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'''Xatu the Future''' (Japanese: '''ネイティオのだいよげん!''' ''{{tt|Natio's|Xatu}}'s}} Big Prediction!'') is the 234th episode of the [[Pokémon anime]]. It was first broadcast in Japan on January 31, 2002 and in the United States on February 8, 2003.
The episode starts off with {{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} walking along a path towards {{to|Mahogany}} as usual. Just ahead of the road, {{TRT}} is finished with creating yet another hole for the gang to fall into. They cover it up fast as soon as Ash is in sight and hide down in some brush that's nearby. Just as the gang walks up, Ash recalls all those times that an ordinary road turns out to be a pitfall trap. Ash jumps about, nothing happens, then tries again. Team Rocket watches and then jumps out, wondering why the pitfall's not working. [[James]] jumps on the ground a few times then all of a sudden, the whole ground caves in and they fall. Just at the bottom, {{TP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}} pops out and causes them to fall some more, right through a ceiling of a tunnel<! They all complain here and there before seeing a woman run by--http://www. They wonder what's with her before the woman wonders what's with thempokemon. She says she has no time to talk now and has to hurry somewhere. The gang had started to go with com/us/pokemon-episodes/05_25-xatu-the woman towards whatever she is going to. -future/-->
<i>Ash and friends meet a Xatu, a Pokémon said to have the ability to see into the future, and the young girl whose job it is to watch over an entire flock of the same and interpret their strange predictions. They meet her at a difficult time in her career, as the locals are just beginning to doubt the accuracy of these Pokémon's predictions, which have guided their community for centuries. The girl herself even finds her own faith waning, but when the Xatu forecast a cataclysm that would endanger all in the village, she must decide whether to trust in her Pokémon or to let age-old traditions fall by the wayside.</i>
In the next room of the unknown place was a colossal wire tower built with rings with giant spheres connecting them. Just about halfway, Ash notices a few {{p|Xatu}} perched up on one of the spheres. Ash scans the Xatu and then tries to call out to it, which nothing happens. {{an|Misty}} tries the same thing, then Team Rocket who happened to catch up tries as well. Lost, the woman says that she's {{jo|Calista}}, the meteorologist of this place, since the people here are superstitious over what the Xatu says. She calls to one and then she runs upwards towards an exit. Everybody else follows her and are amazed that the other side is a giant stone auditorium with a group of people sitting on the bleachers. The Xatu fly up towards a guardrail and Calista grabs out two fans, everybody else does the same. She shouts towards the people, doing different patterns with the fans. Soon the Xatu do similar patterns with their wings and that was it. Calista said there should be rain tomorrow, but otherwise the rest of the day is going to be fine. ==Plot==
{{TRT}} finishes their latest pitfall trap just in time for {{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} to fall into it. The group realize that it has been very peaceful lately, so Ash decides to test the group by jumping on it. Team Rocket are shocked as their trap isn't being activated, so they emerge from their shrubs. [[Jessie]] demands that the [[twerps]] fall into the hole already. [[James]] jumps on the ground a few times, finally causing the whole ground to cave in and they all fall. At the bottom, {{TP|Jessie|Wobbuffet}} pops out and causes them to fall again, right through a ceiling of a tunnel. Jessie quickly [[recall]]s her nuisance Pokémon to his {{i|Poké Ball}}.
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The Xatu do another wing pattern, and Calista then reveals that the flood will still come, today that is. Calista watches as the Xatu continue to move their wings. She translates that Ash and his friends will be fine if they leave soon. The Xatu then describe fate, and declares that their predictions should only be used as a guidance and not as a predetermined version of the future. Calista accepts Xatu's message in full. With that said, the Xatu {{m|Teleport}} themselves, Calista and Ash's group away before the flood hits. The giant surge soon arrives and floods the auditorium. Above the disaster zone, Calista then decides to move to a city and to pursue her real goal, to become a meteorologist for a news program. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is at the mud-entrenched ruins of the would-be weather station, still searching for any abandoned valuables. Delibird soon flies off, but Team Rocket know full well that it will be back to collect its dues so they flee into the distance.
==Major events==
[[File:PMTV EP234.png|thumb|200px|{{tt|Pocket Monster TV|Who's That Pokémon}}]]
* {{Ash}}
* {{an|Misty}}
* [[Jessie]]
* [[James]]
* {{JoOBP|Calista|EP234}}
* Crowd
[[File:WTP EP234.png|thumb|200px|right|Who's That Pokémon?]]
[[Who's That Pokémon?]]: {{p|Ledian}} ''(US and international)'', {{p|Xatu}} ''(Japan)''
* {{p|Pikachu}} ({{OP|Ash|Pikachu}})
* {{p|Meowth}} ({{TRM}})
* {{p|Weezing}} ({{OP|James|Weezing}})
* {{p|Delibird}} ({{OBP|Delibird|Team Rocket|Team Rocket}})
* {{p|Xatu}} ({{OBP|Calista|EP234}}'s; multiple; released; debut)
{{right clear}}
* This episode was initially going to be called ''Future Shock.''. Some cable providers erroneously refer to the episode as this working title.
* This episode's dub title is a pun on the ''{{wp|Back to the Future}} (franchise)|''Back filmto seriesthe Future'' franchise}}.
* In this episode, Team Rocket{{TRT}} uses a {{DL|Team Rocket mottos|Xatu the Future motto|variation}} of their {{motto}}.
* The way {{OBP|Calista|EP234}} and the {{p|Xatu}} communicate is similar to that of {{wp|flag semaphore}}.
* ThisMusic episodefrom has''[[PK01|Pikachu's music fromVacation]]'', ''[[M01|Mewtwo Strikes Back!]]'', and ''[[M02|The Power of One]]'' can be heard in this episode.
* When the dark clouds first appear, Calista tells the crowd to stay even though it's is pouring. TheHowever, the rain hasn'tis only a slight starteddrizzle at that point.
* {{MTR}} calls the pit used to trap {{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} "indivisible" instead of "invisible".
* Once again in the {{pmin|Brazil}}ian dub, Delibird is mistakenly called "Thunderbird".
===Dub edits===
==In other languages==
|bg={{tt|Пророкът Ксату|Prophet Xatu}}
|zh_cmn={{tt|天然鳥的大預言|Xatu's Big Prediction}}
|de={{tt|Die Xatu und die Zukunft|The Xatu and the future}}
|es_la={{tt|¡Xatu y el futuro!|Xatu and the future!}}
|es_eu={{tt|Xatu, el futuro|Xatu, the future}}
|pl={{tt|Xatu, co nas czeka?|Xatu, what lies ahead?}}
|hi=Xatu को दिखा भविष्य {{tt|''Xatu ka dikha bhavishya''|Xatu saw the future}} {{tt|*|Hungama dub}}
colorscheme=Johto | }}
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[[Category:Episodes storyboarded by Hiroshi Haraguchi]]
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[[de:Die Xatu und die Zukunft (Episode)]]
[[fres:Épisode 234EP236]]
[[zh:精灵宝可梦 第235集]]