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| Coming Full-Festival Circle!
The Semi-Finals! Who is Heading to the Finals!?
|| May 13, 2010
| United States
|| October 2, 2010
|| 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.
Coming Full-Festival Circle! (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 and in the United States on October 2, 2010.
The Grand Festival continues. The episode begins with revealing Jessilina to have won her match (the fourth battle of the third round) with James's Mime Jr. and James's Carnivine (borrowed for the festival). Because of a comment by Fantina, Jessilina suggests that they should forget about the rest of the festival and crown her as Top Coordinator already, to which Fantina replies that it's impossible and that Jessilina will just have to win the tournament herself. The match-ups for the semi-finals are then revealed with Dawn facing Jessilina and Zoey facing Nando. Dawn's mother Johanna is then shown for a brief moment as she remarks that she seems to be more excited than the contestants.
Dawn and her Piplup are then shown to be brooding on the balcony at night. Dawn is nervous but Ash and Brock give her a confidence boost. The group then hears the music of a harp and go downstairs to investigate. Their investigation reveals Nando on a rock in the clearing. His music has attracted dozens of wild Pokémon to listen and a Swablu flies down to join them. Noticing them, Nando stops and gets up to greet the group and Dawn compliments Nando on his musical skills. Nando reveals that he is surprised at having made it this far in the festival and is using his harp to soothe him. They are interrupted by Zoey, who joins them, and promises Nando a good battle. Since everyone is out, Brock wonders what Jessilina is doing and it is shown that Jessie are in a warehouse with the James and Meowth. Before them are piles of boxes containing Jessilina memorabilia. While James and Meowth are sure that the memorabilia will earn them lots of money, Jessie daydreams about what it means to be Top Coordinator. She is shown to be riding around in a white sports car, being on a talk show, being a fashion star in magazines, and being surrounded by dozens of men in white tuxedos.
The next day, the semi-finals have officially started and it's Zoey vs Nando first. Zoey sends out her Mismagius and her Leafeaon while Nando sends out his Kricketune and his new Lopunny. Mismagius and Leafeon come out in a shower of Star seals while Kricketune and Lopunny are released in a shower of Song seals. Ash notes that Zoey's Misdreavus had evolved. He and his friends are also surprised by Nando's choice of Lopunny. They had thought that he was going to use either a Template:Type2 or a Template:Type2 Pokémon that knows Sing.
Undazed, Zoey tells Leafeon to use Energy Ball and Mismagius to use Thunder Wave. The Thunder Wave fuses with the Energy Ball to create an electrifying meteorite. This combination causes Nando to already lose a portion of his points. Nando orders Lopunny to use Jump Kick and Kricketune to use Bug Buzz. Lopunny kicks Zoey's fusion move away and Kricketune's Bug Buzz then immobilizes Leafeon. Lopunny meanwhile dances around and wrap the streamers created by Bug Buzz around itself to create an elegant effect and also take away a portion of Zoey's points. Zoey is amazed by Nando's use of Lopunny while Brock comments that the combination of Lopunny's elegance with Kricketune's music makes it look like a ballerina.
Suddenly, the Energy fusion Ball that Lopunny had kicked away returns, shooting straight down. Kricketune then blasts away the fusion ball to create a shower of rainbow sparks, which is used to further emphasize Lopunny elegance. Zoey once more loses points.
Recovering, Zoey orders Leafeon and Mismagius to use Double Team. The two Pokémon alternate between each other with their Double Teams as they surround Nando's Pokémon. Nando is amazed by the stunning contrast of the double Double Team. Brock notes that Zoey is using her Pokémon in perfect synch while also bringing out the fact that this is a double battle. Ash and Dawn, however, note that Nando is still in the lead and that Zoey will lose if she doesn't do something quick. Lopunny uses Blizzard but the light from the disappearing doubles only make Leafeon and Mismagius shine all the more. This causes Nando to lose some points. Dawn comments that Nando had fallen for Zoey's trick while Brock notes that Zoey had used the sparkles from the disappearing doubles to her advantage.
Angered, Nando tells Kricketune to use his signature move Sing, which causes Zoey to lose some points. However, Zoey had been expecting Sing and tells Mismagius to use Lucky Chant. Mismagius hops on top of Leafeon while using Lucky Chant. Brock explains that Lucky Chant prevents opponents from landing critical hits for a short duration of time but wonders how Zoey plans to use this move. The gems on Mismagius's body glows as Mismagius soars into the air. Purple tendrils then appear out of the gems and knock away the music notes created by Sing and Nando loses points as a result. Zoey reveals that she had specially created this move to counter Nando's Sing. With a little less than four minutes left on the clock, Nando and Zoey are now tied in points.
Leafeon uses Leaf Blade while Lopunny counters with Focus Blast. However, Leafeon cuts the Focus Blast in two and strikes Lopunny. Nando is now down to half his points. Nando tells Kricketune to use X-Scissor against Leafeon while Zoey tells Mismagius to use Psywave against Kricketune. Startled, Nando tells Lopunny to quickly help out. Lopunny carries Kricketune out of the harm of the floating bluish-white tendrils of Psywave and then throws Kricketune back into the battle. Zoey tells Leafeon to use Leaf Blade again to take up the X-Scissor. Kricketune and Leafeon then collide several times with neither of them giving an inch. Both Nando and Zoey lose the same amount of points and are once more tied.
