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| File 1 - Red
|| October 2, 2013
| United States
|| November 15, 2013
|| Production I.G
|| 広田光穀 Mitsutaka Hirota
|| 川崎逸朗 Itsuro Kawasaki
| Assistant director
| Animation director
|| 片桐貴悠 Takahisa Katagiri
| Additional credits
File 1 - Red (Japanese: レポート1 レッド Report 1 - Red) is the first episode of Pokémon Origins. It was first broadcast in Japan on October 2, 2013 and was released on Pokémon TV on November 15, 2013. The English version was made available on Hulu on January 30, 2014.
Similar to Pokémon Red and Green, this episode begins with Professor Oak introducing himself as well as the world of Pokémon. He explains that the world is inhabited by creatures known as Pokémon and that people use them as pets and for fights. After releasing an Eevee from its Poké Ball, he invites the audience to the world of Pokémon.
The scene changes to a battle between a Gengar and Nidorino that is being watched by Red. His mom tells him that Professor Oak wants to see him in his lab. Excited, Red falls down the stairs but quickly gets back up and runs over to Professor Oak's lab. In front of the lab, Red meets up with Blue, Professor Oak's grandson and Red's rival, who also was called down to the lab. They race in as Professor Oak greets them. He hands them both a Pokédex, a high-tech encyclopedia of Pokémon, which he's been working on. He asks them both to fulfill his dream of making a complete guide on all Pokémon.
In addition to doing this, Professor Oak allows the boys to pick one of the three Starter Pokemon: Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur. Blue lets Red pick first. Red picks Charmander as his first Pokémon and Blue goes with Squirtle to have an advantage over Red. Professor Oak asks if they would like to nickname either of their Pokémon, but they both decline. Blue teases Red about wanting his first battle to be memorable instead of battling a novice like Red. Blue goes on to explain how he wants to be the greatest Pokémon Trainer in the world. Red begins his journey shortly afterward.
Walking down the road, Red encounters a Pidgey. He starts to battle it but is quickly overwhelmed and fails to capture it. However, his next battle against a Rattata is successful and he catches the Rattata, as well as a Spearow, Caterpie, and a different Pidgey. The scene moves to him battling a Youngster Trainer in a forest. The Youngster sends out a Nidoran♀. After attacking, Red tries to capture the Nidoran♀, but the Poké Ball is rejected. The Youngster explains that Red can't just catch other people's Pokémon and points him in the direction where the Nidoran♀ was found.
Red makes it close to Viridian City, where he runs into Blue. Blue challenges Red to a battle and, after some hesitation, Red accepts the challenge. Blue sends out Squirtle and Red sends out Charmander. Charmander is at a disadvantage from the beginning as Squirtle dodges every attack and overpowers Charmander. The battle finishes with Blue as the clear victor as he tells Red to get stronger or he'll never finish the Pokédex.
Stressed on his defeat, Red sits down next to a lake and thinks to himself that he and Blue should be at the same level, due to the fact that they both started their Pokémon journey at the same time. Brock, who had watched Red's battle with Blue the entire time, states that Red is wrong, and that Blue was far more experienced than Red was during the battle. Additionally, Brock states that Red and his Charmander are not in sync. Brock asks Red what Pokémon battles are about and then leaves.
Later in the Pewter City museum, Red sees two people talking about the Pewter City gym leader. Then he is running to the gym. When Red gets there two people state that Red is weak and is light years from facing Brock. Then from behind, Brock says that he invited Red there. Then Brock asks if Red has an answer to the question he asked him. Red says no but that he went there for answers. In the battle Brock sends out Geodude and Onix. During the battle Red realizes that Pokémon aren't tools for battle but instead partners. After the battle red receives a Boulder Badge and TM34: Bide.
Then there is a change in scenery to Professor Oaks Lab. One of Prof.Oaks assistants asks him why he chose Red. Prof.Oak replies "Although hes clumsy, ever since he was a young boy he has hated to lose. But he is honest and he will learn from others around him and grow stronger." And he also says that he hopes Blue will grow along with Red.
Pokémon seen during Professor Oak's introduction
- The beginning of the episode features sound effects from the original Game Boy games, drawing from the opening animation from Pokémon Red and Green (with a Gengar battling a Nidorino). The main Pokémon anime had also animated the same opening animation in a similar fashion in the beginning of its own first episode, Pokémon - I Choose You!.
- In the Japanese version of this episode, Red initially considers nicknaming his Charmander Sepultura (meaning "grave" or "burial" in Spanish) prior to his decision of refraining from nicknaming Charmander at all. "Sepultura" is a nickname that was given to a Charmander that appeared in a screenshot on the back of the Japanese box packaging of Pokémon Red.
- When introducing the starter Pokémon, Professor Oak called Bulbasaur a "plant Pokémon" instead of a Grass Pokémon, with the terms referring to the types. Despite this apparent oversight, this usage is consistent with Professor Oak's dialogue from Pokémon Red and Blue if the player is about to choose Bulbasaur as their starter Pokémon.
- Furthermore, the Gym guide in Cerulean Gym also refers to Pokémon of the Grass type as "plant Pokémon" in the English Generation I games. In the Japanese versions, he instead refers to the Grass type itself, calling it the "Plant type" (Japanese: しょくぶつタイプ).
- Before Red challenges Brock, the female trainer at the entrance believes Red is "light years away from being ready from that", a rough quote from the first Jr. Trainer encountered in the Pewter Gym from Pokémon Red and Blue.
- The timeline for all of the games prior to Professor Oak's introduction has been removed from non-Japanese versions. It was re-added when the English dub was released on Hulu.
- In the dubbed version, Professor Oak asks if Blue would choose Squirtle because its color matches with his name, to which Blue replies that he would never choose his Pokémon for "such a ridiculous reason", but still chooses Squirtle, due to its type advantage over Red's Charmander. In the Japanese version, Professor Oak instead asks if Blue is going to choose Bulbasaur as his starter Pokémon because its color matches his Japanese name, Green, but he says that he doesn't pick his Pokémon for such a girlish reason, and instead chooses Squirtle to counter Red's Fire type.
- When Red is pondering over the matter of giving his Charmander a nickname, no actual name suggestions are said aloud prior to Red's decision of leaving Charmander's name unaltered. In the Japanese version, Red had mentioned "Sepultura" as a possible nickname for Charmander. Sepultura is actually a nickname given to a Charmander seen in the back of the Japanese box of Pokémon Red and Green.
- Charmander's scream when it is bitten by Squirtle is toned down in the dub version.
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