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Aim to Be a Pokémon Master

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This article is about the song. For the single, see Aim to Be a Pokémon Master (CD).

 

Japanese opening themes
The Rivals
めざせポケモンマスター
OPJ01.png
Mezase Pokémon Master
Aim to Be a Pokémon Master
TV OP 1
Artist 松本梨香
Rica Matsumoto
Lyrics 戸田昭吾
Akihito Toda
Composer たなか ひろかず
Hirokazu Tanaka
Arrangement 渡部チェル
Chell Watanabe
Pikachu Records single
Title めざせポケモンマスター
Aim to Be a Pokémon Master
Catalog no. TGDS-98
There are no fewer than five official versions of this song: the original, the 1998 movie remix, the Whiteberry version, the 2001 movie version, and the 2002 movie version.

Aim to Be a Pokémon Master (Japanese: めざせポケモンマスター Mezase Pokémon Master) was the first opening theme song of the Pokémon anime series, with a cover by Whiteberry being the fourth.

A verse from this song was featured in the third opening theme of the Advanced Generation series, Pokémon Symphonic Medley, and a synthesized version was used during captures and evolutions in Pokémon Pinball. It is also one of the songs featured in the Japanese release of Donkey Konga 3.

Versions

Aim to Be a Pokémon Master is the most re-used theme song in the Pokémon anime's history, having no fewer than five versions including the original:

Year Artist Arranger Used in
1997 Rica Matsumoto Chell Watanabe EP001 - EP080
1998 Mewtwo's Counterattack
2001 Whiteberry Norio Sakai EP192 - EP238
2001 Rica Matsumoto CHOKKAKU Celebi: An Encounter Through Time
2002 coba & Rica Matsumoto coba Guardians of the Water Capital: Latios and Latias


Opening animation: TV OP 1

Synopsis

The type symbols appear in a circle, and the series logo appears on the screen. The final evolutions of the three starters, Pikachu, Ash and an unnamed Lass are seen. This is followed by three scenes showing random Generation I Pokémon.

Ash is then seen with a Poké Ball. After that, he is riding on the back of a Lapras with Pikachu while a Gyarados and Dragonair are seen jumping out and in the water. Next, Ash and Pikachu are looking at Pallet Town. It cuts to a scene with them walking, and then Ash throws a Poké Ball with a Pidgeot inside. The Pokémon then begins battling with a Fearow.

Ash appears looking at the screen, when Misty and Brock appear on either side of him. This is followed by Jessie and James rising up in front of them. Koffing, Meowth and Ekans jump up next, followed by Gary holding a Poké Ball. Ash and his friends are seen running from the rain. This is followed by a short clip of Nurse Joy, Professor Oak, Officer Jenny and Delia Ketchum.

The next scene shows Ash and his friends in Viridian Forest. Then, Ash and Pikachu are seen running with an Arcanine and a Rapidash. The latter Pokémon jumps up, and the three legendary birds are seen flying in the sky. A clip of Mewtwo and Mew in space is shown, followed by Ash in a stadium holding a Poké Ball. His friends appear with him.

Characters

Humans

Pokémon

Trivia

  • The battle between Ash's Pidgeot and the Fearow is a parallel of Pallet Party Panic, the last episode in which this opening was used. Ash's Pidgeotto did not become Pidgeot until that episode.
  • The elemental logos shown before and during the title logo animation are the symbols for the (then) seven TCG types.
  • The song can be heard in the instrumental version of High Touch!.
  • At one point of The Road to Humilau!, Ash and Cameron hum this theme in the Japanese version. However, it was not kept in the English dub.
  • An instrumental version of the original version of this song appears in both the Japanese and English versions of Pokémon Pinball when the player is attempting to catch or evolve a Pokémon.

