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Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!
キミにきめた! I Choose You!
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Japan July 15, 2017
United States November 5, 2017*
November 25, 2017*
Home video
Japan December 20, 2017
United States N/A
English themes
Opening Pokémon Theme (Gotta Catch 'Em All)
Ending I Choose You
Japanese themes
Opening めざせポケモンマスター -20th Anniversary-
Ending オラシオンのテーマ ~共に歩こう~
United States G
Great Britain PG
Ireland PG
Canada  ?
Quebec  ?
Japan G
Germany 6
Australia PG
New Zealand PG

Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (Japanese: 劇場版ポケットモンスター キミにきめた! Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You!; officially known as Pokémon the Movie 20: I choose you! in Japan) is the twentieth Pokémon movie overall. It premiered with Japanese vocals and French subtitles at Japan Expo on July 6, 2017. It was released in Japan on July 15, 2017, and received a limited release in North American, South American, and European theaters starting on November 5, 2017, and in Australia and New Zealand starting on November 11, 2017. It will premiere on Disney XD on November 25, 2017 as part of a marathon including Mounting an Electrifying Charge! and Alola, Kanto!.

It was first revealed in a teaser trailer that aired on Oha Suta in Japan on December 15, 2016. The full trailer was later released on March 2, 2017. A new trailer was released on April 8, 2017, officially revealing Marshadow to have a role in the film.

In a departure from the previous movies, this movie is a loose retelling of Ash's original journey through the Kanto region, in celebration of the Pokémon anime's 20th anniversary.

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Ash Ketchum, from Pallet Town, is 10 years old, which means he’s now old enough to become a Pokémon Trainer. Ash dreams big about the adventures he will experience after receiving his first Pokémon from Professor Oak... Yet, on the morning of his birthday, he sleeps in and is late at the Professor’s laboratory. Unfortunately, almost all the Pokémon are already gone. The only one left is Pikachu, and he doesn’t seem to like Ash much. ("You don’t like me?" Ash asks. "I like you a lot!") But the bond between the two will get stronger and stronger, and, on the first day of their journey, they see the Legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh fly over them and they find one of its feathers. Then Ash and Pikachu promise each other: "Someday, we will set on a journey to find this Pokémon!"

In their journey to achieve Ash’s dream of becoming a Pokémon Master, he meets other Trainers, Sorrel and Verity, and Ash hears for the first time about Ho-Oh’s legend: "The rainbow feather will show you the way to Ho-Oh, and the one to follow it will become the Hero of the Legend." Followed closely by the Mythical Pokémon Marshadow, Ash goes to Mount Tensei to fight his powerful rival. Will Ash and Pikachu reach the top of the mountain and honor the promise they made when starting their journey? The adventure only begins!


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Ash Ketchum, a young boy from Pallet Town, is watching a Pokémon battle between two Trainers on television, preparing to start his Pokémon journey the next day.

Later that night, Ash is asleep, dreaming about training his Pokémon as he throws his alarm clock in his sleep. The next morning, Ash’s mother, Delia, wakes him up, letting him know that he’ll be late to receive a Pokémon from Professor Oak. Realizing that he overslept, Ash gets out of bed and rushes over to Professor Oak's Laboratory. When he arrives, Professor Oak tells Ash that all of the starter Pokémon are taken, with the exception of one. That is when Ash suddenly spots a Pikachu wandering around the lab and chases after it. Oak introduces Ash to the Pokémon and Ash is thrilled about Pikachu being his new Pokémon. Pikachu is not so thrilled, however, and proceeds to shock him. Delia enters the lab to give Ash his clothes and his belongings to begin his journey. After Ash gets dressed, he orders Pikachu to get in his Poké Ball, in which Pikachu refuses, hitting it back at him. Delia says that they seem to be getting along well, and Ash agrees, saying that they’re best friends already. He picks Pikachu up, who shocks Ash, Delia and Professor Oak.

While dragging Pikachu out of Pallet Town, Ash asks Pikachu if he hates him. He says that he is willing to make friends with Pikachu and tries to shake hands with him, but Pikachu still wouldn’t cooperate. Ash then spots a Pidgey and tries to catch it before realizing that he has to battle it to weaken it first. Unfortunately, Pikachu is still being disobedient, so Ash just attempt to hit Pidgey with a rock, but hits a Spearow instead. The Spearow saw Pikachu laughing and since it believed that Pikachu was the one who hit it, it begins attacking him. After Pikachu hits Spearow with a Thunderbolt attack, Spearow calls a whole flock to attack him. Ash and Pikachu begin to flee as the Spearow catch up to Pikachu to proceed in attacking him. Ash picks Pikachu up and decides to just carry him.

