|A Showcase Debut!
A Showcase Debut! (Japanese: 目指せカロスクイーン！セレナ、デビューです！！ Aim to be the Kalos Queen! Serena Makes Her Debut!!) is the 60th episode of Pokémon the Series: XY, and the 859th episode of the Pokémon anime. It first aired in Japan on February 12, 2015 and in the United States on April 25, 2015.
It’s time for Serena’s Pokémon Showcase debut in Coumarine City, and her friend and rival Shauna is also registered to compete! First up is the Theme Performance in Pokémon Styling, which is like a Pokémon fashion show. The performers are divided into groups, and only one from each group gets to move on to the next round.
Shauna wins her group easily, beating out Jessilee (Team Rocket’s Jessie in disguise). In Serena’s group, things seem to be great...until Fennekin trips over its ribbon while walking the runway. This knocks them out of contention, and they have to sadly watch the rest of the competition from the wings. Shauna delivers an amazing Freestyle Performance with her Bulbasaur and Flabébé, winning the Showcase and her first Princess Key!
Serena takes some time to grieve, but realizes that this is just the first step on the road to her dream. She decides that a change is in order, and rejoins her friends with a new hairstyle and a new outfit!
Meanwhile, Ash and Clemont have been discussing the next stop on their journey...because it’s time for the two of them to face off at the Lumiose Gym!
Serena, Shauna, and Jessie arrive at the Coumarine City Pokémon Showcase, ready to compete. Palermo arrives in a limousine and declines to make a comment to the crowd of reporters there, clarifying that she doesn't want to be there but is obligated to watch the Showcase. As the three girls are preparing for the Showcase, Ash, Clemont, Bonnie, James, and Meowth are sitting in the audience, excitedly anticipating the upcoming performances. The Showcase begins with Monsieur Pierre acting as the master of ceremonies and showing the audience the Princess Key with the help of his Klefki. During his introduction, Palermo comments to herself that there won't be another Kalos Queen like Aria. Monsieur Pierre announces that the theme for the first round will be Pokémon Styling, in which Performers are given ten minutes to dress up their Pokémon and lead them down the runway.
Shauna and Jessie, along with a Performer named Alouette, are the first three Performers to compete in the styling round. Alouette gives her Furfrou a Pharaoh trim, Shauna arranges a bouquet of flowers on her Bulbasaur's bulb, and Jessie creates an enormous black costume for Pumpkaboo themed "Beautiful and the Beast" that is appreciated by no one in the audience save James and Meowth. The audience votes on their favorite Performer using their Glow Caster. Jessie receives no votes from the crowd except for James and Meowth, while Alouette and Shauna both receive a respectable number of them. Once the scores are tallied, Shauna is determined as the Performer to move on to the next round.
After several more competitions between Performers, it is finally Serena's turn. At first she is nervous, but when she and Fennekin look at each other, she is reassured and remembers that Fennekin is with her the whole time. Getting ready to style Fennekin for the Showcase, Serena remembers how Ash had once told her that nothing he and Pikachu do on their journey is ever a waste of time. Thinking about this, Serena takes care to put all of her experiences into her performance with Fennekin. When it is finally time for the two of them to walk down the runway, things go well at first, and the audience has a positive reaction to Fennekin's outfit. However, when styling, Serena had failed to recognize that the long ribbon on Fennekin's neck might hinder its ability to walk, and Fennekin trips on the ribbon just as they are nearing the end of the runway, scattering the rest of its decorations everywhere. Devastated, Serena shares a hug with Fennekin before accepting defeat as she receives the fewest number of votes from the audience and is thus eliminated from the Showcase.
Having changed back into her usual outfit, Serena finishes watching the Showcase as Shauna uses her Bulbasaur and Flabébé to great effect in the Freestyle Performance, winning her the Princess Key. As soon as the Showcase ends, Palermo leaves, having fulfilled her obligation of watching it through to the end, and noting that as she expected, there was no one like Aria. That evening, Serena congratulates Shauna on her victory and promises not to tell Tierno and Trevor until Shauna has given them the news herself. Once Shauna leaves, Serena and Bonnie run ahead of Ash and Clemont to get some food. Clemont worries that Serena might not be all right after the disaster during the Showcase, but Ash reassures him, noting Serena's strength.
Early next morning, Serena takes a walk with Fennekin and Pancham to a dock overlooking the ocean, and memories of Fennekin's accident run through her mind. Suddenly overcome by her disappointment, Serena begins to cry uncontrollably despite Fennekin and Pancham both trying to cheer her up. Palermo, whose limousine is driving by at that exact moment, recognizes Serena as the same girl from the Showcase and seems to take special notice of her, refusing to say anything specific about it to her companion. Blaming herself for her loss and at the same time feeling elated that she has finally been able to begin her dream, Serena draws scissors from her backpack cuts her hair above her shoulders as a reflection of her journey thus far. She also changes her outfit, donning a much more casual dress, hat and jacket with the ribbon that Ash had given her. The four of them then leave for their next destination, Lumiose City, where Ash will battle Clemont for his fifth Gym Badge.
- Ash and his friends encounter Shauna again.
- Serena and Jessie both participate in their first Pokémon Showcase.
- Shauna wins the Coumarine Showcase Rookie Class and her first Princess Key.
- Serena cuts her hair short and starts wearing a new outfit, which includes the blue ribbon she received from Ash in the previous episode.
