Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sushi Pack DVD - Every Body is Some Body

All right, here's the episode from the DVD, free with any Sushi Pack purchase at Carlton Cards and American Greetings stores.
Every Body is Some Body
At this episode's start, the Sushi Pack are waiting for the train for some reason. If they need to go somewhere, why not use their plane or motorcycles? We know that Ikura has one, and Wasabi is rumored to have one, too, so I'd imagine they all have their own. Of course, the only reason they're taking the train is to set up the plot. Two plot points, to be exact. The first: apparently Mayor Martin promised to both clean up the city and make the trains run on time, neither of which has happened. Wasabi claims he could do a better job running the town, but Tako simply tells him to walk a mile in another man's shoes as the train finally arrives. And who should be riding the train but -- you guessed it -- the second plot point: a returning-for-the-first-time villian, Dr. Naught! Who happens to be wearing a key (that he stole from the museum) carelessly around his neck. But at least he has a good reason for being on the train, unlike our Sushi friends. Apparently, that key unlocks a precious artifact from a temple that is accessible from the subway, as we learn when the Dr. (who is some kind of cyborg) pushes a button on his wrist, stops the train, and burrows through the walls. He unlocks a pedestal and confiscates an urn, vowing to use its contents to rule the world. Fortunately for the Pack, the lid on the urn is pretty tight, buying them enough time to follow after the doctor and detain him.
Seeing where they are, Tako and Maguro deliver the absolutely ridiculous backstory of The Temple of the Sea-Unicorn, a tale of how the regular seahorses worshipped the Sea-Unicorn for the power of the dust on his horn, which let him mindswap with people. But he abused his power and the seahorses rose up against him, stole his horn, and put it in the urn. Can you guess where things are going to go?
Later, back at the museum, Mayor Martin introduces the exhibit based on the artifacts collected from the temple, explicitly stating the Sushi Pack's hand in getting the stuff, stating that heroes like them make his job easier. Once again, Wasabi states his perception of the mayor's job, but rather than laugh in his face (as I would have done), the mayor just tells Wasabi that it's a harder job that it seems, and lets slip his secret desire to be a member of the Sushi Pack. But there's no time to think about the implications of that, as Dr. Naught appears from nowhere! Again pushing a button on his wrist, he now has the ability to disappear at will. Not just disappear as in become invisible, as Tako learns when he tries to nab the doc, but as in not there at all. Since there's no way to hold him down, the Sushi Pack calls his bluff and pretends to leave, but as soon as the doctor approaches the urn, they go after him. The mayor stands in front, but ends up getting knocked over, as does Wasabi. He catches Wasabi and the urn, and the lid suddenly comes open.
The next thing the mayor knows, the Sushi Pack is gigantic! (Apparently, Dr. Naught turned them huge in an earlier(?) appearance, and the mayor makes reference to this.) But no, as Maguro explains, he's just gotten mindswapped with Wasabi. The mayor, of course, is estactic! Now he can finally be a hero! And he practices by aiming fireballs at the rest of the Pack. Meanwhile, Wasabi in the Mayor's body calls for the mayor's assistant over the intercom. Now that he's the mayor (sort of), he's going to fix all the problems that Mayor Martin couldn't handle. Now Mayor Martin laughs at Wasabi and warns him that "running a city is harder than you think." The mayor's assistant arrives with a hand mirror, and Wasabi admires his new body and gives out some orders. Fortunately, the assistant can understand him, for, as she tells Tako, most politicians speak some form of gibberish.
Back at The Green Donut, Tako leads Mayor Martin (now called Mighty Martin) through some training to see if he has what it takes to be a Pack member. The mayor tries talking down a monster, and when he shoots his fireballs, he has no aim whatsoever. Meanwhile, Wasabi meets with the mayor's constituents and lays forth his new policies, which may actually be illegal. But through the interpretation of his assistant, he gets the point across: implement that policies or be fired.
The Pack has to handle a break-in by Dr. Naught's androids at the microchip factory, but Mighty Martin again tries talking rather than action, letting them get away with the chips. The robot with the chip delivers it to Dr. Naught in jail, giving him the final piece to his latest invention (the "Naught Shocker." Is that supposed to be dirty?), which he uses to esape from prision yet again. Later, Sophia Tucker reports on the mayor's new laws against dirt, which resulted in the arrests of plenty of citizens for rather benign acts of dirtiness. Thus, the citizens protest, and Wasabi finally realizes (with the help of the assistant) how hard it really is to run a city. The realization comes too late, as protestors break into the building. Wasabi heads for the hills, but ends up in the museum for some reason, just as Dr. Naught shows up yet again to get the urn. Wasabi tries to attack, but the Mayor's body isn't up for it, so Dr. Naught just takes the key from around the mayor's neck (I haven't mentioned this, but the mayor started wearing the key around his neck and Wasabi kept it there) and gets the urn. Luckily for Wasabi, the Sushi Pack shows up right at that moment and attack! But Dr. Naught fights back and shoots the Pack with a laser from his finger, except for Mighty Martin, who goes careening into the urn, knocking it into Wasabi's hands. Wasabi gets an idea and opens the urn, letting the powder engulf him. Unfortunately, this played right into Dr. Naught's plot (as near as I can figure out), and he grabs the urn as well, preparing to mindswap into the mayor's body. A bit of quick thinking by Maguro gets Dr. Naught's dust trapped in a jar.
By the next scene, everything has been sorted out and the mayor and Wasabi are back in the right bodies. Mayor Martin repeals the laws Wasabi created at a press conference and thanks the Sushi Pack for getting rid of Dr. Naught once and for all. The Pack, in turn, tell the mayor that he's a hero for running Wharf City, and the episode ends.
The best part of this DVD is that the old end theme is included! "Restaurant, about to eat myself some sushi. But then they started talking to me..."

The DVD also includes profiles of all the Pack members and instructions on how to access the Beat the Heat game and Coloring Pages DVD-rom features. The highlighted option is highlighted in white, making it look like it isn't there, so watch out for that.

Overall, not too bad for something free. Also, I really like Miss Assistant. Hopefully she'll show up in some upcoming episodes.

DVD menu screen
DVD profile screen
DVD games screen
Tako Profile
Maguro Profile
Ikura Profile
Kani Profile
Wasabi Profile

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