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Iris and Kibago!
|| September 23, 2010
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| 金崎貴臣 Takaomi Kanezaki
| Assistant director
|| 矢嶋哲生 Tetsuo Yajima
| Animation director
|| 小山知洋 Tomohiro Koyama
| No additional credits are available at this time.
(Japanese: アイリスとキバゴ！ Iris and Kibago!) is the second episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 659th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on September 23, 2010.
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The large black thundercloud is back, as Zekrom's shadow looms over the lab, and sends a thunderbolt down. As soon as it finishes, Zekrom's shadow disappears. Pikachu and Ash have discovered that Pikachu can use electricity again. Later that night, as Ash, Pikachu, his mother and Professor Oak are eating, he states that he wants to begin a new adventure in Isshu, aiming to challenge the Isshu League. Professor Araragi gives him five Poké Balls and the new Pokédex. The next morning, Ash and Pikachu finally depart to the forest, with the Mijumaru from Araragi's lab following them at their backs.
As Ash wonders what he will capture first (either a Bug, Grass or Water type), spots Iris's hair, confusing it for a Kibago, he then throws a Poké Ball to her head, hitting her. Iris starts yelling at Ash but then forgives him as he apologizes. Iris sees Pikachu and starts hugging him, something that Pikachu dislikes, using Thunderbolt. Once Iris apologizes to Pikachu for her action, they start talking about the incident of last day, Iris shows interest about the Pokémon behind all this, Zekrom, asking for more information about it; but then, Ash and Pikachu spot a Shikijika and they start chasing it.
In a cave, Team Rocket are shown talking to Giovanni, stating their infiltration was successful, and vowing they'll soon capture Pikachu and a Legendary Pokémon. They request permission to retrieve their Pokémon they have left in the Rocket Headquarters, to which Giovanni's secretary denies, as using Pokémon that are not native to the Isshu region would raise suspicions, so they will have to catch Pokémon found in this region. The trio accept, before Meowth wonders if he will be alright (considering he's not native to Isshu). Giovanni leaves them in charge, which makes the trio happy and pumped up. Back in the HQ, Giovanni's secretary questions his trust in the trio, to which Giovanni answers that he has confidence in them to, if nothing else, cause Isshu's secret criminal organization to reveal themselves. The trio then survey the equipment they have been sent (such as Poké Balls, and more objects), as a flock of Koromori flies at them.
Back in the forest, Ash sees a group of Shikijika wandering around, and tries to capture one in the same way as some time ago, Shikijika effortlessly headed the ball away, to which Iris replies that he must weaken it first. Ash then sends Pikachu, and the group of Shikijika disbands, and afterwards, a group of Minezumi run past Ash and Pikachu, getting them dizzy.
It is getting dark, and Ash and Iris are still in the forest, Ash is picking apples as he wonders if they can be eaten, then Iris jumps from the tree with dozens of apples, which bury Ash.
As night falls, Iris and Kibago are shown sitting in the tree, while Ash and Pikachu are sitting in the ground, eating apples and talking about Pikachu's trouble without powers, Ash tells Iris that Pikachu couldn't use electric attacks due to Zekrom's action, Iris then starts excitedly talking about meeting Zekrom, as Ash talks about mysterious Pokémon everywhere, Iris and Kibago fall asleep. Ash and Pikachu look at the brilliant, star-filled sky, admiring it and saying that from now on they will be walking underneath that sky, and they see a shooting star, sign of good luck, pumping them up, as they keep on chatting, a sound can be heard on a bush near them, and Mijumaru's head pops up...
The next day, Ash wonders where Iris is, and sees a Mamepato, they start chasing it, finding a group of Mamepato, and Ash tells Pikachu to attack one near them with Thunderbolt, Mamepato faints. As Ash is going to throw the ball, the group angrily attacks Ash and Pikachu, using Air Cutter and Quick Attack, leaving time for the fainted Mamepato to recover so the group can flee, which they do successfully... but one. Pikachu uses Quick Attack and Iron Tail, Mamepato falls to the ground, and Ash quickly throws the Poké Ball, but he's unsuccessful. Mamepato uses Gust, Quick Attack and Air Cutter, Mamepato tries Quick Attack again, but Pikachu dodges it, resulting in the Mamepato hitting a nearby tree, Pikachu uses Thunderbolt as Mamepato gets up, trying to avoid the attack, but it hits, knocking it unconscious, Ash throws the Ball again, this time being successful, and Ash catches his first Isshu Pokémon.
As they celebrate, Iris shows up eating an apple, saying that he's celebrating too much for catching a Mamepato, calling him a kid, but Ash replies he's made a new friend for the Isshu League. As Pikachu and Kibago eat, they are captured by a pair of mechanical hands, as Team Rocket reveal themselves, reciting a new motto. Iris asks Ash what Team Rocket is, and Ash and Jessie tell her. Iris angrily tells the Team Rocket to give her Kibago back, and then notices a talking Meowth, amazed. Meowth says he's a genius after all, and then they put Pikachu and Kibago in a cage. Ash sends out Mamepato to fight with Meowth, the latter uses Fury Swipes, as Mamepato uses Gust, sending Meowth soaring back. Jessie then sends out her newly-captured Koromori, who then uses Air Slash, but Mamepato dodges it, and uses Quick Attack; Koromori evades the attack and uses Gust, knocking Mamepato down. Team Rocket attempts to flee in an Air Balloon as Ash and Iris climb a tree, Ash jumps off the tree but he misses the Air Balloon. When all seems lost, Mijumaru appears out of nowhere and throws the shell into the Air Balloon, tossing Team Rocket down; the box breaks and the captured Pokémon are set free, both Ash and Iris catch their Pokémon as Mijumaru catches the shell, jumping happily afterwards.
Team Rocket isn't going to retreat because of this, Pikachu uses Thunderbolt, but Jessie sends out Koromori first, and uses Air Slash towards Pikachu and Kibago, almost knocking them down, and as Koromori was about to attack again, Mijumaru appears again and uses Water Gun; Pikachu then gets up and uses Volt Tackle, but Team Rocket disappears behind a smoke curtain, and Pikachu and Kibago faint, as Ash and Iris rush to the Pokémon Center, leaving Mijumaru behind.
Later, at the Pokémon Center, Nurse Joy tells Ash and Iris that their Pokémon are fit and well, Nurse Joy says that it's the first time she heals a Pikachu, resulting in Ash saying he's from Pallet Town, in Kanto, and that it's the first time he visits a Pokémon Center in Isshu. Iris thanks Ash for helping her, but he says Mijumaru is the one who should be thanked, and then Ash wonders why it helped them anyways, as Mijumaru looks at Ash from outside the Pokémon Center...
- Even though she debuted in BW001, Iris is officially introduced in this episode.
- This the second time James has no Pokémon on hand and the first time Jessie had no Pokémon on hand.
- Also, this is the longest time a person has gone without having a Pokémon on hand. Last time, in A Poached Ego!, James had no Pokémon briefly, right before catching Cacnea at the end of the episode. However, this is only if people who have never had Pokémon aren't counted.
- As of this episode, Wobbuffet is no longer a member of the main cast.
- Even though Team Rocket was denied the use of their Pokémon from the other regions, they are still permitted to have Meowth.