Movie Time! Zorua in "The Legend of the Pokémon Knight"! (Japanese: ゾロア・ザ・ムービー！ポケモンナイトの伝説！！Zorua The Movie! The Legend of the Pokémon Knight!!) is the 38th episode of the Best Wishes series, and the 695th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on June 30, 2011, and in the United States on October 22, 2011.
Continuing their journey to Nimbasa City, our heroes have just seen the trailer for a new movie they all want to see, when the main character for the movie unexpectedly appears! It turns out the character is actually a Zorua, who has been working with a budding young filmmaker named Luke. Because Zorua can look like any person or Pokémon it wants, it has been playing all the roles in Luke’s movie. But this Zorua is a female, and the idea of playing the male characters is not appealing. That’s when our heroes volunteer to take over the rest of the roles, and so the shooting begins!
Ash plays the role of the knight, who vows to save Princess Yuria (played by Zorua and voiced by Iris) from Captain Cilan, and scene after scene gets successfully shot. In the meantime, Team Rocket has their eyes on catching the rare Zorua. During the final scene, Jessie, James, and Meowth appear and whisk Zorua away! Cilan (who is also unsurprisingly a Movie Connoisseur) suggests that Luke keep the camera rolling to record the defeat of Team Rocket. The footage is made part of the exciting movie conclusion—a result of Cilan’s familiarity with improvisational acting.
A cheering movie audience gives a rousing thumbs-up to the final cut. But Mr. Matthews, the movie theater’s manager, suggests the battle scenes could be a bit more exciting. That’s when Luke and our heroes decide to enter the Nimbasa Battle Tournament! So, it’s off Nimbasa City and more excitement for our heroes and their new filmmaking friends Luke and Zorua!
The gang eventually reaches the oldest theater in town, where Luke reveals as the place he and Zorua first met. While working as the assistant projectionist to the manager, Mr. Matthews, Luke would notice the lead actresses of the movies being screened appear seated in the audience. Eventually, he tried to investigate and found Zorua masquerading as the lead actresses. Explaining to Zorua that he made films in addition to watching them, Luke invited Zorua to be the lead actress and they became partners from then on. As Luke finishes his explanation, Mr. Matthews comes out of the theater, informing the group that Zorua had entered the theater.
The group finds Zorua standing atop the stage, in the form of the princess in Luke's movie and stubbornly refusing to cooperate with Luke. Cilan, recalling that Zorua was supposed to play every actor in the movie and Luke stating that Zorua was female, guesses that Zorua only wants to play the princess in the movie. Zorua confirms this and Luke accepts Zorua's wishes, but is troubled that he now lacks actors to fill the film's other roles. Ash and his friends volunteer to play the other parts in the movie, and Luke accepts. The gang spends the rest of the day helping Luke out - while Luke rewrites the script, Luke’s Leavanny makes costumes with the help of Ash's Swadloon; Luke's Golett and Ash's Oshawott, alongside Ash and Iris, make the props.
The next day, filming begins on the movie, which tells the story of a Pokémon Knight (Ash) trying to rescue a Princess (Zorua) from an evil pirate (Cilan), with training from a dragon master (Iris); Iris also provides the voice for Zorua's character. During the first scene, Ash initially has trouble with his lines but with encouragement and tips from Cilan and Luke eventually helps pull the first scene off. The next scene takes place in the forest where the dragon master trains the Knight, though Axew initially struggles to dodge Pikachu's attacks. An improvisation is made where Axew counters with Dragon Rage, completing the scene. The group proceeds to film the final scene with Team Rocket secretly listening in.
At a cave opening where the last scene is to take place, Luke informs the gang that he will be keeping the camera filming continuously. Ash asks what to do in the event they mess up, but Cilan suggests ad-libbing: improvisation on the spot. The last scene is completely filmed when Team Rocket makes their appearance, capturing Zorua in an electric beam and take Zorua hostage aboard a plane. Luke sends out Golett who attacks the plane with Shadow Ball, destroying the plane and bringing Team Rocket and Zorua back to earth.
At this point, Cilan calls for Luke to keep filming and pulls off his costume, revealing a different, heroic costume underneath. Still in character, Cilan declares that he was under mind-control of the real villains, and Cilan's Pansage removes the electric bars holding Zorua with Bullet Seed. Iris's Axew attacks Jessie's Woobat before it can pursue Zorua, causing Zorua to fly away and land safely with the help of Ash's Tranquill. James's Yamask attempts to attack Tranquill, but Pikachu intervenes; however, Zorua falls off Tranquill and manages to land unhurt. Meowth confronts Zorua, who infatuates him by transforming into a female Meowth. With Meowth distracted, Zorua uses Night Daze to send Team Rocket packing.
With the camera still rolling, Iris wonders about the film's resolution now that Zorua had transformed out of its lead role. Cilan, continuing to ad lib, reveals that the "princess" was Zorua all along - and Iris, the real princess, had been masquerading as the dragon master as a disguise. The scene cuts to the theater where the completed film is being screened, ending with the Pokémon Knight Ash and freed Cilan swearing allegiance to Princess Iris, who in turn promises to work hard for a better future for all.
The movie is a huge success and the group later congratulates Luke outside the theater. Mr. Matthews also offers his congratulations, though remarks that the battle scenes could have been improved, and informs Luke about a battle tournament in Nimbasa. Mr. Matthews suggests that Luke enter to improve his skill in filming battle sequences, while Ash, Cilan and Iris all express desire to enter as well. The foursome agrees to sign up for the Club Battle tournament, in which they will all compete as rivals.
Of the four, this is the only episode to not be based on the phrase "Lights, Camera, Action!".
Ash mentions that he is familiar with the film Dirty Herdier, yet he is completely unfamiliar with any Unova Pokémon prior to Best Wishes (except Zorua and Zoroark from the thirteenth movie) and does not meet one until his rematch with Lenora.
This is the first time in the dub that the episode title follows the format of the typical Japanese episode title.
On the title card, "Pokémon" was misspelled as "Pokemon", without the e-acute (é), in the premiere of this episode. This was fixed in all home video releases and streaming releases.
The Polish dub of this episode mistakenly uses the English title card.