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| An Explosive Operation!
The Explosive Ground Force! The Zygarde Capture Operation!!
|| February 11, 2016
| United States
|| May 21, 2016
|| Team Kato
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation directors
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| 松永香苗 Kanae Matsunaga
| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| No additional credits are available at this time.
An Explosive Operation! (Japanese: 爆裂グランドフォース！ジガルデ捕獲作戦！！ The Explosive Ground Force! The Zygarde Capture Operation!!) is the 107th episode of the XY series, and the 906th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on February 11, 2016 and in the United States on May 21, 2016.
In search of Team Flare and Squishy, Team Rocket meets a similar-looking Pokémon, known as Z2...and Team Flare is right behind it! The two teams battle back and forth, and Z2 changes hands several times—until it merges with many Cells to become a menacing serpentine Pokémon who shakes the land with its attack!
Z2 is winning, but Lysandre has called for backup! With the help of Alain and his Mega Charizard, Team Flare battles Z2 to a standstill and locks it in a cage, where Lysandre finally reveals its name—Zygarde!
Meanwhile, at our heroes’ campsite, Bonnie cuddles a sad and worried Squishy, trying to figure out what’s wrong...
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- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Persian (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Z2 (Zygarde 10% Forme) (Japan)
The title card segment focuses on Team Rocket for this episode
- Poké TV: "Pokémon Unbelievable" focusing on Squishy.
- In the Japanese version, the title card segment focuses on Team Rocket and is read by Alain.
- This is the first time in the main series that the title card isn't read by a main character.
- This episode marks Matori's first appearance since A Battle of Aerial Mobility!, 103 episodes prior. It is also her first speaking appearance in the XY series, and the first one overall since Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!, 225 episodes ago.
- Team Rocket's Team Song is used as the Japanese ending theme for this episode.
- It is also used as an insert song during Team Rocket's battle with Team Flare.
- The Level 2 book "Team Rocket to the Rescue!" is based after this episode.
- Bonnie can be heard singing Puni-chan's Song to Squishy in this episode.
- Clemont, Bonnie, and Henny narrate the preview for the next episode.
- At the end of the preview, Clemont says "Everyone, Clemontic Gear, ON!" instead of Ash saying his "Everyone, get Pokémon!" phrase.
- This episode aired in France on May 10, 2016, eleven days before the United States airdate.
- During Team Rocket and Team Flare's battle, Weavile is hit by Inkay's Psybeam. As a Dark-type, Weavile should not have taken any damage.
- After Zygarde 50% uses Dragon Pulse for the first time on Team Rocket and Team Flare, Gourgeist and Inkay are seen with Jessie and James, even though they were both returned to their Poké Balls in the previous scene.
- In the dub, Ash reads the title card instead of Alain.
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