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Pokémon Theme

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English opening themes
Pokémon World
Pokémon Theme
OPE01.png
Dub OP 1
Artist Jason Paige
Lyrics John Loeffler
Composer  ?
Arrangement John Siegler
KOCH Records
Title Pokémon 2.B.A. Master
Catalog no.  ?

Pokémon Theme is the first opening theme music from the English dub of the Pokémon anime. It was used from Pokémon - I Choose You! to Poké Ball Peril. Being featured in 83 episodes makes it the most-used dub opening theme. The opening animation uses footage from the first Japanese opening, Aim to Be a Pokémon Master.

It was written and produced by John Loeffler. The lead vocal was sung by Jason Paige.

The song was played at the end of the VHS A Sneak Peek at Pokémon. A full version of the song is available on the Pokémon 2.B.A. Master and Pokémon X audio CDs, and includes a second verse not usually heard in the show. This version is also featured in the episodes of the anime Bye Bye Butterfree, All Fired Up! and once again in Friends To The End. Another full version sung by Billy Crawford was the theme played during the opening credits of Mewtwo Strikes Back, and is the first track on the movie's soundtrack.

A remixed version titled Pokémon Theme (Version XY), performed by Ben Dixon and The Sad Truth, debuted with the airing of Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin! of Pokémon the Series: XY. The opening animation is composed of clips from the first XY series Japanese opening, V (Volt).

Opening animation: Dub OP 1

Synopsis

The clip begins with Mewtwo and a shining Mew floating in space, as the camera focuses on Earth, while the sun starts to rise. The next scene shows Ash alone in a stadium. After that, a Squirtle, Cubone and Pidgeotto are shown quickly, before changing to a Bulbasaur being caught, to which Ash snaps excitedly. Shortly afterwards, the camera shows a Haunter using Lick on Charmander, paralyzing him.

Ash then flips his hat backwards and throws a Poké Ball to the camera. In the following scene, Ash can be seen running along with his Pikachu, an Arcanine and a Rapidash, who then jumps to the skies, disappearing between the legendary birds, who are flying around. Then, a short clip of a Sandshrew unrolling itself, a Kadabra and Charmander is shown, followed by Ash and Pikachu sitting on a Lapras, as they watch a Gyarados jumping out of the water, and a Dragonair jumping in. After that, a Poké Ball is seen trapping a Pokémon who has turned into red energy.

A battle between Pikachu and Raichu is seen, with the former dodging a Body Slam of the latter; and then, a Caterpie bracing for an Ekans' and a Koffing's incoming attack. In the next scene, Ash is seen hugging his Pikachu, followed by a giant Tentacruel attacking a building. Ash then is seen holding a Poké Ball; followed by an Onix. Later, Ash appears to be looking at the screen, when Misty and Brock appear on either side of him, 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.

The camera then runs across Charizard while using Flamethrower, Blastoise while using Hydro Pump and Venusaur; before Pikachu runs between Ash and a Lass and jumps. The next scene introduces Professor Oak, Delia Ketchum, Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy, as they nod, the camera then shows a giant Charizard using Flamethrower, and Ash and his friends hide behind a boulder, later, a Squirtle is seen running towards Ash, followed by a hug.

The camera does a close-up on Pikachu, and subsequently zooms out, showing Pikachu standing on a Pidgeotto, a Zubat holding a Squirtle, and a Butterfree holding Bulbasaur. The last scene then shows up, on which Ash raises his feet and throws the Poké Ball to the screen, much like a Baseball pitcher, followed by a spinning Poké Ball and the Pokémon logo.

Opening animation spoilers

Characters

Humans

Pokémon

Lyrics

TV version

I wanna be the very best
Like no one ever was
To catch them is my real test
To train them is my cause

I will travel across the land
Searching far and wide
Teach Pokémon to understand[1]
The power that's inside

Pokémon (Gotta catch 'em all), it's you and me
I know it's my destiny
(Pokémon!)
ooh, you're my best friend
In a world we must defend
Pokémon (Gotta catch 'em all), a heart so true
Our courage will pull us through
You teach me, and I'll teach you
Po-ké-mon
(Gotta catch 'em all!)
Gotta catch 'em all!
Pokémon!

Extended version

I wanna be the very best
Like no one ever was
To catch them is my real test
To train them is my cause

I will travel across the land
Searching far and wide
Teach Pokémon to understand
The power that's inside

Pokémon (Gotta catch 'em all), it's you and me
I know it's my destiny
(Pokémon!)
Ooh, you're my best friend
In a world we must defend
Pokémon (Gotta catch 'em all), a heart so true
Our courage will pull us through
You teach me, and I'll teach you
Po-ké-mon!
(Gotta catch 'em all!)
Gotta catch 'em all!

Yeah...

Ev'ry challenge along the way
With courage I will face
I will battle ev'ry day
To claim my rightful place

Come with me, the time is right
There's no better team,
Arm in arm, we'll win the fight
It's always been our dream

Pokémon (Gotta catch 'em all), it's you and me
I know it's my destiny
(Pokémon!)
Ooh, you're my best friend
In a world we must defend
Pokémon (Gotta catch 'em all), a heart so true
Our courage will pull us through
You teach me, and I'll teach you
Po-ké-mon!
(Gotta catch 'em all!)
Gotta catch 'em all!

Gotta catch 'em all!
Gotta catch 'em all!
Gotta catch 'em all!
Yeah!

