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TW03 : Buddy
Pokémon: Twilight Wings
TW05 : Assistant
Early-Evening Waves
Evening Waves
Web release
Japan April 17, 2020
United States April 21, 2020
English themes
Opening N/A
Japanese themes
Opening N/A
Ending N/A
Animation Studio Colorido
Screenplay 木下爽 Sou Kinoshita
Storyboard 山下清悟 Shingo Yamashita
Assistant director 山下清悟 Shingo Yamashita
Animation director 近岡直 Sunao Chikaoka
No additional credits are available at this time.

Early-Evening Waves (Japanese: 夕波 Evening Waves) is the fourth episode of Pokémon: Twilight Wings. It was first released on the official Japanese Pokémon YouTube channel on April 17, 2020, and on the official English Pokémon YouTube channel and Pokémon TV on April 21, 2020.

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.


Nessa, an incredibly popular Gym Leader and model, has always strived to be the best. Her focus is split between the two professions, and Chairman Rose advises her to choose one path or the other if she truly wants to be number one. Will she sacrifice one dream in pursuit of the other?


In a locker room, Nessa sits by herself as she recalls her recent battle loss against Milo. She is interrupted by Rose and Oleana, who congratulates her on the close match. He holds up several magazines with Nessa featured on the front cover, saying that her modelling career is doing well. The Chairman then states that balancing being a Gym Leader and model must "keep her busy", before suggesting that that it is up to Nessa to decide how high she reaches. This comment annoys Nessa.

Later, Nessa catches up with her friend Sonia at a local café. Nessa is still irritated over the Chairman's comments, believing that he suggested she quit modelling to focus on being a Gym Leader. Sonia assures Nessa that it up to her what she wants to do. Nessa goes quiet and stares into her tea, knowing she has an important decision to make.

During a photoshoot, Nessa holds several poses for the photographer. She turns around to admire her familiar surrounds. Nessa touches the lake and recalls something from her childhood. As a lonely Feebas swam up to her boat, Nessa offered it some words of advice and petted it. She asked the Feebas if she could ride on its back when it evolves someday. Afterwards, the photoshoot resumes with Nessa posing with several different Water Pokémon. Nessa later takes a break while the Director is alarmed that there are no more Pokémon around for Nessa to pose with. A slight sparkle on the water surface gets Nessa's attention, leading her to leap off the boat and dive into the lake. Nessa follows a school of Pokémon deeper into the lake before she encounters a majestic Milotic. The Director orders his crew to keep the cameras rolling, and they manage to capture a shot of Nessa riding Milotic.

The photograph soon reaches Sonia, who immediately calls Nessa on the phone to congratulate her on the amazing shot. Nessa replies that she has never seen a Milotic in the wild, but the experience was simply beautiful. Sonia admits everyone always mentions Milotic's beauty, but never talk about its powerful nature. She concludes that Nessa should be just like Milotic, both powerful and beautiful at the same time. Nessa recalls the incredible encounter, with Milotic leaping out of the water while the lake below is teeming with aquatic life. A familiar glance from the Milotic makes Nessa realize that it is the very same Feebas, having since evolved and keeping its promise, from her childhood.

With her mind now clear, Nessa walks into Chairman Rose's building. At the reception desk, Oleana is quick to inform Nessa that the Chairman is busy. Nessa confidently reports that she intends on becoming both a top Gym Leader and model before politely excusing herself for the day's match. Oleana says nothing and returns to focusing on her paperwork. Afterwards Nessa attends to her waiting taxi, where she is flown over to the stadium for her next battle.

Major events

Nessa decides to ignore Chairman Rose's advice and pursue the top in both her Gym Leader and modelling career.





  • This is the first episode of the miniseries not to be released in both East Asian languages (Japanese, Korean, and Chinese) and European languages (English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian) on the same day.
  • This episode features a Pokémon not in the Galar Pokédex: Dewgong. This is the only time a Pokémon not in the Galar Pokédex has appeared in Twilight Wings. An apology for featuring it in the episode was posted on the official Pokémon Twitter account.[1]


Dub edits

  • In the Japanese version, the flashback about Nessa's request to Feebas to ride on its back when it evolves and gets bigger is cut before her request is fully revealed. It is only heard in its entirety once she is already riding Milotic. In the dub, her request is heard more fully when the flashback is first shown, leaving no air of mystery about what she asked for.

In other languages


  1. Twitter: ポケモン公式ツイッター

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