Evolution into Drifblim! Drifblim uses its aerial mobility to dodge Pikachu's Thunderbolt, then uses Hypnosis again! With Pikachu sleeping like a baby, Ash's team is unable to battle. Ash is bummed by the loss, but Fantina promises him a battle at the Hearthome Gym and even agrees to someday battle Dawn as well. That night, Jessie, hoping Yanmega can learn Drifblim's moves, shows her Pokémon the videos of Fantina's battle, while Zoey shows Dawn her third Ribbon. Now that Fantina has given them some new challenges to consider, Dawn and Ash are ready to get back on the road to Celestic Town!

Russian Official Summary

Доун и её друзья проходят по городу, направляясь на состязание Селестик, и застают Зои в напряженном бою с хорошо одетым координатором.

Dutch Official Summary

Dawn en haar vrienden komen door een stadje op weg naar de Celestic-wedstrijd wanneer ze Zoey in een zwaar gevecht verwikkeld zien met een goed geklede Coordinator.

Norwegian Official Summary

På veien til Celestic Town, støter våre helter på to de ikke hadde forventet å møte: Dawns rival Zoey, som kjemper mot den flyktige Hearthome City Gym-lederen, Fantina!

Swedish Official Summary

På vägen till Celestic Town springer våra hjältar på två personer som de inte hade förväntat sig att få se; Dawns rival Zoey i strid mot den svårfångade Hearthome City-gymledaren, Fantina!

Danish Official Summary

På vej til Celestic Town møder vore helte to personer, som de ikke havde ventet at se: Dawns rival Zoey og den flygtige Salleder i Hearthome City, Fantina, i åben kamp!

Characters

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  • United States Ash Ketchum
  • Japan サトシ
  • Japan Satoshi
  • Japan Satoshi
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  • United States Pikachu
  • Japan ピカチュウ
  • Japan Pikachu
  • Japan Pikachu
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  • United States Brock
  • Japan タケシ
  • Japan Takeshi
  • Japan Takeshi
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  • United States Meowth
  • Japan ニャース
  • Japan Nyarth
  • Japan Nyarth
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  • United States Jessie
  • Japan ムサシ
  • Japan Musashi
  • Japan Musashi
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  • United States James
  • Japan コジロウ
  • Japan Kojirō
  • Japan Kojiro
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  • United States Dawn
  • Japan ヒカリ
  • Japan Hikari
  • Japan Hikari
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  • United States Ash's Turtwig
  • Japan サトシのナエトル
  • Japan Satoshi no Naetle
  • Japan Satoshi's Naetle
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  • United States Ash's Chimchar
  • Japan サトシのヒコザル
  • Japan Satoshi no Hikozaru
  • Japan Satoshi's Hikozaru
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  • United States Ash's Staravia
  • Japan サトシのムクバード
  • Japan Satoshi no Mukubird
  • Japan Satoshi's Mukubird
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  • United States Ash's Buizel
  • Japan サトシのブイゼル
  • Japan Satoshi no Buoysel
  • Japan Satoshi's Buoysel
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  • United States Ash's Gliscor
  • Japan サトシのグライオン
  • Japan Satoshi no Glion
  • Japan Satoshi's Glion
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  • United States Brock's Happiny
  • Japan タケシのピンプク
  • Japan Takeshi no Pinpuku
  • Japan Takeshi's Pinpuku
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  • United States Brock's Croagunk
  • Japan タケシのグレッグル
  • Japan Takeshi no Gureggru
  • Japan Takeshi's Gureggru
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  • United States Dawn's Piplup
  • Japan ヒカリのポッチャマ
  • Japan Hikari no Pochama
  • Japan Hikari's Pochama
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  • United States Wobbuffet
  • Japan ソーナンス
  • Japan Sonansu
  • Japan Sonansu
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  • United States Zoey
  • Japan ノゾミ
  • Japan Nozomi
  • Japan Nozomi
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  • United States Zoey's Glameow
  • Japan ノゾミのニャルマー
  • Japan Nozomi no Nyarmar
  • Japan Nozomi's Nyarmar
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  • United States Jessie's Yanmega
  • Japan ムサシのメガヤンマ
  • Japan Musashi no Megayanma
  • Japan Musashi's Megayanma
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  • United States Enta
  • Japan エンタ
  • Japan Enta
  • Japan Enta
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  • United States Alan
  • Japan アツオ
  • Japan Atsuo
  • Japan Atsuo
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  • United States Alan's Nosepass
  • Japan アツオのノズパス
  • Japan Atsuo no Nosepass
  • Japan Atsuo's Nosepass
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  • United States Alan's Probopass
  • Japan アツオのダイノーズ
  • Japan Atsuo no Dainose
  • Japan Atsuo's Dainose
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  • United States Fantina
  • Japan メリッサ
  • Japan Melissa
  • Japan Melissa
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  • United States Juan
  • Japan アダン
  • Japan Adan
  • Japan Adan
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  • United States Fantina's Drifblim
  • Japan メリッサのフワライド
  • Japan Melissa no Fuwaride
  • Japan Melissa's Fuwaride
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  • United States Fantina's Drifloon
  • Japan メリッサのフワンテ
  • Japan Melissa no Fuwante
  • Japan Melissa's Fuwante
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  • United States Fantina's Gengar
  • Japan メリッサのゲンガー
  • Japan Melissa no Gangar
  • Japan Melissa's Gangar
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  • United States Fantina's Misdreavus
  • Japan メリッサのムウマ
  • Japan Melissa no Muma
  • Japan Melissa's Muma
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  • United States Fantina's Mismagius
  • Japan メリッサのムウマージ
  • Japan Melissa no Mumage
  • Japan Melissa's Mumage

