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Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Sun & Moon is NOT a continuation of XYZ. The main characters are a completely new Ash and Pikachu

We’re sorry for all our eventual grammatical and lexical mistakes. We’re Italian and we’re trying to do our best 🙂

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Let’s start from Masafumi Mima’s tweet (he’s the sound director of  the Pokémon TV show)

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Just for this reason, the final episode of Pokémon XYZ
has to be considered absolutely conclusive since there isn’t even the
usual ending sentence “next time a new beginning”.

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This is because the main series, at the moment, it’s really over.
Sun&Moon is only a NEW Pokémon anime, with a reboot of the protagonist who is strongly reminiscent of Ash. This is due to merchandising reasons.

One of the reasons that led the anime to its end is without any doubt the fact that its ratings drastically crashed in Japan, as demonstrated by the graphic below:

GEN MINMAX – AVG
OS 8.3%18.6% AVG 14.105%
JT 5.3%14.9% AVG 10.689%
AG 4.2%11.0% AVG 7.065%
DP 4.1% 9.3% AVG 6.396%
BW 2.2%9.3% AVG 5.292%
XY 3.2%6.4% AVG 4.559%
XYZ 2.4%4.4% AVG 3.673%

As you can see, the series registered a gradual audience ratings decline. XY and XYZ series were much appreciated from Western audiences despite the fact that they registered the lowest rate in Japan.

This led to a drastic reduction of staff’s funds, ever since the promotion of the film “Volcanion the Mechanical Marvel. Because of these cuts, with the Sun&Moon anime series the frame rate of the episodes has been lowered.

As you can understand by yourself, the Pokémon anime is in a bad situation which is caused by the same staff of the animated series, who completely ignored Shudo’s directives. As time goes by, the audience became gradually sick of seeing Ash that loses everytime and re-starts with a new journey, as if nothing had happened, instead of realizing his dream. At this point, in order to send things forward, it has been decided to focus entirely on the merchandising aspect. And here I am going to explain the reason why Black&White and Sun&Moon have to be considered a world apart, that is to say, series not linked with the main ones.

The plot of the Pokémon TV series does not always follow a logical thread. Moreover, for primarily economic necessity, writers are inclined to create series comparable to spin-offa. This often happens without explaining it directly in the episodes of the series (which keeps going on without any explanation of these story changes).

Concerning the Pokémon anime, a real continuity is ensured by the following main series: Kanto – Orange – Johto – Hoenn – Kanto BF – Sinnoh – Kalos. By following the episodes of these series, you may notice that there is a plot progression in the aforementioned regions, thus also proving that there is a connection and a progression, indeed, among them.

Black&White and the Sun&Moon are reboot series that feature a regressed version of Ash, also differentiated from the original with a change of Character Design (in order to attract young audiences). As well said by Masafumi Mima, that’s not the same Ash of original series and he shouldn’t be confused with him.

Left: Original Ash in XYZ series. Right: Ash’s parody of Sun&Moon series

In the DP and XYZ final were included specific scenes to make it clear to spectators: the final shots where Ash departs shoulders.

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At the end of the XYZ series we could see some small forms of protest by the same animation directors or writers. This tells us that even they haven’t an effective control of the anime; in fact the staff changes with each generation and given that Pokémon is a commercial anime, control goes mainly to sponsors such as TV Tokyo. Obviously, they do not care about Ash and the storyline: their only interest is to cash with ratings and merchandising.

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We of Satoshipedia join to the protests, because we care about Ash and the development of his history. We decided to stop following the anime, because to continue would mean to accept the treatment that is reserved to Ash for purely commercial purposes, which it was against the same Takeshi Shudo (creator the anime).

As explained in our separate article, Takeshi Shudo wanted to create an anime targeted to both children and adults, and he care relative of the gain. This led him to disagree with the other writers, that have gradually removed to Shudo the control of his own anime.

I don’t need to explain how all that has happening is not right and is not respectful of Shudo and the same Ash. It’s up to you to decide whether to continue with the anime, but you must be aware of the consequences. No one denies that the episodes of Sun & Moon can be sympathetic or show the pseudoAsh in epic situations, However, the fact remains that this does not really respects Ash’s character, which continues to be seen by the public as a ridiculous and eternally childlike cartoon character (things that do not really represent him).

Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Other sides of Ash Ketchum

ita icon_satoshipediaEverybody knows Ash Ketchum as a skillful Pokémon trainer, but there is more to his character.

The Chosen One (Pokémon: The Movie 2000)

In this movie we find out that Ash is the chosen one of an ancient prophecy of the Shamouti Island. It recites, amongst the many verses: “A Great controller shall calm the God’s anger“. 690809

Intially, when all the inhabitants were celebrating, unaware of the imminent tragedy, Ash is elected as ‘chosen’ simply because of his abilities as a trainer (he can “control” his Pokémons, as old Tobias said). During the festival Ash was asked to demonstrate that he was the chosen one by a ritual, that consisted in collecting three treasures located in some small temples consecreted to the three Legendary Birds: in the Fire Islands, Ice Islands and Lightning Islands.7909789
Ash found two of the three treasures by accident and managed to take those away. This showed that he really was the chosen one, the only one to find the last treasure and save the world.
In our version the prophecy refers to him because of the name “Ash”. In the english version the prophecy actually says “Thus the Earth shall turn to Ash”.

Aura Guardian

In the eighth movie “Lucario and the Mystery of Mew” we find out that Ash has a particular gift: he has the same Aura as Lucario.

There are some special people in the Pokémon world that have a well developed Aura, like Lucario’s. In a distant time, these people were called “Aura Guardians“.

Aura is an energy emitted by every living thing; in japanese is also called “Ki“. Aura Guardians can sense it, and with the right training, control it.589087

As far as Ash is concerned, many episodes show he has this ability. For example in the episodes “Poké57809mon Ranger and the Kidnapped Riolu” Ash could locate and comunicate with Riolu (Lucario’s pre-evolution), anywhere it was thanks to the aura. His ability has proven useful to Ranger Kellyn in order to rescue the Pokémon.

In the episode “The Keystone Pops!” Ash saves a village from the fury of a Spiritomb. A locald elderly woman states that Ash is a Aura Guardian, like the hero that saved the village centuries ago from the same Spiritomb. Ash then answers that he only wants to become a Pokémon Master and he’s not interestes in training his aura.66089

King of the Sea

In the movie “Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea” Ash is elected King of the Sea because he saved the temple by putting the Sea Crown in its place. The legend (in the original6777790 version of the movie) says: “Thee who holds the Sea Crown shall become the true King of the Sea ” so, because Ash has protected the crown he has also become its owner. He has also used it in order to save his friends from the threat represented by Phantom.6789

Ash, The Being of Willpower

In Diamond & Parl series it turns out that Ash, Dawn and Brock are connected to three pokémon: Azelf, Mesprit and Uxie. They are respectively defined as The Being of Willpower“, “The Being of Emotion” and “The Being of Knowledge“. Moreover, these beings perfectly reflecting the personality of the three trainers aforementioned.43536

Azelf chose to connect to Ash because he has always used his strong willpower to protect Pokémon.
There is a strong bond between the two. As a matter of fact, Ash is able to feel the pain of Azelf. The latter, instead, can contact Ash in his dreams and can even “summon” him, teleporting him everytime it needed him.001

Ash encountered Azelf for the first time in the episode “Pruning a Passel of Pals!“. Unable to sleep, he decided to take a walk at7455486 Lake Valor and once being there, as previously happened to Dawn, he saw the spirit of Azelf which came out of the water and then dove back.
It wouldn’t be until “The Needs of the Three! that Ash would see Azelf in its true form. Azelf contacted Ash in a dream and warned him of the destruction of the world, because of Team Galactic.

When Pokémon Hunter J awakened Azelf from its sleep throwing a bomb in7876852 Lake Valor, Ash felt a severe pain at his head because of his connection to Azelf. Later, when Azelf was kidnapped and taken to Team Galactic headquarters together with Mesprit and Uxie, Azelf convened Ash and teleported him there, where it was, at the Team Galactic headquarters.

Ash rescued Azelf from Team Galactic. Later, Ash and Azelf, through their connection, managed to help Palkia and Dialga calm and by doing so they also saved the world from destruction.76576547

Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Delia Ketchum – The Super Mom

ita icon_satoshipediaIn his novels “Pocket Monsters the Animation”, Takeshi Shudo dwelt very much upon Delia, often repeating, during the narration, that reading this information would help us learn more about Ash and his future events.

Ash has inherited the character from his mother Delia (Hanako in Japanese), who in fact we are used to see always smiling and carefree. Even as a mother, she has always been a strong and courageous woman, despite the enormous sufferings she had to endure in her life.46790

Delia is in fact very young and the relationship between Ash and her is much more like the one between brother and sister, rather than the one between mother and son. At the beginning of the anime, Delia still was under her 30s, even though she already had an 11-year old child. So, the day when Ash left for his trip, while wiping away her tears, she thought:

… Tears, huh… I’m still young but, although my young age, I’m already the mother of a fully-fledged adult… As his mother, I’ve had to prove to be brave… I remember all the past ten years, ten months and ten day7cf1d25b66efd2538162fcb3419314efs with Ash… All the adversities… All the painful moments in which it seemed impossible to  go on… The period of motherhood was really tough… But it was worth it.

Since Ash’s father left home, she did not shed a single tear for a farewell any longer, although she generally was a person who tended to cry like a baby or have exaggerated reactions, even for a simple splinter stuck in a finger.

