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SM004 : First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style!
Sun & Moon series
SM006 : A Shocking Grocery Run!
Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio!
SM005   EP944
Ashimari, Give it Your bALLoon!
First broadcast
Japan December 1, 2016
United States May 15, 2017
English themes
Opening Under The Alolan Sun
Japanese themes
Opening アローラ!!
Ending ポーズ
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
Assistant director 渡辺正彦 Masahiko Watanabe
Animation directors 直井由紀 Yuki Naoi
夏目久仁彦 Kunihiko Natsume
No additional credits are available at this time.

Yo, Ho, Ho! Go, Popplio! (Japanese: アシマリ、がんバルーン! Ashimari, Give it Your bALLoon!) is the fifth episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 944th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on December 1, 2016, in Canada on April 15, 2017, in the United Kingdom on April 18, 2017, and in the United States on May 15, 2017.

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Ash’s class is going on a fishing trip, and Professor Kukui asks Lana to be in charge! Everyone casts their lures, with varying results—Lana befriends one Pokémon after another, but Ash and Mallow can’t get the timing right, Sophocles is too busy collecting data, and Lillie hooks a magnificent Milotic that gets away when she freezes.

When they take a break, all their new Pokémon friends get scooped up in a Team Rocket net—and then find themselves falling toward some rocks! But Lana’s Popplio has been working hard for such an occasion, and it creates a giant water balloon to cushion the fall and save the day!


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Outside Professor Kukui's house, Rockruff and Pikachu are playing when Ash leaves the house to head to school. On their way to school Ash spots Lana and Popplio testing their balloon skills. They continue as Ash goes on ahead to school. Arriving at school, Ash is surprised when a sleeping Rowlet falls out of his bag. Later Professor Kukui informs his students that tomorrows extracurricular lesson will involve connecting with sea Pokémon which will involve going fishing. Outside Team Rocket are spying on them and wonder what Ash is doing going to school when they are spotted by Samson Oak. They manage to pass themselves off as tourists. Back in class, Professor Kukui tells Lana she will be in charge of the lesson. Remembering that they first met whilst Lana was fishing, Mallow says that Lana is a fishing master. Sophocles asks Lillie how she will cope with touching Pokémon which Lillie says she has a secret weapon.

Later Ash and Lana are walking home with Lana offering Ash one of her fishing rods when Lana decides to show Ash one of Popplio's techniques unaware that Team Rocket are spying on them. Down on the beach, Rotom provides data on Popplio which includes making balloons and Ash realizes that this was what Lana was doing that morning with Lana confirms. Lana confirms this and says this was where she met Popplio when it was being attacked by Team Skull but she saw them off with Lapras. After Popplio was treated by Nurse Joy, Popplio agreed to be her partner. Popplio has ago at making balloons but they are small and quickly pop. Lana says her dream is to make the biggest balloon possible to make her spend more time underwater but Rotom says that is impossible. Popplio has another go and manages to make one bigger than possible which flies away but soon pops. Outside Lana's house, Ash spots Lapras which excites him as Lana explains that it is her Ride Pokémon. Team Rocket hears this and decides they should capture as many Ride Pokémon as they can and Meowth comes up with an idea on how to use them but hasn't come up with a plan. Inside Lana's house, Ash meets Lana's sisters Harper and Sarah who excited to see Pikachu and take him into the next room to play which starts to bother Pikachu. Lana stops them and they see Ash and ask if he is her boyfriend which Lana denies. Their antics annoy Pikachu which results in him shocking everyone. Soon Lana gives Ash a fishing rod.

The next morning the class gather where Lillie's secret weapon is a protective suit so she doesn't have to touch Pokémon. Professor Kukui hands over teaching duties to Lana and despite being nervous begins the lesson. Sophocles shows of his rod which will give him details on the best course of action and could even help him catch a Wailord. The class get on the Lapras and Wailmer who take them to their fishing spot. Near their fishing spot, a Slowpoke has its tail in the water when a Sharpedo bites on to it. Lana begins her lesson by saying that many marine Pokémon live here, some in shallow water, some in deep water and even mentions the legendary Kyogre but Mallow tells her to stop teasing Ash. They all cast their lures into the water except Sophocles as Pikachu dips his tail in. Lana tells the others that once the float moves, they need to make their own moves as Lana manages to reel in an Alomomola and provides it with some food. Lana also manages to attract a Corsola, Finneon and several Corsola. Pikachu notices Ash's float moving and he grabs Ash's attention and he starts to reel it in but he was too fast. Mallow also gets a bite but was too slow to react and neither are happy with Rotom's comments. Kiawe hasn't caught anything which he's OK about as he prefers Fire-type to Water-type. Mallow asks how Sophocles is doing but he says not to distract him as he enters the data but Kiawe points out his lure isn't in the water. Pikachu gets a bite on his tail which ends up being a Magikarp. Pikachu flicks Magikarp and it lands in Ash's hand but it splashes and goes back into the water. Lillie gets a bite which turns out to be a Milotic and tries to reel it in. Lana and Ash rush to help Lillie with Ash leaping across the water only to be hit as Milotic jumps out of the water sending him into the water as the line snaps as Professor Kukui decides the time has come to take a break.

They take their break on a small island where a Pelipper flies overhead as a Corsola and Poliwag walk across the beach. Lillie takes her helmet off as Professor Kukui gives them 15 minutes to relax. As Popplio, Pikachu and Bounsweet play, Team Rocket swoop down in their balloon and capture the Ride Pokémon along with Rowlet, Alomomola and several Finneon. As Team Rocket goes to leave, Ash and the others chase after them as Jessie notices the extra Pokémon and Meowth calls them puny which annoys Lana. Ash tells Pikachu to attack but Team Rocket stop him by pointing out it will hurt the Pokémon. Ash comes up with another plan and has Rotom stay where it is and has Pikachu jump on it to gain some moment to fly towards the balloon and use Iron Tail which breaks through the net but there are rocks where they are falling. Lana sends Popplio out to make a large water balloon which the Pokémon bounce off and land safely in the water. Lana is pleased that Popplio finally did it. Team Rocket isn't happy with this turn of events as Lana becomes angry as Jessie sends out Mimikyu to attack Pikachu with Shadow Ball which is deflected back at the balloon by Popplio's balloon as Ash has Rowlet use Leafage which pops the balloon and sends Team Rocket falling towards the ocean only for Bewear to run across the water and catch them much to the surprise of Rotom. After Lana checks on the Pokémon, Ash compliments Popplio's work. Popplio creates a big balloon at Ash's request which floats him and Pikachu into the air only for it to pop sending them falling down.

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?: Popplio



  • When Lapras froze the Team Skull Grunts that were bullying Popplio with Ice Beam, the two female Grunts disappeared.
  • When Ash stands up before the group begins fishing, Ash isn't wearing his Z-Ring.
  • When the class takes a break before Team Rocket attacked, a Pelipper had its upper bill colored white instead of yellow.
  • When Lana's Popplio surrounds Ash and Pikachu with a water balloon, Sophocles's Togedemaru is miscolored as Pikachu.
    • This error is fixed in the Mandarin (Taiwan) and English dubs.
    • In the next shot, Pikachu wasn't seen with Ash as they were inside the water balloon.

Dub edits

In other languages

SM004 : First Catch in Alola, Ketchum-Style!
Sun & Moon series
SM006 : A Shocking Grocery Run!
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