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PO02 : File 2: Cubone
Pokémon Origins
PO04 : File 4: Charizard
File 3: Giovanni
レポート3 サカキ
File 3: Sakaki
First broadcast
Japan October 2, 2013
United States November 20, 2013
English themes
Opening N/A
Japanese themes
Opening N/A
Ending N/A
Animation XEBEC
Screenplay 広田光穀 Mitsutaka Hirota
Storyboard 高橋秀弥 Hideya Takahashi
Assistant directors 板倉健 Ken Itakura
能條理行 Toshiyuki Nōjō
Animation directors 加藤初重 Hatsue Kato
しんぼたくろう Takurō Shinbo
谷口元浩 Motohiro Taniguchi
Additional credits

File 3: Giovanni (Japanese: レポート3 サカキ File 3: Sakaki) is the third episode of Pokémon Origins. It was first broadcast in Japan on October 2, 2013 and was released on Pokémon TV on November 20, 2013. The English version was made available on Hulu on January 30, 2014, and on iTunes on May 28, 2014.

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Red arrives in Saffron City to find Team Rocket’s fingerprints on everything. When he rescues a Silph Co. secretary, he learns that Team Rocket has taken over the company! This stems from their desire to get their hands on the Master Ball, the ultimate Poké Ball that has been in development for years. However, one more surprise lies in wait for Red at Viridian City, and this may be the biggest one yet!


After solving the mystery of the ghost of Pokémon Tower, Red goes on in battling other Gym Leaders, as well as catching Pokémon, including a grumpy Snorlax he woke with his Pokéflute. He also encounters Team Rocket and meets their boss, Giovanni, and defeats them again. Charmeleon evolves into Charizard. Once he arrives in Saffron City, he and Blue help a woman escape from a Rocket Grunt. That woman was the secretary of the Silph Company's president, and reveals that Team Rocket took over the Silph Company for the Master Ball, a Poké Ball capable of catching any wild Pokémon, regardless of its health. They threaten the scientists using the president into working on the Master Ball, day and night and using wild Pokémon as test subjects. Red later goes near the front entrance with Blue and the secretary to find Rocket Grunts guarding it. Blue tries to opt out, but an enraged Red pins him to the wall. Blue tells him to take it easy and Red says Blue can't call himself a Pokémon trainer if he doesn't care about what happen to Pokémon. Blue tells him he will only take the secretary to the police and leave, while Red goes alone to the building. He frees the captive Pokémon and the scientists, one who gives him a Lapras. Red barges into the president's office, where he finds Giovanni and a Rocket Grunt forcing the president to sign a paper. Giovanni taunts him and prepares to leave. Red stops him, and in response, the two have a Pokémon battle, with Giovanni having the upper hand, and cause a blackout in the building. Before leaving, Giovanni tells a knocked-down Red that Pokémon are tools for business.

Afterwards, Red goes to fight three gym leaders and gets a Pokémon from the Karate master. Red reads about Mew and Mewtwo in the now-deserted Pokémon Mansion. After defeating Blaine, Red goes back to the mainland when he hears about the power of the eighth gym leader. After Blue taunts him in not getting the eighth badge, Red goes to the gym, only to be surprised that the eighth gym leader is actually Giovanni, Giovanni was using the Viridian City gym as a cover for Team Rocket. Red challenges him. Giovanni taunts Red, Pokémon after Pokémon Giovanni's Rhyhorn takes down. Giovanni begins to doubt his power and starts to remember how he was in the past. After a double faint, Red is taunted by Giovanni when Giovanni reveals that Charizard will face against Rhydon. Red says he wants it to be Charizard, or all his battles are meaningless. This infuriates Giovanni, but then Giovanni has a flashback when he sees Red throw his Poké Ball. Giovanni remembers how he used to throw it the exact same way when he was little, back when he had a Charmander, and was happy with it. Giovanni then throws out Rhydon to fight Charizard, and the two Pokémon deal serious damage on each other, with Rhydon gaining the upper hand with his attacks. Rhydon was going to finish it with Horn Drill, but Charizard uses Seismic Toss and rides on Rhydon, driving Rhydon to the ceiling, and throwing him down to the floor.

Surprised at the counterattack and his Pokémon fainting, Giovanni is defeated and presents Red his badge, but Red declines, saying that he doesn't need it from the boss of Team Rocket. Giovanni then disbands Team Rocket and tells Red to accept the badge from the Gym Leader of Viridian City. As Red leaves, Giovanni encourages him to move forward, and as for him, he decides to start a new life, with Pokémon by his side.

Major events





Lapras's jaw coloration error
  • The Team Rocket helicopter seen when Giovanni makes his escape from Silph Co. is the same one used by Dr. Zager in the Best Wishes series, but with the Team Rocket logo removed.


  • When Red is seen surfing on his Lapras, the lower jaw of the Transport Pokémon is incorrectly colored with the same blue as its skin.

In other languages

PO02 : File 2 - Cubone
Pokémon Origins
PO04 : File 4 - Charizard
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