Pokémon (1997– )
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Pokémon, I Choose You! 

Ash starts his Pokémon journey off to a rough start when he receives his first Pokémon, the reluctant Pikachu.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rodger Parsons ...
Narrator (voice) (as Ken Gates)
Stuart Zagnit ...
Professor Oak (voice) (as Stan Hart)
Pidgey (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ...
(voice) (as Unsho Ishizuka)
(voice) (as Tara Jayne)
Misty / Gary's Cheerleaders / Pikachu (voice) (as Rachel Lillis)
Jerry Lobozzo ...
(voice) (as Lobozzo)
(voice) (as Matthew Mitler)
Chinami Nishimura ...
Pikachu (voice) (as Ikue Otani)
(voice) (credit only)
(voice) (as Annie Pondel) (credit only)
Kayzie Rogers ...
(voice) (credit only)
Pokédex (voice) (as Nicholas James Tate)


Ash Ketchum is finally old enough to finally become a Pokémon Trainer: 10. With all the Pokémon gone, Ash has no choice but to take a naughty Pikachu. As he goes on, Ash gets shocked by Pikachu several times. Trying to capture a Pidgey, Ash throws a rock, and it hits a Spearow... A flock of Spearows attacks them. The two meet Misty while fleeing and Ash steals her bike. In the forest, the Spearow flock catches up. Pikachu shocks every single one of them and uses most of its energy to save Ash from the angry birds. As Ash and Pikachu approach Viridian City, Ash sees the legendary bird, Ho-oh (though he doesn't know its name) flying in the sky. Written by Anonymous

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8 September 1998 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


All of the starters Ash was going to choose can mega evolve but that was not revealed until Pokemon XY.Ash chose pikachu instead of one of the starters. See more »


In the Pokérap at the end of the show, in the first set of Pokémon listed, the rap names "Poliwrath" but shows a picture of a Poliwag. Later in the rap, it shows the same picture correctly labeled as Poliwag. This Pokérap is played at the end of other episodes throughout the series. See more »


Narrator: This is just the beginning of the amazing adventures of Ash and Pikachu. Their journey is destined to be pact with non-stop action, millions of laughs, heart pounding perils and endless excitement. Together they will encounter fantastic friends, evil enemies and meet creatures beyond their wildest imagination and as their story unfolds, we'll unlock the magic and mystery of the most wondrous place: the incredible world of Pokémon!
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Featured in A Sneak Peek at Pokémon (1998) See more »


Pokémon Theme
(first theme song)
Written by John Loeffler & John Siegler
Performed by Jason Paige
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Great start to an amazing kid show.
27 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

I was lucky enough to catch this as a child and it's stuck with me since, back when kid show's were funny sweet and innocent, not the sh*t they play on cartoon network these days. Ash starts his Pokemon adventure late in the day and as such has missed out on all the original Pokemon, all thats left is a stubborn Pikachu that refuses to go into a Poke-ball. But thanks to Ash's kind nature and him trying to save Pikachu from a flock of angry Spearow, Pikachu learns to trust him and together they embark on the greatest Pokemon journey of all time. And though the show bottoms out much later, just re-watch the beginning an you'll remember what you loved about Pokemon.

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