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BW128

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BW127 : The Island of Illusions!
Best Wishes series
BW129 : The Pirates of Decolore!
To Catch a Rotom!
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BW128   EP785
ロトムVSオーキド博士!
Rotom VS Dr. Okido!
First broadcast
Japan May 30, 2013
United States August 31, 2013
English themes
Opening It's Always You and Me
Ending {{{en_ed}}}
Japanese themes
Opening 夏めく坂道
Ending 手をつなごう
Credits
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 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.

To Catch a Rotom! (Japanese: ロトムVSオーキド博士! Rotom VS Dr. Okido!) is the 128th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 785th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on May 30, 2013 and in the United States on August 31, 2013.

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Blurb

As our heroes continue their tour of the Decolore Islands, their next stop is Torom Island, where they meet up with none other than Professor Oak! He’s come to catch a Rotom as part of a research paper he’s writing about the unusual Pokémon’s various form changes, triggered by entering certain kinds of electric devices. As he’s telling Ash, Iris, and Cilan all about Rotom and what it can do, the lights flicker and then go out. Nurse Joy explains that the Rotom are drawn to the tasty electricity from the island’s power grid, so lunchtime blackouts are a common occurrence.

To combat this nuisance, the locals have created an electricity playground for the Rotom, with lots of devices for them to explore! It seems a likely spot to catch a Rotom, so our heroes and Professor Oak head there at once. They spot three Rotom traveling down the power lines, and Pikachu uses Thunderbolt to lure them in closer. The three seem to enjoy the taste of Pikachu’s electricity, but when Cilan’s Stunfisk tries to join in, they react with disgust. Emolga’s electricity is a big hit, though—at least until the three Rotom are distracted by a surge of electricity from somewhere else.

It’s Team Rocket! They’ve diverted the electricity from the power plant and are using it to lure the Rotom, and they even manage to catch one. But our heroes have a plan to combat this electric menace: they all have Ground-type Pokémon, which aren’t affected by electricity. With the help of Krookodile, Excadrill, and Stunfisk, they send Team Rocket blasting off again and free the trapped Rotom!

Professor Oak notices that Rotom is throwing sparks and seems to be injured, so he applies some medicine. This makes Rotom very happy, and when the professor asks if it would be willing to come with him and help with his research, it hops right into his Poké Ball! Mission accomplished!

Plot

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Arriving at Torom Island, Ash and his friends meet Professor Oak there. Professor Oak is on the island to do research about the Rotom changing their Forme. The group finds three Rotom. These Rotom change Forme, but they turn out to be the real troublemakers. Even with Team Rocket getting involved in their attempt to steal the Rotom, will Ash, Professor Oak and the others will calm the Rotom down?

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.

Debuts

Pokémon debuts

Characters

Humans

Dare da?

Pokémon

Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Rotom

Trivia

  • Professor Oak's Pokémon Live Caster: Rotom (mid-episode) and Gigalith (end of the episode)
    • This is the first time that an episode features two different Live Casters.
    • This is also the first time that Professor Oak's lecture — in this case, Rotom's — has aired in the international version.
  • This episode marks the first time since the Orange Islands saga (from the original series), that Japanese text can be seen.
    • This is also the first time since Beauty and the Beach that Japanese text is left as-is in the dub.
  • This episode marks the first time that someone mentions the existence of genderless Pokémon in the anime.
  • Though not exactly a boss fantasy, this is the first time in the Best Wishes series that Team Rocket fantasizes about the Pokémon they are planning to steal.
  • When Professor Oak initially fails to catch Rotom, he says, "Almost had it!" The same message also appears in the games if a Pokémon escapes from a Poké Ball after two/three shakes.
Ash's hoodie error

Errors

  • When Ash turns around to talk with Porter, the blue portion with a black strip on the back of his hoodie is missing.
  • When Wash Rotom uses Hydro Pump on Emolga, the white and yellow colors of Emolga's left ear are swapped.
  • In the scene where Rotom is being pulled into Team Rocket's trap, the Team Rocket logo is missing from the device.

Dub edits

  • Professor Oak's Pokémon Live Caster is localized as Professor Oak's Who's That Pokémon.
  • Since the narrator and Professor Oak don't share their voice actor in the English dub, Professor Oak interrupts the narrator and recites the "...as the journey continues" line himself; unlike the Japanese version which has the narrator impersonating Oak.

In other languages



BW127 : The Island of Illusions!
Best Wishes series
BW129 : The Pirates of Decolore!
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