Home / Episode Guide / Showdown in Pewter City/ニビジムのたたかい!/The Fight at Nibi Gym!
Main Image
Available On:
Titles and Airdates


  • United States Showdown in Pewter City
  • Japan ニビジムのたたかい!
  • Japan Nibi Gym no tatakai!
  • Japan The Fight at Nibi Gym!
  • Germany Showdown in Marmoria City
  • France Confrontation à Argenta
  • Spain Combate en Ciudad Plateada
  • Sweden Uppgörelsen i staden Pewter
  • Italy Chiarimento a Plumbeopoli
  • Mexico ¡Batalla en ciudad Plateada!
  • Finland Välit selviksi Pewter Cityssä
  • Taiwan 尼比市的決鬥!
  • Hungary Az ónvárosi küzdelem
  • Poland Spotkanie w Marmorii
  • Netherlands Krachtmeting in Pewter City
  • Brazil Exibição na Cidade de Pewter
  • Israel התחרות בעיר פיוטר
  • Czechia Zápas v Cínovém městě
  • Norway Oppgjør i Pewter by
  • Denmark Dysten I Pewter City
  • Greece Αναμέτρηση στην Πόλη Πιούτερ
  • Portugal Confronto na Cidade de Pewter
  • Russia Схватка в Пьютере


Staff List

OP/ED List

Aim To Be A Pokémon Master
모험의 시작
Start of an Adventure
우리는 모두 친구
We Are All Friends
Pocket Monster
Pokémon Roll Call
Episode Actors Regions


Japan 三間雅文 (Masafumi Mima) Voice Director

Japan 松本梨香 (Rica Matsumoto) Satoshi
Japan 大谷育江 (Ikue Ōtani) Satoshi's Pikachu
Japan 飯塚雅弓 (Mayumi Iizuka) Kasumi
Japan 上田祐司 (Yūji Ueda) Takeshi
Japan 林原めぐみ (Megumi Hayashibara) Musashi
Japan 三木眞一郎 (Shin-ichiro Miki) Kojiro
Japan 犬山イヌコ (Inuko Inuyama) Nyarth
Japan 石塚運昇 (Unshō Ishizuka) Narration
Japan 土師孝也 (Takaya Hashi) Muno
Japan 犬山イヌコ (Inuko Inuyama) Yaoki
Japan 林原めぐみ (Megumi Hayashibara) Mutsuko
Japan くまいもとこ (Motoko Kumai) Goro

Recording Studio
Aoi Studio
Audio Studio Logo


United States Michael Haigney Voice Director
United States Jim Malone Voice Director

United States Veronica Taylor Ash Ketchum
United States Veronica Taylor Cindy
United States Rachael Lillis Misty
United States Rachael Lillis Jessie
United States Rachael Lillis Tommy
United States Eric Stuart Brock
United States Rodger Parsons Narrator
United States Michael Haigney Brock's Geodude
United States Megan Hollingshead Nurse Joy
United States Ted Lewis James
United States Ted Lewis Flint
United States Nathan Price Meowth
United States Michael Haigney Timmy

