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|Master Class Choices!
Master Class Choices! (Japanese: マスタークラスへの試練！どうするセレナ！？ The Master Class Trial! What Will You Do, Serena!?) is the 109th episode of Pokémon the Series: XY, and the 908th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on February 25, 2016 and in the United States on June 4, 2016.
Our heroes are in Fleurrh City for Serena’s next Pokémon Showcase, where she’s hoping to win her third Princess Key and qualify for the Master Class. She’s going up against a hometown favorite named Amelia, who puts on an excellent show. Serena and her Pokémon are more concerned with having fun than being perfect—and in the end, she wins!
Serena accidentally overhears Amelia complaining to Showcase judge Palermo about her loss. Afterward, Palermo tells Serena that she doesn’t yet have what it takes to be Kalos Queen. Serena ponders that as our heroes head for the next Pokémon Showcase in Gloire City, where she’ll compete in the Master Class!
Ash and his friends arrive in Fleurrh City, where Serena hopes to win her next Showcase in order to obtain her third and final Princess Key. While walking along the sidewalk, they see a crowd gathering to cheer on a girl named Amelia. Serena feels a little intimidated as Amelia walks past without even acknowledging anyone. Later, as they eat dinner, Serena is still too nervous to even eat.
The next day, Serena is feeling more confident in herself and assures her friends that she is ready to perform. Bunnelby and Chespin wish good luck to Sylveon, which she thanks them for. Next, Serena enters the dressing room. Amelia arrogantly moves in front of Serena and says that she must go first. Meanwhile, Palermo, a former Kalos Queen and well-known producer, arrives at the Showcase as a guest judge in her limousine. A moustached man anxiously approaches Palermo, asking if she will mentor Amelia, explaining that Amelia belongs to a very respected family and donors of the Showcase in Fleurrh City. Palermo tells him that she will judge with her own eyes.
Ash, Pikachu, Clemont, Bunnelby, Chespin, and Bonnie are in the audience for the event. Monsieur Pierre hosts the Showcase performance. He has his Klefki show the Princess Key to the audience. Monsieur Pierre explains to the audience that to win the first stage, the Performer must attract the most Rhyhorn. Serena is in the first round. Her competitors are Concetta who uses her Scraggy and Kazalie with her Lilligant. The Rhyhorn are immediately attracted to Serena. Serena is surrounded by Rhyhorn and some even start licking her. Kazalie has her Lilligant use Sweet Scent, which attracts some Rhyhorn towards her. Serena sees a lone Rhyhorn outside of the herd. She runs towards the lone Rhyhorn. She pets it on its head and then she rides it back to where the rest of the Rhyhorn are. After the timer is finished, Monsieur Pierre declares Serena the winner.
After a few more rounds, Monsieur Pierre starts the last round of the first stage. When Monsieur Pierre announces Amelia's name, the crowd cheers. She has her Shiny Dragonair and Espeon use Attract on the Rhyhorn who follow her Pokémon. She is soon declared the winner.
Monsieur Pierre announces that the next round will be the Freestyle Performance. Serena is seen with her Pokémon. Her Sylveon is quite nervous for the performance, but Serena feeds Sylveon, Pancham, and Braixen some Poké Puffs, which eases all of their nerves.
Amelia goes first in the final stage of the Showcase. She starts by having her Espeon and Dragonair jump in the air. Then Espeon uses Psychic and Dragonair uses Dragon Dance. Dragonair dances in circles around sparkly purple glimmers of light. She then commands Espeon and Dragonair to use Attract. Hearts are sent towards the audience, alluring the spectators. Espeon follows up with a Rain Dance and Amelia walks on Dragonair's tail. She then leaps off and commands Dragonair to use Ice Beam which freezes the rain. Espeon uses Hyper Voice which showers the crowd in a dazzle of the delicate snowflakes, concluding Amelia’s performance.
Serena performs next, and she starts out by having Braixen use Flamethrower while Serena, Pancham, and Sylveon dance around the circle of fire. Sylveon uses Fairy Wind which spreads the circling fire into a dazzling display in the sky. Pancham jumps high off of Sylveon's bows. Pancham punches the ground and uses Stone Edge which collides with the fire and makes a shower of sparkles. Serena and her Pokémon dance around the bright rays of the light falling to the ground. Observing closely, Palermo is mildly impressed by Serena's performance. Next, Pancham uses Stone Edge, which Braixen and Sylveon jump on. Braixen uses Fire Blast which, when hit by Sylveon's Swift, creates a row of sparkles for the audience. Serena is now finished with her performance.
With all five performances completed, Monsieur Pierre asks the audience to vote for the winner by using their Glow Casters. After the results are in, Monsieur Pierre announces Serena as the winner. Serena receives her third Princess Key, qualifying her for the Master Class. Back at the local Pokémon Center, Serena videocalls her good friend Shauna to inform her of the news. Shauna reveals that she’s being practicing a lot as well and looks forward to the upcoming Master Class. Cutting the call short, Bonnie calls Serena over because Clemont has prepared a feast for them to celebrate, which the group and their Pokémon enjoy.
