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| Mega Evolution Special I
| ポケットモンスターXY特別編 最強メガシンカ ～Act Ⅰ（アクトワン）～|
Pocket Monsters XY Special Episode: The Strongest Mega Evolution ~Act I~
|| April 3, 2014
| United States
|| May 31, 2014
| Assistant director
| Animation director
| No additional credits are available at this time.
Mega Evolution Special I (Japanese: ポケットモンスターXY特別編 最強メガシンカ ～Act Ⅰ（アクトワン）～ Pocket Monsters XY Special Episode: The Strongest Mega Evolution ~Act I~) is the first special episode of the XY series. It first aired in Japan on April 3, 2014, and in the United States on May 31, 2014.
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Mega-Evolution: A new type of evolution. Some Pokemon are capable of mega-evolving, but are there other Pokemon capable of it?
A trainer named Alain battles another trainer with his Pokemon, Charizard. His goal is to be the top trainer in battles involving Mega-Evolution. Charizard battles against Absol, a Pokemon raised by Astrid. Both Pokemon Mega-Evolve after Alain challenges Astrid to Mega-Evolve her Absol. Charizard prevails over Absol by using Blast Burn to counter Absol's Dragon Pulse. Mairin, a spectator of the battle, wants to know what happened to Charizard and Absol when they Mega-Evolved. But then she brings up gossip from Lumiose City that a rampaging Garchomp ran loose and that a trainer freed her from enemy control, and afterwards saves a Pokemon falling from Prism Tower. This causes Alain to have a flashback, when he was Professor Sycamore's aide.
Professor Sycamore was studying Mega-Evolution and wants to know how it works and if it affects all Pokemon. Alain then wants to search for a Mega-Stone to witness its power, which Professor Sycamore approves, and allows him to take a Charmander along. Suddenly, he receives a call where to go next, with Mairin tagging along, her curiosity piqued.
Mairin finds Alain in some old ruins. Inside, Alain finds a Mega Stone, but is troubled to what Pokemon it corresponds to. As he walks out, a man challenges him to battle, claiming that he needs the Mega Stone to bring it to his boss. Alain accepts, and the man introduces to Charizard a Garchomp, Mega-Evolved. The two Pokemon have an air battle, both suffering serious wounds after a fall, with Charizard winning and Garchomp collapsed from its wounds.
Mairin, with some advice from Alain, catches Flabebe, her first Pokemon with Chespin. They then go to Lumiose City to heal their Pokemon, Alain leaving to battle, leaving her alone. Nurse Joy tells Mairin that Alain left to challenge Siebold of the Elite Four. Mairin catches up to the two to watch the battle. Charizard faces off against a Blastoise, Siebold's Pokemon. Both Mega-Evolve and battle, with Blastoise having the advantage for its triple cannon power and being a water-type. Charizard tries to evade Blastoise's attacks but succumbs to its Hydro Pump.
On the road again, Mairin wants to follow Alain so she can get a Mega-Stone and Mega-Evolve her Pokemon so she can beat Alain. He just shrugs and remembers Professor Sycamore declaring mankind is entering "a time of great change". But woe be in his way, for in a laboratory, there are charts displaying Mega-Evolution and its possible power. A man smiles slyly as he looks for information.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Main series debuts
Pokémon in the intro
- This marks the first time that a male Garchomp appears in the anime.
- This is the first time in the anime that multiple Mega Evolved Pokémon are featured simultaneously.
- This is the first time Blast Burn has been used in the anime.
- Excluding Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin! and Lumiose City Pursuit! which aired as a sneak preview for the XY series, this episode has the shortest time between its Japanese and dubbed airing, with 58 days.
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