Casey (anime)

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ナナコ Nanako
Gender Female
Eye color Dark red
Hair color Purple
Hometown New Bark Town
Region Johto
Relatives Unnamed father and grandfather
Trainer class Trainer
Anime debut The Double Trouble Header
English voice actor Kerry Williams
Japanese voice actor Nina Kumagaya

Casey (Japanese: ナナコ Nanako) is a recurring character who appeared in the Pokémon anime. She is a Pokémon Trainer from New Bark Town. She first appeared in The Double Trouble Header.

In the anime

Main series

Casey and her family


Casey was a novice Trainer, and the day she left to start her Pokémon journey, she received enormous support from her family, who from now on would have one more thing to cheer for besides the Electabuzz team.

Original series

Casey debuted in The Double Trouble Header, where Ash, Misty, and Brock witnessed her catching a Rattata. Soon after, Casey battled Ash. Despite her overconfidence, she was easily defeated by Ash, who only used his Charizard. Afterwards, Casey was tricked by Team Rocket into believing that Ash had cheated, prompting her to face him again, this time battling his Pikachu with her Chikorita. However, the battle was interrupted by Team Rocket, who tried to capture Chikorita and Pikachu. In the end, Ash and Casey united to defeat Team Rocket and became friends afterwards.

She appeared in a flashback in The Chikorita Rescue.

Casey and Ash

In The Bug Stops Here, Ash competed against Casey in the Bug-Catching Contest. She decided to win at all costs with her Chikorita, which almost caused Ash's defeat. Chikorita evolved to defeat Team Rocket more than once. Before leaving, Ash presented her with the Beedrill he was allowed to keep because he won the competition, because of her admiration for yellow and black striped Pokémon.

In Here's Lookin 'at You, Elekid!, Casey revealed that her Bayleef had evolved into a Meganium. She also tried to catch a wild Elekid, the pre-evolution of her favorite Pokémon Electabuzz, and with hard work she managed to capture it.

Pokémon Chronicles

In A Date With Delcatty, she visited Cerulean City in the Kanto region to watch a baseball game with the Starmie team against the Electabuzz team. She met up with Misty and both united to defeat Butch and Cassidy who were trying to steal a Delcatty belonging to Georgio.

Her final appearance was in Those Darn Electabuzz!, where she helped her idol Corey Demario regain his confidence and his Charizard, Don, regain his abilities to battle and fly.


She and her family are fans of the Electabuzz baseball team, and she loves Pokémon with the team's colors, yellow with black stripes. She started her journey with a Chikorita, which she received from Professor Elm.

Casey has been compared to Ash in his early days of Pokémon training. However, they have different styles of training, and different tastes in Pokémon.


Casey and some of her Pokémon

Casey's Pokémon initially reflects her beginnings as a novice Trainer, where she caught some weaker Pokémon like Pidgey and Rattata. Although her main goal is to catch Pokémon themed after her favorite baseball team, Casey only began this goal when she received a Beedrill from Ash.

In her other appearances during the anime, Casey has a more powerful team, with her Chikorita fully evolved and an Elekid in her roster. Casey has a tendency to teach her Pokémon how to dance the Electabuzz baseball team's anthem, and they usually accompany her when she tries to sing the song.

This listing is of Casey's Pokémon as of Those Darn Electabuzz!:

On hand

Casey's Meganium
Chikorita → Bayleef → Meganium
Main article: Casey's Meganium

Meganium is Casey's first and primary Pokémon. She obtained it as a Chikorita from Professor Elm's lab. It evolved into Bayleef in The Bug Stops Here, and again into Meganium some time before Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid!.

Debut The Double Trouble Header
Voice actors
Japanese Satomi Koorogi
English Satomi Koorogi
Casey's Beedrill
Main article: Casey's Beedrill

Beedrill was initially caught by Ash in the Bug-Catching Contest. After Ash had won the contest, he gave Beedrill to Casey because of her love for yellow and black-striped Pokémon.

Debut The Bug Stops Here
Voice actors
Japanese Koichi Sakaguchi
English Koichi Sakaguchi
Casey's Elekid
Elekid first appeared as a wild Pokémon where it interrupted a picnic that Ash and his friends were having. Casey came by and noticed the Elekid after defeating Team Rocket the second time in the episode. As Elekid is the pre-evolution of her favorite mascot of the baseball team, Casey challenged it to a battle with her Meganium. Even though it put up a great fight, it was no match for Meganium's strength. As a result, Casey was able to catch Elekid. Since Elekid was caught, Larvitar felt sad as it wasn't able to see its newly made friend. Casey promised to take care of her newly captured Pokémon and friend. Elekid appeared next to Casey and Meganium when Casey said goodbye to Ash and his friends singing the song of the Electabuzz team.

Elekid made a cameo in Address Unown!, where it was shown in Larvitar's memories. It also appeared in A Date With Delcatty, where it battled Georgio's Delcatty and lost, and in Those Darn Electabuzz!, where it helped Casey and her other Pokémon to try to resolve a phobia of Fire-type Pokémon.

Elekid's known moves are Thunder Shock, Thunderbolt, and Thunder Punch.

Debut Here's Lookin' at You, Elekid!
Voice actors
Japanese Yūji Ueda
English Yūji Ueda

Status unknown

Casey's Pidgey
Casey's Pidgey was seen for the first time in Casey's battle with Ash during her debut appearance. It was easily defeated by Ash's Charizard. It was also later used to battle against Team Rocket.

It is likely that Pidgey, like Rattata, was chosen as a reflection of Casey being a beginning Trainer at the time. While Meganium, Beedrill, and Elekid are often seen out of their Poké Balls, Pidgey has not been heard of since Casey's debut episode.

