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Site of Dreams! Munna and Musharna!!
|| October 21, 2010
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| うえだしげる Shigeru Ueda
| Assistant director
|| うえだしげる Shigeru Ueda
| Animation director
|| 緒方厚 Atsushi Ogata
| Additional credits
(Japanese: 夢の跡地！ムンナとムシャーナ！！ Site of Dreams! Munna and Musharna!) is the sixth episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 663rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It aired in Japan on October 21, 2010.
It is the decisive match for the Trio Badge at the Striaton Gym for Ash Ketchum.
Ash had made the decision to challenge all three Gym Leaders and had only secured one victory: the match against Chili and his Pansear with Tepig. Having lost one match to Cress and his Panpour when they defeated Pikachu, Ash must now win this battle in order to prove his worthiness of the badge. Will he be able to do it?
The sunlight grows strong above the gym as Pansage gathers light with the sprout on its head. Shaping the collected energy into a ball, Pansage moves it to the side of its body, pulls back, and fires it at Oshawott. Now taking on the form of an arrow, the SolarBeam snakes through the air as Oshawott stares in disbelief, its eyes wide open. Ash calls out to Oshawott, but...
Quickly, Oshawott grabs its keratin shell on its belly and sticks it out - the SolarBeam now hits the shell, the force of the impact so strong that Oshawott is sent backwards into the rocks - Oshawott angles its shell, and the SolarBeam deflects upwards, its power now returned to the sky. The crowd stares in disbelief; the cheerleaders, and the three Gym Leaders themselves gasp in awe as they witness the remarkable feat performed by the Sea Otter Pokémon, while Iris, from a distance, silently supports its achievement.
Cilan, his opponent, is full of praise for Oshawott, but nevertheless Ash is not completely over the moon - he still has to finish the battle. Pansage starts off with a flurry of Bullet Seed attacks, but Oshawott once again deflects them with ease, its shell acting as a shield. Confident, Ash commands Oshawott to use Razor Shell.
Oshawott readies its shell - it glows blue for a while, before Oshawott jumps up and prepares to strike Pansage. However, the Grass Monkey Pokémon does not let that happen. Quickly, it fires another flurry of Bullet Seeds at Oshawott in mid-air, and Oshawott, once confident, now falls into panic and disarray. As the Water Pokémon struggles, it loses its grip on its sea-shell shaped appendage, and the shell flies to the edge of the field, propelled by the momentum of the incoming Bullet Seed.
Oshawott falls to the ground, and its supporters (Ash, Pikachu and Iris), are now shocked by the thought of what is to come. Under the command of its trainer, Oshawott gets up and attempts to retrieve its fallen shell, but is blocked by another flurry of Bullet Seeds fired by Pansage. As Oshawott attempts to dodge the seeds, it is eventually hit by one, and it is made semi-conscious.
Cilan then announces a slogan of his: "It's Tasting Time!", and the cheerleaders go wild with excitement. In his dream-like Pokémon Sommelier state, he briefly mentions how Ash uses simple, deducible attack patterns and has no compatibility with Oshawott, unlike the bond he shares between him and his Pansage. He ends with a simple pose and the cheerleaders again go wild with excitement.
Cilan then comments on Ash's poor choice of Pokémon with regard to type compatibilities. Ash explains that typing does not matter, and immediately, he pulls a stunt: he asks Oshawott to aim its Water Gun at the wall. Though the observers (including Oshawott itself) gasp at the command, Oshawott carries it out specifically. Its Water Gun ricochets off the wall, between the rocks and towards its shell - the shell flies into the air, and Oshawott catches it. With that, it readies another Razor Shell attack, and this time, it manages to hit its target; Pansage is caught by surprise and limps backwards.
Cilan tells Pansage to use Bite. At that instant, Ash tells Oshawott to use Razor Shell, and both Pokémon rush towards each other, ready to attack. Immediately, a bang is heard, and both Pokémon seem to have delivered a glancing blow; they face away from each other and stand there, motionless. For a moment it seems like both Pokémon are still capable of attacking, but it is Pansage that gives way: it does not endure any longer and faints, causing Cilan to feel shocked and sending a wave of disappointment through the group of cheerleaders.
Oshawott sits on the ground to rest. Ash is now victorious, having defeated two of the three Striaton City Gym Leaders.
The three Gym Leaders, Cilan, Chili and Cress, award Ash the Trio Badge. Turning to Iris, Ash tries to show off his badge, but she teases him, telling him how he tried to be different by challenging all three Gym Leaders when he was not supposed to, and using Pokémon of incompatible types. Ash was annoyed. He then rebukes Iris by challenging her to a Pokémon battle, but she refused, seemingly embarrassed. Cilan steps in and talks about the two's 'flavor', and Iris subsequently scolds Ash for being a 'small child', not knowing what 'flavor' is. As Cilan questions if the two are traveling together, Iris gives a big 'NO' and turns to leave, leaving Ash and Cilan puzzled.
Meanwhile at an old abandoned area, three cloaked figures are standing in the middle of open ground, investigating the demolished Site of Dreams. The Team Rocket trio, Jessie, James and Meowth, begin their mission by assembling a machine to collect data to be sent back to their headquarters. As the machine rumbles and kicks into life, the surrounding area glows bright pink; the disturbance caused by the machine forces a dormant Pokémon awake, and a Munna from elsewhere senses it, causing its eyes to glow and itself to shiver in fear.
