Ash Ketchum, his yellow pet Pikachu, and his human friends explore a world of powerful creatures.
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Series cast summary:
Ikue Ôtani ...  Pikachu / ... 1,125 episodes, 1997-2020
Rica Matsumoto ...  Satoshi / ... 1,112 episodes, 1997-2020
Rodger Parsons ...  Narrator / ... 942 episodes, 1997-2020
Shin'ichirô Miki ...  Kojiro / ... 736 episodes, 1997-2020
Megumi Hayashibara ...  Musashi / ... 734 episodes, 1997-2020
Inuko Inuyama ...  Nyarth / ... 787 episodes, 1997-2020
Kayzie Rogers ...  Wobbuffet / ... 785 episodes, 1997-2016
Unshô Ishizuka ...  Narrator / ... 662 episodes, 1997-2017
Sarah Natochenny ...  Ash Ketchum / ... 710 episodes, 2005-2020
Yûji Ueda ...  Takeshi / ... 624 episodes, 1997-2019
James Carter Cathcart ...  James / ... 637 episodes, 1997-2020
Christopher Collet ...  Steven Stone / ... 639 episodes, 2000-2016
Michele Knotz ...  Jessie / ... 580 episodes, 2005-2020


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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Did You Know?


In the Japanese version of the anime, Dawn is the only main character to be mentioned in the summary of the Japanese opening themes along with Ash. See more »


In one episode, an Exeggcute evolves into an Exeggutor without a Leaf Stone. This Pokémon requires the Leaf Stone to evolve - it can not evolve through experience points. See more »


Old Woman/Ghastly: I've been watching you. You're up to no good! And there's no good in your future!
James of Team Rocket: Who? The police, the sheriff, the FBI?
Old Woman/Ghastly: I see a young and beautiful woman who will lead you to a cruel fate.
James of Team Rocket: I don't need a fortune teller to know that. Some woman is ALWAYS causing me trouble! It's a curse...
Jessie: [stares suspiciously towards James] WHO exactly do you mean?
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Referenced in Diminishing Returns: Ghost in the Shell (2017) See more »


Pokémon Theme
(first theme song)
Written by John Siegler and John Loeffler
Performed by Jason Paige
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User Reviews

Guilty Pleasures
14 February 2000 | by CurareSee all my reviews

OK, I know I'm 22 years old and supposed to be part of the counter-culture that ignores most fads targeted at 8-year olds. But this show rocks! I watched it because of the simple fact there was nothing else on that afternoon, and now I've been swept up in the continuing adventures of Ash, Pikachu, Misty, and token grown-up (that would be Brock or Tracey). And Team Rocket! You gotta love those guys. They try so hard to be evil, but it's not really in there hearts. This show is a lot better than people give it credit for. Check it out (if your over 8 and/or don't have kids).

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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