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As Long as I'm With Nyahoja, I'm Sure
||April 21, 2023
(Japanese: ニャオハとなら、きっと As Long as I'm With Nyahoja, I'm Sure) is the third episode of Pokémon Horizons: The Series, and the 1,235th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on April 21, 2023.
After seeing a dream of her grandmother, Liko wakes up aboard the Brave Asagi. Remembering how her Sprigatito was taken from her the previous night, she resolves to get her partner back and steps out of her cabin to find Orla, Murdock, and Mollie on the deck. They tell her that Friede is looking for the Explorers so they can get her Sprigatito back. Friede indeed soon returns, though he says that while he managed to follow the Explorers to a nearby port city, he lost track of them afterwards, so he has no idea where exactly they're hiding. Liko expresses her desire to come along to look for her partner, though Friede warns that she won't stand a chance against the Explorers without any Pokémon. Friede reveals that her mother actually hired them as her bodyguards, which surprises Liko, causing the rest of the team to berate Friede for once again unintentionally withholding information from her, though they quickly brush it aside to focus on breakfast instead.
Once the Brave Asagi has docked at the port town, Murdock calls out his Rockruff. Since Rockruff still remembers Sprigatito's scent, he figures they can use it to find the Explorers. Friede joins him on his search, while Orla will work on repairing the Wing Deck, Mollie asks Liko's help in getting some Potions from a Pokémon Center, and Ludlow stays behind to fish. Leading Liko to the Pokémon Center, Mollie hands her a list of the preordered items and sends her inside alone without explaining why she's not coming along. Meeting Nurse Joy, Liko hands the list to her, but Joy gets distracted by the need to treat another girl's Vulpix first. The girl berates herself for causing her partner to get hurt due to her own inexperience, making Liko think about Sprigatito and the possibility of it getting hurt too. However, unbeknownst to Liko, Sprigatito is being treated well by Onia, who has bought it plenty of food and toys, finding it irresistibly cute. She recomposes herself when Amethio enters the room, making it clear that he does not intend to use Sprigatito as a bargaining chip, his focus being solely on capturing Liko and her pendant. He is contacted by Zirc, who's spying on the Brave Asagi and informs him that the Rising Volt Tacklers are in the city. Ending the call, Amethio wonders out loud what the team's next move is going to be.
Aboard the Brave Asagi, Orla finishes repairing the Wing Deck's retraction mechanism, while at the Pokémon Center, Nurse Joy finishes treating the Vulpix and hands Liko the boxes containing the preordered items. Liko almost falls over from the weight of the boxes, but they're caught by Mollie's Chansey the instant she exits the building. Simultaneously, Rockruff catches Sprigatito's scent on a disguised Onia, who's been out shopping. When Murdock, Friede, and Liko run towards her, she ditches her shopping bag and makes a run for it, contacting Amethio and informing him of her situation. He tells her to lead them to their hiding place and contacts Zirc, who's just finished secretly attaching a tracking device on the underside of the Brave Asagi, telling him to return. While Murdock stays behind to assist the civilians whom Onia knocked over during her escape, Liko and Friede follow Rockruff to the warehouse area where the Explorers are hiding. Friede tries to keep Liko from just charging in, but she, as Sprigatito's Trainer, feels it's her responsibility to save it. As such, Friede devices a plan.
Liko and Friede enter a warehouse, where Amethio confronts them. He makes his recurring demand for Liko's pendant clear, but Friede suggests they settle things with a Pokémon battle, as their previous battle wasn't even properly finished. Amethio agrees, and Liko moves aside from being caught in the middle of the action. While Captain Pikachu once more clashes against Amethio's Ceruledge, Liko uses the distraction to sneak further into the warehouse, with Rockruff quickly leading her to the room where Sprigatito is being held. As Friede and Amethio's battle moves to the warehouse's rooftop, Liko forces the door open and reunites with Sprigatito. They escape outside, where Onia appears before them, still fawning over "her" cute Sprigatito. She is devasted when the Grass Cat Pokémon refuses to come with her and calls out her Skarmory, taunting that a Grass type like Sprigatito stands no chance against it. Undeterred, Liko orders Sprigatito to use Leafage. While the attack doesn't do much against Skarmory, it still provides enough of a cover to allow Liko and Sprigatito to escape. On the rooftop, Amethio has driven him and Pikachu at the edge. His confidence of his impending victory fades away quickly, however, when the leaves of Leafage rise up behind Friede and he sees Liko running away, realizing too late that the battle was just a distraction planned by Friede. Smirking, Friede and Pikachu fall off the rooftop and fly away with Charizard.
Aboard the Brave Asagi at sunset, Liko feels she can finally fully trust the Rising Volt Tacklers, given that they put her and Sprigatito's safety before her pendant. In addition, being separated and reuniting with Sprigatito has truly made her feel like a Trainer and made her understand what her grandmother had meant by telling her that the only scary part of being a Trainer is the first step. Thanks to Sprigatito, she's been able to take that first step and find herself a new horizon. She steps in front of the Rising Volt Tacklers, expressing that, while they seemed suspicious to her at first, due to them taking her with them without explaining anything, she feels ready to trust and travel with them now in order to find out more about her pendant and why the Explorers are after her. Friede happily accepts her request to continue traveling along with them, as they're also interested in finding out more about the pendant, since the Rising Volt Tacklers are a team all about uncovering the mysteries of the world, yet another thing that he's absentmindedly neglected to mention. With Liko now officially a member of the team, Friede declares that their next destination is Liko's home in Paldea, where they're going to collect their bodyguard fees so they can keep financing their adventures. In her cabin, Liko calls Ann and informs her of her departure, saying that she'll be attending classes remotely from now on.
On a small island off the coast of Kanto, a boy named Roy happily runs out of his home and to the beach, excited to see if the previous night's storm has brought in any new treasures. Much to his delight, he indeed finds something: the flag that was blown off the Brave Asagi as it flew through said storm.
Liko joining the Rising Volt Tacklers
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- For a few frames, Nidothing's left claws are colored blue instead of white.
Nidothing's claws color error
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