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| Jostling for the Junior Cup!
The Junior Cup Gets Underway! Kairyu VS Tunbear!!
|| August 2, 2012
| United States
|| December 1, 2012
|| Team Kato
|| 武上純希 Junki Takegami
|| 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
| Assistant director
|| 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
| Animation director
|| 篠原隆 Takashi Shinohara
| No additional credits are available at this time.
Jostling for the Junior Cup! (Japanese: ジュニアカップ開幕！カイリューVSツンベアー！！ The Junior Cup Gets Underway! Kairyu VS Tunbear!!) is the 90th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 747th episode of the Pokémon anime. It aired in Japan on August 2, 2012 and in the United States on December 1, 2012.
Ash, Iris and Cilan enter Lacunosa Town for the Junior Cup. The Cup starts with an exhibition match against Elite Four members Cynthia and Caitlin, which ends in a draw. Now the Junior Cup really begins!
The first round pits Trip and his newly evolved Serperior vs. Burgundy and her brand new Darmanitan. Serperior used Leer to lower Darmanitan's defense and used the match-winning SolarBeam. When the smoke clears, Darmanitan is no longer able to battle. Trip is victorious!
The next round is showcased, all leading up to the final round (Iris vs. her rival Georgia). Iris' Dragonite starts disobeying her and seems to be losing, but in the end Dragonite defeats Georgia's Beartic with a newly learned ThunderPunch. Now the Junior Cup continues...
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
Who's That Pokémon?: Garchomp
- Team Rocket's Pokémon Live Caster: Kyurem VS the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo
- This episode marks the first time two Pokémon League Champions are seen interacting with each other in the anime.
- This episode begins the four-part Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup arc.
- The Who's That Pokémon? segment was skipped in the original airing of the English dubbed episode.
- This episode aired on November 26, 2012 in Italy (on K2), five days before the US airdate.
- This is the first episode since Dawn's return to not feature the Team Rocket trio.
- The quotes that Caitlin and Cynthia used before and after the exhibition match were the same exact ones used in the Generation V games when the player character interacts with them during the battle.
- Caitlin and Cynthia battling could be a reference to the fact that Caitlin and the other female Elite Four members and Gym Leaders lend Cynthia the villa in the games. It could also refer to the fact that in the games, Caitlin was a Frontier Brain in Sinnoh, for the Battle Castle.
- When Iris sends out Dragonite, Dragonite's antennae are orange instead of cream.
In other languages