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| A Battle of Aerial Mobility!
Keromatsu VS Yayakoma! Aerial Battle Maneuvers!!
|| October 24, 2013
| United States
|| February 1, 2014
|| Team Kato
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 西田健一 Ken'ichi Nishida
| Assistant director
|| 外山草 Sou Toyama
| Animation directors
|| 小山知洋 Tomohiro Koyama
| 緒方厚 Atsushi Ogata
| No additional credits are available at this time.
A Battle of Aerial Mobility! (Japanese: ケロマツVSヤヤコマ！空中機動バトル!! Keromatsu VS Yayakoma! Aerial Battle Maneuvers!!) is the third episode of the XY series, and the 802nd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on October 24, 2013 and in the United States on February 1, 2014.
While Serena is on her way to Professor Sycamore to receive her first Pokémon, Ash successfully registers for the Kalos League and calls Professor Oak to show off Froakie, his first Kalos Pokémon. Then, to our hero’s happy surprise, Clemont and Bonnie ask Ash if they can accompany him on his Kalos journey, with the Santalune City Gym as their first stop!
As the trio set off, Jessie, James, and Meowth are checking in with their Boss, promising him that Team Rocket will catch as many rare and powerful Pokémon as possible in the Kalos region. With Giovanni’s approval, they set off as well.
The first new Pokémon our heroes come across is a hungry Dedenne in a tree, who struggles with a large berry before dropping it to the ground. Bonnie decides she just has to have Dedenne, and asks Clemont to catch it for her. Ash agrees to help, but an ornery Fletchling suddenly swoops down, steals the berry, and eats it. Crying, Dedenne runs away, but Ash decides Fletchling would be a great addition to his team!
Without any word from Ash, Froakie unexpectedly springs into battle mode, while Clemont produces his “Flying-type Pokémon Attractor Machine” in an attempt to lure Fletchling out of the sky. But without a plan, Froakie is unsuccessful, and Clemont’s machine turns out to have no effect on Flying-type Pokémon. It does, however, succeed in attracting a huge swarm of angry Beedrill!
Deciding on a different strategy, Ash makes use of Froakie’s amazing jumping skills, turning an environment full of cliffs and ledges into an enormous battlefield. A more even battle ensues between Fletchling and Froakie, and after a couple of attempts, Ash has his second Kalos Pokémon—Fletchling!
Meanwhile, catching Kalos Pokémon seems to be all the rage, as elsewhere James manages to catch an Inkay that’s been following Team Rocket to steal their food...
And away from all this action, Serena has arrived at the Sycamore Pokémon Lab. As a new Trainer, she must now choose her first Pokémon: Chespin, Fennekin, or Froakie. Who will it be?
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Serena decides to go on a Pokémon journey and her mother wishes her luck. Meanwhile Ash registers for the Kalos League and is accompanied by Clemont and his sister Bonnie. Ash calls Professor Oak on the PC, and shows off his new Froakie to the professor.
Ash is about to begin his departure to Santalune City, when Clemont and Bonnie ask to join him on his journey. Ash accepts. The three depart, and are walking through a forest when a berry drops from the treetops, and a Dedenne comes running after it. Bonnie is overjoyed at the sight of the Dedenne, and thinks that it's cute. The Dedenne and Ash's Pikachu have a stare down, and their cheek pouches release electricity to communicate with each other. Bonnie asks her brother if she can keep Dedenne, and Clemont allows her. Bonnie is about the give the berry that dropped from the trees back to Dedenne when a wild Fletchling swoops down from the sky, steals the berry out of Bonnie's hand, and eats it whole. Dedenne cries and runs away, saddening Bonnie, as Clemont says that Dedenne might not come back.
Ash's Froakie is enraged, and attempts to attack Fletchling. However, the Pokémon's speed and flight prevent Froakie from landing a hit. Ash attempts to stop Froakie from attacking so that they can form a strategy, but the frog Pokémon's stubbornness wins out. Eventually, Ash manages to calm down Froakie, and begins to plan out a strategy.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket is flying in their hot air balloon. James complains that he is hungry, as the croissant he was about to eat earlier was stolen. Meowth breaks out some sandwiches, which are promptly stolen by an Inkay. This troublesome Pokémon was also the thief of James's croissant. James offers the Pokémon some more sandwiches, distracting it. James throws a Poké Ball at the Inkay and catches it, much to the surprise of Jessie and Meowth.
Clemont pulls out an invention of his that is supposed to draw out bird Pokémon. However, the machine (which resembles a record player) instead draws out a swarm of Beedrill. As Ash, Bonnie, and Clemont are running away, Clemont attempts to play the machine faster, in hopes of it working. The machine instead explodes, sending the three flying into a large ravine. Clemont is discouraged at his failure of a machine, but Ash encourages him by saying that attracting all those Beedrill was no small feat. The Fletchling from earlier flies overhead, laughing at the trio. Ash forms a new strategy to catch Fletchling, using the cliffs of the ravine.
Ash begins another battle with Fletchling, and uses Froakie. Ash's Froakie uses the cliffs of the ravine to bring himself to the same height as Fletchling, and manages to knock Fletchling out of the air with a Bubble attack. Ash throws a Poké Ball but the bird Pokémon manages to escape. Froakie creates a fake version of himself using its "frubbles" (the same bubbles that go around the Pokémon's neck), which Fletchling gets caught in. Froakie knocks Fletchling out of the air again, this time with a Water Pulse attack. Ash throws another Poké Ball, and manages to capture Fletchling. The Dedenne from earlier hides behind a rock and observes the three heroes as they continue their journey to Santalune City.
The episode ends with Serena visiting Professor Sycamore's lab, which is still partially damaged from the previous episode. Serena asks about the damage, and is happy to hear that the boy who saved Garchomp was Ash himself. Sycamore tells her that he is headed to the Santalune City Gym. One of Sycamore's assistants brings out the three starter Pokémon (Chespin, Fennekin and Froakie) for Serena to choose.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Fletchling (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Inkay (Japan)
The title card segment focuses on Ash for this episode
- When Team Rocket begins celebrating at the café, Jessie's mouth does not move even when she is heard speaking.
- After Ash flips his hat backwards, he throws a second Poké Ball to catch Fletchling. However in the next scene, his hat is unflipped.
- In this episode, the background music present in the Japanese version is replaced with dub music, with the exception of the title card music.
- Like in the past two episodes, the phrase To Be Continued is removed in the dub in the end of the episode.
- Like in the past two episodes, the title card is lacking the characters's shadows in the dub for unknown reason.
- The gray logo on Ash's Badge case is colored in the dub (red and green is added for the Pokemon Gym logo and the pattern around it respectively).
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