Home / News Articles / Pocket Monsters Anime 25th Anniversary Special - VS Elite Four 1 Hour Battle Special
On March 12th, 2022, The Pokémon Company published a press release for the VS Elite Four 1 Hour Battle Special (VS四天王1時間バトルスペシャル) which aired on Friday, April 1st, 2022 at 6:55pm on TV Tokyo. It was a special to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the anime originally airing on April 1st, 1997. The official PokéAni Twitter account also posted the comments from Yuki Kaji and Mariya Ise who reprised their roles as Citron and Eureka. High resolution pictures from the press release have been added to an Imageboard thread.


April 1st is the 25th anniversary of the "Pocket Monsters" TV show!
This day the extravagant double feature "VS Elite Four 1 Hour Battle Special" will air! Citron and Eureka will be back as well!
We've received comments from voice actors Yuki Kaji and Mariya Ise!

It's been decided that the anime TV show "Pocket Monsters", which airs every Friday on the Tv Tokyo Network, is going to air the extravagant double feature "VS Elite Four 1 Hour Battle Special" Friday, April 1st, 2022 at 6:55pm! Citron and Eureka, who both traveled with Satoshi in the Kalos region in the TV shows "Pocket Monsters XY" and "Pocket Monsters XY&Z" are going to return! We've received comments from Citron's voice actor Yuki Kaji and Eureka's voice actor Maiya Ise.


And believe it or not, on April 1st 2022 the "Pocket Monsters" anime TV series will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original premiere date of April 1st 1997!! It will have a special giveaway campaign as a thank-you to all its fans, so make sure to pay attention to the show that day!

Synopsises for the "VS Elite Four 1 Hour Battle Special" airing Friday April 1st, 2022

"Satoshi and Citron! Special Friendship Training!!"


The venue for the next "Pokémon World Championships" match is in Miare City in the Kalos region. Before the match starts, Satoshi and Go visit Gym leader Citron and his sister Eureka, who used to travel with Satoshi. Satoshi trains by having a Pokémon battle with Citron, but then something happens to Negigaknight...?! Uonoragon seems to take an interest in what happened, and...?!

"Hyper Class! VS Elite Four Dracaena!!"


Satoshi's "Pokémon World Championships" opponent is Dracaena from the Kalos Elite Four, who is ranked 12th in the Hyper Class! Dracaena looks kind, but her battling skills are absolutely extreme?! Satoshi faces the Dragon type Trainer Dracaena with his powered-up Negigaknight and Uonodragon! Will he be able to defeat this powerful opponent?!

Satoshi reunites with Citron and Eureka, the siblings he traveled with in the Kalos region! How with Satoshi fight Kalos Elite Four Dracaena after training with them?! Keep your eyes peeled!

We've received comments from Citron's voice actor Yuki Kaji and Eureka's voice actor Maiya Ise!


Yuki Kaji, voice of Citron:
"I had heard rumors that characters from other series have been appearing one after another, so I'd been hoping Citron one day would as well... and I'm really happy that dream came true today! And it's BOTH siblings, too! I think of the three years I spent dubbing the "Pocket Monsters" TV show as an indispensable masterpiece of my voice actor life. It was a time filled with learning and twinkling.

When I appeared in the show this time, I went to the dubbing session picturing what Citron's life had been like after the conclusion of the "Pocket Monsters XY" series... hoping I could show that I had grown a bit as an actor since last time. The Pokémon dubbing studio is a place for passion and fun!

As far as this episode goes, I think you might consider it a character analysis that truly makes you feel what Citron is like as a person. However, his battle against Satoshi is really well made too, and you should get to hear his catchphrase "Citronic Gear On!" as well...! Don't miss the scene where the siblings reunite with Satoshi, Pikachu and the other either, it's really emotional! I hope they'll make another appearance after this... preferably one where they interact with Go! The Pokémon World is infinitely wide, so there's no doubt things will get even more exciting in the future!

I hope both existing XY fans and those that gain an interest in XY from this episode will get the opportunity to watch these two characters' journey in its entirety! It's the most wonderful story of all! Regards,
Yuki Kaji


Mariya Ise, voice of Eureka:
It made me really happy I got to meet Satoshi's voice actress Rica Matsumoto and all the other people that took care of me back in the days of the "Pocket Monsters XY" series, and getting to play Eureka again made me the happiest of all. Unfortunately I didn't get to record alongside Yuki Kaji, who plays Eureka's brother Citron, but since we spent about three years together in this dubbing studio, I could still hear his voice in my head when I read the script, so I was able to record my lines while being pretty sure how Kaji-kun would deliver his.

If you're new to the Pokémon anime, I hope you'll come to love the innocent angel Eureka who loves to care for Pokémon, and I also hope you'll watch the "Pocket Monsters XY" series as well.

Eureka is a girl who's too young to be a Pokémon Trainer yet, which I think viewers close to her in age will be able to empathize with. The sibling interaction between her and Citron is really charming as well, so I really hope you'll get the opportunity to watch the "Pocket Monsters XY" series in addition to this episode!
-Mariya Ise






『ポケモンワールドチャンピオンシップス』の対戦相手は、ハイパークラス12位のカロス四天王・ドラセナ!一見優しそうなドラセナだが、バトルの腕は超過激!? ドラゴンタイプ使いのドラセナに対し、サトシはパワーアップしたネギガナイトとウオノラゴンで勝負に挑む!果たしてサトシは強敵に勝利することができるのか!?


シトロン役・梶裕貴さん、ユリーカ役・伊瀬茉莉也さんからコメントが到着しました! 是非この機会にご紹介のご検討を頂けますよう、お願い申し上げます。

【シトロン役 梶裕貴さん】

今回出演するにあたり、テレビアニメ「ポケットモンスターXY」シリーズ終了からの、その後のシトロンの人生を想像しつつ…役者として、少しでも成長した自分をお見せできたらなと思いながらアフレコに臨みました。やはり、ポケモンの現場は熱く、楽しかったです! 内容に関しては、実にシトロンらしさを感じていただけそうな"分析"のドラマになっているかと。とはいえ、サトシとのバトルもバッチリ用意されていますし、あの決めゼリフ「シトロニック・ギア、オン!!」もお聴きいただけるはず…!シトロンとユリーカの兄妹が、サトシやピカチュウたちと再会する瞬間をお見逃しなく!絶対に感動しちゃいますよ!そして願わくば、ぜひ再登場して…今度はゴウとのエピソードなんかも描いてもらえたらな、なんて思っています!無限大に広がるポケモンワールド!ますます盛り上がっていくこと間違いなしですね!


【ユリーカ役 伊瀬茉莉也さん】
サトシ役の松本梨香さんをはじめ、テレビアニメ「ポケットモンスターXY」シリーズの時にお世話になった方々にお会いできて嬉しかったですし、何より、またユリーカを演じられることが凄く嬉しかったです。 残念ながらユリーカの兄・シトロン役の梶くんとは一緒に収録はできなかったのですが、アフレコ現場で約3年間を一緒に過ごしてきたので、台本を読んだ時に自然と脳内に梶くんの声が聞こえてきて。きっとこういう風にお芝居するかな…?と想像しながら収録に臨めました。


Related Articles