- Sure, we may recognize the Pewter City Gym Leader that travels with Ash and Misty
as "Brock," but long before Brock, there was an identical character from the
Pocket Monsters anime... named "Takeshi." Basically, Takeshi is
Brock, but simply the japanese equivalent. However, the two have their own distinct
voices, as well as some cultural differences. Takeshi is also technically older than
Brock because the U.S. is behind in terms of episodes. This section will go into
detail focusing on Takeshi only. (But hey, the entire rest of this
site is about Brock, so don't worry! ^_^)
LIKE TWO PEAS IN A POD... RIGHT?
- "There is always something lost in the translation." Such a
phrase is especially true here. Brock and Takeshi, though the same person, both have
differences, which are listed below
|owns the Pewter City Gym
||owns the Nibi (or
"Nivi") City Gym
|owns: Geodude, Onix,
Pineco and Golbat |owns: Ishitsubute, Iwake,
Kunigidama and Crobat
|makes the best
||makes the best onigiri
|bears the Boulder Badge
||bears the Grey Badge
|speaks English (obviously)
||speaks Japanese (obviously)
|voice actor: Eric Stuart
||voice actor: Ueda Yuuji
Differences in the English/Japanese "Holiday in Aopulco" episode
TAKESHI'S SONG- Takeshi
| VIDEO CLIPS!
- A short while back, I
acquired a super-cool VCD (video cd) of the japanese episode of "Showdown in
Pewter City!" For the scarce number of you who don't
know which episode that is, it's the one where Brock/Takeshi makes his first, and most
impressive, appearance. The thing that makes this even better is the fact that it's
rare, and it's in japanese!! I really like Yuji Ueda's
voice too! It's a great fit for Takeshi's character!
- Below are some clips taken
from the VCD. These clips are done by me, and can't be found anywhere else! You
are not allowed to take these clips for your own website purposes, however.
If you see these clips on someone else's site, they have stolen
them. Please email me with the site's name so they can be thoroughly
|Ok, it'll be hard for you to understand what's going
on in these scenes unless (1.) you've memorized the scene (like me), or (2.)
you know japanese. If you don't fall into either of those categories, I've included
the English dub translation to the side of the movie link. Oh yeah, and
be careful!! These movies are LOUD!
clips are now in Real Video format only!! If you
don't have a RealPlayer G2, go to www.real.com
and get it now!
|Satoshi first meets Takeshi (2.37MB)
|Takeshi comments on the power of
Iwaku (230KB) Dub translation
|Takeshi shows his kind nature with
his siblings (791KB) Dub translation
|Takeshi angrily recalls Ishitsubute
and calls out Iwaku (2.04MB) Dub translation
|Takeshi gives his dad instructions,
then takes off with Satoshi (3.65MB) Dub
|Takeshi swoons over a lady on the
St. Annu-gou (667 KB) Dub translation
- WHAT'S IN A NAME?
- The name "Takeshi" has its own specific meanings.
Unfortunately, the actual translations of the name and the meanings of the name are
- From the very old definition, Takeshi means "brave."
I suppose this could apply to Takeshi, but it seems clear that this was not the
intended definition of his name. From a baby names book I read in the library, the
name itself seems to refer to being "unbendable" or "unbreakable"
as in bamboo. Is this correct? I have no idea, but it looks
like one of the more concrete meanings I've seen so far.
- Something to consider is also the personality of a character with the
name Takeshi. I was actually able to find a whole paragraph describing the
personality of a name from www.kabalarians.com.
To see their analyzation of the name, click HERE.
- THE SOUND OF MUSIC
- Something else Takeshi has that Brock doesn't is certain soundtracks.
From the rare and difficult-to-get Anime Soundtrack, I've recorded
some nice mp3s that have to do with Takeshi, along with descriptions of
what they are and when they appear in the anime. The same rules apply here as they
did in the video clip section-- You are not allowed to take
these clips for your own website purposes. At the end of each soundtrack, the
japanese pokedex makes a comment about when the particular piece of music appears in the
- Takeshi's Theme- I call it his theme because the song
first comes up when he is talking to Ash about his dream to become the world's best
breeder (and then subsequently meets up with his father). But why "Takeshi's
theme", and not "Brock's theme"? Well, oddly enough, this music is not
found in the English dub of the same scene, and I have no idea why! I think this
music perfectly describes Takeshi.
- Takeshi's Theme mp3
- The Nibi Gym- This piece takes place when Satoshi first
enters the Nibi Gym and meets Takeshi for the first time. Again, this music wasn't
present in the English dub, therefore the name "Nibi Gym", not "Pewter
Gym". Kinda creepy and dark sounding, but it works well with Takeshi's ominous
- The Nibi Gym mp3
- Gym Leader Theme- Takeshi/Brock doesn't actually do
anything during this music, but I included it because it is the re-done version of the Gym
Leader battle music found in the Pokemon gameboy game, and, after all, Takeshi/Brock is
a gym leader!
- Gym Leader Theme mp3
- Comments? Questions? Email me!