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Focus: Ash’s psychological profile

ita icon_satoshipediaIn the article “Ash’s sunny and positive personality” we talked in detail of what distinguishes Ash Ketchum: his gentle, emphatetic and positive character. However, his psychological profile needs to be illustrated in a more accurate way, by specifically talking of all the aspects that charaterize him. To do this, it is also useful to make use of the the japanese theme songs lyrics of the Pokémon anime.

The lyrics of the theme songs in Japan are structured in a different way than ours, and this is what makes them more appreciated: in fact, they focus on the emotions and  feelings of the protagonists.

Therefore, examining the lyrics of the pokémon anime theme songs, in particular those sang by Rica Matsumoto (Ash’s japanese voice, that performs the theme songs always by putting herself in Ash’s shoes), a quite interesting context about Ash’s psychology emerges, even if it was already deductible from the episodes. All the quotes you’ll read in this section are from the theme songs.

As we all know, Ash is presented as a very particukiuyhfgyylar guy: with a noble soul, kind, positive and sweet if needed. He demonstrates a remarkable wisdom on how to face life and it’s difficulties, in fact he is a reference point for all of his friends, that consider him a sort of psycologist of the group and use his teachings  to overcome their insecurities.

“Courage is the key that opens doors
We always had it on our hands”
(Challenger – Opening 7 )

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“Through tears and smiles, you’re not alone
I will always and forever cheer you up!”
(Spurt – Opening 10)
“I want to help, I want to protect you during painful times”
(Challenger – Opening 7)
“OK! Let’s swallow our fear!”
(Ok – Opening 3)

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“Pinches and chances are different sides of a coin”
(Challenger – Opening 7)
The bud that is our dreams
Hasn’t changed, but
Little by little it’ll bloom…
I can feel it
(The Rivals – Opening 2)

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Basically, Ash is sweet and kind, but at the same time he is bold and determined.

Another of Ash’s famous characteristic is his stamina. He often receives attacks from confused Pokémons or act as a shield to protect his friends and, if he gets injured, he never stops and continues undeterred to help, even at the cost of losing his life.vlcsnap-2015-11-12-00h33m02s414

Ash never complains too much for pain, if he does, it means he is feeling really bad, like in the episodes vlcsnap-2015-11-12-01h41m26s3478The Stun Spore Detour (Adventures in the Orange Islands series), A Better Pill to Swallow (Johto League Champions series) and “Serena Becomes Satoshi! The Strongest Pikachu Showdown!!” (Series XYZ). Generally, if he is not feeling well, as  not worry those who are with him, he tends to downplay the problem, saying that everything is fine, even though in reality it isn’t.

“There are salty tears on my cheeks, but
Shedding them will make me strong
I’ll forget my pain and scratches
But not my important memories”
(Challenger – Opening 7)

However, since Ash’s personality is so good-natured and reassuring, no one would expect him to become hateful and surly, though there are some cases in which Ash reveales an unexpected side of his character, which may stun not only his travelling companions, but also the audience.

vlcsnap-2015-08-23-17h14m54s720Ash actually always keeps everything bottled up, he never wants to talk about his problems and if someone insists so as to persuade him to do that, he always ends up getting angry. When Ash is really sad, nervous or worried for something (especially for Pikachu, but also for all of his other Pokémons), he may become unrecognizably grumpy, sour and unpleasant (like Misty, May and Dawn defined him sometimes) to the point of becoming offensive or being quite rude. In these cases, even speaking to him could cause a bad reaction frovlcsnap-2015-08-23-17h12m35s948m him. For this reason Brock, knowing Ash very well, sometimes had to stop those who tried to speak to him, to calm him down or even worse, to scold him.
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Generally, in this way he calms down and his friends can take over.
In some rare occasions Ash got to the points of talking back even to Brock, who he respects and thinks highly of. In the episode vlcsnap-2015-08-23-16h23m31s430On a Wingull and a Prayer! (Advanced series) Ash, nervous for having lost the ferry to Dewfor Town, addressed May in a very sour way. The girl didn’t expect such a reaction from Ash and took it badly.

