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Connect to the Future! The Legend of the Radiant One!!
|| September 13, 2018
| United States
|| Team Kato
|| 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
|| 毛利和昭 Kazuaki Mōri
| Assistant director
|| 毛利和昭 Kazuaki Mōri
| Animation directors
|| 村田理 Osamu Murata
| 安田周平 Shūhei Yasuda
| No additional credits are available at this time.
(Japanese: 未来へつなげ！かがやきさまの伝説！！ Connect to the Future! The Legend of the Radiant One!!) is the 90th episode of the Sun & Moon series, and the 1,029th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on September 13, 2018.
Continuing where the previous episode left off, Ash, Lana, Kiawe, and Gladion had their Pokémon use their Z-Moves on Dusk Mane Necrozma, hoping to make it separate from Nebby. Instead, Dusk Mane Necrozma absorbs the Z-Power from the four Z-Moves before launching a powered up barrage of lazers at the Ultra Guardians.
Back in Alola, the residents of Melemele Island, Akala Island, and Ula'ula Island get ready for the Manalo Festival as an eclipse begins to form. On Ten Carat Hill, as Gozu receives a call from Matori ordering him to get back to the helicopter. At Gozu’s command, the Team Rocket Grunts leave him behind to continue his battle against Professor Kukui and Faba. Gozu states that the eclipse will bring about the era of the Matori Matrix and has Mega Aggron use another Heavy Slam. Kukui asks Faba to keep a secret from Ash and his classmates as he sends out Incineroar and has it use Darkest Lariat, blocking Mega Aggron's attack. Gozu tries to have Mega Aggron use Flash Cannon, but Kukui has Incineroar use its signature Z-Move, Malicious Moonsault to defeat Mega Aggron, reverting it back into a normal Aggron. Faba thinks about Kukui's words, and then, he sees the Masked Royal's image in Kukui. Faba reveals that he's a big fan of the Masked Royal and opens up his lab coat to reveal a Masked Royal shirt. Kukui is surprised by this and invites Faba to do the finishing pose together. Gozu recalls Aggron and retreats back to the helicopter. The Matori Matrix attempts to enter the Ultra Wormhole, but they are hindered once again when Tapu Koko uses Dazzling Gleam to pierce through their helicopter. The helicopter once again sustains damage, prompting Matori to reluctantly retreat.
Meanwhile, in Poipole's world, the Ultra Guardians recover as Dusk Mane Necrozma roars and charges toward the Ultra Guardians, but Lunala tackles it out of the way. Ash, Kiawe, Sophocles, and Gladion send out Rowlet, Lycanroc, Torracat, Turtonator, Charjabug, Umbreon, and Lycanroc to help out. Back in Alola, Tapu Koko begins sending energy into the Ultra Wormhole as Lusamine and Professor Burnet in the base wonder what it's doing, then Wicke reports that they have regained communications with the Ultra Guardians. Back in Poipole's world, the Ultra Guardians are contacted by the Aether Foundation staff. The Ultra Guardians report that they're in Poipole's world and that they've discovered UB:BLACK is the "Blinding One" who lost its light, confirming Burnet's discovery. The Ultra Guardians further report back with the "Blinding One's" true name and reveal that their attempt to restore Necrozma with their Z-Power had failed. Burnet figures that they need more power and reveals more about the mural; it wasn't just Solgaleo and Lunala that shared their light with the "Blinding One", the people and Pokémon of Alola also shared their light with it. As Sophocles wonders how to do it, Burnet sees what Tapu Koko is doing and figures they have to do what it's doing. The Ultra Guardians and their Pokémon all make Tapu Koko's pose and Lusamine sends the Island Kahunas a message to ask for their help.
Hala, Olivia, and Nanu get the word and ask for help from the people gathered with them to send their power to the "Blinding One". The Guardian deities, Island Kahunas, Lusamine, Wicke, and Burnet send their power through the Ultra Wormhole, making Dusk Mane Necrozma back away from Lunala. As the Ultra Guardians send their own power, Poipole gets its hive to join in sending power. Back in Alola, the people and Pokémon pitch in and more power goes through the Ultra Wormhole. Team Rocket sees this and as they watch, they feel their balloon shaking and see Bewear grabbing onto it, which causes the balloon to crash. Bewear sends her power into the Ultra Wormhole as well, and at its request, Jessie and James sends out Mimikyu and Mareanie to join them. As all of Alola's power makes it through the Ultra Wormhole, Lunala adds in some of its own. Necrozma receives the power and glows as it separates from Nebby, who collapses. Necrozma reassembles itself, but it is enraged and charges towards the Ultra Guardians, firing another barrage of lasers.
