Pokémon (1997– )

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When a town is terrorized by a school of Tentacool and one giant Tentacruel, it's up to our heroes to bring balance between humans and Pokémon.


Atsuhiro Tomioka (screenplay), Satoshi Tajiri (based on a story by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rikako Aikawa Rikako Aikawa ... Butterfree (voice)
Inuko Inuyama ... Nyarth (voice)
Unshô Ishizuka ... Narrator (voice)
Mayumi Izuka ... Kasumi (voice) (as Mayumi Iizuka)
Megumi Hayashibara ... Pidgeotto / Musashi (voice)
Rodger Parsons ... Narrator (voice) (as Ken Gates)
Rica Matsumoto ... Satoshi (voice)
Shin'ichirô Miki ... Kojiro (voice)
Chika Sakamoto Chika Sakamoto ... Obaba (voice)
Tara Sands ... Bulbasaur (voice) (as Tara Jayne)
Machiko Toyoshima Machiko Toyoshima ... Tattsû (voice)
Rachael Lillis ... Misty / Jessie / Women in Crowd / Horsea (voice) (as Rachel Lillis)
Jerry Lobozzo Jerry Lobozzo ... Men in Crowd (voice) (as Lobozzo)
Yûji Ueda ... Takeshi (voice)
Ikue Ôtani ... Pikachu / Starmie (voice) (as Ikue Otani)


Our heroes are stuck in the coastal town of Porta Vista, waiting for the next ferry. However, they soon see an injured Horsea, who alerts them to trouble in the harbor. It seems a large school of Tentacool is terrorizing the sailors under the employ of Nastina, a rich old crone struggling to build a luxury resort on top of the coral reefs. She offers a large reward for the extermination on the Tentacool, which Misty immediately refuses out of her love for all water Pokémon. Unfortunately, this doesn't stop everyone else from signing up for the task, including Team Rocket, who try to use their special stun sauce to take the Tentacool out. However, all the sauce does is serve to both evolve and super-size one of the Tantacool into a giant Tentacruel, which leads the others into a revolt against all humanity. It soon falls to Misty and Horsea to find a way to bring peace between both sides, but if Tentacruel doesn't take them down, Nastina might, Written by gigacaesar

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Did You Know?


There is a noticeable similarity between the scene where Tentacruel speaks through Meowth, and a scene from the 1996 sci-fi disaster film Independence Day (1996), in which a captive alien speaks through the body of a scientist. In both cases, a voiceless creature covered in tentacles telepathically speaks through another being in order to make its objectives known to humans. See more »


When Squirtle and Zubat are struck by Tentacruel, the former's Japanese voice is heard. See more »


Featured in Pokémon: PokéRap (1998) See more »


Pokémon Theme
(first theme song)
Written by John Siegler & John Loeffler
Performed by Jason Paige
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English | Japanese

Release Date:

1 October 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tentacool & Tentacruel See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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