Pokémon first came out as media franchise by Japanese video game company, Nintendo, created by none other than the brilliant Satoshi Tajiri back in 1996. It was originally released as a Game Boy role-playing video game. Pokémon has now become the second most successful and lucrative video game-based media franchise in the entire world. Since its booming popularity, Pokémon has been merchandised into an anime, manga, trading cards, toys, books and many other media formats. The anime adaptation of Pokémon was directed by Kunihiko Yuyama together with the people from OLM, Inc. Ever since its debut last 1997, it didn’t take long for 4Kids Entertainment and The Pokémon Company to license the show for a North American release. The anime still continues today with 850 episodes released thus far making it one of the longest running anime in history.
The world is overrun by mysterious wild creatures of various forms. With the advancement of technology, humans can capture these so-called monsters using a specially designed, mass producible spherical tool called the Poke Ball and train them to fight for them. Since these monsters are inside the Poke Ball, they are later known to be Pokémon, Pocket Monsters for short. The world has entered into the Great Pokémon Age. Once a year, a tournament is held where trainers from across the world gather and battle their Pokémons to see who has the strongest Pokémon. The winner of the said tournament is awarded the title as Pokémon Master. Growing up, Ash Ketchum has always dreamed of becoming a Pokémon Master. Ash embarks on a journey into becoming the next Pokémon Master together with his very first Pokémon, Pikachu, an electric Pokémon. In order to participate for the tournament, Ash must first collect the necessary badges, acquired from defeating Pokémon Gym Masters across the region, in order to qualify. At first, Pikachu seems cold and distrusting over Ash trying to zap him with his electric powers every chance he gets. Ash eventually wins Pikachu over to his side and the two has been inseparable ever since. Ash and Pikachu are later joined by Brock, a girl-obsessed Rock Pokémon trainer who dreams of becoming the World’s Best Breeder, and Misty, a tomboyish Water Pokémon trainer who dreams of becoming a Water Pokémon Master. Together, Ash, Pikachu, Misty and Brock embark on the long and arduous journey to achieving their dreams travelling from region to region. Along the way, the team runs into Jesse, James and Meowth, a trio of Pokémon thieves who belong to an evil underground organization called “Team Rocket”. Now it fails into Ash and the gang to stop Team Rocket and their evil mastermind plans.