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Pruning a Passel of Pals! (激闘! それぞれのバトル!!)
Season11 ep24 ss1
General Other Information
Season: Pokémon: DP Battle Dimension Char. of the Day:
Episode №: #544 Main: Ash, Dawn, Brock, May
Aired: JapanFlag May 8, 2008 Recurring: Jessie, James, Sukizo, Raoul Contesta, Nurse Joy, Paul, Zoey, Marian,
UnitedStatesFlag September 27, 2008
Opening Theme: We Will Be Heroes Minor: Sinnoh Now Staff, Kyle, Pokémon Coordinators, Wallace's Fans
Badge(s): Coalbadge Forestbadge Cobblebadge Setting: Valor Lakefront
Pokémon: Ash's Pikachu, Team Rocket's Meowth, Ash's Buizel, May's Skitty, May's Venusaur, May's Munchlax, Dawn's Piplup, Dawn's Buneary, Dawn's Pachirisu, Dawn's Ambipom, Zoey's Finneon, Zoey's Misdreavus, Zoey's Shellos, Lanturn (Kyle's), Crawdaunt (Kyle's), Mothim, Exeggutor, Pelipper, Wailmer, Mareep, Kecleon, Sunflora, Azelf (spirit;debut), Mesprit (Flashback)
Major event(s)
Ash encounters Azelf at Lake Valor, Ash and Dawn compare the lake trio sightings, May's Bulbasaur evolved into Ivysaur and then evolved again into Venusaur during her Johto Journeys, Ash's Buizel perfects "Ice Aqua Jet", Ash loses the second round, May, Dawn and Zoey advance to the Semi-Finals.
Pokémon: DP Battle Dimension

Episode Plot

With Dawn and her friends safely past the appeals round of the Wallace Cup, the girls enjoy an opportunity to sit back and chat while Ash, who can't sleep, decides to take a walk near Lake Valor. He gets the shock of his life whenhe sees a glowing entity above the lake, which just might be a Legendary Pokémon like the ones said to live in Lake Verity and Lake Acuity! But any further investigation will have to wait until the next morning, after the Wallace Cup resumes.
File:Slippers May 01.jpg
File:May, Dawn and Zoey.jpg

As the battles begin, size proves to be no obstacle for Dawn's Buneary as it uses acrobatic footwork to defeat its opponent Wailmer. This round is off to a great start for Dawn, but Jessie is depressed that she didn't even make it to this stage of the Contest. Fortunately, James and Meowth remind her that she can always pose as a Contest reporter to get back in the spotlight. Dawn clinches a place in the semifinals, and then it's time for Ash and Buizel to battle Kyle the Coordinator and his Lanturn.

Kyle has had plenty of time to study Buizel's moves, an edge which helps him knock Ash out of the competition. With Dawn through and Ash out, that leaves May and Zoey still to compete. They win their matches and advance to the semifinals, so Dawn will definitely have to face either May or Zoey if she wants to win the Aqua Ribbon! But to get to the final round, she'll have to defeat Kyle and his Crawdaunt—is her Piplup up to the task?

Debuts

Pokémon

  • Azelf (spirit form only)

Trivia

  • Instead of Professor Oak's Pokémon lecture, the end of the episode featured a memorial to Celebi: Voice of the Forest. This is part of a countdown to Giratina and the Sky Warrior.
  • Wallace and Ash narrate the preview for the next episode.
  • After Ash's encounter with Azelf, May tells of a story she heard about a mysterious, legendary Pokémon, likely to be Uxie, during her pitstop at Snowpoint City.
  • Jessie's Jessadia was first used during the Kanto Grand Festival.
  • It is revealed that Zoey is from Snowpoint City.
  • Neither Dawn, May, Zoey or Jessie are seen in regular outfits throughout this episode.
  • This episode marks one of the extremely rare occasions that a member of Team Rocket refers to one of the main characters by name, but this was only to stay in-character as Jessadia.
  • Team Rocket doesn't blast off or recite their motto in this episode.

Errors

  • In Dawn's first match, Buneary's capsule has a Foamy Seal, but then it changes to a Heart Seal when it opens.
  • When Zoey's Finneon emerges from Waterfall, its tail fins are seen upside down.
  • May's belly button disappears multiple times.
  • In the scene where Paul appears, a Sunflora has petals the same color as its body and a face the shade of yellow its petals should be.
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