Pokemon Evolutions Debuts First Episode: Watch
Pokemon Evolutions has debuted its very first episode! As part of the special 25th Anniversary of the massive Pokemon franchise, the series is breaking out with a new series of anime shorts that will explore every region of the franchise in the series' past. As part of the fun for this new series of anime shorts, each one will be tackling its own region and focus on a certain aspect of the story or a select number of characters from those respective games and anime entries. Now the first episode has finally made its debut!
Pokemon Evolutions has debuted its very first episode on The Pokemon Company's official YouTube channel, and focuses on the newest entry in the series, Pokemon Sword and Shield. Titled "The Champion," this anime short hones in on Galar Champion Leon as he takes on the Darkest Day arc from that game. You can check it out in the video above!
Future episodes of Pokemon Evolutions will be tackling the older regions in a chronological order as it goes all the way back to the Kanto region seen in the Red and Blue games and original anime series. The current slate of episodes scheduled to air as part of this new series break down as such:
- "The Champion" (Galar region) - September 9
- "The Eclipse" (Alola region) - September 23
- "The Visionary" (Kalos region) - October 7
- "The Plan" (Unova region) - October 21
- "The Rival" (Sinnoh region) - December 2
- "The Wish" (Hoenn region) - December 9
- "The Show" (Johto region) - December 16
- "The Discovery" (Kanto region) - December 23
The Pokemon franchise has been in the midst of a major celebration for the franchise as a whole that began with the newest iteration of the anime,Pokemon Journeys. This newest entry shook things up by having Ash Ketchum (and new hero Goh) exploring past regions of the franchise, and soon the anime will be making its return to Netflix with its next wave of anime with the premiere of Pokemon Master Journeys, and that should be streaming with the service as of this writing.
But what do you think of the debut episode for the Pokemon Evolutions anime? Are you curious to see how the rest of the regions are represented in future episodes? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!
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Pokémon Theory: Ash's Pikachu Got Its Incredible Power in Episode 1
In the Pokémon anime, Pikachu is far more powerful than other wild Pokémon in the series. Could the very first episode explain why?
Pokémonhas one major unsolved mystery surrounding Ash's Pikachu. For some reason, Pikachu is far more powerful than other wild Pikachu. In fact, it's so powerful that Team Rocket desperately wants to steal it. However, it has never been explained why this specific Pikachu is so strong -- although several fans have theories, one of which points to the very first episode of the anime.
Five years ago, Reddit user u/Nachington went on Reddit's fan theory subreddit to suggest that the reason Ash's Pikachu is so powerful can be found in the first episode of the anime. In this episode, called "Pokémon - I Choose You!", Ash is first introduced to Pikachu and the pair set out on their adventure. At first, Ash and Pikachu don't get on, leading to Ash and several bystanders getting electric shocks. However, while traveling, Ash angers a Spearow and is chased by an entire flock of birds. He tries to escape on Misty's bike, but the Spearow flock makes Ash crash before surrounding him. Pikachu, moved by Ash's desire to save him, jumps into the air to attack but gets struck by lightning while in the air. This strike boosts the power of Pikachu's Thunder Shock attack, causing it to decimate the Spearow flock in a single blow.
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In the next episode, Team Rocket makes their first appearance. While Pikachu is hurt, he is healed when the Pokémon Center's backup power system, a horde of Pikachu, surrounds him and gives him an electric shock. After this, Pikachu requests that Ash give him more power. Pikachu then absorbs the power from Misty's pedal-powered bike light before shocking Team Rocket. After escaping, Team Rocket notes that Ash's Pikachu is very rare and not like other Pikachu, suggesting that even at this point, this particular Pokémon is more powerful than others.
This actually fits the theory perfectly. If Pikachu can absorb electrical energy and power itself up, then a lightning strike, which tends to contain around 300 million volts, would undoubtedly make it ludicrously strong. It would also get Pikachu's body used to large amounts of power, allowing it to store more electrical energy than usual. Several other parts of the series back up this reading of the situation, as we see Pikachu absorbing power from objects several times. One of the most notable of these events occurs in Episode 5. While preparing for his rematch with Brock, Ash hooks Pikachu up to a hydroelectric powerplant to boost his strength. This eventually causes Pikachu to overload the generator. However, it should be noted that the river is dry, so Ash generates the power by physically moving the turbine. This suggests that Pikachu must have a lot of natural electrical energy to overload a generator designed to handle powerplant power levels.
