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title_ja_trans=The Big Old Thug is an Island King!? |
broadcast_jp=May 10, 2018 |
broadcast_us=<!--DoOctober not13, assume an air date. If you have an air date you should also provide a title and a source.-->2018 |
en_op=[[Under The Alolan Moon]] |
ja_op=[[Future Connection|未来コネクション]] |
* {{BMGf|263599|Dub review thread on BMGf}}
'''Tough Guy Trials!''' (Japanese: '''ちょーワルおやじはしまキング!?''' ''The Big Old Thug is an {{tt|Island King|Island Kahuna}}!?'') is the 74th episode of the {{series|Sun & Moon}}, and the 1,013th episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It first aired in Japan on May 10, 2018, and in New Zealand on August 31, 2018<!--, andin isCanada scheduledon toSeptember air29, 2018, and in the United States on *day*-->October 13, 2018.
Official Blurb from Pokémon<!-- goes here, with source link/us/pokemon-episodes/21_30-tough-guy-trials/-->
<i>Ash can’t contain his excitement as he arrives on Ula’ula Island for his next grand trial. But Nanu, the island kahuna, has other ideas and leads Ash to believe someone else is the kahuna. To Nanu’s dismay, Acerola blows his cover and convinces him to grant Ash a “pre-trial” battle. Nanu is convinced Ash isn’t ready, and after his Krookodile soundly defeats Ash’s Lycanroc, he seems to prove his point. But Ash never gives up, and he vows to stay on the island and train hard for a rematch!</i>
{{Ash}} and his Pokémon do some push-ups on their boat while they wait to arrive on [[Ula'ula Island]]. {{an|Rotom Pokédex}} soon alerts Ash that their destination is up ahead. In a flashback, Ash recalls that [[{{an|Professor Kukui]]}} revealed to his students that he dreamed of opening the Alola [[Pokémon League]] and requiresrequired their assistance to make it a reality. Ash’sBoth excitementAsh was spurred into action byand {{an|Kiawe}}'s fieryhad passion.gotten fired up by the news and decided to take part in the League.
On the island, [[Jessie]] and {{TP|Jessie|Mimikyu}} admire thetheir new [[Z-Ring]], much to the disappointment of {{MTR}} and [[James]], who isare eager to use it with {{TP|James|Mareanie}}. Jessie’sJessie's posing is interrupted by Mimikyu, who swiftly moves and spots Ash and his Pokémon as they arrive on Ula'ula Island. {{TRT}} spotrealizes that Ash has travelledtraveled alone, and with their new [[Z-Crystal]]s, they may very well defeat him in {{pkmn|battle}}. Meanwhile, {{an|Bewear}} remains unaware that Team Rocket areis away and havehas left their button-eyed robots back at the hideout.
[[Nanu]] walks sluggishly past the {{rt|17|Alola|Po Town Police Office}}, he yawns, and plans on taking a nap. He is soon confronted by [[Officer Jenny]] and her {{p|Oricorio}}, who have come to check on him. Nanu denies that he was planning on taking a powernapnap and turns back to the Policepolice Stationstation. Jenny salutes him as he returns to his hungry and meowing {{alorf|Alolan}} {{p|Meowth}}. He quickly feeds them, but his relaxation is again interrupted, this time by a phone call from {{an|Giovanni}}. Giovanni admits that he was surprised to learn that Nanu became a police officer and an [[Island Kahuna]], before asking him about the "{{p|Necrozma|Blinding One}}". He ignores Giovanni's query and hangs up after hearing someone calling for him from outside.
Nanu steps out of his office to see Ash, smothered by his Alolan Meowth. {{AP|Poipole}} shoots out some red sludge, though the Alolan Meowth respond by scratching it, which then turns into a full-blown melee. The find soon ends, with Rotom scolding Poipole for sparking the fight, and Nanu comes to Ash's assistance, criticisingcriticizing his conduct. Ash stands up immediately, and greets Nanu, hoping that he is the Island Kahuna. Nanu attempts to lie to Ash, stating that the person Ash is looking for is one of his co-workerscoworkers who is busy on patrol. Ash formally introduces himself, while Nanu admires his rare Poipole and {{AP|Lycanroc}}. Poipole squirts some red sludge onto Nanu, though Ash has Poipole apologize for its actions. Nanu invites Ash into the Policepolice Station,station andso thehe two quicklycould clean themselveshimself up. SeeingUpon seeing his Alolan Meowth hungry again, Nanu asks if Ash could feed and play with them while he waits for the Island Kahuna to arrive. Ash agrees, while Nanu leaves for somewheresomeplace. While Ash is bitten and scratched, Rotom and his Pokémon, except for {{AP|Torracat}}, enjoy the play timeplaytime and are left exhausted.
