| Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village
Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village (Japanese: かくれざとのフシギダネ Fushigidane of the Hidden Village) is the tenth episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on June 3, 1997 and in the United States on September 21, 1998.
Ash and Misty, while arguing, discover an Oddish. As Misty's Starmie weakens the Oddish, a Bulbasaur appears and fights Starmie while the Oddish runs off into the woods. Ash jumps in with his Butterfree, but the Bulbasaur is able to escape in the direction of the Oddish.
Our heroes cross a river over a rope bridge that snaps, sending Brock into the river below. As Misty, Ash, and Pikachu hunt for Brock, they set off a couple of traps, finally landing in a net that hangs from a tree!
Fortunately, Brock shows up to cut them down, then brings them to meet a woman named Melanie, who takes care of wounded Pokémon like the Oddish—and sets traps to defend the Pokémon from poachers. The Bulbasaur, we learn, acts as a kind of bodyguard.
Misty apologizes to the Oddish for attacking it earlier, but the Bulbasaur is still hostile because it dislikes Trainers. Meanwhile, Team Rocket has discovered the area and plans to snatch the weak Pokémon.
Will Team Rocket have an advantage against Pokémon that are wounded and unable to defend themselves? And will that Bulbasaur ever warm up to Ash and his friends?
Ash and his friends are wandering through the forest without a compass, trying to find the path to Vermilion City. Ash and Misty are fighting as usual, this time over who led them astray, while Brock tries to keep the peace. They pause for a rest, and Ash sees an Oddish taking a drink. Misty sends her Starmie to fight the Oddish so she can catch it. The Oddish is defeated by Water Gun, but Misty's Poké Ball is deflected by a Bulbasaur vine before she can claim it. The Bulbasaur attacks and defeats Starmie. Ash sends his Butterfree after the Bulbasaur with a Sleep Powder attack, but Bulbasaur blows the powder back at Butterfree. Both the Oddish and the Bulbasaur run off into the forest.
The trio attempt to cross a rope bridge, but a wind starts to rip the bridge apart. Brock falls into the river below, while Misty and Pikachu cling to Ash. Ash ultimately manages to pull them up, and the three make their way to the end of the bridge. They make their way down to water level and go looking for Brock. At once, Misty falls into a pit trap not unlike those made by Team Rocket. Ash pulls her out, and they go on looking. As they walk along, Misty's toe catches a rope, and they find themselves suspended in a net. They are found in this state by the Bulbasaur. Ash speculates that Brock has been washed to sea and shanghaied by pirates; moments later, Brock appears and frees them from the trap. Brock relays his river experience, and the fact that he was rescued from the rapids by a girl. Brock takes them to a village and introduces them to the girl, named Melanie.
Ash and Misty notice the large number of Pokémon in the village and wonder if they belong to Melanie. Brock explains that the Hidden Village is a place for abandoned or injured Pokémon to come to rest and relax. Melanie cares for them until they are better, and then they leave. Melanie collects plants to use for medicine, though she says that she is unqualified to be a Pokémon doctor. Misty teases Brock for falling in love with Melanie; he reacts a little violently, fearing Melanie might overhear. Melanie explains that she set the traps, including the rope bridge, to prevent Pokémon Trainers from reaching the village and protect the injured Pokémon from being captured. Meanwhile, Jessie, James and Meowth try to cross the remains of the bridge, but it collapses underneath them and they fall into the river rapids.
Brock promises Melanie that they will not try to catch any of the Pokémon in the village. Despite her earlier attempt to catch Oddish, Misty concurs. Ash worries if the traps are enough to keep robbers away, noting the idiocy of being caught in them. The camera cuts to Team Rocket, who have just fallen into their third pit trap. They finally manage to get out, only to immediately get caught in a net. Brock and Ash tend to a Staryu, while Misty apologizes to Oddish. She and Ash begin quarreling, and the Bulbasaur tackles Misty, thinking Oddish is in danger. Melanie explains that Bulbasaur has volunteered to protect the whole village. Bulbasaur tries to nudge Ash out of the village because it doesn't trust Pokémon Trainers.
Suddenly, Team Rocket appears from behind a cloud, standing on a balloon-lifted platform, and recite their mantra. They land in a clearing outside the village, and try to collect all the Pokémon in the village with a massive vacuum. As Brock herds everyone into the cabin, Oddish gets caught in the suction. Bulbasaur rescues Oddish with its Vine Whip, and Ash helps block the wind so it can carry Oddish to the cabin. Team Rocket move the vacuum directly over the cabin, so Bulbasaur uses its vines to smack the hose around. Ash instructs his Pidgeotto to use Gust, and this causes a tornado that tosses Team Rocket and their platform into the distance.
Melanie asks Ash to take the Bulbasaur with him, seeing the pair as a good match; the village is too small for its bulb to grow. She says the Pokémon have stayed in the village too long, because the Bulbasaur has done too good a job of protecting them. Bulbasaur agrees to go with Ash, on condition that they battle first. Ash sends Pikachu, who dodges Bulbasaur's vines but is tackled. Bulbasaur uses its Vine Whips to slam Pikachu into the ground, but Ash calls for a Thunderbolt, which uses Bulbasaur's vines as wires to shock it into submission, allowing Ash to catch it. Brock offers to stay and help, but Melanie refuses, telling him to continue on his adventures. The trio and Bulbasaur wave goodbye to Melanie as they continue their journey towards Vermilion City.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- This is the first episode of a three-episode arc where Ash catches each of Kanto's starter Pokémon.
