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If you were looking for the unaired episode featuring Team Plasma, see BW023 (unaired).
These donuts are great! This article is about an episode of the Pokémon anime that has not been dubbed into English. As such, its coverage may contain romanized Japanese names, rather than dub names.
BW022 : A Venipede Stampede!
Best Wishes series
BW024 : Emolga the Irresistible!
Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
BW023   EP680
Hiun Gym Match! Purehearted Bug Pokémon Battle!!
First broadcast
Japan March 17, 2011
United States July 9, 2011
English themes
Opening Black and White
Japanese themes
Opening ベストウイッシュ!
Ending 心のファンファーレ
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 西田健一 Ken'ichi Nishida
Assistant director 西田健一 Ken'ichi Nishida
Animation director 田島瑞穂 Mizuho Tajima
Additional credits

Battling For The Love of Bug-Types! (Japanese: ヒウンジム戦!純情ハートの虫ポケモンバトル!! Hiun Gym Match! Purehearted Bug Pokémon Battle!!) is the 23rd episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 680th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on March 17, 2011 and is scheduled to air in the United States on July 9, 2011.

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Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.


Pokémon debuts





  • Professor Oak's Pokémon Live Caster: Herdier
  • This episode was originally supposed to air on March 31, 2011 in Japan but was moved up two weeks earlier because of the original BW023 and BW024's postponement. The dub also followed this skip
  • Due to the reordering of the previous and following episodes, there was no next episode preview after the closing credits.
  • This episode marks the first time that one of Ash's Pokémon has evolved during a Gym Battle.
  • Jessie and James go back to wearing their white uniforms and back to their mission of trying to capture Pikachu and other Pokémon. However, they still maintain their new gadgets and competence from previous episodes.
  • This episode ends James's streak of having no Pokémon with him - after 23 episodes.


Dub edits

In other languages

BW022 : A Venipede Stampede!
Best Wishes series
BW024 : Emolga the Irresistible!
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