Recording Studio
Buttons NY
Audio Studio Logo


Egypt Rafat Bazoo Brock
Basque Xabier Alkiza Brock
Bulgaria Alexander Voronov Brock
Hong Kong Antonio Cheung Brock (ATV Dub)
Hong Kong Li Jinlun Brock (TVB Dub)
Taiwan Clement Fu Brock
China Yao Jude Brock
Catalan Oscar Muñoz Brock
Croatia Igor Mešin Brock
Czechia Martin Písařík Brock
Denmark Peter Holst-Bech Brock
Netherlands Fred Meijer Brock
Philippines Julius Figueroa Brock
Finland Juha Paananen Brock
France Laurent Chauvet Brock
Canada Laurent Chauvet Brock
Germany Marc Stachel Brock
Greece Haris Gregoropoulos Brock
Israel Alon Goren Brock
India Prithvi Sankhala Brock (CN Dub)
India Uplaksh Kochhar Brock (Disney Redub)
Hungary Gábor Sótonyi Brock
Indonesia Diky Rahman Brock
Italy Nicola Bartolini Carrassi Brock (Mediaset Dub)
South Korea 구자형 (Gu Ja-Hyeong) Brock
North Macedonia Dimitrija Doksevski Brock
Norway Eirik Espolin Johnson Brock
Poland Marek Wlodarczyk Brock
Portugal Peter Michael Brock
Brazil Alfredo Rollo Brock
Russia Dmytro Zavadsky Brock
Ukraine Dmytro Zavadsky Brock
Serbia Marko Janjić Brock
Slovakia Stano Král Brock
Spain Javier Balas Brock
Mexico Gabriel Gama Brock
Sweden Mattias Knave Brock
Sri Lanka Sathya Dhanraj Brock (Disney Redub)
India Raja . Brock
Thailand Nirun Boonyarattaphan Brock
Turkey Tugay Erverdi Brock
Valencian Benja Figueres Brock
Vietnam Nguyen Hoai Bao Brock
Episode Director
Animation Director
After two extruciating days chasing Ash, our villians begin preparing a trap for our hero's expected arrival. Meowth breaks the soft earth moving the soil and creating a large hole. Jessie and James express their limitless confidence by proclaiming the Team Rocket motto. Meowth barks at the two for always being lazy and never helping with trap preparation. Jessie and James being assisting Meowth with the digging to haste the process. The trio sets a wooden grid, brush, and soil atop their hole to conceal its whearabouts and to attempt to successfully capture our hero, Ash. After concealing the hole, our villians manage to forget the location of the trap and begin scrambling around their nearby area to regain the position of the trap. After a few moments, the three halt to a stop in the middle of the trail and ponder on the location of the trap. A few seconds pass and Team Rocket falls violently down into their own trap.

Meanwhile, our heroes continue their journey towards Pewter City and his first gym challenge against Brock, the weilder of Rock type pokémon. Ash notices a boulder and runs atop to gain an overview of the magestic city. A cacophonous resident interrupts Ash informing him of Pewter City's rock hard history and majesty. Ash questions the old man as he is unaware of his identify. The man identifies himself as Flint and informs Ash that he is sitting atop some of his merchandise. Ash examines the man's storefront and questions the man's reasoning behind selling rocks. The man says he sells the stones as souveneirs. Ash firmly states he is striving to become a pokémon Master. Pikachu sighs in relief as he gains a brief moment to take a rest. Flint notices Pikachu's advanced fatigue and offers to show the two to the pokémon Center. The man begins walking down a nearby path and Ash states that Flint appears to be a nice man. Flint returns shortly after and informs Ash of a charge for sitting on his merchandise. Ash and Misty fall to the ground in disbelief.

Ash hands the resident nurse of the pokémon Center a small tray containing his Pikachu and two pokéballs concealing Pidgeotto and Butterfree. The nurse greats Ash by his name and takes his pokémon to begin preperations. Ash confusedly questions the nurse about her identity due to her resembling the nurse at the Viridian pokémon Center. The nurse states that the nurse at Viridian City is her younger sister. Joy thanks Ash for his pokémon and directs him to a nearby poster.

Ash turns around to notice a poster plastered to the wall advertising the regional pokémon League Championships. "Today's winners are tomorrow's pokémon masters". Misty informs Ash of the requirement to obtain eight badges before being admitted into the tournament. Misty questions Ash's determination and ability to best eight of Kanto's intimidating gyms. Ash states with a new found confidence that he can conquer the gyms of Kanto. Flint interrupts the two laughing at Ash's statement. Flint questions Ash's resolve and determination to defeat Brock of Pewter. Ash states he will defeat Brock once his pokémon have been healed and demands for Flint to take him to Brock. Flint laughs at Ash and beings walking towards the entrance.

Ash and Misty enjoy an equisite meal as Misty lectures Ash on the difficulty of defeating a gym leader. Ash hurridly devours his food so he can gain the opportunity to challenge Brock. Misty offers her assistance with defeating Brock but Ash refuses her offer stating that he doesn't require any help. Misty explodes at Ash's rude remark and confirms Flint's expectation that he won't defeat Brock in the Pewter City gym. Ash soon realizes that Misty left without paying for her part of the meal and shouts for her to comeback.

