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| Filling the Light with Darkness!
A Crisis in Alola! The Darkness that Devours Radiance!!
|| August 23, 2018
| United States
|| January 13, 2019*|
January 14, 2019*
January 19, 2019*
|| Team Kato
|| 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
|| 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.
Filling the Light with Darkness! (Japanese: アローラの危機！かがやきを喰らう闇！！ A Crisis in Alola! The Darkness that Devours Radiance!!) is the 87th episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 1,026th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on August 23, 2018, in New Zealand on December 15, 2018, in Canada on December 29, 2018, in the United Kingdom on January 3, 2019, and in the United States on January 19, 2019.
Strange things are afoot in the Alola region. Ash realizes something is wrong right away when Professor Kukui is acting overly tired…and he’s wearing a shirt! At the Pokémon School, the other students reveal that their parents are all acting lethargic as well. This lack of energy only seems to affect adults, and it’s disrupting preparations for the upcoming Manalo Festival, a celebration to give thanks to The Blinding One, the Legendary Pokémon who is said to have created the islands of Alola. The Aether Foundation team calls on the Ultra Guardians (now including Gladion) to investigate this wave of exhaustion.
Somewhere in Ultra Space, a mass of black crystals begin to shatter and Necrozma is revealed. Suddenly, Lunala and Solgaleo emerge from an Ultra Wormhole overhead. The two Legendary Pokémon attract Necrozma's interest, and it flies towards them.
Meanwhile, at Professor Kukui's house, Ash and his Pokémon wake up and notice Poipole looking around for something. Ash's stomach growls, and just as he gets up Kukui enters the room. But to his surprise, Kukui's coat is buttoned up, and further inquiry reveals he is wearing a yellow shirt underneath because he is cold. Ash's attention turns to Professor Burnet who is tired and sprawled on the floor. Later, at the Pokémon School, Ash greets Sophocles, who replies back weakly, stating that he's hungry after his mother overslept and didn't prepare breakfast. Then, the rest of the class arrives. Mallow is annoyed because her dad left her to do all the chores because he didn't feel like it. Kiawe reveals that he and Mimo had to work really hard to take care of the Pokémon because their mother and father were slacking off. Lana reveals that her father didn't go fishing and instead just lazed around at home. Lillie states that Hobbes was like that as well, having fallen asleep while he was sending Lillie off. Ash is surprised and reveals that the Professors were exhausted just as Kukui enters the classroom and lazily greets the class.
Kukui reveals that he was going to make the day's lesson about the Manalo Festival, but he doesn't feel like it and instead leaves the class to talk amongst themselves. He retires to the Principal's office, where Samson Oak is also tired and taking a nap, much to the concern of his Vulpix. Back in the classroom, Kiawe decides to take charge of the day's class. Kiawe explains that the Manalo Festival is in celebration of a solar eclipse that occurs every 21 years in Alola. Lillie asks about the Legendary Pokémon described in the myth and Kiawe replies that it's the "Blinding One". Ash and Poipole are surprised at the mention of the "Blinding One" and the former remembers Acerola's book, which Rotom brings up a picture of. Rotom adds that Poipole recently drew a picture of the "Blinding One". Lillie is instantly reminded of her mother's stories about the "Blinding One". At Mallow and Lana's insistence, Lillie goes onto tell the group about the legend. She details that the "Blinding One" once appeared in the Pokémon world and filled it with overflowing light. The light, which held a mysterious power, led to the birth of the Alola region. However, the Blinding One ended up depleting its light, causing it to turn black and enter a long slumber. Then the emissaries of the sun and the moon appeared and shared their light with the Blinding One, allowing it to awaken and shine once more, then it flew off to the ends of the sky.
The class figures the "emissaries of the sun and the moon" were Solgaleo and Lunala, and the "end of the sky" is the other side of an Ultra Wormhole. Kiawe wonders if the Blinding One is still on the other side of the Ultra Wormhole, and Lillie believes that it is. Poipole looks up at the sky to see dark clouds. Then, Komala rings the bell for lunchtime. Sophocles is depressed because his mother didn't make him lunch either. After some failed Samson Oak's Pokémon puns, Ash directly states that just like "Alola" and the class shares their food with Sophocles. Pikachu follows suit and gives some Berries to Charjabug and Togedemaru, Tsareena, Marowak, Popplio, and Snowy, decide to also share their berries.
Meanwhile, at Team Rocket's food truck, Meowth is excited about the eclipse, but Jessie and James aren't interested and feeling cold. Then, Meowth looks out to see people lazing around, including Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny. Mallow and Tsareena return home, but finds the place empty. Abe is revealed to have gone to Oranguru's bar, along with several other tired adults. Meanwhile, at the beach, Ash and Kiawe try to practice their Z-Moves, but the moves fade away. Ash and Kiawe wonder what happened, and Rotom reveals that neither Pikachu nor Marowak were able to build up Z-Power. Ash wonders if the clouds have anything to do with it and Kiawe questions his reasoning. Then, Poipole draws a symbol, the Prism Star, on the ground, which Rotom promptly photographs.
At Aether Paradise, Burnet is investigating the diminishing of Ultra Aura across Alola, and Faba wonders what's causing it. Wicke tells Faba not to speak before she does and Faba apologizes. Wicke apologizes for being so harsh and wonders if it's because she's in a downer mood. Then, Lusamine enters the room, with her hair all messed up, and wonders if the Ultra Aura diminishing is what's causing their lack of motivation. Burnet completes her analysis and brings up on a screen for everyone to see. The data shows a tiny Ultra Wormhole that is sucking up all the Ultra Aura. Wicke notes it is the opposite effect compared to when the Ultra Beasts appeared which caused the Ultra Aura levels to increase. As Lusamine proclaims that they'll need to investigate further, she and her staff collapse in exhaustion.
