SM089 : The Prism Between Light and Darkness!
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
SM091 : A Plethora of Pikachu!
Securing the Future!
SM090   EP1029
Connect to the Future! The Legend of the Radiant One!!
First broadcast
Japan September 13, 2018
United States January 30, 2019*
February 3, 2019*
February 9, 2019*
English themes
Opening None
Japanese themes
Opening 未来コネクション
Ending ジャリボーイ・ジャリガール
Animation Team Kato
Screenplay 米村正二 Shōji Yonemura
Storyboard 毛利和昭 Kazuaki Mōri
Assistant director 毛利和昭 Kazuaki Mōri
Animation directors 安田周平 Shūhei Yasuda
村田理 Osamu Murata
No additional credits are available at this time.

Securing the Future! (Japanese: 未来へつなげ!かがやきさまの伝説!! Connect to the Future! The Legend of the Radiant One!!) is the 90th episode of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, and the 1,029th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on September 13, 2018, in New Zealand on January 8, 2019, in Canada on January 19, 2019, and in the United States on February 9, 2019.

Spoiler warning: this article may contain major plot or ending details.


The Ultra Guardians, along with Faba and Professor Kukui, are attempting to return The Blinding One to its original form! As Necrozma in its “UB Black” form, it’s holding Solgaleo captive and threatening Poipole’s home world.

Our heroes have been attempting to “feed” Necrozma with Z-Power to restore its light, but it’s not enough. That’s when the people of Alola band together to send their own power to Necrozma—and it works! The Blinding One is restored, and Solgaleo is released.

Poipole’s world is renewed, too, and Poipole decides to stay behind to protect it. As a goodbye present, it draws a loving portrait of Ash and Pikachu!


Continuing where the previous episode left off, Ash, Lana, Kiawe, and Gladion had their Pokémon use their Z-Moves on Dusk Mane Necrozma, hoping to make it separate from Nebby. Instead, Dusk Mane Necrozma absorbs the Z-Power from the four Z-Moves before attacking the Ultra Guardians with Prismatic Laser.

Back in Alola, the residents of Melemele Island, Akala Island, and Ula'ula Island get ready for the Manalo Festival as an eclipse begins to form. On Ten Carat Hill, as Gozu receives a call from Matori ordering him to get back to the helicopter. At Gozu’s command, the Team Rocket Grunts leave him behind to continue his battle against Professor Kukui and Faba. Gozu states that the eclipse will bring about the era of the Matori Matrix and has Mega Aggron use another Heavy Slam. Kukui asks Faba to keep a secret from Ash and his classmates as he sends out Incineroar and has it use Darkest Lariat, blocking Mega Aggron's attack. Gozu tries to have Mega Aggron use Flash Cannon, but Kukui has Incineroar use its signature Z-Move, Malicious Moonsault to defeat Mega Aggron, reverting it back into a normal Aggron. Faba thinks about Kukui's words, and then, he sees the Masked Royal's image in Kukui, realizing that two are the same person. Excited by this revelation, Faba reveals that he's a big fan of the Masked Royal and opens up his lab coat to reveal a Masked Royal shirt. Kukui is surprised by this and invites Faba to do the finishing pose together. Gozu recalls Aggron and retreats back to the helicopter. The Matori Matrix attempts to enter the Ultra Wormhole, but they are hindered once again when Tapu Koko uses Dazzling Gleam to pierce through their helicopter. The helicopter once again sustains damage, prompting Matori to retreat.

Meanwhile, in Poipole's world, the Ultra Guardians recover as Dusk Mane Necrozma roars and charges toward the Ultra Guardians, but Lunala tackles it out of the way. Ash, Kiawe, Sophocles, and Gladion send out Rowlet, Lycanroc, Torracat, Turtonator, Charjabug, Umbreon, and Lycanroc to help out. Back in Alola, Tapu Koko begins sending energy into the Ultra Wormhole as Lusamine and Professor Burnet in the base wonder what it's doing, then Wicke reports that they have regained communications with the Ultra Guardians. Back in Poipole's world, the Ultra Guardians are contacted by the Aether Foundation staff. The Ultra Guardians report that they're in Poipole's world and that they've discovered UB Black is the "Blinding One" who lost its light, confirming Burnet's discovery. The Ultra Guardians further report back with the "Blinding One's" true name and reveal that their attempt to restore Necrozma with their Z-Power had failed. Burnet figures that they need more power and reveals more about the mural; it wasn't just Solgaleo and Lunala that shared their light with the "Blinding One", the people and Pokémon of Alola also shared their light with it. As Sophocles wonders how to do it, Burnet sees what Tapu Koko is doing and figures they have to do what it's doing. The Ultra Guardians and their Pokémon all make Tapu Koko's pose and Lusamine sends the island kahunas a message to ask for their help.

