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- If you were looking for the CD, see High Touch! / Surely Tomorrow or High Touch! 2009 (CD).
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The name currently in use is a fan translation of the Japanese name.
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High Touch! (Japanese: ハイタッチ！ lit. Hai Tatchi!) is the second Japanese opening theme of Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl. It debuted in DP096, replacing Together2008. A remixed version of the song, High Touch! 2009, debuted in DP134, which was also used as opening theme in Arceus: To a Conquering Spacetime. It was replaced by The Greatest - Everyday! in DP158.
The opening begins with multiple colors shown, as well as the faces of Ash, Dawn, and Brock. The title is then shown. The trio, with Pikachu and Piplup, are now running across a grassy plain. After a close-up of Dawn, they are now on a sailboat, with all their Pokémon and Wingull above.
After a close-up of Brock, he is now seen cooking with Pikachu and Mamoswine nearby and then Pikachu and Piplup are seen playing while the other Pokémon, Ash, Dawn, and Brock are seen cheering them on. Dawn, with Piplup and Ambipom, are then seen glaring at Zoey and her Glameow and Kenny and his Prinplup while Ash, with Pikachu and Monferno, glare at Paul with his Honchkrow.
Dawn then slightly pushes Ash. Ash then gives her a thumbs-up as the sun rises. Close ups of Ash, Dawn and Brock and Pikachu and Piplup are seen. They are now seen running across a map of Sinnoh. Ash and Dawn then give each other a high-five. Then, from left to right, Delia, Professor Oak, Max, Tracey, May, Misty, and Gary are seen.
The Pokémon then are seen smiling in pairs; Buizel and Ambipom, Buneary and Grotle, Staraptor and Gliscor, Happiny and Pachirisu, Mamoswine and Croagunk, Monferno and Sudowoodo and, finally, Pikachu and Piplup. Team Rocket are then seen blasting off with their Pokémon, one by one. Then Saturn is seen sending out his Toxicroak. He is then joined by Mars and Jupiter.
In the fiery background, Cyrus and Team Galactic's Golbat appear. J, riding her Salamence, then appears with her ship behind her. Ash's Pokémon then appear and show off their moves; Buizel uses Aqua Jet, Staraptor uses Aerial Ace, Gliscor, and then Grotle, run off, Monferno uses Flame Wheel and Pikachu uses Volt Tackle. The gang once again run across the map. Regigigas is then seen fighting Darkrai, using Hyper Beam. The opening closes with the trio, with Piplup and Pikachu, posing happily.
- Tracey Sketchit
- Professor Oak
- Delia Ketchum
- Gary Oak
- Pikachu (Ash's)
- Meowth (Team Rocket)
- Wobbuffet (Jessie's)
- Piplup (Dawn's)
- Mime Jr. (James's)
- Staravia (Ash's) (DP096 - DP118)
- Staraptor (Ash's) (DP118 - DP157)
- Turtwig (Ash's) (DP096 - DP100)
- Grotle (Ash's) (DP100 - DP157)
- Chimchar (Ash's) (DP096 - DP132)
- Monferno (Ash's) (DP133 - DP157)
- Buizel (Ash's)
- Gliscor (Ash's)
- Buneary (Dawn's)
- Pachirisu (Dawn's)
- Ambipom (Dawn's)
- Swinub (Dawn's) (DP096 - DP104)
- Piloswine (Dawn's) (DP105 - DP106)
- Mamoswine (Dawn's) (DP107 - DP157)
- Sudowoodo (Brock's)
- Croagunk (Brock's)
- Happiny (Brock's)
- Seviper (Jessie's)
- Yanmega (Jessie's)
- Carnivine (James's)
- Honchkrow (Paul's)
- Prinplup (Kenny's)
- Glameow (Zoey's)
- Toxicroak (Saturn's)
- Salamence (J's)
- Wingull (multiple) (background)
- Golbat (multiple) (background)
- DP096 - DP100: The original animation.
- DP101 - DP104: Grotle replaces Turtwig.
- DP105 - DP106: Piloswine replaces Swinub.
- DP107 - DP118: Mamoswine replaces Piloswine.
- DP119 - DP132: Staraptor replaces Staravia.
- DP133 - DP157: Monferno replaces Chimchar.
In addition to these variants:
- In DP119, the entire sequence is rendered for the upcoming HD format. Some elements are rearranged, while backgrounds are slightly moved or stretched, in order to fit a widescreen 16:9 ratio.
- Despite all this, the anime would not switch to HD until two episodes later, which means the newly rearranged sequence is still cropped for the standard 4:3 ratio in the meantime. The reason the changes were made early is likely because they were made alongside the updating of Ash's Staravia to Staraptor.
- From DP121 onwards, the presentation actually switches to the high definition, 16:9 ratio.
- From DP134 onwards, the song is changed to its remixed version, High Touch! 2009.
Note that images are taken from the high definition format whenever possible.
Some variants were carried over from the standard definition format and slightly rearranged for the HD widescreen ratio. Those differences are minimal, and thus not showcased on this gallery.
This scene features a camera effect that zooms out from Dawn's eye, moves to an upper view while rotating in 360° around the boat, then ends with a zoom in to Brock's eye. The following images are taken from one of the few frames in which all the characters are visible at the same time. Click on each picture for a larger view.
In the original shot, both Pikachu and Swinub move enthusiastically while waiting for Brock's food. Swinub does not move after evolving.
This shot pans from right to left, and features a slight depth effect: the Pokémon closer to the camera (Pachirisu and Croagunk) move across faster than the others. For some reason, this effect is not present in the second variant. In addition, Sudowoodo is slightly redeawn in said variant, but switches back from the third variant onwards. Click on each picture for a larger view.
Paul vs Ash
Ash's Pokémon lineup
- This song is performed by Rica Matsumoto and Megumi Toyoguchi, who are singing as the characters they voice (Satoshi and Hikari, respectively).
- This is the only opening song of Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl not sung by Fumie Akiyoshi.
- This is the first opening featuring Gary since Ready Go!, the final original series opening, as well as the first one featuring May and Max since their departure at the end of Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire.
- Saturn's Toxicroak imitates its battle animation in Platinum after being released.
- In the instrumental version of the song, Aim to Be a Pokémon Master can be heard.
- Despite leaving their trainers' respective parties, Dawn's Ambipom and Ash's Gliscor were not removed from the opening animation. Dawn's Cyndaquil was not included into the opening either, despite being updated to include Ash's Monferno.
- Due to this opening carrying over into the Pokémon anime's production into HDTV, this is the first opening theme to air in an HDTV format.
- High Touch! is a playable song in the Wii game Taiko no Tatsujin Wii: Do Don to 2 Daime.
- This is the first Japanese opening to feature a duet (the first one in English being Black and White, and the first one in the world being Start of an Adventure in South Korea).
- While opening updates usually occur in the episode following the one where a team change takes place, Dawn's Swinub was replaced in DP104, the very same episode in which it evolved into Piloswine. Furthermore, it was shown as a Mamoswine in the opening rather than a Piloswine. This was corrected for all subsequent airings and releases.
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|This article is part of Project Music, a Bulbapedia project that aims to write comprehensive articles on each Pokémon song, CD and musician.|