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'''Xatu the Future''' (Japanese: '''ネイティオのだいよげん!''' ''{{tt|Natio's|Xatu}}'s}} Big Prediction!'') is the 234th episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 31, 2002 and in the United States on February 8, 2003.
<i>Ash and friends meet a Xatu, a Pokémon said to have the ability to see into the future, and the young girl whose job it is to watch over an entire flock of the same and interpret their strange predictions. They meet her at a difficult time in her career, as the locals are just beginning to doubt the accuracy of these Pokémon's predictions, which have guided their community for centuries. The girl herself even finds her own faith waning, but when the Xatu forecast a cataclysm that would endanger all in the village, she must decide whether to trust in her Pokémon or to let age-old traditions fall by the wayside.</i>
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JustDetermined afterto asolve while,the Teamstrange Rocketweather continuespatterns, theirCalista decentorders downwardsJessie untilto Wobbuffethelp againinterpret messesthe themdata, upbut andJessie theyis crashunable intoto theoffer stationany insight. TheySuddenly wonderthe what'strio withof allXatu thespring technologyto andtheir stufffeet and begin moving their wings. Calista explainsis thathorrified it'sand reveals that the radarlong-awaiting system."day" Thenof Jessiea triesgreat toflood buttwill inarrive tomorrow. She sayingreveals that she wasand oncethe aXatu's meteorologistservices forwill acome newsto Oneend ofas thewell. XatuAsh getsand allthe nervousothers atplea thisfor bragcalm. ThenCalista [[Jessie]]fears goesthat ontoday's andwrongful onprediction untilwill jeopardize the Xatutrust faintsthe frompeople this.have Thenfor the Xatu. saysEven thatso, he'llshe figurehas somethingfaith outin ofher this. So everybody runsXatu's backfortune-telling upskills.
OnceShe backtakes up, allto the {{p|Xatu}}stage lineand upwarns andher Calistafollowers doesof athe fewgreat moredanger. patternsThe withpeople therush fans. Allto the Xatu repeatstage and theyoffer gotheir fastermany withvaluables eachas pattern.tokens Soonof shegratitude getsbefore the idea, a disasters coming this way! She tells everyonefleeing to evacuate the area, and everyone does so, but they leave a something valuablereach behindsafety. As everyone waits around, {{TR|Delibird}} comes byarrives and drops in ondelivers Team Rocket, givingtheir themoverdue abill. reminderAs ofa whatresult, theythe havetrio to do to stay as members. So they sneaksneaks over and trytries to swipe one of the valuable items, but Ash catches them before they could do anything. Then Team Rocket stopthreatens playingDelibird, goodwhich andprompts startsit to takeassist on their real rolethem. Jessie first tells Delibird toshowers throweveryone awith coupleexplosive of presents at them, which Delibird throws three to each Xatu, all healing them{{m|Present}}s. WithJames that, [[James]]then sends out {{TP|James|Weezing}} to use {{m|SmokeScreenSmokescreen}} while Delibird drops in a few more presents. JustWeezing whenthen itcuts seemsthe thatSmokescreen. allTeam isRocket takenare caresurprised of,to Weezingsee dropsthat the screenXatu andare theystill arethere, surprisedbut toCalista seeexplains that the Xatu arewere stillable thereto predict where to move to avoid being damaged. Delibird offers up another round of Presents, but this time they heal the Xatu completely. Just before theyTeam Rocket can do anything else, Delibird drops a presentPresent next to them and then ditches themleaves before it sends Team Rocket off into the sky.
