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|Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan! (Part 2)
||冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
||浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
||浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
||岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
|No additional credits are available at this time.
(Japanese: ロケット団ＶＳプラズマ団！（後編） Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan! (Part 2)) was intended to be the 24th episode of Pokémon the Series: Black & White, and the 681st episode of the Pokémon anime.
This episode was originally scheduled to air in Japan on March 24, 2011, but was postponed, along with the original BW023, indefinitely because of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. TV Tokyo said in 2011 that it would someday air, but this statement was never updated or clarified, and was ultimately removed late in 2018. As of Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!, this episode's events have been removed from continuity.
Team Plasma carries out a massive attack on the Castelia City masquerade party and steals the Meteonite from Team Rocket, hoping to use it to control Pokémon and turn them against their Trainers. While Giovanni, Pierce, Dr. Zager, and the rest of the team fall back, Jessie, James, and Meowth are sent to pursue Team Plasma back to the Desert Resort, where a great conflict breaks out. However, during the fighting, the Meteonite becomes unstable and begins releasing large blasts of energy that power up the two teams' Pokémon but also creates an imbalance in nature.
Looker and Professor Juniper escort Ash and his friends to the Desert Resort in hopes of stopping the Meteonite and getting Pikachu back to normal. As they arrive, they discover that the situation with the Meteonite has escalated into a disaster that threatens to destroy all of Castelia City. Ash and Pikachu battle to overcome both Team Rocket and Team Plasma while finding a way to stop the Meteonite from destroying Castelia City.
- This and the previous episode are the only Pokémon the Series: Black & White episodes that were skipped.
- Unlike the only other skipped episode in Japan, this two-parter was supposed to be important to the overall storyline instead of being a stand-alone episode.
- Had this episode aired, it would have marked the final appearance of Pierce.
- Coincidentally, the 24th episode of Pokémon the Series: XY was also skipped. However, unlike this, it eventually aired.
- The depiction of Team Plasma in these episodes differs significantly from how they would be depicted from their official debut in Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot! and onward. While they still want to put Pokémon under mind control, the Team Plasma Grunts in these episodes state their desire is to liberate Pokémon from their Trainers and that they're doing this in service of "the hero." This suggests a different story arc based on the first games of Generation V was planned for the first incarnations of Team Plasma to feature in but it got scrapped as of the release of the sequels, the anime using the second incarnation of Team Plasma instead.
- The scene with Liepard attacking a skyscraper with Hyper Beam with two Team Plasma Grunts alongside it on a helicopter is reused for the Best Wishes! Season 2: Episode N opening, Be an Arrow! 2013, although it is newly animated rather than taken directly from the episode. The differences is that Aldith and Barret are in the scene (who have their uniforms designs from Pokémon Black 2 and White 2) instead of one Team Plasma Grunt with the original Pokémon Black and White uniform.
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