In episodes 27 and 28 of the XYZ series, Ash has once again had a moment of crisis, and as usual he asked to be left alone. But Serena, worried about him, is still gone to look for him and has considerately tried to cheer him up. However, as we all know, Ash in these moments is unapproachable and obviously he is  turned against Serena in a decidedly stern way. 

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Serena, not expecting such a behavior by Ash, is burst into tears and began throwing snowballs on him, reproaching him to not recognize him anymore. This act has come to help Ash to find himself.

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Note that Ash’s character improved over the years.  In the first series he was often very arrogant, but as the years went by he matured and became generally kind and thoughtful, as we know him now. In fact, in the recent episodes it is quite rare to see him get nervous and talk back to his friends.

Remaining on the subject, here is a little fun fact: in the Japanese version of the first series, Ash was often very obnoxious towards Misty. Most of the time she rebuked him or just tried to give him some advice, Ash replied to her: “urusai na” (term used in Japan to silence someone), but in the Western version of the episodes, most of these dialogues have been totally changed or even removed.

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Ash normally changes his attitude based on how other people relate to him. He never gets sour on people who treat him kindly. To cite some recent examples: Ash is always very patient towards Serena and Clemont. This because both his friends share a deep admiration for him (for one reason or another); they would never think of being rude213iop to him and would be really upset if he were to have a bad reaction (as happened, in fact, in episode 28 of the series XYZ). Ash can perceive that, therefore he generally shows a lot of patience, even in a situation in which, normally, he would lose it. Naturally the subject applies for the other characters of all series.

Talking about perception, Ash is particularly well known for his empathy. It is in fact possible to notice from the episodes that he has some sort of “sixth sense” thanks to which he is able to understand immediately if someone is sad or demoralized. For example, in the episode Team shocker! (DP Battle Dimension series) Dawn, deeply disappointed for her defeat at the Solaceon Town Pokémon Contest, nervously tightens her fists. Ash immediately notices  and realizes that in fact something is wrong, although the girl said she was fine. Ash_Dawn_angry

Apart from that, even though Ash is totally naive about love matters, he understands when someone cares particularly for him.
To cite another example: in Serena’s case, Ash obviously hasn’t understood that she is in love with him; however he understands or realizes that their friendship really matters to her. This is why Ash adopts many caring attitudes towards her, like XY059_clip2paying compliments or giving her gifts, as seen in the episode “Under the Pledging Tree!” ( XY Kalos Quest series). Serena is obviously the most present among the girls who openly demonstrate their love for Ash, so it’s easier to to take her as an example, but Ash has shown similar attitudes with other girls in love with him (such as Miette, Melody, Lyra, Macy and so on).

Ash also revealed that he can understand the feelings of his Pokémons, as if he feels the same thing they do, to quote his exact words.

“Strength, kindness, dazzling smiles
With my heart’s map, I’ll look for them”
(Challenger – Opening  7)

Moving on, Ash is famous for being really stubborn and this is the main characteristic for which they all know him. Resolute and determined, his motto is “Saigo made Akirameru Na” (literally: “don’t give up until it’s over“), so overflowing with optimism that for him it comes quite natural to transmit it to others and encourage those in need.

I’m tightly grabbing your hand and taking you along
(Ready Go – Opening 5)
“I thirst, I’m hunger
Even so, my strenght is boiling up
My wounds throb, my sweat flies
But I can see clearly
[…]
The forest is dark, there are no roads
Even so, my courage is overflowing
The mountains are tall, the valleys are deep
But of course, I’m all fired up!
[..]
I’ll tightly tie my shoelaces
I’ll fulfill the promise to my future self!”
(Spurt – Opening 10)

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“If I keep walking on my tired feet
I’ll be a step closer to my dream”
(Challenger – Opening 7)

Does Ash ever have weak moments? The answer is yes.  Anybody could be demotivated after disappointments and  failures, Ash too.

