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| Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"!
Zorua The Movie! The Legend of the Pokémon Knight!!
|| June 30, 2011
| United States
|| October 22, 2011
|| Team Kato
|| 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
|| 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation director
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| Additional credits
Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"! (Japanese: ゾロア・ザ・ムービー！ポケモンナイトの伝説！！ Zorua The Movie! The Legend of the Pokémon Knight!!) is the 38th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 695th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on June 30, 2011, and in the United States on October 22, 2011.
Ash and his friends are on their way to Nimbasa City and watch a preview for a new Wonder Fighters movie, Wonder Fighters the Movie Part 24: The Secret of the Wonder Launcher, when they encounter a Zorua masquerading as one of the actors. The Zorua belongs to Luke, a film-maker who is dreams of being a movie director with Zorua as the star, and is currently making a film titled The Legend of the Pokémon Knight; he also owns a Golett, who carries the tripod and operates the boom microphone. Luke explains that Zorua has been acting up, becoming stubborn and refusing to play the characters that Luke asks for and ultimately running away from him. Team Rocket watch from the shadows as the gang leave to search for the Zorua, thinking to add it to Team Rocket's organization.
The gang eventually reaches the oldest theater in town, where Luke reveals was the place he and Zorua first met. While working as the assistant projectionist to the manager, Mr. Matthews, Luke would notice the lead actresses of the movies being screened appear seated in the audience. Eventually, he tried to investigate and found Zorua masquerading as the lead actresses. Explaining to Zorua that he made films in addition to watching them, Luke invited Zorua to be the lead actress and they became partners from then on. As Luke finishes his explanation, Mr. Matthews comes out of the theater, informing the group that Zorua had entered the theater.
The group finds Zorua standing atop the stage, in the form of the princess in Luke's movie and stubbornly refusing to cooperate with Luke. Cilan, recalling that Zorua was supposed to play every actor in the movie and Luke stating that Zorua was female, guesses that Zorua only wants to play the princess in the movie. Zorua confirms this and Luke accepts Zorua's wishes, but is troubled that he now lacks actors to fill the film's other roles. Ash and his friends volunteer to play the other parts in the movie, and Luke accepts. The gang spends the rest of the day helping Luke out - while Luke rewrites the script, Luke’s Leavanny makes costumes with the help of Ash's Swadloon; Luke's Golett and Ash's Oshawott, alongside Ash and Iris, make the props.
The next day, filming begins on the movie, which tells the story of a Pokémon Knight (Ash) trying to rescue a Princess (Zorua) from an evil pirate (Cilan), with training from a dragon master (Iris); Iris also provides the voice for Zorua's character. During the first scene, Ash initially has trouble with his lines but with encouragement and tips from Cilan and Luke eventually helps pull the first scene off. The next scene takes place in the forest where the dragon master trains the Knight, though Axew initially struggles to dodge Pikachu's attacks. An improvisation is made where Axew counters with Dragon Rage, completing the scene. The group proceeds to film the final scene with Team Rocket secretly listening in.
At a cave opening where the last scene is to take place, Luke informs the gang that he will be keeping the camera filming continuously. Ash asks what to do in the event they mess up, but Cilan suggests ad-libbing: improvisation on the spot. The last scene is completely filmed when Team Rocket makes their appearance, capturing Zorua in an electric beam and take Zorua hostage aboard a plane. Luke sends out Golett who attacks the plane with Shadow Ball, destroying the plane and bringing Team Rocket and Zorua back to earth.
At this point, Cilan calls for Luke to keep filming and pulls off his costume, revealing a different, heroic costume underneath. Still in character, Cilan declares that he was under mind-control of the real villains, and Cilan's Pansage removes the electric bars holding Zorua with Bullet Seed. Iris's Axew attacks Jessie's Woobat before it can pursue Zorua, causing Zorua to fly away and land safely with the help of Ash's Tranquill. James's Yamask attempts to attack Tranquill, but Pikachu intervenes; however, Zorua falls off Tranquill and manages to land unhurt. Meowth confronts Zorua, who infatuates him by transforming into a female Meowth. With Meowth distracted, Zorua uses Night Daze to send Team Rocket packing.
With the camera still rolling, Iris wonders about the film's resolution now that Zorua had transformed out of its lead role. Cilan, continuing to ad lib, reveals that the "princess" was Zorua all along - and Iris, the real princess, had been masquerading as the dragon master as a disguise. The scene cuts to the theater where the completed film is being screened, ending with the Pokémon Knight Ash and freed Cilan swearing allegiance to Princess Iris, who in turn promises to work hard for a better future for all.
The movie is a huge success and the group later congratulates Luke outside the theater. Mr. Matthews also offers his congratulations, though remarks that the battle scenes could have been improved, and informs Luke about a battle tournament in Nimbasa Town. Mr. Matthews suggests that Luke enter to improve his skill in filming battle sequences, while Ash, Cilan and Iris all express desire to enter as well. The foursome agrees to sign up for the Club Battle tournament, in which they will all compete as rivals.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
Who's That Pokémon?: Zorua
- There is no Professor Oak's Live Caster following this episode.
- With 52 characters, this episode has the longest dub title of the entire anime.
- In the dub, Cilan mentions a classic movie called Yamask of the Opera, clearly referring to the famous novel The Phantom of the Opera that has been adapted into a number of musicals, TV specials, and films, among other things.
- The "Dirty Herdier" movie title mentioned in the episode is most likely a reference to the film "Dirty Harry".
- Ash and Stephan narrate the preview for the next episode.
- The previous jingle is used for the title card.
- This is the third episode to be based on movies, the other two being Lights, Camera, Quack-tion, and Lights, Camerupt, Action!. Also, the former episode and this episode are both written by the same person.
- Of the three, this is the only episode to not be based on the phrase "Lights, Camera, Action!".
- On the title card, "Pokémon" was misspelled as "Pokemon", without the e-acute (é).
- While everyone was making swords, in the scene change, Oshawott's sword is shown to be broken.
In other languages
| Mandarin Chinese
|| Film tid! Zorua i legenden om Pokémon-Ridderen!
|| Film tijd! Zorua in «De legende van de Pokémon ridder!»
|| Filmiaika! Zorua elokuvassa «Pokémon-ritarin taru»!
|| Film ab! «Die Legende des Pokémon-Ritters»!
|| L'ora del cinema! Zorua in «La Leggenda del Cavaliere Pokémon»!
|| Tid for film! Zoura i 'Legenden om Pokémonridderen'!
|| Zorua w filmie: «Legenda Pokemonowego Rycerza»
|| Latin America
|| ¡Una historia de película! ¡Zorua en "La leyenda del Caballero Pokémon"!
|| ¡Momento película! Zorua en «La leyenda del Caballero Pokémon»
|| Film-tid! Zorua i «Legenden om Pokémonriddaren»!