Pidgey's only known move is Quick Attack.

Debut The Double Trouble Header
Casey's Rattata
Casey's Rattata was seen for the first time during Casey's debut appearance as a wild Pokémon. She battled it with her Chikorita and then caught it. Rattata was soon called out during Casey's battle against Ash, where it was quickly defeated by his Charizard. It was also later used to battle against Team Rocket. It reappeared in a flashback in The Chikorita Rescue.

It is likely that Rattata, like Pidgey, was chosen as a reflection of Casey being a beginning Trainer at the time. While Meganium, Beedrill, and Elekid are often seen out of their Poké Balls, Rattata has not been heard of since Casey's debut episode.

Rattata's only known move is Tackle.

Debut The Double Trouble Header
Voice actors
English Jimmy Zoppi


Casey's Weedle
Casey caught Weedle at the Bug-Catching Contest. As she didn't win, it was released under the rules of the contest and as such very little is known about it.

None of Weedle's moves are known.

Debut The Bug Stops Here
Voice actors
English Eric Stuart

Dub only

Casey's Rapidash
Casey mentioned she has a Rapidash in the dub of Those Darn Electabuzz!. However she does not reference it in the Japanese version.

None of Rapidash's moves are known.

Debut Those Darn Electabuzz!
Casey's Magmar
Casey mentioned she has a Magmar in the dub of Those Darn Electabuzz!. However she does not reference it in the Japanese version.

None of Magmar's moves are known.

Debut Those Darn Electabuzz!


Badges obtained

This listing is of the Badges Casey has obtained:

Pokémon competitions

Casey has competed in the following Pokémon competitions:

Voice actors

Language Voice actor
Japanese 熊谷ニーナ Nina Kumagaya
English Kerry Williams
Arabic إيمان بيطار Iman Bitar
Czech Jana Páleníčková
Dutch Niki Romijn (EP118-EP161)
Ineborg Wieten (EP261)
Finnish Elise Langenoja (EP118)
Jenni Sivonen (flashback in EP126, EP161)
European French Guylaine Gibert
Hebrew טליה ברקאי Talya Barkai
Italian Tosawi Piovani (EP118-EP161)
Irene Multari (TPCi redub of EP118)
Federica Valenti (EP261)
Laura Brambilla (HS11, HS17)
Polish Anna Dąbkowska (EP118, EP161)
Joanna Domańska (EP261)
Brazilian Portuguese Luciana Baroli (EP118-EP261)
Gilmara Sanches (HS11, HS17)
Spanish Latin America Rommy Mendoza (EP118-EP261)
Gaby Ugarte (HS11)
Georgina Sánchez (HS17)
Spain Isatxa Mengíbar (EP118-EP261)
Sandra Jara (HS11, HS17)

A Ripple in Time

A counterpart of Casey appeared in a cameo in A Ripple in Time, watching Ash battle Arsham.

In the games

Pokémon Zany Cards

Casey in Pokémon Zany Cards

Casey appears, along with Duplica, as the Stage 3 opponent of Special Seven mode.


  • Before battle
"It's me, Casey! Fan of ELECT-A-BUZZ!! Our team was in the cellar, but we'll be champs this season! Let's get this series started!"
  • During battle
  • Using a card
"Curve ball misses!"
"Time to rally, team!"
"Try this pitch!"
"It's the ninth inning!"
  • Using Pikachu
"I like Pikachu!"
  • Using Counter
"Game-winning homer!"
  • Drawing a card
"Keep an eye on the ball.
"Never give up! Never!"
  • Hit
"Hey! Nice hit!"
"Great pitching staff!"
  • Hit with Jigglypuff
"Zzz... World champ..."
  • Hit with Reverse
"Cheater! Base on balls."
  • After battle
  • Second or third
"I'm out!"
  • When defeated
"Oh no! A losing streak!"


  • In The Double Trouble Header, Casey manages to catch the two Pokémon that Ash first encountered on his journey.
    • Furthermore, Ash also attempted to capture Rattata and Pidgey when he first encountered them, but was unsuccessful in doing so.
  • In the original Japanese version, Casey speaks with a Kansai dialect, which residents of Osaka, Japan speak. Kansai, along with Chūbu, is one of the regions of Japan that Johto is based on.
    • In addition, Casey's love of the Electabuzz baseball team is an analogue to the real-life Osaka baseball team, the Hanshin Tigers. Both Electabuzz and tigers are striped animals, and the Hanshin Tigers are known for having a very loyal fanbase despite losing often.
  • Casey is the only Trainer whom Ash has given one of his Pokémon to.
  • Of the named characters who appear in the stadium crowd in A Ripple in Time (Ritchie, Gary, Team Rocket, Misty, and Brock), Casey is the only character who is drawn with dots for eyes, whereas the other characters are drawn with more detailed eyes.
  • Casey may be a reference to the "Mighty Casey" from the poem "Casey at the Bat" written in 1888 by Ernest Thayer. In the poem, Casey is an overconfident baseball player who believes he can win the game, but strikes out like Casey does against Ash when she challenges him to a battle.
    • Casey is also the surname of the protagonist of the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", a female baseball fan named Katie Casey who insists her boyfriend take her to a game instead of a show.


Language Name Origin
Japanese ナナコ Nanako From 七子 seventh child.
English, German, Italian Casey From the poem "Casey at the Bat" or the song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", also meant to originally be the name for Ash Ketchum
French Cathy
Spanish Vanesa* / Casey From Beauty Cassie from S.S. Aqua
Korean 나진 Najin
Chinese 奈奈 Nàinài From the first part of her Japanese name.

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