Japanese Poster for Pokémon Origins, featuring the trainers, Red and Blue, and the Pokémon, Charizard.
|ポケットモンスター THE ORIGIN
(Poketto Monsutā Ji Orijin)
|Anime television film|
|Directed by||Itsuro Kawasaki (pt. 1)
Yukio Kuroda (pt. 2)
Hideya Takahashi (pt. 3)
Daiki Tomiyasu (pt. 4)
|Music by||Shota Kageyama
|Studio||OLM, Production I.G, Xebec|
|Network||TXN (TV Tokyo), BS Japan, Kids Station|
|English network||Pokémon TV|
|Released||October 2, 2013|
|Runtime||22 minutes each|
Pokémon Origins, known in Japan as Pocket Monsters: The Origin (ポケットモンスター THE ORIGIN Poketto Monsutā Ji Orijin?), is a Japanese anime television special based on Nintendo's Pokémon franchise. Unlike the on-going television series, this special features the settings and characters from the original video games Pokémon Red and Blue, and is largely more faithful to the games' mechanics and designs. Like the on-going television series, it was not owned by Media Factory (brand company of Kadokawa Corporation). Animation is handled by Production I.G, Xebec, and OLM, Inc., and the special is split into four parts, each directed by a different director from these studios. It was broadcast on TV Tokyo on October 2, 2013, ten days before the release of the X and Y video games, and began streaming internationally on Nintendo's Pokémon TV service from November 15, 2013 to December 2, 2013.
Serving a more faithful adaptation of the Pokémon Red and Blue GameBoy Games, the story follows a young boy named Red, who begins a journey with his Pokémon partner, Charmander, as he seeks to capture all the known Pokémon in the Kanto region, complete the "Ultimate Pokédex", and become the Pokémon League Champion. However, he was too naive when he faced off in a battle against his Rival Blue (Green in the Japenese Version) and his Pokémon Partner, Squirtle, only because he didn't know how a Trainer and their Pokémon bond. This led to Red's defeat, having Blue (Green in the Japanese version) mention how weak he is, and telling him that he should just go back home. However; a strange man approaches Red, telling him that he should go see Pewter City's Gym Leader, if he is willing to learn more about Pokémon Battling. When Red arrives, he discovers that the man he met before was, indeed, the Gym Leader named Brock. He commences a battle with Red, first sending out his Geodude, and Red immediately sending out Charmander. Charmander does little damage to Brock's Geodude, with Brock asking if Red has any other Pokémon with him. Red calls back Charmander, and switches him out for a Nidoran Male. Red then orders Nidoran to use Double Kick, which immediately K.O.'s Brock's Geodude. With this, Red becomes overconfident that Brock will be easy to defeat, until he sends out his Onix, which is incredibly massive. Red orders Nidoran to repeat Double Kick, and Brock , when the second Double Kick successfully lands, orders his Onix to use Bide, a move that doubles in power should the user be struck by a physical move. Red tells Nidoran to use Double Kick once more, failing to knock out Onix. Onix defeats Nidoran, with a single swing of its tail. Red then sends out a Pidgey, then a Rattata, both being knocked out quickly, then he calls out his Metapod, immediately using its String Shot to not only constrict, but to slow down Onix, as well. This only works for a mere second, before Onix breaks free, knocking out Metapod, before it can use String Shot again. Red's final Pokémon is his Charmander, which only has half health, due to Geodude's Tackle Attack. Onix, too, is at half health, but thanks to Metapod's String Shot, Onix is defeated by Red's Charmander, earning Red his first Badge. Red continues his journey.