Featured Pokémon


Pokémon debuts



Closing credits



Ash Sarah Natochenny Satoshi Rica Matsumoto サトシ 松本梨香
Pikachu Kate Bristol Pikachu Ikue Ohtani ピカチュウ 大谷育江
Jessie Michele Knotz Musashi Megumi Hayashibara ムサシ 林原めぐみ
James Carter Cathcart Kojirō Shin'ichirō Miki コジロウ 三木眞一郎
Meowth Carter Cathcart Nyarth Inuko Inuyama ニャース 犬山イヌコ
Narration Rodger Parsons Narration Unshō Ishizuka ナレーション 石塚運昇
Special appearances by
Professor Oak Carter Cathcart Dr. Okido Unshō Ishizuka オーキド博士 石塚運昇
Delia Sarah Natochenny Hanako Masami Toyoshima ハナコ 豊島まさみ
Nurse Joy Michele Knotz Joy Shōko Nakagawa ジョーイ 中川翔子
Sorrel David Oliver Nelson Souji Kanata Hongō ソウジ 本郷奏多
Verity Suzy Myers Makoto Shiori Sato マコト 佐藤栞里
Bonji Mike Pollock Bonjī Arata Furuta ボンジイ 古田新太
Cross Billy Bob Thompson Cross Ryōta Ōsaka クロス 逢坂良太
Erika Erika Kyoko Hikami エリカ 氷上恭子
Marshadow Marshadow Kōichi Yamadera マーシャドー 山寺宏一
Ho-Oh Ho-Oh ホウオウ


Main article: I Choose You! Music Collection


Original Cap Pikachu and the Pikashunium Z

CoroCoro revealed that the special distribution for the movie is Pikachu in a cap, which will be distributed to those who pre-book tickets to the film. There are six variants for this special Pikachu, each based on one of the various anime series Ash was in. Regardless of variant, it will come with a serial code that will unlock the special Pikashunium Z, which allows Pikachu to perform the exclusive 10,000,000 Volt Thunderbolt Z-Move. In order:

  • Original Cap Pikachu is distributed between April 15 and May 1;
  • Hoenn Cap Pikachu is distributed between May 3 and May 15;
  • Sinnoh Cap Pikachu is distributed between May 17 and May 29;
  • Unova Cap Pikachu is distributed between May 31 and June 12;
  • Kalos Cap Pikachu is distributed between June 14 and June 26;
  • Alola Cap Pikachu is distributed between June 28 and July 17;

In addition, the Pikachu in a cap variants will be redistributed at a later date post-film release. Specifically:

  • Original Cap Pikachu is distributed between July 19 and July 31;
  • Hoenn Cap Pikachu is distributed between August 2 and August 14;
  • Sinnoh Cap Pikachu is distributed between August 16 and August 28;
  • Unova Cap Pikachu is distributed between August 30 and September 11;
  • Kalos Cap Pikachu is distributed between September 13 and September 25;
  • Alola Cap Pikachu is distributed between September 27 and October 9;

The player can only redeem a pre-ticket code booklet once, but the codes themselves can be redeemed as many times as needed.

The same day the second trailer for the movie came out, it revealed that Marshadow along with the bundled item Marshadium Z will be distributed in the Japanese theaters from July 15 to September 30, 2017. It was also distributed during two pre-release events in Tokyo and Osaka on July 2, 2017.

CoroCoro also distributed the serial codes for level 100 Ho-Oh based on the movie Ho-Oh that holds Sacred Ash in August 2017 issue.

It also revealed that distributions will be made on Mew for July 11 to August 7, Charizard, Lucario, and Piplup on August 1 to 28 by obtaining the serial codes at the 7-Eleven stores in Japan, with the latter three being based on Ash's Charizard, Sorrel's Lucario, and Verity's Piplup, respectively.

Manga adaptations

Main article: Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You! Remix
Main article: Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You! (manga)

A short promotion manga was included with the May 2017 issue of CoroCoro. Another tie-in manga called Get Fired Up, Marshadow! was included with the July 2017 issue of CoroCoro, this manga takes place before Marshadow meets Ash and his friends in the movie. An third manga called The Rainbow Hero was included with the August 2017 issue of CoroCoro. These three promotion manga were collected into Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You! Remix together with Pikachu and Satoshi's Hat.

