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

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Who is Ash’s Father?

Takeshi 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.” Satoshi said.
Hanako said with striking Satoshi’s pillow.
“Sure, I can understand your feeling. All the people of 10 years old and over are aiming to be a pokemon trainer in this town. Your dad, your grandpa —and yourself—.” When she said about Satoshi’s dad and grandpa, the pillow was like a punching bag.
“Dad and grandpa—”
A memory when Satoshi was five years old flashed across his mind.

*

It was the day when a PC was given to him for the first time.
Hanako said with staring at a brand-new PC.
“Hey, my son. I must say to you. —Your father and grandpa are great pokemon trainers. Aren’t they?”
Of course, Satoshi was believed so.
“Hey mom, tell me! What is my dad like? What sort of a man is my grandpa?”
When little Satoshi asked Hanako, she always gave the same answer.
“Your dad and grandpa are sooo surreal trainers who surpass the hero Ohkido Masara— possibly.”
“Surreal?” It wasn’t a familiar word for him.
“Surrealistic— super-realistic”
“They are superior men, you meant.”
“It’s something like that.”
But the day when the PC was delivered, superior dad and grandpa have been transformed into different persons. This is how it happened—
Hanako bobbed her head to little Satoshi.
“Sorry, dear. I told you a falsehood.” Hanako said to Satoshi 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 Satoshi more than her.
Hanako asked.
“Satoshi, when you begin to use a PC, you get into on-line communication, —don’t you?”
“Yeah” Satoshi nodded.
“Then, you access to pokemon-related web pages, and maybe you want to know more about your dad and grandpa.”
“Yeah, sure.”
“But maybe you won’t be able to know it. ”
“Why? ”
“‘Cause I told a pack of lies—.”
“Eh—?”
“It’s not a lie what your dad and grandpa aimed to be a pokemontrainer—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.”
“Yeah, I’ve never seen it.”
“But you are utterly indifferent to it because only the participants of the League Tournament of the year are put on the best ten thousand list. The great trainer called Pokemon Master don’t compete in Pokemon League—there are many great trainers even if the one aren’t put on the list.”
“Well”
“But if you check out www I’ll be completely at a loss for a reply.
“www?”
“Yeah, you can get easily on www the membership list of the World Pokemontrainers Association—all official trainers are on the list—I hear the names of official trainers are a billion including the deceased in the list.”
“The membership list? That’s the first I’ve heard of it.”
“You can get it. Then you can search easily for your dad and grandpa’s names by PC even if there are a billion official trainers. So— I say before you search for it.—you can’t find the names of your dad and grandpa.”
“Why?”
“Your dad and grandpa aren’t authorized yet. In other words, they don’t become quite official trainers yet.”
“H’m”
Long silence hung between Hanako and Satoshi for some time.
“What are they doing now? Dad and grandpa?” Satoshi asked.
Hanako shrugged her shoulders.
“I don’t knoooow. Even if they are aiming a trainer—their names had never been put on the list—it’s so fruitless—”
“It’s so fruitless—”
Satoshi repeated Hanako’s words.
Because Hanako hate gloomy mood, she said it as if it were nothing 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, Satoshi.”
“Drat! Uncool!”
“Yeah, uncool. Sooo uncool.”
Hanako smiled.
It was a relief to her to realize that Satoshi wasn’t a deeply shocked.
Satoshi’s feeling was as his word—“Uncool!”.
His dad and grandpa are not always here closely but he had seen them only by photographs.
To five-year-old Satoshi, it doesn’t seem real story.
Whether his father and grandfather are great trainers or not, he didn’t change his mind to want to be a pokemontrainer.
But she murmured occasionally.
“Satoshi’s dad and grandpa are still now on a journey somewhere with the aim of becoming a pokemontrainer—How I envy them!”
Even if she murmured occasionally, he heard it so many times because it reached his ears until the time he become ten.
It was only natural that Satoshi dreams of becoming a pokemontrainer.
But Hanako didn’t mutter because she was anxious for their safety.
Because Hanako loves pokemons, she herself wished to be a pokemontrainer.
If Hanako wasn’t the successor of her mother’s restaurant, she would have gone on a journey at 10 years old to training for pokemontrainer like Satoshi even if she steamrollered her mother’s opposition.
They said that it had better go into training while young to become a good trainer.
But I’m my teens, so enough for it.
If someone who succeeds my mother’s restaurant appears, I will leave it to the one and start on a journey immediately.
Hanako wasn’t given up.
But—
It was one day when she was 18 years old—Hanako’s mother was still living.
She fell in love with a traveler wanted to be a pokemontrainer who stayed at her mother’s inn at first sight. She went into rapture that she felt absurd for herself, instantly got married to him.
But he set out on a journey, and he never again return home.
To make matters worse, her mother instantly passed away of a disease, Hanako inherited the inn and a newborn baby.
“Do you love him even now?” If she is asked, she will reply “No, sure!”.
If a woman like Hanako was abandoned and her husband return home after 10 years shamelessly, she will ignore him because It is too absurd to get angry.
Hanako made up her mind to bring up Satoshi until he starts on a journey with the aim of becoming a pokemontrainer by herself.
It is natural—Hanako thinks so.

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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

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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.

Most 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 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,

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)

HERE for other interesting details about Ash’s childhood and his relationship with Delia

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”).
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 and 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