|Character||Japanese Voice actor||English Voice actor|
|Red||Junko Takeuchi||Bryce Papenbrook|
|Blue (Green)||Takuya Eguchi||Lucien Dodge|
|Professor Oak (Professor Okido)||Katsuji Mori||Kyle Hebert|
|Brock (Takeshi)||Tomokazu Sugita||Johnny Yong Bosch|
|Giovanni (Sakaki)||Rikiya Koyama||Jamieson Price|
|Lance (Wataru)||Tokuyoshi Kawashima||Kirk Thornton|
|Reina||Yui Ishikawa||Christine Marie Cabanos|
|Mr. Fuji||Minoru Inaba||Kirk Thornton|
|Red's Mother||Satsuki Yukino||Laura Post|
|Pokémon Center Nurses||Dorothy Elias-Fahn (Episode 1), Cristina Vee (Episode 2)|
|Team Rocket Members||Doug Erholtz (Green Hair), Spike Spencer (Blue Hair), Grant George (Fat)|
|Lass, Red's Nidoran♂, Cubone||Cristina Vee|
|Ghost Marowak||Laura Post|
|Brock's Onix||Keith Silverstein|
|Mew||Christine Marie Cabanos|
|Various characters||Wendee Lee, Erin Fitzgerald, Matt Mercer|
|No.||Title||Original airdate||English airdate|
|October 2, 2013||November 15, 2013|
|Two young trainers, Red and Blue, are called over by Professor Oak, who gives them a Pokédex, asking them to complete it with data from Pokémon all across the Kanto region. In exchange, he gives each of them a Pokémon partner, with Red choosing a Charmander and Blue choosing a Squirtle. After fighting several battles, catching wild Pokémon and acquiring data for his Pokédex along the way, Red soon comes up against Blue and is completely overpowered by his Squirtle. As Red feels dejected over his defeat, he meets a man who teaches him about the bond between trainers and Pokémon before directing him to a nearby town, Viridian City, where he can heal his Pokémon. Later arriving at Pewter City's Gym, he discovers the man he met before, the Gym Leader Brock, who offers to face him in a gym battle. After learning that his Fire-type Charmander is ineffective against Brock's Rock-type Geodude, Red manages to beat it with his Nidoran♂. However, Brock soon fights back with his Onix, who beats most of Red's Pokémon. Coming to understand the bond between trainers and Pokémon, Red manages to beat Onix with his Charmander, earning himself a Boulder Badge from Brock.|
|October 2, 2013||November 18, 2013|
|After facing many more battles and earning two more Gym Badges, Red arrives in Lavender Town, where he hears many rumors about ghosts roaming around a Pokémon Tower, a Pokémon cemetery. Before heading to the Tower, Red goes to a Pokémon House for abandoned Pokémon, where he meets a girl named Reina, along with a Cubone who became orphaned after his mother, a Marowak, was killed by the nefarious Team Rocket. He soon learns that the owner of the Pokémon House, Mr. Fuji, has gone by himself to the Pokémon Tower, which has been overrun by Team Rocket. Red decides to go to the Tower to search for him whilst Blue, overhearing his conversation, decides to go as well. They both soon encounter a ghost, which is soon revealed by a Silph Scope that Blue obtains from Team Rocket to be the ghost of Cubone's mother. Cubone, who had run out from the Pokémon House to come to the tower, reunites with his mother, allowing her to pass on, before helping Red drive out Team Rocket and rescue Mr. Fuji. As thanks, Mr. Fuji gives Red a Pokéflute and some mysterious stones before he resumes his journey.|
|October 2, 2013||November 20, 2013|
|After Red has obtained two more badges and evolved his Pokémon into Charizard, he and Blue encounter the secretary of the president of the Silph Company, which had been taken over by Team Rocket, who are trying obtain the Master Ball, a Poké Ball capable of capturing any Pokémon. Red infiltrates the Silph Company, freeing all the imprisoned scientists and Pokémon, receiving a Lapras in gratitude. Red soon comes up against Team Rocket's leader, Giovanni, who beats him with his Nidoqueen before escaping. Continuing his journey and earning more badges, Red arrives in Viridian City, where he discovers the final Gym Leader is none other than Giovanni himself. Giovanni first sends out a Rhyhorn, who effortlessly beats most of Red's Pokémon, but Red manages to pull off a double knockout with his Hitmonlee. Red then sends his Charizard against Giovanni's Rhydon, managing to defeat it. Respecting Red's strength, Giovanni disbands Team Rocket's operations and awards Red with the final Gym Badge needed to enter the Pokémon League.|
|October 2, 2013||November 22, 2013|
|Red finally arrives at the Pokémon League on the Indigo Plateau, where he battles against and defeats the Elite Four. However, he discovers that Blue has beat him to the title of Pokémon League Champion. In order to obtain the title for himself, Red challenges Blue to a battle. The match soon boils down to a showdown between Red's Charizard and Blue's Blastoise, with Charizard managing to win out. They are then visited by Professor Oak, who immortalizes Red and his Pokémon in the history of league champions. Afterwards, Red continues his journey and manages to catch all 149 known Pokémon. Upon returning home, however, Red learns that Blue was badly beaten by a mysterious Pokémon not listed amongst those Red encountered. Recalling a diary he encountered during his travels, Red deduces this to be an artificially made Pokémon named Mewtwo. After receiving advice from Oak about the stones Fuji had given him, Red goes to confront Mewtwo, finding him to be incredibly powerful. As both Red and Charizard become determined not to give up, the stones they received, revealed to be Mega Stones, begin to glow, resulting in a Mega Evolution that evolves Charizard into Mega Charizard X, allowing them to defeat and capture Mewtwo. Upon realizing there is still a Mew to be found, Red becomes determined to fully complete his Pokédex, unaware that Mew is right outside.|
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