[[Acerola]] and her Mimikyu, Mimikins, enter the Policepolice Stationstation, looking for uncleNanu, though she instead finds Ash and his Pokémon. Ash explains that he was waiting for another officer to arrive, but Acerola laughs and reveals that her uncle, Nanu, is the only stationed officer, and has fooled and left. Rotom is sent into a spin after he triedtries to take pictures of the unusual floating Mimikyu, Mimikins, but all of the photographs come out with an odd haze. Acerola reveals that Mimikins is an actual ghost, much to Ash and Rotom's surprise. Acerola escorts Ash to her workplace, the [[Malie City]] Library.
Poipole is enthralled by its book-filled surroundingsurroundings, though it soon stops flying around to focus on a page that depicts {{DL|List of Pokémon with form differences|Necrozma|Ultra Necrozma}}, with {{p|Lunala}} and {{p|Solgaleo}} standing on either side of it. Acerola explains the legend of the "Blinding One", a Pokémon said to shine brighter than anything else in the world. She details that when [[Alola]] had just formed, andit was entirely dark., Thebut the arrival of three Legendary Pokémon showered the area in light. As a result, the people of Alola were immensely grateful for the "Blinding One's" efforts and have continued to pass on the story throughout the generations. Acerola states that Nanu believes that the "Blinding One" may be an [[Ultra Beast]]. Team Rocket happenhappens to overhear the conversation from outside and looklooks forward to revealing the new information to their {{an|Giovanni|bossthe Boss}}.
Sometime later, Ash is busy feeding {{AP|Rowlet}} as his other Pokémon play with Mimikins, andwhile Acerola is working at a kitchen bench. Ash goes to run offtries to catch up with Nanu, but Acerola assures him that Nanu won’twon't be there. She then reveals that she has taken his favorite playtoyplay-toy, a {{wp|kendama}}, as a hostage. Right on cue, Nanu walks through Acerola's door in search of histhe toykendama, though he is initially startled to see Ash. Nanu is irritatedIrritated that ishis cover iswas blown, butNanu ignores Ash’sAsh's challenge of his [[Trial]]. WithHowever, Acerola’swith Acerola's glare, Nanu concedes and decides to test Ash’sAsh's skill in a Prepre-Trialtrial.
Acerola officiates the match, acting as a [[Battle judge|referee]]. Ash asks Nanu to give him a good fight, whobut he sighs. Nanuand sends out his {{p|Krookodile}}, who immediately uses its ability[[Ability]] {{a|Intimidate}} on Ash’sAsh's Lycanroc. Ash starts off the battle, having Lycanroc use its {{m|Tackle}}, which Krookodile knocks back with its head. Krookodile continues to intimidate Lycanroc, who bares its teeth, which Nanu is glad to see. Lycanroc follows up with a {{m|Rock Throw}}, but Krookodile swats the attack away with its tail. Pikachu uses {{m|Iron Tail}} to stop the debris hitting Acerola. Lycanroc’sLycanroc's {{m|Bite}} fails and Krookodile responds with a {{m|Sand Tomb}}, which traps its foe in shifting sands. Krookodile lands several {{m|Mud-Slap}} attacks on Lycanroc, though its predicament only angers Lycanroc whose eyes begin to glow red. Ash is immediately concerned by the change and remembers [[SM047|his battle against Gladion]]. Acerola leaps into the air and crunches down on Krookodile's arm. While Krookodile shakes it off, Lycanroc again bites down on its foe but receives a hit to the face. Lycanroc continues to disobey Ash, while Nanu has Krookodile continue to face the enraged onslaught. Nanu finally responds, having Krookodile use {{m|Counter}} followed by {{m|Crunch}}, doing serious damage to Lycanroc. Acerola calls the match off as Ash makes his way to his injured Pokémon. Nanu tells Ash to return to [[Melemele Island]]. As an act of defiance, Ash disagrees and vows to remain on Ula'ula Island to continue to train for a future rematch. Nanu shrugs and sighs as he continues to walk off.
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Back at his office, Nanu plays with his kendama, which hypnotizes his Meowth, who watch on and trace his movements with their heads in amazement. Nanu stops fidgeting and grins as the sight of his entertained Pokémon.
==Major events==
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* [[{{an|Professor Kukui]]}} is revealed to have told {{Ash}} and {{ashcl}} about the [[Pokémon League]] he's establishing in [[Alola]].
* Ash arrives at [[Ula'ula Island]] and meets [[Island Kahuna]] [[Nanu]] and [[Acerola]] for the first time.
* Ash and {{TRT}} learn about the legend of the "{{p|Necrozma|Blinding One}}".