Pokémon (Gotta catch 'em all), it's you and me
I know it's my destiny
(Pokémon!)
Ooh, you're my best friend
In a world we must defend
Pokémon (Gotta catch 'em all), a heart so true
Our courage will pull us through
You teach me, and I'll teach you
Po-ké-mon!
(Gotta catch 'em all!)
Gotta catch 'em all!
Pokémon!

Movie version

I wanna be the very best
Like no one ever was
To catch them is my real test
To train them is my cause

Ooh-ooh-ooh!

I will travel across the land
Searching far and wide
Teach Pokémon to understand
The power that's inside
(Power inside)

Pokémon... It's you and me
I know it's my destiny
(Pokémon!)
Ooh, you're my best friend
In a world we must defend
Pokémon!
A heart so true
Our courage will pull us through
You teach me and I'll teach you
Po-ké-mon
(Gotta catch 'em)
Gotta catch 'em
Gotta catch 'em all

Ev'ry challenge along the way
With courage I will face
I will battle ev'ry day
To claim my rightful place

Come with me, the time is right
There's no better team, yeah!
Arm in arm we'll win the fight
It's always been our dream
(It's always been our dream)

Pokémon... It's you and me
I know it's my destiny
(Pokémon!)
Ooh, you're my best friend
In a world we must defend
Pokémon... A heart so true
Our courage will pull us through
You teach me and I'll teach you
Po-ké-mon
(Gotta catch 'em)
Gotta catch 'em
Pokémon!

Pokémon... It's you and me
I know it's my destiny
Pokémon, ooh you're my best friend
In the world we must defend
Pokémon... A heart so true
Our courage will pull us through
You teach me and I'll teach you
Po-ké-mon
(Gotta catch 'em)
Gotta catch 'em
Gotta Catch 'em all
Pokémon!

Credits

Trivia

Meowth's missing fang

Errors

  • In one scene, for a split second, Meowth's right fang disappears.
  • Despite having confirmation from John Loeffler,[1] many official sources (including lyric booklets from music CDs and closed captions in the the anime) have the lyrics misprinted as, "Each Pokémon to understand the power that's inside." This has caused confusion among many fans.

Opening animation: Dub OP 17

It's Always You and Me
English opening themes

 

Pokémon Theme (Version XY)
OPE17.png
Dub OP 17
Artist Ben Dixon and The Sad Truth
Lyrics John Loeffler
Composer John Siegler and John Loeffler
Arrangement Ed Goldfarb

Synopsis

A thick mist clears and Ash, Serena, Clemont and Bonnie are shown on a hill. Ash and Pikachu are shown while the scene split diagonally, with the other half showing Ash and Pikachu eating sandwiches. The next scene shows Serena while the scene split diagonally, with the other half showing Serena and her Fennekin while she chooses between two hats. She throws the red hat away and wears the pink hat. Clemont and Bonnie are then shown and the scene split diagonally, with the other half showing Clemont fixing one of his inventions while Bonnie chased after Chespin and Dedenne. His invention explodes and Bonnie lies on the floor.
The Team Rocket trio are on their balloon, holding binoculars. Meowth accidentally falls and Jessie and James try to grab him. Wobbuffet comes out of its Poké Ball and the trio falls out of their balloon. Ash commands Pikachu to use Quick Attack. Chespin uses Pin Missile, while Clemont instructs Bunnelby to use Dig. Bonnie jumps for joy while Dedenne uses Thunder Shock. Serena is shown while Fennekin uses Ember. Ash is then shown while Froakie shoots Water Pulse, and Fletchling uses Steel Wing. Pikachu finally uses Electro Ball. Lucario is seen Mega Evolving. Ash and his friends are running outside a restaurant.

The "Pokémon Gotta catch 'em all!" logo is shown while the following scenes are in the background. Two Vivillon and three Swanna are flying in the sky near a grape tree. A school of Luvdisc, a school of Remoraid, a Gorebyss, Octillery and Mantyke are swimming in the ocean. Two Furret are in a garden of flowers while four Swanna fly in the sky. A town near the pier is drizzling. A Parasol Lady, a lady with a female Meowstic, a Quagsire holding a leaf to shield itself from the rain are in the town. Three Wooper and a Ducklett are on the pier. A Lotad and a Lombre are in the water, while a Magikarp leaps out of the water. Several Pidgey soar into the sky. The "Gotta catch 'em all!" slogan disappears, and "the Series XY" appears below the "Pokémon" logo.

Opening animation spoilers

Characters

Humans

Pokémon

Lyrics

TV version

I wanna be the very best
Like no one ever was
To catch them is my real test
To train them is my cause

Pokémon (Gotta catch 'em all), it's you and me
(Pokémon!)
I know it's my destiny
(Pokémon!)
Yeah, you're my best friend
In a world we must defend
Pokémon
(Gotta catch 'em all)
Gotta catch 'em all
Gotta catch 'em all
Pokémon!

Credits

Trivia

  • When the Lucario is Mega Evolving, Lucario cannot be clearly seen, although it can be partly seen in a single frame of the shot. The Mega Evolution logo can be clearly seen, though.
  • The Dutch version is sung by Herman van Doorn.
  • The instrumental version that is used in the end credits uses a different instrumentation from the main lyrical version.

Errors

  • During the scene of a rainy town, a male Meowstic is miscolored as a female Meowstic.

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 http://dl.dropbox.com/u/71284/Gmail%20-%20Re_%20%5BFieldhouse%20Music%5D%20Contact%20Us.pdf

In other languages




Other:
It's Always You and Me
English opening themes

 

 

English opening themes
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