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| What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals!
Reshiram VS N! Beyond Truth and Ideals!!
|| April 18, 2013
| United States
|| July 20, 2013
|| Team Kato
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 川田武範 Takenori Kawada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation director
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| No additional credits are available at this time.
What Lies Beyond Truth and Ideals! (Japanese: レシラム対Ｎ！理想と真実の彼方へ！！ Reshiram VS N! Beyond Truth and Ideals!!) is the 122nd episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 779th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on April 18, 2013, and in the United States on July 20, 2013.
Team Plasma’s quest to awaken and control Reshiram continues, while our shackled heroes watch helplessly. Axew sneaks out of Iris’s hair, where it’s been safely concealed, and manages to free Iris and Cilan from the metal bands that hold them. Then, Concordia and Anthea appear from their mysterious fog and ask N to come back into hiding with them. But N vows to stay in the “real” world and fight for his ideals. Dr. Colress’s device has taken control of their Gothitelle and Gardevoir, along with the newly awakened Reshiram, and things are looking very bleak indeed.
Now is the moment for Team Rocket to step in! They’ve been watching the goings-on from a safe distance, but when Looker spots them and asks for their help in destroying the device and freeing all the controlled Pokémon, they agree. Meowth jumps in to distract the other members of Team Plasma while Ash and Pikachu go after the device. Colress tries desperately to take control of Pikachu, but Pikachu’s willpower—and its bond with Ash—proves too strong, and Pikachu aims a Thunderbolt at Reshiram to break it free as well. The device is destroyed, and Team Plasma is defeated, thanks to an unusual bit of teamwork between our heroes and Team Rocket!
Reshiram is free, but it’s still very angry. N speaks to it in an attempt to calm it down, and it soon becomes clear that he’s changed his tune when he tells Reshiram that people and Pokémon can live in harmony and work together. He promises Reshiram that he’ll keep fighting for an ideal world for everyone, people and Pokémon alike, and seems pleased with Reshiram’s answer. Iris wants to know what the Legendary Pokémon told him, but Ash disagrees—he wants to meet Reshiram again someday and hear its answer for himself!
After a preview of the previous episode, the Light Stone begins to float, while Ash pleads to stop. A mysterious fog appears, and various Pokémon attacks are shot to Team Plasma, which releases N. It is then revealed to be Anthea and Concordia, who came to save N. While Axew tries to release Iris, N explains that Team Plasma is trying to awake Reshiram and that the tragedy that happened years ago will repeat if successful, and he has to find out why Reshiram is so angry.
Colress is ordered to control Anthea and Concordia's Gardevoir and Gothitelle with the machine and succeed. Reshiram awakens from the Light Stone and Axew releases Iris and Cilan but not Professor Juniper or Looker. Ghetsis orders Reshiram to obey him and Colress immediately uses the machine to gain control of Reshiram for Team Plasma. Ghetsis commands Reshiram to use Fusion Flare and it obeys. Colress thinks that Reshiram's full power hasn't been revealed yet and orders it to use Fusion Flare again.
Cilan sends out his Crustle to free Professor Juniper. Team Rocket gets jealous of Team Plasma and decides to steal the control machine. However, Looker finds them and asks them to help him. They then decide to help stop Team Plasma. Colress aimed the control ray a Ash's Pikachu but Meowth distracts him and uses Fury Swipes on some of Team Plasma's Pokémon. Meowth tells Ash that Team Rocket are helping Looker to destroy Colress's device.
Ash asks Pikachu to stay hidden while he distracts Colress but Pikachu chooses to battle anyway so Ash asks Pikachu to use Quick Attack and dodges the aim of Colress's control machine. Iris and her Axew, Meowth, James and his Yamask, and Jessie and her Woobat help in the battle as well.
Ghetsis orders Reshiram to stop Ash. Ash asks Pikachu to use Electro Ball on the machine but it had already locked onto Pikachu stopping the attack. Pikachu tries to break free of the machine's control and attacks Reshiram in the process. Reshiram uses Pikachu's electricity to try to escape from Team Plasma's control. Ghetsis asks Colress why the machine isn't working and orders him to maximize the control on Pikachu. This fails and Pikachu and Reshiram use Electro Ball and Fusion Flare, respectively, on the machine. Team Plasma lose control of all the wild Pokémon, Pikachu, Reshiram, Gardevoir and Gothitelle. Colress, Ghetsis, and the Team Plasma Grunts are arrested by the international police, and N, Ash, Iris and Cilan part ways.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Reshiram
- In the scene when Reshiram is being controlled and everyone is shocked, Looker's eyes are colored black instead of gray.
- During one scene, Concordia's white dress is given the same light blue coloration that her vest has.
Concordia's dress is light blue
- The Sinnoh motto music is added in place of the original Unova motto BGM. This is the first time Team Rocket's motto background music is changed in the dub.
- In the Japanese version Jessie cause a case of Breaking the fourth wall by saying to Team Plasma "but we're the true main characters!"
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