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The Semi-Finals! Who is Heading to the Finals!?
|| May 13, 2010
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 山田浩之 Hiroyuki Yamada
| Assistant director
|| 古賀一臣 Kazuomi Koga
| Animation directors
|| 夏目久仁彦 Kunihiko Natsume
| 新城真 Makoto Shinjō
| No additional credits are available at this time.
(Japanese: セミファイナル！決勝へ進むのは！？ The Semi-Finals! Who is Heading to the Finals!? ) is the 176th episode of the Diamond & Pearl series, and the 642nd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on May 13, 2010.
The Grand Festival continues, and the competition is really heating up as Dawn progresses into the semi-finals only to find herself paired up against none other than 'Jessilina'. While Dawn attempts to hold her nerve against the coordinator who (kind of) defeated her in the Lilypad Contest, Zoey finds herself in a similar situation as she faces the coordinator who defeated her in the Hearthome Contest... Nando.
At the festival, Zoey's Leafeon and Mismagius fights hard against Nando's Lopbunny and Kricetune. They exchange blows, both losing points rapidly. But in the end Zoey edges out a win and advances to the final round. Afterwards, Dawn's Buneary and Cyndaquil easily beat Jessilina's Seviper and Carnavine. Jessie, having her dreams of being the famous Top Coordinator shattered, pinches Dawn's cheeks in anger but orders her to win the Festival. Dawn quickly thanks her, and the final stage of the Festival is ready to begin...
- When Nando is outside singing to all the Pokémon, two Cherrim appear in their Sunshine Form despite the fact it is dark outside.
- Also, the pink petals on their heads are the wrong size (much smaller than usual).
- During the montage of battles leading up to the semi-finals, Zoey's Gastrodon's head is colored fully pink.
- Despite having being shown next to Marian mere seconds before, the Ribbon Cup was missing from the final shot of the episode.