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BW023 (unaired)
Best Wishes series
BW023 : Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
ロケット団VSプラズマ団!(後編)
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Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan! (Part 2)
First broadcast
Japan Skipped
United States Skipped
English themes
Opening Black and White
Japanese themes
Opening ベストウイッシュ!
Ending 心のファンファーレ
Credits
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 冨岡淳広 Atsuhiro Tomioka
Storyboard 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.

(Japanese: ロケット団VSプラズマ団!(後編) Rocket-dan VS Plasma-dan! (Part 2)) was intended to be the 24th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 681st episode of the Pokémon anime.

This episode was originally scheduled to air in Japan on March 24, 2011, but was postponed, along with the original BW023, indefinitely because of the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. As of Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot!, its events have been removed from continuity. Despite this, TVTokyo has said it will someday air, but only once an airdate that does not interrupt the schedule of the current series has been selected.[citation needed]

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Plot

Team Plasma carries out a massive attack on the Castelia City masquerade party and steals the Meteonite from Team Rocket, hoping to use it to control Pokémon into turning against their trainers. While Giovanni, Pierce, Dr. Zager, and the rest of the team fall back, Jessie, James, and Meowth are sent to pursue Team Plasma back to the Desert Resort, where a great conflict breaks out. However, during the fighting, the Meteonite becomes unstable and begins releasing large blasts of energy that power up the two teams' Pokémon but also creates an imbalance in nature.

Looker and Professor Juniper escort Ash and his friends to the Desert Resort in hopes of stopping the Meteonite and getting Pikachu back to normal. As they arrive, they discover that the situation with the Meteonite has escalated into a disaster that threatens to destroy all of Castelia City. Ash and Pikachu battle to overcome both Team Rocket and Team Plasma while finding a way to stop the Meteonite from destroying Castelia City.

Major events

Debuts

Pokémon debuts

Characters

Humans

Pokémon


Trivia

  • This and the previous episode are the only Best Wishes series episodes that were skipped.
  • Unlike the only other skipped episode in Japan, this two-parter was supposed to be important to the overall storyline instead of being a stand-alone episode.
  • Had this episode aired, it would have marked the final appearance of Pierce.
  • Coincidentally, the 24th episode of the XY series was also skipped. However, unlike this, it eventually aired.
  • The depiction of Team Plasma in these episodes differs significantly from how they would be depicted from their official debut in Team Plasma's Pokémon Power Plot! and onward. While they still want to put Pokémon under mind control, the Team Plasma Grunts in these episodes state their desire is to liberate Pokémon from their trainers and that they're doing this in service of "the hero." This suggests a different story arc based on the first games of Generation V was planned for the first incarnations of Team Plasma to feature in but it got scrapped as of the release of the sequels, the anime using the second incarnation of Team Plasma instead.
  • The scene with Liepard attacking a skyscraper with Hyper Beam with two Team Plasma Grunts alongside it on a helicopter is reused for the Best Wishes! Season 2: Episode N opening, Be an Arrow! 2013, although it is newly animated rather than taken directly from the episode. The differences is that Aldith and Barret are in the scene (who have their uniforms designs from Black 2 and White 2) instead of one Team Plasma Grunt with the original Black and White uniform.

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References


BW023 (unaired)
Best Wishes series
BW023 : Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!
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