* [[Matori]]
* [[Officer Jenny]]
* [[{{an|Professor Kukui]]}} (flashback)
* {{an|Gladion}} (flashback)
* [[Acerola]]
* [[Nanu]]
* [[PicoPiko]]
* {{OBP|Nene|Alola}}
* {{pkmn|Trainer}}s
<!--[[File:WTP SM074.png|thumb|200px|Who's That Pokémon?]]-->
[[Who's That Pokémon?]]: {{p|Oricorio}} ({{DL|List of Pokémon with form differences|Oricorio|Baile Style}})
* {{p|Pikachu}} ({{OP|Ash|Pikachu}})
* {{p|Popplio}} ({{OP|Lana|Popplio}}; flashback)
* {{p|Turtonator}} ({{OP|Kiawe|Turtonator}}; flashback)
* {{p|Marowak}} ({{OP|Kiawe|Marowak}}; [[Regional variant{{rf|Alolan|Alola Form]]}}; flashback)
* {{p|Vulpix}} ({{an|Lillie}}'s; [[Regional variant{{rf|Alolan|Alola Form]]}}; [[Snowy]]; flashback)
* {{p|Togedemaru}} ({{OP|Sophocles|Togedemaru}}; flashback)
* {{p|Steenee}} ({{OP|Mallow|Steenee}}; flashback)
* {{p|Umbreon}} ({{an|Gladion}}'s; flashback)
* {{p|Lycanroc}} ({{an|Gladion}}'s; {{DL|List of Pokémon with form differences|Lycanroc|Midnight Form}}; flashback)
* {{p|Type: Null}} ({{anOP|Gladion|Type: Null}}'s; Silvally; flashback)
* {{p|Mimikyu}} ([[Acerola]]'s; {{Shiny}}; Mimikins)
* {{p|Krookodile}} ([[Nanu]]'s)
* {{p|Meowth}} ([[Nanu]]'s; [[Regional variant{{rf|Alolan|Alola Form]]}}; multiple)
* {{p|Poliwag}} (Trainer's)
* {{p|Cottonee}} (Trainer's)
* [[Acerola]], {{Rotom}}, and Ash narrate the preview for the [[SM075|next episode]].
* The TVNZ OnDemand website incorrectly lists the episode as having aired on August 28, 2018, three days before it became available to watch on August 31, 2018.
* {{Ash}}, Acerola, and [[Nanu]] read the [[Who's That Pokémon?]] segment in the dub.
* When Krookodile is called out, its left arm is missing.
* When Rotom scans Krookodile, it says Krookodile is a {{t|Dark}}/{{typet|Ground}} type, instead of a Ground/Dark- type. This was fixed in the dub.
* When {{AP|Lycanroc}} uses {{m|Rock Throw}}, the fur on its right cheek is white instead of orange.
* When Lycanroc is thrown in the air after getting hit by Krookodile's {{m|Counter}}, the claws on its front left paw are missing.
* In the {{pmin|Poland|Polish}} dub, [[Rotom Dex]] states, that Krookodile can see the smallest prey in the midst of a snowstorm instead of sandstorm.
==In other languages==
|zh_cmn={{tt|不良大叔是島嶼之王!?|The Big Old Thug is an Island Kahuna!?}}-->
|cs={{tt|Zkoušky pro drsné trenéry!|Trials for tough trainers!}}
|da={{tt|Hårde prøver til seje fyre!|Hard trials for tough guys!}}
|nl={{tt|Beproevingen zijn niet voor watjes!|Trials not for losers!}}
|fi={{tt|Koviskokeet!|Tough guy trials!}}
|fr_eu={{tt|Une épreuve avant l'épreuve !|A trial before the trial!}}
|de={{tt|Prüfungen für harte Typen!|Trials for tough guys!}}
|it={{tt|Prove per tipi tosti!|Trials for tough guys!}}
|ko={{tt|엄청 나쁜 아저씨가 섬의 왕!?|The Very Bad Man is an Island Kahuna!?}}
|no={{tt|Store prøver for tøffe typer!|Big challenges for tough guys!}}
|pl={{tt|Próba twardzieli!|Tough guys trial!}}
|pt_br={{tt|Provas para os melhores!|Trials for the best!}}
|ru={{tt|Суровые испытания!|Tough trials!}}
|he={{tt|!מבחנים של בחור קשוח|Tough Guy Trials!}}
|es_la={{tt|¡La prueba de un tipo rudo!|The trial of a rude guy!}}
|es_eu={{tt|¡Las pruebas del tipo duro!|The trials of the tough guy!}}
|sv={{tt|Tuffa Prövningar och Tuffa Försök|Tough Challenges och Tough Trials}}
|th={{tt|ลุงจอมวายร้ายคนนี้คือราชาเกาะหรือนี่!?|The Big Old Thug is an Island King!?}}
|tr={{tt|Sert Çocuk Sınavları!|Tough Kid Trials!}}
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