It all started when Delia was only 18 years old and her mother was still alive. A young aspiring Pokémon trainer was staying in heDelia_Ashr inn, the “Pallet House. Delia immediately fell in love with him and their relationship quickly became stronger, so much that they got married in a heartbeat. But right after Ash’s birth, the young man left the town and never came back. To make matters worse, Delia’s mother soon got ill and passed away, leaving her daughter alone with the Pallet House and the new-born Ash.

At that point, Delia had no choice but to be strong. Even if her husband had come back home, after leaving her alone for over ten years, she would have completely ignored him. If someone asked her:do you still love him? her answer would be a clear < no >. Despite this, Delia rejected all the proposals she received from other men, because she actually never wanted to divorce from Ash’s father. There were even a few rumors of her relationships with other men, but none of them was true.2d73lu.jpg

Until the day Ash left home to travel and become a Pokémon Trainer, Delia managed to go on on her own. < It’s natural…> she thought to herself. Ash is her beloved son and she would take care of him until the day of his departure. It was her responsibility.

The relationship between Ash and Delia

As already said, there is a very unique relationship between Delia and Ash, very similar to the one existing between a couple of friends or brothers. Sometimes Ash wondered if some of Delia’s behaviors were the same of a typical mother and wanted her to be more like a normal adult woman. He often accused her of “pulling the mom card” only when it was convenient.0789079808

As a matter of fact, on the day of Ash’s departure Delia began to fantasize a bit. She was sad but at the same time she felt like a student who is about to start his summer holidays without any homework to do: starting from the following day she would have returned to be a free woman. Given that she still was so young, she could devote herself to many things. But until the next morning she still had to be the mother of Ash.

Shudo explains that being a mother is already a very hard job. However, despite her situation, Delia has never perceived her motherhood as something  tough. After all it was better than remaining completely alone, after her 77969husband had left home.

Of course it has never been so easy for her… Despite that, every once in a while Delia felt the need to say < Thanks baby > to Ash.

Just to give an example, Ash became rebellious for the first time around the age of three. He combined a prank after another and, in order to keep him quiet, Delia often pretended to cry:

Having such a rebellious son makes me the most unfortunate beauty in the world… Sniff, sniff. Waaah, waaaah >

However, as usual at her age, girls should go out and have fun rather than working as single mothers. That’s why Delia felt so unfortunate. At the beginning, she started to pretend to cry, but her tears soon became real when she started to stop and think of her life situation.

Ash was caught off guard when seeing her mother crying, so he immediately stopped making trouble. Then he approached her with a very sweet expression and asked: < Mom, what’s wrong? Are you ok? >. This gesture consoled Delia and made her feel the need to express her gratitude to his son.

Delia and the fathers of the bullies

When the bullies picked on Ash at the kindergarten and then to school, he’d get the teachers or the bullies fathers to tell them off. Or else, if the fathers of the bullies didn’t rebuke them, he would made sure the teacher did.

These bullies were children who at home didn’t breath an atmosphere of serenity. They were often children of single fathers or of husbands who were kicked out of the house after a marital dispute. If these men were looking for something to eat they had two options: a bento from the only convenience store of the village or going to the Pallet House (being the only restaurant in Pallet Town).

Delia, just like Ash, has the ability to always find the right words to help someone in need, so when these family men decided to eat at the Pallet House, she scolded them: < Children need a mother and a father! Especially a father! You can’t underestimate the importance of a father! A father can’t just be working all the time! He has to spend time at home! 709790>. Delia knew well what she was saying, she had the experience of both her father (Ash’s grandfather) and her husband: both left the family to become Pokémon trainers and never returned.

Thus, the bullies fathers would remain silent and let her talk. In exchange, if you can call it like that, Delia would listen to their problems with their wives.

The mothers in the country, therefore, never complained the fact that their husbands came home late at night saying they were at the Pallet House. On the contrary, they would consider it a relief, because talking with Delia would inspire the fathers o79800f Pallet Town to do their best for the home and their children. This helped to improve the mood of mothers in the town. So, with both parents in a good mood, children would breath a climate of serenity and bullying against Ash ceased. Being no longer picked on, Ash was delighted to be able to focus only on its pranks. He loved to play around and cause mischief. Delia rebuked him when he was causing too many problems, but she never forced him to focus on his studies.

Delia’s wish

Delia has always wanted to convey optimism and serenity to Ash, therefore, also thanks to his strong character, he was never deeply shocked by the absence of his father, however as a child, he used to ask about him to his mom. He wanted to know what kind of person he was and what he was doing. He addressed to her the same questions also about his grandfather. Delia initially replied that they were two very special pokémon trainers. However, when Ash was five years old, she decided to reveal him the truth: though they left to become pokémon trainers, no one has heard anything about them. There is no evidence that they really became trainers.

Whether his father and grandfather were or were not good trainers made no difference in his desire to become a Pokémon trainer. However, if Ash had found out on the internet or when he grew up, it may have come as a shock.5685896

Paradoxically, having the weight of his father and grandfather failures on him was a kind of weird encouragement for Ash: < I’m not going to end up like dad or grandpa! > said Ash to his mother the night before leaving for his trip. But Delia thought, within herself: < If he was anything like his father, he may never be back >.

It was natural that Ash would have ended up dreaming of becoming a Pokémon trainer. Delia herself sometimes muttered: < Your dad and grandpa are out there somewhere trying to become Pokémon Trainers… Must be nice out there.. >

She would say that only occasionaly but, in over ten years, this sentence ended to reach Ash’s ears many times, triggering in him the desire to become a Pokémon trainer.

Delia herself lo48675ved Pokémon and also wanted to become a trainer.

If she didn’t had to take over the Pallet House, being the only child of her family, Delia would have ignored any opposition of her mother and once she became ten she would have left home to become a Pokémon trainer, just like Ash.

The Voltorb shaped alarm clock

The alarm clock shaped like a Voltorb was donated to Ash by Delia for his tenth birthday.69876790

Pokémon themed goods are always a best seller, so you can’t get them in a small village like Pallet Town. Consequently to get that clock, Delia had to leave her busy schedule for three days and go to a department store in the metropolis of Cerulean City, where she waited five hours in line to buy it.

For Delia, that Voltorb clock held more significance than just a birthday present for his son: it was an expression of motherly love for Ash to take on his journey. His birthday was only a suitable opportunity to give it to him.

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Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Ash-Greninja

ita icon_satoshipediaThe Ash Form

Ash GreninjaThe “Ash Form” is a form that only Ash’s Greninja can take. It is a synchronization between Ash and Greninja called “Bond Phenomenom” and appears to have ancient origins.

Bond Phenomenom

The Bond Phenomenon occurs very rarely, when the mutual trust between Pokémon and his trainer reaches very high levels, and the two manage to dominate it.

The Pokémon can use the “Bond Phenomenom” possess a special ability, thanks to which they manage to understand which trainer is able to bring out this hidden power. That’s why Greninja chose only and exclusively Ash as it’s trainer, rejecting anyone else.

The phenomenon occurs when the brain impulses of Ash and Greninja synchronize up to join. At that point the two are related to each other as if they were in one body.

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During the syncronization, Greninja transforms and it becomes similar in appearance to Ash. Their movements are identical and, as revealed by one of Clemont’s689698 gadgets, they share the same heartbeat. Ash can also see through Greninja’s eyes, in fact he describes what he feels during the syncronization as if he “becomes” Greninja.

However, this phenomenon has side effects for Ash, which in fact states that he feels very tired after every syncronization, and every time that 68690Greninja is hit, Ash can feel the pain in the same spots in which his pokémon is hurt. hiohi2

The energy released by the syncronization can also be too violent for Ash, to the point that his body becomes paralized and he faints because of the pain and fatigue. Currently he’s trying to understand how to learn and control this power, by training intensively with Greninja.

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To be able to withstand the power of synchronization, Ash conviced himself that he has to become as similar as possible to Greninja. Due to this he undergoes himself to its same workouts, although with difficulty since, obviously, an human cannot compete phisically with a Pokémon.

After the first training, Ash accepted a battle against Champion Diantha. In this occasion, new traits of the synchronization came out. This time Ash 76472resitsted longer, reaching a “new level”. The brain waves analysis performed by Lem recorded some changes: their intensity became higher and higher. At the same time Ash seemed increasingly “involved” in the fight and started to repeat phrases like “much, much stronger!!! ” or “much, much faster!” very frequently until Greninja jumped out from the water veil that had always surrounded him. Since then, the veil became a big water-shuriken.

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The power reached by Ash and Greninja was so high that floored Diantha’s Gardevoir. At that point, though, Ash seemed almost “crazy” and AshGreninjawhile Lem’s indicator was still recording abnormal brain waves, he ordered Greninja to go on with what turned out to be a ruthless knockout blow for Gardevoir. If Ash hadn’t suddenly collapsed again, he would have defeated champion Diantha’s Pokémon in all probability.

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During the battle against Sawyer (episode XY118) for the first time the synchronization failed. Ash was flooredb by that and initially no one was able to understand why that happened. The only thing that Clemont was able to state is that, during the battle, Ash’s and Greninja’s pulses were completely desynchronized. Following the events of the episode XY120 it is knew that the synchronization is probably not happen because Ash was unconsciously worried due to Sawyer, who has won his last medal before him and has become unexpectedly strong in a short time.

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During the first fight against Wulfric (episode XY 119) Ash managed to synchronize with Greninja. However, he could feel all the hits received by Greninja and this annoyed him.  Fearing another defeat because of a collapse, Ash lost his concentration and ended up suffering from many attack. When Greninja was thrown violently against a wall, Ash was no longer able to bear the pain and collapsed again, causing the defeat of his Pokémon (since they were synchronized).

