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EP073 : Bad to the Bone
Original series
EP075 : Round One - Begin!
All Fired Up!
Fire! Pokémon League Opening Ceremony!
First broadcast
Japan December 10, 1998
United States October 23, 1999
English themes
Opening Pokémon Theme
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター
Ending タイプ・ワイルド
Animation Team Ota
Screenplay 園田英樹 Hideki Sonoda
Storyboard 井硲清高 Kiyotaka Isako
Assistant director 元永慶太郎 Keitarō Motonaga
Animation director 依田正彦 Masahiko Yoda
Additional credits

All Fired Up! (Japanese: ファイヤー!ポケモンリーグかいかいしき! Fire! Pokémon League Opening Ceremony!) is the 74th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on December 10, 1998 and in the United States on October 23, 1999.

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The episode begins as Ash, Misty, and Brock approach the Indigo Plateau. Ash releases a loud cry of excitement which irritates Misty, Brock, and Pikachu and causes Togepi to cry. When Misty finished calming Togepi down, Ash explained that he couldn't help himself, and that he is erupting in excitement for the Pokémon League. Brock suggests that Ash save the energy for his first match, but then Ash begins yelling again. Misty begins to worry about Ash being overconfident.

Later Ash and the gang approach a bunch of people with flags waiting, which confuses Ash into thinking that they are there to cheer him on, but then it is revealed that they are really waiting for the "Torch Bearer". The Torch Bearer is said to light up a huge flame that burns during the entire Pokémon League competition. The flame is supposed to be a form of inspiration for the competitors. Misty explains that the flame is supposed to be of a Moltres. Ash begins to dream about catching a Moltres and runs to the flame, exclaiming that he shall be the Torch Bearer.

Ash approaches the Torch Bearer explaining that he'd take the torch from there. Officer Jenny explains that only approved competitors can hold the Torch. Ash shows that he is a competitor with his badges on the inside of his shirt. Jenny explains that he needs to be approved, when Professor Goodshow (on top of the vehicle behind Jenny and Ash) explains that they should bend the rules and let Ash be the Torch Bearer in honor of Ash's sprit.

Ash asks Mr. Goodshow if he is Santa Claus, causing the man to fall off the vehicle. Jenny introduces the man as "The Honorable Charles Goodshow President of the Pokémon League Torch Committee. Goodshow reexplains that the competition is about spirit, and that Ash would be the perfect man to hold the Torch. The previous torch bearer transfers the flame onto Ash's unlit torch, Ash explains to Pikachu that the Torch is very valuable and shall be kept safe in Ash's possession. Goodshow acknowldeges Ash's responsibility and so the Torch-lighting ceremony begins.

Meanwhile, Team Rocket flies overhead in their balloon and plans to steal the torch and some Pokémon too. As Ash and Pikachu run with the Torch, in the vehicle following him, Misty and Brock begin hearing a noise. Then, all of a sudden a fissure comes breaking the ground under the vehicle. Ash approaches the large hole that the vehicle fell into and tries to figure out what happened when Team Rocket overhead begin to recite their motto. Afterwards Team Rocket jumps out of their balloon and Meowth lands on Ash and swipes him, causing Ash to let go of the Torch. Meowth catches the torch, but on the end with the flame causing him to catch on fire and throw the Torch away from him. Then Pikachu catches it as Jessie and James run away from a flaming Meowth. James sends out his Victreebel and commands it to bite Meowth to put out the flame. However, Victreebel then catches fire as well, and starts to chase Jessie and James along with Meowth. Ash sends out his Squirtle to put out Jessie, James, Meowth, and Victreebel. Despite being saved Tean Rocket explain to Ash that they will not stop trying to get the Torch for it could sell for a huge price and get them money. James jumps up and prepares to tackle Pikachu for the Torch. Pikachu throws the torch away and uses an electric attack on James.

Major events


Pokémon debuts




Who’s That Pokémon?: Seaking


  • This episode begins the seven-part Indigo League arc.
  • The torch carrying ceremony is a reference to the Olympic Torch Ceremony.
  • During the scene where Ash, Misty, and Brock carry the torch, the second verse of the Pokémon Theme is used.
  • The mecha that Team Rocket uses in this episode looks similar to a Metapod.
  • Another example of anime physics appears in this episode. When Victreebel swallowed a burning Meowth to put out the flame, the fire continued to burn, even though its oxygen had been cut off.

In other languages

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