picThe latest episodes of Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl 170 - Elite Four Kikuno! Kabarudon VS Dodaitose!! (四天王キクノ!カバルドンVSドダイトス!!) and Diamond & Pearl 171 - Togekiss Dances! The Princess' Pokémon Contest!! (トゲキッス舞う!王女さまのポケモンコンテスト!!) aired on Thursday in Japan as part of a 1 hour special.

Diamond & Pearl 170 - Elite Four Kikuno! Kabarudon VS Dodaitose!! (四天王キクノ!カバルドンVSドダイトス!!)

While heading to the Grand Festival at the Lakeside Resort, Satoshi and friends meet Yoshichi who instantly wanted to play with Pikachu after he saw it. After speaking for while, Satoshi and friends asked if he had any Pokémon of his own. He explained that he left his Magby at a Pokémon evolution shop. Suspicious of the shop, they returned to find that the owners had left and the shop was gone. With the help of Satoshi and his friends, Yoshichi was able to track down the thieves who ended up being Team Rocket. Satoshi and Hikari battled Team Rocket and were able to recover Magby's Poké ball. Kikuno is finally revealed and Satoshi battles her. Will Satoshi be able to defeat her?

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Diamond & Pearl 171 - Togekiss Dances! The Princess' Pokémon Contest!! (トゲキッス舞う!王女さまのポケモンコンテスト!!)

The second episode that aired featured Princess Salvia who lives in a palace in Katakuri Town (カタクリタウン). She switched places with Hikari since they look almost the same and then participated in the Katakuri Town Pokémon Contest with her Togekiss. Will she win the Contest?

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A preview for some of the upcoming episodes was shown at the end of Thursday's special. It was announced that the Sinnoh Grand Festival will begin during DP 174 - The Grand Festival Begins! The Art of Flame and Ice!! (グランドフェスティバル開幕! 炎と氷のアート!!) on April 29th, 2010.


It was also announced that the Sinnoh League would begin sometime in July of 2010. An Imageboard thread with HD pictures from the preview is available by clicking here.