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The Shape of Family, Bevenom's Feelings!
|| August 2, 2018
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 松井亜弥 Aya Matsui
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation directors
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| No additional credits are available at this time.
(Japanese: 家族のカタチ、ベベノムのキモチ！ The Shape of Family, Bevenom's Feelings!) is the 84th episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 1,023rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 2, 2018.
Ash has his Pokémon compete in training battles against each other. Rowlet's Razor Leaf proves to be an equal match against Torracat's Flame Charge. Lycanroc and Pikachu’s training session is interrupted by Poipole, who chases Lycanroc away. Rotom notices Poipole is performing a new attack, Fury Attack. Ash is initially pleased, but soon grabs Poipole by the tail to end the pursuit. He congratulates his Pokémon on the new move, and Poipole spins around and sprays everyone with ink. Ash notes Poipole's infatuation with Pikachu after it scribbled a Pikachu picture in the sand. Professor Kukui and Professor Burnet call out to Ash to tell him to rush home before they head off to do some shopping.
While Kukui, Burnet and Ash are wondering through the Hau'oli City marketplace, Poipole flies over to a female artist. It focusses in on a sun painting, taking the girl by surprise. Ash rushes over and instantly notices the artist's partner Pokémon, a Ribombee. She is pleased that Poipole likes her paintings, and her Ribombee promptly lands on Poipole's head and begins fluttering its wings. The artist translates the movements, and states that Poipole likes drawing. The insight takes everyone by surprise, but the girl explains that she can sort of understand Ribombee. Kukui explains that the ability, Synchronize allows Ribombee to connect to Pokémon and a person's heart. Burnet adds that Ribombee uses aura to distinguish between flowers. Mina formally introduces herself to Ash, and add that she and Ribombee have been together for a long time.
The following day, Ash brings his classmates to meet Mina. The group are instantly enchanted by Mina's quality landscape paintings, and Mallow asks what she is painting next. To Ash's surprise it is a portrait of himself, his Pokémon, Rotom, Kukui, Burnet and her Munchlax. Poipole flies into the air and sprays everyone with red and blue ink. It then starts drawing a scene on the pavement which Mina copies into her sketchbook. She shows everyone else the thunderbolt-shaped drawing, which she adds is overflowing with emotion. Mina has Ribombee fly onto Poipole head and flutter its wings to allow her to translate the Pokémon’s emotions. She explains that Poipole's feelings mean "Like, Like, Love". Rotom notices Poipole's latest creation is much like its earlier sand drawing, both convey its affection towards Pikachu.
Ash and Pikachu return to Kukui's home, where Burnet informs Lusamine, Faba and Wicke of the latest development, that Poipole can illustrate its feelings. Rotom sends through the footage, which takes Wicke by surprise. Though Faba remains discerning and demands a more scientific explanation. Lusamine is fascinated and orders Ash to keep observing Poipole's behaviours. Ash, Kukui and Burnet sign off with an Ult-roger.
Overnight, Poipole wakes up from its dream about a group of Poipole surrounding a Naganadel. It flies outside and tears up as its look over at the moon.
At the Pokémon School, Ash and his classmates discuss Mina's amazing artworks. Ash tilts his head and notices Poipole's newest scribbling on the blackboard, it features Pikachu with lightning bolts around it and Poipole with tears next to it. Ash and Pikachu are instantly concerned, and Poipole flies into Ash’s arms to cry.
Meanwhile, Team Skull trio of Tupp, Zipp and Rapp wonder through Hau'oli City markets hoping to stir up trouble. Rapp starts hugging various cute Pokémon, much to team member’s dismay. As she chases a Comfey, Rapp’s attention turn’s to Mina’s Ribombee. Rapp demand's Mina hand over her Pokémon, and much to their surprise Mina insists that they have a battle, an art battle that is. Mina explains that an art battle involves a Trainer drawing one of their own Pokémon. Team Skull’s Pokémon struggle to maintain their poses, while Mina soon finishes her Ribombee sketch. Zipp proudly displays his Garbodor drawing, while Rapp has drawn a cute-faced version of her Zubat, which Mina commends for showing off their respective passions. Tupp demands he and Mina reveal their sketches at the same time. Mina’s drawing instantly impresses Zipp and Rapp. Unfortunately, Tupp’s line drawing of his Salandit even embarrasses his Pokémon and Mina adds he should pay more attention to detail. Enraged, the Team Skull grunts throw away their sketchbooks and demand a real battle. Mina expertly catches the drawing books and explains that she was going to call the art battle a draw, but the battle starts.
Salandit launches a Toxic attack, but it is intercepted by Poipole. Ash runs into the match, and proclaims that one-on-three is unfair. Tupp calls for another Toxic, while Rapp orders an Air Cutter and Zipp’s Garbodor goes in for a Venoshock. Mina has Ribombee throws a Pollen Puff into Zubat's mouth. Pikachu’s Iron Tail strikes Salandit and Garbodor is beaten by Poipole's Fury Attack. The Team Skull grunts recall their Pokémon and run away.
Rotom shows Poipole's blackboard painting to Mina. She uses Ribombee to help her translate Poipole’s thoughts, which reports Poipole's current happiness. Mina explains that she sensed Poipole's overwhelming sadness because of a heavy burden. She adds that Poipole is on an unknown mission. Ash clarifies that he will support Poipole, which instantly cheers up the Pokémon.
Back at home, Rotom spots Poipole painting a large-scale image on the ceiling. Ash enters the room, and Rotom adds that the sketch is of the Blinding One seen in one of Acerola's library books. He recalls Poipole's intial agitation, and Burnet adds that it has been a while since Ash's visit to Ula'ula Island. Poipole's newly discovered "Like, Like, Love" connection to the Blinding One puzzles everyone.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Ribombee (Japan)
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