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| Journey to the Unown!
Unknown of the Zui Ruins!
|| December 20, 2007
| United States
|| June 7, 2008
|| Team Iguchi
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 日高政光 Masamitsu Hidaka
| Assistant director
|| 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
| Animation director
|| 玉川明洋 Akihiro Tamagawa
| Additional credits
Journey to the Unown! (Japanese: ズイの遺跡のアンノーン！ Unknown of the Zui Ruins!) is the 60th episode of Diamond & Pearl series, and the 526th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on December 20, 2007 along with Team Shocker!, and in the United States on June 7, 2008.
Deep in training for the Solaceon Contest, Dawn shows off Aipom's latest Contest move and discovers that Aipom has actually learned a new move: Double Hit! Then it's off to the Solaceon Ruins for a friendly battle between Ash and Dawn's friend Kenny, who's also in town for the Solaceon Contest. Our heroes aren't the only ones at the ruins—Team Rocket spots a suspicious trio in the area, including the same man who hired Team Rocket to steal the Adamant Orb from Eterna City's museum!
Inside the ruins, the strangers perform a ritual that unleashes a swarm of Unown, then escape by hitting the Unown with a Confuse Ray. This causes the ruins to emit a red light that swallows up Dawn and her Pokémon! Her friends follow her into the ruins, only to find themselves lost inside a topsy-turvy temple where up is down and angry, confused Unown are everywhere.
With a sheepish Team Rocket in tow, Dawn tries to find her way out. She has no choice but to battle the Unown and snap them out of their confusion, and Aipom evolves into Ambipom just in time to help her out. Once Ash, Brock, and Kenny catch up to Dawn, Piplup explains the situation to the Unown, who finally allow everyone to leave the ruins. Team Rocket runs off before anyone can ask them about what just happened, but Dawn and Kenny quickly put the day's strange events behind them—it's back to preparing for the Solaceon Contest!
Dawn and Aipom are training for the Solaceon Contest. During the training, they use Focus Punch in fast succession to make it look like Aipom has two tails. Brock tells her that is actually Double Hit and Aipom is close to evolving after that move. Kenny appears and tells her it is Ambipom. He was a bit surprised that she didn't know what Aipom's evolved form was and calls her Dee Dee. Ash asks why he calls her that, but Dawn insists him not to go there. Ash decided to finish their battle in Floaroma Town, but Kenny declines, saying he was going to see Dialga and Palkia.
Meanwhile, at the Solaceon Ruins, Saturn and the two grunts enter the ruins for unknown purposes. Team Rocket notices them and remembers their first encounter with them when Team Galactic hired them to steal the Adamant Orb from the Eterna Historical Museum. Saturn sends out his Bronzor to use Flash to guide them through the ruins. Team Rocket, convinced there is treasure inside, decides to follow them without being seen.
Ash and his friends decide to go follow Kenny. Kenny offers to battle right now, right in front of the Dialga and Palkia statues. Ash, however, thinks about it for a moment, and says that it would be a bit creepy for them to battle with Dialga and Palkia staring at them nevertheless thinking it would be a great idea. Ash and Kenny don't know who should go first, which causes Dawn to bring out her Pokétch App, the Coin Toss. Kenny is extremely jealous, which causes Dawn to tease him that he doesn't have one.
Once the Coin Toss is done, it is decided that Ash goes first. Since Ash thinks Kenny is going to use Prinplup again, he sends out Turtwig, insisting that Pikachu should relax. Kenny, hearing this prediction, instead sends out Breloom, which surprises everyone, especially Ash. Dawn bets Kenny sent out Breloom to focus more on showing off the moves than attacking.
Ash starts the battle with a Tackle, which Breloom tries to dodge, but isn't fast enough. Kenny is surprised at Turtwig's speed and Ash orders Turtwig to use a Razor Leaf attack with Kenny countering with Mach Punch. As Mach Punch always is the first attack, this gets to Turtwig before Turtwig can attack. Ash orders Turtwig to use Bite and Kenny then orders an Energy Ball, which Breloom begins charging up. Dawn remarks that it's beautiful, and was right in thinking that Kenny would pay more attention to how the move looks.
The attack is then fired at Turtwig, who, despite its speed, is unable to dodge, and the Energy Ball explodes. Ash is impressed by this move, and asks Kenny to teach it to Turtwig. Kenny thinks about it for a moment, and then says something about the move Bullet Seed, saying that if Turtwig knows it, it'd be easier to teach Energy Ball. After admitting that Turtwig doesn't know Bullet Seed, Kenny says it will be difficult, but says he'll teach it to Turtwig if they defeat him in a battle.