Having eaten, Serena prepares to brush her Pokémon when she realizes she forgot her brush at the Showcase theater. When she picks it up, she sees Amelia begging Palermo to train her. Palermo tells Amelia that she lost as judged by the audience and should be doing something more productive. After Amelia leaves in a huff, Palermo beckons Serena over. Palermo asks if Serena was satisfied with her performance. She tells Palermo that she thought it was fun. Palermo tells her that there is something she definitely lacks and if she does not find out what it is, she will not be able to defeat Aria. That night, Serena ponders what it might be.
The next morning, the group learns that the Pokémon Showcase Master Class will be held in Gloire City, so they make that their next destination.
- Ash and his friends arrive in Fleurrh City.
- Serena enters the Fleurrh Showcase Rookie Class and wins, earning her third Princess Key and thus qualifying for the Master Class.
- Serena meets Palermo for the first time.
- Serena learns that the Pokémon Showcase Master Class will take place in Gloire City.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline.
- Shauna (video call)
- Monsieur Pierre
- Sara Lee
Who's That Pokémon?: Espeon (US and international)
Pokémon Quiz: Dragonair (Shiny) (Japan)
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Dedenne (Clemont's)
- Greninja (Ash's)
- Talonflame (Ash's)
- Hawlucha (Ash's)
- Noibat (Ash's)
- Braixen (Serena's)
- Pancham (Serena's)
- Eevee (Serena's; flashback)
- Sylveon (Serena's)
- Bunnelby (Clemont's)
- Chespin (Clemont's)
- Luxray (Clemont's)
- Klefki (Monsieur Pierre's)
- Furfrou (Alouette's)
- Fletchling (Clarice's)
- Glaceon (Sara Lee's)
- Scraggy (Concetta's)
- Dragonair (Amelia's; Shiny)
- Espeon (Amelia's)
- Lilligant (Kazalie's)
- Escavalier (Shulin's)
- Accelgor (Shulin's)
- Pansage (Performer's)
- Pansear (Performer's)
- Panpour (Performer's)
- Smeargle (Performer's)
- Litleo (Performer's)
- Honchkrow (Performer's)
- Ducklett (Performer's)
- Teddiursa (Performer's)
- Swirlix (Performer's)
- Scizor (Performer's)
- Watchog (Trainer's)
- Azumarill (Trainer's)
- Emolga (Trainer's)
- Skitty (Trainer's)
- Bellsprout (Trainer's)
- Kirlia (Trainer's)
- Politoed (Trainer's)
- Wigglytuff (Trainer's)
- Whismur (Trainer's)
- Makuhita (Trainer's)
- Throh (Trainer's)
- Lickitung (Trainer's)
- Jumpluff (Trainer's)
- Skiploom (Trainer's)
- Grumpig (Trainer's)
- Electrike (Trainer's)
- Victreebel (Trainer's)
- Aipom (Trainer's)
- Gothitelle (Trainer's)
- Swellow (Trainer's)
- Poliwrath (Trainer's)
- Espeon (Trainer's)
- Zygarde (Zygarde Core; Squishy)
- Rhyhorn (multiple)
- In the Japanese version, the title card segment focuses on Serena.
- Poké TV: "Performer News" focusing on Performers and their Pokémon and ending with a performance by Pikachu Libre.
- This is the first episode since the beginning of the XY&Z arc in which Team Rocket does not appear.
- Clemont, Ash, Bonnie, Jessie, James, and Meowth narrate the preview for the next episode.
- DreamDream is used as an insert song during Serena's Freestyle Performance.
- This episode's dub marks Lisa Ortiz's directorial debut.
- This episode marks the first time that Dragon Dance has been used in the anime, despite it having been introduced in Generation III.
- During Serena's Theme Performance, Concetta can be seen backstage watching Serena on the screen, even though she was performing in the same round herself at the time.
- In the English dub, before the Freestyle Performance, Monsieur Pierre says "Ladies and gentlemen" twice.
- When Serena's Braixen takes a Poké Puff, there is a green Poké Puff shown in Serena's case despite one of that color not being present before.
- Unlike in previous episodes, Rhyhorn's voices were not dubbed in this episode.
- DreamDream is replaced by a dub instrumental.
In other languages
|Czech||Rozhodování třídy mistryní!|
|Danish||Valgmuligheder i Mesterklasse!|
|European French||En route pour l'épreuve des élues !|
|Italian||Scelte da professionisti!|
|Korean||마스터클래스를 향한 시련! 세레나의 도전!!|
|Norwegian||Valgmuligheter i mesterklasse!|
|Polish||W drodze do Klasy Mistrzyń!|
|Portuguese||Brazil||As escolhas da Classe Mestra!|
|Portugal||Escolhas para a Classe Magistral!|
|Russian||Выбор перед Мастер-классом!|
|Spanish||Latin America||¡Elecciones de Clase Maestra!|
|Spain||¡Eligiendo para la Clase Maestra!|
|Swedish||Beslut inför Mästarinne-klassen!|
|Turkish||Usta Sınıfı Tercihleri!|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|
- Pokémon the Series: XY episodes
- Episodes in which a Legendary Pokémon appears
- Episodes in which an alternately colored Pokémon appears
- Episodes written by Akemi Omode
- Episodes storyboarded and directed by Tomoya Takahashi
- Episodes storyboarded by Tomoya Takahashi
- Episodes directed by Tomoya Takahashi
- Episodes animated by Shinji Matsuda
- Episodes with Showcases
- Episodes focusing on Serena
- Episodes in which Serena gets a Princess Key