Ash arrives at the Striaton City Pokémon Center. As he hands his Pokémon over the counter, he addresses the Nurse Joy as the one whom he met at Accumula Town. However, she corrects him, telling him that she is the older sister of the Joy at Accumula Town, and shows him her family photo: three rows of identical Joys crowded together within the small frame. As Nurse Joy questions if he came from a Gym battle, Cilan affirmatively answers from behind, and requests to talk to Ash.
Seated in a corner of the waiting area where an old man is feeding his Sandile and a small girl is brushing her Patrat, Cilan begins his conversation with Ash. He subsequently questions Ash fervently with regard to their previous battle, before a confused-looking Ash is called on to receive his Pokémon. A Audino appears with Ash's Pokémon, and Ash soon learns from Cilan that Nurse Joy has a Audino helping her within the Pokémon Center. Ash checks his Pokédex.
Suddenly, Iris rushes into the Pokémon Center, her Axew glowing pink as she carries it to Nurse Joy. She exclaims that the city is emitting pink light, and as Axew was exposed to the light, it too started glowing pink and fell asleep. At that moment, a lady in a lab coat, together with her Munna, runs into the Pokémon Center. As she sees Axew, she quickly asks Munna to wake Axew up, and the Dream Eater Pokémon complies: it starts consuming the pink cloud surrounding Axew.
As soon as Munna is done, the floral patterns on its body glow for a while, before it expels a dense cloud that was Axew's dream. Axew finally wakes up, and as it watches its own dream, seeing itself running, before evolving into an Fraxure, and finally, an Haxorus. The lady then introduces herself as Professor Fennel.
Leading Ash, Iris and Cilan outside, they find the city covered in pink, and Prof. Fennel explains that it is actually Musharna's Dream Mist. Ash checks his Pokédex for Munna's evolved form, Musharna.
A police car stops in front of the group, and Officer Jenny alights from the car, telling Ash to return Pikachu into its Poké Ball so that it would not come into contact with the Dream Mist. Ash reveals, to Iris's and Cilan's surprise, that Pikachu does not like to go back into its Poké Ball. Prof. Fennel then has an idea: she places Ash's hat over Pikachu. She then reassures Cilan that Munna will be all right from the smoke's exposure, and suggests going to the Site of Dreams.
As the group travels in Officer Jenny's car, they discuss about the Site of Dreams. Before the explosion that had occurred, the Site of Dreams was originally a research facility for Pokémon Energy, and it was investigating the possibility of harnessing clean energy through Musharna. However, such research became popular and many people ambitiously wanted rights to the project. As Musharna had to eat dreams in order to develop the energy, it absorbed the negativity of such thoughts and intentions, and thus, facing a great deal of pressure, it was unable to take the stress and caused an explosion. Musharna then disappeared and the research ceased.
Prof. Fennel then talks about how she came to Striaton City when Munna detected Musharna's presence. As they drive further down to the outskirts of the city, they soon notice strong pink light emitting from behind the trees in front of them.
The Team Rocket trio are extremely pleased with the amount of data they are receiving. While they delight in the success of their mission, a police car suddenly draws to a stop behind them, and the group emerges. Immediately, Prof. Fennel realize what is going on: the machine Team Rocket is using is causing residual energy to react strongly. As Officer Jenny questions who the three of them are, the trio break into their motto, and reveal their identities.
As the Team Rocket trio announce that they are using the residual energy at the Site of Dreams to fuel Team Rocket's ambition of taking over Unova, Prof. Fennel becomes disappointed at the thought of being involved in such a research project. Cilan then reminds her of the reason she came to the Site of Dreams was the connection between Munna and Musharna, and Munna agrees. Seemingly in response to their answer, the ground trembles and lightning bolts rise to the sky to form a pink veil; Musharna calls out in response.
While the Team Rocket trio are thinking about capturing Musharna, the source of the residual energy, the group calls out to it. For a moment there is no response, but a gap soon opens in the veil, and a sphere, glowing with pink light, materializes in front of them. As Musharna appears, Prof. Fennel rushes up to meet with it, but is stopped short by beams of blue light that were fired by Team Rocket's machine.
Grabbing Munna into her arms, Prof. Fennel watches with Ash as the machine traps Musharna with green light. Realizing it is quite safe for Pikachu to do without the hat, Ash dons the hat and tells Pikachu to use Volt Tackle. As the Electric Mouse charges itself with electricity, more blue beams shoot forth from the machine and attempt to stop it from advancing. Prof. Fennel then tells Munna to use Psychic. As the machine crumples against itself, Pikachu rams it head-on with Volt Tackle, causing the machine to explode, freeing Musharna. Immediately, the pink veil disappears.
Jessie now sends out her Woobat. With a Gust attack aimed at the ground, it causes a wall of dirt and dust to form, obscuring the group's vision. A while later, the dust settles, and the Team Rocket trio are now nowhere to be seen.
Prof. Fennel is now reunited with her Musharna and she embraces it with her arms, trying to make up for what Musharna has gone through. While she thanks Ash and the group, Cilan goes into his Pokémon Sommelier state and dreamily talks about Prof. Fennel and her Musharna's 'harmony'.
Meanwhile, Giovanni announces that the Team Rocket trio has completed their mission: the data gathered from the Site of Dreams have been successfully transmitted and sent for analysis. He then tells them to wait for their next mission.
At the Striaton City Gym, Cilan announces that he has decided to travel with Ash, and bids his brothers farewell. While Ash and Cilan have decided on their next destination, Iris shows up and decides to travel with them, and the three of them now make their way to the Gym in Nacrene City.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Before leaving, as Cilan was shaking Chili's hand, his eyes had scleras.
- This also happened during Axew's dream sequence.