Pokémon Origins

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Pokémon Origins (Japanese: ポケットモンスター THE ORIGIN Pocket Monsters: The Origin) is a miniseries that closely follows the plot of Pokémon Red and Green. Aesthetically it is based on the artwork, sprites, and other minor elements from Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen (and to a far lesser extent, Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver), as well as including some unique features, such as Blue's green jacket and Mega Evolution. It stars Red as the protagonist and Blue as Red's rival.

The story is split into four episodes. It was first aired in Japan on October 2, 2013, airing in its entirety. The first episode premiered in English on Pokémon TV on November 15, 2013, with subsequent episodes following on November 18, 20, and 22, 2013; the episodes remained on Pokémon TV until December 2, 2013. All four episodes were released on DVD and Blu-ray in Japan on December 4, 2013. On January 30, 2014, the English dubs of all four episodes were made available on the Hulu streaming service for the United States (although after April 2015, they became Hulu Plus-exclusive), along with Amazon Instant Video. On May 28, 2014, the English dubs of all four episodes were released on the iTunes distribution service, available in standard-definition (SD) and high-definition (HD) formats.


Code Screenshot English title Japanese title US broadcast Japan broadcast Time between
PO01 File 1: Red File 1: Red レポート1 レッド
Report 1: Red
November 15, 2013 October 2, 2013 44 days
PO02 File 2: Cubone File 2: Cubone レポート2 カラカラ
Report 2: Karakara
November 18, 2013 October 2, 2013 47 days
PO03 File 3: Giovanni File 3: Giovanni レポート3 サカキ
Report 3: Sakaki
November 20, 2013 October 2, 2013 49 days
PO04 File 4: Charizard File 4: Charizard レポート4 リザードン
Report 4: Lizardon
November 22, 2013 October 2, 2013 51 days
This concludes Pokémon Origins.

Differences from the games

Although the mini-series is more faithful to the games than the main anime, there are still some differences, mainly to enhance the plot or due to time constraints.

  • Red speaks.
  • The character dialogue is directly from Red and Blue when in the text boxes during the montages (such as the beginnings of Files 2, 3, and 4) but when actually spoken, it is retranslated.
  • Pallet Town is much bigger.
  • The two visits to Professor Oak's Laboratory for the starter Pokémon and the Pokédex are combined in Origins. Thus, Oak's Parcel is absent.
  • Red and Blue first battle on Route 1, instead of in Professor Oak's Laboratory. He does reference the lab battle in Origins by proposing that he and Red "test out [their] Pokémon" like in the games, but quickly changes his mind.
  • Brock meets Red on Route 1, whereas in the games he meets Red at the Gym like all Generation I Gym Leaders except Giovanni.
  • The Gym Trainers do not battle Red.
  • Reina has a bigger role.
  • There are no Channelers or any other Trainers in the Pokémon Tower.
  • The Silph Scope is obtained in the Pokémon Tower, instead of in the Rocket Hideout. However, a Team Rocket Grunt held it before Blue stole it from him.
  • Blue helps Red in the Pokémon Tower.
  • The ghost Marowak is calmed by her child, Cubone, instead of Red.
  • Giovanni is the only Trainer that battles Red inside Silph Co.
  • Giovanni uses fewer Pokémon.
  • Blue gets injured by Mewtwo.
  • Mega Evolution, Mega Stones and Key Stones were all added in Pokémon Origins.


Red Bryce Papenbrook Red Junko Takeuchi レッド 竹内順子
Blue Lucien Dodge Green Takuya Eguchi グリーン 江口拓也
Professor Oak Kyle Hebert Dr. Okido Katsuji Mori オーキド博士 森功至
Brock Johnny Yong Bosch Takeshi Tomokazu Sugita タケシ 杉田智和
Giovanni Jamieson Price Sakaki Rikiya Koyama サカキ 小山力也
Reina Christine Marie Cabanos Reina Yui Ishikawa レイナ 石川由依
Lance Kirk Thornton Wataru Tokuyoshi Kawashima ワタル 川島得愛
Mr. Fuji Kirk Thornton Elder Fuji Minoru Inaba フジ老人 稲葉実
Red's mom Laura Post
Lass Cristina Vee
Pokémon Center Nurse Cristina Vee
Silph Co. secretary Erin Fitzgerald
Nidoran♂ Cristina Vee
Kabutops Lucien Dodge
Oddish Lucien Dodge
Koffing Lucien Dodge
Cubone Cristina Vee
Marowak Laura Post
Pidgey Christine Marie Cabanos
Caterpie Christine Marie Cabanos
Mew Christine Marie Cabanos
Vulpix Erin Fitzgerald
Tentacool Erin Fitzgerald


For more artwork, please see Pokémon Origins images on the Bulbagarden Archives.



Official trailers


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Background information

  • Unlike the main anime, all of the Pokémon make generic animal noises. However, these sounds were still dubbed over and recreated by English-language voice actors in the English dub.
  • The sound effects and visual effects for Poké Balls (such as when a Pokémon is being sent out) differ in comparison to the effects used in the main Pokémon anime, instead being more loyal to the game. Another example is the three small stars that pop out of a Poké Ball when it has successfully caught a Pokémon.

In other languages

External links

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