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Benji (Japanese: シロウ Shirō) is a character of the day in the Pokémon anime who appeared in the episode Mountain Time.
Benji and his father are part of the Mountain Patrol, using Ledian to help them do their job. To help train these Ledian, Benji's father has a Pidgeotto to simulate the strong winds that occur in the mountains.
Benji took Ash, Misty, and Brock out to the woods to show them how he trained his Ledian. Suddenly, an unusual wind occurred and Benji's Ledian got blown away. They soon discovered that the wind was caused by a machine used by Team Rocket. The same machine was used to suck up Pikachu and Togepi. Benji tried to get Ledian to go after Team Rocket but the machine's wind proved to be too strong. Soon, a real wind caused Team Rocket's balloon to go out of control and they crashed into the mountains.
Benji and Ledian helped the gang get through the mountains and find their lost Pikachu and Togepi. They found them and Team Rocket, tittering on a rock on a tip of a mountain. Benji got the idea of using a rope and a net to rescue them. Ledian's job was to side the net down a rope. But the rope broke, leaving Ledian to hold the net by itself. It managed to harness all of its strength to get them on the ground safely.
Team Rocket then tried to run off with Pikachu and Togepi but were stopped by Benji's dad. Benji and his dad then teamed up and used both of their Ledian to save Pikachu and Togepi. After Pikachu and Togepi were saved, night fell and the first stars began to appear in the sky and Benji's Ledian's spots on its back started to glow. Benji's father then promoted him to "Officer of the Mountain Patrol" because of his brave actions.
| Benji's Ledian is part of mountain patrol helping people stranded in the mountains. It is smaller than other Ledian. Ledian first appeared when Ash and Pikachu saw it and chased after it. It suddenly got into strong winds, caused by Benji's father's Pidgeotto and failed to get through them, which was shown to be part of a training. It then appeared in Benji's father's cabin whilst Benji's father's Ledian was giving it tips. Ledian then started training again.
Suddenly, Team Rocket appeared with their new vacuum device, sucking in Pikachu and Togepi. Ledian tried to save them but it was blown back. Benji and the gang decided to save them, but suddenly a load of rocks blocked their way, so they had to use a rope ladder. Suddenly, the rope broke, but with the help of Ash's Noctowl they were able to bring theirselves to safety.
Ledian decided to go look for Team Rocket and the lost Pokémon and eventually found them balancing on a rock. Ash's Bulbasaur couldn't reach them with Vine Whip, so Ledian decided to step in. Benji took a net and rope out, which he tied around a rock and Ledian was able to successfully save the group. Suddenly, Team Rocket bagged Togepi and Pikachu once again and Ledian tried to help. It was too exhausted, however. In the end, Ledian and Benji's father's Ledian sent Team Rocket blasting off with Swift.
That night when the stars started to appear, the spots on Ledian's back began to glow and it flew in the sky with Benji's father's Ledian, sprinkling dust. When a Ledian's spots glow, it means that Ledian is well trained and so, Benji got the job as mountain officer from his father.
Ledian's known moves are Swift and Comet Punch*.
|| Mountain Time
| Voice actors
|| Rikako Aikawa
|| Rikako Aikawa