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| Tough Guy Trials!
The Big Old Thug is an Island King!?
|| May 10, 2018
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 松井亜弥 Aya Matsui
|| 小平麻紀 Maki Kodaira
| 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.
Tough Guy Trials! (Japanese: ちょーワルおやじはしまキング！？ The Big Old Thug is an Island King!?) is the 74th episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 1,013th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on May 10, 2018, and in New Zealand on August 31, 2018.
Ash and his Pokémon do some push-ups on their boat while they wait to arrive on Ula'ula Island. Rotom soon alerts Ash that their destination is up ahead. In a flashback, Ash recalls that Professor Kukui revealed to his students that he dreamed of opening the Alola Pokémon League and requires their assistance to make it a reality. Ash's excitement was spurred into action by Kiawe's fiery passion.
On the island, Jessie and Mimikyu admire the Z-Ring, much to the disappointment of Meowth and James, who is eager to use it with Mareanie. Jessie's posing is interrupted by Mimikyu who swiftly moves and spots Ash and his Pokémon as they arrive on Ula'ula Island. Team Rocket spot that Ash has traveled alone, and with their new Z-Crystals they may very well defeat him in battle. Meanwhile, Bewear remains unaware that Team Rocket are away and have left their button-eyed robots back at the hideout.
Nanu walks sluggishly past the Po Town Police Office, he yawns and plans on taking a nap. He is soon confronted by Officer Jenny and her Oricorio who have come to check on him. Nanu denies that he was planning on taking a powernap and turns back to the Police Station. Jenny salutes him as he returns to his hungry and meowing Alolan Meowth. He quickly feeds them, but his relaxation is again interrupted, this time by a phone call from Giovanni. Giovanni admits that he was surprised to learn that Nanu became a police officer and an Island Kahuna, before asking him about the "Blinding One". He ignores Giovanni's query and hangs up after hearing someone calling for him from outside.
Nanu steps out of his office to see Ash, smothered by his Alolan Meowth. Poipole shoots out some red sludge, though the Alolan Meowth respond by scratching it which then turns into a full-blown melee. The find soon ends, with Rotom scolding Poipole for sparking the fight, and Nanu comes to Ash's assistance criticising his conduct. Ash stands up immediately, and greets Nanu, hoping that he is the Island Kahuna. Nanu attempts to lie to Ash, stating that the person Ash is looking for is one of his co-workers who is busy on patrol. Ash formally introduces himself, while Nanu admires his rare Poipole and Lycanroc. Poipole squirts some red sludge onto Nanu, though Ash has Poipole apologize for its actions. Nanu invites Ash into the Police Station, and the two quickly clean themselves up. Seeing his Alolan Meowth hungry again, Nanu asks if Ash could feed and play with them while he waits for the Island Kahuna to arrive. Ash agrees, while Nanu leaves for somewhere. While Ash is bitten and scratched, Rotom and his Pokémon, except for Torracat, enjoy the play time and are left exhausted.
Acerola and Mimikins enter the Police Station, looking for uncle, though she instead finds Ash and his Pokémon. Ash explains that he was waiting for another officer to arrive, but Acerola laughs and reveals that her uncle, Nanu, is the only stationed officer, and has fooled and left. Rotom is sent into a spin after he tried to take pictures of the unusual floating Mimikyu, Mimikins, but all of the photographs come out with an odd haze. Acerola reveals that Mimikins is an actual ghost, much to Ash and Rotom's surprise. Acerola escorts Ash to her workplace, the Malie City Library.
Poipole is enthralled by its book-filled surrounding, though soon stops flying around to focus on a page that depicts Ultra Necrozma, with Lunala and Solgaleo standing either side of it. Acerola explains the legend of the "Blinding One", a Pokémon said to shine brighter than anything else in the world. She details that when Alola had just formed and was dark. The arrival of three Legendary Pokémon showered the area in light, the people of Alola were immensely grateful for the "Blinding One's" efforts and have continued to pass on the story throughout the generations. Acerola states that Nanu believes that the "Blinding One" may be an Ultra Beast. Team Rocket happen to overhear the conversation from outside and look forward to revealing the new information to their boss.