- Ash and his friends head back to Lumiose City for Ash's Gym battle with Clemont.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
- Nurse Joy (flashback)
- Professor Sycamore (flashback)
- Grace (flashback)
- Monsieur Pierre
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket)
- Wobbuffet (Jessie's)
- Dedenne (Clemont's)
- Fennekin (Serena's)
- Pancham (Serena's)
- Chespin (Clemont's)
- Pumpkaboo (Jessie's; Super Size)
- Wigglytuff (Nurse Joy's; flashback)
- Bulbasaur (Shauna's)
- Flabébé (Shauna's; Orange Flower)
- Rhyhorn (Grace's; flashback)
- Fletchling (Grace's; flashback)
- Klefki (Monsieur Pierre's)
- Furfrou (Alouette's; Pharaoh Trim)
- Meowstic (Blanche's; ×2; male and female)
- Fletchling (Clarice's)
- Roserade (Elma's)
- Swirlix (Performer's)
- Psyduck (Performer's)
- Heliolisk (Performer's)
- Furret (Performer's)
- Sylveon (Performer's)
- Swanna (Performer's)
- Vileplume (Performer's)
- Scizor (Performer's)
- Dragonite (Performer's)
- Kirlia (Performer's)
- Marill (Performer's)
- Pidgey (Performer's; image; neon)
- Goldeen (Performer's; image; neon)
- Ninetales (Performer's; image; neon)
- Flareon (Performer's; image; neon)
- Rhyhorn (multiple; flashback)
- Skiddo (×2; flashback)
- In the Japanese version, the title card segment focuses on Serena.
- Professor Oak's Pokémon Holo Caster: Mawile
- The ending animation is updated to include Serena with her short hair at the end, while everything else looks the same.
- Team Rocket doesn't recite their motto or blast off in this episode.
- When Serena breaks down and cries in front of Fennekin and Pancham, in the Japanese version, a more slow, melancholy remix of Snowbelle City's as well as AZ's theme can be heard.
- This episode features the following flashbacks of Serena during the scene when she is about to cut her hair.
- Fletchling waking Serena up from Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!.
- Serena feeding Rhyhorn from Lumiose City Pursuit!.
- Serena leaving the house to start her Pokémon journey and meet Ash, then meeting Professor Sycamore to pick up her starter Pokémon from A Battle of Aerial Mobility!.
- Serena choosing Fennekin as her first Pokémon, Fennekin using Ember on a wild Vespiquen to protect Serena, and giving her hat back from A Shockingly Cheeky Friendship!.
- Serena joining in Ash and the others' journey, Rhyhorn licking her, and Serena giving Ash the cookies she made from Giving Chase at the Rhyhorn Race!
- Serena brushing Fennekin's tail on the dock near the Pokémon Summer Camp from Summer of Discovery!.
- Serena encountering a wild Pancham and catching it from Dreaming a Performer's Dream!.
- Serena practicing with her Pokémon for Pokémon Showcases, then racing with her mother to prove she wants to become a Pokémon Performer from A Race for Home!.
- Serena losing her first round in the Pokémon Showcase from this episode.
- Shauna's Bulbasaur having a heart-shaped pattern painted on its forehead could be a reference to May's own Bulbasaur, who had a natural heart-shaped mark on her forehead.
- This is the first time a VS. screen appeared that was not for a Pokémon battle. In this case, it was for the Theme Performance of a Pokémon Showcase.
- It is also the first VS. screen to feature a member of Team Rocket and the first VS. screen to depict a three-way battle.
- This is the final episode in the Japanese version to feature the original Pokémon the Series: XY title card; the next episode uses a new one that includes Serena's new design.
- However, the English dub still continues to use the original title card.
- This marks the first time one of Ash's main traveling companions has permanently changed outfit in the middle of a region journey.
- This episode was titled Showcase, Debut! in Cartoon Network's listing for it.
- Serena's Fennekin and Pancham remain outside of their Poké Balls throughout this episode.
- This is the only Showcase that Serena takes part in, that does not use DreamDream as an insert song at any point.
- This episode marks the first appearance of a Scizor in the main series since McCann's appeared in Mastering Current Events!, 239 episodes ago.
- During the montage showing the remaining Performers' performances, there was a segment featuring a Swirlix, a Sylveon, and a Swanna. When they are being judged to see who would move on, Swirlix is standing to the left, Sylveon is in the middle, and Swanna is to the right. When the Performer with the Sylveon is revealed to have won, Swirlix and Swanna (along with their Trainers) swap places.
In other languages
|Dutch||Een Pokémon show debuut!|
|European French||Début au Salon !|
|Greek||Ντεμπούτο στην Παράσταση Πόκεμον!|
|Hebrew||!תצוגת הבכורה של סרינה|
|Italian||Debutto al Varietà!|
|Korean||칼로스퀸을 향하여! 세레나의 데뷔!!|
|Polish||Debiut w Wystawach!|
|Portuguese||Brazil||Estreando na Exibição!|
|Portugal||Uma Estreia na Exibição!|
|Russian||Дебют в демонстрации покемонов!|
|Spanish||Latin America||¡Un debut de exhibición!|
|Spain||¡Debut en el Gran Espectáculo!|
|Turkish||Sahneye İlk Çıkış!|
|This episode article is part of Project Anime, a Bulbapedia project that covers all aspects of the Pokémon anime.|