- This is one of the few times where a knife, in this case a hunting knife, is seen in the anime.
- In the Japanese version, when Pidgeotto blows the stadium away, James makes a reference to the Japanese baseball player Hideo Nomo, who was playing for Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Dodgers at the time of initial airing.
- When the tornado forms, James "winds up" as if he were a left-handed thrower, despite usually being shown throwing with his right hand.
- This episode is featured on Volume 7: Bulbasaur from Viz Media's Pokémon All-Stars series.
- The plot for this episode is later reused for Gettin' Twiggy With It!, where a Grass-type starter protects a hidden area for injured Pokémon and is aided by a woman, before being caught after deciding to go with Ash.
- When Ash and his friends sit on the rock, the back of Ash's cap is white.
- After Ash fails to catch Bulbasaur, the pupils in Misty's eyes are missing. This also happened when Ash was commanding Butterfree.
- When Ash sends out Butterfree, both halves of the Poké Ball are colored red.
- Ash's gloves turn completely lime green after he pulls Misty, Pikachu and himself up from the broken bridge.
- When Misty falls into the hole a zoomed out picture is shown of her and Ash staring, in which Ash's gloves are again missing.
- After being released from the net trap by Brock, Ash's gloves disappeared.
- When Team Rocket falls down into a hole, Meowth's lower body turns darker.
- When Team Rocket got caught in the net, Meowth's ears were light brown.
- When Brock punches Misty on the head for making fun of him liking Melanie, Ash is missing his gloves.
- After Team Rocket's motto, James's gloves are missing.
- Before Ash helps Bulbasaur by pushing it, part of its bulb disappears.
- When Pikachu and Bulbasaur speak before their battle, their lips don't move.
- After Ash captures Bulbasaur, Melanie's shirt is a darker shade of red.
- When Ash and Misty get caught in the net, the orange and white stripes on Ash's backpack disappears.
- In the beginning when an up close shot of Pikachu is shown, Brock's shoes are gray.
- Ash's shoes are completely white before Pikachu and Bulbasaur battle.
- When Melanie says she'll miss Bulbasaur, her shirt is red like her overalls.
- When Ash and Brock are with a Staryu, a side of Ash's hat is white instead of red.
- Kanto Pokérap: Day 5 (Graveler error)
- The exchange between Ash and Misty at the bridge is altered: In the dub version, Ash is losing confidence, and Misty encourages him, whereas in the original version Ash says Misty is far too heavy, and Misty berates him for implying that she's fat and says she doesn't weigh that much.
- Another different exchange is when they are caught in the net and are obviously cramped. In the dub, Ash attempts to break out of the net and Misty tells him his plan isn't working; and in the Japanese version, Ash attempts to break the net but the shaking of the net starts when Misty tells him his attempts to break out are leading to him touching her in inappropriate places.
- Also, when Ash is guessing about what has happened to Brock, he speculates that he was picked up by pirates in the dub, while in the original he guesses that he was picked up by an ugly old hag washing clothes in the river.
- In the dub when Melanie asked Ash if he thought Bulbasaur would be a good addition to his team, Ash responded, "Boy, would he ever!" Melanie also says Ash will "take great care of him." Bulbasaur's gender wasn't stated in the original version.
In other languages
|Arabic||بولباسور و القرية المخفية|
|Valencian||Bulbasaur i l’aldea oculta|
|Chinese||Cantonese|| 猜不到有意外收穫 *|
|Mandarin||神奇寶貝鄉的妙蛙種子 / 神奇宝贝乡的妙蛙种子|
|Czech||Bulbasaur a utajená vesnice|
|Danish||Bulbasaur Og Den Skjulte Landsby|
|Dutch||Bulbasaur en de Verborgen Stad|
|Finnish||Bulbasaur ja Pokémonien suojapaikka|
|French||Canada||Bulbasaur et le village caché|
|Europe||Le village caché|
|German||Bisasam und das versteckte Idyll|
|Hebrew||בלבאזור והכפר הנסתר Bulbasaur ve'ha'kfar ha'nistar|
|Hindi|| Bulbasaur और हिडन विलेग! Bulbasaur aur Hidden Village *|
बुल्बसौर और छुपाहूवा गाव! Bulbasaur aur chipa hua Gaon! *
|Hungarian||Bulbasaur és a titkos falu|
|Italian|| Un'oasi felice *|
Bulbasaur e il villaggio nascosto *
|Korean||꿈에 그리던 이상해씨 Kkum-e geulideon isanghaessi|
|Norwegian||Bulbasaur og den bortgjemte landsbyen|
|Polish||Bulbasaur i ukryta osada|
|Portuguese||Brazil|| Bulbasauro e a Vila Escondida *|
Bulbasaur e a Vila Escondida *
|Portugal||Bulbasaur e a Aldeia Escondida|
|Romanian||Bulbasaur și Satul Ascuns|
|Russian||Бульбасавр и спрятанное селение|
|Serbian||Булбасаур и скривено село|
|Spanish||Latin America||¡La Aldea Secreta de Bulbasaur!|
|Spain||Bulbasaur y la aldea oculta|
|Swedish|| Bulbasaur och hälsohemmet *|
Bulbasaur och den gömda byn *
|Turkish||Bulbasaur ve Saklı Köy|
|Ukrainian||Бульбазавр та Заховане Селище|
|Vietnamese||Cuộc gặp gỡ thú vị|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|