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BW127 : The Island of Illusions!
Best Wishes series
BW129 : The Pirates of Decolore!
To Catch a Rotom!
BW128   EP785
Rotom VS Dr. Okido!
First broadcast
Japan May 30, 2013
United States August 31, 2013
English themes
Opening It's Always You and Me
Japanese themes
Opening 夏めく坂道
Ending 手をつなごう
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 川田武範 Takenori Kawada
Assistant director 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Animation director 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
No additional credits are available at this time.

To Catch a Rotom! (Japanese: ロトムVSオーキド博士! Rotom VS Dr. Okido!) is the 128th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 785th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on May 30, 2013 and in the United States on August 31, 2013.

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Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?: Rotom


  • Professor Oak's Pokémon Live Caster: Rotom (mid-episode) and Gigalith (end of the episode)
    • This is the first time that two different Live Casters are in the same episode.
    • This is also the first time that a Live Caster, in this case, Rotom's, has aired in the international version.
  • This episode marks the first time since the Orange Islands saga (from the original series), that Japanese text can be seen.
    • This is also the first time since Beauty and the Beach that Japanese text is left as-is in the dub.
  • This episode marks the first time that someone mentions the existence of genderless Pokémon in the anime.
  • Much like in The Lonely Deino!, when Iris' Emolga steps on Cilan's Stunfisk and the Mow Rotom overrides it, it cries, even though in the Pokédex it says that "its skin is very hard, so it's unhurt even if stepped on by sumo wrestlers." This was done for comical purposes.
  • Though not exactly a boss fantasy, this is the first time in the Best Wishes series that Team Rocket fantasizes about the Pokémon they are planning to steal.
  • In this episode, for the first time since the Diamond & Pearl series, Team Rocket uses a variation of their motto.
  • The beam emitters that Team Rocket use to capture Rotom are similar in design to the Proton Packs from Ghostbusters.
  • At the end of the Japanese version of the episode, the narrator impersonates Professor Oak. Both characters have the same voice actor.


Dub edits

  • Professor Oak's Pokémon Live Caster is localized as Professor Oak's Who's That Pokémon.
  • Since the Narrator and Professor Oak don't share their voice actor in the English dub, Professor Oak interrupts the narrator and recites the " the journey continues" line himself; unlike the Japanese version which has the narrator impersonating Oak.

In other languages

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