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Challenger!!

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Advance Adventure
Japanese opening themes
Pokémon Symphonic Medley
チャレンジャー!!
OPJ07.png
Charenjā!!
Challenger!!
AG OP 2
Artist 松本梨香
Rica Matsumoto
Lyrics 許瑛子
Eiko Kyo
Composer たなか ひろかず
Hirokazu Tanaka
Arrangement たなか ひろかず
Hirokazu Tanaka
Pikachu Records album
Title チャレンジャー!!
Challenger!!
Catalog no. ZMCP-1719

Challenger!! (チャレンジャー!! lit. Charenjā!!) is the second opening theme song for the Japanese Advanced Generation series Pokémon anime series.

It debuted in AG070, and it was last used in AG104. It was preceded by Advance Adventure and followed by Pokémon Symphonic Medley.

Challenger is one of the songs featured in the Japanese release of Donkey Konga 2.

Opening animation

OP Text

Japanese English
この星の不思議な生き物
ポケットモンスター・・・
ちぢめてポケモン!
今、サトシと
ポケモンたちの
出会いと冒険と
戦いの物語が
はじまる!
The mysterious creatures of this planet
Pocket Monsters...
"Pokémon" for short!
Now, the story of a boy, Satoshi,
and Pokémon
Their meetings, adventures,
and battles
Are about to begin!

Synopsis

A single spotlight shines on Ash, who has a serious look on his face. The darkness behind him becomes light, and the camera pans out to show him and May in a tag battle using Pikachu and Combusken. Pikachu avoids Hariyama's Cross Chop and uses Thunderbolt on it. Combusken is lifted off the ground by Gardevoir's Psychic, but hits Gardevoir with a Flamethrower.

Ash, May, Brock, Max, and all their Pokémon run down a dirt road toward the camera. Then, Ash, May, Brock, Max, and Pikachu sit on a hill overlooking a town. Pikachu stretches.

Ash runs past a Charizard, a Venusaur, and a Blastoise.

The screen splits to show the faces of May and Drew, both looking serious. May holds a Poké Ball and Drew holds a rose. May then twirls with Beautifly flying around her. Drew jumps backward, throwing a rose, and Roselia twirls in front of him. Max appears with his PokéNav.

Ash and Pikachu stand on a tall rock, looking at the night sky. The aurora is active. Rayquaza flies past.

Professor Oak appears, with Tracey and Delia behind him.

Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny start to pose, but Brock jumps between them, surprising them. Max falls down onto Brock's shoulders and pulls on his ears.

Team Rocket flies up into the sky, obviously displeased.

Ash and Pikachu stand under a waterfall while May, Brock, and Max watch. May appears to sigh in exasperation.

Ash holds an injured Pikachu.

The series logo is shown, then a still shot of Ash, May, Brock, Max, and Pikachu appears.

Characters

Humans

Pokémon

Lyrics

TV Size

Japanese English
行くっきゃない やるっきゃない
負けっこない 止まらない 最後まで
ひとりじゃない さみしくない まだまだ
ワクワク冒険 終らない…

キラリ朝日 キナギタウン
きょうもげんきか? ピカチュウ
やる気 元気 リュックにつめて
オレは今日も 誓うよ

ピンチとチャンス ウラ・オモテ
勝つも負けるも オレ次第
強さ やさしさ まぶしい笑顔
胸のMAPで 見つけるぜ

もっと もっと 高く
めざせ オレはチャレンジャー!!

行くっきゃない やるっきゃない
負けっこない 止まらない いつだって
支えたい 守りたい 君が傷ついた時は

振りむかない うつむかない
へこたれない あきらめない 信じてる
あせらない あわてない いつも
はるかな夢 めざして…
I have to go, I have to do it
I can't lose, I can't stop, not until the end
I'm not alone, I'm not lonely, still a way to go
This exciting adventure isn't over

The sparkling sun rises over in Kinagi Town
Are you feeling good today, Pikachu?
I'll pack up my eagerness and energy
Today, too, I swear!

Pinches and chances are different sides of a coin
Winning and losing depends on me
Strength, kindness, dazzling smiles
With my heart's map, I'll look for them

Higher and higher
Aim for it - I'm a challenger!!