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Ash feared he had disappointed Greninja, and that night he apologized to him for not being able to bear the hit. If Ash had endured more, Greninja could have unleashed its full power. Therefore, Ash must learn to resist more... But how?

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As usual when he feels sad and discouraged, Ash asks his friends to be left alone. So he walked the Winding Woods in search of an answer.

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(episode XY120) After being scolded by Serena, Ash recovered his optimism, remembering that whatever the difficulties are, he must never give up. This helped him when, a few hours later, he and Greninja saved a Pokémon in danger during a snowstorm. The will to save that Pokémon was so strong that allowed Ash and Greninja to achieve perfect synchronization.

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At that point, Ash apologized again to Greninja: he gave priority to gaining the badge and keeping up with Sawyer, to whom he had promised to immediately win it. During the battle, Ash’s only thought was: “I’m a trainer so I have to do my best and hang on”, but in the forest he understood that this does not necessarily mean succeeding in it alone. He has a precious friend at his side, ready to give him his strength.

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Greninja’s story

Before knowing Ash, Greninja was one of the frokies available at Professor Sycamore’s laboratory for the new trainers. However, compared to the other Pokémon of the same species, Ash’s Froakie was very different. As explained by Gym Leader Olympia, it is a Pokémon with a peculiar destiny. In fact it never played with the other ones in its herd6808, and it spent all its time training so it could become stronger and stronger. However, this was the cause of a fight with the others, and it ended up hurt and being medicated by Nurse Joy. Thanks to her kindness, she managed to teach it that it couldn’t become stronger all on its own: it needed a trainer.

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Froakie, however, didn’t just want any trainer. It was determined to understand which trainer was worth dedicating its life. It expected great things from its trainer, but every time someone chose it, Froakie ended up disappointed and decided to go back to Professor Sycamore’s laboratory. This went on until it meet Ash.709Froakie was very impressed by Ash’s determination, by his courage and by his love for the Pokémon. And so it chose him as its trainer. It is thanks to this special connection between Ash and Greninja that the syncronization can occur.68969

Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Focus: Ash’s House and the history of Pallet Town

ita icon_satoshipediaAsh Ketchum is native of Pallet Town, a little rural village located in the south-west of the Kanto region. It’s inspired by Shimoda Town, an existing city in Japan.

Masara Town

It’s called Pallet Town because of the typical white houses all over the village; however, in the Japanese version, it’s called Masara Village (though in the anime it’s named Masara Town).

Masara Village was named after a legendary hero, called Masara Ookido. He lived in the village about a century before the anime starts. He was showered with honors for being the only trainer in town ranking at the 921st position on the list of the best 10 thousands Pokémon trainers. Because of this, a monument in the central plaza was erected in his honor, and the village’s name was changed from Masshiro Village to Masara Village.

Masara Ookido was Professor Oak’s grandfather (Yukinari Ookido). Talking about Oak’s family, the professor has two older brothers: the middle one is Pallet’s postal office’s Gilbertchief, while the older brother was the mayor at the time of the first series, and in fact he was the one who hired Gary’s cheerleaders.
At the time of the Advanced series the mayor was Gilbert’s father (a character appeared in Pokémon Chronicles).

Ash’s house

Ash lives in one of Pallet’s typical white houses, and it’s very spacious and cozy. It’s on two floors, and on the exterior it’s surrounded by a garden, which in some places was turned into a kitchen garden by Delia, given her passion for gardening.

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Takeshi Shudo in his novels “Pocket Monsters the Animation” hinted that Ash’s house is also the “Pallet House” inn, in which Delia works.

Pallet House is the only restaurant in Pallet Town, and on the second floor it’s also a guest-house. It was run by Delia’s parents33xh1qo.jpg, however she was forced to inherit it when her mother (Ash’s grandmother) died of illness, a little after Ash’s birth.

Delia runs the inn admirably, so much so that her cooking skills were mentioned in the book “Unexplored Regions: The best food in the little villages”.

The restaurant is located on the ground level, supposedly behind the house (communicating, obviously, with the kitchen), in which can be seen the little inn, visible only with a careful observation of some shots.

Regarding the remaining interiors, we know every single corner of the first floor, while on the second floor were shown just two rooms: Ash’s and Delia’s bedrooms. On the other side are located the guest-house’s rooms.

Here there is a detailed map of the ground level of Ash’s house (click on the picture to enlarge it).

If you can’t see very well the images on the map, click on the links corresponding the numbers to view a bigger version of them.

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Ash’s room shown in some official sketches:

Fun fact: In Pallet Town also lives Mrs Masae, a “nice” lady who loves to gossip through her personal radio show!

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Sources:

> Episodes of the Pokémon’s anime

> “Pocket Monsters: the Animation” books (the books are not yet translated in their fullness, so some informations could be subjected to some adjustments or updates until the work is completed)

 

Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Ash Ketchum

We’re sorry for all our eventual grammatical and lexical mistakes. We’re Italian and we’re trying to do our best 🙂

The most reliable and detailed guide about Ash Ketchumita icon_satoshipedia

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Original name: サトシ (Satoshi)
Gender: Male
Birthday: May 22
age in each series
Hair colour: Black
Eye colour: Black, then Brown
Hometown: Pallet Town
Region: Kanto
Profession: Trainer
Relatives: Mother (Delia Ketchum), Father (unknown), Maternal Grandmother (defunct), Maternal Grandfather (missing)
Debut: “Pokémon I Choose You!”
Japanese voice actor: Rica Matsumoto
English voice actors: Veronica Taylor (until episode AG145), Sarah Natochenny (since episode AG146 and on), Kayzie Rogers (The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon)
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Character

Ash Ketchum is the main character of the Pokémon Anime. He is based on Red, the protagonist of the first generation games (Pokémon).  The original name Satoshi means “Wash_ketchum-467isdom” (a quality that Ash has gradually gained throughout the series) and comes directly from the Pokémon creator, Satoshi Tajiri, which, in many interviews, claimed to be reflected in the character. In the games Pokémon Red and Blue, and Pokémon Yellow, Ash is one of the default name which the player can choose. His surname “Ketchum” comes from the slogan “gotta catch ‘em all”, but it is also a real and existing surname. It’s possible that it has been choosen due to the number of movements of the mouth made, in the anime, to pronunce the protagonist ‘s original name, in order to make the dubbing easier since “Satoshi” has two more syllables than “Ash”.

As many others shōnen characters, he would like to achieve a very difficult goal. In this case, Ash wants to become a Pokémon Master. For this reason, he travels around the world challenging Gym Leaders and competing in Pokémon Leagues, similarly to the protagonist of the videogames.

Though being a character with the typical shōnen hero peculiar features, Ash has some specific qualities which highlight an even more articulated personality. In particular it stands out his exceptional ability to comfort and encourage those who need a helping hand, making use of his empathy. This makes him a landmark for most of his fans, so that in the book “The Japanification of Children’s Popular Culture” Ash is cited as an example of cultural identification. Additionally it emphasized the character’s growth and development as the anime series progressed.Ash_growup

Personality

Ash is particularly unselfish, empathetic and kind, but at the same time he also has other peculiar characteristics, like his courage and determination. Ash is indeed extremely stubborn and he never gives up, despite difficulties. His motto is “saigo made akirameru na” (literally: “never give up until it’s over“). As mentioned above, he shows a particular empathy, thanks to which he always manages to find the right words to cheer up those who kiuyhfgyyneed it. Thanks to this particular trait, friends consider him a sort of psychologist in the group, often making use of his own teachings on how to face life and its difficultiesBut when he is having a problem, he prefers to keep everything inside and can become grumpy against anyone who tries to help him. Ash established  a relationship based on trust and mutual respect with his Pokémon: he wants his team to feel part of a big family. Moreover, as explained by Takeshi Shudo, Ash also has super-strong feelings thanks to which nothing can traumatize him, so that he has never been deeply shocked by the absence of his father. In fact this has strengthened his character.

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Physical appearance:

Ash appears as a boy of short stature (165 centimeters) and thin, but at the same time very athletic and vigorous (as a matter of fact, he is known for his great agility).
He is used to wear a red hat on his thick and messy hair, while, as far as his hands are concerned, he wears some fingerless gloves. He prefers to wear jackets with short sleeves and long pants (probably for convenience and practicality while travelling).

History

On the 1st of April, after his 10th birthday, Ash left his hometown Pallet Town, along with three other trainers, including Gary Oak, his rival since childhood.
But that morning he overslept and met Gary, professor Oak’s grandson, from whom he already received his first Pokémon. Once he reached the professor laboratory, Ash found out that all the starters (Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle) had already been taken, so he decided to take an exemplary of Pikachu, the only remaining creature, together with the Pokédex provided by the professor (called Dexter). However, Pikachu hates Poké Balls, which is the reason why it still follows Ash as if it was a “free” Pokémon. Initially, it caused some problems to its trainer by not respecting him, but when Ash risked his life to protect the little Pokémon injured by some Spearow, the two became inseparable friends. AshvsSperaow_1°epAt the end of this adventure, Ash and his Pikachu saw a peculiar Pokémon. During a video-call with professor Oak, Ash realized that it was the legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh, but nobody believed him. He was, in fact, the first to have seen Ho-Oh in the last three centuries.

