|Jostling for the Junior Cup!
Jostling for the Junior Cup! (Japanese: ジュニアカップ開幕！カイリューVSツンベアー！！ The Junior Cup Gets Underway! Kairyu VS Tunbear!!) is the 90th episode of Pokémon the Series: Black & White, and the 747th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 2, 2012 and in the United States on December 1, 2012.
The Lacunosa Town Tournament Stadium is buzzing with excitement, as the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup gets under way! With commentary from Freddy The Scoop and Champion Alder, the tournament begins with an exhibition match between Cynthia, the Sinnoh League Champion, and Caitlin, a member of the Unova Elite Four. These two top Trainers show their stuff with an elegant and beautiful battle between Caitlin’s Gothitelle and Cynthia’s Garchomp, which ends in a draw when time is called.
Then it’s time for Round One! Ash’s rival Trip is paired up against the Pokémon Connaisseuse Burgundy, who only wants to battle her old nemesis Cilan. But Trip’s Serperior manages to take down her Darmanitan in a flash—despite the type disadvantage. Burgundy is furious, but Trip is quietly confident that he’ll win the whole tournament and go on to prove his strength by beating Alder.
Cilan, Ash, and Dawn defeat their first-round opponents as well—and then, in the last battle of the round, it’s Iris and her new Dragonite versus “Dragon Buster” Georgia and her Beartic! This is Dragonite’s first battle with Iris, and it’s clear they’re not connecting: Dragonite repeatedly ignores Iris’s orders to dodge, instead standing its ground as Beartic lands hit after hit. When Beartic’s supereffective Ice Beam freezes Dragonite solid, Iris has had enough, and screams at her headstrong Pokémon to pay attention and get serious. In response, Dragonite breaks free of the ice and—without a command from Iris—launches a powerful Thunder Punch at Beartic, knocking it out! Georgia insists that she lost to Dragonite and not to Iris, but Iris is thrilled about defeating her rival anyway.
Alder declares the day’s battles a success, the crowd erupts in excitement, and Round Two awaits!
Ash, Iris, Dawn, and Cilan enter Lacunosa Town for the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup. Meloetta is with them to cheer them on. When two young men rushing to get good seats run into it and Ash, however, Meloetta is scared off. Cilan tells them that the opening ceremony is about to start and the friends head toward the dome, noticing a temporary Pokémon Center on the way in. Ash hears a familiar voice, and turns to see Alder talking to Cynthia and trying to get her to eat lunch with him. They are interrupted by Trip, who is determined to win the tournament to face off and defeat Alder.
As Trip, Cynthia, and Alder all leave to enter the dome, Georgia, Iris's rival, appears behind the friends and she and Iris exchange insults about each others' hair and talents as Trainers before Georgia leaves, promising to defeat Iris. Cilan starts to lead the way in, but is interrupted as Burgundy, a rival of his, appears, also promising to win and telling Dawn to watch out around Cilan.
The tournament opens with all of the 16 participants standing in line together as Freddy O'Martian and Alder make announcements. They start it with a ten-minute exhibition match between Unova Elite Four member Caitlin and Sinnoh League Champion Cynthia. Cynthia sends out Garchomp and Caitlin sends out her Gothitelle. The two battle, and when Garchomp's Draco Meteor and Gothitelle's Thunderbolt collide it sets off a fireworks-like display in the arena, impressing Dawn who tells Piplup to watch closely as this can help them in their future Contest Battles. Before either Pokémon can gain the upper hand, however, the timer runs out and the exhibition battle is declared to be a draw.
The first round matches are announced: Trip versus Burgundy, Manning versus Kenton, Shepherd versus Cilan, Horatio versus Simeon, Marris versus Ash, Geraldo versus Cassie, Ramone versus Dawn, and Georgia versus Iris. Meloetta appears after the matches are announced to cheer Ash and his friends on. The first battle pits Trip and his newly evolved Serperior versus Burgundy and her brand new Darmanitan. Serperior uses Leer to lower Darmanitan's defense and uses a match-winning SolarBeam. When the smoke clears, Darmanitan is no longer able to battle and Trip is victorious.
The other battles are briefly shown, with Manning, Cilan, Horatio, Ash, Geraldo, and Dawn winning before Georgia and Iris face off. Geogia uses Beartic to exploit Dragonite's weakness to ice and starts the battle with Hidden Power. Dragonite ignores Iris's orders to dodge the attack, instead batting it away. Dragonite refuses to dodge any of Beartic attacks, including an Ice Beam, and appears to be losing as he is also too stubborn to use type-effective attacks. Dragonite finally wins by knocking Beartic out with a Thunder Punch, and Iris wins the match. Georgia approaches Iris and tells her that it was Dragonite that won, not her, as the Pokémon had refused to listen.
