| Whichever Way the Wind Blows
Kireihana and Ruffresia! Peace in Meadow!
|| March 7, 2002
| United States
|| March 22, 2003
|| Team Ota
|| 大橋志吉 Yukiyoshi Ōhashi
|| 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
| Assistant director
|| 秦義人 Yoshito Hata
| Animation director
|| 向田隆 Takeshi Mukōda
| Additional credits
Whichever Way the Wind Blows (Japanese: キレイハナとラフレシア！そうげんのへいわ！ Kireihana and Ruffresia! Peace in Meadow!) is the 239th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on March 7, 2002 and in the United States on March 22, 2003.
Hardly taking a second to relish his latest gym victory, Ash quickly sets course for the next gym in Blackthorn City. It isn't long, though, before a more immediate challenge confronts his small party. As Ash and friends enter a clearing, they find large numbers of Vileplume and Bellossom preparing to battle. With the help of his Bayleef, Ash is able to settle the disturbance, but afterwards learns from a researcher working in the area that this is a common occurrence. The winds in this area, it seems, carry particulates from the Leaf and Sun Stones that cause Gloom to evolve into either Vileplume or Bellossom. Depending on the wind's direction, different amounts of either stone are scattered over the local Gloom, creating temporary surges in the populations of either of their possible evolutions. Since there is no foreseeable end to this natural state of flux, Ash and friends must end this constant fight for supremacy by convincing these Pokémon to live in harmony despite this trick of the wind that puts one and then the other group in the advantaged position.
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While heading toward Blackthorn City for Ash's final gym badge, Ash and his friends come across three sick Oddish. Brock cures them with some special Pokémon food. Ash wonders how the Oddish got sick in the first place, so Pikachu asks them. The three Oddish lead Ash and his friends over a hill where they find a plain meadow with a huge tree and lots of Gloom, Vileplume, and Bellossom. Soon the Vileplume and Bellossom start fighting. Pikachu fails to break up the fights, so Ash sends in his Bayleef who separates them with her Vine Whip. Ash tries to get the Pokémon to apologize to each other and make friends with each other, but they refuse.
Afterwards a Pokémon researcher walks up and introduces himself as Steven and says that he is there to study Grass-type Pokémon. Steven and Brock explain the concept of branched evolution, and Steven explains that due to tiny fragments of Sun Stones and Leaf Stones in the wind, Gloom evolve into Vileplume when the wind is from the Northeast and Bellossom when the wind is from the Northwest.
Vileplume and Bellossom fight over territory since the very old and enormous tree covers so much of the land; they both need the sun shine, so over the day they fight for the area not covered in shade. Jessie and James both get Stun Spored by the Vileplume and Bellossom, so Meowth goes to a convenient store and buys Salveyo weed. A major storm comes in and makes very large amounts of Gloom evolve all at once, but since the wind was coming from the North East and North West, they both were even in numbers in the end. The war broke out and Ash, Misty, Brock, and Steven all knew they had to fight to finally see that fighting does not solve anything. Jessie and James try with help from their Pokémon to catch the Grass Pokémon.
All the Pokémon know now that they should all just live together peacefully as friends, so they all take on Team Rocket and make them blast off again! Ash, Misty, and Brock say goodbye to their new friend Steven since this new problem has been solved.
- When Jessie first sends out Arbok, it doesn't move its mouth when it says its name.
- During the storm some Gloom are seen evolving into Vileplume. After that we see some Gloom evolve into Bellossom but the Vileplume that evolved before are not there. Some explanations could be that during the storm the Vileplume left to be with the other Vileplume or that the Gloom that are seen the second time are in a different area. What actually happens is unknown.
- Just before the storm occurs, Ash says "that means more Vileplume will evolve". However, this is not true as Vileplume cannot evolve because it is the final evolution stage of Oddish.
- The Japanese version of this episode features a different version of Team Rocket's motto while the dub uses the standard lines.
- Also, the Japanese version of Meowth's "boss fantasy" uses romantic-sounding saxophone music in the background.
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