Opening / Ending Details
1・2・3
Title 1・2・3
1・2・3
Song 1・2・3
Song Artist After the Rain(そらる×まふまふ)

Summary:

The first opening for the Pocket Monsters 2019 series made its debut as an ending during the first episode before transitioning to its normal broadcast position for the preceding episodes of the series. The song was produced by mafumafu from After the Rain with soraru×mafumafu performing the original version.

Official Concept Art:

The official Japanese Anime PR Twitter account posted a tweet with 4 production artwork pieces and asked fans to identify the scenes they were from as part of their #AniPokeMania (#アニポケマニア) feature. The frame is from the battle between Go's Hibanny and Armorga just before the "Let's have a fight!" part in the lyrics.

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On May 26th, 2020, the official Japanese Anime PR Twitter account posted a tweet with this artwork piece from the last scene of the opening. The tweet says: A side profile of #Go. With a clenched fist, he can only dream big and go on a journey of adventure! (りりしい #ゴウ の横顔 握った拳の中にあるのは大きな夢 そして冒険の旅にゴー‼️)

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On January 7th, 2021, the official Japanese Anime PR Twitter account posted a tweet revealing for the first time that a new opening would air during the January 8th, 2021 episode of Pocket Monsters. The tweet included two concept artwork pieces featuring Dande and Dande's Lizardon with interesting expressions!

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On January 8th, 2021, the official Japanese Anime PR Twitter account posted a tweet announcing that there would be a new opening and showed the concept art of Lucario and Aceburn battling.

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Cultural Reference:

This scene with Satoshi and the other main characters dancing funny is based off of Crayon Shin-chan: Pursuit of the Balls of Darkness - Movie #05 which who's Key Animation was done by Masaaki Yuasa (湯浅政明).

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YouTube Clip - Official Music Video

The official Mafumafu Channel YouTube account posted a full version music video of the song on November 17th, 2019.



On September 29th, 2020, the Takanori Nishikawa Official YouTube Channel posted the full version music video of 1・2・3 by Nishikawa-kun and Kirisho which was the second variant of the opening.



Live at TV Tokyo Music Festival Fall 2020 - September 30th, 2020

Nishikawa-kun and Kirisho performed 1・2・3 live as the 8th performance on TV Tokyo Music Festival Fall 2020 (テレ東音楽祭2020秋) which aired on September 30th, 2020.

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Nogizaka46 Members Erika Ikuta and Sayuri Matsumura

On January 7th, 2021, the official Japanese Anime PR Twitter account posted a tweet revealing for the first time that a new opening that would air during the January 8th, 2021 episode of Pocket Monsters would feature Japanese idol girl group Nogizaka46 members Erika Ikuta and Sayuri Matsumura singing 1・2・3. The offical nogizaka46 Twitter account later that day posted a video of the two girls confirming the announcement and that they were looking forward to hearing viewers feedback using the hashtag #からあげ姉妹ゲットだぜ (#Let's Get Karaage Sisters).



On January 28th, 2021, the official Pocket Monsters Anime Twitter account posted a reaction video of Nogizaka46 Members Erika Ikuta and Sayuri Matsumura watching the completed opening video and they gave their comments about it.



Nogizaka46 Karaage Sisters "1, 2, 3" Music Video


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The music video of "1・2・3", which is the opening theme of the popular TV animation Pocket Monsters featuring the Karaage sisters Erika Ikuta and Sayuri Matsumura from Nogizaka46, has finally been released! The single will be available to download on Friday, February 19th, 2021.

The video was shot in late January 2021 at Toshimaen, an amusement park in Nerima, Tokyo, Japan. The theme of the music video is the adventures of the Karaage sisters who came back after a long absence and "If we can meet Pikachu, we may be able to regain the facial expressions we've lost..."

They were excited to see Pikachu and said, "Cute! Cute!". They chatted with Pikachu a lot, and after the shooting, they were so happy to receive a monster ball-shaped cake to celebrate Ikuta's birthday!
Also, the scene where they eat in the music video is also their actual lunch, and they really enjoyed it as their own meal!

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In the personal PV of Erika Ikuta and Sayuri Matsumura, the "Karaage sisters" were born from the keywords: "No facial expression (表情がない)", "I like fried chicken (からあげが好き)" and "sisters (姉妹)". Video director Shigeru Tsukita, who directed at that time, also worked on this Music Video!! The costumes they wear are based on the girl scout/picnic girl who appears as an opponent in the Pokémon games.

Source: http://www.nogizaka46.com/news/2021/02/music-video-8.php

YouTube Clip - Karaage sisters (Erika Ikuta and Sayuri Matsumura from Nogizaka46) "1, 2, 3" PV




Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThUatkJODZM


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