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However, some details detract from this theory. In Episode 1, for instance, both Ash's mom and Professor Oak note that Pikachu is unusual, and Oak even says there is a problem with Pikachu but doesn't elaborate further. Later in the same episode, Pikachu shocks a massive crowd of people and knocks them down, just as he does to Team Rocket in Episode 2. However, he hadn't absorbed power beforehand, suggesting that he already has a powerful Thunder Shock attack before the lightning strike.
Is Pikachu's immense strength due to the lightning strike, or is he naturally stronger than usual? While we'll never know for sure, it does make for some compelling fan theories that allow viewers to examine the Pokémon world from a whole new perspective. Pokémon's many episodes make it rather easy to craft fan theories, and this is all part of the fun of online fandom, as everyone can come up with and share their own personal theories with the world.
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Episode 1 of the new Pokemon Evolutions web anime series is online. People can now take a look at “The Champion.” Each of these short episodes features certain characters from specific regions. In the case of this first Pokemon Evolutions video, the star is Pokemon Sword and Shield’s Galarian champion, Leon.
This Pokemon anime episode is surprisingly full of spoilers. It is looking at Leon coming to terms with what happened at the end of Pokemon Sword and Shield. That includes appearances by the player avatar and Hop. As he’s coming to terms with that, we also get to see a moment between him and iconic Charizard.
Here is the Pokemon Evolution Episode 1 “The Champion,” starring Galar’s Leon.
This series will eventually consist of eight episodes total, all created by OLM, the studio responsible for multiple Pokemon anime series and movies. The second episode will be “The Eclipse” and appear on September 23, 2021. It will focus on Pokemon Sun and Moon’s Alola region. Episodes in this series will continue to run throughout the rest of 2021. The last episode, “The Discovery,” will appear on December 23, 2021 and take people back to the Kanto region.
Pokemon Evolutions Episode 1 “The Champion” is available now.
One pokemon episode
There’s been some variation of the Pokémon anime on television since 1998, typically corresponding to whatever the latest game release happens to be. With an iconic theme song, iconic moments and iconic memes spawning from the show, it’s definitely a quintessential part of the Poké-experience.
There are lots of good episodes, but as with any piece of media, there are standouts.
So in the order they premiered, here are the top 10 best episodes of the original Pokémon anime, as determined by us. Before you start getting angry about this list in the comments, we reiterate that the episodes are listed in order of airdate; they are otherwise unranked.
“Charmander — The Stray Pokémon”
It’s one of the first tastes of cruelty we get in the Pokémon world. It’s the second in a three-episode arc where Ash gets his Kanto starters, and perhaps the most heartwrenching encounter of all is Charmander.
The poor Charmander has been left to DIE by his old trainer, abandoned on a rock in the middle of a road with a weak tail. When Ash tries to catch it, Charmander refuses to budge. Even as a thunderstorm rages on, Charmander steadfastly waits for his jerk of a trainer, holding a leaf as a little umbrella to keep his tail-flame from extinguishing.
We know it has a happy ending, but man, this episode puts us through the ringer.
“Here Comes the Squirtle Squad”
This is the last of three back-to-back episodes where Ash meets the Kanto starters that become his Pokémon. “Here Comes the Squirtle Squad” stands out particularly because, well, the SQUIRTLE SQUAD. (Sorry Bulbasaur — your chance to shine comes later).
This gang of Squirtles wears sunglasses and wreaks havoc on a nearby town. They’re led by a Squirtle with sleek, winged sunglasses (very anime) — the very same Squirtle who will eventually join Ash’s team. They team up with Team Rocket’s Meowth to trap Ash and friends.
Ash’s Squirtle arguably has the most personality of all his Kanto Pokémon (save for Pikachu, perhaps, but that doesn’t count, because Pikachu is a constant lifelong companion), and this is a stellar introduction to its badass ways.
“Island of Giant Pokémon”
This is third episode in an arc where Ash and the gang (and Team Rocket) go aboard the Saint Anne, but eventually encounter a terrible storm that washes them up on this mysterious island.
