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Pay Attention: When Ben found the Four Arms/Upgrade icons, he had to activate the Omnitrix to use them. But when he found the Cannon Bolt icon, he changed instantly.
Look Closely: When the group was looking at the statue of the Kappa, Cannon Bolt's back was white. This turned into a running gag throughout the entire fourth season.
Gwen: (after Upgrade deletes her high score) Ben Tennyson, you are such a cheater! You're gonna get yours one of these days.
Grandpa Max: I thought they'd never leave. (plays Sumo Slammer game)
(after Gwen breaks the Kappa statue to reveal the path to Level 13)
Cannon Bolt: Oh, sure. When I bust something, it's all silent stares, but when she busts something, she's a hero.
Ben: Whoa! I've never seen this part of the game before!
Ishyama: Game? This is no game. The fate of the entire sumo world hangs in the balance.
Ben: I know, I know. I read the back of the box.
Ishyama: The back of the box?
(Ben nods confidently)
Upgrade: Come on! Say it.
Gwen: Ugh! Fine. You're the better Sumo Slammer Samurai. Happy?
Upgrade: Who cares what you think, geek? I want to hear it from him. (looks at Ishyama) So, now who do you think is the best Sumo warrior?
Ishyama: Him. (points at Grandpa Max)
Grandpa Max: There must be some way I can help you guys. Oh, maybe if I push this.
Gwen & Cannon Bolt: No!
Gwen: We mean, just hit Resume and don't touch anything else and leave the rest to the game pros and Ben.
Cannon Bolt: (sarcastically) Oh, hilarious.
Gwen: I can't move. What's happening?
Cannon Bolt: Grandpa must be messing with the controls. If he turns it off now, he'll delete us along with the game. Grandpa!
Cannon Bolt: Don't shut us off!
Gwen: (about the Upgrade coin) Looks like it's on Level 13 in the arena.
Ben: Level 13? We'll never make it all that way unless... you know any cheat codes that could get us there quicker?
Ishyama: A Sumo never cheats! However, I do know a shortcut.
Ishyama: Your skills are impressive.
Ben: Thanks. Coming from you, that's quite a--
Ishyama: Not you, jester. Warrior Gwen.
Ben: Oh, man!
Ishyama: (about Four Arms) So you are indeed related to this... creature.
Gwen: Please don't remind me.
Ishyama: (about Gwen) Who is this magnificent warrior?
Four Arms: That's no magnificent warrior. That's just my goofy cousin.
Four Arms: But I'm not Kenko. I'm Ben! I'm a good guy.
Ishyama: Forgive me if I don't believe you.
Four Arms: It's true! I own every Sumo Slammer's comic book, doubles of every trading card. I even eat your cruddy cereal.
Ishyama: I shall not be confused by your double-talk!
Gwen: Okay, Mr. Sumo Slammer Samurai, what's the plan?
Ben: Keep moving and stay alive. Duh!
Upgrade: This isn't a challenge. It's a slaughter-fest.
Gwen: Oh, yeah. Real tough when you can control the whole game world as Upgrade.
Gwen: I'm so bored! Even your stupid video game sounds good. Let me play.
Ben: (playing) Sorry, I already have a partner. Run! And, Ishyama, slam! He's the coolest. Kick! Sumo Slammer. Jump! Of all. So why would I want to play with you?
Gwen: To prove you're not afraid of getting your Sumo butt kicked by a girl.
(Ben puts the video game on pause; gives Gwen the controller)
Ben: (after the Omnitrix times out) For a watch, you sure have a lousy sense of timing!
(Gwen gets a power-up that makes her sumo-sized)
Cannon Bolt: (laughs) Whoa! Looks like you've been putting on the old Sumo feedbag!
Gwen: Says the original fathead!
Ben: Whoa! How'd you learn how to do that?
Gwen: I read the instructions.
Ben: This game came with instructions?
Apparently, Gwen and Ben are stronger in the game, seeing that they can smash robots with punches, kicks, and elbow jabs.
Main Ally Bio: Ishyama - Ishyama was credited as a Great Sumo Slammer Warrior. When Ben and Gwen were sucked into the Sumo Slammer Smackdown video game, he aided them in their progress. At first he believed Ben was his arch enemy, Kenko the shape-shifter, but was convinced otherwise by Gwen. He considered Gwen a far greater fighter than Ben. This may have been because of Ben's reckless efforts at impressing him as well as his costing him two of his lives. He and Gwen fought Kenko while Ben searched for the Upgrade token on the final level. Kenko took his last life, but Ben revived him as Upgrade. He declared that he found Grandpa Max, who joined them at the last minute and was little more than a rookie, to be the best fighter.
Main Villain Bio: Kenko - He's a shape-shifter, and the archenemy of Ishyama, the hero of the game. He overheard Ben talking about the Upgrade token, believing it could be used to allow him to take over the real world. He attempted to obtain it. He took Ishyama's last life and tried to get the Upgrade token. Ben got it first and pounded him. He then changed into Ishyama and tried to trick Ben into taking him to the real world. Grandpa Max's timely intervention in the game revealed his ruse, and Ben destroyed his armored suit along with his powers. Afterwards, he was easily defeated.
Main Allies: Ishyama.
The manners in which Ben and Gwen lose lives while playing the game at the beginning are similar to the ways that Ishyama loses his first two lives. First by being struck by a fake power-up, and then by falling off a cliff due to Ben's actions.
Main Transformation(s): Upgrade, making this the fourth time Ben has been the same alien twice in the same episode.
Running Gag: Ben and Gwen questioning the instructions.
Main Villain(s): Kenko.
This is first time we see what the Sumo Slammer video game is all about, as well as the first time we see Four Arms since "Ben 10,000."
Four Arms uses the "Sonic Clap," employed by Tini in "The Galactic Enforcers," for the first time.
Alien Form(s) Used:
1) Upgrade (2 times).
2) Four Arms.
3) Cannon Bolt.
Cartoon Network (UK) airdate: February 17, 2007.
Ishyama is also the last name of one of the major characters in Code Lyoko: Yumi Ishiama. It is just spelled with a "i" in the middle.
Kenko has similarities to Aku, from Samurai Jack. Both are Japanese and have shape-shifting powers.
In Japanese mythology, Kappas are a kind of monster that lives in lakes and resembles a cross between a turtle and a monkey with a water-filled depression on the top of its head and rivers and eat those why try to enter them. The "bow" answer is in fact how one is supposed to traditionally defend oneself, as Kappas are polite and will return the bow, thus spilling the water which causes them to lose their strength (hence why water gushed from the statue's head). The reason the statue is of a Kappa is probably because, according to legend, it was the Kappas who first taught humanity the sport of Sumo wrestling.
Ben & Gwen: Appearance
Ben and Gwen are turned into Asian-style warriors when they entered the game, much like in the French cartoon, Code Lyoko.
This episode is sort of like the episode of The Fairly Odd Parents where Timmy, Chester, and AJ have to beat the game to get out.
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