Wild Pokémon

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  • United States Oddish
  • Japan ナゾノクサ
  • Japan Nazonokusa
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  • United States Abra
  • Japan ケーシィ
  • Japan Casey
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  • United States Rapidash
  • Japan ギャロップ
  • Japan Gallop
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  • United States Sunflora
  • Japan キマワリ
  • Japan Kimawari
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  • United States Larvitar
  • Japan ヨーギラス
  • Japan Yogiras
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  • United States Nosepass
  • Japan ノズパス
  • Japan Nosepass
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  • United States Luxray
  • Japan レントラー
  • Japan Rentorar
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10:03

Eyecatch Diamond and Pearl Eyecatch

Fourth variation of the Diamond and Pearl Intro and Return Eyecatches featuring Hikari, Satoshi and Takeshi.

Japanese Music:

Time Track Notes
Japan 00:00 劇場タイトルテーマ2006
Japanese (Romanized): Gekijou Title Theme 2006
Japanese (Trans): Theatrical Title Theme 2006
Movie 9 BGM - Melissa battles Nozomi.
Japan 00:40 Together2008 (TVサイズ)
Japanese (Trans): Together2008 (TV Version)
Opening Theme for Japanese Version
Japan 02:09 1999-2001-M02 タイトル
Japanese (Romanized): Title
Japanese (Trans): Title
The group finds Melissa and Nozomi. The music plays through the Diamond & Pearl Title Card.
Japan 02:29 Movie 3 BGM - 戦闘!トレーナー(ジョウト) 2000
Japanese (Romanized): Sentō! Trainer (Jouto) 2000
Japanese (Trans): Fight! Trainer (Jouto) 2000
Movie 3 BGM - The battle continues.
Japan 04:12 2006-2010(DP)-M10 ナエトル、ポッチャマ、ヒコザル登場!!
Japanese (Romanized): Naetle, Pochama, Hikozaru tōjō!!
Japanese (Trans): Enter Naetle, Pochama, Hikozaru!!
Gureggru takes Takeshi away, with Satoshi and Hikari approaching to talk.
Japan 05:05 1997-1998-M26 ロケット団隠密作戦
Japanese (Romanized): Rocket-dan Onmitsu Sakusen
Japanese (Trans): The Rocket Gang's Secret Schemes
Rocket Gang find Melissa similar to Adan. Musashi decides to figure out Melissa's style.
Japan 05:56 2002-2005(AG)-M31 Musashi butts in to "interview" Melissa.
Japan 06:58 ダイアンの気持ち
Japanese (Romanized): Diane no Kimochi
Japanese (Trans): Diane's Feelings
Movie 6 BGM - Melissa tells the story of how she became a Top Coordinator.
Japan 08:38 1997-1998-M60 ハナダへの道‐おつきみ山より
Japanese (Romanized): Hanada e no michi - Otsukimi Yama yori
Japanese (Trans): The Road to Hanada - From Moon-viewing Mountain
Melissa says she has been working on a new battle style.
Japan 09:43 Feeling the Joy Satoshi cheers at Melissa accepting the challenge, with the latter saying that the coin toss will determine whether he or Hikari will battle her.
Japan 10:04 2006-2010(DP)-Eyecatch C Eyecatch Break
Japan 10:09 2006-2010(DP)-M21 210ばんどうろ(昼)
Japanese (Romanized): 210-ban dōro (hiru)
Japanese (Trans): Route 210 (Day)
Sponsor Message
Japan 10:20 2006-2010(DP)-Eyecatch A Eyecatch Return
Japan 10:37 2002-2005(AG)-M14 Satoshi and Melissa are about to battle: the coin toss determines that Melissa starts the battle.
Japan 12:03 応戦だ!!
Japanese (Romanized): Ousen da!!
Japanese (Trans): Fighting Back!!
Movie 8 BGM - Satoshi and Melissa send out Buoysel and Fuante, respectively, to start the battle.
Japan 14:35 Movie 8 BGM - The Group Is Swallowed Movie 8 BGM - Satoshi recalls Buoysel and sends out Hikozaru next.
Japan 16:19 頑張れサトシ!!
Japanese (Romanized): Ganbare Satoshi!!
Japanese (Trans): Do your best Satoshi!!
Movie 7 BGM - Satoshi uses Pikachu as his last Pokémon.
Japan 19:24 マサトとジラーチ
Japanese (Romanized): Masato to Jirachi
Japanese (Trans): Masato and Jirachi
Movie 6 BGM - Melissa and Satoshi exchange compliments after the battle.
Japan 20:46 2006-2010(DP)-M01 けんきゅうじょ(オープニング)
Japanese (Romanized): Kenkyūjo (Opening)
Japanese (Trans): Laboratory (Opening)
Nozomi shows Hikari her ribbons, while Satoshi is frustrated at Fuante's Hypnosis.
Japan 21:54 風のメッセージ
Japanese (Romanized): Kaze no Message
Japanese (Trans): Message of the Wind
Ending Theme for Japanese Version
Japan 23:14 2006-2010(DP)-M22 206ばんどうろ(昼)
Japanese (Romanized): 206-ban dōro (hiru)
Japanese (Trans): Route 206 (Day)
Professor Okido's Pokémon Encyclopedia
Japan 23:20 2006-2010(DP)-M08 201ばんどうろ(昼)
Japanese (Romanized): 201-ban dōro (hiru)
Japanese (Trans): Route 201 (Day)
Okido explains the characteristics of Riolu.
Japan 24:03 Okido's Senryū Theme Okido recites a Senryū.
Japan 24:15 2006-2010(DP)-M24 新サトシのテーマ
Japanese (Romanized): Shin Satoshi no thema
Japanese (Trans): Satoshi's New Theme
Diamond & Pearl Episodes 94-95 Special preview
Japan 24:44 2006-2010(DP)-M01 けんきゅうじょ(オープニング)
Japanese (Romanized): Kenkyūjo (Opening)
Japanese (Trans): Laboratory (Opening)
Sponsor Message