Variants

050Diglett.png This section is incomplete.
Please feel free to edit this section to add missing information and complete it.
Reason: Episodes in which the pre-EP038 variant ended and the post-EP039 started. Please note that the seizure-safe variant is used for the EP001-037 reruns (the ones where electric attacks and flashy scenes are slowed down).
  1. EP001 - EP002: The original animation. During the Pokémon images scene, there's a picture of a Kadabra, but it reads "Foodin" on it.
  2. EP003: The Kadabra error is corrected, and an actual Alakazam picture is put in its place.
  3. EP004 - EP038: The TCG types symbol background keeps rotating after the "Pocket Monsters" logo appears in the title screen, and after the executive production credits appear on the final shot.
  4. EP039 - ???: After the "Pokémon Shock" incident of EP038, the opening was changed to be broken up into four images per screen. This change also applies to reruns of the first 37 episodes.
  5. ??? - EP080: The title screen is CGI animated, a shot where Ash throws a Poké Ball is slowed down, removing part of the scene where the spinning Poké Ball covers the entire screen, and Ash holding another one was edited to remove one frame where it glows over the entire screen. Two frames were also removed from the battle between Ash's Pidgeot and Fearow.

Opening animation: TV OP 4

OK!
Japanese opening themes
Ready Go!
めざせポケモンマスター
OPJ04.png
Mezase Pokémon Master
Aim to Be a Pokémon Master
TV OP 4
Artist Whiteberry
Whiteberry
Lyrics 戸田昭吾
Akihito Toda
Composer たなか ひろかず
Hirokazu Tanaka
Arrangement 渡部チェル2
Chell Watanabe
Pikachu Records single
Title かくれんぼ
Hide and Seek
Catalog no.
Version aired from EP192 to EP238.

Opening text

Japanese English
この物語は少年サトシと
ポケットモンスターとの
友情と冒険のお話である。
This story is about a boy, Satoshi and
Pocket Monsters, and
Their friendship, adventures and meetings.


Synopsis

Ash is holding a Poké Ball towards the screen. The logo appears, followed by Pikachu fighting against a Tyranitar by using Thunderbolt. Ash and his friends are then seen jumping into the water. There, a Mantine, Lanturn, Lapras and Lugia appear swimming alongside them. Ash turned his hat and faced the left.

This is followed by Ash and Pikachu running with Ho-Oh flying in the background. The Trainer looks at a stadium and clips of his Pokémon appear on the screen. A scene then follows, showing Ash and the others looking at a city in which the legendary beasts, Celebi, Mewtwo and Mew are seen.

Ash and the others are then shown walking into a cave where Misdreavus and Crobat appear. Ash and the others stood at a bridge. Then, the Pichu Brothers are under it. After that, Ash tried to chase after his Pokémon. Then, Team Rocket chased after Ash and his friends. Finally, Ash and his friends chased after Team Rocket with Togepi in front of them.

Four Pokémon and five people are on top and Larvitar stood in front of them. Ash and Pikachu ran up a flight of stairs together with the Legendary Birds and reached the Plateau. Ash and Pikachu stood in front of many Pokémon. Ash, Misty, Brock and Ash's Pokémon stood together.

Characters

Humans

Pokémon

Trivia

  • The fact that this, the fourth Japanese opening, is a cover of the first one is mimicked in the English dub, where Born to Be a Winner, the fourth opening, borrows heavily from the first one.

Lyrics

TV Size

Japanese English
ポケモンゲットだぜー!

たとえ 火の中 水の中 草の中 森の中
土の中 雲の中 あの子のスカートの中(きゃー)

なかなか なかなか
なかなか なかなか 大変だけど
かならずGETだぜ
ポケモンGETだぜ!

マサラタウンに さよならバイバイ
オレはこいつと 旅に出る(ピカチュウ〜!)
きたえたわざで 勝ちまくり
仲間をふやして 次の町へ

いつもいつでも うまくゆくなんて
保証はどこにもないけど(そりゃそうじゃ)
いつでもいつも本気で生きてる
こいつたちがいる

ああ あこがれの ポケモンマスターに
なりたいな ならなくちゃ
ゼッタイなってやるーッ!
(I'll get you, Pokémon!)

Even if in fire, in water, in grass, in forests
In ground, in clouds, in that girl's skirt (eek!)

It's very, very,
Very, very difficult but
I'm sure I'll get you!
I'll get you, Pokémon!