While Dawn is amazed at the elegance of the battle and wishes that the battle will never end, Zoey and Nando's Pokémon are shown to release several more attacks shown in stills. Mismagius is shown to use Psywave again but Lopunny blocks the attack with its long ears. Leafeon then releases an Energy Ball while Kricketune cuts the Energy Ball in half with its X-Scissor. Meanwhile, Nando and Zoey continue to be tied in points. Another collision between X-Scissor and Leaf Blade is shown while Lopunny dodges a Lucky Chant from Mismagius. With thirty seconds left in the battle, Nando and Zoey are still tied.
We are returned back to the contest battle. Nando orders Kricketune to use Silver Wind while Lopunny uses Blizzard by spinning around Kricketune. The Blizzard and the Silver Wind combine to form snowflakes that float gently down to the ground while Lopunny continues to show off its elegant dance moves. Zoey orders Leafeon to use Aerial Ace while Mismagius uses Psywave. The Aerial Ace and the Psywave combine to give Leafeon beautiful bluish-white wings, and the leaf on Leafeon's head glows white in preparation for a blade attack. Nando prepares his counter by having Lopunny intercept Leafeon. However, Mismagius blocks the way with a Thunder Wave. Lopunny's kick collides with Mismagius's shield of thunder and an explosion occurs that knocks both Pokémon back. Kricketune then uses X-Scissor to counter Leafeon's fusion. The two collide and orange sparks fly off. The orange sparks cause Leafeon's psychic wings to disappear while neither Kricketune nor Leafeon budge. The power level reaches it max and an explosion occurs that leaves the stadium dark as bright sparkles fall to the ground. The lights are returned as Zoey and Nando grin at each other.
Time is up and Nando is shown to be the contestant with the lesser amount of points, meaning that Zoey wins the battle and will be advancing to the final stage. A happy Zoey thanks her Pokémon for the hard work they did. Nando congratulates Zoey on her win and wishes her good luck in the finals. Absolutely stunned by the beautiful performance, Fantina appears out of the blue and raises both Nando and Zoey's arms up in victory.
Next up is Dawn against Jessilina. Dawn runs down the halls to enter the stadium but stops when she sees Zoey returning. Both grin at each other and Dawn tells Zoey to "wait for her at the finals". While Jessilina blows heart-filled kisses to the crowd, Dawn takes a deep breath and tells herself that she just needs to believe in her Pokémon. The battle starts and Dawn sends out her Buneary and her Cyndaquil in a shower of Star seals. The scene then changes to Johanna and her Glameow as they anxiously watch the battle on TV. From the TV one can hear that Jessilina chose to use her Seviper and Carnivine. They enter using their unique "Rocket Start" before Buneary counters with Dizzy Punch and Cyndaquil with SmokeScreen. Johanna notes that the look in Dawn's eyes have changed as she sets her eyes on becoming the Top Coordinator. Meanwhile, Buneary spins around as she uses Ice Beam and Cyndaquil uses Flame Wheel on television.
Back to the real battle, Flame Wheel knocks into Carnivine while the Ice Beam freezes Seviper. Cyndaquil then uses Swift while Buneary uses Bounce to spin around the golden stars. Carnivine retaliates with Vine Whip while Seviper uses its signature Poison Tail. Seviper tries to strike Buneary with its Poison Tail but Buneary jumps out of the way and, as a result, Seviper gets hit with Swift. Carnivine then tries to get Buneary once more with Vine Whip but Buneary once more jumps out of the way and sends Carnivine crashing into Seviper. Seviper traps Cyndaquil in its Wrap attack while Cyndaquil's Swift collides with Carnivine. Dawn then uses another combination of Ice Beam and Swift while Jessilina counters with Seviper's Haze and Carnivine's Bullet Seed.
The battle ends when time is called and Dawn is shown to lead by a huge amount of points. As a result, Dawn wins her semi-final battle and will be advancing into the finals to face Zoey. Meanwhile, Jessilina realizes that her dreams of stardom and fame have been destroyed and approaches Dawn angrily. Everyone else is confused while James and Meowth look nervous because of their knowledge of Jessie's scary tempers. However, Jessilina wasn't looking to pick a fight with Dawn. Instead, she pinches both of Dawn's cheeks and tells her to win the Grand Festival...or else. She then walks off while Dawn thanks her.
The episode ends with the very start of the final battle of the Grand Festival between Dawn and Zoey.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- When "Jessilina" is shown cheering because she won her battle, there are five judge stands behind her when there should be four.
- When Nando is outside singing to all the Pokémon, two Cherrim appear in their Sunshine Form despite the fact it is dark outside.
- 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.
- During Leafeon's Psywave and Aerial Ace Combo, Nando's Kricketune charges X-Scissor twice.
- When Leafeon was using Leaf Blade and Kricketune uses X-Scissor, the leaf on Leafeon's head disappeared.
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