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| Who's Flying Now?
Hiwamaki City's Feather Carnival!!
|| July 8, 2004
| United States
|| June 25, 2005
|| Team Ota
|| 松井亜弥 Aya Matsui
|| 藤本義孝 Yoshitaka Fujimoto
| Assistant director
|| 渡辺正彦 Masahiko Watanabe
| Animation director
|| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| Additional credits
Who's Flying Now? (Japanese: ヒワマキシティのフェザーカーニバル！！ Hiwamaki City's Feather Carnival!!) is the 84th episode of the Advanced Generation series, and the 358th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on July 8, 2004 and in the United States on June 25, 2005.
Ash and his friends are on the way to Fortree City in pursuit of Ash's next Gym battle and Badge. As the city comes into sight, Max notes that Fortree City has an abundance of treehouses, and Brock courteously explains that it's an old tradition in the city. Ash, on the other hand, isn't particularly interested in the trees and speeds off towards the Gym. Upon arrival, Ash calls out that he's here for a battle, and he's greeted by the Fortree City Gym assistant, Zachary. Zachary informs Ash that the Gym Leader is in the village, and unfortunately she's busy with the Feather Carnival, a once-a-year celebration of the sky in the city. Of course, Ash races down to the square to find the Gym Leader. While looking around the square, Max spots a Skarmory flying with two people, a woman and young child, on its back.
While Ash and the gang move to track down the landing Skarmory, Team Rocket also arrives in Fortree City. Jessie and Meowth are perfectly happy to be at a carnival, but James seems rather unhappy. When pushed, James regales them with a story from his youth -- when he was just a young boy he saw a rare Chimecho, which he wanted very dearly. Unfortunately, his parents wouldn't let him have one, and by the time he escaped his home to find Chimecho himself, the carnival had packed up and left. James says that this incident left him a "hollow shell of a man", and bursts into tears. However, it turns out that Jessie and Meowth got bored and walked off while he was talking, despite his emotional display.
Back with Ash and friends, the Skarmory has landed and its Trainer is looking for another child to take on a Pokémon ride. As usual, Brock gets to her first, but Ash fights his way through the crowd and introduces himself to the pilot, Winona. They discover quickly that Winona is the Fortree Gym Leader, so Ash immediately challenges her. Winona accepts the challenge, but delays the match until after the festival. That leaves Ash and gang fairly idle for some time, so the friends calls out their Pokémon to enjoy the carnival. May and Max even get a ride on Skarmory like the other children, their first experiences on a flying Pokémon. Brock and Ash watch from the ground, discussing a combination of local history and strategy for the upcoming match.
Meanwhile, Meowth and Jessie discuss James' story. Meowth remarks that while Chimecho isn't exactly a legendary Pokémon, it's a safe bet that they won't see one around. Ironically, at that very moment, a Chimecho floats by. Elsewhere, James walks off in a huff because Jessie and Meowth ditched him. However, he passes a stand selling Chimecho-shaped bells and his anger is forgotten... and who would happen to be running this stand but our favorite swindler, the Magikarp salesman. Still stinging from his run-in with this con-man in Pearls are a Spoink's Best Friend, James notices that the Salesman's "Chimecho" don't seem much like Chimecho, which is fairly obvious (the tape holding them together is showing). However, as usual, the Magikarp salesman tells James that he's turned over a new leaf and begs his forgiveness, all the while trying to pawn off his fake Chimecho (which James buys with the remainder of the trio's money). James walks away happy, thinking that his new "Chimecho" will bring him success and happiness. Jessie and Meowth soon find James, and are quick to point out that it's not a Chimecho -- it's in fact a Hoppip painted like a Chimecho with a bell for a tail. However, just as Jessie and James begin to fight over the error (and Hoppip happily floats away), a real Chimecho floats by. James asks Chimecho if it would like come along with them, and Chimecho happily agrees.
Elsewhere, Zachary and Winona lead Ash to the Fortree City Gym, an open arena on top of the Gym itself, on level with the surrounding trees. Before Ash and Winona can start their battle, an explosion breaks out in the square below -- and explosion caused by Team Rocket and their new robot, a "Double Trouble Sparky Shocker" that uses electricity to disable and capture all of Fortree City's famous flying Pokémon. Winona and Skarmory immediately hit the robot with a Wing Attack. Team Rocket launches into their motto (joined by Chimecho), then the battle commences. Pikachu uses the usual Thunderbolt on Team Rocket, but Chimecho uses Heal Bell, which restores Team Rocket. In mean time, Swellow flies in on attack run with Pikachu on its back, taking several electric attacks but persevering nonetheless. Swellow finally closes with a Wing Attack, but Team Rocket counters with another electric attack and capture Swellow and Pikachu. Skarmory, however, uses a Drill Peck attack to break the robot's cage and free the captured Pokémon. Skarmory Drill Pecks until again (with James refusing to force Chimecho to battle) and destroys the robot. Team Rocket blasts off, and the day is saved -- though the sun is going down. Ash and Winona agree to delay the battle until the following day. The day and the Festival end with a fireworks display and some formation flying, with Winona at the head.
- James purchases what he believes to be a Chimecho, but is actually a disguised Hoppip, from the Magikarp salesman.
- James's new Hoppip escapes before he can attempt to capture it, and is thus released.
- James captures a real Chimecho.
- Ash meets Winona, the Fortree City Gym Leader and schedules a battle with her.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Pokémon Trainer's Choice: Lombre
- The title is based on Journey's song Who's Crying Now. It can also be based on the phrase, "Who's laughing now?"
- This marks the third time Team Rocket has been swindled by the Magikarp salesman, excluding the Weepinbell trade.
- This is one of the few times James catches a new Pokémon on his own. Ironically, the Pokémon he has caught thus far, Chimecho, Cacnea, and Yamask, he has caught with friendship rather than the usual Team Rocket method -- stealing.
- This was Megumi Hayashibara's final episode as Jessie before starting maternity leave from the show.
- In the dub, You & Me & Pokémon is used as background music while Ash and friends are enjoying the carnival.
- When Team Rocket blasts off, Wobbuffet is shown to be dirty and beat, despite being previously in its Poké Ball.
- Question: Trainers, which one of these Pokémon is the best choice to battle Magby?
- Choices: Solrock, Lombre, Ponyta
- Answer: OK, Trainers! If you chose Lombre, you were right!
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