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This is where I will make notes of interesting tidbits I find while reading Takeshi Shudo's novelizations of the anime - usually extra trivia about the anime world and characters that we can assume Shudo couldn't fit into the anime itself for one reason or another.
Can these be considered canon? Hell if I know, I'm just putting them up and other people can judge. \o/
Vol. 1 旅立ち - Departure
ポケットモンスター The Animation VOL.1 旅立ち
Story by 首藤剛志
Illustrations by 一石小百合
Published November 1, 1997
ISBN 978-4-09-440541-5 (4-09-440541-0)
Satoshi's recurring dream... there is so much crap in these four pages I don't even know where to start. It's taking forever to type it all up, too...
Chapter 1 旅立ちは、パジャマのままで。 - Setting Off In Pajamas.
Apparently Satoshi spent ten days researching poses to come up with his trademark "get daze!" pose.
Compulsory education ends once children reach ten years of age, as they are then considered adults. As of the April following their tenth birthday, they may continue on to secondary education, or leave school to pursue other interests, be it Pokemon training, starting the career of their choice, or even getting married.
Masara Town being a small rural town, there aren't many jobs, so children, upon coming of age, generally become Pokemon Trainers. There aren't many notable trainers from Masara, though - in the monthly "Top 10,000 Trainers" charts in magazines, trainers from Masara linger around the bottom.
Over a hundred years ago, there was one notable trainer from the town - Ookido Masara, who made it to the 931st spot in the charts, the best placing from their town ever. He was honored as a hero, and the town was renamed "Masara Town," having been called "Masshiro Town" previously.
The Ookido family is now famous in Masara Town; Professor Ookido Yukinari is Ookido Masara's great-great-grandson. Yukinari also has two older brothers, the oldest of whom is the mayor of Masara Town; the middle brother was (past tense??) the town's postmaster.
BASICALLY, Satoshi's father and grandfather are both Pokemon trainers. His father left home right after Satoshi was born, and never returned; Hanako's father was the same, leaving home when she was young and never returning. Neither Satoshi's father nor his grandfather ever appeared in the monthly charts, so it can be assumed that they never participated in any league-ordained events. But neither of them were even entered into the national registry of Pokemon trainer's names... so nobody knows where the hell they are or what the hell they're doing.
btw Hanako is 29 years old. Oh yeah and she runs the only restaurant in town. what.
On the day Satoshi leaves on his Pokemon journey, he is exactly ten years, ten months, and ten days old.
In the ten years since Satoshi's father left, Hanako has been proposed to like a hundred times, but she always turns them down. She never divorced Satoshi's father, but she doesn't love him anymore. Or something. Honestly I'm not even looking at the book right now but all of this was definitely in there somewhere.
Chapter 2 しびれる出会いはピカチュウと - A Shocking Meeting with Pikachu
Chapter 3 旅立ちの日はオニスズメ - Spearow on Departure Day
Chapter 4 ニャース・アタック - Meowth Attack
Chapter 5 森を抜けて - Escape the Forest
Chapter 6 バタフリー飛んだ！ - Butterfree Took Flight!
Vol. 2 仲間 - Companions
ポケットモンスター The Animation VOL.2 仲間
Story by 首藤剛志
Illustrations by 一石小百合
Published November 1, 1999
ISBN 978-4-09-440542-2 (4-09-440542-9)
Chapter 1 ニビシティのイワーク - Onix of Nibi City
Chapter 2 ゲット・グレーバッジ - Get the Boulder Badge
Chapter 3 ハナダシティの四姉妹 - The Four Sisters of Hanada City
Chapter 4 クチバジムの対決 - Showdown at Kuchiba Gym
付録 - Appendix