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Poketto monsutâ (original title)
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Follows the adventure of Satoshi with his Pokemon, Pikachu and his friends to become the Pokemon master.
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Series cast summary:
Ikue Ôtani ...  Pikachu / ... 942 episodes, 1997-2018
Rica Matsumoto ...  Satoshi / ... 870 episodes, 1997-2018
Rodger Parsons ...  Narrator / ... 827 episodes, 1997-2018
Kayzie Rogers ...  Wobbuffet / ... 771 episodes, 1997-2016
Unshô Ishizuka ...  Narrator / ... 711 episodes, 1997-2016
Shin'ichirô Miki ...  Kojiro / ... 708 episodes, 1997-2014
Megumi Hayashibara ...  Musashi / ... 692 episodes, 1997-2017
Inuko Inuyama ...  Nyarth / ... 689 episodes, 1997-2017
Christopher Collet ...  Steven Stone 638 episodes, 2000-2016
Yûji Ueda ...  Takeshi / ... 636 episodes, 1997-2015
Sarah Natochenny ...  Ash Ketchum / ... 587 episodes, 2005-2018
James Carter Cathcart ...  James / ... 566 episodes, 1997-2018
Michele Knotz ...  Jessie / ... 507 episodes, 2005-2018
Rachael Lillis ...  Jessie / ... 426 episodes, 1997-2015
Eric Stuart ...  James / ... 436 episodes, 1997-2007
Veronica Taylor ...  Ash Ketchum / ... 416 episodes, 1997-2006
Madeleine Blaustein ...  Meowth / ... 409 episodes, 1997-2007
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Storyline

Ten-year-old Ash aspires to be the greatest Pokémon (pocket monster) trainer in the world. To do this, he enlists the help of many friends, and his own Pokémon, Pikachu. Together, they must search their world for new Pokémon, while avoiding the likes of Team Rocket, as well as other evil organizations, as well as battling rivals, and meeting legendary Pokémon. Written by ZeroG1

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Gotta catch 'em all!


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Japan

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Japanese | English

Release Date:

8 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pokémon: The Johto Journeys See more »

Filming Locations:

Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan See more »

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Runtime:

| (200 episodes) | (Per Episode) | (192 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The "outlaw puns" from the Team Rocket villain names (Jessie and James, Butch and Cassidy, Annie and Oakley, etc.) only exist in the English version. See more »

Goofs

Despite what the show frequently implies with Pikachu's attacks, electrical attacks can NEVER harm ground types. See more »

Quotes

Flint: Pewter City is grey, the color of stone. My name is Flint, and you're sitting on my merchandise, young man.
Ash: You sell rocks?
Flint: Pewter City souveneirs, you want to buy some?
Ash: No thanks. I'm traveling trying to become a Pokemon trainer.
Flint: Well, your Pokemon is in bad shape. Come on, I'll take you to the Pokemon center.
Ash: He seems like a nice guy.
Misty: Are you sure?
Flint: By the way, that'll be a two dollar charge for resting on my rock.
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The Pokemon logo makes one last appearance at the very end of the credits, after the Summit Media Group bumper. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 4Kids version included removing suggestive content and changing the fate of several characters, as well as editing the story to be much lighter and kid friendly in tone for the US release. Such edits as removal of written Japanese characters on various signs, billboards,etc.; cigar or anything that's a tobacco product, alcoholic like beverages, and any scenes that seem too violent. See more »


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We Will Be Heroes
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Written and Produced by John Loeffler and David Wolfert
Performed by Kirsten Price
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For anyone who's currently about 12-20 years old...
29 December 2007 | by i_munch_on_dinosSee all my reviews

Is there really any of us who doesn't suddenly feel nostalgic, with countless memories invoked, at the slight muttering of the words, "I want to be the very best, like no one ever was"? For those who lived in a cave, those are the first two lines of the theme song to the awesome anime, Pokemon. Most of us just remember the original Kanto Pokemon (Charmander, Squirtle, Bulbasaur, Pikachu...), as the franchise's popularity embarked on a steady decline come the Jhoto Pokemon. Although still relatively popular today, let's face it-- Pokemon was, essentially, a fad.

If you were like me, your life was pretty much based on Pokemon at the height of it's popularity. On the bus ride to school, you'd talk to friends about how you were able to catch Missingno. the following night and how your Charizard leveled up to 58. You'd hide your Gameboy in your bookbag during SSR (sustained, silent reading) or free time and play those games. At recess time, It was a rare occurrence you'd hear plain English speak on the playground... it sounded more of a zoo of "pika-pika!" and "meowth!" that we all just seemed to comprehend. While at home, you'd avidly tear open endless packs of Pokemon cards, then smuggle them to school, as they were illegal, and trade them on the blacktop, drug-dealer style. On the bus ride home from school, you'd secretly do a few more last-minute trades before racing home to catch the Pokemon anime series on the now-defunct Kid's WB. Glued your eyes would be to the television screen, even though you've seen the same episode numerous times and even had it on videotape. You'd eat Pokemon cereal, wear a Pokemon bathing suit, and you jumped for joy upon release of Pokemon: The First Movie. You obviously raced to the theater to watch it, and, of course, loved every second of it.

Somewhere after that movie; however, your love disintegrated.

Mentality drifted from "you're a freak if you don't like Pokemon," to "you're a freak if you do like Pokemon". Pokemon cards were handed down to younger siblings, thrown away, or sold; videos were ripped out and used as streamers; plushies were gifted to the family dog; and the games slowly lost their battery life sitting in your drawer. In many people's eyes, Pokemon were a thing of the past. Others stayed loyal to the franchise.

This show/franchise totally needs a comeback. I don't know what's wrong with it now, but a reinvigoration of the craze would be awesome and totally interesting. Ash, Brock, and Misty need to ditch whatever lame friends they have now and just stick together, and Jessie and James need to become again a force to be reckoned with, not just the comic relief characters they are currently. I want to see Pokemon card booster packs being way over priced (I'm talking' 7.99, people!) and impossible to find due to popularity, not lack thereof. No matter how cool you think you are, you know you're at least somewhat interested in this craze making a comeback.

The games are great, merchandise is readily available, and there's not much to improve about the cards-- I wonder if the problem lies in the show?


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