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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
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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~
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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 will receive a limited release in North American, South American, and European theaters on November 5 and 6, 2017, and in Australia and New Zealand on November 11 and 12, 2017.

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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Closing credits



Ash Sarah Natochenny Satoshi Rica Matsumoto サトシ 松本梨香
Pikachu Ikue Ohtani 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 Joy Shōko Nakagawa ジョーイ 中川翔子
Sorrel Souji Kanata Hongō ソウジ 本郷奏多
Verity Makoto Shiori Sato マコト 佐藤栞里
Bonjī Bonjī Arata Furuta ボンジイ 古田新太
Cross 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.
  • 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.

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 are 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.
  • 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.
  • Gary only makes a brief cameo in the beginning of the film. 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.
  • Delia never enters Professor Oak's lab in the original episode. 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.
  • As noted above, the number of Spearow that attack Ash and Pikachu are 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
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