“Do you remember who won?”
Now look!
I can laugh as I talk with you
“I forgot!” said while playing dumb
(The Rivals – Opening  2)

vlcsnap-2015-11-12-00h22m30s459As stated in the japanese theme songs,  Ash forces himself to always be positive and determined, because he actually hides some insecurities inside himself, as shown in some episodes when Ash loses his confidence apparently for no reason. An example can be found in the episode “A Dairy Tale Ending” (Johto League Champions series) where after being defeatet for the first time by Whitney, Ash thought of giving all up and going back home.

“Though I had begun to give up
There was no reason for me to
The morning sun burning brightly on my journey
Asks me, “That much is fine, right?”

(Ok – Opening 3)
I’ll pack up my eagerness and energy
Today, too, I swear!
[…]
I can’t turn around it, I can’t lie down
I can’t get depressed, I can’t give up, I believe
I won’t rush, I won’t get confused, I’ll always
Aim for that distant dream…
(Challenger – Opening 7)

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As already stated in the article “Ash’s sunny and positive personality“, in the DP there’s a character who really mines Ash’s positivity: Paul.

Paul is a trainer with very cold methods, severe and intransigent. vlcsnap-2015-11-12-01h04m02s062He treated his pokémon with extreme strictness. Ash oblivously was completely against these methods, because he knows well that Pokémons must be treated with kindness. Therefore he firstly faced Paul with a confident attitude, to make him understand that… but Ash continued to lose against him. After the hard defeat at the Lake Acuity, Ash literally had a breakdown  and starteddp 59 to ask himself if perhaps he was doing it all wrong. The shots that do not show Ash’s face for the rest of the episode “Evolving Strategies!” (DP Galactic Battles series) emphasize his mood in that moment.   Luckily, as we all know, Ash never decided to give up, eventually managing to make Paul more gentle towards his Pokémons.

“It’s so disappointing to lose
I’m trembling, but,
My clenched fist loosens
I wipe the sweat on my jeans, let’s shake hands!”
(The Rivals – Opening 2)

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“I’m so happy to win
I want to cry, but
Both winning and losing are important
There must be something to it!”
(The Rivals – Opening 2)

Ash tends to lose his confidence when he feels lonely.2yufz2g.jpg
Although he spent his childhood playing on his own, he lets slip that he hates solitude. He defines it”Very hard” and “the cause of suffering”, describing  it like he experienced that on his own skin. That makes us understand that he felt really lonely even if, as always, he never made it obvious.

“When i look back on yesterday, stopped and retreated;
there were tears, but i don’t care
I’ll take a step towards the future
[..]
There will be no time for gloom, as that would repeat the past
(Ready Go – Opening 5)

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“Even though I have memories
Of a few painful things
I don’t even notice as they fall out
from a hole in my backpack”
(Type:Wild – Ending 5)

 

The lyrics that you have just read may also refer to the moment when Ash saw his mother crying because of their family situation.

At the end of the Johto saga (after the first separation from Misty and Brock) Ash was really sad, so Pikachu made him understand that he’ll never be alone again, and that he had it, his best friend, by his side.skuql5.jpg

Loneliness is a recurrent theme in the japanese lyrics. It is from those, and also from some episodes, that it becomes particularly clear that Ash is scared and hurt by it.

“I’m not alone, I’m not lonely, still a way to go”
(Challenger – Opening 7)

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“The words of my friends, look,
They’re more reassuring than I thought!
They’re extremely warm, so much it makes me cry
(Spurt – Opening 10)

Let’s end the section with some things that anger Ash.

He is unlikely to lose his temper; it only happened  a few times (actually scaring his friends) but never became hysteric.vlcsnap-2015-11-12-01h09m50s993 The only case could be in the episode “Ignorance is Blissey” (Always Pokémon series), in which the Team Rocket stole some food from the Pokémon Center when Ash was fasting since the day before (Misty made the comment: “he never gets this mad“). With the exception of these gags, his biggest rage fit was with Lucario in the movie “Lucario and the Mistery of Mew“, or when he punched a window in the episode “A Frenzied Factory Fiasco!” (XY Kalos Quest series). Ash explained several times what are the things that make him angry or, as he says, “enrage him”. Some examples are the ones mentioned down here:

– Finding out about people who steal or exploit their Pokémon for money or shady dealings.
– Being too far off Pikachu, especially if he’s worried about it.
– Know-it-alls
– Stealing his food

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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 informations 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.