We are then taken back to Team Rocket, who is still spying on Team Galactic. Saturn and his henchmen are in a room full of Unown inscriptions. The three of them put in the Splash Plate, Iron Plate, and Draco Plate, which causes the center to glow. Suddenly, all of the Unown inscriptions become real Unown. After a while, Saturn says it's nice to see Team Rocket again, which causes James to say they got busted. Saturn then talks of the new world they are going to create, as a box lifts from the ground. He then takes hold of the box, which angers all of the Unown and causes them to attack. Saturn deflects them with Bronzor's Confuse Ray and him and his grunts go off. Since the Unown are confused, they start attacking Team Rocket, believing that they stole the box. Team Rocket then proceed run away.
As Ash and Kenny are still arguing over Turtwig's Energy Ball, the ruins start to glow red and lift, including the stairs, which Dawn was sitting on. Dawn gets confused and nervous as the stairs lift fully, and her Piplup begins to fall off. Aipom tries to hold Piplup up, though her strength isn't enough, and Piplup and Aipom tumble down the steps. Dawn, worried for her Pokémon, jumps off to save them.
Ash, Brock, and Kenny get worried for Dawn as the place becomes engulfed with red energy. Confused, the three of them look around. Ash and Brock are completely calm. Kenny, on the other hand, is nervous and sweaty as he sees the red walls moving by themselves. Ash gets confused as to why he's scared, and Kenny returns those confused feelings, wondering how Ash is not scared. Ash says that if the Trainer is scared, think about how the Pokémon will feel, which brings back Kenny's confidence as the three of them head into the ruins to look for Dawn.
Dawn manages to find Piplup and Aipom, though they are still confused as to where they are. They go forward, attempting to get out, however the group of Unown, who are zapping them despite them not taking the special cube. They all attack at once, leaving Dawn clueless, however her Pokémon help her with Swift and BubbleBeam, respectively. Because of this, the Unown suddenly snap out of their confusion and turn the place back to normal. However, Dawn still doesn't know how to get out, and it still looked really weird up ahead.
The scene turns to the other three being attacked by Unown. Brock explains they must have been confused. Ash's Pikachu and Turtwig then proceed to attack them with Thunderbolt and Razor Leaf while Kenny's Breloom and Prinplup attack them with Energy Ball and BubbleBeam which snaps the Unown out of confusion, turning the place back to normal. Then they continue searching for Dawn.
The scene reverts to Dawn who keeps on running, and encountering Unown. Piplup uses Whirlpool to snap them out of confusion. Then Team Rocket show up falling down from the nearby stairs. Another group of Unown appear but they are stopped by Aipom's Double Hit who then evolves into Ambipom. Then, she hits the Unown with Swift snapping them out of confusion.
The other three show up and due to Unown's illusions each side sees each other as they are walking on the ceiling. Another group of Unown appear but they are snapped out of confusion by Piplup's BubbleBeam who convinces them to return everything to normal. As the illusion lifts off, it is revealed that Dawn and Team Rocket are actually on the ceiling and fall down on the floor. The other group all rush to catch the falling humans and Pokémon, with Brock using Happiny to help with her massive strength. Thankfully everyone is caught safely, and Ash congratulates Ambipom on her evolution. The door to the outside opens and the group get out, with Team Rocket deciding to make a run for it before they can get into any more trouble while promising revenge against Team Galactic.
As the sun sets, Ash looks up Ambipom on his Pokédex as the Long Tail Pokémon practices her moves. Dawn is confident that Ambipom can win her the Solaceon Contest, and Ash asks Kenny about their called-off battle. Kenny agrees to teach Turtwig Energy Ball, on the condition that Ash doesn't tell Dawn how scared he was.
The episode then concludes, with Dawn's contest and Turtwig's possible new move awaiting our heroes on the horizon.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
TV episode debuts
The tablet found below the statue of Dialga.
SUBETE NO INOCHI HA
BETSU NO INOCHI TO DEAI
NANIKA WO UMIDASU
- In the dub, Dawn reads it as When every life meets another life, something will be born.
- The coin toss application in Dawn's Pokétch makes its second appearance.
- Not including the third and tenth movies, this is only the second appearance of the Unown species, the first being Address Unown!. Despite being created after the introduction of the new forms, however, "!" and "?" Unown do not appear in this episode.
- The three plates Team Galactic used to obtain the cube from the Solaceon Ruins (Splash Plate, Iron Plate, and Draco Plate) correspond to the three types of Dialga and Palkia combined. However, the Splash Plate, associated with Palkia's Water type, was placed on the side of the pattern resembling Dialga's diamond and the Iron Plate, associated with Dialga's Steel type was placed on the side of the pattern resembling Palkia's pearl.
- Team Rocket doesn't blast off or recite their motto in this episode.
- In the original airing, Unown was spelt "Unknown" in the title. This was corrected in future airings.
- In the scene where Ash saves Ambipom, Ambipom's feet are colored a light tan, like an Aipom's. They should be purple.
- After the landing from the fall, Ambipom's Japanese voice can be heard.
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