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The Future I Choose
||June 23, 2023
(Japanese: わたしが選ぶ未来 The Future I Choose) is the 12th episode of Pokémon Horizons: The Series, and the 1,244th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on June 23, 2023.
Looking at the burnt-down Arboliva Forest around them, Liko and Roy understand the dire situation the forest is in. Mollie explains that the giant Arboliva uses its nutrients to heal injured Pokémon, akin to a doctor, but with the forest being so badly damaged, there's only so much it can do, which will inevitably lead to more Pokémon ending up like the Wooper they helped. Liko declares that they're going to replant the forest. As such, she and Mollie start gathering Berries, while Roy has Fuecoco till the soil with Stomping Tantrum and he himself clears out rocks and burnt-down tree parts. The gathered Berries are planted, leaving water as the only missing thing. Unfortunately, Paldea doesn't experience much rain during this season, so they're going to need help.
Aboard the Brave Asagi, Dot is about to upload her latest video, when she notices problems with the connection. She relays this information to Friede, Murdock, and Orla, explaining why they haven't been able to get in touch with the others. Friede departs with Charizard and Captain Pikachu to see where the problem might lie. He soon identifies the culprit as a Magneton that's emitting electromagnetic waves that cause the disturbance. Once Pikachu has shocked it and driven it off, the phone reception is instantly restored, allowing Liko's phone call to reach Friede. She explains the situation to Friede, and he goes to gather help. Soon, Friede meets up with Liko, Roy, and Mollie, followed by Orla and Ludlow. Ludlow pulls out a Dive Ball and calls out his Quagsire, whose Rain Dance helps to dampen the dry soil. Once the rain has ended, Arboliva uses its Seed Sower Ability to make the planted Berries grow into new trees. The restored trees allow the Pokémon that had fled the fire to return, much to Liko and Roy's pleasure.
Suddenly, Liko's pendant starts to glow and transforms into a mysterious Pokémon. Arboliva reacts to the Pokémon's presence by creating a big ball of light and surrounding Liko and Roy with it. Inside the ball of light, Liko and Roy find themselves in the middle of a thick mist. A silhouetted figure speaks from amidst the mist, but can't finish his sentence before the mist lifts and the two Trainers return to reality, the mysterious Pokémon transforming back into Liko's pendant in the process. The Rising Volt Tacklers barely have time to process this before Arboliva's Ancient Poké Ball starts glowing and it suddenly recalls itself into it. Taking this as a sign of Arboliva wanting to come with them, Friede asks Liko and Roy to look after the ball and has the team return to the airship. Unnoticed by the team, Spinel of the Explorers is spying on their every move.
At the Artazon library, Friede's attempts to find answers prove fruitless, but he's cheered up by the appearance of Lucca, whom he's been trying to reach for a while now. Simultaneously, Liko shows Roy some picture books her father had given to Roy to read, and Roy is shocked to notice that one of the books is about the ancient adventurer his grandfather has told him stories of. While Lucca identifies said ancient adventurer as a man named Lucius during her conversation with Friede, Liko and Roy read the story from the book: a hundred years ago, there was an adventurer who, accompanied by the Black Rayquaza, befriended five strong Pokémon. Together, the adventurer and these six Pokémon traveled from region to region, until they found a place simply called "paradise." The man, with his Pokémon friends, had gone on to settle down and live there, becoming forever known as the "ancient adventurer." Given the description of how one of the adventurer's partners had the ability to heal wounds, Roy deduces that it must mean Arboliva, which, in turn, means that the Ancient Poké Balls contain the adventurer's partners, and there are still four more of them out there, making him excited at the thought of finding them too.
With Friede and Lucca, Liko's mother is unable to provide any answers regarding the pendant, since it was a gift to Liko from Lucca's mother, and advises them to talk to her for answers. Her Squawkabilly takes flight and starts repeating the words "Galar" and "old castle." Lucca decides not to go see Liko, wanting her daughter to decide her own future. Liko, meanwhile, calls her father, who says the storybook is based on tales of Liko's grandmother, so he believes the story to be just fiction. Roy, however, remains convinced of the story's authenticity, given their encounters with the Black Rayquaza and Arboliva.
Later, the Rising Volt Tacklers gather in a meeting. After sharing what he learned, Friede leaves the decision up to Liko. Liko decides that she wants to go meet her grandmother, with Roy also eagerly agreeing to the idea in the hopes of finding out more about the Ancient Poké Balls and the ancient adventurer. Since she travels around the world, though, Liko has no idea where she is right now. Friede, however, believes that Squawkabilly's words were a clue on her whereabouts, so, following a unanimous agreement, the Rising Volt Tacklers decide to head for Galar next. Unknowingly, the airship is being observed by a Beheeyem and the Magneton from earlier, both belonging to Spinel, who's been thoroughly studying the Rising Volt Tacklers and declares that Liko's pendant will soon not be hers anymore.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.
- When Liko, Roy, Mollie, and their Pokémon are cleaning the ground to plant new trees, there is a scene where Fuecoco uses Stomping Tantrum to till the field. When the Pokémon is about to leave the scene, for a few frames, its nose is missing.
- When Liko gets surprised by Roy's shocked voice upon recognizing the ancient adventurer's story, the right side of her hair is hanging over her finger.
Fuecoco's missing nostril
Liko's hair covering her finger
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