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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.

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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.

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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’s Age in each series

 ita icon_satoshipediaWhat you’re going to read is candidly observable in the animated series. So I have written NOTHING that you cannot check for yourself 🙂

Note: Black & White has to to be considered a separate series, not correctly connected to the main anime (HERE for clarification). However, in this article there are some references which mention the discrepancies present inside the series.

We can’t start talking about Ash without having clarified first the question about his age.

As mentioned in several previously published articles, one of which you can read at THIS LINK, the urban legend that Ash is always 10 after many series, has been largely disproved by several factors, like official sources from the creator of the animated  series and many informations given in the anime episodes themself, such as:

> The first animated series, in which OFFICIALLY has passed more than a year: in the various episodes were regularly inserted tips about the passage of months. Therefore, you can know with absolute certainty the period of time of each episode.

> The episode in the Rival Destinies series “Goodbye, Junior Cup – Hello Adventure!” where Dawn clearly says that a year has passed since her participation to the previous Wallace Cup, so it’s impossible that Ash was nine in that series.

> Already the elapsed months that were mentioned in the episodes (two monts after Ash’s departure in the episode “The School of Hard Knocks“, two months before the Indigo League in the episode “Showdown at the Po-ké Corral“, one month before the Wirl Cup in the episode “Around the Whirlpool“, three months before the Silver Conference in the episodeWhy? Wynaut!“, three months before the Hoenn League in the episode “Eight Ain’t Enough“, one month before the Kanto Grand Festival in the episode “New Plot, Odd Lot!“, one month before the Sinnoh League in the episode “The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!” and two months before the Unova League) occupied in total more than ONE YEAR in the timeline of Pokémon anime.

> The third mini-movie (Pikachu and Pichu Brothers), where Ash celebrated the anniversary of his meeting with Pikachu. It was  not the first anniversary and the movie must have took place between the 4th and the 5th season (for reasons you will soon read) but anyway there is NO DOUBT ABOUT IT: since Ash’s departure, more than a year has passed.

> The growth of Ash’s Lapras, who changed in appearance in one of the last episodes of “Master Quest”.

Picture of the episode in which it is mentioned the change of Lapras

> In the book This is Animation Pocket Monsters The Movie “Mewtwo Strikes Back” “Pikachu’s vacation” Takeshi Shudo explains that between Mewtwo’escape from the Team Rocket’s base and the moment in which Ash received the invitation for New Islan, a year passes. Anime writers have decided to make pass only a couple of months (since Mewtwo’s escape is present in the episode titled “Showdown at the Poké-Corral“), thus proving yet another mistake concerning the timeline in the anime. The film “Mewtwo Strikes Back“, indeed, has a precise collocation in the anime: the events took place between the episodes “The Pi-Kahuna” and “Make Room for Gloom“.

> Several trainers visibly younger than Ash, have already obtained their first Pokémon (Including Trevor and Scottie, in recent episodes of XY), but, as you know, it is NOT possible to receive the first Pokémon from a Professor or affiliates BEFORE having turned 10 years old.

> In the episode “A Goldenrod Opportunity” (Pokémon Johto League Champions), the Magnet Train was not built and it needed a year to be completed. In the Best Whishes episoded where Iris and Cilan decide to travel from Kanto to Johto, they decide to use that same train, showing even in this case the passage of years in the series.

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Also, in the recent episode “A Festival Trade! A Festival Farewell?” of the XY series, Jessie makes a reference about her birthday (in the Japanese version too) that was even celebrated during the same XY series. Demonstrating once more that, in the story, there is a passage of years.

More reasons in the article I linked above.

As for the official information given by the creator of the animated series, we are going to open a broader case concerning the age of Ash in the various series.

