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Satoshi and Nagetukesaru! Touchdown of Friendship!!
|| March 1, 2018
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 藤咲淳一 Jun'ichi Fujisaku
|| 樋口香里 Kaori Higuchi
| Assistant director
|| 渡辺正彦 Masahiko Watanabe
| Animation director
|| 直井由紀 Yuki Naoi
| No additional credits are available at this time.
(Japanese: サトシとナゲツケサル！友情のタッチダウン！！ Satoshi and Nagetukesaru! Touchdown of Friendship!!) is the 64th episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 1,003rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on March 1, 2018, but was not aired as part of the English dub.
Officer Jenny is shocked to see the arrival of the Red Buns Passimian on Melemele Island, while several Machamp lay fainted on the sand. Meanwhile Ash and his Pokémon are in the midst of chores and make their way through the Hau'oli City market. While there, the group encounter Moani, who is surprised to see that Litten has grown up a lot. Rotom Pokédex corrects her, stating that Litten has since evolved into a Torracat. She rewards the group with Sitrus Berries. As the Pokémon are busy eating their treat, Ash is hit by a piece of fruit after a group of Passimian were busy playing and failed to catch it. Ash is knocked down by the impact, leaving him with a red mark on his face and Rowlet lying on the ground. The Passimian mistakenly grab Rowlet, who resembles the fruit's colour and round shape. Ash shouts out, causing the Passimian trio to pause. Moani explains that the Pokémon are Passimian, and that they tend to live in the forest and play with fruit. With Rotom's internal data, Ash picks up the Passimian's discarded fruit and quickly makes a trade for his Rowlet’s return. As he waves the trio goodbye, Ash turns around to find an intimidating and physically larger trio of Passimian standing behind him.
Ash assumes the two groups are friends, before he is bowled over and caught by the first group of Passimian. One, from the same group, runs passed two of the opposition members but is quickly knocked back by the third one, who has a scar around its eye. One of its teammates picks up the fruit, though quickly finds itself surrounded. Even so, it manages to make a successful pass, though its team mate fumbles, dropping Ash in the process, and the fruit bounces directly into Ash’s arms. The scarred Passimian quickly snatches the fruit from Ash’s hands, yelling in victory and the trio soon walk off. While the green Passimian are disappointed by the loss, Officer Jenny arrives on the scene. Ash informs her of what had just unfolded. Her attention quickly turns to the fainted ‘Tiny’, the boss of the green Passimian, and it is quickly escorted to the Pokémon Center.
Nurse Joy emerges from the recovery ward and alerts Ash, Jenny and the other two Passimian that Tiny will make a full recovery by tomorrow. She then asks if the Passimian are the Melelmele Greens that live near Iki Town. Jenny confirms this and adds that the other Passimian team are from Akala Island, called the Red Buns, led by ‘Claw’, and came to stir trouble. The Red Buns are notorious for their violence, forcing Jenny to station more guards to avoid more conflict.
The next day at the Pokémon School, Ash tells his classmates about the previous day's events. Kiawe believes those were the Red Buns, led by Claw, who rampaged through his family’s ranch one time. Sophocles is perplexed by their arrival to Melemele Island for a fruit. Professor Kukui enters the classroom and claims that the Passimian may be attempting to decide the boss. He explains that each of the Passimian troops take care of a special fruit and that whoever holds it also has authority over the troop. Ash quickly realises that Tiny lost its leader status, and hopes it is doing okay.
Later, Officer Jenny escorts Ash through to the Melemele Greens nest, and commends Ash for his concern for Tiny. They quickly come upon a group of fifteen, and observe them playing, grooming each other and eating fruit. Ash is glad to see Tiny and its comrades are doing fine, despite their disappointment. Suddenly the Red Buns troop enter, stopping the Melemele Greens’ socialising. Claw places the special fruit into a hanging vine basket, taking its place as the group’s new leader. Jenny informs Ash that the Red Buns have been reportedly attacking other troops on other islands. Ash is infuriated by Claw’s full of itself attitude as the Melemele Greens cater to its new leader’s every wim. Ash’s attention turns to bolstering Tiny and its troop’s confidence, though the trio remain glum.
The next day at school, Kiawe is startled by Ash and Pikachu when they drop in front of him from the ceiling. Sophocles explains that Ash has been behaving strangely all morning, as Ash continue jumping and running on all fours. Kukui enters and is instantly impressed by Ash's acting. He adds that Ash hopes that by acting like Passimian that he will able to communicate with them effectively; Lana and Mallow are impressed by the dedication. Over lunch, Ash's impersonation continues, he even steals Rowlet’s food in the process. Seeing this Lillie develops an idea, and with Mallow and Lana’s assistance, the three girls make Ash a Passimian costume complete with complementary makeup. Ash is overjoyed by the finished product, and the students quickly make their way over to the Melemele Greens.