Nurse Joy hands Ash his Pikachu and both pokéballs and informs him that his pokémon have been successfully healed of any ailments or fatigue. Ash grabs the two pokéballs and Pikachu jumps atop his shoulder. Ash exits the pokémon Center and makes his way to the towering Pewter Gym. The structure is constructed entirely of boulders and rock from the nearby area. Ash opens the two doors and shouts "Hello" which echoes through the empty structure. A light turns on overhead revealing Brock sitting atop a stone platform. Brock questions Ash's intentions and his identity. Ash informs Brock that he reigns from Pallet Town and challenges Brock for Pewter's Boulder Badge. Brock questions Ash if this is his first gym challenge and informs the challenger of the special rules and regulations placed on a gym challenge. Brock states that the challenge will consist of a one-on-one format granting each trainer two pokémon each. Brock questions Ash about how long he has been companions with his Pikachu. Ash sheepishly states two weeks. Brock confirms that his Pikachu is simply outmatched and cannot defeat him. Ash shouts at Brock stating he will worry about his own pokémon and to begin the challenge.

In a snap of his fingers, overhead lights illuminate the ground and a field constructed of rock is forced into place. Ash, ignorant to Pikachu's weakness to Rock and Ground type pokémon, chooses Pikachu as his first pokémon. Brock launches a pokéball which explodes open releasing the essence of Onix. The rock-type snake towers of the miniscule Pikachu at a height of 28 feet and 10 inches. Pikachu shrieks and crawls up Ash's leg to escape the reach of Onix. Pikachu attempts to release one of the other pokémon but Ash manages to grab Pikachu and direct him back onto the battlefield. Onix thrusts forward breaking the ground underneath and barely manages to miss the small rodent. Onix utilizes his massive tail to grasp Pikachu and begins binding Pikachu. Pikachu launches a thundershock but the attack is grounded out by Onix's rough rock-type exterior. Ash attempts to return Pikachu to his pokéball but his attempts are blocked by Onix's rock-hard exterior. Pikachu screams out in excrusiating pain as Onix increases the pressure being applied to his body. After a few moments, Ash shouts out and surrenders the match.

Discouraged and beaten, our hero exits the gym and begins walking back into town. Ash is stopped by Flint and is motioned to follow him. Ash prepares a bed for Pikachu inside of Flint's cabin. Flint prepares the two a pot of tea and attempts to comfort Ash about his gym battle. Ash disappointingly states that he not only was bad but was terrible in the match against Brock. Flint confirms that Brock is a great trainer however limits himself by staying in Pewter City. Ash questions Flint about why Brock never has attempted to enter a regional championship. Flint says that Brock has his reasons for staying in Pewter City.

Ash and Flint look across a small field and notices a group of eight children and a young man standing over a hot stove. One of the young siblings grasps onto the man's leg crying about their torn skirt. The man turns around and Ash realizes the man is actually Brock. Brock obtains his sewing equipment and beings repairs on the young girl's skirt.

Night falls on the mysterious Pewter City and our hero walks down a path. Flint states that Brock has ten sibilings to care for which restricts him from leaving town to enter into any regional championships. Ash questions if Brock has a mother or father to care for his siblings. Flint states that his deliquent father abandoned them to become a pokémon trainer and his mother passed away. Brock is the only older member of the family that his younger siblings have left. Ash sadly murmurs that he doesn't want to hear anything else sad or else he might not have the heart to defeat Brock. Flint surprisingly asks Ash about why he said he couldn't defeat Brock before. Ash confidently states he has changed his mind about defeating Brock and states that if he can power up Pikachu he will be able to conquer Brock. Flint states he may know of a way to supercharge Pikachu. Flint brings Ash to a nearby hydroelectric plant on the outside of town which utilizes the force of a nearby stream to generate electricity. Ash questions Flint about his level of knowledge of pokémon and how he became so knowledgable. Flint fumbles for an answer to Ash's surprizing question and states the he simply got lucky. Ash attempts to build confidence in his comrade, Pikachu, by instilling that they are going to electrically supercharge him. Flint breaks Ash overzealousness by informing him that the river is dry which drives the turbine of the hydroelectric plant. Ashs questions the reason behind them visiting the plant. Flint states he has an alternative idea for charging Pikachu. Flint attaches two wires to Pikachu's cheeks and into the plant's console. Ash climbs atop the turbine and begins running to manually generate an electrical current. The meters on the console begin to illuminate with the levels of electrical current. Pikachu beings to screech in pain due to the pain from the high voltage. Flint attempts to calm the rodent informing Pikachu that his body will soon begin to get used to the voltage. Misty arrives at the hydroelectric plant and informs Ash that she would have helped him if he had asked. Ash states he doesn't require her help and will win without her. Misty becomes infuriated from Ash's remarks and stomps off with her disregard for assisting him. Ash confidently states he will strengthen his own pokémon without her help. Misty mumbles that it would be a lot easier with her help. Smoke beings to emit from the console due to the high electrical output.