The best part of this episode is that the Pokémon talk! Not in the “Pikachu has a creepy, cherubic voice”-type of way either; their normal Pokémon voices (Squirtle squirtle squirtle!) are given subtitles so that we can see how they communicate. It’s particularly heartwarming, because we get to see the Pokeémon’s different personalities — Charmander, who was left in the rain by his abusive trainer, is more timid, whereas Squirtle is bold and brash; Pikachu has undying loyalty to Ash, much like Ekans and Koffing do to Jessie and James.
It also includes the objectively best scene in all of television ever, namely when Bulbasaur and Charmander send Squirtle to talk to the giant roaming Blastoise, and he greets it with, “Yo! Brother!”
“Abra and the Psychic Showdown”
Ash travels to Saffron City and faces off against Gym Leader Sabrina. In the games, Sabrina is a totally standard Gym Leader who casually mentions her psychic powers and prophecies in the same way designated-type trainers mention their passions. In the anime, though, Sabrina is a totally emotionless, sinister woman who also happens to have a creepy childlike alter-ego with occasionally demonic red eyes sitting on her lap, like some possessed ventriloquist dummy.
When Ash inevitably loses this gym battle, he and his friends are shrunk and placed in a dollhouse, where they encounter dolls with soulless eyes staring at them. Meanwhile, Sabrina’s spooky child-self giggles in a manner befitting a horror movie and tries to play with them.
They’re eventually rescued, and over the next two episodes, Ash sets out on a quest to find a Pokémon that actually has a type advantage at the psychic-type gym instead of just using Pikachu.
This episode also receives a shout-out for Jessie and James’ fabulous hula dancer disguises.
“Ditto’s Mysterious Mansion”
The origin of “Ditto as ...” can be traced to this episode. It features a Ditto that cannot fully transform into other Pokémon; instead, its face is always the same silly Ditto smile.
Team Rocket kidnaps the Ditto in order to enact some nefarious scheme, but unfortunately for them — and hilariously for everyone else — this Ditto is a little shit.
“Transform into this!” says Jessie, pointing to a picture of a Dratini in a book.
And the Ditto transforms ... into a book.
“Bulbasaur’s Mysterious Garden”
Ash’s Pokémon really have a hard time when it comes to evolving. While “Electric Shock Showdown” dealt with Pikachu debating whether to evolve into Raichu, “Bulbasaur’s Mysterious Garden” quite appropriately deals with Bulbasaur’s potential evolution.
What makes this more endearing than the Pikachu-doesn’t-want-to-evolve episode is the mysterious gathering of Bulbasaur, where they all chant a song under the light of the moon.
The first episode to air after the infamous Porygon episode, Pikachu’s Goodbye is one of the saddest Pokémon episodes. Ash and the gang encounter a group of wild Pikachu and as Ash’s Pikachu spends more time with them, Ash ponders whether or not Pikachu would be happier in the wild.
This is a mature side of Ash that we don’t typically see, putting Pikachu’s happiness before his own. He’s all set to leave Pikachu with the group of wild Pikachu, but at the last moment, Pikachu runs back to him. Their bond is true.
“Beach Blank-Out Blastoise”
This episode brings back some classic moments, specifically Squirtle’s Squirtle Squad sunglasses, the ever-persistent Jigglypuff and Team Rocket’s mecha-Gyarados.
While trying to leave Cinnabar Island, Ash and his friends run into a frenzied Wartortle. Pikachu tries to communicate with it, but soon realizes that only Squirtle can handle the job. So the gang heads over to an island solely populated by Squirtle, Wartortle, and a lone Blastoise — only to find everyone asleep. The mystery deepens.
Much like “Goodbye Pikachu” and “Bulbasaur’s Mysterious Garden,” this episode centers around a group of wild Pokémon of the same species, which is always super adorable to see.
“Go West, Young Meowth”
The gang goes to Hollywood. Team Rocket — as usual — follows, and Meowth recounts the time he spent there. (We’re not going to question why Hollywood exists in the Pokémon world).
