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| An Explosive Operation!
The Explosive Ground Force! The Zygarde Capture Operation!!
|| February 11, 2016
| United States
|| May 21, 2016
|| Team Kato
|| 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Animation directors
|| 岩根雅明 Masaaki Iwane
| 松永香苗 Kanae Matsunaga
| 志村泉 Izumi Shimura
| No additional credits are available at this time.
An Explosive Operation! (Japanese: 爆裂グランドフォース！ジガルデ捕獲作戦！！ The Explosive Ground Force! The Zygarde Capture Operation!!) is the 107th episode of the XY series, and the 906th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on February 11, 2016 and in the United States on May 21, 2016.
In search of Team Flare and Squishy, Team Rocket meets a similar-looking Pokémon, known as Z2...and Team Flare is right behind it! The two teams battle back and forth, and Z2 changes hands several times—until it merges with many Cells to become a menacing serpentine Pokémon who shakes the land with its attack!
Z2 is winning, but Lysandre has called for backup! With the help of Alain and his Mega Charizard, Team Flare battles Z2 to a standstill and locks it in a cage, where Lysandre finally reveals its name—Zygarde!
Meanwhile, at our heroes’ campsite, Bonnie cuddles a sad and worried Squishy, trying to figure out what’s wrong...
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In a clearing near a river, Ash, Pikachu and Dedenne relaxing after a meal as Bonnie goes over to Squishy who is on the rocks to see how it feels and Squishy feels good so Bonnie starts to sing a song to Squishy. Ash, Clemont and Serena watch as Bonnie sings and once she has finished, Serena calls it a very nice song which Bonnie says he just made up. The group are unaware that in the shadows, Team Rocket are spying on them as they put a call through to Team Rocket Headquarters where Matori answers their call. James asks to be put through to the boss and Matori directs their call and Giovanni answers. Giovanni asks if something is wrong and Jessie responds that there is something he needs to know as James mentions there being an evil organisation which stands in their way on conquering the world. Giovanni asks if they have seen them which Team Rocket confirms that they have and Giovanni having heard of them discovers that they are real. Team Rocket are surprised to know Giovanni has heard of them as Giovanni instructs them to remain in Kalos and find out their intentions. Before ending the call, Meowth informs Giovanni that Team Flare are also after a certain Pokémon which is brand new as relay images of Squishy to Giovanni as James explains that it is able to combine with certain cells and transform freely and Giovanni instructs them to catch it for Team Rocket before Team Flare do. Giovanni ends the call telling them that he is counting on them Jessie notes that so much has happened since they arrived in Kalos and now they must stop Team Flare and do what they must do and set off in their Meowth balloon. Back with Ash and his friends, the Pokémon are playing as Chespin and Pancham try and get Squishy to join in but Squishy heads off to bathe in the sunlight as Pikachu, Dedenne, Chespin and Pancham head off to play. Through telepathy, Squishy hears Z2's cries and becomes concerned as Z2 finds itself being chased by a Weavile and Druddigon. Squishy tries to make contact with Z2 as Bonnie wades through the water to join it, concerned that something is wrong and asks what is wrong. Bonnie guesses that it is sad and sings her song again to try and cheer Squishy up as the others look on. Squishy goes to sleep in the sun whilst hoping that Z2 is save. Elsewhere Z2 finds itself cornered by Weavile and Druddigon as Aliana and Mable arrive with several Team Flare Grunts and praise their Pokémon for their work. Z2 starts to disappear but Mable fires a beam to restrain it and tells Z2 that it is coming with them. Z2 tries to disappear but the restraints prevent it from disappearing as Mable reports to Lysandre and Xerosic that the beam has been effective and Z2 can no longer camouflage itself. As Mable goes to get Z2, Z2 jumps to escape as Aliana orders Druddigon to use Slash which hits Z2 and sends it flying. Mable sends Weavile in to attack as Z2 starts to collect its Cells to transform into Zygarde 10% Forme and Aliana notices it is as Bryony told them as Xerosic, watching events watches in amazement. Z2 uses Extreme Speed to attack Druddigon and Weavile, Mable orders the Grunts to attack Z2 with their beams which miss as Aliana orders Druddigon to use Dragon Pulse which nearly hits Z2 as Mable orders a Metal Claw from Weavile which Z2 dodges before sending Weavile flying back. As Team Flare continue to fire their beams, Z2 strikes back with Dragon Pulse causing them to flee as Z2 uses Land's Wrath to send them flying and flees before returning to its Core Forme. Xerosic tells Mable and Aliana that this is their chance to catch Z2 whilst the beam is still effective.