A separate manga adaptation started serializing on July 2, 2017 in MangaONE, a Japanese manga smartphone app by Shogakukan.


  • This is the first Pokémon movie not to take place during the timeframe of the anime series airing at the time, although the one-shot manga indicates it was a flashback that occurred after Ash won the final trial with Pikachu.
    • Because of this, this is also the first movie to feature no human characters introduced in the anime series airing at the time of the movie.
  • As of this movie, all of the Legendary and Mythical Pokémon from Generation II have had a starring role in a Pokémon movie.
  • This is Professor Oak's first appearance in a movie since the fourth movie and Delia's first movie appearance since the eleventh movie.
  • This is the first movie to feature a Pokémon release, with Ash releasing his Butterfree after saving the Pink Butterfree.
  • This is Gary's first physical appearance since The Battle Finale of Legend!, over seven years ago.
  • Movie editor Kunihiko Yuyama revealed some trivia about the movie in an interview:
    • The movie is set in a parallel world that is split off from the main series, showing what would have happened had Ash received the Rainbow Wing from Ho-Oh.
    • The number of Spearow that chase Ash was increased twenty-fold, from fifty to one thousand.
    • The Ash in this movie is more fashionable than the Ash from the series and influenced by the design created by Ken Sugimori.
    • Shōko Nakagawa was responsible for being the symbol of twenty years of Pokémon, with the role of Nurse Joy. She grew up playing the first generation of games, which is why she represents Pokémon 20th Anniversary by voice acting an "older sister" kind of role in the movie.
    • Ash does not age. Yuyama said that "time has not passed since the start of the journey. Ash is eternally 10 years old".
    • The Trainers from the opening scene are Neesha and Corey from Mewtwo Strikes Back.
  • This movie features all of Ash's traveling companions prior to the Sun & Moon series making cameo appearances during the ending credits, making it the largest amount of appearances of Ash's friends to date.
  • Although Pikachu has had his statements translated via subtitles before, this is the first time Pikachu actually talked.
  • For the dub, this is the first movie that Kayzie Rogers had no part in voice acting in. She had been voice acting for the last 19 movies until her retirement earlier in 2017.
  • This was the first movie to be in 4K (specifically Sony Pictures 4K) quality due to the fact it was shown in theaters in the USA.
  • This is the fourth movie in which Ash temporarily dies.
  • This movie marks the first time the anime has shown a dead Pokémon (Luxray) which wasn't later revived in some form.
  • Although Ash's hat has a unique symbol in this movie, the symbol that appeared on the original hat can be seen on Ash's backpack.

