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Over the Rainbow! Maracacchi Musical!!
|| October 27, 2011
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
|| うえだしげる Shigeru Ueda
| Assistant director
|| うえだしげる Shigeru Ueda
| Animation director
|| 田島瑞穂 Mizuho Tajima
| No additional credits are available at this time.
(Japanese: 虹の彼方へ！マラカッチでミュージカル！！ Over the Rainbow! Maracacchi Musical!!) is the 53rd episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 710th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on October 27, 2011.
Ash eagerly runs into a town hoping it to be Driftveil City, but unfortunately Cilan and Iris tell him it's not. Nearby Ash sees a trainer with three Maractus performing a performance routine. The trainer decides it time to execute their routine called "Over the Rainbow." All three start off by using Round which mesh together to form a rainbow circle. Two of the Maractus named Maa-kun and Raa-kun leaps into the air and uses Petal Dance. Maa-kun and Raa-kun high-five then join hands in the air and proceed to use Pin Missile while spinning. Finally the trainer commands the final Maractus, Cacchin, who is noticeably smaller than Maa-kun and Raa-Kun, to leap and "Cross the Rainbow." Cacchin leaps into the air and tries to land on Maa-kun and Raa-kun's arms but it messes up the move and all three Maractus crash into the ground. Ash, Cilan, And Iris run over to help check up on them, luckily they are all okay.
Ash and his friends introduce themselves to him. Tobio introduces himself as well as each of his Maractus as the unit "Maractus the Trio." They are practicing their routine in hopes of one day performing in the Pokémon Musical in Nimbasa City. In the meantime he wants to participate in the Pokémon Performance Contest that's held in town in order to gain confidence before they audition for the musical. Tobio describes the "Over the Rainbow" performance that they are practicing. What was supposed to happen is after Maa-kun and Raa-kun high-five then join hands, Cacchin is to then land on their arms and use Sunny Day causing the Pin Missile and Petal Dance to shine and create a rainbow. Ash, Iris, and Cilan volunteer to help them master the routine.
Tobio firsts need some rhythm. As Ash ponders which of his Pokémon can provide good rhythm, Oshawott pops out of his Poké Ball. Oshawott taps his Scalchop making a drum noise, Tobio thinks it's perfect. Cilan sends out his Pansage. Tobio gives Pansage a tambourine. Pansage enthusiastically plays a rhythm on it. Iris recommends that Axew has rhythm too. After a bit of fun dancing, they settle down. Pansage and Pikachu both have tambourines, Axew with maracas, and Oshawott with a castanet. Unfortunately they cannot sync their rhythm and a fight between them unfolds. Tobio instead decides to play some music on a boom box. Tobio once again executes the same routine as before. Maa-kun and Raa-kun starts off "Over the Rainbow" but once again, when Cacchin tries to land on Maa-kun and Raa-kun's arms, it fails the jump and landing and all three Maractus crash to the ground.
Tobio knows that Cacchin is the one that is messing up the routine, so he wants Cacchin to improve its jump. Iris decides to bring out her jumping expert Emolga. Emolga shows Cacchin how to do a simple jump by jumping from the ground onto Iris' head. Cacchin tries to jump onto Tobio's head but it doesn't jump high enough and thus they both fall to the ground. Emolga coaches Cacchin a little bit more and, once Cacchin gets focused, Cacchin jumps high into the air and lands perfectly on Tobio's head. With the successful jump now mastered, Tobio has his three Maractus perform the jump with Maa-kun and Raa-kun on the ground. Cacchin does the jump correctly but it cannot keep its balance on their arms. Cilan concludes that they need to sync better. Ash suggests that they have a battle to improve their synchronization. Cilan suggests a triple battle.