Ash’s appearance, even with a Sitrus Berry in hand, does nothing to impress or promote a response from the somber Melemele Greens. Suddenly, a Passimian tugs at Ash's tail, and Ash offers it the berry. The Passimian eagerly accepts, then steps backwards and throws the berry at Ash. Ash becomes sad, but sees Passimian wants to play, and throws the berry back at it. The initial game of catch between the two quickly motivates the other Melemele Greens, amazing Ash’s classmates in the process. Ash gains possession of the berry once again, this time pitching it quite far. With a helpful hand from some its friends, Tiny is launched into the air and manages to catch the rogue throw, demonstrating some incredible acrobatics in its landing. The triumph is quickly silenced by the Red Buns return. Claw takes his place, and some of the Melemele Greens return to fanning and providing it with food. Just as Claw is about to grab a handful of fruit, a Sitrus Berry is thrown at its hand, immediately angering it. It is revealed to be Tiny, who goes on to officially challenge Claw and its troop. The two agree to battle it out for leadership, though the other Passimian are less confident. Ash offers his assistance, which helps to bolster Tiny’s confidence.
The two rival troops are staged on the beach, with Ash making Tiny's troop a team of four against the Red Buns' three members, while Ash's classmates and the other Melemele Greens watch on. Claw throws the special fruit into the air, and it soon lands in-between the rival team, sending them into a scurry for possession. The Red Buns quickly grab the fruit, throwing it to another member. While one of the Melemele Greens holds onto one the opposition's waists, it is dragged along as the fruit is passed to Claw. Claw manages to jump though the Melemele Greens two-player defence, kicking one in the stomach. Ash manages to catch Claw's trick shot, sliding across the sand as a result. This sets off a chain of successful throws for the Melemele Greens, returning to Ash’s possession soon after. Ash remembers the Red Buns' strategies from earlier on, and repeats their technique. He manages to run through two players, though trips and the fruit rolls directly into Claw's hands. The tide of the game seems to have changed again, with Ash's friends fearing the worst. Ash suddenly has an idea, passing on instructions to his team mates as the game continues. Tiny is hoisted into the air, and grabs the fruit. The Red Buns charge ahead, though Tiny runs for a nearby tree. It jumps from the trunk, bouncing onto one the Red Buns shoulders before somersaulting over the other two players and landing with the fruit still in hand. As Tiny prepares to pass, it finds its teammates are cornered by the Red Buns. Another Melemele Greens enters the game, which encourages the rest of the troop to join the beachside skirmish. The Red Buns quickly find themselves outnumbered. After a series of throws the game ends, with the Melemele Greens taking victory and the leadership of their troop, much to the Red Buns' embarrassment. As an act of thanks, the fruit is thrown to Ash before he is hoisted up onto the cheering Melemele Greens who make their way to their nest. Ash is taken aback by the gesture as the troop continues on, with Lana declaring that Ash is the new troop leader, much to everyone’s shock.
At night, Kukui calls Ash's Pokémon back inside for dinner, but they continue to wait for his return on the porch. Kukui assures them that Ash will return soon. All of a sudden, Ash proudly announces his return while still being held up, now by an even larger Passimian troop.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Passimian (Japan)
Ash disguised as a Passimian
This episode was skipped in the dub due to Ash wearing dark face paint resembling blackface during the second half of the episode in order to imitate the appearance of a Passimian. Blackface is perceived as a negative racial stereotype of African Americans in the United States.
This follows the banning of Holiday Hi-Jynx, Stage Fight!, The Mandarin Island Miss Match, and EP250, which were banned due to a similar controversy involving Jynx. This also makes it the first main series episode that aired in Japan to not be dubbed since DP120, 417 episodes earlier, as well as the first banned episode of the Sun & Moon series. It is also the first banned episode since EP250 in the original series, 753 episodes earlier, and the first regular episode (non-clip show) to be skipped by The Pokémon Company International.
- Poké Problem: The Passimian of Melemele Island feature in today's episode. What is their team name?
- Host: Nurse Joy
- Choices: Blue Oceans, Red Buns, Melemele Greens, Yellow Socks
- Answer: Melemele Greens
- The opening was updated to include Ash's Torracat.
- Some of the Passimian in this episode have several physical differences from their in-game model and artwork:
- The Red Buns Passimian have red markings on their shoulder and chest instead of the usual green and two horizontal markings instead of just one. They also have red leaves in the back of their coconut helmet instead of green.
- Tiny has a green marking on his helmet instead of the usual orange.
- The Champion battle music from Pokémon Sun and Moon is heard during the match between the two Passimian teams.
- The scene in which one of the Passimian jumped on the back of another one and the second Passimian appeared to be hurt is a reference to a scene from the television series Mobile Suit Gundam.
- Team Rocket's line when Bewear grabs them is used by Ash in this episode.
- Zipp, Rapp, Tupp, and Tupp's Salandit narrate the preview for the next episode.
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