Morning falls upon Pewter and Ash slams the gigantic Pewter doors open declaring he has come back to defeat Brock and claim his badge. Brock questions Ash about his resolve and if he learned his lesson from the last defeat. Ash states he has prepared for the rematch but Brock takes his statement with little regard. Overhead lights illuminate the battlefield as Brock announces that the battle will consist of a one-on-one match with each trainer using a maximum of two pokémon each. In a flick of his wrist, Brock launches a pokéball into the field which explodes open releasing the essence of Geodude. Ash turns his hat at a 90 degree angle in a statement of confidence and launches forth a pokéball revealing Pidgeotto. Pidgeotto begins building up velocity to prepare for its Gust attack. A small gust builds up around Geodude but is neutralized due to Geodude's heavy weight and rough exterior. As the dust settles, Ash confusedly questions why Pidgeott's attack had no effect. Brock states that Flying types are weak against Rock types. Geodude manages to take advantage of the situation and knocks Pidgeotto unconscious and unable to battle. Ash reaches for his pokéball and launches a red beam of light recapturing Pidgeotto's essence.

Ash selects Pikachu as his second and final pokémon. Brock questions Ash's poor choice of pokémon and shows remorse towards Pikachu having such a weak trainer as Ash. Ash laughs at Brock's comments and directs Pikachu to launch a thunderbolt. Pikachu's cheeks begin sparking and soon generate a devasting electrical current which connects with Geodude's body charring his body and making him unable to battle. Brock applauds Ash on training his Pikachu to a higher level but states he is no match for Onix. Brock flexes his arm releasing the might rock snake, Onix. The gigantic Onix towers over Pikachu striking fear into his very heart. Pikachu in a frightened state begins launching an array of thunderbolts which reflect off Onix and shatter the overhead lights creating a fire. Onix moves his gigantic tail and grasps Pikachu's body to prepare for his Bind attack. With Pikachu's increased electrical current, Pikachu releases another thunderbolt connecting with Onix. Onix shrieks out in pain and Ash commands for Pikachu to continue his onslaught of attacks. Pikachu quickly becomes exhausted of his electrical energy. Onix takes advantage of the situation and beings apply pressure onto Pikachu's body with his devasting Bind attack. After a few moments, Brock commands for Onix to stop the attack. Pikachu's battered body slams into the hard ground below. Ash begs for Brock to continue the match but Brock states he doesn't want to cause harm to his pokémon and there is no point to continue the match. The overhead fire causes the fire sprinklers to activate throwing a mist of water over the two pokémon and weakening Onix due to the type disadvantage. Misty informs Ash that Rock pokémon are weak to Water.

Pikachu takes advantage of the moment and utilizes the water's conductivity to strike through the very core of Onix. Pikachu's devasting attack is intensified by the water enveloping Onix's body. After a few moments, Onix's enormous body slams into the ground below. Ash raises his hand to direct Pikachu to finish Onix. Brock's siblings rush towards Ash and jump onto him to stop him from giving the order to Pikachu. One of the young girls states that Brock worked hard to train his Onix. Brock commands for theh siblings to get off his challenger and states they are going to complete the match. Ash recalls when Brock showed mercy towards Pikachu and returns the favor commanding Pikachu to return. Brock shouts out stating the the match is not over. Ash states that the sprinklers which weakened Onix were only a fluke and he will defeat Brock one day fair and square.

