Ikue Otani

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Ikue Otani

Ikue Otani (Japanese: 大谷育江 Ōtani Ikue; also credited as Ikue Ōtani, Ikue Ootani and Ikue Ohtani) is a Japanese voice actress for the Pokémon games and anime.


Otani was born on August 18, 1965 in Tokyo, Japan, but grew up in the Niigata Prefecture. She became a voice actress as an adult and eventually joined the Pokémon anime. Her most famous roles on Pokémon is those of Ash's Pikachu and Captain Pikachu. She has also provided the voices of many Pokémon and characters of the day.

Otani is currently affiliated with Mausu Promotion. For health reasons, she took leave from her work from January to May 2006. Voice clips from previous episodes were reused for Pikachu, while Mime Jr. was voiced by Tomoe Hanba (半場友恵) from AG161 to AG175.

Pokémon roles



Ikue Otani's lookalike in XY078




Pokémon Live!

Musical appearances

* This song is credited in-character as Pikachu.

Other animation

Pokémon Masters Animated Trailer

Pokémon Concierge

Video games

Pokémon Yellow

Hey You, Pikachu!

Super Smash Bros.

Pokémon Snap

Pokémon Pinball

Pokémon Stadium

Pokémon Puzzle League

Pokémon Stadium 2

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Pokémon: Catch the Numbers!

Pokémon Channel

Pokémon Pinball: Ruby & Sapphire

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure

PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond

Pokémon X and Y

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire

Pokémon Rumble World

Dancing? Pokémon Band

Pokkén Tournament

Detective Pikachu

Pokémon Sun and Moon

Pokkén Tournament DX

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon

Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Pokémon Masters EX

Pokémon Sword and Shield

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl

Other non-Pokémon roles

In anime and video games

In dubbed productions of English shows

In-game appearances

Generation II and IV

In the Japanese versions of Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal and Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver, a Picnicker named Ikue can be battled on Route 35, her sole Pokémon being a Pikachu. In the English versions, her name was changed to "Brooke".


Generation VI

In the Japanese versions of Pokémon X and Y, a Pokémon Breeder named Ikue can be found and battled inside Connecting Cave, with one of her Pokémon being a Pikachu. In the English version, she was renamed as "Mercy".


Trainer Pokémon
Pokémon Breeder Mercy
Pokémon Breeder Mercy
イクエ Ikue
Reward: $768
Ducklett Ducklett Lv.12
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Pikachu Pikachu Lv.12
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Litleo Litleo Lv.12
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Oddish Oddish Lv.12
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Generation VII

Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon

In Pokémon Sun, Moon, Ultra Sun, and Ultra Moon, a female Pokémon Breeder named Ikue can be found at Hau'oli Cemetery, her only Pokémon being a Pikachu.


Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!

In Pokémon: Let's Go, Pikachu! and Let's Go, Eevee!, the Pikachu Master Trainer is a Lass named Ikue.


External links

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