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.


Norman J. Grossfeld (adaptation), Michael Haigney (adaptation) | 10 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mayumi Izuka ... Kasumi (voice) (as Mayumi Iizuka)
Yûko Kobayashi Yûko Kobayashi ... Shigeru (voice)
Rodger Parsons ... Narrator (voice) (as Ken Gates)
Stuart Zagnit ... Professor Oak (voice) (as Stan Hart)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Pidgey (voice)
Rica Matsumoto ... Satoshi (voice)
Masami Toyoshima Masami Toyoshima ... Hanako (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Narrator (voice) (as Unsho Ishizuka)
Tara Sands ... (voice) (as Tara Jayne)
Yûji Ueda ... Poppo (voice)
Rachael Lillis ... Misty / Gary's Cheerleaders / Pikachu (voice) (as Rachel Lillis)
Jerry Lobozzo Jerry Lobozzo ... (voice) (as Lobozzo)
Matt Mitler ... (voice) (as Matthew Mitler)
Chinami Nishimura Chinami Nishimura ... (voice)
Ikue Ôtani ... Pikachu (voice) (as Ikue Otani)


Satoshi is finally 10 years old, old enough to become a Pokémon Trainer. He wakes up late on the day he is supposed to receive his first Pokémon at Professor Okido's lab, however, and arrives to discover all the Pokémon are gone. Satoshi has no choice but to take a naughty Pikachu. Pikachu will not listen to Satoshi or go inside its Monster Ball, so Satoshi must drag it along with a rope. After many failed attempts at capturing some Pokémon, Satoshi throws a rock and hits a Onisuzume. The Onisuzume gets angry and the entire flock starts chasing Satoshi and Pikachu. They run away from the Onisuzume, borrowing a bike from a red-haired girl to escape, but when they cannot go any farther, Satoshi uses his body to shield Pikachu from the attacking Pokémon. Pikachu realizes how much Satoshi cares for him and uses a powerful electric attack to drive the Onisuzume away, destroying the bicycle in the process as well. Written by Tobias Clark

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

8 September 1998 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital | Mono



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The opening battle is the same as the opening of the first generation games. See more »


When Ash enters Professor Oak's Lab and looks at the Pokéballs, the writing is Japanese. When Ash picks up a Pokéball, it's not in Japanese. Later in the series, regular Pokéballs never have writing on them. See more »


Professor Samuel Oak: It's name is Pikachu.
Ash Ketchum: It's so cute it's the best of all.
Professor Samuel Oak: You'll see.
Ash Ketchum: Oh, hi Pikachu.
[Ash gives Pikachu a hug]
Pikachu: Pika.
[Pikachu shocks Ash]
Professor Samuel Oak: It's also known as Electric Mouse. It's usually shy but can sometimes have an electrifying personality.
Ash Ketchum: I see what you mean.
Professor Samuel Oak: Shocking, isn't it?
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Alternate Versions

In the unedited/Japanese version, All the Japanese writing is either whited out or rewritten in English, after Ash said to Misty, "I'm okay," she slapped him. This was cut from the English dub due to network standards. See more »


References Pokémon Green Version (1996) See more »


(One Hundred Fifty-One)
Performed by Unshô Ishizuka (as Professor Ôkido) and Pokémon Kids
Lyrics by Akihito Toda
Music by Hirokazu Tanaka
Arrangement by Chell Watanabe
(First ending theme, episodes #1-27)
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Great start to an amazing kid show.
27 March 2009 | by shreke2003See 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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