I have to go, I have to do it
I can't lose, I can't stop, at any time
I want to help, I want to protect you during painful times

I can't turn around, 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 always
Aim for that distant dream...

Full version

Japanese English
行くっきゃない やるっきゃない
負けっこない 止まらない 最後まで
ひとりじゃない さみしくない まだまだ
ワクワク冒険 終らない…

キラリ朝日 キナギタウン
きょうもげんきか? ピカチュウ
やる気 元気 リュックにつめて
オレは今日も 誓うよ

ピンチとチャンス ウラ・オモテ
勝つも負けるも オレ次第
強さ やさしさ まぶしい笑顔
胸のMAPで 見つけるぜ

もっと もっと 高く
めざせ オレはチャレンジャー!!

行くっきゃない やるっきゃない
負けっこない 止まらない いつだって
支えたい 守りたい 君が傷ついた時は

振りむかない うつむかない
へこたれない あきらめない 信じてる
あせらない あわてない いつも
はるかな夢 めざして…

真っ赤な夕日 空を染める
まだ知らない ポケモン
疲れた足 歩き出せば
一歩 夢に近いよ

ポロリ涙 しょっぱいけれど
流した数だけ強くなる
キズも痛みも 忘れるけれど
大事なメモリー 消えはしない

ゴロンと寝転んで見る 空が好き
両手いっぱい 広げよう
明日へと 風はふいてく

勇気の扉 開ける鍵は
いつも僕らの 手の中さ
でこぼこ 砂利道 蹴っ飛ばして
行くぜ みんなついてこい!!

もっと もっと 熱く
燃えろ オレはチャレンジャー!!

行くっきゃない やるっきゃない
負けっこない 止まらない いつだって
支えたい 守りたい 君が傷ついた時は

振りむかない うつむかない
へこたれない あきらめない 信じてる
あせらない あわてない いつも
はるかな夢 めざして…
I have to go, I have to do it
I can't lose, I can't stop, not until the end
I'm not alone, I'm not lonely, still a way to go
This exciting adventure isn't over

The sparkling sun rises over in Kinagi Town
Are you feeling good today, Pikachu?
I'll pack up my eagerness and energy
Today, too, I swear!

Pinches and chances are different sides of a coin
Winning and losing depends on me
Strength, kindness, dazzling smiles
With my heart's map, I'll look for them

Higher and higher
Aim for it - I'm a challenger!!

I have to go, I have to do it
I can't lose, I can't stop, at any time
I want to help, I want to protect you during painful times

I can't turn around, 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 always
Aim for that distant dream...

The sunset dyes the sky red
There are Pokémon I don't yet know
If I keep walking on my tired feet
I'll be a step closer to my dream

There are salty tears on my cheeks, but
Shedding them will make me strong
I'll forget my pain and scraches
But not my important memories

I lie on the ground and look at the sky
I want to spread my hands wide
The wind blows to tomorrow

Courage is the key that opens doors
We always had it in our hands
Let's jump past this bumpy gravel road
Let's go! After me!

Hotter and hotter
I'm a challenger!

I have to go, I have to do it
I can't lose, I can't stop, at any time
I want to help, I want to protect you during painful times

I can't turn around, 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 always
Aim for that distant dream...

Trivia

  • This was the first opening theme sung by Rica Matsumoto since OK! in early Johto.
  • This song is also heard in Crossing the Battle Line! and Short and To the Punch!.
  • This opening contained a large amount of spoilers regarding the main characters' parties. May's Combusken and Bulbasaur and Ash's Swellow all debuted in this opening long before actually appearing on the show. In the dub version, the same clip was used and in fact spoiled not only these but also the acquisition of Grovyle, Lombre, Skitty and Torkoal. Also, since they were all shown in one group-shot, there was little ambiguity about their inclusion.

Errors

  • In the first two airings, Blastoise's chin was colored blue instead of cream.
  • Brock's arm is colored the same as his pants instead of his skin tone.
  • May's Combusken hits Gardevoir with a Flamethrower even though it doesn't know the respective move.

External links


Other:


Advance Adventure
Japanese opening themes
Pokémon Symphonic Medley
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