Since Pikachu is able to generate powerful electrical attacks, it is often the target of Jessie, James and Meowth (members of Team Rocket) plans, that often consist on trying to steal the Pokémon and bringing him to their boss Giovanni. At the beginning, Ash was accompanied by Misty, who followed him to get her bike back, taken by Ash to save Pikachu and destroyed by the Thundershock it used to help Ash. Having to win eight badges in different Gyms to partecipate in the Pokémon League, he fought Brock, the Gym Leader of Pewter City, who joined the team after being defeated. -.jklkj.j,.In the second season of the anime (according to the western numeration), Ash finally participated in the Kanto League, situated in the Indigo Plateau, where he was defeated by his friend Richie and finishing in the top sixteen positions. Subsequently, Ash traveled through the Orange Islands alongside Misty and Tracey Sketchit to win the Orange League. In the episode “Enter The Dragonite” he defeated Drake and obtained the trophy. Ash’s next journey took place in the Johto region, where, once again, he was followed by Misty and Brock. In the Johto League, Ash finally defeats his rival Gary, but is then beaten by Harrison finishing in the first eight positions.

In the Advanced Generation series, Ash had to separate from Misty and Brock, which made him feel very sad. However, Brock came back and joined again Ash and his new friends: May and Max. This time, a more mature and experienced Ash acted as if he was a mentor for the young new trainer, May. In this region Ash had to defeat again 8 Gym Leaders in order to enter the Hoenn League, where he also fought his friend and rival Morrison. Ash finished alongside the eight best trainers.Lunch_Pkmn_AdvNext, he separated from his friends again and came back home. However, he found them right there, in Pallet town, a place in which they decided to set off again for another journey altogether. This time, Ash’s main objective was the Battle Frontier. Ash defeated all the Frontier Brains, gaining the Champion title in the episode “Pace – The Final Frontier!“, during which he managed to win against Baldo. At the end of his second journey through the Kanto region, Ash saw for the first time Gary’s Electivire, experience that lead him to decide to visit the Sinnoh region, where he met again his friend Brock. In Twinleaf Town, the two met Dawn and with her they started a new journey during which Ash not only faced matches in Gyms, but also, with her new friend, joined two Pokémon Contests. During this series Ash, has become an experienced trainer, specialized hfthtrhdxin creating new and spectacular fighting strategies, so much that Dawn developed a great admiration for him. However, more than once Ash has been under pressure because of his new rival, Paul, who is used to train his pokémon with completely different methods from the ones used by Ash. Paul, in order to make his pokémon stronger, doesn’t even worry about them. His methods, for this very reason, are stricts and heedless. After many difficulties, Ash finally managed to defeat Paul in the most spectacular match of his life, arriving at the semifinals of the Sinnoh league but being defeated by Tobias and his legendary Pokémon. However, Ash was the only trainer who managed to defeat not only Tobias’s Darkrai, but even his6789 Latios, this way becoming the moral winner of the Sinnoh league. Once the competion ended, Ash separated from Dawn and Brock. In the end the latter wouldn’t come back to travel with Ash because he decided to study very hard to become a doctor.

From here on, the timeline the Pokémon anime becomes irregular, due to merchandising strategies implemented by the staff. All explanations are provided under the following articles:

The XY series, in fact, sees a return of Ash as we had left him in the Sinnoh region: mature and extraordinarily skilled in Pokémon battles. In a short period of time, Ash has improved a lot his trainer skills and during the XYZ series he  also dis386px-Ash_XYcovers a power that binds him to his Greninja. Thanks to it, Ash reaches a level never seen before and is ranked finalist in the League of Kalos. His travel friends were Clemont, Bonnie and Serena. The latter is in love with Ash after he, as a child, helped her in a forest where she had lost. Upon arrival in Kalos, Serena recognizes Ash seeing him on television and decided to travel with him.

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Family

Ash as a child

The reason for which Ash’s parents are separated is that his father, a person whom information are ignored, abandoned the family a little while later Ash’s birth, leaving a young 19-year old Delia alone. We only know that he is a pokémon trainer (who doesn’t appear in the membership list of the World Pokémon trainers Association) currently travelling in a far land. As for Ash’s maternal grandparents, Delia’s mother died because of a disease, while her father had a behavior very similar to that of her husband: he also left home to become a trainer.

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Ash’s Pokémon

Note: moves marked in dark blue are the ones currently  known or used recently by the Pokémon.

Pokémon series (click on spoiler to view):

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Pikachu ♂ – Type: Electric
Pikachu di Ash
Pikachu is the initial Pokémon of Ash, obtained from Professor Oak in the episode “Pokémon – I Choose You!“.
Moves: Thundershock, Thunderbolt, Thunder, Agility, Double-Edge, Quick Attack, Tail Whip (used sporadically without command, as in the Vermilion Gym), Tackle, Leer (used only in the episode “Hour of the Houndour“), Iron Tail (teached by Ash in the episode “All Things Bright and Beautifly!“), Locomovolt (learned in the episode May’s Egg-Cellent Adventure), Electro Ball (learned in the episode “Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!(Black&White series).
Bulbasaur ♂ – Type: Grass/Poison
Bulbasaur di Ash
Given to Ash in the episode “Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village“.
Moves: Razor Leaf, Vine Whip, Sleep Powder, Take Down, Leech Seed, Solar Beam (learned in the episode “Bulbasaur’s Mysterious Garden“), Whirlwind, Tickle, Dig.

 

Charizard ♂ – Type: Fire/Flying
Charizard di Ash
Evolution of his Charmeleon, which evolved from Charmander. This Pokémon was caught by Ash in the episode “Charmander the Stray Pokémon“. Charizard is training in the Charicific Valley. However, in case of necessity, Ash can ask Liza to use it temporarily.
Moves: Flamethrower, Leer, Ember, Fire Spin, Skull Bash (used only in the episode “Pokémon Scent-sation!“), Seismic Toss (learned after evolving), Tackle, Mega Punch, Submission, Take Down, Rage, Dragon Rage, Dragon Breath, Whirlwind, Overheat (learned in the Charicific Valley), Steel Wing (learned in the Charicific Valley before the episode “Gathering the Gang of Four!), Wing Attack, Slash, Dragon Tail.

 

Kingler – Type: Water
Kingler di Ash
Evolution of Ash’s Krabby, one of his first Pokémon and caught by Ash in the episode “Mystery at the Lighthouse“.
Moves: Crabhammer, Harden, Leer, Bubble, Water Gun, Hyper Beam, Vice Grip, Stomp.

 

Muk – Type: Poison
Muk di Ash
Caught in the episode “Sparks Fly for Magnemite“.
Moves: Body Slam, Poison Gas, Sludge Bomb.

 

Tauros ♂ – Type: Normal
Tauros di Ash
Caught at the Safari Zone in the banned episode “The Legend of Dratini“, together with 29 other Tauros. Indeed, Ash has 30 Tauros.
Moves: Fissure, Take Down, Horn Attack, Double Team (used for the first time in the episode “Second Time’s the Charm!)

 

Snorlax – Type: Normal
Snorlax di Ash
Caught at the Orange Islands, during the episode “Snack Attack“.
Moves: Tackle, Body Slam, Hyper Beam, Ice Punch, Mega Punch, Mega Kick, Protect, Rest, Headbutt.

 

Heracross – Type: Bug/ Fighting
Heracross di Ash
Caught in the episode “A Sappy Ending“.
Moves: Tackle, Take Down, Leer, Fury Attack, Megahorn, Horn Attack, Endure, Sleep Talk (shown in the episode “League Unleashed!), Focus Punch (shown in the episode “League Unleashed!), Hyper Beam (shown in the episode “The Semi-Final Frontier!).

 

Bayleef ♀ – Type: Grass
Bayleef di Ash
Evolution of his Chikorita, a Pokémon healed by Ash, after the struggle with his Charizard in the episode “The Chikorita rescue“.
Moves: Tackle, Razor Leaf, Vine Whip, Sweet Scent (which has been used only in the episode “Gettin’ The Bugs Out”), Body Slam (learned right after evolving into Bayleef), Headbutt (used only in the episode “Playing with Fire!).

 

Quilava – Type: Fire
Quilava di Ash
Evolution of his Cyndaquil, caught in the episode “Good ‘Quil Hunting“.
Moves: Tackle, Flamethrower, Quick Attack, Agility, Smokescreen, Swift, Flame Wheel (shown in the episode “An old Family Blend!), Eruption (learned right after evolving into Quilava in the episode “An old Family Blend!), Aerial Ace (shown in the episode “League Unleashed!).

 

Totodile ♂ – Type: Water
Totodile di Ash
Caught in the episode “The Totodile Duel“.
Moves: Scratch, Water Gun, Bite, Slash (used only in the episode “Just Add Water“), Headbutt, Skull Bash, Scary Face, Leer (used only in the episode “Playing with Fire!), Tail Whip (used only during the second phase of the Silver Conference after the command ” Finish it!”).

 

Noctowl – Type: Normal/Flying
Noctowl di Ash
The only shiny Pokémon caught by Ash, during the episode “Fowl Play!“.
Moves: Tackle, Whirlwind, Peck, Foresight, Hypnosis, Confusion (learned in the episode “From Ghost to Ghost“), Air Slash (shown in the episode “Working on a Right Move!), Sky Attack (shown in the episode “Working on a Right Move!), Extrasensory (shown in the episode “Working on a Right Move!).

 

Donphan – Type: Ground
Donphan di Ash
Evolution of his Phanpy, born from an egg received in the episode “Extreme Pokémon!” and hatched in the episode “Hatching a Plan!“.
Moves: Tackle, Take Down, Rollout, Earthquake, Defense Curl, Hidden Power (used for the first time in the episode “Hooked on Onix), Hyper Beam (learned right after evolving into Donphan in the episode “Reversing the Charges).

