14th July 2016, 9:30 PM
lol pikachu tries to kill pallet town's entire populatiom
23rd September 2016, 11:50 AM
-- I know many will hate me for this, but The theme song was pretty bad. Sounds like 2nd-rate Bon Jovi. I made a mashup that synchs it up with the song "Prophecy" by Queensryche, it's really good!
+++: The episode starts with a Pokemon battle on GameBoy, which transitions seamlessly into a real Pokemon battle. Very nice, artistic animation choice. Could imagine lots of kids in 1998 being stunned.
++ The action scene was top-notch and exciting.
Pokemon battling is apparently an official sport. Wow. Imagine Pokemon at the Olympics! That would be a sight.
Gotta love the "panning over still image" background!
Ash is introduced, and he's using a crappy 1960s analog TV. Shows him as pathetic! His voice is also bad, very raspy and whispery.
Woah, was that JAPANESE TEXT? 4Kids usually edits that out!
Keep prononcing Pokemon wrong. It's POK-E-MON, not POK-A-MON.
+ Bulbasaur's face in the dream was good for a chuckle.
Gary Oak is introduced, and he also has a terrible voice, very annoying and whiny.
-- "The early bird catches the worm, or in this case, the Pokemon" very lame pun.
Pikachu is introduced! And he's so chubby and cute!
++ The shocking scene was funny, especially Oak's lame "Shocking, Isn't it!"
Wait, so Ash's mom is letting him leave? HE's TEN YEARS OLD! What a world.
Bad animation with the packing of all the supplies, only a few appeared!
++ Pikachu and Ash playing catch was another funny scene. I especially like how Pikachu goes "Pi...Ka...Chu".
+++ "Don't forget to change your underwear" says Ash's mom. Hilarious!
So Ash sets off. Anyone else think it's odd they're just letting a 10-year-old boy go like this? Or is it just me.
Man, the Pokedex has got 'tude, calling Ash "stupid" and all.
Pikachu's laughing was so cute! Though he is kind of a jerk.
Wow, Ash's throwing rocks at birds. That's pretty cruel.
++ Great action scene with Ash running away from the Spearows, tense and exciting.
+ Also, more nice artsy black and white animation from the Spearow's point of view.
Misty is introduced! Her voice is good, unlike all of the others.
Ash falls off his bicycle. This is apparently, when he falls into a coma. BUT I don't buy it, there's no evidence to prove that the rest is a coma fantasy, no sudden shifts. Plus, "Brock represents Ash's sexuality" and other stuff are just dumb. I declare this theory FAKE!
+++ The final action scene... WOW. The thunderstorm atmosphere, Ash's rousing speech, the artsy animation, the AMAZING orchestra music... WOW. Almost drove me to TEARS, and i'm not a very emotional person!
The narrator at the end said "Non-stop action, millions of laughs, heart-pounding peril, and always excitement". This episode sure lived up to that!
The episode, in case you've been living under a rock, was about Ash starting his Pokemon journey, getting a Pikachu, and having to run away from a flock of angry Spearows! The plot was fast-moving and exciting, even if it was kinda thin and flimsy.
The action scenes were generally good, but the last one was AMAZING, for reasons listed above.
And the humor was good as well, with quite a few laughs.
Overall, a great episode! Not a 10, some of the jokes bombed, and the plot was kinda thin, but still a great start. 8/10.
25th September 2016, 1:06 AM
I don't think Pokemon can just flee even if they want to abandon their trainer. Besides, Satoshi wasn't the issue here, it was Pikachu's spoiled attitude.
Originally Posted by wildvaporeon
24th October 2016, 10:07 AM
You know, watching the original Japanese version recently has made me realize just how quiet it is compare to the English dub. When Satoshi is running to Okido's Lab, there is no music at all whereas the dub added a subtle hurry up track. Extra music cues were added in the dub for Ash opening the Poké Balls where again in the Japanese version, it's more quiet. When Pikachu is introduced, the Japanese soundtrack is apparently Pikachu Arrives which is sometimes used in the dub show, but it's replaced by something a bit upbeat and active. The list goes on and on, but the general change of music is present throughout the episode, with the exception of a few places. It seems funny that they don't the use actual Pokémon theme music when Ash attempts to catch Pidgey despite the fact the original use it. Actually, looking at the music comparisons again, the dub music completely replaces nearly everything except the iconic scene of Ash defending Pikachu during the rainstorm. I guess I was so used to listening the anime interpretations of the game tracks for so long, it didn't occur to me how much of it you don't really hear from the English dub. Not that the dub music was bad, it is still iconic in its own way.
The difference in music as well as the dialogue creates a different feel than what I've grown up watching in the English version. When watching the original version, I feel like watching a timeless classic movie short.
And this is what the episode truly is, a thematic and timeless classic. I recall how That Dude In the Suede details Ash as someone who is virtually an ordinary boy seeking for adventure in this episode rather than adventure seeking him as the chosen one. Watching the original, that notion is much more strongly depicted here, Rica Matsumoto making Satoshi sound like any 10 year old kid you would normally meet rather than a kid who is picked on for being a loser. Shigeru is more a childhood rival here, reminds me of someone who used to be sweet but became spoiled thanks to his grandfather. Whereas Gary Oak is a complete jerk and sounds like a stereotypical popular bully kid.
The quietness causes me to listen more closely to what the characters are saying despite the fact I wouldn't be able to understand them without looking at the subtitles. It really helps me appreciate each voice seiyuu's performance here.
Combine with already strong story and presentation (faithfully retained in the English version), this is the episode that I highly recommend all Pokémon fans to go watch and see. Though it's not my number one favorite episode (that spot is currently being contested with the Winding Woods episode of XY&Z), I do consider this episode (especially the original Japanese version) to be the best Pokémon story ever told in any media whatsoever. Even Pokémon Origins, which covers the whole story of Red and Blue/Green in four episode, is unable to capture the essence of Pokémon and its themes as well as this one episode.
"Pokémon! I Choose You!" tells you everything you need to know about Pokémon in the most basic terms and under 22 minutes while also deconstructing the nature of it (as well as reconstructing it by the very end) as well as establishing future elements of the series, with the central story being the forging of Ash and Pikachu's long term friendship.
Last edited by Shadao; 24th October 2016 at 7:41 PM.
24th October 2016, 9:24 PM
This is a good episode. It was funny and dramatic, a perfect introduction to the world of Pokemon. I don't like the scene where Ash dreams about the available Pokemon, but the rest is great. :x
1st November 2016, 7:25 PM
A great start to Pokemon. Ash having to be late in the first day because of over excitement in getting his first partner but instead receiving pikachu was fun to watch. Both of them having troubles at first but soon becoming friends highlights the episode.
2nd November 2016, 12:11 AM
the ending scene of this episode will always be one of my all-time favorites.
14th March 2017, 10:24 PM
It was a great start to Pokemon that I won't forget, even though I wasn't even born when this ep came out lol. My fav part was when Ash tried to catch the Pidgey with his shirt lololol