Dawn (anime)

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Dawn
ヒカリ Hikari
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Art from Diamond/Pearl anime
Age 10 (as of debut)
Gender Female
Hometown Twinleaf Town
Region Sinnoh
Relatives Johanna (mother)
Trainer class Coordinator
Anime debut Following a Maiden's Voyage!
English voice actor Emily Jenness
Japanese voice actor Megumi Toyoguchi

Dawn (Japanese: ヒカリ Hikari) is a ten-year-old girl travelling through Sinnoh with Ash and Brock. Her goal is to become a great coordinator like her mother, Johanna. Her first Pokémon is a Piplup that she received from Professor Rowan. She is voiced by 豊口めぐみ Megumi Toyoguchi in the Japanese version, Emily Jenness in the English dub, by Fernanda Bulara in the Brazilian dub, and by Gaby Ugarte in the Latin American Spanish dub.

In the anime

Character

Dawn is notable for her confidence, since she is always looking towards the future rather than dwelling on her mistakes. In the Japanese version, she often says, "Daijōbu!" Although not consistently translated in the English dub at first, she began to regularly use "No need to worry!".

Like Ash, she is lucky enough to have seen a legendary Pokémon, the projected soul of Mesprit in Following a Maiden's Voyage!.

She had a bicycle, but like Misty's and May's bikes, Ash's Pikachu destroyed it with its Thunderbolt. However, she did not mention this to Ash until over 30 episodes after it happened. Johanna gave Dawn one of her old ribbons from her days as a coordinator as a gift for luck. She also had a large suitcase full of dresses, but her mother made her leave it at home due to its impracticality.

Out of all of Ash's friends, Dawn is the only one so far to have her debut episode dedicated completely to herself. Unlike other debut episodes, Ash didn't even appear until the last 30 seconds. Additionally, she is the one of Ash's friends to get the most development.

She has a Contest Pass for the Sinnoh region. In Dawn's Early Night, when she competed in the Hearthome City Contest, she lost in the Appeal Round, making her the first of the main characters to drop out of a contest by losing the appeal round. In DP061, she lost the Appeal Round for second time in a row.

She has two childhood friends that appeared in the anime, Kenny and Yumomi, both of which call her sometimes Dee Dee (Japanese: ピカリ Pikari). Dawn has prevented them from telling Ash and Brock about the reason why she has this nickname. She seems to be closer to Yumomi than to Kenny.

Like May, she has her own theme song, 君のそばで 〜ヒカリのテーマ〜 By Your Side ~Hikari's Theme~, the first ending of the Diamond & Pearl anime. The song is sung by グリン Grin.

Pokémon

This listing is of Dawn's Pokémon as of the most recent Japanese episode:

On hand

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Piplup
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Buneary
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Pachirisu
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Aipom → Ambipom

Traded

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Buizel
(Traded for Aipom)

Ribbons

Sinnoh ribbons

Achievements

Trivia

  • May and Misty were girls who traveled with Ash Ketchum. Both of them have Japanese names including the katakana ka and dub names starting with M, so some fans believed Dawn would as well have a dub name starting with M, because she had カ in her name. However, this was revealed to be false when her English name was revealed to be Dawn, which appears to reference Pokémon Diamond as Paul references Pokémon Pearl. "Dawn" may also be a reference to "Hikari," which means "light"--dawn is essentially the day's first light.
  • Just like Ash's Pikachu, her Piplup wasn't ready to obey her when they first met. Eventually, they became fast friends.
  • She is the only female main character that doesn't have a sibling.

Names

Language Name Origin
Japanese ヒカリ Hikari From 光, light.
English Dawn May be a reference to Hikari, as dawn is essentially the day's first light.
French Aurore Literally means dawn.
German Lucia A reference to lux lucis, latin for light.
Italian Lucinda From luce, Italian for light.
Spanish Maya
Korean 나빛나 Na Bit-Na When read as a sentence, it means I shine.
Chinese (Taiwan) 小光 Xiǎo Guāng From 光 hikari, light. Literally "small light".

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