Meanwhile, a Team Rocket helicopter flies towards Alola. Inside, Matori informs Giovanni of the small Ultra Wormhole and that their target, the "Blinding One", might appear. Giovanni states that he expects great things from Matori and the transmission ends. At Gozu's command, the pilots activate the helicopter's optical camouflage to make it invisible as they approach Alola. Meanwhile, somewhere else, Gladion is trying to calm down his frightened Silvally. Gladion looks up at the sky and wonders if something is coming. Inside the Ultra Wormhole, Solgaleo and Lunala are rushing through as Necrozma follows after them. Solgaleo turns and attempts to confront Necrozma, but the latter fires Prismatic Laser, knocking Solgaleo out. Lunala sees this and continues to flee, with Necrozma in hot pursuit.
The next day, at the Pokémon School, the class notes how the dark clouds still haven't cleared, when Komala rings the Ultra Guardians bell. Seeing as Kukui is not there, Ash decides to press the button himself. At the base, the Ultra Guardians are greeted by a tired Lusamine. Lillie gets embarrassed by her mother's untidy appearance and says that she should properly groom herself before appearing in front of people. Lusamine lazily instructs the Ultra Guardians to head for the Altar of the Sunne. Mallow asks if another Ultra Beast appeared, but Lusamine replies that she'll tell them when they have arrived. To the Ultra Guardians’ surprise, Lusamine adds that she'll meet them there. With Lusamine forgetting to send the group off with a finishing line, Ash takes charge and the group sign off with an "Ult-Roger!".
At the Altar of the Sunne, the Ultra Guardians arrive and meet up with Lusamine, Wicke, Faba, and Burnet. Lusamine tells the Ultra Guardians that their seventh member should appear soon. As Ash asks, they group feel a gust of wind as a Ride Noivern descends with Gladion, in a slightly different Ultra Guardians uniform, arrives on the scene. Ash and Lillie are happy to see Gladion, who explains that Silvally was frightened and that if there's an Ultra Beast, then it might be the most dangerous one yet. Gladion then notices Poipole, which Ash confirms is an Ultra Beast. Kiawe asks about their mission, and Lusamine calls for Burnet to explain. Burnet states that the Ultra Aura in Alola has been decreasing, and Wicke believes that's why the adults' motivations are dropping as well. Lusamine states that children and Pokémon aren't affected for some reason. Burnet and Wicke detail that the Ultra Aura decrease is being caused by a small Ultra Wormhole that opened close by. Gladion asks about the chance of an Ultra Beast appearing and his mother replies it's possible if the Ultra Wormhole grew bigger. Burnet replies they are trying to find the Ultra Wormhole. Wicke calls for Faba, but he is more focused on his game console, forcing Wicke to shout to get his attention.
Faba says the clouds are in the way of finding the Ultra Wormhole and reveals a machine that can disperse the clouds. He states that the Ultra Guardians can use their Z-Moves to power the machine in order to clear the clouds. Ash and Kiawe state that they weren't able to perform Z-Moves the day before which Burnet explains is because Z-Power is linked to Ultra Aura. Faba states that even with less Z-Power, four Z-Moves might provide enough power for the machine, so Ash, Kiawe, Lana, and Gladion have their Pokémon use their respective Z-Moves to build up Z-Power and fire it at the machine. The machine powers up and successfully blows the clouds away. As Burnet gets to work, Lusamine escorts the Ultra Guardians to a recently discovered ruin. Inside the Altar of the Sunne, a mural depicting the Blinding One, Lunala, Solgaleo, several Trainers and their Pokémon using Z-Moves, and the Prism Star symbol that Poipole drew. Lusamine focuses on the mural's ancient text, she believes that it holds more information about the legend. The Ultra Guardians’ bracelets call for them to return.
Back outside, Burnet reveals that they found the Ultra Wormhole, but it's getting bigger. In front of the moon, the Ultra Wormhole fully opens as Gladion sends out Silvally. Then, Lunala appears, much to everyone's surprise and amazement. But then, Silvally gets frightened again as Lillie wonders if Lunala is the cause of the Ultra Aura drain, but Gladion states it's not Lunala and that something else is coming. To everyone's surprise, dark energy crackles as Necrozma also emerges from the Ultra Wormhole.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Lunala (US and international), Silvally (Japan)
The edited painting in the first preview (left) and the actual episode (right)
- Poké Problem: Which Pokémon comes out of an Ultra Wormhole in today's episode?
- Gozu and Matori narrate the preview for the next episode.
- The title theme jingle based on There's Trouble!, which played from Family Determination! to 10,000,000 Reasons to Fight!, returns in this episode.
- The painting that Poipole makes on the sand at the beach was altered between the first preview for this episode, aired after SM086, and the actual episode; shadows are removed, making it seem more like a freshly-made painting.
- In this episode, Faba is seen playing a gaming console that greatly resembles a Game Boy Advance.
- Although Matori has been a recurring member of Team Rocket since Memories are Made of Bliss!, this episode marks the first time she is seen wearing a Team Rocket uniform.
- The Manalo Festival being held once every 21 years is a reference to the Pokémon anime's 21-year run.
- The English dub of the episode was released on the iTunes Store and Google Play on January 13, 2019, and on Amazon Video on January 14, 2019, six and five days before it aired in the United States, respectively.
- During the scene in which the group's Pokémon are shown while Kiawe explains the Manalo Festival, Pikachu is missing his nose.
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