Meowth’s origin story is heckin’ sad. Inspired by a beloved (and well-fed) Meowth he saw in a movie, he journeys to Hollywood, only to strike out. He falls in love with a spoiled Meowth named Meowzie, but she rejects him because she prefers humans. So Meowth painfully learns to walk on his hindlegs and talk like a human (his first word is “Rocket” — which prompts him to join Team Rocket later). Meowzie isn’t impressed, though. In fact, she’s absolutely horrified.
Any episode that shows the secret inner lives of Pokémon when they’re not around humans is definitely top-tier, and this is an especially illuminating one.
“A Friend In Deed”
The episode that kickstarts Ash’s Pokemon League battles introduces us to his near-doppleganger Ritchie. The two share the same Pokémon ambitions, wear similar hats and even have nearly identical Pikachu. Ritchie’s Pikachu has a little poof of hair, a la Pokémon, Let’s Go!, and is named Sparky. Ritchie’s biggest difference from Ash, it seems, is that he actually bothers to name his Pokémon. His Butterfree is named Happy, and his Charmander is named Zippo. He also labels his Poké Balls so they’re easier to identify — heck, Ritchie is just Ash if Ash were an actual, responsible human being.
But no matter. The two bond and rescue their Pokémon from Team Rocket, striking up a solid friendship ... only to find out that they will be competing directly against each other. DUN DUN DUN.
The original Pokémon episodes are full of plenty of shenanigans and nostalgic laughs. Ash and the gang have since continued on from Kanto (and Ash found a new set of friends), but much like Pokémon, Let’s Go! is returning to the region where it started, it’s nice to revisit the original Pokémon anime adventures and belt out that theme song once again.
Pokémon - I Choose You!
Meet Ash Ketchum, a 10-year-old boy full of imagination, confidence, and dreams that are almost too big for his village of Pallet Town—plus the desire to become a Pokémon Master!
Ash is finally old enough to receive his first Pokémon from Professor Oak, the town's Pokémon expert-but on the morning Ash is supposed to claim it, he oversleeps! By the time he arrives at Professor Oak's, the three Pokémon he wanted have already been chosen by the other Trainers-in-training, including his rival, Gary! The only Pokémon remaining is a strong-willed Pikachu.
Trainer and Pokémon don't get along right away. Not only does Pikachu refuse to enter its Poké Ball, it would rather climb a tree than battle a Pidgey that Ash encounters! Disagreements aside, they start to bond when they find themselves chased by an angry flock of Spearow. The Spearow wound Pikachu, but Ash risks his own safety to protect his Pokémon.
To further their escape, Ash "borrows" a bike owned by a young girl named Misty. He soon wrecks the bike, however, and he and Pikachu are surrounded by the Spearow. When Ash fearlessly confronts the Spearow, Pikachu is inspired to summon its remaining energy to repel the Pokémon with a powerful electric shock.
Finally out of harm's way, the wild experience makes Ash and Pikachu realize that they've begun what promises to be a blooming friendship.
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Pokémon, I Choose You!
For the film, see Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!
1st episode of the first season of Pokémon
"Pokémon - I Choose You!" (ポケモン！きみにきめた！, Pokemon! Kimi ni Kimeta!) is the first episode of the Pokémonanime series. It was first broadcast in Japan on April 1, 1997, in the United States on September 8, 1998, and in South Korea on July 14, 1999.
In the episode, Ash Ketchum gets his Pokémon journey off to a rough start when he receives his first Pokémon, a reluctant Pikachu. After many failed attempts at capturing some Pokémon, Ash throws a rock at a Spearow, which gets angry and starts attacking him and Pikachu. Soon, an entire flock of Spearow start chasing them, and Pikachu is the only one able to step in and stop the flock.
Nintendo, which publishes the Pokémon video games, asked for changes to be made to the English adaptation of the episode. Some graphic sequences involving punching were taken out, including one where Misty slaps Ash on the cheek. The script was translated by Paul Taylor. Veronica Taylor, who provided the English voice of Ash in this episode, said she enjoyed the script and recording Ash's lines.