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Pokémon Advanced series (click on spoiler to view):

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Swellow – Type: Normal/Flying
Swellow di Ash
Evolution of his Taillow, caught in the episode “You Never Can Taillow“.
Moves: Quick Attack, Wing Attack, Double Team (learned right after evolving into Swellow in the episode “Solid as a Solrock), Aerial Ace (taught by Ash in the episode “Lessons in Lilycove!).

 

Sceptile ♂ – Type: Grass
Sceptile di Ash
Evolution of his Grovyle, which evolved from Treecko, caught in the episode “Tree’s a Crowd“.
Moves: Quick Attack, Pound, Slam, Agility, Bullet Seed (taught by ash during the episode What You Seed is What You Get), Leaf Blade (learned right after evolving into Grovyle in the episode “Exploud and Clear!), Solar Beam (learned during the match with Spenser), Verdebufera (shown in the episode The Semi-Final Frontier!).

 

Corphish – Type: Water
Corphish di Ash
Caught in the episode “Gone Corphishin’“.
Moves: Crabhammer, Bubble Beam, Bubble, Harden, Vice Grip, Dig.

 

Torkoal – Type: Fire
Torkoal di Ash
Caught in the Valley of Steel, during the episode “All Torkoal, No Play“.
Moves: Flamethrower, Overheat, Iron Defense, Body Slam, Heat Wave (learned before the episode “Overjoyed!).

 

Glalie – Type: Ice
Glalie di Ash
Evolution of his Snorunt, caught in the episode “Let it snow, let it snow, let it Snorunt!
Moves: Ice Beam, Ice Windy, Powder Snow, Double Team, Headbutt.

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Pokémon Diamond&Pearl series (click on spoiler to view):

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Staraptor ♂ – Type: Normal/Flying
Staraptor di Ash
Evolution of his Staravia, which evolved from Starly, caught in the episode “Two Degrees of Separation!“.

Moves: Wing Attack, Quick Attack, Gust, Aerial Ace (learned right after evolving into Staravia in the episode “A Staravia is Born!), Brave Bird (taught by Ash in the episode “Crossing the Battle Line!), Close Combat (learned right after evolving into Staraptor in the episode “Pursuing a Lofty Goal!).

 

Torterra – Type: Grass/Ground
Torterra di Ash
Evolution of his Grotle, which evolved from Turtwig, caught in the episode “Gettin’ Twiggy With It!“.
Moves: Tackle, Razor Leaf, Synthesis, Bite, Energy Ball (taught by Ash in the episode “Tanks for the Memories!), Rock Climb (learned in the episode “The lonely Snover), Leaf Storm (learned right after evolving into Torterra in the episode “The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!).

 

Infernape – Type: Fire/Fighting
Infernape di Ash
Evolution of his Monferno, which evolved from Chimchar. This Pokémon, has been abandoned by its previous trainer, Paul. So, Ash decided to ask it to join his team in the episode “Smells Like Team Spirit!“.
Moves: Flame Wheel, Ember, Dig, Fire Spin, Scratch, Flamethrower, Mach Punch (learned right after evolving into Monferno in the episode “Evolving Strategies!), Flare Blitz (learned in the episode “Working on a Right Move!).

 

Buizel ♂ – Type: Water
Buizel di Ash
Previously owned by Dawn. Ash recevied it from her with a trade thanks to which Dawn obtained Ash’s Aipom, in the episode “Throwing the Track Switch
Moves: Water Gun, Aqua Jet, Sonic Boom, Water Pulse (used for the first time in the Veilstone Gym), Ice Punch (taught by Ash in the episode “Short and To the Punch!).

 

Gliscor – Type: Ground/Flying
Gliscor di Ash
Evolution of his Gligar, caught in the episode “Riding the Winds of Change!“.
Moves: Sand-Attack, X-Scissor, Steel Wing, Screech, Fire Fang (learned in the episode “A Breed Stampede!), Giga Impact (learned in the episode “Mastering Current Events!), Stone Edge (shown in the episode “A Real Rival Rouser!).

 

Gible ♂ – Type: Dragon/Ground
Gible di Ash
Caught in the episode “Gotta Get a Gible!“.
Moves: Dig, Draco Meteor, Dragon Pulse, Rock Smash.

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Pokémon XY/Z series (click on spoiler to view):

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Greninja ♂ – Type: Water/Dark
Greninja di Ash
Evolution of his Frogadier, which evolved from Froakie, caught by Ash during the episode “Lumiose City Pursuit!“.
Moves: Water Pulse, Bubble, Pound, Double Team (learned in the episode “A Rush of Ninja Wisdom!), Cut (learned during the episode “Forging Forest Friendships!), Aerial Ace (learned after evolving into Frogadier), Water Shuriken (learned right after evolving into Greninja).
Check also: Ash GreninjaAsh Greninja

 

Talonflame – Type: Fire/Flying
Talonflame di Ash
Evolution of his Fletchinder, which evolved from Fletchling, caught by Ash during the episode “A Battle of Aerial Mobility!

Moves: Double Team, Peck, Razord Wind, Steel Wing, Nitro Charge (learned after evolving into Fletchinder), Brave Bird (learned after evolving into Talonflame).

 

Hawlucha – Type: Fighting/Flying
Hawlucha di Ash
Caught by Ash during the episode “The Forest Champion!“.
Moves: Karate Chop, High Jump Kick, Flying Press, X-Scissor (used for the first in the Laverre Gym).

 

Noivern ♂ – Type: Flying/Dragon
Evolution of his Noibat, hatched from an egg found by Ash’s Hawlucha during the episode “A Not-So-Flying Start!“.
Moves: Supersonic, Tackle (learned during the episode “Terminus Cave! The Mystery of Z is Set in Motion!!”), Acrobatics (learned during the episode “Onbat and Flaette! An Encounter in the Wind!!“), Boomburst (learned during the episode “Thunder and Onvern! The Lightning of Anger!!“), Dragon Claw
(learned during the episode “Rival Showdown! Satoshi VS Shōta!!”).

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In training (click on spoiler to view):

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Primeape – Type: Fighting
Primeape di Ash
Caught by Ash, after that his pre-evolution (Mankey) had stolen the boy’s hat, in the episode “Primeape Goes Bananas. Next, he donates it to a fighting type Pokémon trainer, Antony, in the episode “The Punchy Pokémon“.
Moves: Trash, Scratch, Mega Kick, Seismic Toss.

 

Squirtle – Type: Water
Squirtle di Ash
Joined Ash in the episode “Here Comes the Squirtle Squad“. It works in a firefighters team formed by different Squirtle and their evolutions.
Moves: Water Gun, Bubble Beam, Withdraw, Skull Bash, Hydro Pump (learned in the episode “Misty Meets Her Match), Rapid Spin (learned along with the Squirtle squad), Bubble.

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Released (click on spoiler to view):

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Butterfree ♂ – Type: Bug/Flying
Butterfree di Ash
Evolution of his Metapod, which evolved from Caterpie, caught in the episode “Ash Catches a Pokémonl. Released in the episode “Bye Bye Butterfree because it fell in love with another Butterfree.
Moves: String Shot, Tackle, Harden, Sleep Powder, Whirlwind, Stun Spore, Double-Edge.

 

Pidgeot – Type: Normal/Flying
Pidgeot di Ash
Evolution of his Pidgeotto, caught in the episode “Ash catches a Pokémon“. Released in the episode “Pallet Party Panic” to protect a group of Pidgey and Pidgeotto from the attacks of a Fearow, the evolution of the same Spearow which attacked Ash and Pikachu at the beginning of the first series.
Moves: Gust, Quick Attack, Sand Attack, Whirlwind, Wind Attack, Double-Edge.

 

Lapras – Type: Water/Ice
Lapras di Ash
Saved by Ash when it was young in “The Lost Lapras, used as a ferry in the Orange Islands, released once it found its family at the end of the journey, in the episode “Viva Las Lapras“.
Moves: Ice Beam, Water Gun.
Goodra – Type: Dragon

Goodra di AshEvolution of his Sliggoo, which evolved from Goomy, caught in the episode “A Slippery Encounter!“. Ash helped it to become stronger, so that it could protect its friends. It returned to live with them in the episode “Beyond the Rainbow!“.Moves: Rain Dance, Bide, Dragon Breath, Dragon Pulse, Ice Beam.

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Traded away (click on spoiler to view):

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Raticate – Type: Normal
Raticate di Ash
Ash received it from a trade on the St. Anne, in the episode “Battle Aboard the St. Anne“, for his Butterfree. However he later traded it away in order to get his Butterfree back.
Moves: Jump Kick, Super Fang, Hyper Fang.

 

Aipom ♀ – Type: Normal
Aipom di Ash
Caught at the end of the Kanto Gran Festival, in the episode “Channeling the Battle Zone!, subsequently traded with Lucinda in the episode “Throwing the Track Switchbecause it preferred Pokémon Contests to Gym battles.
Moves: (when traded): Scratch, Swift, Focus Punch, Double Team.

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Given away (click on spoiler to view):

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Beedrill – Type: Bug/Poison
Beedrill di Ash
Caught by Ash and given to Casey in the episode “The Bug Stops Here“.
Moves: Twineedle.

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Unofficial (click on spoiler to view):

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Haunter – Type: Ghost/Poison
Haunter di Ash
Caught by Ash in Lavender Town during the episode “The Tower of Terror and given to the Gym Leader Sabrina in “Haunter versus Kadabra“.
Moves: Lick.

 

Larvitar – Type: Rock/Ground
Larvitar di Ash
Born from an egg given to Ash by Professor Elm in the episode “Lapras of Luxury“. Ash finds its mother and gives her the Pokémon in the episode “Mother of Alls Battles“.
Moves: Screech, Hidden Power, Harden, Bite, Strength.

