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Pokémon - I Choose You!

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Japanese Title
Pokémon! I Choose You!
English Title
Pokémon - I Choose You!
Dutch Title
Pokémon, ik kies jou!
Spanish Title
Pokémon, te elijo a ti!
French Title
Le Départ
Italian Title
L' inizio di una grande avventura
German Title
Pika - Pikachu
Who's that Pokémon?
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This episode is essential viewing because:
Ash, Professor Oak, Delia Ketchum, Misty and Gary Oak are all introduced.

Ash is given a Pikachu by Professor Oak.

Ash sees a Ho-Oh.

At the beginning, we see the main character, Ash Ketchum, in his room, watching a Pokemon battle. He then proclaims how he will be the world's greatest Pokemon master, while holding a Voltorb clock. His mom then comes in and tells him to watch Prof. Oaks show on Pokemon, so he'll be ready.

The next morning, Ash wakes up late. He rushes to Prof. Oak's house, (in his pajamas) only to run into his rival, Gary Oak, who has already gotten his Pokemon. He leaves and Ash rushes inside, Only to find out that there are no Pokemon left, except one: Pikachu! Ash hugs him, only to be shocked.

Ash goes outside to see his mother and a bunch of other people waiting. Pikachu shocks them too. =)

We then see Ash dragging Pikachu by a string and wearing rubber gloves. His Pokedex, Dexter, says that some Pokemon hate being confined, so he unties him. Then Ash sees a Pidgey. He throws a Pokeball at it, but it doesnt work. Dexter says you usually have to have your Pokemon battle the other. He sees another Pidgey, and tells Pikachu to attack it, but Pikachu ignores Ash and climbs a tree.

Ash tries to catch a Pidgey himself, only to get Gusted and Sand-Attacked. When he tries throwing rocks, he accidently hits a fierce Spearow! It gets mad and tries to Peck him, then it goes after Pikachu, who shocks it. Spearow calls hundreds of other Spearows in response! Ash and Pikachu run for their lives. Pikachu is injured, and Ash has to carry him. They come to a waterfall, and with no other alternative, jump in.

On a bank, we see a girl (Misty) fishing. She gets a bite, and reels it in. It's Ash and Pikachu! She seems disappointed, then she sees Pikachu. She tells him to get it to a Poke Center immediately. Ash sees the Spearow coming. He grabs Misty's bike and pedals off.

A storm rolls in. The Spearow knock Ash and Pikachu off the bike. Pikachu is very weak. Ash tells him to get inside the Pokeball, so he might be able to save him. Ash stands, ready to face the Spearows. He says that he will capture them all, and he will become the worlds greatest Pokemon master. Then, Pikachu jumps onto his shoulder, and leaps into the Spearow flock. Lightning strikes him, and a huge explosion occurs.

It is now sunny out. Ash and Pikachu are laying unconcious on the ground. The both wake up. Ash looks into the sky to see a huge bird Pokemon fly above him. Dexter said it is unknown.

Ash picks up Pikachu, and Pikachu licks his face. Together, they journey to Viridian City.

This episode guide has been written by flik.

Pokémon - I Choose You! Trivia:

 Ash sees a Ho-Oh, the first Gen II Pokémon shown in the entire series.
 This episode is one of the few episodes in which the Japanese and English titles are identical.
 This is the only episode in the whole series in which Pikachu is seen in its Pokéball.
 This is the only episode in the whole series, clip shows aside, in which Team Rocket do not feature.

Characters appearing in this episode



Professor Oak

Delia Ketchum

Gary Oak

Ash's Pikachu

Gary's Cheerleaders

Pokémon appearing in this episode

Moves used in this episode

Items seen in this episode

Locations seen in this episode


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torterra_king on Mon 01 Oct 2007 18:57:13 UTC.
that one was so great that I did not want to miss it
ameiliaketchum on Sun 04 Nov 2007 00:26:30 UTC.
of course u dont want to miss it and of course its great it was the 1st episode of pokemon ever DUH!!!!!!!
dr-barno on Wed 05 Dec 2007 20:24:04 UTC.
this is possibly my favorite episode because ita the only one that pikachu dosen't like ash really badly!
Spiro T. Agnew on Fri 07 Dec 2007 19:58:31 UTC.
The pilot episode. The beginning of a legacy, and everyone, even Pokemon haters, has seen this at least once.
on Thu 28 Feb 2008 15:15:57 UTC.
Mmm-hmm. Though I have to admit, back when I first saw this I thought Ho-Oh was a Fearow x.x
unluckyunknown on Thu 09 Oct 2008 21:14:43 UTC.
A Brilliant Episode!
ryan bryer on Thu 09 Jul 2009 01:16:12 UTC.
Hey, I watched this before and it had a golden Ho-Oh on it! Did you know there's a deleted scene where Misty slaps Ash? It still has the sound, but it dosen't sound like slapping, it sounds like Misty is getting up.
profoak on Sun 30 Aug 2009 23:26:08 UTC.
the first season was by far, the best! i just have one question, does the anime ever show ash's dad? you hear about him in the anime here and there, but i've never seen him in any of the episodes.
Richard and Blaziken on Sun 20 Jun 2010 03:26:08 UTC.
I used to be able to recite the lines for every character in this episode, due to watching it so much.

Definitely a great episode. =)
NARUTOKEMON on Sat 10 Jul 2010 19:46:54 UTC.
pikachu = cool, ho-oh = cool. Pikachu in poke-ball = not cool
piplup princess on Thu 25 Nov 2010 14:32:54 UTC.
and to think this show, excuse me, this mastered work of art is what started it all! AMAZINGGGGGGGGG! (NOT COUNTING THE GAMES OF COURSE!)
Gengar2596 on Sun 22 May 2011 16:55:49 UTC.
Isn't Ho-oh from Johto? Ash hasn't discovered Johto!
nameratersaremean on Fri 17 Jun 2011 22:32:24 UTC.
Why Did Ash Choose Pikachu?
mmlhzx on Sun 14 Aug 2011 08:04:28 UTC.
@nameratersaremean Ash chose Pikachu because all starter pokemons there was already got by other people. Didn't you read properly?
thifer20 on Tue 13 Sep 2011 02:57:56 UTC.
I don't wanna sound like a critic looking for logic, but how was Ash able to survive a large lightning strike? The normal human body would be dead in a few seconds.
Richard and Blaziken on Wed 26 Oct 2011 04:24:57 UTC.
^Applying logic to Pokemon. Lulz.
ashnmisty on Mon 12 May 2014 06:56:21 UTC.
1st comment in 3yrs!! Im new

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