Hala, Olivia, and Nanu get the word and ask for help from the people gathered with them to send their power to the "Blinding One". The Guardian deities, island kahunas, Lusamine, Wicke, and Burnet send their power through the Ultra Wormhole, making Dusk Mane Necrozma back away from Lunala. As the Ultra Guardians send their own power, Poipole gets its hive to join in sending power. Back in Alola, the people and Pokémon pitch in and more power goes through the Ultra Wormhole. Team Rocket sees this and as they watch, they feel their balloon shaking and see Bewear grabbing onto it, which causes the balloon to crash. Bewear sends her power into the Ultra Wormhole as well, and at its request, Jessie and James sends out Mimikyu and Mareanie to join them. As all of Alola's power makes it through the Ultra Wormhole, Lunala adds in some of its own. Necrozma receives the power and glows as it separates from Nebby, who collapses. Necrozma reassembles itself, but it is enraged and charges towards the Ultra Guardians, firing another Prismatic Laser.

Back in Alola, the island kahunas use their Z-Moves to send Z-Power into the Ultra Wormhole. Back with Necrozma, it creeps up towards the Ultra Guardians, when it receives the Z-Power and turns its attention to Nebby and Lunala. Gladion boards Silvally and has it fire Air Slash to distract Necrozma from Nebby and Lunala. Lunala calls out to Gladion and throws him a Lunalium Z. Mallow and Ash run to Nebby's side and feed it a Sitrus Berry, allowing it to recover. At Gladion's request, Ash equips his Z-Power Ring with his Solganium Z and asks Nebby to lend him its power again. As Necrozma approaches, Ash and Gladion stand side by side with Nebby and Lunala behind them and charge up their Z-Moves, hitting Necrozma with a combination of Searing Sunraze Smash and Menacing Moonraze Maelstrom. Necrozma's body changes from black to shining gold as the parts split up and reassemble, held together by light in a draconic appearance; Necrozma is finally restored to its original form.

The Ultra Guardians all gaze in awe of Ultra Necrozma and report the mission's success to Lusamine, Burnet, and Wicke as the eclipse in Alola comes to an end. Ultra Necrozma then uses its power to restore the world, bringing light back into it and revitalizing the floral life. The Ultra Guardians marvel at the restored state of the world as Poipole dances happily. Then, a call from Burnet alerts the Ultra Guardians that the Ultra Wormhole is about to close. However, Poipole decides to remain behind, wanting to help protect its world. Ash shares a tearful goodbye with Poipole before leaving. Poipole holds back its tears and starts drawing an image on the sand, which is revealed to be an image of Ash and Pikachu's faces with thunderbolt shapes next to them. Mallow states that Poipole is saying "Like, Like, Love" to them and Ash says it right back to Poipole as the Ultra Guardians wave goodbye before they go through the Ultra Wormhole and arrive back in Alola. Team Rocket see it as their chance to capture Nebby and Lunala, but Bewear carries them away before they can. Then, Ultra Necrozma appears as a golden light in Alola's sky for all to see before slowly dissipating.

Sometime later at the Pokémon School, Kukui has his coat buttoned up and greets the class lazily with a depressing aura. The class is fearful that the Ultra Aura drain might have happened again, but Kukui replies that it's just a cold, much to the class's shock. Ash decides to do the greeting again and the class, with everything they have, loudly shouts, "Alola!"

Major events

Poipole waving goodbye
  • The Ultra Guardians' attempt to make Necrozma separate from Nebby by using their Z-Moves fails, as it instead absorbs the Z-Power to power itself up.
  • Professor Kukui defeats Gozu, but at the cost of revealing to Faba that he is the Masked Royal.
    • Professor Kukui asks Faba to keep his identity a secret from his students.
  • The Matori Matrix attempts to travel to Ultra Space through an Ultra Wormhole, but are stopped by Tapu Koko, forcing them to retreat.
  • Necrozma reverts back to its normal form, thus separating from Nebby, after it gathers the light sent to it by the Ultra Guardians, their Pokémon, and all of the people and Pokémon of Alola.
  • Gladion receives a Lunalium Z from Lunala.
  • Ash and Gladion perform Nebby and Lunala's Z-Moves, respectively, to give Necrozma enough Ultra Aura and revert it back to its original Ultra form.
  • Necrozma brings the light back to Poipole's home world, restoring it to its former state.
  • Poipole chooses to stay in its home world, so Ash leaves it behind.
  • The Ultra Guardians, Nebby, and Lunala return to Alola.
For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the history page.



Main series debuts

Pokémon debuts



Dare da?


Who's That Pokémon?

Who's That Pokémon?: Necrozma



Dub edits

  • In the English and international dubs, Ash additionally narrates the title of the episode instead of merely displaying it as text onscreen as in the Japanese version. In the New Zealand TVNZ and Brazilian Portuguese Cartoon Network broadcasts, the title is not displayed on-screen.
  • In the English and international dubs, instrumental music plays during the Poipole flashbacks instead of Future Connection. In addition, the credits that accompany them are completely removed, leaving only the ones that play during the normal 30-second ending theme animation at the end of the episode.
  • The Korean dub plays the opening theme and animation at the start of the episode.

In other languages

SM089 : The Prism Between Light and Darkness!
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
SM091 : A Plethora of Pikachu!
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