Ash and Pikachu walk down the gym's path back towards town. Ash commends Pikachu on his valiant effort in the match. Heavy footsteps can be heard in the background and Brock shouts for Ash to wait up. After catching up with Ash, Brock opens his hand and presents the Boulder Badge. Ash questions Brocks intention behind presenting the badge due to his inability to defeat Brock in a match. Brock states he is presenting the badge to Ash due to his kind heart to all pokémon. Brock states he gets more enjoyment from raising pokémon than from actual battling. Brock says that he wants to become the world's best breeder but is unable to achieve his goal due to his responsibilites in Pewter. Brock states he wants Ash to accept the badge and fulfill his dream. Flint interrupts the two and says for Brock to follow his own dreams. Flint removes his red hat and fake beard to reveal his actual identity as Brock's father. Flint states that he didn't become the great pokémon trainer he had strived to be and was ashamed to go back to his family. Ash questions why Flint offered him assistance instead of Brock. Flint says that he offered to help Ash due to that he reminded him of himself. Flint accepts his responsibilites as the head of the household and states it is time he began fulfilling the requirements of his family. Brock hands his father a needle and thread and informs him that he better learn to sew due to Susie always ripping her clothes.

Brock asks if he can travel with Ash on his journey. Ash says that Brock is welcome as he needs someone to talk to. Brock questions Ash about the girl following them, Misty. Misty shouts out that she is going to continue to follow him until she is repayed for his bike. Ash begins running at an increased speed to gain distance between Misty.

With the flames of courage burning brighter than ever and Ash obtaning a new friend, our hero's future looks brighter than ever.

English Official Summary

Jessie, James, and Meowth dig a trap for our heroes, but they end up falling into it themselves! Ash and Misty arrive at Pewter City and meet a curious fellow named Flint, who notices that Pikachu is tired and shows them the way to the Pokémon Center. At the Pokémon Center, Ash reads a poster promoting the Pokémon League Regional Championships—to compete, you have to beat gym leaders from various towns and win their badges. Ash challenges the Pewter City Gym Leader, Brock, but even a healed Pikachu has no chance against Brock's Rock-type Pokémon. Later, Flint shows Ash a surprising side of Brock—when he's not battling and raising Pokémon, he has to take care of his ten brothers and sisters. Will this news affect Ash's desire to battle Brock again for the Rock Badge? Who is this Flint guy, and why does he insist on helping Ash train Pikachu for the rematch? And will Team Rocket ever climb out of that hole?

French Official Summary

Jessie, James et Miaouss creusent un piège pour nos héros, mais au final, tel est pris qui croyait prendre !

German Official Summary

Wer andern eine Grube gräbt... Jessie, James und Mauzi stellen unseren Helden eine Falle, in der sie sich am Ende selbst fangen!

Italian Official Summary

Ash sfida il Capopalestra di Plumbeopoli, Brock, ma persino Pikachu non ce la fa contro i suoi Pokémon di tipo Roccia. Con l'aiuto del misterioso Flint, Ash si rimbocca le maniche e si allenerà duramente per la rivincita!

Portuguese Official Summary

Ash desafia o Líder do Ginásio da Cidade de Pewter, Brock, mas nem mesmo Pikachu tem chance contra os Pokémon tipo-pedra de Brock. Com o misterioso Flint o ajudando, é hora de Ash treinar duro antes da revanche!

Finnish Official Summary

Ash haastaa Pewter Cityn salijohtajan, Brockin, mutta edes Pikachu ei pärjää Brockin Kivityypin Pokémonille. Salaperäisen Flintin avulla Ash harjoittelee entistä kovemmin uusintaotteluun!

Spanish Latin America Official Summary

Ash desafía al Líder de Gimnasio de Ciudad Plateada, Brock, pero ni siquiera Pikachu tiene oportunidad contra los Pokémon tipo Roca de Brock. Con la ayuda del misterioso Flint, Ash entrenará duro antes de la revancha.

Spanish Official Summary

Jessie, James y Meowth cavan una trampa para nuestros héroes, pero ¡son ellos los que acaban cayéndose dentro!

