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| New Places... Familiar Faces!
The Araragi Institute! A New Journey!!
|| January 17, 2013
| United States
|| April 20, 2013
|| Team Kato
|| 武上純希 Junki Takegami
|| 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
| Assistant director
|| 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
| Animation director
|| 案浦達哉 Tatsuya Annoura
| No additional credits are available at this time.
New Places... Familiar Faces! (Japanese: アララギ研究所！新たなる旅立ち！！ The Araragi Institute! A New Journey!!) is the 109th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 766th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on January 17, 2013 and in the United States on April 20, 2013.
After the Vertress Conference ended, Ash, Iris and Cilan heads back to the Nuvema Town to Professor Juniper's lab. On their way, they see a girl who visibliy scared due to that she top more and that the brdige will collapse and then she begs them for help. Ash decided that he and his friends will across bridge before her. However, after the group across the bridge, the girl is still scared to across it. So Ash help her out the across. She thanks them for the help and Ash and his friends countiune to head to Nuvema Towm. Meanwhile, Team Rocket look Ash and friends using bug camera device and they prepare to capture Pikachu once more.
Ash and his friends arrive at Professor Juniper's lab and invite them to enjoy. Ash chat with Professor Oak about the Vertress Conference he participated and got to the Top 8. Oak explains that he watch too as well. Ash wonder if his Pokemon's are okay, they Muk interrupt and slam Oak in affection. Ash wonders what he's going to do, Cilan stated he's still mastering the Pokmeon connasure and Iris say that he will become Dragon Master. Ash then decided to countinue the travel in Unova. They meet up with girl from the bridge they meet, who is at the door, saying that is everyone in there. She then realize that there are many Galvantula attack the Juniper's lab and gets captured and electricfied upon arrivial. She then begs for help and wonder what she's gonna do.
Juniper explains about that Pokemon is not free and can choose one starter type Pokemon, she also realize that if she will get a free Pokemon, she will be work at her for the rest of the life. But Juniper tells that is not true, she show all starter Pokemon what she will choose. She imagine that if she choose Snivy, Snivy will evolve into Superior while sleeping and embrace her in affection. If she choose Oshawott, she will fire her with water and flood everything else in her room. Then realize if she choose Tepig before Iris yells her to stop and tells her to choose what she wants. Cilan states that girl is causious and that she could choose Tepig as her starter and decide to this Pokemon. Tepig lick her, believeing that Tepig is tickling her. Juniper gave a Pokedex and 5 empty Pokeballs and Pokemon Badge to battle Gym Leaders to recivie and Badges. Since she a got Pokemon, Ash tells her to have battle, which shock Nanette. Ash says that they will have tag battle which Nanette agress. Teaming with Ash and Nanette against Cilan and Iris. Ash sends Pikachu and Nonomi sends her starter Pokemon, Tepig. Cilan sends out Stunfisk while Iris sends out Emolga. Ash goes his turn and Ash order Pikachu to use thunderbolt at Emolga and Stumfisk. Nanette is her turn and incorrectly order Tepig to use Thunderbolt, despite being Fire-Type Pokemon. After finding in her Pokemon in what Pokemon is, she order Tepig to use Ember st Stunfisk, which delight Nanette. Cilan orders his Stunfish to use Mud Pud at Tepig, making Tepig dirty. Iris then order Emolga to use discharge at both Tepig and Pikachu, Stunfisk also aid her. Pikachu and Tepig stands up, Ash orders Pikachu to use Quick Attack at Emolga. At other forest, Team Rocket secretley watch the group battling and they start to capture Pikachu, Meowth activates a drive invetor and they jump to expose and recite their motto. Jessie and James sends out Frillish and Amoonguss, respectively. Jesse order Frillish to use Mist while James ordea Amoonguss order to use Stun Spore to make their Pokemon (e.g. Iris's Emolga and Cilan's Stunfisk) unconssinous and transform everyone blanked. With Pikachu completley lost, James use to Amoonguss to use Bomb Slap at Pikachu to knock him out. Then