BW023 (unaired)

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BW022 : A Venipede Stampede!
Best Wishes series
BW024 (unaired)
Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan! (Part 1)
First broadcast
Japan Skipped
United States Skipped
English themes
Opening Black and White
Japanese themes
Opening ベストウイッシュ!
Ending 心のファンファーレ
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
Assistant director 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
Animation director 夏目久仁彦 Kunihiko Natsume
No additional credits are available at this time.

(Japanese: ロケット団VSプラズマ団!(前編) Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan! (Part 1)) is the 23rd episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 680th episode of the Pokémon anime.

This episode was originally scheduled to air in Japan on March 17, 2011, but it has been postponed, along with the original BW024, indefinitely because of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. As of BW112, its events have been removed from continuity, and it is no longer part of canon. It is currently unknown if or when it will air in any form.

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Major events


Pokémon debuts





  • This is the first episode to be skipped since the unaired episode of the Advanced Generation series back in 2004. The following episode was also skipped. All three episodes were put on hold because of an earthquake that hit Japan.
    • However, unlike the unaired Advanced Generation episode, this two-parter was supposed to be important to the overall storyline while the other was a stand-alone episode.
  • Had this episode aired in time, it would have marked the anime debuts of Team Plasma and Liepard and the return of Looker.
    • Due to Team Plasma's debut being delayed, the Plasma Grunts were never actually show in their original outfits in the anime, which they were supposed to wear in this episode. When they eventually debuted in BW112, they were seen using their new outfits.
  • Scenes highly resembling the scenes seen in this two-parted episode's previews were later used in Meloetta and the Undersea Temple! during Team Rocket's "Operation Tempest".

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BW022 : A Venipede Stampede!
Best Wishes series
BW024 (unaired)
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