English Great Britain Official Summary

Jessie, James, and Meowth dig a trap for our heroes, but they end up falling into it themselves! Ash and Misty arrive at Pewter City and meet a curious fellow named Flint, who notices that Pikachu is tired and shows them the way to the Pokémon Center. At the Pokémon Center, Ash reads a poster promoting the Pokémon League Regional Championships—to compete, you have to beat gym leaders from various towns and win their badges. Ash challenges the Pewter City Gym Leader, Brock, but even a healed Pikachu has no chance against Brock's Rock-type Pokémon. Later, Flint shows Ash a surprising side of Brock—when he's not battling and raising Pokémon, he has to take care of his ten brothers and sisters. Will this news affect Ash's desire to battle Brock again for the Rock Badge? Who is this Flint guy, and why does he insist on helping Ash train Pikachu for the rematch? And will Team Rocket ever climb out of that hole?

Dutch Official Summary

Ash daagt Brock, de Gym Leader van de Pewter City Gym uit, maar zelfs Pikachu maakt geen schijn van kans tegen de Steensoort Pokémon van Brock. Met hulp van de mysterieuze Flint, traint Ash hard voor een herkansing.

Norwegian Official Summary

Ash utfordrer Gym-lederen ved Pewter City Gym, Brock, men selv Pikachu har ingen sjanse mot Brocks Stein-type Pokémon. Men Ash får hjelp av den mystiske Flint, og setter i gang med hardtreningen før de tar en omkamp!

Swedish Official Summary

Ash utmanar Pewter City Gym-ledaren, Brock, men inte ens Pikachu  har någon chans mot Brocks Sten-typ Pokémon. Det är dags för Ash att träna hårt inför retur-matchen och den mystiske Flint hjälper honom!

Danish Official Summary

Ash udfordrer Pewter Citys Salleder, Brock, men selv Pikachu har ikke en chance mod Brocks Stentype Pokémon. Nu må den mystiske Flint hjælpe Ash, for han skal træne op til en revanchekamp!


Character Thumbnail
  • United States Ash Ketchum
  • Japan サトシ
  • Japan Satoshi
  • Japan Satoshi
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Ash's Pikachu
  • Japan サトシのピカチュウ
  • Japan Satoshi no Pikachu
  • Japan Satoshi's Pikachu
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Misty
  • Japan カスミ
  • Japan Kasumi
  • Japan Kasumi
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Ash's Pidgeotto
  • Japan サトシのピジョン
  • Japan Satoshi no Pigeon
  • Japan Satoshi's Pigeon
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Brock
  • Japan タケシ
  • Japan Takeshi
  • Japan Takeshi
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Meowth
  • Japan ニャース
  • Japan Nyarth
  • Japan Nyarth
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Jessie
  • Japan ムサシ
  • Japan Musashi
  • Japan Musashi
Character Thumbnail
  • United States James
  • Japan コジロウ
  • Japan Kojirō
  • Japan Kojiro
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Nurse Joy
  • Japan ジョーイ
  • Japan Joy
  • Japan Joy
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Flint
  • Japan ムノー
  • Japan Munō
  • Japan Muno
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Brock's Onix
  • Japan タケシのイワーク
  • Japan Takeshi no Iwark
  • Japan Takeshi's Iwark
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Forrest
  • Japan ジロー
  • Japan Jirō
  • Japan Jiro
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Brock's Geodude
  • Japan タケシのイシツブテ
  • Japan Takeshi no Ishitsubute
  • Japan Takeshi's Ishitsubute
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Salvadore
  • Japan サブロー
  • Japan Saburō
  • Japan Saburo
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Yolanda
  • Japan ヨモコ
  • Japan Yomoko
  • Japan Yomoko
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Tommy
  • Japan ゴロウ
  • Japan Gorō
  • Japan Goro
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Cindy
  • Japan ムツコ
  • Japan Mutsuko
  • Japan Mutsuko
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Suzie
  • Japan ナナコ
  • Japan Nanako
  • Japan Nanako
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Timmy
  • Japan ヤオキ
  • Japan Yaoki
  • Japan Yaoki
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Billy
  • Japan クロウ
  • Japan Kurō
  • Japan Kuro
Character Thumbnail
  • United States Tilly
  • Japan トオコ
  • Japan Tōko
  • Japan Toko


On October 15th, 2020, the official Japanese Twitter account announced that this episode was available to watch on the official Japanese YouTube channel. The video was region locked to Japan only. A special artwork showcasing the episode was created to promote its release on YouTube.

