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, along with Prime Video.[1] 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. On September 13, 2016, the first English dubbed episode was uploaded to Pokémon's official YouTube channel.[2]


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 miniseries 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 (although he is also implied to speak in the games when talking to Copycat).
  • 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 first partner Pokémon and the Pokédex are combined in Origins. Thus, Oak's Parcel is absent.
  • Red encounters certain wild Pokémon in locations where they cannot be encountered in the games, such as Caterpie and Spearow appearing on Route 1.
  • Red and Blue first battle on Route 1, instead of in Professor Oak's Laboratory. He references the lab battle 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.
  • A minor character based on a nameless NPC in Mr. Fuji's house, Reina, is introduced.
  • There are no Channelers or any other Trainers in the Pokémon Tower.
  • Red is shown to already own a Jolteon by the time he visits Pokémon Tower, despite having not yet visited Celadon City, where he would obtain Eevee at Celadon Condominiums.
  • 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.
    • The Rocket Hideout is instead encountered afterwards in a flashback in File 3.
  • Blue helps Red in the Pokémon Tower.
  • The ghost Marowak is calmed by her child, Cubone, instead of Red.
  • Red's Haunter knows Shadow Punch, a Generation III move, and it is effective against Sabrina's Alakazam.
  • Giovanni is the only Trainer that battles Red inside Silph Co. Also, Red loses against him.
  • In the games, Blue leaves Red to defeat Team Rocket in Silph Co. In this special, he goes to inform the police, though only after being scolded by Red.
  • The Master Ball's production is put on hold, as opposed to Red being given one.
  • Giovanni uses fewer Pokémon.
    • This is referenced by him putting away his regular Gym Pokémon to battle Red with his two most powerful ones.
  • In the games, Giovanni originally disbands Team Rocket because he does not wish to face his followers after losing to Red. In this special, he disbands them because he remembers his former love for Pokémon.
  • One of the photos in the Hall of Fame includes a Slowking, a Generation II Pokémon.
  • Blue goes to Cerulean Cave to catch Mewtwo, whereas in the game he does not go at all.
  • Mewtwo knows Confusion instead of Psychic.
  • 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 Okido Katsuji Mori オーキド 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 Robert Buchholz 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 Red's mom Satsuki Yukino レッドの母 雪野五月
Lass Cristina Vee Miniski Trainer Chika Anzai ミニスカトレーナー 安済知佳
Pokémon Center lady Cristina Vee Pokémon Center Receptionist Natsuki Aikawa ポケモンセンター受付 相川奈都姫
Silph Co. secretary Erin Fitzgerald President's secretary Meiko Kawasaki 社長秘書 川﨑芽衣子
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.


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  • Unlike the main anime, all of the Pokémon make realistic, animal-like sounds. However, these sounds were still dubbed over and recreated by English-language voice actors in the English dub.
  • The sound 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 anime, instead being more loyal to the games. Another example is the three small stars that pop out of a Poké Ball when it has successfully caught a Pokémon.

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