Since airing, the episode has received positive reviews from television critics. Andrew Wood of The Plain Dealer praised the episode for staying true to the games, but thought it focused too much on the character Ash. A children's book adaptation of "Pokémon - I Choose You!" was released in July 1999, and the episode was released on Game Boy Advance Video in 2004. In 2017, a movie based on this episode, entitled Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! was released. "Pokémon, I Choose You" also took place in Pokémon Journeys the Series: Episode 1: "Enter Pikachu!".
In the world of Pokémon, people at the age of 10 can get their official license to become Pokémon trainers, and Ash Ketchum of Pallet Town is about to receive his very first Pokémon from Professor Oak. On the morning of the day that he is supposed to get his first Pokémon, it is revealed that Ash has accidentally broken his alarm clock and oversleeps. When he wakes up, he runs in his pajamas to Professor Oak's laboratory where Ash runs into his rival and the Professor's grandson, Gary Oak. Gary proceeds to taunt Ash for arriving to the ceremony late and brags about having already received his first Pokémon. When Ash enters Professor Oak's lab to receive his Pokémon, he is told that all three starter Pokémon have already been taken. Ash pleads for any Pokémon and Oak replies that he still has one left. Ash does not care and receives the Pokémon, which turns out to be the electric-type PokémonPikachu. Ash thinks that it is cute, but it gives him an electric shock when he picks it up to hug it. Oak gives Ash a Pokédex and six Poké Balls before he heads out on his journey to become the greatest Pokémon trainer of all time.
Ash soon comes to realize that the Pikachu refuses to go inside his Poké Ball and prefers his independence. As Ash carries the reluctant Pikachu, he hopes that they can be friends, but Pikachu acts aloof and openly shows his distrust of Ash. Just then, the two stumble upon a Pidgey in the wild and Ash unsuccessfully tries to catch it by throwing a Poké Ball. Ash uses his Pokédex and finds out that in order to catch a Pokémon, a trainer must first use their Pokémon to battle it, thereby weakening it, to be caught by a Poké Ball. With Pikachu being uncooperative, Ash tries to fight the Pidgey himself, but is easily beaten, which greatly amuses Pikachu. The Pidgey escapes and Ash finds a Rattata rummaging through his pack. He chases the Pokémon off as he hears cooing behind him. He turns to see several Pidgey gathered in the tall grass. Frustrated, Ash throws a rock at what he believes is the Pidgey. However, it turns out to be a Spearow, which starts attacking Pikachu and Ash. Pikachu shocks Spearow, and in the process alerts a whole flock. The angered Spearow flock gives chase and eventually catches up and attacks Pikachu. Ash quickly grabs Pikachu and dives down a waterfall in order to escape from the flock of Spearow, and the two are fished out down river by a a young girl, who tells Ash to take the injured Pikachu to the Pokémon Center in Viridian City. Seeing the Spearow flock approaching, Ash escapes with Pikachu taking the girl's bike.
Ash pedals fastly toward Viridian City, with the flock of Spearow following behind him. Ash loses control of the bike and collapses, crashing down a hill. Realizing Pikachu's condition is critical, Ash pleads him to go inside his Poké Ball so that Ash can protect him from the approaching Spearow. Pikachu, after seeing how much Ash cares for it, performs a powerful Thunder attack which drives the Spearow away, but also destroys the girl's bike. As the rain-clouds part, a mysterious golden bird flies over a rainbow and Ash's Pokédex informs him that there is no current data on this Pokémon and that there are several yet to be identified. Ash carries Pikachu into Viridian City, and Pikachu licks Ash's cheek.
"Pokémon - I Choose You!" was the first episode of the Pokémon anime to be made and aired in Japan. The episode was written by Shoji Yonemura, and directed by Masamitsu Hidaka. When the production staff started on the anime, they wanted a specific character to focus on. At first, Clefairy was intended to be Ash's starter. Due to a last-minute adjustment, Pikachu got the role because it was relatively popular compared with the other Pokémon and the staff thought that "potentially both boys and girls would like it". The episode was animated by Shogakukan in Japan, and it was aimed at elementary school students.