Nearby Team Rocket regroup having not found a sign of Team Flare as Z2 collapses nearby. Spotting Z2, they mistake it for Squishy before James notices that its marking are different so it must be another Squishy and realize their luck is in as Z2 starts to back away, they go to catch Z2 only to be frozen by an Ice Beam from Weavile as Team Flare arrive. Team Rocket break free from the ice as Meowth demands to know what that was for Mable asks who they are which causes Team Rocket to recite their motto. Mable sarcastically thanks them as Aliana deduces that there are the people that Bryony was on about as Mable fires another beam at Z2, Team Rocket get in the way of the beam as James sends out Inkay to destroy the beam with Psybeam which it does causing Aliana to send Druddigon out as Mable tells Weavile to use Metal Claw as Jessie sends out Gourgeist to attack with Seed Bomb which creates a lot of smoke blocking Team Flare's view. Once the smoke clears, Team Rocket have escaped with Z2 as Mable instructs the Grunts to go and find them before reporting back to Lysandre and Xerosic on what has happened. Xerosic isn't pleased as Lysandre asks if there is anyone to help them out, Xerosic does a check and finds someone is free. Some distance away, Team Rocket have collapsed after running away from Team Flare after getting the cramps as Z2 tries to get free, James think it has the cramps as well as Jessie remembers that Squishy likes to lounge around in the sun and James sees a place up high where Z2 can get some sunlight and climbs up to it whilst holding onto Z2 and places Z2 where it starts to absorb the sunlight. On seeing Z2 green with health, Team Rocket decide to report their success to Giovanni only for their communicator to be hit with Ice Beam as Aliana and Mable and the Grunts arrive with their Pokémon. Team Rocket vow to deal with them once they get Z2 to headquarters as Weavile goes to attack with Metal Claw which causes Team Rocket to run but Weavile breaks through the rocks which sends them flying as Team Flare demand they hand over Z2. James keeps a close grip on Z2 as Aliana orders a Dragon Pulse but Wobbuffet takes the hit and uses Mirror Coat to send the attack right back. Team Flare keep up the attack with Mable orders an Icy Wind from Weavile which sends them flying and causes James to lose his grip on Z2 which is confronted by Sneasel, Skorupi and Poochyena.