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Obtained Badges:

Kanto League
Medaglie Ash_Indigo
  • Boulder Badge (Episode “Showdown in Pewter City)
  • Cascade Badge (Episode “The Water Flowers of Cerulean Cityl)
  • Thunder Badge (Episode “Electric Shock Showdown“)
  • Marsh Badge (Episode “Haunter versus Kadabra“)
  • Rainbow Badge (Episode “Pokémon Scent-sation!“)
  • Soul Badge (Episode “The Ninja Poké-Showdown“)
  • Volcano Badge (Episode “Volcanic Panic“)
  • Earth Badge (Episode: “The Battle of the Badge“)

 

Orange League
Medaglie Ash_Orange
  • Coral-Eye Badge (Episode “Fit to be Tide
  • Sea Ruby Badge (Episode “Navel Maneuvers“)
  • Spike Shell Badge (Episode “Misty Meets Her Match“)
  • Jade Star Badge (Episode “Pokémon Double Trouble“)

 

Johto League
Medaglie Ash_Johto
  • Zephyr Badge (Episode “Fighting Flyer with Fire“)
  • Hive Badge (Episode “Gettin’ The Bugs Out“)
  • Plain Badge (Episode “Dairy Tale Ending“)
  • Fog Badge (Episode “From Ghost to Ghost“)
  • Storm Badge (Episode “Machoke, Machoke Man!“)
  • Mineral Badge (Episode “Nerves of Steelix!“)
  • Glacier Badge (Episode “Nice Pryce, Baby!“)
  • Rising Badge (Episode “Better Eight Than Never“)

 

Hoenn League
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  • Stone Badge (Episode “The Winner By a Nosepass!“)
  • Knuckle Badge (Episode “Just One of the Geysers“)
  • Dynamo Badge (Episode “Watt’s with Wattson?“)
  • Heat Badge (Episode “Going, Going, Yawn!“)
  • Balance Badge (Episode “Balance of Power“)
  • Feather Badge (Episode “Sky High Gym Battle!“)
  • Mind Badge (Episode “Solid as a Solrock“)
  • Rain Badge (Episode “Eight Ain’t Enough!“)

 

Battle Frontier
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  • Knowledge Symbol (Episode “The Symbol Life“)
  • Guts Symbol (Episode “Wheel… of Frontiera!“)
  • Tactics Symbol (Episode “Tactics Theatrics!!“)
  • Luck Symbol (Episode “Queen of the Serpentine!“)
  • Spirit Symbol (Episode “Ka Boom with a View!“)
  • Ability Symbol (Episode “Second Time’s the Charm!“)
  • Brave Symbol (Episode: “Pace – The Final Frontier!“)

 

Sinnoh League
Medaglie_Ash_Sinnoh
  • Coal Badge (Episode “O’er the Rampardos we Watched!“)
  • Forest Badge (Episode “The Grass Menagerie!“)
  • Cobble Badge (Episode “A Triple Fighting Chance!“)
  • Fen Badge (Episode “A Crasher Course in Power!“)
  • Relic Badge (Episode “Shield with a Twist!
  • Mine Badge (Episode “Dealing With Defensive Types!
  • Icicle Badge (Episode “Sliding Into Seventh!“)
  • Beacon Badge (Episode “The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!“)

 

Kalos League
Medaglia Iceberg
  • Bug Badge (Episode “Battling on Thin Ice!“)
  • Cliff Badge (Episode “Climbing the Walls!!“)
  • Rumble Badge (Episode “Showdown at the Shalour Gym!“)
  • Plant Badge (Episode “The Green, Green Grass Types of Home!“)
  • Voltage Badge (Episode “The Moment of Lumiose Truth!“)
  • Fairy Badge (Episode “Fairy-Type Trickery!“)
  • Psychic Badge (Episode “All Eyes on the Future!“)
  • Iceberg Badge (Episode “A Real Icebreaker!

 

Pokémon League ranking

  • Indigo Plateau Conference (Top 16)
  • Silver Conference (Top 8)
  • Ever Grande Conference (Top 8)
  • Lily of the Valley Conference (Top 4)
  • Lumiose Conference (Runner-Up)

Won titles
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Ash’s Others classifications

The real Ash Ketchum

Masafumi Mima, sound director of Pokémon Anime, made it clear that the new Sun&Moon series is not a continuation of XYZ and that the protagonists are new versions of Ash and Pikachu. It is a merchandising strategy which, of course, also applies to Black&White series.

We, the staff of Satoshipedia, are very keen to Ash and can’t stand the idea that he is treated like a puppet because of commercial strategies. Which is why we only deal with the TRUE Ash Ketchum and we would like to point out that both of the Black&White and the Sun&Moon versions of Ash, are only ALTERNATIVE and noncanonical versions of Ash!

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Pokémon, badges and rankings in the Black & White series (Spoiler click to view)

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Unfezant ♀ – Type: Normal/Flying
Unfezant di Ash
Evolution of his Tranquill, which evolved from Pidove, caught in the episode “Enter Iris and Axew!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Quick Attack, Air Cutter, Wing Attack, Aerial Ace (learned right after evolving into Unfezant).

 

Oshawott ♂ – Type: Water
Oshawott di Ash
Caught in the episode “A Sandile Gusher of Change!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Water Gun, Tackle, Razor Shell, Aqua Jet (learned in the episode “Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!), Hydro Pump (learned in the episode “Expedition to Onix Island!).

 

Pignite ♂ – Type: Fire/Fighting
Pignite di Ash
Evolution of his Tepig, caught in the episode “The Battle Club and Tepig’s Choice!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Ember, Tackle, Flame Charge (learned in the episode “Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!), Flamethrower (learned in the episode “Battle For The Underground), Fire Pledge (learned right after evolving into Pignite), Brick Break.

 

Snivy ♀ – Type: Grass
Snivy di Ash
Caught in the episode “Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Vine Whip, Attract, Leaf Storm, Leaf Blade.

 

Scraggy ♂ – Type: Dark/Fighting
Scraggy di Ash
Obtained when being only an egg in the episode “Here Comes the Trubbish Squad!” and then hatched in the episode “Scraggy—Hatched to be Wild!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Leer, Headbutt, High Jump Kick (learned in the episode “Meowth’s Scrafty Tactics!), Focus Blast (learned in the episode “The Clubsplosion Begins!).

 

Leavanny ♂ – Type: Bug/Grass
Leavanny di Ash
Evolution of his Swadloon, which evolved from Sewaddle, caught in the episode “Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!” (Black&White series).
Moves: String Shot, Razor Leaf, Bug Bite, Tackle, Energy Ball (learned right after evolving into Swadloon in the episode “Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!), X-Scissor.

 

Palpitoad ♂ – Type: Water/Ground
Palpitoad di Ash
Caught in the episode “Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Hydro Pump, Mud Shot, Supersonic, Sludge Wave.

 

Boldore – Type: Rock
Boldore di Ash
Evolution of his Roggenrola, caught in the episode “Gotta Catch A Roggenrola!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Sandstorm, Stone Edge, Flash Cannon, Rock Blast (learned after evolving into Boldore), Rock Smash (learned after evolving into Boldore).

 

Krookodile ♂ – Type: Ground/Dark
Krookodile di Ash
Evolution of his Sandile with sunglasses appeared in the episode “A Sandile Gusher of Change!“. Evolved into Krokorok in “Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!. The Pokémon is captured by Ash in the episode “Battling the Bully!. Later it evolves into Krookodile. (Black&White series).
Moves: Dig, Bite, Stone Edge, Crunch, Dragon Claw (learned right after evolving into Krookodile), Aerial Ace.

 

Unova League
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  • Trio Badge (Dreams by the Yard Full!)
  • Basic Badge (Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!)
  • Insect Badge (Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!)
  • Bolt Badge (Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!)
  • Quake Badge (Battling the King of the Mines!)
  • Jet Badge (An Amazing Aerial Battle!)
  • Freeze Badge (Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!)
  • Toxic Badge (Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 2)

 Unova League ranking: Top 8

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Despite its multiple contradictions, the Black&White series is in between two of the series which show a plot progression (DP and XY/XYZ). This is the reason why we still keep into consideration the timeline of the Black&White series.

Trivia

  • The initial project for Ash’s hat, in the original series, was similar to that of Red (in the first generation). Subsequently, it was modified until its final design.tumblr_m2lzafGJzz1qh3ipho1_1280
  • When the english voice actor Veronica Taylor was interviewed in the documentary “Adventures in Voice Acting”, she revealed that, during the period of Ash’s voice auditions, the protagonist was known as Casey.
  • Rica Matsumoto (his japanese voice actor), during an interview said: “Satoshi always comes up with funny phrases, like pajama wa jama (japanese pun that more or less means ‘pajamas are a threat’) or jokes. This is what drew me to him as a character”.
  • Just as said by Rica Matsumoto, Ash is also known for his jokes with puns (it is famous, in the american dub, the phrase “I’m an apple for a day and I need a doctor right away“). Especially when he mutters, he often comes up with funny-sarcastic phrases.vlcsnap-error023
  • Ash loves apples. Among his favorite food we also find: fried chicken, spaghetti and custard as dessert. Ash eats everything and he also likes every kinds of vegetables. It seems that the only thing he doesn’t appreciate is the type of hazelnut which grows on Grotle.
  • In the episode “Up Close and Personable!” it is shown that Ash is good at drawing.
  • Ash is particularly good at climbing, also because he used to do it often as a child, playing on his own (as he mentioned in the episode “The Screen Actor’s Guilt“).
  • As seen in some episodes, Ash seems interested in catching a Dunsparce.68698
  • Ash is not by any mean tech-savvy.
  • The marking pen that Jigglypuff always kept with it actually belonged to Ash. The Pokémon had stolen it from his backpack.
  • Ash is really good at Physics: during battles (and in other situation too) he always creates tactics based on levers, calculation of forces, forces and accelerations, combination of natural elements, ecc.
  • The Master Ball-shaped ball, recurrently seen in the anime, belongs to Ash.
  • Ash has the same aura of Lucario and is the so-called “Aura Guardian“, however, at the moment, he is not interested in developing this particular ability.
  • Ash doesn’t like wearing pajamas, in fact, as a child, he often went sleeping without changing, making his mother angry.

