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Professor Cerise (Japanese: サクラギ博士 Dr. Sakuragi) is a Pokémon Professor who appeared in Pokémon Journeys: The Series. He is the father of Chloe and the professor of the Cerise Laboratory in Vermilion City.
In the anime
Professor Cerise and Talia during high school
As revealed in Best Friend...Worst Nightmare!, Professor Cerise met his wife Talia when they attended the same high school. After noticing that Talia wasn't drawing anymore, he encouraged her to continue pursuing her dreams to become a comic book artist.
Professor Cerise debuted in a fantasy in Enter Pikachu!. He physically debuted in Legend? Go! Friends? Go! during the opening ceremony of Cerise Laboratory, where he explained his goal of studying everything about Pokémon to better understand them and the world itself. During his speech, Cerise received an alert of changes in the atmosphere, leading him to predict the appearance of a rare Pokémon at the Vermilion harbor.
Later, he was impressed after hearing Ash and Goh's findings after their encounter with the rare Pokémon, Lugia, and offered the two to become research fellows at his lab, which they accepted. Afterwards, Cerise offered Go to choose one of the Kanto starter Pokémon, but Goh declined, wanting to make Mew his first Pokémon instead.
In Ivysaur's Mysterious Tower!, Cerise gave Ash a smartphone before releasing his two Rotom from their Poké Balls. The Rotom proceeded to enter Ash and Goh's smartphones, turning them into Rotom Phones. Since then, Cerise has been sending Ash and Go on various missions around the Pokémon world.
In JN020, Cerise accompanies some children during the Pokémon Orienteering competition, where he competed against a time led by Chloe and Goh and another led by Ash. At the end of the day, his team becomes the winner of the competition when they arrive before in the agreed location, at the end of the day, however, he encourages all participants to pursue their respective dreams.
Professor Cerise is a calm, but friendly person. He is very knowledgeable about Pokémon, being deemed a genius since he was young. He is also exceptionally enthusiastic when it comes to studying Pokémon. Sometimes, he gets so carried away that it embarrasses his daughter, prompting her to rein him in.
With Ash and Goh
Gives to new Trainers
Professor Cerise has these Pokémon to give to new Trainers:
In the manga
In the Pocket Monsters manga
Professor Cerise appears in Pocket Monsters, playing the same role as he does in the anime.
|| サクラギ博士 Dr. Sakuragi
|| From 桜木 sakuragi (cherry tree) or 桜木町駅 Sakuragichō-eki (Sakuragichō Station, a train station in Yokohama on the Blue Line and formerly on the Tōkyū Tōyoko Line)
|| Professor Cerise
|| From cerise (French for cherry)
|| Professor Kirsch
|| From Kirsche (cherry)
| European Spanish
|| Profesor Cerezo
|| From cereza (cherry)
|| Professeur Cerise
|| From cerise (cherry)
|| Professor Cerasa
|| From cerasa (a dialectal word for cherry)
|| 채박사 Chae-baksa
|| From 체리 cherry and the surname 채 Chae
| Chinese (Mandarin)
|| 櫻木博士 Yīngmù-bóshì
|| From the Japanese surname 櫻木 Sakuragi. Contains 櫻 yīng (cherry).
| Brazilian Portuguese
|| Professor Cerejeira
|| From cerejeira (cherry tree)