Unexpected changes to Battle Frontier intro in recent AG Episode

Lucario and Mew replaced by Dungeon of Mystery 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 Battle Frontier intro sequence.

  • Jessie's Dustox makes an appearance in the Team Rocket segment. However, there is no longer a blur of Manyula rushing across the screen.
  • Replacing the scene of Lucario resting on a tree limb and Mew flying by is a new scene based on the cover art 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, Ash's Corpish, May's Squirtle and May's Munchlax appearing instead of the original characters (specially-equipped Pikachu, Squirtle, Totodile and Mudkip).

Many fans haved concluded that the last portion of the Battle Frontier intro is dedicated to advertising Pokémon attractions in Japan (the debut of the original 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 (many fans assumed Team Rocket would acquire it), such will likely be the case with the inclusion of the cast's Pokémon in place of the Dungeon of Mystery 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 exactly this is meant to mark, but some have suggested that it is simply a countdown to the beginning of the episode.


Jessie's Dustox in the opening
Based on the cover art of Pokémon: Dungeon of Mystery: Blue Rescue Team
Based on the cover art of Pokémon: Dungeon of Mystery: Red Rescue Team