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Recap / Pokémon S21E21 "Satoshi and Nagetukesaru! Touchdown of Friendship!!

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Japanese Title: Satoshi and Nagetukesaru! Touchdown of Friendship!!

Original Airdate: March 1, 2018

US Airdate: N/A
And thus, Ash's Pokémon journey...Who are we kidding? He'll be back next week.

Ash ends up in the middle of a situation when a group of young Passimian are being bullied by older Passimian. Can he teach them to play ball so they can earn respect?

This episode contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Banned Episode: This episode is currently not scheduled to air anywhere that uses the English dub due to American racial sensitivities. Apparently someone at TPCi likened Ash's Passimian disguise to Blackface. Not helping is that "chimp" and "monkey" can be racial slurs against African Americans.
  • Borrowed Catch Phrase: In Japanese, Ash mimics Team Rocket's bewildered "What even is this feeling?" as he's carried off by the triumphant Passimian.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: The episode makes a decent attempt to make all the Passimian in the group look at least slightly distinctive from one another, without being Off-Model from the base design.
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  • Curious as a Monkey: Ash takes "monkey see, monkey do" to its logical conclusion—and perhaps a bit too literally—by dressing up as a Passimian to teach the group of young Passimian how to play ball. He even acts like a Passimian at the Pokémon School beforehand to get into character.


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