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| ライバルバトル３本勝負！ 明日に向かって！！|
Three-Match Rival Battle! Towards the Future!!
|| June 4, 2015
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 木村哲 Tetsu Kimura
| Assistant director
|| 関野昌弘 Masahiro Sekino
| Animation directors
|| 西谷泰史 Yasushi Nishitani
| 黒石崇裕 Takahiro Kuroishi
| 堤舞 Mai Tsutsumi
| 新村杏子 Kyōko Niimura
| No additional credits are available at this time.
(Japanese: ライバルバトル３本勝負！ 明日に向かって！！ Three-Match Rival Battle! Towards the Future!!) is the 75th episode of the XY series, and the 874th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on June 4, 2015.
Following Ash's win at the Laverre City Gym, Ash and his friends, accompanied by Scottie, head away from the Gym. However, Scottie trips along the way and as he gets up, he drops his notebook, which is promptly found by Meowth. As soon as Jessie, James, and Meowth look inside the notebook, they see a photograph of Steven Stone, and James instantly recognizes him as the Champion in the Hoenn region. Meanwhile, Serena treats the group to lots of sweets and Poké Puffs after Ash's hard-earned victory over Valerie. Scottie expresses his awe of Ash's battling style to him, and Ash reminds him that it was due to the Pokémon's efforts that they won the Fairy Badge.
However, at that moment, Scottie notices that his notebook is gone. He goes into a panic, suddenly remembering that he dropped it where he had tripped earlier. Jessie, James, and Meowth, who still have the notebook, have mistakenly come to the conclusion that it belongs to Steven himself. While James and Meowth are more interested in learning the "Champion's" techniques, Jessie is immediately enamored with him and begins deluding herself with fantasies of someday marrying into his family so that she can be part of the Devon Corporation. Meanwhile, Ash and company, having returned to the bridge where Scottie's notebook disappears, agree to split up and search for it individually. Later, at the Pokémon Center, they all report having seen no trace of it anywhere. Scottie tells them how he kept taking notes after every battle he and Treecko had, and they kept getting stronger together, and he also mentions his meeting with Steven Stone and all of the valuable advice Steven gave him.
Bonnie asks Clemont for an invention to help find the notebook, but Clemont starts to explain that he doesn't even have something like the notebook's smell to work with. Suddenly, Scottie jumps up in excitement and calls out his Slurpuff to help search for the notebook using its keen sense of smell. With direction from Treecko, Slurpuff races away to try and locate the notebook. James is still poring over its contents, unaware that they were written by a novice Trainer, when Slurpuff arrives. Slurpuff takes the notebook and runs off with it, chased by Team Rocket, and returns it to Scottie. When Team Rocket arrives, everyone realizes that they were the ones who stole the notebook. Scottie quickly corrects them when they refer to it as the Champion's notebook by pointing out Steven's autograph. Angered by this news, Jessie and James decide to fall back on their usual plan of stealing the group's Pokémon. Jessie calls out her Pumpkaboo and James his Inkay to face Scottie's Treecko and Ash's Pikachu. The battle is short-lived - as attacks from each of the four Pokémon cancel each other out, Pikachu uses another Thunderbolt and easily sends Team Rocket blasting off.
That night, Serena learns of a Pokémon Showcase being held in the nearby Dendemille Town and decides to register for it. Ash then agrees to aim for his seventh Gym badge in Anistar City, which is on the other side of Dendemille Town. Scottie informs the group that he plans on heading to Coumarine City to try and defeat Ramos. The next morning, Scottie requests a three-on-three battle with Ash to make up for the one that they never finished. The first match is Pikachu against Scottie's Bagon. Pikachu begins with Quick Attack, overpowering Bagon's Headbutt with superior speed. After a collision of Dragon Breath and Thunderbolt, Pikachu breaks through Dragon Claw with an Iron Tail attack to defeat Bagon and win the first round. The second match is then decided to be Slurpuff against Hawlucha. Although Slurpuff uses Electro Ball, a super effective move, Hawlucha dodges and strikes back with Karate Chop. However, Scottie becomes distracted checking his notebook and fails to notice Hawlucha's Flying Press, resulting in Slurpuff's defeat.
Ash calls to Scottie, reminding him to stay calm during a battle, because the Pokémon will feel the same way as the Trainer during a match. Scottie remembers Ash's Gym battle and sees the truth in Ash's advice, bringing out his Treecko to battle against Frogadier. Scottie is momentarily caught off-guard by Frogadier's use of Aerial Ace, but he recovers and Treecko strikes back with repeated Bullet Seed attacks. As Frogadier manages to evade most of them, Scottie remembers to stay calm and Treecko uses Agility. Despite the boost in speed, however, Treecko is still struck by Frogadier's Water Pulse. In response, Treecko evolves into Grovyle, and Ash tells Scottie that Treecko evolved because of his feelings. Scottie uses Grovyle's new move, Leaf Blade, to counter Double Team, but Frogadier still manages to get the better of Grovyle with another Aerial Ace. The two Pokémon continue trading and dodging attacks at high speeds, but thanks to a surprise attack by Frogadier at the very end, Grovyle is knocked out and the final round goes to Ash as well. Everyone notices Grovyle's newfound rivalry with Frogadier, and Scottie and Grovyle are more determined than ever to get stronger and challenge Ash to a rematch someday.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Pokémon Quiz: Treecko (Japan)
The title card segment focuses on Ash for this episode
- The red spot underneath Scottie's Slurpuff's collar disappears for a brief second.
- When James is looking as Scottie's notebook before Slurpuff finds it, his glove disappears.
- When Ash tells Pikachu to use Thunderbolt the second time, his backpack disappears. It reappeared after Team Rocket got blasted off.
- After being hit by Pikachu's Thunderbolt, Team Rocket flew off in the following order: Meowth, Jessie, James, Inkay and Pumpkaboo, and Wobbuffet. When they were blasting off, they were in this order: Jessie, Pumpkaboo, James, Meowth, Wobbuffet, and Inkay.
- Scottie's Slurpuff used Electro Ball, a move that it cannot legally learn.
- When Ash holds up Frogadier's Poké Ball, the white center and black band around the white button is much larger than normal.
- For a brief second after Scottie's Treecko comes out of its Poké Ball, its right arm is colored the same as its tail.
- When Grovyle uses Leaf Blade on Frogadier, Frogadier's entire face is dark blue.
Slurpuff's missing red spot on its body
James's glove on his left hand is not covering the thumb on the same hand
Ash's Frogadier's Poké Ball has a bigger ring around its button than it should have
Treecko's right arm error
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