Just before 4Kids Entertainment revealed that they were planning on producing an English adaptation dub of the anime in the United States, the episode "Dennō Senshi Porygon" caused controversy when it aired in Japan on December 16, 1997. In the episode, there was a scene with a huge explosion that flashed red and blue lights. At this point, viewers started to complain of blurred vision, headaches, dizziness, seizures, blindness, and lost consciousness. A total of 685 viewers were taken to hospitals by ambulances.Alfred R. Kahn, chief executive of 4Kids Entertainment, announced on January 1, 1998, that the anime would be edited for the American market. Many American parents worried about the safety of their children now that the anime would air in the United States, but Kahn said: "We're confident it won't be a problem. [...] We've taken the problem seriously and fixed it."
Nintendo asked for changes to be made to the original Japanese show in the English adaptation. "We tried not to have violence or sexual discrimination or religious scenes in the United States," said Masakazu Kubo, executive producer of Shogakukan. Some graphic sequences involving punching were taken out, including one from "Pokémon, I Choose You!" where Misty slaps Ash on the cheek. The names of the characters and monsters were Westernized: Satoshi became Ash, and Shigeru became Gary, and the Pokémon were given descriptive names. For example, of the three starter Pokémon, Hitokage, a lizard with a ball of fire on its tail, became Charmander; Fushigidane, a dinosaur with a green garlic bulb on its back, became Bulbasaur; and Zenigame, a turtle who squirts water, became Squirtle.
Veronica Taylor, who provided the voice of Ash in this episode and all episodes from season one to eight, said that recording Ash's lines for the episode was "really great" for her. "Playing a 10-year-old boy with that energy and excitement, and the battles that he's in, and his low, husky voice was really terrific," she said.
I really enjoy playing [Ash] and he’s really a great character, but I feel that after the first ten episodes everything has kind of loosened up. The script's loosened up, the characters were able to come into their own a bit more, and I think everyone has relaxed a bit; we're able to play with it more, whereas in the first ten episodes, I think it was so new, and everyone was trying to make sure it was done right. I enjoy playing him now much more than I did in the very beginning because I can have fun with him more, and we know him and can work out how he really would react.
— Veronica Taylor
Taylor explained the process of recording an episode in an interview with Animerica Magazine; first, the script is translated from Japanese into English, it is then adapted to fit the lip flap (movement of the mouth). Taylor said that she is the only one in the recording booth when she works, as they record each voice separately throughout each episode. Taylor added that she is often the first one to record so she has to imagine how the previous line would be said. "Luckily, I work with a great director who helps with the interpretation of the line, matching of the lip flap, and consistency of the voice," she said.
The episode has received mixed to positive reviews from television critics. Andrew Wood of The Plain Dealer had mixed feelings for the episode, stating the episode did a good job of setting up the world of Pokémon, and that it was faithful to the game. However, Wood thought it was "apparent" in this episode that without a traveling partner, "Ash just isn't all that interesting". Andrew Tei of Mania.com said that "one great thing about listening to early dubs is how the voice actors haven't completely gotten into their roles yet. Ash's and James' voices are much deeper than where they end up at." Louis Bedigian of GameZone believed the best moment of the episode to be the Pokémon battle on television at the beginning, stating that "the Pokémon battle side-to-side in black and white. Their movements are slow and appear to be turn-based. It emulates the game perfectly, then quickly transforms into a more realistic, full-color battle. Few game-based anime series incorporate the game elements so well." X-Entertainment considered the best part of the episode to be the moment when Ash spots the mysterious Ho-Oh, a Pokémon whose data was not included in the Pokédex at the time.
Book adaptation and re-releases
A children's book adaptation of the episode was released in July 1999. It was published by Scholastic Corporation and written by Tracey West. The episode was released on VHS and DVD on November 24, 1998, and December 13, 1998, respectively as part of the first volume of Indigo League: "Pokémon: I Choose You Pikachu!" The release also included the following two episodes ("Pokémon: Emergency!", and "Ash Catches a Pokémon").
Nintendo announced on September 24, 2004, that two Game Boy Advance Video cartridges, featuring "classic" episodes from the early days of the Pokémon series, would hit stores on September 27 that year. The Pokémon episodes were packaged in two separate packs containing two episodes each, and the four episodes available were "Pokémon, I Choose You!", "Here Comes the Squirtle Squad", "Beach Blank-Out Blastoise", and "Go West Young Meowth", all from season one. In 2017, a Pokémon movie based on the first episode was released, titled Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You.
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