Pokémon Exec Explains Why Ash Didn’t Start With Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur

Kunihiko Yuyama, Pokemon’s executive director, explains the reason Ash began his adventure by playing with Pikachu and not with one of the Kanto players.

Pokemon Executive Director Kunihiko Yuyama finally gave a behind-the-scenes explanation of how Ash Ketchum, the anime’s protagonist, began his adventure with Pikachu and not with one of the three main Pokemon in Kanto.

Recently, Yuyama sat down to interview AnimediaMagazine. The interview was translated by Defender, who is a Serebii forum moderator. Yuyama said that Pikachu is an amalgamation of cuteness, strength, and the ability to bring some laughs. “By all accounts, I decided that the Pokemon who would become [Ash’s] partner wouldn’t be of the three options at the start of the video game. I was concerned that this could make some people unhappy. The result was Pikachu. This was a fantastic choice that I am happy to have made.

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Following the initial release in Japan in 1996 The Pokemon Red video games, as well as blue, were made available in North America in 1998. The game begins with players able to pick one of three Pokemon that are starters that are the Fire-type Charmander or the Water-type Squirtle. The Pokemon anime was first released in Japan in 1997 before it was introduced in the West in 1998. The main character of the anime Ash is seen sleeping in the room he’s supposed to get his first trainer from Professor Oak. When he gets there, Charmander and Squirtle are gone. Oak is nice to Ash and presents him with an electric-type Pikachu. (Unfortunately, Ash would later join Charmander as well as Squirtle to his team under different situations.

Pikachu and Ash changed the game literally

It’s interesting to consider that Pokemonanime’s popularity and Pikachu’s popularity with Ash in particular have influenced the game’s original series. Pokemon Yellow was launched in Japan in 1998. The game was released in North America the following year. Yellow is set in the same place and has the same storyline as RED Blue and Blue. Instead of having to pick between Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur players are given Pikachu as their starting Pokemon. Pokemon yellow. The Pikachu in the game is akin to Ash’s Pikachu. He would rather explore beyond the boundaries of its Poke Ball and refuses the transformation to Raichu.

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Pikachu, as well as Ash, have become so well-known that they’ve appeared in a variety of iterations of Pokemon anime. Pikachu as well as Ash have decided to say goodbye after being recognized as the Pokemon World Champion in Pokemon Ultimate Journeys. This signifies that Ash has fulfilled his long-held dream to become a Pokemon master. Ultimate Journeys is currently closing its season. The brand-new Pokemon anime is set to be a part of the series, with two new characters: Liko (and Roy). The show is scheduled to premiere in the year 2019 and is inspired by the most recent Pokemon video games, Scarlet and Violet.

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