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| The Needs of the Three!
Agnome, Yuxie, Emrit!
|| November 12, 2009
| United States
|| April 3, 2010
|| Team Iguchi
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 山田浩之 Hiroyuki Yamada
| Assistant director
|| 渡辺正彦 Masahiko Watanabe
| Animation director
|| 夏目久仁彦 Kunihiko Natsume
| Additional credits
- Screenshots on Filb.de
- Earlier reports credited Makoto Shinjō alongside Kunihiko Natsume as animation director.
The Needs of the Three! (Japanese: アグノム・ユクシー・エムリット！ Agnome, Yuxie, Emrit!) is the 151st episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 617th episode of the Pokémon anime. It aired in Japan as a one-hour special on November 12, 2009, along with The Battle Finale of Legend! and in the United States on April 3, 2010.
Ash, Dawn and Brock all have a dream, where Mesprit, Azelf and Uxie call out to them for help... only it turns out that it wasn't just a dream. Pokémon Hunter J attacks Lake Valor using a special bomb made by Team Galactic in order to draw out Azelf, and in turn the other two Lake Guardians. J succeeds in capturing all three Lake Guardians for Team Galactic's evil plot. But then J's ship gets hit by a Future Sight. The ship plummeted to the water and exploded, supposedly killing J and her subordinates. While Gary Oak tries to stop Team Galactic's evil plan, Ash and his friends got a ride from Cynthia, only to be teleported by Azelf, Uxie, and Mesprit to Team Galactic headquarters where they find out that Cyrus is the Galactic Boss. Team Galactic then surrounds our heroes.
- There is no Professor Oak's Pokémon lecture following this episode (due to it being shown immediately before The Battle Finale of Legend!).
- This is the first time that Mesprit, Azelf, and Uxie appear in their physical forms. They previously appeared as projected souls in Following a Maiden's Voyage!, Pruning a Passel of Pals!, and Uncrushing Defeat! respectively.
- The title card is read by Ash, Dawn and Brock.
- In this episode, J used a Galactic Bomb on Lake Valor, which is what Saturn did in the games.
- The background music Darkrai: From Within the Shadows from the tenth movie is used in this episode.
- Despite sharing the same name in both Japanese and English, Uxie has two different voice actors for both languages.
- J and her subordinates are supposedly killed in this episode when her ship crashes into the lake. If they were, then this is the second time where a human character, along with a group of people, are killed on-screen in the Pokémon anime (the first being Dr. Fuji and the Scientists of New Island).
- Music from Celebi: Voice of the Forest, The Rise of Darkrai, and Giratina and the Sky Warrior is played during this episode.