Music Statistics:

Number of Assigned Tracks to the Japanese Original: 25
Number of Assigned Tracks to the English Dub: 0
11 Sep 2008 03:00 AM
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New episode title(s) has/have been added to the database. Title: Playing the Leveling Field/Odoru Gym Leader! Melissa tōjō!!/踊るジムリーダー!メリッサ登場!!. Please comment below! Thanks, your friendly PM.Net AnimeBot
12 Sep 2008 03:53 AM
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This weeks episode had a lot of English which made it quite easy to understand what was going on compared to a standard episode of the series. Either Melissa is VERY tall or the rest of the cast is really short as there were many instances in the episode that showed the significant height difference between all the characters. It's good to see that they are making Melissa a formidable Gym Leader, and not some push over like Maylene started off being. So does this battle count as a Gym Leader that Satoshi lost to?



I also found the colours used in this episodes animation were quite vibrant compared to other episodes. Perhaps it was just the contrast against Melissa's dark dress that made everything look more pronounced. The second half of the episode had a bunch of music that hasn't been used in DP up to this point.



It will be interesting to see how Satoshi is able to recover after this loss to Melissa. How many more Gym Leaders will Satoshi loose to in this series...
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He will lose more definitely:*,Fantina was Posh :D I know finnaly they are making Melissa a Formidarble Gym leader,But showing her losing to that kid was a bit odd,But now she improve Looking foward to a rematch for Satoshi,Satoshi was a bit Over confident I think this battle too hyper up,sometimes i wish he was calm and cool and win one battle with out struggling
14 Sep 2008 05:35 AM
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She always seemed very tall to me, even in the games.

She also always looked like a man in a dress to me. I don't know why. Something about her face. Or maybe I was just so scarred by Tucker that I've started expecting things like that.
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Due to her name, height, accent, definately think Melissa was intended to be American (a la Surge), and in the dub they made her foreign to us by being French...and using a Tim Allen quote.

Hopefully PUSA can hire Tim to perform a french accent for her, and we're all set in terms of game representation.
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Episode title in Swedish was added yesterday. Source: TV4 Anytime
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