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| A Frenzied Factory Fiasco!
Fierce Battle in the Monster Ball Factory! Pikachu VS Nyarth!!
|| June 25, 2015
| United States
|| August 30, 2015*|
September 5, 2015*
|| Team Kato
|| 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
|| 三浦陽 Yo Miura
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation directors
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| 松永香苗 Kanae Matsunaga
| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| 酒井裕未 Hiromi Sakai
| No additional credits are available at this time.
A Frenzied Factory Fiasco! (Japanese: 激闘モンスターボール工場！ピカチュウVSニャース！！ Fierce Battle in the Monster Ball Factory! Pikachu VS Nyarth!!) is the 78th episode of the XY series, and the 877th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on June 25, 2015, in Canada on August 29, 2015, and in the United States on September 5, 2015.
Our heroes have taken an exciting detour from their Anistar City journey: a visit to the one-and-only Poké Ball Factory! The three factory managers who offer them a tour look strangely familiar...
It’s Team Rocket, of course, but by the time the villains reveal themselves, our heroes have handed over every one of their Poké Balls (plus Pikachu) and gotten themselves locked in a storeroom! When Pikachu escapes, a frantic chase ensues as Pikachu tries to rescue the case full of Poké Balls and Meowth tries to use Pikachu’s own Poké Ball to trap it!
Finally, Meowth offers a challenge: if Pikachu can beat him in battle, he’ll give back all the Poké Balls. Meowth tries to pull a double-cross, but Pikachu’s Iron Tail takes him down, and Team Rocket goes blasting off again. And after freeing the real factory managers, our heroes get an official tour by way of thanks!
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The episode begins with Ash and his friends arriving to Poké Ball Factory. A disguised Team Rocket welcomes them, who takes them on a tour of the factory. They eventually trick Ash and his friends into giving them their Pokémon by putting their Poké Balls in the Poké Ball case in order to steal their Pokémon. Since Pikachu hates being in his Poké Ball, Team Rocket asks Ash to put Pikachu in a separate case, and Meowth asks for Pikachu's Poké Ball to go along with it. Ash and his friends go to a storage room and get locked inside. Team Rocket then reveals themselves and say their motto. The crooks states to the heroes that their real plan was to take the factory's Poké Balls and pretending to be factory workers to steal Pikachu and everyone's Poké Balls.
Pikachu tries to break free, but the case is invulnerable to electricity. So instead, he breaks out of the case while Meowth states that he didn't know the case is vulnerable against physical attacks, much to Jessie and James's anger. Pikachu uses Thunderbolt on his foes, but Wobbuffet reflects it back using Mirror Coat while Pikachu avoids it. Meowth uses Pikachu's Poké Ball to call him back, but no luck. Jessie and James sends Pumpkaboo and Inkay to help. Pumpkaboo uses Shadow Ball, but Pikachu manages to dodge and got hit by Inkay's Psybeam.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Staraptor (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Meowth (Team Rocket) (Japan)
The title card segment focuses on Team Rocket for this episode
- Professor Oak's Pokémon Holo Caster: Delphox
- Instead of Pokémon Holo Caster, Hoopa pops out to announce the viewers to get the Legendary Pokémon giveaways and the tickets for the movie.
- Despite being introduced in Generation I, this episode marks the first time Great Balls and Ultra Balls have been seen in the main anime series.
- This episode also marks the anime debut of Net, Nest, Dusk, Dive, Luxury, Repeat, Premier, and Heal Balls outside of credit songs.
- In one scene, Meowth gets the Safari Ball pattern painted on his face, marking the debut of Safari Ball's in-game design in the anime.
- This episode also shows an un-painted Poké Ball for the first time.
- This episode marks the first time since its capture that Dedenne has been returned to its Poké Ball.
- This is the first time the Pokémon Quiz segment features a talking Pokémon, in this case, Meowth.
- The Pokémon Quiz Segment features two Pokémon that have been a part of Team Rocket, (Meowth and Woobat). Jessie had a Woobat in the Best Wishes series.
- Serena, Braixen, and Pancham narrate the preview for the next episode.
- As the other Pokémon came out of their Poké Balls, Bunnelby's pupils are bigger than its appearances in other episodes.
- While Meowth is holding the Poké Ball case on his head, the handle switches between being on the front and back between shots.
Bunnelby with bigger pupils
The dub's title card with Serena's old design
- The title card segment focuses on Ash in the dub instead of Team Rocket.
- In the Japanese version of the scene where Team Rocket is seen stealing various sorts of Poké Balls, James lists Quick, Premier, and Net Balls, even though no Quick Balls are seen in the entire episode. The dub corrected this by having James mention a Dusk Ball instead of a Quick Ball.
In other languages
|| Een gevecht in Dendemille Town!