Takeshi Shudo, creator of Pokémon Anime, published two books in 1997 and in 1999 that unveiled some of the secrets of the animated series (if you are curious about it you may check THIS LINK for a detailed summary of the books), including the truth about the day of Ash’s departure on his journey.

In Pallet Town it existed the rule that new trainers could begin their formative journey on APRIL 1st following their tenth birthday. This fixes the inconsinstency in the first episode of the animated series in which it’s said that Ash was leaving because he just turned 10, but at the same time Gary and other two trainers left with him. Was it everyone’s birthday, perhaps? No, simply the writers have made a mistake.

Takeshi Shudo also revealed that on the day of his departure Ash was exactly 10 years, 10 months and 10 days, so, starting from April 1st and going back this amount of time, it is possible to determine the date of his birth: May 22nd. Basically, Ash was almost 11 when he left.

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

For what concerns the other series:

In the Orange League Ash was 12. Summer was confirmed in that period (the 2° movie). The previous summer (the one in which Ash was 11) was in the period of the censored episode “Beauty and the Beach”. As already mentioned, in the first series were inserted specific references to the months in which the episodes were set. Ash left for his journey in April, and after 9 episodes May arrives. We clearly understand that the episode “Beauty and the Beach” was set in the adjacent summer.

After several episodes (enough time to make 6 months pass) the events of “Holiday Hi-Jynx” took place (which, according to the OFFICIAL numeration, it’s the episode 39) and an episode of the New Year’s Eve titled: “It’s New Year’s Eve! Pocket Monsters Encore” but which has never been broadcasted because of the scandal of the episode titled “Electric Soldier Porygon“.

Another handful of episodes later we have “Princess vs. Princess” (which was postponed due to “Electric Soldier Porygon“, but remains the fact that according to the official numeration it’s the episode 50) set on March 3rd because it refers to the celebration of Hinamatsuri. Five episodes later the events of “The purr-fect hero” (this episode was also postponed) were set on May 5th because it refers to the Children’s Day in Japan. Here, a year has already passed. In the following episodes, it’s further confirmed that it was Summer (the episode “Riddle Me This“, “The Breeding Center Secret“, etc.). From there to the Indigo League another two months has passed, so the Indigo League was held in the month of July, while the Orange League was set around August/September.

Together with Hideki Sonoda, Takeshi Shudo also wrote a novel dedicated to the film “Mewtwo Strikes Back” in which he explained that between Mewtwo’s escape from the Team Rocket’s base and the moment in which Ash received the invitation for New Islan, a year passes. Anime writers, instead, have decided to make pass only a couple of months and this way they made another mistake concerning the anime timeline.

It is not clear, however, whether this year should be considered as an additional year which has to be added to the timeline or Shudo wanted to collocate Mewtwo’s escape and film in the same year in which the first series takes place.

During the Johto League Tournament Ash was about 12/13 because Winter was confirmed during the Johto League Champions series (episode “Moving pictures”). Two Christmas episodes of the Pokémon Chronicles series are also set in this period (consequently the episodes in The Johto Journey series were set during Autumn). The League was held in the Spring/Summer of the same year.

During the Hoenn League Tournament, Ash was more ore less 13 because the Advanced and Advanced Challenge series took place right after the Johto League (in some episodes of the two above mentioned series it has been said that it was still Summer). The Hoenn league was held in the following Winter (Source: the episode “The Relicanth really can!” set more than 3 months before the league, where the beaches were crowded with people, because it was Summer.)

References: these two pictures as a confirmation

Note: The Hoenn region is the most southerly located region and is based upon the Kyushu island (Japan), where there is an almost tropical climate. It may also be noticed in the anime during the episodes of the league, in which, although it was winter, it didn’t seem to be cold.

In addition, during this generation Ash has also reached Misty in height.

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In Battle Frontier Ash was 14.

Ash returns to travel in the Kanto region, where his previous travel lasted one year. The series starts more or less during the Winter, in fact the episode “Time Warp Heals All Wounds”  is set on the Christmas period, as in the Japanese air of it.

Later, in the episode “Spontaneous Combusken” it’s shown that it was again Summer, as was in the movie “Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea“.