Differences from the main series

  • Cross is Charmander's original Trainer instead of Damian.
  • Brock and Misty do not appear except in cameos.
  • In the beginning of the film, Ash is watching a battle between Neesha and Corey on TV instead of the two unidentified Trainers from the first episode.
    • Ash is watching the battle in his whole outfit in the original episode, but in the movie, he is just wearing his t-shirt and pants without his hat, jacket, or gloves.
  • The Pokémon-themed merchandise in Ash's room is completely different.
  • The poster of the Kanto starter Pokémon in Ash's room are displayed differently with Charmander, Squirtle, and Bulbasaur being in different poses and positions. The background of the poster is slightly different as well.
  • Unlike in the first episode where Ash’s alarm clock falls into his hands while he’s asleep, Ash grabs the alarm clock in his sleep.
  • Delia wakes Ash up instead of Ash waking himself up.
  • Ash runs to Professor Oak's lab barefoot with his pajamas, unlike the original episode where he is wearing shoes with his pajamas.
  • Ash finds Professor Oak watering Bellsprout and Oddish outside the lab. In the first episode, Oak was the one to find Ash after his brief encounter with Gary.
    • Gary only makes a brief cameo in a flashback receiving his Squirtle. His cheerleaders don't make an appearance in the film either, nor do his crowd of supporters.
  • The Pokémon weren't in their Poké Balls sitting on a pedestal like in the original episode. Instead, they were displayed on a tray with beds and bowls for each of the starters before the new Trainers picked them out.
  • The Trainers who received their starter Pokémon from Professor Oak on the day Ash met Pikachu are shown as Gary, Tierno, and Marina. Notably, Tierno is shown in different clothing than his usual design and chooses Charmander instead of Squirtle.
  • A map of the Unova region is visible in the background of a scene at Professor Oak's Laboratory.
  • Ash and Pikachu's first encounter is different from the series. In the main series, Professor Oak sends out Pikachu from his Poké Ball. In the movie, Pikachu was already wandering around in Professor Oak's lab before Ash finds him.
  • Professor Oak wasn’t shown giving Ash a Pokédex. However, it’s possible that Ash receives his off-screen. If that’s the case, then Ash was never seen using the Pokédex in the movie.
  • Delia never enters Professor Oak's lab in the original episode. Because of this, the original scene with Ash trying to get Pikachu in his ball takes place inside the lab instead.
    • Also, Delia arrives alone, while in the episode, a group of supporters arrived to see Ash off
  • Ash changes into his clothes in Oak's lab instead of changing shortly after setting out on his journey.
  • When Ash is dragging Pikachu out of Pallet Town, he isn't wearing pink rubber gloves, as he wasn't given any rubber gloves in the movie.
  • Pikachu never goes up a tree to watch Ash try to catch a Pidgey like he did in the first episode. Instead, he just stands on a rock.
  • A Rattata never shows up to steal Ash's food in the movie.
  • After Pikachu attacks Spearow, he flies into a tree full of other Spearow, where in the original episode he was calling out to them instead.
    • As noted above, the number of Spearow that attack Ash and Pikachu is greatly increased.
  • Ash doesn't steal Misty's (or anyone's) bike to escape the flock of Spearow, and tries to get away entirely on foot.
  • After Pikachu defeats the flock of Spearow, the sky is sunny again after the rain clears up in the original episode. In the movie, it's a sunset instead.
  • Ash doesn't get a Rainbow Wing from Ho-Oh in the original episode.
  • Erika was the third Gym Leader encountered rather then the fifth one, while the first two Gym Leaders were encountered off-screen.
  • Ash doesn't catch any of his Pokémon from the main series other than Caterpie and Charmander.
  • Ash uses Pikachu to battle Caterpie before catching it, unlike in the original series where Ash just catches Caterpie without weakening it.
  • Unlike in Ash’s Catches a Pokémon, Ash is awake with Pikachu and Caterpie gazing at the group of Butterfree in the sky.
  • Charmander isn't holding a leaf while being in the rain, nor is he attacked by a flock of Spearow.
  • Instead of taking Charmander to Nurse Joy, Ash takes him to a cave to heal him himself.
  • Ash's Pokémon evolve in scenarios different from the original series:
    • Caterpie evolves into Metapod from battling a Pinsir rather than from a battle against Team Rocket and then evolves into Butterfree during a fight with a pack of Primeape instead of a swarm of Beedrill.
      • In the original series, Caterpie's Evolution process was similar to a real-life caterpillar's life cycle, going through metamorphosis and then emerging from its cocoon. In the movie, it is shown to evolve like any other Pokémon similar to how they do in later episodes.
    • Charmander evolves into a Charmeleon from battling a Jigglypuff instead of stopping a herd of Exeggutor and then evolves into a Charizard during a rematch against Cross and his Incineroar instead of saving Ash from a Aerodactyl.
  • Charmeleon (and later Charizard) consistently stays obedient to Ash after evolving. In the main series, Charizard rarely obeyed Ash until Charizard Chills.
  • Butterfree and the Pink Butterfree are first encountered while it was being chased by a Fearow, since there was no celebration of mating season taking place until after Pink Butterfree was saved. Butterfree gather for mating season like in Bye Bye Butterfree, but there are no other trainers shown and are assumed to be wild Butterfree.
    • Because Brock doesn't appear in the movie, Butterfree wasn't given a yellow scarf.
  • Pikachu knows Iron Tail, a move he doesn't learn until the Advanced Generation series.

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Pokémon movies
Original series
Mewtwo Strikes BackThe Power of OneSpell of the Unown: EnteiCelebi: Voice of the ForestPokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias
Advanced Generation series
Jirachi: Wish MakerDestiny DeoxysLucario and the Mystery of MewPokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
Diamond & Pearl series
The Rise of DarkraiGiratina and the Sky WarriorArceus and the Jewel of LifeZoroark: Master of Illusions
Best Wishes series
White—Victini and Zekrom / Black—Victini and ReshiramKyurem VS. The Sword of JusticeGenesect and the Legend Awakened
XY series
Diancie and the Cocoon of DestructionHoopa and the Clash of AgesVolcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
Sun & Moon series
I Choose You!
M19 : Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
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