Sometime later, Ash is busy feeding Rowlet as his other Pokémon play with Mimikins, and Acerola is working at a kitchen bench. Ash goes to run off to catch up with Nanu, but Acerola assures him that Nanu won’t be there. She then reveals that she has taken his favorite playtoy, a kendama, as a hostage. Right on cue, Nanu walks through Acerola's door in search of his toy, though is initially startled to see Ash. Nanu is irritated that is cover is blown, but ignores Ash’s challenge of his Trial. With Acerola’s glare, Nanu concedes and decides to test Ash’s skill in a Pre-Trial.
Acerola officiates the match, acting as a referee. Ash asks Nanu to give him a good fight, who sighs. Nanu sends out his Krookodile, who immediately uses its ability Intimidate on Ash’s Lycanroc. Ash starts off the battle, having Lycanroc use its Tackle, which Krookodile knocks back with its head. Krookodile continues to intimidate Lycanroc who bares its teeth, which Nanu is glad to see. Lycanroc follows up with a Rock Throw, but Krookodile swats the attack away with its tail. Pikachu uses Iron Tail to stop the debris hitting Acerola. Lycanroc’s Bite fails and Krookodile responds with a Sand Tomb, which traps its foe in shifting sands. Krookodile lands several Mud-Slap attacks on Lycanroc, though its predicament only angers Lycanroc whose eyes begin to glow red. Ash is immediately concerned by the change and remembers his battle against Gladion. Acerola leaps into the air and crunches down on Krookodile's arm. While Krookodile shakes it off, Lycanroc again bites down on its foe but receives a hit to the face. Lycanroc continues to disobey Ash, while Nanu has Krookodile continue to face the enraged onslaught. Nanu finally responds, having Krookodile use Counter followed by Crunch, doing serious damage to Lycanroc. Acerola calls the match off as Ash makes his way to his injured Pokémon. Nanu tells Ash to return to Melemele Island. As an act of defiance, Ash disagrees and vows to remain on Ula'ula Island to continue to train for a future rematch. Nanu shrugs and sighs as he continues to walk off.
Meanwhile, Team Rocket report their latest findings on the "Blinding One", though Matori informs them that the information was already known. Matori's dismissal and quick ending of the call sends Jessie into a tirade. James pitches in that they need to catch Pikachu, setting the trio's sights once again on their long-term target.
At Acerola's house, Ash notices Lycanroc is upset while the other Pokémon crunch through their food. He makes his way over and sits beside it. Ash admits he shares Lycanroc’s sentiments, and affirms that there was nothing he or Lycanroc could do. He then asks Acerola for an ideal training location on Ula'ula Island. She responds that Tapu Bulu could help them train, and Rotom points out they met it once before. Ash is immediately pumped, and offers Lycanroc a mountain of food in preparation for its intense training. In agreeance, Lycanroc takes a large mouthful of food from Ash’s hand.
Back at his office, Nanu plays with his kendama, which hypnotizes his Meowth who watch on and trace his movements with their heads in amazement. Nanu stops fidgeting and grins as the sight of his entertained Pokémon.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Oricorio (Baile Style)
- Poké Problem: The Pokémon the Island Kahuna sends out in today's episode is...?
- Acerola, Rotom, and Ash narrate the preview for the next episode.
- The TVNZ OnDemand website incorrectly lists the episode as having aired on August 28, 2018, three days before it became available to watch on August 31, 2018.
- Ash, Acerola and Nanu read the Who's That Pokémon? segment in the dub.
- When Krookodile is called out, its left arm is missing.
- When Rotom scans Krookodile, it says Krookodile is a Dark/Ground type, instead of a Ground/Dark type. This was fixed in the dub.
- When Lycanroc uses Rock Throw, the fur on its right cheek is white instead of orange.
- When Lycanroc is thrown in the air after getting hit by Krookodile's Counter, the claws on its front left paw are missing.
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