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EP271 : Playing with Fire!
Original series
EP273 : Gotta Catch Ya Later!
Johto Photo Finish
To the End of the Full Battle! Each One's Way!
First broadcast
Japan October 31, 2002
United States October 11, 2003
English themes
Opening Believe in Me
Japanese themes
Opening Ready Go!
Ending ポケッターリ・モンスターリ
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
Storyboard 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
Assistant director 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
Animation director 宍戸久美子 Kumiko Shishido
No additional credits are available at this time.

Johto Photo Finish (Japanese: フルバトルのはてに!それぞれのみち!! To the End of the Full Battle! Each One's Way!) is the 272nd episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on October 31, 2002 and in the United States on October 11, 2003.

As Ash and Harrison's battle comes to a close, a fierce battle between Charizard and Blaziken begins. Both are powerful; only one can win.

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Ash and Harrison are left with only one Pokémon left. Both Charizard and Blaziken start off with a powerful Flamethrower attack, which collide to form a giant smoke cloud. As the smoke clears, neither Pokémon is fazed by the explosion. Ash then commands Charizard to use Flamethrower, which Blaziken easily dodges by jumping high into the air. Taking advantage of the fact that Blaziken can't move freely in the air, Charizard uses Dragon Rage, which, to Ash's surprise, Blaziken dodges, then counters using Quick Attack. Charizard flies up to dodge, but Blaziken attacks with Flamethrower. Charizard dodges and counters with another Flamethrower that collides with Blaziken's next attack. Then Blaziken uses Quick Attack again and Charizard is hit by a Fire Punch, but, unfazed, counters with a Flamethrower that hits Blaziken dead on.

Blaziken is ordered once again to use Quick Attack. As Charizard and Blaziken brawl it out, Ash commands Charizard to use Seismic Toss. Brock and Misty cheer as Charizard circles around in the air. As the smoke clears Blaziken is down, but the announcer is interrupted as, to the surprise of everyone, Blaziken gets up. With both Pokémon tired out, Blaziken uses one more Quick Attack, which Charizard counters with Flamethrower. Charizard attacks again with Seismic Toss, but Blaziken dodges and smashes Charizard with a Blaze Kick, dealing severe damage to Charizard. Charizard, sustaining the damage, releases a full power Dragon Rage to meet Blaziken's Flamethrower. As the smoke clears, both Pokémon struggle to get up. Eventually both of them get up, but when Charizard is ordered to use Flamethrower, it faints.

Later, Ash and crew say goodbye to Squirtle and Officer Jenny. In the next match, Harrison loses to another Trainer's Rhyhorn. Ash blames himself for Harrison's loss because Charizard and Blaziken battled so hard, Harrison was unable to use it. Harrison's opponent goes on to win the Johto League. Harrison plans to keep on with his journey by participating in the Indigo League in Kanto. After saying their goodbyes, and with the Johto League over, the gang head back towards Kanto, and Pallet Town.

Major events

  • Ash loses his battle with Harrison.
  • Ash sends Squirtle back to the Squirtle Squad.
  • Ash sends Charizard back to the Charicific Valley.
  • Harrison loses in the Semi-finals.
  • Jon Dickson wins the Silver Conference Pokémon League.
  • Harrison tells Ash that he should go to Hoenn.
  • Gary decides to be a Pokémon Researcher.
  • Ash, Harrison and Gary head their separate ways.





Who's That Pokémon?: Tyranitar


  • This episode can be found on the second GBA video.
  • Battles:
    • Ash vs. Harrison: Harrison won
    • Jon Dickson vs. Harrison: Jon Dickson won
  • This is the second Pokémon League where Ash loses the competition to a rival whom he knows outside the Pokémon league battles (the first being Ritchie in the Indigo League), who then loses the next round.


  • After the explosion caused when Blaziken's Flamethrower and Charizard's Dragon Rage attacks collided, when Blaziken is attempting to compose itself, its hands are red instead of gray, and next, its tail is white instead of red. After that the yellow spot on its chest is white.
  • The ref repeats that Harrison is from Silver Town instead of Littleroot Town as seen in Pop Goes The Sneasel similar to the mistake in Can't Beat the Heat!.

Dub edits

In other languages

  • French: La fin de la Conférence Argentée
  • German: Zeit des Abschieds
  • Italian: Il torneo della vittoria (quarta parte)
  • Latin American Spanish: ¡La final de la liga Jotho!
  • Iberian Spanish: El reñido final de Jotho
  • Brazilian Portuguese: A Última Foto da Liga Johto

EP271 : Playing with Fire!
Original series
EP273 : Gotta Catch Ya Later!
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