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| Shield with a Twist!
Yosuga Gym Match! VS Melissa!!
|| November 13, 2008
| United States
|| April 18, 2009
|| Team Iguchi
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation director
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| Additional credits
Shield with a Twist! (Japanese: ヨスガジム戦！ＶＳメリッサ！！ Yosuga Gym Match! VS Melissa!!) is the 102nd episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 568th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on November 13, 2008, in the UK on April 16, 2009 and in the United States on April 18, 2009.
Ash finally faces Fantina, the Gym Leader of Hearthome City. Fantina dances in and gets ready to battle. At the same time, Jessie and Yanmega are getting ready for the Majolica Town Contest. The episode switches back to Ash as the battle is about to begin. Dawn, Brock and Barry sit in the stands to cheer Ash on. Fantina sends out her Gengar to start off the battle. Ash sends out Buizel, and the battle begins. Ash commands Buizel to use Water Gun but it misses. Fantina then orders Gengar to use Shadow Punch which hits. Then Gengar fires a Confuse Ray but it is blocked by counter shield. Buizel then uses Water Pulse which knocks out Gengar.
Back at the Majolica Contest, Jessie sends out Yanmega who begins to perform its appeal, which the spectators love. Back at the gym, Fantina sends out Mismagius while Ash sends out Chimchar. Ash flashes back to Zoey's battle against it. Ash tells Chimchar to use Flame Wheel which hits Mismagius. Ash then uses counter shield to block Magical Leaf. Ash then has Chimchar use Flame Wheel which Fantina attempts to block with Psywave. Chimchar hits Mismagius and knocks it out.
Back at the contest, Jessie is presented her second ribbon. James and Meowth cries tears of joy for Jessie.
The gym battle is reaching its end as Fantina sends out Drifblim and Ash sends out Pikachu. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt on Drifblim. It temporarily paralyzes Drifblim, but by using Psychic Drifblim throws the paralysis off. Using Ash's strategy against him. Drifblim creates a shield of Will-O-Wisp and Psychic. Pikachu is unable to break through and Drifblim defeats Pikachu by using Hypnosis and Ominous Wind. Buizel is brought out to defeat Drifblim, but despite getting through the shied, it to suffers from hypnosis.
Chimchar is brought out and it initially is also unable to break the shield. But Ash gets clever and uses Flamethrower and Will-O-Wisp against Drifblim, scoring a hit. Then Chimchar used Dig, emerges, and grabs Drifblim. Chimchar throws Drifblim to the ground and then attacks with Flamethrower before Hypnosis can be used. Drifblim is defeated and Ash wins. Fantina awards him the Relic Badge.
Later that night, Barry announces he is going to go train on Iron Island. When Ash learns that's near Canalave City, Ash says he'll challenged the Gym there and asks Barry to travel with them. Barry agrees and he and Ash begin their true rivalry.
- The English version of this episode first aired in the UK on April 16, 2009 along with Jumping Rocket Ship!.
- As of this episode, every member of Ash's Sinnoh team, other than Gliscor, has been used in at least two gym battles, and Grotle, Pikachu, and Buizel have been used in three. This also includes Aipom, who is no longer a member of Ash's team.
- Music from Pokémon Heroes is used as background music.
- This is the first episode where a Pokémon Contest and a Gym Battle are depicted in the same episode.
- Jessie is not seen in her standard Team Rocket uniform throughout this episode, instead remaining in her Jessalina disguise for the Majolica Contest.
- This episode is one of the few where Jessie's hair is seen down.
- An earlier episode has a similar title to this one.
- The Contest featured in this episode is the only one in which none of Ash's friends participate in while Jessie does.
- This Gym battle is similar to Ash's Gym battle with Morty in From Ghost to Ghost.
- Both were Gyms that specialize in Template:Type2 Pokémon.
- Ash and the Gym Leader had a 3-on-3 battle.
- Ash used the region's Template:Type2 starter Pokémon.
- Pikachu was used, and it did not win a single match.
- Both gym leaders had a Gengar, which did not defeat any of Ash's Pokémon.
- Ash used the same Pokémon to defeat the previous Gym Leader's Pokémon, and used it again to defeat the leader's main Pokémon.
In other languages
- Dutch: Iets In Z'n Schild Voeren! *
- German: Drei gegen drei!
- Korean: 연고체육관 시합! 지우 VS 멜리사
- Brazilian Portuguese: O Escudo!
- Latin American Spanish: ¡Protegidos con un Escudo!
- Czech: Nelehký zápas
- Italian: Il controscudo!
- Polish: Z tarczą czy na tarczy?
- French: Un bouclier à l'épreuve des flammes !