Back in Alola, the Island Kahunas use their Z-Moves to send Z-Power into the Ultra Wormhole. Back with Necrozma, it creeps up towards the Ultra Guardians, when it receives the Z-Power and turns its attention to Nebby and Lunala. Gladion boards Silvally and has it fire Air Slash to distract Necrozma from Nebby and Lunala. Lunala calls out to Gladion and throws him a Lunalium Z. Mallow and Ash run to Nebby's side and feed it a Sitrus Berry, allowing it to recover. At Gladion's request, Ash equips his Z-Power Ring with his Solganium Z and asks Nebby to lend him its power again. As Necrozma approaches, Ash and Gladion stand side by side with Nebby and Lunala behind them and charge up their Z-Moves, hitting Necrozma with a combination of Searing Sunraze Smash and Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom. Necrozma's body changes from black to shining gold as the parts split up and reassemble, held together by light; Necrozma is finally restored to its original form.
The Ultra Guardians all gaze in awe of Ultra Necrozma and report the mission's success to Lusamine, Burnet, and Wicke as the eclipse in Alola comes to an end. Ultra Necrozma then uses its power to restore the world, bringing light back into it and revitalizing the floral life. The Ultra Guardians marvel at the restored state of the world as Poipole dances happily. Then, a call from Burnet alerts the Ultra Guardians that the Ultra Wormhole is about to close. However, Poipole decides to remain behind, wanting to help protect its world. Ash shares a tearful goodbye with Poipole before leaving. Poipole holds back its tears and starts drawing an image on the sand, which is revealed to be an image of Ash and Pikachu's faces with thunderbolt shapes next to them. Mallow states that Poipole is saying "Like, Like, Love" to them and Ash says it right back to Poipole as the Ultra Guardians wave goodbye before they go through the Ultra Wormhole and arrive back in Alola. Team Rocket see it as their chance to capture Nebby and Lunala, but Bewear carries them away before they can. Then, Ultra Necrozma appears as a golden light in Alola's sky for all to see before slowly dissipating.
Sometime later at the Pokémon School, Kukui has his coat buttoned up and greets the class lazily with a negative aura. The class is fearful that the Ultra Aura drain might have happened again, but Kukui replies that it's just a cold, much to the class's shock. Ash decides to do the greeting again and the class, with everything they have, loudly shouts, "Alola!"
- The Ultra Guardians' attempt to make Necrozma separate from Nebby by using their Z-Moves fails, as it instead absorbs the Z-Power to power itself up.
- Professor Kukui defeats Gozu, but at the cost of revealing to Faba that he is the Masked Royal.
- Professor Kukui asks Faba to keep his identity a secret from his students.
- The Matori Matrix attempts to travel to Ultra Space through an Ultra Wormhole, but are stopped by Tapu Koko, forcing them to retreat.
- Necrozma reverts back to its normal form, thus separating from Nebby, after it gathers the light sent to it by the Ultra Guardians, their Pokémon, and all of the people and Pokémon of Alola.
- Gladion receives a Lunalium Z from Lunala.
- Ash and Gladion perform Nebby and Lunala's Z-Moves, respectively, to give Necrozma enough Ultra Aura and revert it back to its original Ultra form.
- Necrozma brings the light back to Poipole's home world, restoring it to its former state.
- Poipole chooses to stay in its home world, so Ash leaves it behind.
- The Ultra Guardians, Nebby, and Lunala return to Alola.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Main series debuts
Who's That Pokémon?: Necrozma (Japan)
- Poké Problem: The Pokémon that we call the "Blinding One" is...?
- This was the last episode to air on a Thursday at 6:55 PM in Japan; starting with the following episode, new episodes began to air on Sundays at 6:00 PM on TV Tokyo.
- The Japanese title for this episode is a reference to the opening Future Connection.
- The three female Trainers with a Sableye, Pikachu, and Eevee, respectively, are based on the singers in the band that performs the opening Future Connection, ЯeaL.
- This is the first main series episode where the mother and daughter have appeared.
- The Pokémon Sun and Moon Champion and Elite Four themes are used as insert songs.
- The episode's title was not showcased on a title card and was not read out.
- When Team Rocket decides to share their light with Necrozma, James recites a line from their original motto.
- The Who's That Pokémon? solution segment uses an alternate music in this episode.
- Unlike most episodes, the opening credits were not shown until when Future Connection was played during the flashbacks of Ash's time with Poipole near the end of the episode.
- In addition, there was no title card for this episode. Instead, the episode title was displayed on top of a scene of the episode itself.
- Ash and his classmates reference the lyrics of Alola!! at the end of the episode.
- Ash's Pikachu, Ash, and Kiawe narrate the preview of the next episode.
- When Matori contacts Gozu near the start of the episode, the Matori Matrix symbol on his hat is drawn with only one M.
- In one of the previews shown for this episode, Gladion sends out his Lycanroc in a normal Poké Ball instead of an Ultra Ball.
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