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Sun & Moon series
SM041   EP980
Dash! Dendimushi
First broadcast
Japan September 7, 2017
United States
English themes
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター -20th Anniversary-
Ending ポーズ
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 面出明美 Akemi Omode
Storyboard 樋口香里 Kaori Higuchi
Assistant director 小柴純弥 Junya Koshiba
Animation directors 伊藤典子 Noriko Ito
八田木瀧 Taki Yatagi
No additional credits are available at this time.

(Japanese: ダッシュ!デンヂムシ Dash! Dendimushi) is the 41st episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 980th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on September 7, 2017.

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Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?: Charjabug (Japan)


  • Poké Problem: What is my Charjabug's Nature?
    • Host: Sophocles
    • Choices: Calm, Timid, Gentle, Mild
    • Answer: Mild
  • The car that Hayate's Shiny Charjabug drives is based on the high-speed flight form of a Shiny Genesect and the Red Zaku II from Gundam, from the horn on top of Charjabug's head and the team that it belongs to, being called "Red Comet".
  • The Japanese title of this episode is a reference to the series Dash! Yonkuro. When cheering Charjabug on as it crossed the finish line, the faces that Ash, Sophocles, and Kiawe's made referenced some of its main characters (Sophocles as Dankuro Toda, Ash as Yonkuro Hinomaru, and Kiawe as Shinkuro Minami).
  • The disguises which Jessie and James wear in this episode are a reference to the series Bakusō Kyōdai Let's & Go!!, with Jessie's outfit based off of the character of Retsu Seiba and James's outfit based off of Gō Seiba.
  • The contraption that Kiawe wears on his body during the montage scene of Ash, Kiawe, and Sophocles preparing for the Charjabug Race is a reference to the series Star of the Giants, where the main character wore a similar contraption on his body, in order to straighten out his arms, making him better at playing baseball. Meowth wore a similar device during a flashback in Pulling Out the Pokémon Base Pepper!.
  • Pose is used as an insert song during Charjabug's training montage for the race.
  • This episode marks the first instance of Natures being mentioned in the anime.
  • Mallow, Ash, Lillie, Kiawe, Lana, and Sophocles narrate the preview for the next episode.


  • When Charjabug first used String Shot, Sophocles was hit despite him standing behind the Battery Pokémon.
  • Right when Castform is about to change from its Rainy Form to its Snowy Form, it's colored as its Normal Form.

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