The battle sets up with Tobio and his three Maractus and Ash with Pikachu. Tepig, and Snivy. Pikachu starts off with a Thunderbolt but all three Maractus dodges. All three Maractus attacks with Round, hitting all three of Ash's Pokémon. Snivy attacks with Leaf Storm but the Maractus counters with Pin Missile. Tepig attacks with Flamethrower but Maa-kun and Raa-kun blocks the attack with Petal Dance. Maa-kun and Raa-kun join hands and unleashes Pin Missile just like their routine, but Snivy blocks the attack with Vine Whip. Cacchin leaps up into the air and lands perfectly on Maa-kun and Raa-kun's arms, but as it looks down, it begins to panic and all three Maractus fall to the ground. Cilan decides to end the battle.
Tobio figures that Cacchin is afraid of heights. He tells him that he can overcome it if he puts a little effort into it. Despite the fact that their performance isn't complete, Tobio decides it's time to go to the Performance Contest. Tobio tells Ash, Iris, and Cilan that he hopes his town, which is a small town in the middle of wasteland next to a coal mine, will one day watch his performance. As a child he was amazed by a Pokémon performance held their once, and coincidentally, a rainbow was over the performance. However as time had passed and the coal mine was sealed, everyone in town left. Tobio eventually left as well. As he traveled across the desert he saw Maa-kun, Ra-kun, and Cacchin playing together. At that moment another rainbow shone overhead, and Tobio vowed that he would use those three Maractus to perform. He asked if they'd join him and they all agreed.
Tobio decides to have one last practice before they start. However, once again, after landing on Maa-kun and Raa-Kun's arms, Cacchin's fear of heights causes all three to fall to the ground. Tobio yells at Cacchin to stop messing up as the future success of the "Maractus the Trio" relies upon their next performance. Upset by his failure and Tobio's scolding, Cacchin runs off. As they try to find Cacchin the Pokémon Performance Contest begins. Tobio and Ash continue to search for Cacchin while Iris and Cilan go to the competition. Tobio and Ash finally find Cacchin but Cacchin continues to run until it bumps into a Scolipede. Cacchin freezes in fear but Tobio runs in front of Cacchin to protect it, telling it to run away. Cacchin instead jumps onto the Scolipede's head. Ash has Pikachu use Electro Ball on Scolipede's feet. Cacchin jumps off of Scolipede before the attack hits and Cacchin lands perfectly on Maa-kun and Raa-kun's arms for the first time without falling. Tobio apologizes to Scolipede as they run away.
Tobio congratulates Cacchin on its first successful jump and also apologizes to Cacchin for being so hard on it. He realizes that Cacchin was doing its best all along and he was wrong to scold it. Back at the Performance Contest, Iris stalls them long enough for Tobio to return. Tobio enters as the last performer. Maa-kun, Raa-kun, and Cacchin starts off the performance with their dance with maracas. Tobio decides its time to perform "Over the Rainbow." Maa-kun, Raa-kun, and Cacchin starts off with Round creating a rainbow circle. Maa-kun and Raa-kun then jumps up with Petal Dance and high-five then join hands. They continue by spinning together while using Pin Missile. Cacchin still is nervous about doing the performance but Tobio tells Cacchin that he believes that it can do it just like earlier. Cacchin enthusiastically jumps and lands perfectly on Maa-kun and Raa-kun's arms. Cacchin uses Sunny Day, completing the performance perfectly by making a rainbow just like Tobio had envisioned.
Tobio runs on to the stage happy that the performance was finally a success. Afterwards, Tobio is announced the winner of the contest. Tobio announces that, with their performance perfected, he will continue on to Nimbasa City to audition. Tobio hopes that he'll be able to make a troupe and one day restore his hometown to its former glory. Ash, Iris, and Cilan wishes him well as he prepares to leave, however Tobio's Maractus notice a rainbow in the sky, before they all finally leave to continue their respective journeys.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
- Cilan is missing the pupils in his eyes in one scene.
- In Tobio's flashback, Munna's Psychic was used to levitate two Sandile despite being immune to Psychic-type moves in the games.