As Team Flare go to retrieve Z2, Team Rocket goes to stop them by having Gourgeist use Dark Pulse which Weavile counters with Metal Claw, which cuts through Dark Pulse and strikes Gourgeist as James orders a Psybeam from Inkay which is countered by Druddigon with Slash. Psybeam strikes Weavile as Druddigon hits Inkay with Slash as Jessie orders a Leech Seed which hits Druddigon and starts to drain its energy but Weavile cuts through the attack wtih Metal Claw as the Grunts order their Pokémon to attack. Gourgeist and Inkay are hit by Ice Beam and Cross Poison and are recalled into their Poké Balls as Meowth notes how strong they are. Z2 finds itself confronted by Weavile and Druddigon as a Grunt prepares to use the laser on it once more but before they attack, the ground starts to shake as Z2 starts to gather cells so it can transform into Zygarde 50% Forme as Team Flare, Team Rocket, Xerosic and Lysandre look on. Z2 roars loudly as over with Ash and his friends, Squishy appears to hear the roar and becomes concerned as Team Rocket and Team Flare become nervous at how big Z2 has become before they are all sent flying with Dragon Pulse. Aliana and Mable vow that this won't end the same way it did back in Terminus Cave as James struggles to make sense of what is going on. Drudigon and Weavile confront Z2 once more and Z2 prepares to hit them with Dragon Pulse only to be stopped by a Flamethrower as Alain arrives with Charizard. Alain checks that Z2 is there target as Aliana and Mable wonder who he is as Alain tells them he'll bide them some time and orders Charizard to use Dragon Claw as Team Rocket recognize Alain from before. Charizard hits Z2 with Dragon Claw as Alain decides to Mega Evolve Charizard. Mable orders the Grunts to get Z2 with their lasers but Team Rocket, not giving up yet vow to stop them as Z2 uses Extreme Speed, Alain has Charizard block it but is overpowered by Z2 before hitting Z2 with anothe Dragon Claw but Z2 powers up Land's Wrath which hits Charizard which makes Alain realize defeating Z2 won't be as easy as he hoped as Aliana, Mable and the Grunts use their lasers at full power to get Z2 which starts to take it down as Z2 begins to transform back into its core form. Mable goes to catch Z2 but is stopped when Team Rocket jump onto them, saying that Z2 belongs them but are sent blasting off by Drudigon and Weavile as Mable finally captures Z2 which pleases Xerosic and Lysandre.
Alain thanks Charizard for its help as Mable and Aliana speak to him, thanking him for his help but ask why as he answers to Lysandre alone and Alain replies that he gave him a direct order to capture Z2. Later, hanging onto a tree branch, Team Rocket are talking to Giovanni who learns that they encountered Team Flare and also inform him that the new species can transform into a more powerful Pokémon and will be a great asset to Team Rocket as Giovanni tells them to keep it up before ending the call and they note that they are going to be busy, especially with Alain and his Charizard, just as the tree branch gives way. Squishy is trying to contact Z2 and becomes concerned when it receives no response as Ash tells Bonnie it is time to go, Bonnie tells them that something is wrong with Squishy and thinks that it is worried about something so Ash suggests holding Squishy as it likes that as Bonnie promises to be with it and things will be OK.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Persian (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Z2 (Zygarde 10% Forme) (Japan)
The title card segment focuses on Team Rocket for this episode
- Poké TV: "Pokémon Unbelievable" focusing on Squishy.
- In the Japanese version, the title card segment focuses on Team Rocket and is read by Alain.
- This is the first time in the main series that the title card isn't read by a main character.
- This episode marks Matori's first appearance since A Battle of Aerial Mobility!, 103 episodes prior. It is also her first speaking appearance in the XY series, and the first one overall since Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!, 225 episodes ago.
- Team Rocket's Team Song is used as the Japanese ending theme for this episode.
- It is also used as an insert song during Team Rocket's battle with Team Flare.
- The Level 2 book "Team Rocket to the Rescue!" is based after this episode.
- Bonnie can be heard singing Puni-chan's Song to Squishy in this episode.
- Clemont, Bonnie, and Henny narrate the preview for the next episode.
- At the end of the preview, Clemont says "Everyone, Clemontic Gear, ON!" instead of Ash saying his "Everyone, get Pokémon!" phrase.
- This episode aired in France on May 10, 2016, eleven days before the United States airdate.
- During Team Rocket and Team Flare's battle, Weavile is hit by Inkay's Psybeam. As a Dark-type, Weavile should not have taken any damage.
- After Zygarde 50% uses Dragon Pulse for the first time on Team Rocket and Team Flare, Gourgeist and Inkay are seen with Jessie and James, even though they were both returned to their Poké Balls in the previous scene.
- In the dub, Ash reads the title card instead of Alain.
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