It was part of the Anipoke Selection (アニポケセレクション), a limited-time promotion to release select episodes from the older anime series on the official Japanese YouTube channel! A playlist was available to watch these episodes.


Starting on Tuesday, May 30th, 2023, selected episodes from the anime Pocket Monsters anime were available on the official Japanese Pokémon YouTube channel but were region locked. It was announced on the official Japanese Pokémon Twitter and the official Japanese Anipoke Twitter accounts.

Selected episodes from Satoshi and Pikachu's adventures are now available on YouTube.
Every Tuesday - Episodes from Pocket Monsters (1997) to Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon were released sequentially.
Every Wednesday - Episodes of Pocket Monsters (2019) were released sequentially.

Paint Edit

The sign in the Japanese version says: 売り(Uri / Sale) and is replaced with 'Sale!' in the English dub.

Paint Edit

The Pokemon League poster was touched up to have an English translation. The Japanese poster states: ポケモンり一グ 地区大会 出場者募集 (Pokemon League Chiku Taikai Shutsujousha Boshuu - Pokemon League District Tournament Recruiting Participants)

Paint Edit

The posters ribbon was changed from: めざせ明日のポケモンマスター (Mezase Ashita no Pokémon Master - Aim to be Tomorrow's Pokémon Master) to "Today's Winners are Tomorrow's Pokémon Masters!" in the English dub.

Paint Edit

"Thank you" is in the bill in the dub version. Also, the Japanese Yen symbol has been replaced with the US dollar symbol.

Paint Edit

The Japanese Gym name was changed to reflect the English dub name.

Paint Edit

The sign outside Flint's house was changed from: 石 彼ります (Ishi arimasu - Stones are here) in the Japanese version to "ROCKS FOR SALE" in the English dub.

Who's that Pokémon Indigo League


Who's that Pokémon Dare da

Episode Music Regions
Music Player

Japanese Music:

Time Track Notes
Japan 00:01 めざせポケモンマスター
Japanese (Romanized): Mezase Pokémon Master
Japanese (TL): Aim to Be a Pokémon Master
Opening theme for Japanese version.
Japan 01:34 1997-1998-M20 なんだかんだと聞かれたら…
Japanese (Romanized): Nandakanda to Kikaretara…
Japanese (TL): If You Ask Us About Whatever…
Rocket Gang Motto music
Japan 02:19 1997-1998-M52 Title Card Title Card is displayed
Japan 05:25 1997-1998-M08 しのびよる影
Japanese (Romanized): Shinobi yoru Kage
Japanese (TL): Sneaking from the Shadows
Nibi Gym is shown as the music starts.
Japan 06:50 1997-1998-M30 大混戦
Japanese (Romanized): Daikonsen
Japanese (TL): Chaos
Pikachu faces off against Takeshi.
Japan 09:21 1997-1998-M25 You Have to Earn Respect Satoshi sees Takeshi working hard to look after his family
Japan 10:26 1997-1998-M53 Eyecatch A Kanto Eyecatch - Dare da
Japan 10:35 1997-1998-M54 Eyecatch B Iwark!
Japan 11:52 1997-1998-M39 月の石
Japanese (Romanized): Tsuki no Ishi
Japanese (TL): The Moon Stone
Pikachu gets charged up by Satoshi using the waterwheel.
Japan 13:23 1997-1998-M13 戦い(VS野生ポケモン)
Japanese (Romanized): Tatakai (VS yasei Pokémon)
Japanese (TL): Battle (VS Wild Pokémon)
Satoshi and Takeshi face off again.
Japan 14:48 1997-1998-M14 Rocket-Powered Disaster! Takeshi sends out Iwark
Japan 16:06 1997-1998-M01 ~オープニング~
Japanese (Romanized): ~Opening~
Japanese (TL): ~Opening~
The sprinkler system goes off after it was damaged by Pikachu.
Japan 16:36 1997-1998-M48 Saroshi's Guilt (Tears, then Calm Sample) Satoshi cannot move because Takeshi's siblings are holding him
Japan 18:27 1997-1998-M09 再会
Japanese (Romanized): Saikai
Japanese (TL): Reunion
Takeshi and Muno are reunited.
Japan 20:19 1997-1998-M11 End of an Adventure Satoshi and Pikachu start running
Japan 21:01 ひゃくごじゅういち
Japanese (Romanized): Hyakugojūichi
Japanese (TL): One Hundred Fifty-One
Ending Theme for Japanese Version.
Japan 22:21 Mezase Pokémon Master Instrumental Episode 6 preview

