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| Cottonee in Love!
The Monmen in Love Rides the Wind!
|| April 28, 2011
| United States
|| August 20, 2011
|| Team Kato
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| 山田浩之 Hiroyuki Yamada
| Assistant director
|| 西田健一 Ken'ichi Nishida
| Animation director
|| 田島瑞穂 Mizuho Tajima
| Additional credits
Cottonee in Love! (Japanese: 恋するモンメンは風に乗って！ The Monmen in Love Rides the Wind!) is the 29th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 686th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on April 28, 2011, and first aired in the United States on August 20, 2011.
Ash and his friends are doing a little training on their way to Nimbasa City when they are interrupted by a lone Cottonee. Cilan explains that this is pretty unusual, because it’s the time of year when large groups of Cottonee visit the nearby Rainbow Valley to pair up and ride away on the Diamond Breeze. It turns out that this Cottonee wandered away from its group to pursue a prospective partner, but was rebuffed!
Our heroes offer to teach the rejected Cottonee the art of battling so it can gain some much-needed confidence. After some intense training, Cottonee is ready for courting once more. But the Pokémon’s plan is soon delayed—Team Rocket has been planning to take advantage of this gathering to swipe all the Cottonee at once!
With the aid of Pikachu’s Thunderbolt, all the Cottonee break free, overwhelming Jessie, James, and Meowth in the process. Team Rocket escapes and vows to fight another day.
With newfound confidence, Cottonee again approaches the object of its affection—who is already being wooed by several others! The battle training really pays off, as “our” Cottonee manages to fend off its rivals, and the Cottonee couple float off on the Diamond Breeze to live happily ever after!
The episode begins with Ash and Iris having a battle, using Scraggy and Axew respectively. Ash calls a Headbutt, which Axew dodges, and Iris orders a Scratch, which hits, which makes Scraggy take major damage. Seeing that Scraggy has been knocked out, Iris tells Axew to use Dragon Rage to finish it off. Axew begins to charge up, and the newly mastered Dragon Rage hits Scraggy full on the face, knocking him out.
Axew gets happy, while Ash gets down as he looks at the knocked out Scraggy. Suddenly, a Cottonee comes up, resting itself on Scraggy's head. Scraggy wakes up and looks at Cottonee, while Cottonee becomes scared and uses Cotton Spore which distracts Scraggy. Suddenly another Cottonee comes up, and the Cottonee that was sitting on Scraggy's head looks up, looking at that Cottonee admiringly. Ash scans it on the Pokédex while Cilan remarks that it's strange to see a Cottonee alone at this time of year, as this is the season where all Cottonee come together and start a life together. Iris says that it's quite romantic, but, as she is eating an apple, Cilan says that it's not quite romantic with the mouth full.
Suddenly, Cottonee goes up to the other Cottonee and begins to talk, while Cilan exclaims it's "heart to heart time". However Cottonee does not return the feelings and attacks it with Stun Spore. Cottonee gets very upset as the Cottonee it has been harboring feelings for continues to attack it, with Energy Ball and Razor Leaf. The male begins to attack the Cottonee it loves, using Razor Leaf, which the Cottonee easily dodges, and then following up with an Energy Ball, which misses completely. Cilan says that the other Cottonee was testing this Cottonee in order to see if it was worthy, however this Cottonee did not exceed expectations and the other Cottonee leaves, leaving the Cottonee heartbroken. Cilan is shown putting a bandage upon the Cottonee's bruise, and Cottonee gets very grateful. In the meantime, Ash decides to help it out, to see if they can make Cottonee's battling style better. So, Ash decides Scraggy should be the one to battle Cottonee.
The practice battle begins. Ash calls for a Leer which Scraggy follows and leers intimidatingly at Cottonee. Cottonee, frightened, sweats and runs, going behind a tree stump. Ash is very supportive and tells Cottonee that it can't run away--it has to dodge or protect itself. Scraggy tries to use Headbutt, but Cottonee guards itself with Cotton Guard. Ash then gives it tips on how to dodge, saying that you need to watch your opponent closely and dodge when the moment comes. They try, though Cottonee stares at Scraggy, gets hit by the Headbutt, but the second time around Cottonee guards itself with Cotton Guard. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is discussing how they're going to steal the Cottonee at Rainbow Valley.
