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Unexpected changes to Battle Frontier intro in recent AG Episode

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Lucario and Mew replaced by Mysterious Dungeon rescue teams.
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  • Friday, November 18, 2005

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With the airing of AG152 in Japan, viewers were surprised to come across an unexpected update to the intro sequence.

  • Jessie's Dustox makes an appearance in the Team Rocket segment. However, there is no longer a blur of Manyula rushing through the screen.
  • Replacing the scene of Lucario resting on a tree limb and Mew flying by, is a new scene based on the boxart of the games Pokémon: Dungeon of Mystery Red and Blue, which went on sale on the same day this episode aired. While the Red version's boxart is closely depicted, the same cannot be said for the Blue version's boxart, with Ash's Pikachu and Corpish, and May's Squirtle and Munchlax appearing instead of the original characters (specially-equipped Pikachu, Squirtle, Totodile and Mudkip).

Fans conclude that the last portion of the Battle Frontier intro is dedicated to advertising Pokémon attractions in Japan (the debut of the intro followed the premiere of the eighth movie, accounting for Manyula, Mew and Lucario), and so it will be updated accordingly. Much like Manyula's appearance was rendered misleading, such will likely be the case with the inclusion of the cast's Pokémon in the position of the Mystery Dungeon characters. It is further speculated that the sequence will eventually be updated in honor of both the Pokémon Ranger game and movie.

Also deserving of note is that prior to the first scene of the episode, there was a countdown featuring altered clips from Advance Adventure and a clip from Pokémon Symphonic Medley. It is as of yet unknown what this is meant to mark.