Battle Frontier (song)
- If you were looking for the English song of the same name, see Battle Frontier (dub).
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|AG OP 4
|Pikachu Records single
|This song debuted in the eighth Pokémon movie the week before its television debut.|
Battle Frontier (Japanese: バトルフロンティア lit. Batoru Furontia) is the fourth Japanese opening theme of Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire.
It debuted in AG135, replacing Pokémon Symphonic Medley. Its singer, Akina Takaya, is a relatively unknown artist. It debuted at the same time as a new ending, Pokémon Counting Song. The instruments-only version replaced the instrumental version of Advance Adventure in AG135 in the Japanese preview of the next episode. It was replaced by Spurt! in AG166. It was also used as the opening theme of Mew and the Wave Hero: Lucario in a different arrangement called Battle Frontier (Movie version).
It was also used as the Pokémon Sunday ending from PS053 to PS059 and was then replaced by YEAH!.
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Ash and Pikachu are in a field running toward the sun and they jump. The gang are in a forest playing happily, except May. There are flashbacks of Mimey, Delia Ketchum, Professor Oak, Professor Birch, Tracey, and Misty holding an Azurill. Ash's Pokémon are seen using their attacks and they all take a photo. Scott appears in a car and the Frontier Brains, except for Brandon, appear. Then, it showcases the characters' Pokémon. Team Rocket and their Pokémon waves. The rest of the opening has been changed multiple times.
Pokémon Sunday ending animation
The first animation sequence in this version is Ash, May, and Brock calling out their Pokémon to attack. Those Pokémon are Combusken, Grovyle, and Mudkip.
The next group of animations are the same as in the main opening (Ash and Pikachu running through the field, through the pan shot of Ash and all of his Pokémon). However, the differences in these animations are that ending credits replace the ones used in the opening. Also, the scene of Scott waving while driving past is replaced by a pan shot of all of the Frontier Brains. The animation sequence following this include portions of the first Frontier Brain battle between Ash and Noland, which involved Charizard and Noland's Articuno. After this, the normal animations resume, starting from the sequence involving Brock chopping up lettuce and cooking rice, and May throwing a Poké Ball. The Team Rocket sequence prior to AG152 (with Weavile) remains intact. This is followed by the Mew and Lucario flyby animation, as was the case in the first version of this opening. Unlike the original ending though, the group silhouette is replaced with the Frontier Brain reveal.
- Professor Oak
- Delia Ketchum
- Professor Birch
- Anabel (silhouette)
- Brandon (silhouette)
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket)
- Wobbuffet (Jessie's)
- Chimecho (James's)
- Charizard (Ash's) (Pokémon Sunday Variant)
- Phanpy (Ash's) → Donphan (Ash's)
- Swellow (Ash's)
- Grovyle (Ash's) → Sceptile (Ash's)
- Corphish (Ash's)
- Azurill (Misty's)
- Combusken (May's)
- Munchlax (May's)
- Squirtle (May's)
- Eevee (May's)
- Forretress (Brock's)
- Mudkip (Brock's) → Marshtomp (Brock's)
- Bonsly (Brock's, new, debut)
- Seviper (Jessie's)
- Dustox (Jessie's)
- Cacnea (James's)
- Mime Jr. (James's, new, debut)
- Mr. Mime (Delia's; nicknamed "Mimey")
- Mew (AG135-AG151)
- Weavile (AG135-AG151)
- Lucario (AG135-AG151)
- Gengar (AG152-AG165)
- Alakazam (AG152-AG165)
- Tyranitar (AG152-AG165)
- Murkrow (AG152-AG165)
- Magnemite (AG152-AG165)
- Charmander (AG152-AG165)
- Cyndaquil (AG152-AG165)
- Torchic (AG152-AG165)
- Medicham (AG152-AG165)
- Ekans (AG152-AG165)
- Charizard (AG152-AG165)
- Articuno (Pokémon Sunday Variant)
There are 10 variants of the opening animation:
- AG135 - AG148: The original animation (from AG146 onwards, the opening text introducing Pocket Monsters is added).
- AG149: Animation updated to include Marshtomp.
- AG150 - AG151: Animation updated to reveal Greta.
- AG152: Animation updated to include Dustox; the scenes featuring Weavile and Mew with Lucario are replaced by a scene based on the boxart illustrations of Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team, which were released on the same day.
- AG153 - AG154: Animation updated to reveal Tucker.
- AG155 - AG157: Animation updated to include Donphan.
- AG158: Animation updated to include Eevee.
- AG159 - AG161: Animation updated to reveal Lucy; director 日高正光 Masamitsu Hidaka is removed.
- AG162 - AG163: Animation updated to include Sceptile.
- AG164 - AG165: Animation updated to reveal Spenser.
Team Rocket scene
From AG135 to AG151; the following scene featuring Mew and Lucario, in honor of the eighth movie
- The movie version of this song has an alternate lead-in.
- This is the first opening to have updates in animation.
- The track on the Perfect Best 2 album has a slightly different audio mix compared to the original single. Said album also includes a ballad version of the song.
- Oddly, in episodes before AG152, during the shot of Team Rocket and their current Pokémon waving, Jessie's Dustox is missing from the lineup.
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