The last episode of the Battle Frontier series is clearly set on February, because in the Kanto region during this month the sun sets at around 5 PM, just as shown in the episode (further confirmation comes from the DP series vlcsnap-00003which takes place in Spring). Since almost an year is needed to cross the Kanto region, this is the reason why the same amount of time has passed in this case too.

 

During the Sinnoh League Tournament Ash was 15. This was because in Diamond and Pearl series it was Spring and in Battle Dimension and Galactic Battles it was Summer. (The episodes of the Pokémon Summer Academy and the 12th movie were clearly set in the Summer). The league was held in Autumn (the tournament has started two months after Ash won the last badge, and here there are also confirmations related to the time the sun was setting).

 


At the end of the Sinnoh League, Ash stayed at home for a few months. He left for Unova in Spring (pink Deerlings) and so he was still 15.

Warning: The Black&White series should be considered separately, however, given its multiple contradictions and given the presence of it between two continuing series, we keep still account its timeline.

In Best Wishes 2 (Rival Destinies and Adventures in Unova), it was Summer (green Deerlings), so he just turned 16. The league was held two months after Ash won the last badge. Towards the end of Best Wishes DA (Adventures in Unova and elsewhere) it has been clearly said that Autumn was coming (in the episode “Butterfree and Me” we can see many migrating Pokémon).

Obviously, the beginning of the XY series is set in the late Summer- early Autumn (Summer Camp episodes are set in the mid-September period, exactly like in real-life). This is confirmed by the presence of a vineyard with ripe grapes in the episode “A Jolting Switcheroo!“. Subsequently is Autumn as we can notice from the presence of many autumnal landscapes and falling leaves, as in the episode XY073: A Fashionable Battle!“.

The start of the XY&Z series is set in November because in the episode  XY097 “Dream a little dream from me!” the protagonists are watching the Litleonids. Litleonids are a meteor shower mentioned in the Delta Episode of the OR AS games. It takes the name from the Leonids shower, which always falls in November (intentionally coinciding with the Ruby and Sapphire games release, reference also mentioned in OR AS). The same XY097 episode aired in Japan during November. The end of the series seems to be set in the spring and Ash is 16 and a half.

For obvious and logical reasons the Pokémon anime is terminated. Anyway if you are continuing to follow it, you must always take into account the instructions in this article and differentiate the Ash that we have always known (and we’ve all seen it grow) by purely commercial reboot.

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A closer look at how Ash has changed and matured over the years at THIS LINK.

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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

Focus – Ash’s Childhood

ita icon_satoshipediaMost of the information that  you are going to read are taken from famous books written by the creator of the animated series, upon which you can read informations at THIS LINK.

Ash’s Childhood

Ash was a very lively and naughty child, in fact, he loved playing around and cause mischief.
Delia told him off when he caused too much trouble, but she never forced him to focus on his studies.

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Ash became rebellious for the first time around the age of three. In order to keep him quiet, Delia often pretended to cry. However, Ash was also a very sweet child. Indeed, on one occasion, it happened that Delia ended up crying for real because she kept thinking that she was a very young, single mother. Once that had happened, Ash immediately stopped making trouble. He approached Delia and by simply asking her < Mommy. What’s wrong? Are you okay?he managed to console her. Ash’s gesture made Delia feel very reassured and as a matter of fact she often felt the need to tell him < Thank you Baby>

Ash attended maternal and primary school in Pallet Town, unlike Gary, who 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.

Ash could not stand Gary, but at the same time he didn’t give too much weight to his attitudes of superiority, because in a way he was sympathetic towards him: < Gary is a self centered jerk who look down on others just because he’s a member of the Oak family, his lineage is all he have going for him, yet he is still full of himself. However, it must be tough having to live up to your ancestors… >. That’s what Ash thoughtsometimes in regards to Gary.

On the other hand, with a father and grandfather who were complete failures, it’s quite possible that Gary thought that Ash was quite pitiable himself.

Ash and bullying

When bullies picked on Ash in maternal and elementary school, he’d get the teachers or the bully’s father to tell them off. Or well, if the bully’s father wouldn’t tell them off, he’d make sure the teacher did.

