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The Rivals

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Aim to Be a Pokémon Master
Japanese opening themes
OK!
ライバル!
OPJ02.png
Raibaru!
The Rivals
TV OP 2
Artist 松本梨香
Rica Matsumoto
Lyrics 戸田昭吾
Akihito Toda
Composer たなか ひろかず
Arrangement たなか ひろかず
Hirokazu Tanaka
Pikachu Records single
Title ライバル!
The Rivals
Catalog no. ZMDP-156
This was also the opening to the second Pokémon movie, Revelation Lugia.
CD cover of The Rivals

The Rivals (Japanese: ライバル! Rival!) is the second opening theme song of the Japanese Pokémon anime series.

It debuted in EP081, replacing Aim to Be a Pokémon Master.

Opening animation

Synopsis

The opening starts with a brief view of a battlefield which quickly changes into a Poké Ball. The ball opens and the Pokémon logo comes out, appearing over water. Growlithe jumps out from the left, Goldeen makes a splashing entrance, and Pidgeot flies up. The title then disappears with Staryu making its appearance, followed by Snorlax and then Charizard making a roar. The next scene features Marill, Venonat, and Scyther. The background changes as Jigglypuff appears singing. Bulbasaur then comes up, then Slowbro only to be attacked by Squirtle. Magneton scares Squirtle away with an Electric attack. Pikachu makes its entrance and uses Thunderbolt. The earth is shown next as Thunderbolt comes out. Ash and Pikachu appears in battle against Sparky and Ritchie. The screen split into four and shows various Pokémon doing attacks. This changes to a dark stadium where Ash is seen standing with his head low. Misty and Tracey, as well as Professor Oak and Delia Ketchum are watching him from the sidelines. The two girls seem concerned. Ash's fist trembles, then opens. Light is cast on him as he raises his head with a confident smile. Afterward, Ash and Ritchie shake hands.

The scene changes to the sea where Pikachu and Togepi are seen riding on Lapras's head. Ash, Misty and Tracey are riding on Lapras's back, while Goldeen and Staryu are swimming. Psyduck, on the other hand, seems to be drowning. Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny pass by riding on a motorboat. Giovanni appears on the screen with a menacing look. Jessie, James, and Meowth appear standing on their Magikarp submarine. A Gyarados then swats them away with its tail.

The next scene features Lapras and the gang again, shot from behind. Psyduck is hanging onto Lapras, while Goldeen and Staryu are in the water. Pikachu and Togepi are still on Lapras's head, while the Trainers are on its back, all are laughing. Closing up on Ash, Pikachu hops onto his back. Then Ash looks at the sky. Flashbacks of his rivals are seen. The next scene shows Lapras and the gang again, looking up at the sky, with the sun setting over the horizon.

Characters

The titular rivals of The Rivals

Humans

Pokémon

Lyrics

TV Size

Japanese English
バトルしようぜ!

ほえる はねる そらをとぶ
トライアタック メガトンパンチ!
うたう ねむる サイコキネシス
ロケットずつき 10まんボルト!
かってもまけても おまつりさわぎ
バトルしようぜ ポケモンバトル!

まけた くやしさは
ふるえるほどだけど
にぎりこぶしを ほどいて
ズボンであせふき あくしゅしよう!

ときのながれは ふしぎだね
"どっちが かったか ねえ おぼえてる?"
いまでは ホラ
わらいながら はなしができるよ
"わすれたね!"って とぼけてる
そんな オレのライバルたち
Let's battle!

Roar, Hop, Fly
Tri Attack, Megaton Punch!
Sing, Sleep, Psychokinesis
Rocket Headbutt, 100,000 Volts!
Win or lose, I'll celebrate
Let's battle, a Pokémon battle!

It's so disappointing to lose
I'm trembling, but,
My clenched fist loosens
I wipe the sweat on my jeans, so let's shake hands!

Isn't the flow of time mysterious?
"Do you remember who won?"
Now look!
I can laugh as I talk with you
"I forgot!" said while playing dumb
Those are my rivals

Full version

Japanese English
バトルしようぜ!

ほえる はねる そらをとぶ
トライアタック メガトンパンチ!
うたう ねむる サイコキネシス
ロケットずつき 10まんボルト!
かってもまけても おまつりさわぎ
バトルしようぜ ポケモンバトル!

まけた くやしさは
ふるえるほどだけど
にぎりこぶしを ほどいて
ズボンであせふき あくしゅしよう!

ときのながれは ふしぎだね
"どっちが かったか ねえ おぼえてる?"
いまでは ホラ
わらいながら はなしができるよ
"わすれたね!"って とぼけてる
そんな オレのライバルたち

すてみタックル からてチョップ
オーロラビーム ハイドロポンプ
にらみつける ゆびをふる
はっぱカッター でんこうせっか!
かってもまけても おまつりさわぎ
バトルしようぜ ポケモンバトル!

勝った うれしさは
泣きたいほどだけど
勝ち負けよりも だいじな
何かがきっと あるはずさ!

ライバルどうし おかしいね
"まだまだ育てが たりないぜ!"
それでも ホラ
選んだ道が おなじ道だから
"負けないぞ!"って いいながら
おなじ夢を 語り合う

夢の つぼみは
つぼみの ままだけど
少しずつ ふくらんできてる
そんな 気がするよ
Let's battle!

Roar, Hop, Fly
Tri Attack, Megaton Punch!
Sing, Sleep, Psychokinesis
Rocket Headbutt, 100,000 Volts!
Win or lose, I'll celebrate
Let's battle, a Pokémon battle!

It's so disappointing to lose
I'm trembling, but,
My clenched fist loosens
I wipe the sweat on my jeans, so let's shake hands!

Isn't the flow of time mysterious?
"Do you remember who won?"
Now look!
I can laugh as I talk with you
"I forgot!" said while playing dumb
Those are my rivals

Life-Risking Tackle, Karate Chop
Aurora Beam, Hydro Pump!
Glare, Wag Finger
Leaf Cutter, Lightning Speed!
Win or lose, I'll celebrate
Let's battle, a Pokémon battle!

I'm so happy to win
I want to cry, but
Both winning and losing are important
There must be something to it!

Rivals are something amusing
"You still have a ways to go before you're grown!"
You see, look!
Because the road we've chosen is the same
"I won't lose!" With these words
We can talk of our identical dreams

The bud that is our dreams
Hasn't changed, but
Little by little it'll bloom...
I can feel it

Trivia

Errors

External links

Aim to Be a Pokémon Master
Japanese opening themes
OK!


Other:
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