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    lol pikachu tries to kill pallet town's entire populatiom

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    -- 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!
    Closing Thoughts:
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wildvaporeon View Post
    Since Pikachu clearly didn't want to go with Ash,why didn't he make run for it after shocking everyone outside while he had the chance?
    Surely he could have got away before anyone recovered.
    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.

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    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 8:41 PM.

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    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

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    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.

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    the ending scene of this episode will always be one of my all-time favorites.

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    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

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tearlet View Post
    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.
    I still wonder what would've happened if he had arrived on time. Like, he might've gotten Charmander since it was weak to Gary's Squirtle, which would have matched the games and how we used to get stuck with the type disadvantage.

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    One thing that always bugged me about this episode was how Oak never explained where he caught Pikachu. I just always wanted to know about Pikachu's origins and why he was so stubborn when he met Ash. It seemed like we should've gotten that info here so we could sympathize with Pikachu's attitude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by piiks View Post
    My fav part was when Ash tried to catch the Pidgey with his shirt lololol
    Makes you wonder why Ash did not catch Pidgey here since he was eventually going to own a Pidgeotto anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mystic9899 View Post
    the ending scene of this episode will always be one of my all-time favorites.
    Satoshi seeing the rainbow and Houou soaring right by it during this episode's conclusion is my personal favorite scene from the whole Kanto saga. It was so symbolic, and Pikachu licking Satoshi's cheek after he electrocuted the flock of Onisuzume was adorable, too.

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    It always makes me laugh when I remember how Ash woke up late. You'd think his mom would've woken him up and that way he would've chosen a different Starter Pokemon.

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    This was such a classic episode, which is why I love it so much. :P I think the initial relationship between Ash and Pikachu is awesome and cute, and I admire the creativity that went behind making the episode. One of my favorite aspects of it as well is how it captures the essence of human nature, such as Gary being popular, Ash's reaction, Ash's mom worrying etc.

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    Ash and the Lightning is always immortalized and remembered with a Pikachu binding experience, leaping up after those Spearow, and delivering a shocking blow to their cloud of danger and devilry.

    Ho-Oh is the most beautiful and personified of all Pokemon, a rare sight to capture quite immediately and readily, a good luck look off into the distance with many surprises and adventures awaiting Ash's arrival.
    All fear the raging Typhlosion... ROAR - unleashed from the deepest depths of chaos and the ultimate sea of freedom, a time of untold legends and deep labyrinths of Frenzy and Lightning, the split from peace and the sanctuary of fulfillment reveal this one divine wish... THE LIGHTNING!!!
    Will we make it through victory road? If so, then our last task towards freedom would be to checkmate the dark-sided King at the Game's highest stage for the win! Happiness isn't perfect until it's shared, so let love lay the foundation and point the way!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CensoredRefugee View Post
    This was such a classic episode, which is why I love it so much. :P I think the initial relationship between Ash and Pikachu is awesome and cute, and I admire the creativity that went behind making the episode. One of my favorite aspects of it as well is how it captures the essence of human nature, such as Gary being popular, Ash's reaction, Ash's mom worrying etc.
    Gary was the only downside since he was simply here to be condescending to Ash. He added nothing else to the episode.

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    Best pokemon season ever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CensoredRefugee View Post
    One of my favorite aspects of it as well is how it captures the essence of human nature, such as Gary being popular, Ash's reaction, Ash's mom worrying etc.
    Shigeru's popularity with Masara Town's citizens here was likely due to his grandfather's fame, and I just wish that Shigeru had revealed what his Starter was here.

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    I wanna be the very best.

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    I never did get why Oak would only advertise 3 Pokemon if he knew there would be 4 trainers...like what? You know one of the four is going to luck out and have to take your disobedient Pikachu. I think Pokemon Yellow recognizes this plot hole and that's why they eliminated the Red/Blue starters from Oak's lab and instead having Oak give the player character a freshly caught Pikachu after the rival swipes the Eevee that was suppose to be given to him.

    This whole episode is okay other than the premise being stupid as I mentioned above. I really loved that piece of music that played when Ash stands in front of the Spearows and then Pikachu jumps in with a super thundershock. Was very disappointed the I Choose You movie didn't use it in its corresponding scene.

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    I saw this episode the other day and I hadn't seen it in a long time and it was funny how the Pokedex insulted Ash and Ash almost getting Pikachu killed made him seem so clueless.

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    So I decided to go and watch every episode of the Indigo League (might do the Orange Islands too but the show really lost me at Johto so if I go past the Orange League I'll be skipping around a lot of episodes)

    Going back and watching the first episode of any show is always fun just because the writers and actors are still figuring things out. For example Veronica Taylor uses a much deeper voice than she would be late Indigo League era Pokemon. Not sure which I prefer from Miss Taylor but either/or the voice is freakin music to my ears after having to hear the awful awful replacement voice from PUSA. We also have weird pronunciation of Pokemon from the actors that later gets dropped and Gary and Ash acting like they just met even though we later find out that's not the case. The Kanto starters in their cameos don't say their names either. Bulbasaur makes a generic cry that kind of sounds like an update from the video game cry and Charmander and Squirtle just make noises.

    Interestingly enough we won't find out Gary's starter until much much later (like in the silver conference arc in Johto) we eventually find out that his starter was Squirtle which is backed by science as the best Kanto starter. So Gary's claim that he got the best starter has some basis in actual fact.

    Also interesting is that Ash's choices in order were Squirtle, Bulbasuar, and then Charmander in that order.


    The episode itself is fine does a pretty good job introducing viewers to this strange world and fans who started with the video games no doubt got a kick of the opening emulating the beginning of the video games and the anime using an update of the score. It would have been nice to know why Pikachu doesn't like Ash or its Poke ball but there's only so much you can do in 22 minutes and the writers definitely wanted them to be friends before the first episode was over. I'm just really glad Brock, Misty, and Team Rocket all got added because Ash is pretty dull on his own and works better with Misty pressing his buttons or playing off the other characters.

    I'm giving this episode a B because it does its job rather well but suffers from some of that first episode problems that will plague any show and some ideas were under developed.

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