The problem of bullying was finally resolved by Delia, who talked to bullies’ fathers and urged them to solve their conjugal problems. Having a happier family, bullies gradually stopped targeting Ash, who could devote himself to his pranks again.

Ash always played alone while having fun with rather dangerous games like climbing trees and  descending from the hills on wooden boards (thanks to these activities he developed a great agility). He also loved fishing and hunting insects.

Despite that, Ash has  claimed many times to hate loneliness, describing it as “very hard” and “a source of suffering”, as if he felt such sensations on his own skin. This makes it clear that in his childhood Ash felt quite alone, although he always hid his sadness. This is also confirmed in the texts of some Japanese theme songs,

Note: For those who don’t know: usually, in the anime series, the lyrics of Japanese theme songs are about the feelings of the characters. In THIS ARTICLE we delved into all Ash’s character and psychological aspects, also taking advantage of them.

Little Ash and his father

Ash has never known his father, except through pictures and stories of his mother Delia, who was constantly inundated with questions about him: “Where is Dad?” “What is he doing now?”. Delia obviously couldn’t answer these questions, so she merely told him that he was an extraordinary Pokémon Trainer, until one day, in which Ash was 5 years old, she has been forced to confess to having told him many lies, because no one had heard anything about Ash’s father, so no one even knew if he actually became a good trainer.

That same day, a computer was given to Ash, through which he could have verified through the internet if his father has been successful as a trainer, but unfortunately he couldn’t find anything.

However Ash was never deeply shocked by his father’s absence, thanks to his strong feelings. This was a relief for Delia. In this regard, as explained by Shudo, probably Ash’s character now would be different if he had known his father.

Given that Delia had always wanted to be a Pokémon Trainer, occasionally she murmured: <Ash’s dad and grandpa are still now on a journey somewhere with the aim of becoming a pokemontrainer…How I envy them! >

These words come so many times to Ash’s ears that triggered him a strong desire to become a Pokemon trainer.

(You can read the full chapter in the dialogue between Ash and Delia at THIS LINK)

Ash and Prof. Oak

Initially, Ash didn’t know much prof. Oak, he had only seen him a few times, at night, while he used to go to the inn of his mother (in which he went ther just to eat pre-cooked meals while reading a book). Ash didn’t have chance to talk with the Prof. just because in that moment, Ash must have been sleeping. As time passed he had the opportunity of knowing him better, because he’s always been a Delia’s close friend and Gary’s grandfather.
The two families spent a lot of time together, also going at the Cinema.

Ash and Serena at Summer Camp

Later, Prof. Oak organized a Pokémon Summer Camp, to which, obviously, Ash participated.
There he meets Serena, a girl he met again in the Kalos region.

Serena fell on the ground and hurt her knee, but then Ash intervened. He tied a handkerchief and gently applied it to her knee and helped her to stand up, accompanying her to the camp, from which she got lost. The little girl was impressed by Ash’s kindness and immediately had a crush on him, but unfortunately, once terminated the camp, she had no way of seeing him again.

tidbit about Ash’s childhood

> As a child when Ash communicating using his computer or tried to put on airs, Ash was referring to himself by the pronoun “boku”, but in general he always says “ore”.

Delia often enlists the help of Ash to do the gardening. However, Delia made Ash work so much that he couldn’t even study.

> In Western versions of the anime, Ash, as a child, was nicknamed “Little Ash”, because of its (still) short stature. This nick was used mostly by Gary (who called him “Ashy-Boy” too) as well as in the first series of the anime, where Team Rocket and Misty used it too (adding other nicknames like “Little Twerp” or “Little Face” etc.)

> Before his departure, Ash has spent 10 days trying to find his characteristic pose of victory (that always accompanies his “Getto Daze”).
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Photo taken from a book by Takeshi Shudo

Moreover, having planned to start his journey with BulbasaurCharmander o Squirtle, he had thought at some nicknames for these three Pokémon, respectively: DanesukeKagetarou e Zenibou.

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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