Other Ash’s preparatory sketches:

Sources and external links:

  • EPISODES OF THE POKEMON ANIME
  • Takeshi Shudo books (it contains links to sources too)
  • “Pokémon Mania” Magazine (fun fact about Rica Matsumoto)
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Pocket Monsters: the animation – the secrets of Pokémon anime!

ita icon_satoshipediaTakeshi Shudo, creator of the Pokémon anime, published  in 1997 and in 1999 two books in which he revealed some of the greatest secrets of the Pokémon anime. These secrets hide many details about the characters of the animated series and also clarify several inconsistencies in the episodes.

Note: The informations that Shudo reported in these books are not another version of the anime, but informations that, for various reasons, Shudo could not explain in the episodes

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Unfortunately, being them “old books” and being available only in Japanese language, it is extremely difficult to find the full translations. However, after a thorough search on the internet, I managed to find some kind of comprehensive summary of the most important information.

Let’s start from the prologue:

It happened one night.
In the darkness, a small light was glowing.
Pop …
There was a little noise, like an explosion in the air.
Then, a creature is born.

Meanwhile, elsewhere …
Pop …
Pop …
Pop …

Those creatures are born, one after the other.
All these creatures were of different sizes and shapes.
Some of these were like some we know.
But in fact, were completely different from any other
creature that ever existed in the world.

Like humans, who after a long time of evolution, became different from any species of monkey.
Each species in the world descends from creatures that already existed. But these creatures were different …

Suddenly, one evening …
Pop …
Pop …
Pop …

They appear as they are, in ways we can not recognize in our reference books.
Then people called these creatures “Pocket Monsters”.
Why are Pocket Monsters in our world? Trying to explain this mystery is as difficult as explaining the mystery of human evolution.

– “Introduction to the Pokémon study.
by Yukinari Ookido (Samuel Oak)
Pokémon study Professor (Celadon University).

This prologue is an important information, because somehow it solves the first of many great Pokéfans’ questions:
“Where do Pokémon come from?”
After the preface, there are some infos about Ash.

The book also explains that, according to legend, God created the world in a week. The 7th day he “sketched” some extra animals: the Pokémon. They are then born on a day of celebration” and are not intended nor to be dominated by humans, nor to dominate humans.

In the 18th century, zoology became a professional scientific discipline but there were some mysterious creatures that you could not classify, as the dragons and sirens. Then, the French count Tajiri (surely inspired by Satoshi Tajiri, the creator of Pokémon ) has discovered and studied the pokémon to try to give an answer to everything.

ASH’S HISTORY

After the peface, it talks about the history of Ash, his childhood, his father and how Delia approached her motherhood despite the absence of her husband.

Here are the salient information:

> Delia manages the “Pallet House” inn

> Ash’s father is a Pokémon Trainer currently traveling in a faraway land. Delia knew him at the Pallet House, when she was 18. The two fell in love and their relationship became rapidly stronger, so that within the same year they got married. Hovever, soon after Ash’s birth, he left Pallet Town and never returned. Delia was only 19 years old. In the following years after her husband’s disappearance, several men asked her hand in marriage, but she refused them all, because she never wanted to divorce from Ash’s father.

> Ash’s maternal grandmother has died shortly after his birth, because of an illness. His maternal grandfather abandoned the family to become a Pokémon trainer and never returned.

> Around three years of age Ash starts to become very ribellious. In fact, as a child he loved playing around and cause mischief.

> Ash had problems with bullying at maternal and primary school. Hovever, when he got annoyed by someone, he’d get the teachers or the bully’s father to tell them off. If the bully’s father wouldn’t do so, he’d make sure at least the teacher did.

> Delia gave Ash the Voltorb’s alarm clock for his 10th birthday

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All details are available at the following links:

> Delia Ketchum: the Super Mom

> Ash’s Family

> Ash’s Childhood

> In-depth analysis about Ash’s father

EDUCATION IN THE POKEMON WORLD

In the Pokemon World, compulsory education ends at age 10. After their 10th birthday, children are considered as adults.
The following April (after turning 10), Pokémon trainers can choose to continue with secondary school or focus on something else, such as Pokémon training, starting a career or even getting married! Most of the males in the Pokémon World try to be a Pokemon trainer, and of course, most of them utterly fail hard. Then they just become incompetent adults.

This is why both Ash’s father and grandfather left for a trip and is also why most of the workers are female.

THE TRUTH ABOUT ASH’S AGE

This is the book in which Takeshi Shudo revealed that Ash, on the day of his departure was exactly 10 years, 10 months and 10 days old.

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As mentioned in the previous paragraph, Pokémon trainers left on April after their tenth birthday, so here we see clearly the inconsistency in the first episode of the animated series in which it’s said that “Ash was leaving because he has just turned 10”.
But at the same time, Gary and other two trainers left. Was it everyone’s birthday, perhaps? Obviously, the answer is “NO!”.

The writers have made a mistake.

But that’s not all. Since Ash’s Journey started on April 1st, going 10 years, 10 months and 10 days back, it is possible to determine the date of his birth: May 22nd. So, on April 1st, Ash was almost 11.

During the 9th episode of the animated series it was made ​​clear that two months have passed since Ash’s departure. Here’s the confirmation that he has been 10 years old only in the first 6-7 episodes of the animated series.

ASH’S VICTORY POSES

Before his departure, Ash has spent 10 days trying to find his characteristic pose of victory (that always accompanies his “Getto Daze”). Here’s a small image, taken from the book, of his various attempts :)

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PALLET TOWN (MASARA VILLAGE)

Masara Village is a small rural town, there are not many free occupations. Because of that, generally, children who pass the age of 10 tend to become Pokémon trainers. Unfortunately, the trainers of Masara Village always end up in the last positions of the top 10 thousand Pokémon trainer (monthly published ranking).

THE LEGENDARY TRAINER OF MASARA VILLAGE

100 years ago, Masara Village was called  Masshiro Village. There lived an extraordinary Pokémon trainer, named Ookido Masara. He stood at position 921 in the TOP 10 thousand trainers, highest position ever achieved by a resident of the city.

Ookido Masara was honored as a hero by the people, so they renamed the city “Masara Village”.

OAK’S FAMILY

The Japanese name of Professor Samuel Oak is Yukinari Ookido. In fact, prof. Oak is Masara Ookido’s grandson. Samuel has two older brothers, the eldest of whom is the mayor of the city (first series), while the middle brother is the Head of the Post Office. Gary’s cheerleaders were hired right from the mayor, the boy’s great-uncle.

About Gary, he and Ash have not attended the same elementary school. Being a member of the family Oak, Gary decided to attend an elementary school in the nearby town. Since he’s member of the Oak family, he didn’t want to attend the small primary school of Pallet Town. Every day he had a two hour journey to get to and from school.

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STUDIES OF PROF. OAK AND HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH ASH AND DELIA

Samuel Oak published (at the age of 20) a theory about Pokémon titled: “Pokémon are different from other creatures of this world”. It was precisely this thesis that led him to success in the study of Pokémon. At the age of 25, he received an award for the results of his research and was promoted to the rank of Professor Emeritus of the Department of the City University Tamamushi (Japanese name of Celadon City).

When he was 30, without publishing any academic paper, he returned to his hometown (Masara) and he opened a small laboratory for unknown reasons. There are rumors about a girl trainer that he supervised, who broke his heart.

Initially, Ash didn’t know much prof. Oak, he had only seen him a few times, at night, in the mother’s inn (Ash must have been sleeping, he probably didn’t have chance to talk with the professor). Oak always orders precooked Chazuke, Furikake and Curry.  He eats in silence while reading a book. This seemes very strange to Delia, because those were foods that could be bought at any grocer’s.

NICKNAMES ASH INVENTED FOR HIS POKÉMON

When Ash received Pikachu, Professor Oak instructed him to give a nickname to the Pokémon. The boy, however, had not planned to begin his journey with Pikachu, so he thought of nicknames only for BulbasaurCharmander and Squirtle, respectively: DanesukeKagetarou and Zenibou. So, Ash improvised nicknames such as: PikabouPikasukePikatarouPikaoPikataPikazaemonPikanosukePikabee… but Pikachu liked none of them, so Ash decided not to give him a nickname. After that, Oak informed the boy that some Pokémon hate humans also because they choose names for them and treat them as pets.

IMPORTANT MESSAGES FROM THE POKÉMON ANIME

Shudo, in these books, also explained that the “Pokémon Anime” hides some very important messages.
For example, there is a very specific reason for which many main characters of the anime didn’t have a father, or at least have a problem with him: “Children who do not have a model of a father grow up thanks to a trip”. Another important message relates to Brock, explains why he never succeeds in winning the heart of any girl:

Brock falls in love with every girl he sees, because he unconsciously wants to give a new mother to his brothers. He wants to replace, in some way, the mother figure that hasn’t been present in the past. However, because of this, Brock will never get to the heart of any girl, until he changes his way of seeing “love”.