Freddy and Alder conclude the day's events with a quick announcement, and Trip glares at Alder with determination.
- Ash and his friends arrive in Lacunosa Town.
- Dawn meets Trip, Burgundy, Georgia, and Alder for the first time.
- The Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup begins.
- An exhibition match between Cynthia and Unova Elite Four member Caitlin takes place, ending in a draw.
- Trip's Servine is revealed to have evolved into Serperior.
- Burgundy is revealed to have obtained a Darmanitan.
- Trip defeats Burgundy and advances to the second round.
- Cilan, Ash, and Dawn defeat their first-round opponents and advance to the next round.
- Iris's Dragonite starts disobeying her.
- Iris defeats Georgia and advances to the second round.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.
TV episode debuts
- Nurse Joy
- Freddy O'Martian
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Piplup (Dawn's)
- Axew (Iris's)
- Snivy (Ash's; flashback)
- Leavanny (Ash's)
- Dragonite (Iris's)
- Pansage (Cilan's)
- Audino (Nurse Joy's)
- Servine (Trip's; flashback)
- Serperior (Trip's)
- Darmanitan (Burgundy's)
- Beartic (Georgia's)
- Garchomp (Cynthia's)
- Gothitelle (Caitlin's)
- Heatmor (Manning's)
- Golett (Kenton's)
- Galvantula (Shepherd's)
- Cinccino (Horatio's)
- Zebstrika (Simeon's)
- Karrablast (Marris's)
- Reuniclus (Geraldo's)
- Sawsbuck (Cassie's)
- Stoutland (Ramone's)
- Blitzle (Trainer's)
- Foongus (Trainer's; multiple)
- Lillipup (Trainer's; ×2)
- Deerling (Trainer's; Summer Form)
- Pidove (Trainer's; ×2)
- Patrat (Trainer's)
- Minccino (Trainer's)
- Watchog (Trainer's)
- Meloetta (anime)
- Team Rocket's Pokémon Live Caster: Kyurem VS the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo*/Conkeldurr*
- This episode marks the first time two Pokémon League Champions are seen interacting with each other in the anime.
- This episode begins the four-part Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup arc.
- The Who's That Pokémon? segment was skipped in the original airing of the English dubbed episode.
- This episode aired on November 26, 2012 in Italy (on K2), five days before it aired in the United States.
- This is the first episode since Dawn's return to not feature the Team Rocket trio.
- This episode marks the first time a member of the Unova Elite Four appears in the anime.
- The quotes that Caitlin and Cynthia use before and after the exhibition match are similar to the ones used in the Generation V games, when the player character interacts with them during the battle.
- Caitlin and Cynthia battling could be a reference to the fact that in Pokémon Black and White, Caitlin mentions having battled against Cynthia several times and being unable to defeat her.
- Despite Flatter having been introduced in Generation III, this marks the first time it is used in the anime.
- When Iris notices that Nurse Joy and Audino are at the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup as well, Audino's tail is colored pink instead of white.
- When Cilan tells everyone to hurry, Cilan's eyes have sclerae.
- When Dawn's Piplup defeated Ramone's Stoutland, Stoutland's face when it fainted is colored the same way as its cream fur near its mustache.
- When Iris sends out Dragonite, Dragonite's antennae are orange instead of cream.
- On the UK BBC IPlayer/CBBC print of the episode, Georgia and Iris's snarks about each other's hair is edited out. As such, when Iris discovers Georgia, her “Funny!” remark from when Iris insults her is used in place of “A big head with big hair”.
In other languages
|Danish||Trængslen om Junior Cuppen!|
|Dutch||Knokken voor de Junior Cup!|
|Finnish||Jännittävä Junior Cup!|
|European French||C'est parti pour la coupe Junior !|
|German||Ansturm auf den Junior Pokal!|
|Greek||Συνωστισμός για το Κύπελλο Νέων!|
|Italian||La Coppa Junior ha inizio!|
|Korean||주니어컵 개막!! 망나뇽 VS 툰베어!!|
|Norwegian||Konkurrerer i junior cup!|
|Polish||Walka o Puchar Świata Juniorów!|
|Portuguese||Brazil||A Abertura da Copa Júnior!|
|Portugal||Disputando a Taça Júnior!|
|Russian||Пробиваясь на юниорский кубок!|
|Spanish||Latin America||¡Tirando por la Copa Junior!|
|Spain||¡A Empujón Limpio por la Copa Junior!|
|Swedish||Strid i Junior cup!|
|Thai||เปิดศึกจูเนียร์คัพ! ไคริว ปะทะ ทันแบร์!!|
|Vietnamese||Giải đấu trẻ bắt đầu|
Kairyu đối đầu Tunbear
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|