Jessie use Frillish a Psychic to capture Pikachu in the process and capture it. Ash sends out Unfezant to use Gust to wipe all the mist and finds that Team Rocket almost captured. Nanette becomes scared and shock about the Team Rocket they are capture, but she then realize about Ash said to be not scared until she tries. She decide to help Ash and sends out Tepig for the help. She order Tepig to ember at Frillish to stop psychic she use at Pikachu. They decided to swtich their to plan to capture Pikachu to Tepig. Jessie orders Frillish to use Post Tatse while James order Amoonguss to use Hidden power at Unfezant (although it also hit on Pikachu but dodge). Nanette order Tepig to use Tackle, but Frillish use at Invisible to miss. Juniper realize that Normal are not affected with Frillish, she then grabs Tepig and throws it at Meowth capture machine. Jessie then order Frillish to use Bubble Beam and Jessie order Amoonguss to use Hidden Power at the group. But Unfeant manage to protect the attack, Ash order Unfezant to use Air Cutter at Amoonguss and order to use Arieal Ace at Frillish, making them both knock out. Team Rocket them attempt to retreat and almost escape with Meowth's Ballon. Ash help Unfezant to chase after them, Pikachu also want to help them out as well. Team Rocket once again attempt to escape by using a turbo jet to speed up, but Unfezant sprint up at time, Pikachu jump and use electro ball to destroy destroy the balloon, sending Team Rocket fall. Ash and Unfezant manage to grab Tepig in time, who was about to fall.
Nanette finally overcame about everyone she fear and finally begins her journey in excitement. Just then, Junier's assistant comes to tell Juniper that her father is calling. Cedric explains there is a dragon spiral tower located at outskirt in Unova. He also explains that is not a far away and also tells that they discovered at white ruins and offering varuable at Reshiram. Iris tells at Ash that it has statue at Village Dragon. Seeing it, Ash decided to go to White Ruins to see Reshiram, however, Cedric explains that there's no way to see it, only if Ash and his friends come on.
They prepare to travel using board and they farewell, but Ash believe that she dosen't want to come. But she say she has to do research at this lab and tells them to tell about it. She also explains there's a new Gym Leader named Cheren located at Aspertia Gym in Asperita City. They bid farewell to Juniper and aboard to the White Ruins where they will meet Reshiram.
At Castelia City, an Mysterious Man walks them on board.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Amoonguss (US and international) Meowth (Team Rocket) (Japan)
- Professor Oak's Pokémon Live Caster: Swadloon
- Be an Arrow! is replaced by Be an Arrow! 2013 as the Japanese opening while Sakura Go-Round replaces Look Look☆Here as the ending.
- Team Rocket Forever and Be an Arrow! are used as background music.
- At the end of Dare da?, at the point when the revealed Pokémon normally lets out its own cry, Ash instead shouts "Meowth!", and Meowth runs off the screen, shouting, "my cover's been blown!".
- This is also the first time during the Best Wishes series when the Pokémon in Dare da? has moved during its introduction, and the first time ever when the Pokémon in question has left the entire screen before the end of the segment.
- This episode also marks the first time since Memories are Made of Bliss!, 109 episodes ago, when Team Rocket has used their Meowth balloon and blasted off without their rocket packs.
- It is also the first to feature a new animation of them blasting off.
- As of this episode, Team Rocket has recited their original motto at least once during each of the series in the anime.
- In the English dub, one of the lines in Team Rocket's original motto is changed from "to unite all peoples within our nation" to "to unite the people within our nation".
- This episode marks the return of the running gag which consists of Professor Oak getting smothered by Ash's Muk while talking to Ash through video conference.
- This episode begins the Best Wishes! Season 2: Episode N arc.
- The conclusion of this arc also aired in Japan in the same week as this episode aired in the US.
- Team Rocket Forever is removed and Be An Arrow! is replaced with an instrumental version of Rival Destinies.
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