Farewell, bye-bye, Masara Town
I'm leaving on a journey with him (Pikachu!)
Racking up wins with the moves we've trained
Making friends, and then off to the next city

Always and forever doing well
Though there's no guarantee of that... (That's true!)
Forever and always, I'll live true
Because they're here

Ah! I long to be a Pokémon Master
I want to be, I have to be
I know I'll be one!

Full version

Japanese English
ポケモンゲットだぜー!

たとえ 火の中 水の中 草の中 森の中
土の中 雲の中 あの子のスカートの中(きゃー)

なかなか なかなか
なかなか なかなか 大変だけど
かならずGETだぜ
ポケモンGETだぜ!

マサラタウンに さよならバイバイ
オレはこいつと 旅に出る(ピカチュウ〜!)
きたえたわざで 勝ちまくり
仲間をふやして 次の町へ

いつもいつでも うまくゆくなんて
保証はどこにもないけど(そりゃそうじゃ)
いつでもいつも本気で生きてる
こいつたちがいる

たとえ 火の中 水の中 草の中 森の中
土の中 雲の中 あの子のスカートの中(しつこーい!)

なかなか なかなか
なかなか なかなか 大変だけど
かならずGETだぜ
ポケモンGETだぜ!

たたかいつかれて おやすみグッナイ
まぶたを閉じれば よみがえる(ピカチュウ??)
ほのおが燃えて 風が舞い
泣き声とどろく あのバトルが (まってる)

きのうの敵は 今日の友って
古いコトバが あるけど(古いとはなんじゃ〜っ!)
きょうの友は あしたも友だち
そうさ 永遠に

ああ あこがれの ポケモンマスターに
なりたいな ならなくちゃ
ゼッタイなってやるーッ!

ユメは いつか ホントになるって
だれかが歌って いたけど
つぼみがいつか 花ひらくように
ユメは かなうもの

いつもいつでも うまくゆくなんて
保証はどこにもないけど(そりゃそうじゃ)
いつでもいつも本気で生きてる
こいつたちがいる

ああ あこがれの ポケモンマスターに
なりたいな ならなくちゃ
ゼッタイなってやるーッ!

ああ あこがれの ポケモンマスターに
なりたいな ならなくちゃ
ゼッタイなってやるーッ!
(I'll get you, Pokémon!)

Even if in fire, in water, in grass, in forests
In ground, in clouds, in that girl's skirt (eek!)

It's very, very,
Very, very difficult but
I'm sure I'll get you!
I'll get you, Pokémon!

Farewell, bye-bye, Masara Town
I'm leaving on a journey with him (Pikachu!)
Racking up wins with the moves we've trained
Making friends, and then off to the next city

Always and forever doing well
Though there's no guarantee of that... (That's true!)
Forever and always, I'll live true
Because they're here

Even if in fire, in water, in grass, in forests
In ground, in clouds, in that girl's skirt (You're persistent!)

It's very, very,
Very, very difficult but
I'm sure I'll get you!
I'll get you, Pokémon!

Tired from battling, good night, good night
If I close my eyes, it all comes back (Pikachu?)
How flames burned, winds blew
Cries echoed, in that battle

An enemy yesterday is a friend today
Though there is such an old saying... (What do you mean by "old"?!)
A friend today is also a friend tomorrow
Yeah, and for all eternity

Ah! I long to be a Pokémon Master
I want to be, I have to be
I know I'll be one!

Dreams will someday become reality
Though someone sang that...
Like a bud that will someday bloom
My dream will come true

Always and forever doing well
Though there's no guarantee of that... (That's true!)
Forever and always, I'll live true
Because they're here

Ah! I long to be a Pokémon Master
I want to be, I have to be
I know I'll be one!

Ah! I long to be a Pokémon Master
I want to be, I have to be
I know I'll be one!


Aim to Be a Pokémon MasterThe RivalsOK!Aim to Be a Pokémon Master (Whiteberry version)Ready Go!
Other:
OK!
Japanese opening themes
Ready Go!

 

Japanese opening themes
The Rivals
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