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BW129 : The Pirates of Decolore!
Best Wishes series
BW131 : The Path That Leads to Goodbye!
Butterfree and Me!
BW130   EP787
Satoshi and Butterfree! Until the Day We Meet Again!!
First broadcast
Japan June 13, 2013
United States September 14, 2013
English themes
Opening It's Always You and Me
Japanese themes
Opening 夏めく坂道
Ending 手をつなごう
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
Storyboard 吉村文宏 Fumihiro Yoshimura
Assistant director 竹内哲雄 Tetsuo Takeuchi
Animation director 古瀬登 Noboru Furuse
No additional credits are available at this time.

Butterfree and Me! (Japanese: サトシとバタフリー!また会う日まで!! Satoshi and Butterfree! Until the Day We Meet Again!!) is the 130th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 787th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on June 13, 2013 and in the United States on September 14, 2013.

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Our heroes’ Decolore Island cruise continues, and the next exciting stop on their journey is Wayfarer Island! It’s a beautiful place that serves as a rest stop for all kinds of Pokémon during their migration. Ash, Iris, and Cilan head off to the mountains for some serious Pokémon-watching!

Their timing is perfect, and they get to watch a group of Metapod evolve into Butterfree and take wing! But after the Butterfree head off on their migration, a lone Caterpie emerges from the woods. It seems Caterpie wasn’t ready to evolve yet, and now it’s alone. Ash remembers that the first Pokémon he ever caught was a Caterpie, and he’s determined to help this one! But there’s a problem: Caterpie isn’t interested in doing much other than sleeping.

Ash reasons that a fully evolved Bug-type Pokémon might be able to help Caterpie evolve, so he sends his Leavanny out to battle it! But when Leavanny’s Energy Ball gives Caterpie a rude awakening, it runs off in a panic. Ash tracks it down and apologizes, and Caterpie decides to trust him. They spend the day climbing trees and playing in the forest. It’s special training, but it’s also fun! And Caterpie even rescues Ash with a well-timed String Shot when he loses his grip and falls.

Ash knows that Caterpie has to eat a lot before it can evolve, so he sets out to gather Oran Berries for his new friend. Unfortunately, they’ve wandered into an Ursaring’s territory, and the imposing Pokémon isn’t interested in sharing its Berries! Ash grabs Caterpie and runs, but when they come up against a dead end, Caterpie decides it’s time to battle. It proves itself to be a fierce fighter, driving off the bigger Pokémon before evolving into Metapod!

But suddenly they have a deadline—it seems another group of Butterfree will soon leave the island, and if Metapod wants to join them, it needs to evolve again, and fast! Special training kicks into high gear, as Ash puts Metapod through its paces, including a long run that leaves Cilan breathless. And then, their training is rudely interrupted by a new threat that swoops down from above—it’s Team Rocket, showing up yet again to steal Pikachu, and accidentally picking Metapod up in the process!

Jessie, James, and Meowth start to fly away in their balloon, but Ash leaps after them and manages to grab onto the side of the basket. As James’s Amoonguss pummels Ash with attacks, Metapod wiggles out of its restraints—and evolves into Butterfree just as Ash is forced to let go! Butterfree catches Ash and puts him down gently on the ground, then goes after the villains and sends them blasting off again!

As the sun rises, all the Butterfree get ready to depart, and Ash has to say goodbye to his friend. It’s a bittersweet moment, but Ash promises they’ll meet again someday as Butterfree joins the migration and heads off to a brand-new life!


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The episode begins with Ash and his friends onboard their ship, on approach to the Wayfarer Island. Iris comments that it's beautiful, and they are all excited to arrive there. Ash sees a flock of Swanna and scans it with his Pokédex. Porter explains that they are migrating in which Cilan points it due to the season change. Porter explains that the island is a popular spot for migrating Pokémon to rest that are on their way to other places. Other Pokémon begin their lives there and then start their journey. Ash is delighted to see it happen.

After the ship is docked at a port on the coast of Wayfarer Island (a typical port with a crane moving some shipping containers), the gang arrive at a Pokémon Center, which is at a wooden cabin in the forest. Nurse Joy tells them that they will find a lot of migrating Pokémon deep in the mountains, and Ash is keen to have a look. Nurse Joy urges them to stay safe and sound.

As they walk up into the mountains, Ash is very excited, which Iris is all too familiar with. Suddenly they run into a patch of Metapod, which Ash scans with his Pokédex. Just as soon as the entry is finished, the Metapod start to evolve. Ash has never seen so many Metapod evolving at the same time. Once the Butterfree start to emerge, Ash scans Butterfree with his Pokédex also.

Cilan has never seen a Butterfree before, while Iris marvels at their beautiful wings. Iris and Ash both notice that the Butterfree are about to begin their migration, and sure enough, they all take off. Ash even notices a second flock of Butterfree flying away from a different location. Everyone is in awe, with Cilan commenting that nature is showing it's delicious recipe for perfection.

Suddenly, a Caterpie emerges from the bushes, looking dazed. Ash scans this with his D also. Since (as Ash explains) Caterpie is destined to evolve into Metapod and then Butterfree, Iris and Cilan deduce that it was not able to evolve with the rest and so it's alone.

Seeing Caterpie takes Ash back to the first he ever caught.

Flashbacks show Ash's journey with his Caterpie/Butterfree.

Ash and Pikachu discuss where Caterpie might be now, coming to the conclusion that it's happy with its new life. Then Ash talks to this Caterpie, trying to get it to evolve, but is frustrated that it's asleep. Suddenly, Ash gets a brainwave and runs off back to the Pokémon Center, much to the surprise of Iris and Cilan.

In a room alone, Ash makes a video call to Professor Oak, but is surprised when Rotom answers. After Oak scolds Rotom for playing with the videophone, Rotom electrocutes Oak, leaving Ash shocked.

Major events

For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.


Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Butterfree


The flashback to Bye Bye Butterfree, showing Ash's Butterfree alongside the Pink Butterfree


  • During several scenes throughout the episode, Ash's eyes are colored black instead of brown.
  • When Ash and his friends witness the evolution of the Metapod swarm, Ash says that he's never before seen this many Metapod evolving at the same time, even though he has already witnessed a mass evolution of Metapod in the fourth movie.
  • When Ash is reading a magazine in the Pokémon Center, Metapod's eyelid is placed in the wrong position.
  • During the brief scene showing Team Rocket after their motto, the Meowth balloon's ears are cream-colored like its face, instead of black.
  • In one scene, one of the video screens on the control panel of Team Rocket's balloon disappears.
  • When Jessie, James, and Meowth are blasted off, Woobat and Amoonguss disappear. This error also happens in The Light of Floccesy Ranch!.

Dub edits

In other languages

BW129 : The Pirates of Decolore!
Best Wishes series
BW131 : The Path That Leads to Goodbye!
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