Dub Music:

Time Track Notes
United States 00:00 Pokémon Theme Opening Theme for the English Dub
United States 01:12 1997-1998-M20 なんだかんだと聞かれたら…
Japanese (Romanized): Nandakanda to Kikaretara…
Japanese (TL): If You Ask Us About Whatever…
Team Rocket's Motto
United States 01:58 1997-1998-M52 Title Card Title Card
United States 06:29 1997-1998-M30 大混戦
Japanese (Romanized): Daikonsen
Japanese (TL): Chaos
Pikachu faces off against Brock.
United States 13:01 1997-1998-M13 戦い(VS野生ポケモン)
Japanese (Romanized): Tatakai (VS yasei Pokémon)
Japanese (TL): Battle (VS Wild Pokémon)
Ash and Brock face off again.
United States 14:28 1997-1998-M14 Rocket-Powered Disaster! Brock sends out Onix.
United States 15:43 1997-1998-M01 ~オープニング~
Japanese (Romanized): ~Opening~
Japanese (TL): ~Opening~
The sprinkler system goes on after it was damaged by Pikachu.
United States 19:58 1997-1998-M11 End of an Adventure Ash and Pikachu start running.
United States 20:44 PokéRAP PokéRAP (Day 5)
United States 21:44 Pokémon Theme Ending Theme for the English Dub

Music Statistics:

Number of Assigned Tracks to the Japanese Original: 17
Number of Assigned Tracks to the English Dub: 10
29 Apr 1997 03:00 AM
AnimeBot Automated Bots
Joined: 18 Jun 2007
Posts: 3096
New episode title(s) has/have been added to the database. Title: Showdown in Pewter City/ニビジムのたたかい!/Nibi Gym no tatakai!. Please comment below! Thanks, your friendly PM.Net AnimeBot
07 Nov 2012 05:53 PM
Joined: 05 Nov 2012
Posts: 9
Pieces Kept:
If You Ask Us About Whatever...
Battle (VS Wild Pokémon)
1997-1998-M01: ~Opening~
Last edited 07 Nov 2012 07:04 PM by BladeLight52
12 Jan 2014 07:33 PM
Adamant Administrator
Joined: 12 Jul 2007
Posts: 1318
User Avatar
Satoshi and Kasumi have arrived at the entrance to Nibi Gym, where they meet an weird old rock salesman named Muno. After Muno learns Satoshi is a Pokémon Trainer, he guides the two to the city's Pokémon Center.

At the Pokémon Center, Satoshi spots a poster for the Pokémon League. To enter the league, one has to win matches against Trainers in Pokémon Gyms, and assemble Badges.

Satoshi immediately heads to the Gym in this city, where he challenges the Trainer Takeshi, but he is quickly defeated. Satoshi has lost his spirit, but Muno encourages him. Satoshi then learns why Takeshi is not able to compete in the Pokémon League himself: He has to care for his ten brothers and sisters, and is unable to leave town. However, while this makes Satoshi lose the image he had of Takeshi, it doesn't make him any more pumped to win the Badge. So before challenging Takeshi again, he puts Pikachu through stern, specialized training.

And then it's time for the rematch!

Voice Cast:
Rica Matsumoto: Satoshi
Ikue Ohtani: Pikachu
Mayumi Iizuka: Kasumi
Yuji Ueda: Takeshi
Megumi Hayashibara: Musashi
Shinichiro Miki: Kojiro
Inuko Inuyama: Nyarth
Takaya Hashi: Muno
Ayako Shiraishi: Joy
Motoko Kumai: Goro
Unsho Ishizuka: Narration