The Xatu do oneanother finalwing pattern, and Calista saysthen they'llreveals teleportthat awaythe nowflood beforewill thestill disastercome, comestoday bythat is. FirstCalista watches as the Xatu teleportscontinue to move their wings. She translates that Ash and his friends will be fine if they leave soon. The Xatu then thedescribe gangfate, and Calistadeclares teleportthat outtheir predictions should only be used as wella guidance and not as a predetermined version of the future. JustCalista accepts Xatu's message in thefull. nickWith ofthat timesaid, athe giantXatu tidal{{m|Teleport}} wavethemselves, comesCalista throughand aAsh's valleygroup whereaway before the placeflood hits. The giant surge soon restsarrives and coversfloods the areaauditorium. ThoughAbove it'sthe probablydisaster notzone, muchCalista left,then maybedecides Calistato canmove nowto a city and to pursuitpursue her real goal, to become a meteorologist for a news program. LaterMeanwhile, Team Rocket areis at the mud-entrenched ruins of the would -be weather station, lookingstill searching for any of thoseabandoned valuables that the people left. Delibird comessoon byflies andoff, saysbut it'sTeam aRocket no-no,know andfull decideswell tothat flyit offwill withoutbe them.back Andto itcollect looksits likedues Calistaso reallythey didflee getinto herthe goaldistance.
==Major events==
[[File:PMTV EP234.png|thumb|right|200px|{{tt|Pocket Monster TV|Who's That Pokémon}}]]
* {{Ash}}
* {{an|Misty}}
* [[Jessie]]
* [[James]]
* {{JoOBP|Calista|EP234}}
* Crowd
[[File:WTP EP234.png|thumb|200px|right|Who's That Pokémon?]]
[[Who's That Pokémon?]]: {{p|Ledian}} ''(US and international)'', {{p|Xatu}} ''(Japan)''
* {{p|Pikachu}} ({{OP|Ash|Pikachu}})
* {{p|Meowth}} ({{TRM}})
* {{p|Weezing}} ({{OP|James|Weezing}})
* {{p|Delibird}} ({{OBP|Delibird|Team Rocket|Team Rocket}})
* {{p|Xatu}} ({{OBP|Calista|EP234}}'s; multiple; released; debut)
{{right clear}}
* This episode was initially going to be called ''Future Shock.''. Some cable providers erroneously refer to the episode as this working title.
* This episode's dub title is a pun on the ''{{wp|Back to the Future}} (franchise)|''Back filmto seriesthe Future'' franchise}}.
* In this episode, Team Rocket{{TRT}} uses a {{DL|Team Rocket mottos|Xatu the Future motto|variation}} of their {{motto}}.
* The way {{OBP|Calista|EP234}} and the {{p|Xatu}} communicate is similar to that of {{wp|flag semaphore}}.
* Music from ''[[PK01|Pikachu's Vacation]]'', ''[[M01|Mewtwo Strikes Back]]'', and ''[[M02|The Power of One]]'' can isbe usedheard in this episode.
* When the dark clouds first appear, Calista tells the crowd to stay even though it's is pouring. TheHowever, the rain is only a slight drizzle at that point.
*Once again{{MTR}} oncalls the Brazilianpit dub,used Delibirdto istrap mistakenly{{Ash}} calledand {{ashfr}} "indivisible" instead of "Thunderbirdinvisible".
* Once again in the {{pmin|Brazil}}ian dub, Delibird is mistakenly called "Thunderbird".
===Dub edits===
==In other languages==
|bg={{tt|Пророкът Ксату|Prophet Xatu}}
|zh_cmn={{tt|天然鳥的大預言|Xatu's Big Prediction}}
|de={{tt|Die Xatu und die Zukunft|The Xatu and the future}}
|es_eu={{tt|Xatu, el futuro|Xatu, the future}}
|pl={{tt|Xatu, co nas czeka?|Xatu, what lies ahead?}}
|hi={{tt|Xatu को दिखा भविष्य {{tt|''Xatu ka dikha bhavishya''|Xatu saw the future}} {{tt|*|Hungama dub}}
colorscheme=Johto | }}
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[[Category:Episodes written by Takeshi Shudō]]
[[Category:Episodes storyboarded and directed by Hiroshi Haraguchi]]
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[[Category:Episodes directed by Hiroshi Haraguchi]]
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