In a long, hard fought battle, Ash once again loses. However during the Semi Finals, Cameron doesn't do so hot either. Now that Virgil has won the Unova League, what will Ash's plans be now?
Ash continues his battle with Cameron and loses, placing Top 8 in Unova League Conference.
Virgil defeats Cameron and advances to the finals.
Virgil wins the Unova League Conference.
Unova League Final 8 Ranking.
Runner-up: Dino - defeated by Virgil.
Top 4: Cameron - defeated by Virgil.
Top 4: Ramone - defeated by Dino.
Top 8: Imotaro - defeated by Virgil.
Top 8: Antonio - defeated by Ramone.
Top 8: Katharine - defeated by Dino.
Top 8: Ash Ketchum - defeated by Cameron.
Professor Oak's Pokémon Live Caster: Emboar
This is the first time when Ash's league placement has regressed compared to the previous tournament.
The full version of Be an Arrow! was played during the flashback scenes close to the end of the episode.
The ending of the episode is a direct callback to the ending of Friends to the End, as Ash stands in the middle of the arena and has flashbacks of his journey while the sun rises over the league torch and the full theme song plays.
The scene where Ash is staring at the sun rising is similar to the final scenes of Aim to Be a Pokémon Master.
Before showing Professor Oak's Pokémon Live Caster, this episode was followed by a trailer for the upcoming Episode N saga.
This episode marks the first time outside of a flashback where a Lucario is seen being defeated on screen.
This episode is the first time where the final round battle is shown on screen.
This is the first time a different animation for Snivy's Leaf Blade has been used.
This episode begins the shortest gap between the original Japanese airing and the English dub airing, with 93 days. This beats the previous record of 99 days for Smells Like Team Spirit!.
Be An Arrow! is replaced with an extended version of Rival Destinies during the flashback scenes.