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As for Brock, Shudo also told the story of his family.

Brock’s mother, in fact, married and divorced several times because she had problems with the Pewter Gym. Brock’s father left home because he wanted to become a Pokémon trainer and the woman tried to manage herself the gym, task that, however, wasn’t easy at all.

There were strict rules, such as the one for which after 3 consecutive defeats, the Gym Leader is exonerated from his role.
For this, many times, challengers were corrupted by the gym leaders. Moreover, the costs were high and the government’s support was not enough. She remarried several times, but all her husbands ended up running away, unable to bear this responsibility. Brock’s brothers are actually the children of all these husbands.

When Brock got his license of gym leader, the mother ran away from home leaving a letter: “I had too many successors (perhaps intended as sons). Since my duty was done, from now on I want to enjoy my life”. Unfortunately, the real Brock’s father didn’t came back and the boy was forced to give up his dream of going on a trip because of his family, although the brothers encouraged him to leave home because they felt guilty for him.

Click here to read a piece of the chapter in which it is spoken of Brock.
In this link there are written the first few pages of a diary by the same Brock once he started his journey.

SOMETHING ABOUT MISTY’S FAMILY

 One of the many chapters of the book also speak about Misty. In particular, we find that her parents have left, leaving the gym in the hands of the daughters.
As for Misty’s sisters, Shudo also clarifies why each one have a different color of hair: in fact they are wearing wigs, because of their shows. Their natural hair are blacks.
In this chapter, Shudo also confirmed that Misty is the same age as Ash.

 

THE TEAM ROCKET TRIO

Jesse, James and Meowth were much appreciated by Shudo. Indeed, for the Advanced series, he finds himself having to choose whether to delete them or Misty from the protagonists of the anime. Shudo chose Misty, because he believed that the Rocket Trio was irreplaceable.

Of course Shudo dedicated fragments of the book to the Rocket Trio too , in fact in THIS LINK you can read the translation of an interesting paragraph about Jessie, in which she describes her first mission as a member of Team Rocket.

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In addition, here are a couple of trivia about Trio Rocket from the book:

– Jessie and James actually used the name of Miyamoto and Sasaki when staying in a hotel for recuperation (disguising themselves as a couple and Nyarth as their kid, putting bandage around their whole body) The hotel owner thinks that it’s weird that they are married but have different surnames. The book doesn’t confirm that they are their real surnames or not.

– Musashi and Kojiro hold a record in Team Rocket (eating one year old moldy fried rice and being okay)

OTHER SCAN OF THE BOOKS

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Finally, here is a list of all the chapters of books.

-Vol. 1 旅立ち – Departure –

Prologue
Chapter 1 旅立ちは、パジャマのままで。 – Setting Off In Pajamas.
Chapter 2 しびれる出会いはピカチュウと – A Shocking Meeting with Pikachu
Chapter 3 旅立ちの日はオニスズメ – Spearow on Departure Day
Chapter 4 ニャース・アタック – Meowth Attack
Chapter 5 森を抜けて – Escape the Forest
Chapter 6 バタフリー飛んだ! – Butterfree Took Flight!

– Vol. 2 仲間 – Companions –

Prologue
Chapter 1 ニビシティのイワーク – Onix of Nibi City
Chapter 2 ゲット・グレーバッジ – Get the Boulder Badge
Chapter 3 ハナダシティの四姉妹 – The Four Sisters of Hanada City
Chapter 4 クチバジムの対決 – Showdown at Kuchiba Gym
付録 – Appendix

 

At the moment this is all the information I could find, if I find more I will update the item immediately :)

Here are the links to the sources from which my work derives and to the translated the article:

– Some chapters in original language and English

Curiosity transcribed by a blogger who has read the books

Translation of novels

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“Pokemon: The Animation” – Official information about Ash’s father

ita icon_satoshipediaTakeshi Shudo, creator of the Pokémon anime, published in 1997 and in 1999 two books titled Pocket Monsters: The Animation Volume 1 and 2, in which he revealed some of the greatest mysteries of the Pokemon series.

CLICK HERE for more information about these books!

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This is the chapter in which there are official information about Ash’s father:

“I can’t sleep.” Ash said.
Delia answered, with striking Ash’s pillow:
“Sure, I can understand your feeling. All 10 and over years old kids in this town aim to be a Pokémon trainer. Your dad, your grandpa…and you…”
When she mentioned his father and his grandpa, Ash’s pillow was became a punching bag.

“Dad and grandpa…”
A memory of when he was 5 flashed in Satoshi’s mind.

****

It was the day when a PC was given to him for the first time.
Delia said, while staring at the brand-new PC:
“Hey, my son. I must say to you: your father and grandpa are great Pokémon trainers. Aren’t they?”
Ash was sure about this.

“Hey mom, tell me! What is my dad like? What sort of a man is my grandpa?”
When little Ash asked, she always gave the same answer.
“Your dad and grandpa are surreal trainers who surpass the hero Ookido Masara, probably.”

“Surreal?” It wasn’t a familiar word for him.

“Fantastic, over-realistic”

“They are superior men, you meant.”

“It’s something like that.”

But the day when the PC was delivered, superior dad and grandpa transformed into different persons. This is how it happened…
Delia got closer to the little Ash.
“Sorry, dear. I told you a falsehood.” Delia said to Ash with his mouth wide open.

“Falsehood.”

“Surrealistic trainers. Surrealistic is super-realistic, super-realistic means to stand aloof from the reality… in other words, it’s a nonsense. Give me a break!”

A break should have been given to Ash more than her.

Then, Delia asked:

“Ash, when you begin to use a PC, you get into on-line communication, don’t you?”

“Yeah” Ash nodded.

“Then, you access to Pokémon-related web pages, and maybe you want to know more about your dad and grandpa.”

“Yeah, sure.”

“But perhaps you won’t be able to know it. ”

“Why? ”

“‘Cause I told a pack of lies…”

“Eh?”

“It’s not a lie that your dad and grandpa aimed to be Pokémon trainers…it’s a fact…they are away on a journey, it’s an obvious fact, too.”

“Well.”

“But they became full-fledged trainers…”

“Well?”

“It is a lie, probably.”

“A lie?”

“You have never seen the report your dad and grandpa were elected to the ten thousand best trainers in a magazine or a journal, haven’t you?”

“Yeah, I’ve never seen it.”

“But it’s also true that only the Pokémon League participant of this year are listed in the top 10k trainers.  Great Pokémon Masters have nothing to do with the Pokémon League. Many great trainers are not in that ranking.”

“Hum…”

“But if you check on the Internet you may find what you look for.”

“Internet?”

“Yeah, you can get easily on the membership list of the World Pokemon trainers Association…. all official trainers are on the list I’ve heard that there are billions of names including the deceased trainers…”

“The membership list? That’s the first time I hear of it.”
“You can get it. Then you can search easily for your dad and grandpa’s names by PC even if there are billions of official trainers. So you’ll discover you can’t find the names of your dad and grandpa.”

“Why?”

“Your dad and grandpa aren’t authorized yet. In other words, they aren’t official trainers yet.”

“…”

A long silence hung between Delia and Ash for some time.
“What are they doing now? Dad and grandpa?” Ash asked.
Delia shrugged her shoulders.
“I don’t knoooow. Even if they are aiming to be trainers… their names aren’t on the list… it’s so fruitless…”
“It’s so fruitless…”
Ash repeated Delia words.
Since Delia hates make his son sad, she said it as if it wasn’t important.
“But, it doesn’t mean your efforts are fruitless. Don’t mind about your dad and grandpa, from now on. It is up to you whether you become a trainer or not, Ash.”
“Wow! Super Cool!”
“Yeah, Cool. “Very Super” Cool.”

Delia smiled.
It was a relief for her to realize that Ash wasn’t deeply shocked.
Ash’s feeling was as his word “Cool!”.

His dad and grandpa rarely were there with him: Ash has seen them only in some pictures.
In five years of life, Ash seemed not to have had a real story…
Whether his father and grandfather are great trainers or not, he didn’t change his wish of becoming a Pokémon trainer.

But Delia occasionally murmured:
“Ash’s dad and grandpa are still on a journey somewhere with the aim of becoming Pokémon Masters… What an envy!”
Ash heard these words so many times, because they reached his ears at least until he turned ten.
It was natural for Ash to dream of becoming a Pokémon Trainer.
But Delia didn’t mutter these words because of her anxiety for their safety, but just because she loves Pokémon and she wished to be a Pokémon Trainer.
If she wouldn’t have been the successor of her mother’s restaurant, she would have gone on a journey when she was 10 to become a Pokémon Trainer like Satoshi even if she would have had to run against her parents’ opposition.

They say that it’s better for a trainer’s formation to start the journey when he’s young.
But she felt so young…

“If someone who wants to succeed my mother’s restaurant appears, I will leave it to  him and I will start my journey immediately.
Hanako didn’t ever give up.
But..
One day when she was 18… (Hanako’s mother was still living).
She fell in love at first sight with a traveler with the aim of becoming a Pokèmon Trainer who stayed at her mother’s inn.
Also, he fell in love with her.
Delia felt the same as him, and she married him very soon, without knowing the exact reason.

But he left on a journey, and never again returned home.
As if it wasn’t enough, her mother instantly died because of a disease.
Delia inherited the inn and a newborn baby.
“Do you still love him?” If she was asked, she would reply “No, sure!”.
If a woman like Delia was abandoned, and her husband returned back home after 10 years shamelessly, she would ignore him because getting angry is fruitless.
Delia did her best and grew up her son all alone until he decided to leave for his journey.
“Because it’s natural” she thinks.

Source

Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia