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Template:Incomplete synopsis Ash and his friends visited a Kanto festival, where one of the presentations featured the local starter Pokémon, involving a live action show with a Charmander. This made Ash remember his own Charmander, prompting him to tell the story how he got his Charmander, and how it eventually became Charizard and won many battles with him, eventually leaving for training. Interested by the idea of seeing his old friend again, Ash called Professor Oak, who, in exchange for Ash's Unfezant, sent Charizard over to him. While being introduced to all of the gang's new Pokémon, Charizard almost immediately started a fiery rivalry with Iris's Dragonite, encouraging Ash and Iris to have a battle with their Pokémon. During the battle, Charizard was shown to have learned Wing Attack, Slash, and Dragon Tail. After a while, the battle was called off by N. Ash then also corrected Iris's misconception that Charizard would be a Dragon-type, saying that it is actually Fire/Flying, much to Iris's surprise.
- Ash's Charizard returns and is revealed to have learned Wing Attack, Slash, and Dragon Tail.
- Charizard battles Iris's Dragonite. The battle is called off by N.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Professor Oak
- Nurse Joy
- Magikarp salesman
- Misty (flashback)
- Brock (flashback)
- Jessie (flashback)
- James (flashback)
- Damian (flashback)
- Koga (flashback)
- Tad (flashback)
- Liza (flashback)
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Axew (Iris's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket; flashback)
- Pidgeotto (Ash's; flashback)
- Charizard (Ash's)
- Charmander (Ash's; flashback)
- Charmeleon (Ash's; flashback)
- Bulbasaur (Ash's; flashback)
- Squirtle (Ash's; flashback)
- Primeape (Ash's; flashback)
- Oshawott (Ash's)
- Pignite (Ash's)
- Snivy (Ash's)
- Boldore (Ash's)
- Excadrill (Iris's)
- Emolga (Iris's)
- Dragonite (Iris's)
- Togepi (Misty's; flashback)
- Audino (Nurse Joy's)
- Magikarp (Magikarp salesman's)
- Bulbasaur (starter Pokémon)
- Charmander (starter Pokémon)
- Squirtle (starter Pokémon)
- Charmander (unknown Trainer's)
- Spearow (multiple; flashback)
- Golbat (Koga's; flashback)
- Aerodactyl (flashback)
- Magmar (Blaine's; flashback)
- Pikachu (Ritchie's; Sparky; flashback)
- Poliwrath (Tad's; flashback)
- Charizard (Liza's; Charla; flashback)
- Dragonair (Clair's; flashback)
- Blastoise (Gary's; flashback)
- Articuno (Noland's; flashback)
- Charizard (multiple; flashback)
- This is the first appearance of Ash's Charizard since Pace - The Final Frontier!, 309 episodes ago.
- This is the first time Misty had a speaking role since The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon.
- This episode features the following flashbacks, which have all been reanimated to match the style introduced in Best Wishes series:
- Ash and Brock saving Charmander from the rain, and Ash later capturing it from Charmander – The Stray Pokémon.
- Charmander battling Primeape from Primeape Goes Bananas.
- The battle between Charmander and Koga's Golbat from The Ninja Poké-Showdown.
- Charmander, Pidgeotto, Bulbasaur and Squirtle huddling with Ash from Snow Way Out!.
- Charmander's evolution into Charmeleon in The March of the Exeggutor Squad.
- Charmeleon beginning to disobey Ash in The Problem with Paras.
- The battle between Charmeleon and Aerodactyl which caused Charmeleon to evolve from Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon.
- Charizard defeating Blaine's Magmar from Volcanic Panic
- Charizard refusing to battle for Ash, costing him the Indigo League from Friend and Foe Alike.
- Charizard being defeated and severely weakened by Tad's Poliwrath, and Ash's later actions that allowed him to regain Charizard's trust in Charizard Chills.
- Charizard's desperation to be accepted at the Charicific Valley and Ash leaving it behind in Charizard's Burning Ambitions.
- Defeating Clair's Dragonair from Better Eight Than Never.
- Defeating Gary's Blastoise from Can't Beat the Heat!.
- Battling Noland's Articuno from The Symbol Life.
- This episode marks the first time since the episode it was first used in where Seismic Toss is not a part of Charizard's moveset.
- This is the first time when Ash has sent a Pokémon from his Unova team to Professor Oak's Laboratory, namely Unfezant.
- Although Jessie, James and Meowth only appear briefly in a flashback, they are barely visible as in the scene they appear at they are being burned by Charmander's Flamethrower, leaving only their weak silhouette visible.
- The Magikarp salesman makes a cameo appearance in this episode as one of the vendors at the Kanto Fair, meaning he has now appeared at least once in every anime series so far.
- Ash's Sinnoh attire is the only one he was not shown wearing during this episode, as his Charizard does not appear throughout the Diamond and Pearl series.
- During the flashback of Snow Way Out!, some of the feathers on Pidgeotto's head are colored yellow like its evolved form instead of pink.
- During the flashback of the same episode, Pikachu is seen hugging Ash near his chest and Bulbasaur stepping over his leg. However, in the actual episode, Pikachu was attached to Ash's right leg and Bulbasaur was in the middle, over his crotch.
- During the flashback of Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon, Aerodactyl's leg is colored orange while it holds Ash.
- During the flashback when Ash was sending Charizard to the Charicific Valley, Ash's sleeve is discolored.
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