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| The Bonds of Mega Evolution!
Mega Lucario VS Mega Kucheat! The Bonds of Mega Evolution!!
|| July 3, 2014
| United States
|| September 6, 2014
|| Team Kato
|| 藤田伸三 Shinzō Fujita
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation director
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| No additional credits are available at this time.
The Bonds of Mega Evolution! (Japanese: メガルカリオ対メガクチート！メガシンカの絆！！ Mega Lucario VS Mega Kucheat! The Bonds of Mega Evolution!!) is the 34th episode of the XY series, and the 833rd episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on July 3, 2014 and in the United States on September 6, 2014.
Following her grandfather's orders, Korrina has arrived on Pomace Mountain for some special training with Mabel, whose partner Mawile can Mega Evolve, and our heroes are along for the adventure. After a quick battle, Mabel suggests that everyone make flower arrangements with their Pokémon partners, much to their surprise.
This continues for several days, and while Bonnie and Dedenne are having a great time, Korrina and Lucario are getting impatient. But they soon learn that spending so much time together, exploring the beauty of the mountain and working together to make their beautiful arrangements, is exactly what they needed!
During a late-night heart-to-heart talk between Mabel and Korrina, the Team Rocket villains make their move, grabbing Pikachu and Mawile. But all that training pays off! Korrina's voice is finally able to reach Mega Lucario and calm its battle rage, and with the help of Mega Mawile, Team Rocket is sent blasting off again.
Now that Korrina can control Lucario's Mega Evolution, Ash decides he needs more training before challenging her at the Shalour Gym!
Following Gurkinn's instructions, Ash, his friends and Korrina arrive at a treehouse on Pomace Mountain. The door is opened by a Mawile, and soon its Trainer Mabel arrives and introduces herself to the group. She asks Korrina and Lucario to show her their strength in a battle.
The battle starts with Korrina Mega Evolving Lucario, and Mabel Mega Evolving her Mawile. Korrina commands Lucario to use Power-Up Punch, but Mawile dodges. Lucario uses Bone Rush without Korrina's order, but Mawile dodges all of its attacks. Mawile uses Iron Head on Lucario. Lucario then loses its control due to its aura. Despire Korrina's urging, Lucario uses Power-Up Punch without any order. Mawile counters with Fairy Wind and Lucario faints. Korrina tends to Lucario and assures it that they will continue to hone their skills. Meanwhile, Team Rocket have been spying on the twerps and want to get their hands on Pikachu, Mega Mawile and Mega Lucario. They decide to wait and catch them off-guard.
Despite Korrina's urge to train, Mabel asks the group to partner with their Pokémon and make flower arrangements. Clemont reveals his latest invention, the Flower Arranger One, which arranges flowers in the most artistic way possible. However, it becomes overloaded and blows up. After some time, Mabel comes in and inspects the arrangements. She states that these arrangements reflect their personalities. Mabel exclaims that Ash's and Pikachu's arrangement show their hearts are one. However, she states that Korrina and Lucario have made two separate arrangements, which shows that they have similar personalities and a deep understanding of each other. Mabel sets them the task of making a new flower arrangement for tomorrow. Korrina demands some battle training, though Mabel reminds her not to be so hasty.
The next day, Ash and his friends go out in search for flowers. However, Mabel tells Korrina and Lucario to go up and see the mountain views and that they might see something wonderful. The pair follow their mentor's advice, but are left bewildered in spite of the scenic view. Day after day, the group continue to make flower arrangements until Mabel can see that their hearts are one. One day, as Korrina and Lucario go out to gather flowers, Korrina spots some beautiful white flowers on top of a cliff. Lucario climbs the cliff face but then falters, almost falling. Realising that some areas of the cliff were less sturdy than others, Korrina guides Lucario through a safe path to reach the flowers.
That night, Korrina wonders why Mabel has not started any training and why her grandfather recommended them come to Pomace Mountain in the first place. Mabel steps out onto the balcony to inform Korrina that Lucario should be able to controls its aura soon. She tells them the reason why Lucario uses moves on its own is because of how close and similar Korrina and Lucario are. However, while they may have one heart, they have two viewpoints, and Mabel asks them to bring their one heart and two viewpoints together.
Unexpectedly, the sound of shattering glass breaks the moment, with Team Rocket snatching Pikachu and Mawile for themselves. After their motto, James shoots a missile to trap Lucario, but Lucario dodges. Jessie sends out Pumpkaboo. Korrina Mega evolves Lucario and orders it to use Power-Up Punch. James sends out Inkay and commands it to use Psybeam while Jessie has Pumpkaboo use Shadow Ball. These moves cause Mega Lucario to lose control again. However, as Lucario is about to launch an attack, Korrina blocks it, and Lucario bites onto Korrina's arm. Korrina asks Lucario to remember their one heart and two viewpoints. The flowers on Korrina’s wrist ring, causing Lucario to remember its friendship with Korrina. After a while, Lucario returns to its senses and hones its inner strength. As Pumpkaboo launches a Dark Pulse, Lucario blocks the attack with a Bone Rush. Inkay uses Psybeam and Pumpkaboo uses Shadow Ball, Lucario follows Korrina's orders and counters with Bone Rush. The impact of the attack frees Mawile and Pikachu. Mabel Mega evolves Mawile and commands it to use Fairy Wind. Ash commands Pikachu to use Thunderbolt. Lucario then uses Aura Sphere, a move it learned as a result of being able to control its aura, which sends Team Rocket blasting off.
The next day, the group say goodbye to Mabel and leave Pomace Mountain. Ash decides to leave Korrina and train more before he challenges the Shalour Gym. With that, Korrina roller skates off into the distance while the group continue on their own way.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Main series debuts
Who's That Pokémon?: Mawile (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Mawile (Japan)
The title card segment focuses on Korrina for this episode
- When Mabel is talking in her house, everyone else is shown to be surprised. However, the animation for everyone in the room except Ash is reversed: they are shown bewildered and open-mouthed at first, and when they all gasp, they seem to compose themselves. This happens twice during the episode.
- When James throws Inkay's Poké Ball, the engines on the sides of the Meowth Balloon disappear. This error was later fixed in future episodes.
Meowth Balloon without the engines
- For an unknown reason, the title of the episode copies the title of XY028 in the Russian dub.
In other languages
|| Mega-udviklingens band!
|| De banden van mega-evolutie!
|| Megakehityksen tuoma yhteys!
| European French
|| Les liens de la méga-évolution !
|| Das Band der Mega-Entwicklung!
|| Οι Δεσμοί της Μέγα Εξέλιξης!
|| !קשרי מגה התפתחות
|| Kumpulan Mega Evolusi!
|| Il legame della megaevoluzione!
|| 메가루카리오 VS 메가입치트!! 메가진화의 유대관계!!
|| Mega-evolusjonens bånd!
|| Więzi Megaewolucji!
| Brazilian Portuguese
|| Os Elos da Mega Evolução!
|| Узы мега‐эволюции!
| European Spanish
|| ¡Los Vínculos de la Megaevolución!
|| Mega-utvecklingens band!
|| เมก้าลูคาริโอ้ ปะทะ เมก้าคุจีโตะ! สายสัมพันธ์แห่งการพัฒนาร่างเมก้า!!
|| Mega evrim bağları!
|| Mega Lucario đấu với Mega Kuchito! Sự liên kết Mega!!