Iris then helps Cottonee works on its aim, saying you need to focus your mind on the target, and Axew is willing to help the Cottonee out. They have their target be the tree stump Cottonee had hid behind earlier, and Iris tells Axew to use Dragon Rage. Axew charges up, and then releases all the power, hitting the tree stump perfectly as well as making it explode and break. Axew gets very happy and puts a small stone on top of the stump to be Cottonee's target. Cottonee focuses all of its attention on the small stump, using Energy Ball, which misses. Iris encourages it to try again, and uses Energy Ball, which hits the tree stump.
Cottonee then has practice battles with all of them. Iris's Axew lays some damage on it, however it results in a draw. Cilan is then the last opponent, using Dwebble. Cilan orders a Slash while Ash, acting as Cottonee's Trainer, tells Cottonee to dodge, and Cottonee dodges all of them repeated Slashes. Cilan then calls for an X-Scissor which Cottonee dodges and Ash orders a Razor Leaf, which hits Dwebble hard. Cilan then sends out Pansage, and the battle continues.
The group then thinks that Cottonee is ready, though they need to find the Cottonee that they've been training for. Ash tries to return Scraggy, though Scraggy gets angry, exclaiming it wants to help out Cottonee. Ash sends out Tranquill to go and look for it. Ash returns Tranquill as they marvel over how they are going to look for the Cottonee--Cilan them comes up with an idea; Cottonee can't fly by themselves, they have to ride the wind. Iris then says they'll have to sense the wind's movements, which she confirms are going south. The trio then heads south in the hopes of finding the Cottonee. Meanwhile, Team Rocket have been looking for the Cottonee too, using Jessie's Woobat. Unfortunately for them, Woobat doesn't find anything, so Meowth suggests some devices that fly up in the air to look for Rainbow Valley. Team Rocket isn't the only one that failed--the group does, as well.
Later, the path of the wind then changes, according to Iris, which is northwest. They all head northwest, which makes them head into Rainbow Valley. There are hundreds of Cottonee around, flying, looking for a partner. Cottonee then spots the Cottonee it had been looking for, and attempts to talk to it, while Iris remarks it's romantic once more, with her mouth full. However, when Cottonee talks, a sudden gust of wind blows, wrapping them up in a huge bag. Ash gets upset, and they look for who did it, and sees the bag full, and sees Team Rocket as well. Iris gets upset that they ruined the moment, but Team Rocket performs their motto.
Ash is very upset, and tries to stop them, but Team Rocket mocks him. While they continue to argue, the bag containing the Cottonee begins to bulge... and then, the Cottonee break out! Team Rocket is surprised, but the trio is very happy. All of the Cottonee use Cotton Spore, which covers Team Rocket's faces, making them unable to see. Because of this, the car carrying the bag begins to go out of control, and they crash into a tree, and they go on their jetpacks, claiming revenge.
Now that Team Rocket is gone, Cottonee is free to tell its feelings for Cottonee. Just when Cottonee starts, two other Cottonee take this Cottonee away, and begin to battle it. They start off the battle with a Razor Leaf simultaneously, which this Cottonee avoids by using Cotton Guard, and the Cottonee it had been talking to and the trio watches on. Then, they both use Energy Ball, which Cottonee easily dodges. The Cottonee watching looks at this Cottonee admiringly. Then, the interrupted Cottonee uses Razor Leaf, which hits the two Cottonee, and then Energy Ball, which explodes on impact. The two Cottonee are now knocked out, with Ash very proud.
Cottonee goes back to the Cottonee watching, to explain its feelings without being interrupted. The Cottonee accepts and they begin holding hands and blow away. Later, they go where the Diamond Wind is blowing, as they see all of the land sparkle--Cilan says it's because the place is full of minerals. As they are enjoying the view, Iris suddenly notes that the sun is rising, and the Cottonee blow with the Diamond Wind. The trio is mesmerized. Suddenly, the Cottonee Ash has taken care of bids them goodbye, and the trio continues on their journey.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Cottonee
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