In the fantastic world of Pokémon, kids are permitted to become Pokémon
trainers -- and the best of them may some day become Pokémon masters! That's
the dream for Ash Ketchum, our young hero who embarks on his journey with a
secret that gives him an edge: his special love for these amazing creatures
helps him beat incredible odds and makes seemingly impossible things happen!
To become a great Pokémon trainer, Ash must catch as many wild Pokémon as
possible. But it's not easy, because each of the Pokémon possess special
powers and abilities.
To catch one, he must first challenge it in a match with a Pokémon of his
own. If Ash plays it just right, the wild Pokémon will find itself captured
in a PokéBall -- and part of Ash's team. Professor Oak, a leading authority
in all things Pokémon, gets Ash started with his first Pokémon, the lovable
Pikachu, an electric Pokémon with truly "shocking" abilities. Misty
and Brock, fellow Pokémon trainers, join them with some tricks of their own.
Ash can use all the help he can get, because the notorious Team Rocket has
taken notice of Pikachu's powers. They'll stop at nothing to steal Pikachu to
please Team Rocket's boss and help him fulfill his diabolical plan for total
domination! It's an incredible adventure that takes our heroes around the
world, underground and across the sea -- all the while discovering new and
amazing things about everyone's favorite creatures – Pokémon!
Pokemon is based on the popular games created by a Japanese game maker
named Satoshi Tajiri. After first coming up with the idea for Pokémon in
1990, Satoshi worked hard for almost six years on the original game. He based
the game on his childhood interest in bugs when he lived in Machida, a west
Tokyo suburb. Most of his ideas for Pokémon are based on the nature of the
bugs that he watched. The techniques that he used to catch these bugs were
different from his friends, hence explaining his interest in bugs. The rival
in the game, Shigeru is named after Shigeru Miyamoto, the famous game designer
at Nintendo who did Donkey Kong and Super Mario Brothers and also more
importantly, the teacher that told him about gaming.
Pokemon first aired on April 1st, 1997 in Japan and later aired in the US
for the first time on September 7th, 1998. For some reason they first showed
"Battle aboard the St. Anne" in the US instead of the first episode,
go figure! Pokemon is probably the most popular anime ever, but all good
things must come to an end. Pokemon's ratings originally skyrocketed beating
out the Today Show and Good Morning America in their morning time slots, but
Pokemon has been going downwards ever since. Hopefully Pokemon can be some
what revived when Pokemon Advance is released, but only time will tell.
It all begins with the Indigo
League where Ash gets his first Pokemon, Pikachu and his travelling buddies
Misty and Brock. Ash and his friends travel through the towns/cities in
Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow trying to get all eight badges to compete in the
Pokemon League. It isn't as easy as it sounds since Ash must try and out do
his rival, Gary and try to learn as much as possible about the world of
Pokemon. Team Rocket also tries to stop Ash by taking his Pikachu, so Ash has
to beat them many times over again. Ash eventually makes it to the Pokemon
Leagues where he ends up losing to Richie, finishing in 16th place. Ash takes
it hard, but when he sees how well Richie handles losing, he is inspired and
decides to become a Pokemon Master no matter what.
After losing at the Pokemon
League, Ash decides to try out a more unique league that isn't just about
battling, but also skills. Before he starts out though, Brock decides to leave
the gang to help out Prof. Ivy on Valencia Island. Ash and Misty are alone for
a short time, but they are joined by a Pokemon watcher called Tracey. The
Orange League isn't that easy to access, but thanks to the help of Lapras, Ash
travels from island to island collecting badges and making new friends. Ash
eventually gets all four badges and is able to compete in the Orange League
where he defeats Drake and wins the Orange Trophy. Before Ash goes though, he
releases Lapras back into the wild. When they make it back to Pallet, they
find out that Brock is there. Since Tracey is such a big fan of Prof. Oak, he
decides to stay with him as Ash, Misty and Brock move onto the Johto League.
Our heroes travel to the new
land of Johto, which features 100 new Pokemon and all of the towns/cities that
are featured in Pokemon Gold/Silver/Crystal. There Ash must compete in the
Johto League and try to get all eight badges. Along the way Ash ends up
getting all the new starting Pokemon and a few other new ones, but he also
loses some old friends like Squirtle and Charizard. The Johto League takes a
lot longer than any other league because, it is spread out over 3 seasons:
Johto Journeys, Johto League Champions and Master Quest. Ash also meets up
with new friends like Casey and old ones like Duplica and Todd. Can't forget
Team Rocket who continues to follow the twerps around hoping to get lucky and
grab Pikachu for the boss. Later on in Master Quest, Ash meets some new
Pokemon that will be featured in Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire.
Once Ash is done with the Johto
League he must move onto the Houen League. This new world will have Pokemon
from the up and coming Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire games. What happens is that Ash,
Misty and Brock part ways. Ash leaves all his Pokemon expect Pikachu with
Professor Oak. He then gets some new clothes along with a new Pokedex for the
new Pokemon he will encounter. Next he heads to Mishiro Town where he meets
the new female hero, Hakura. Luckily for all you Brock fans, Brock comes back
to continue on. It also appears that there will be a new Pokemon Professor.
Not much more is known, but we'll be sure to add more info when it is
available. This season is currently airing in Japan, so it will probably come
to North America by the end of 2003.