Burning Galarian Moltres - Pokémon Horizons Episode 23 - How to calm down Galarian Moltres
Frustrations aside, the rest of this episode was rather straightforward, but I liked it. Liko, Roy and Friede brainstorm ideas on how to stop Galarian Moltres. I like that they know they’re too weak to be able to defeat it in battle, so they’re trying to find alternatives. Liko deduced that it’s emotions are out of control as Hatenna was crying when it roared. They managed to come up with a plan after seeing how Sprigatito managed to calm down Fuecoco and Wattrel’s food scuffle.
The rest of the episode was then them trying to put that plan into action. As always, we see Liko spamming Leafage, but it’s part of the plan this time around, being used to spread Sprigatito's calming scent. Friede and Roy play support. In a moment of distress as their plan seems to be falling apart, Arboliva manages to come out of its Pokeball to confront the raging Moltres. Then after that, the pendant glows and Terapagos shows up. With their help, the group are finally able to calm down Moltres, and the reason for its rage is shown; it’s highly implied that Moltres was lonely and missed Lucius. Lucius’s face is actually shown a bit clearer this time around, he looks like an older male version of Liko in a way as they both have blue eyes and black and blue-toned hair. I theorize that Lucius is either Liko’s ancestor, or perhaps even her past self; the latter could be plausible as reincarnation stories are the trend these days. I’m glad that Moltres wasn’t evil at the end. It goes into its Pokeball and now the kids have two Hero Pokémon accompanying them. It makes me wonder when Galarian Moltres will come out and help out. Will Arboliva and Moltres come out together in the future, or will we only see them separately?
At the end of the episode, Terapagos appears to now be permanently in its Normal Form, rather than turning back into a pendant as it has previously. Where will the story go from here? And since Amethio and his gang saw Terapagos, their sights have changed from the pendant and Liko to just Terapagos. I just hope Amethio and his goons do something substantial going forth. Fortunately, the second arc of this anime has been announced to focus around Terapagos, so hopefully, Amethio does something worthwhile because it’s a serious waste of good character design for him to be so underutilized.
Despite the glaring problems with this episode, I do like how it resolves one conflict but opens up more questions. What is this ‘Rakua’ Lucius mentions? How does Terapagos connect to all of this? I’m honestly more excited for what’s to come than gripe about issues. What do you think will happen with the group going forth?