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The English logo of Pokémon Origins

Pokémon Origins, also known as Pocket Monsters: The Origin (ポケットモンスター THE ORIGIN, Poketto Monsutaa: THE ORIGIN, Pocket Monsters: THE ORIGIN) in Japan, is an animated series that tell the adventures of Red's journey from his first Pokémon to winning the Pokémon League and him setting off to find the Mythical Pokémon, Mew. The series runs between twenty-two to twenty-three minutes long and consists of four episodes.


Code(s) English title(s) Japanese title(s) Airdate(s)[Notes 1] Image(s)
PO001 File 1 - Red レポート1 レッド
Repooto 1: Reddo
Japan: October 2, 2013
South Korea: December 2, 2013
United States: November 15, 2013
PO002 File 2 - Cubone レポート2 カラカラ
Repooto 2: Karakara
Japan: October 2, 2013
South Korea: December 2, 2013
United States: November 18, 2013
PO003 File 3 - Giovanni レポート3 サカキ
Repooto 3: Sakaki
Japan: October 2, 2013
South Korea: December 3, 2013
United States: November 20, 2013
PO004 File 4 - Charizard レポート4 リザードン
Repooto 4: Lizadon
Japan: October 2, 2013
South Korea: December 3, 2013
United States: November 22, 2013
  1. ^ Includes only JA, KR, CH, TW, HK, MO and US

Differences between the anime and games

  • Blue isn't already at Oak's waiting for the Professor to come.
  • Oak coming to get Red before he enters (when he enters in Yellow) Route 1 is cut.
  • Oak doesn't battle and catch Pikachu.
  • There's no battle in Oak's lab after Red and Blue get their Pokémon, although it does happen in Route 1. However, no further battles between the two take place until the Pokémon League.
  • Blue lets Red select his Pokémon first, instead of Oak telling him to wait his turn as in the games.
  • Red doesn't receive the parcel from the Poké Mart to give to Professor Oak. Oak's also never shown giving them Poké Balls, though it can be assumed he did.
  • Brock tells Red about Gym Badges, instead of Blue.
  • In the anime, Brock gives Red the TM Bide, instead of Rock Smash.
  • Red is able to get the Silph Scope and an Eevee before going to Celadon City.
  • The story of Marowak's ghost is explained in greater detail.
  • Blue is much less hostile to Red than he was in the games; the two appear to be friends.
  • In the games, Blue is at the tower to visit a dead Pokémon, who the fans suspect is his Raticate. Blue also mentions catching a Cubone here in the games.
  • Red gets the Silph Scope from Blue, instead of Giovanni.
  • The Mega Stones don't appear in the original games, although it was likely they were added to promote the next generation games, Pokémon X and Y.
  • Red doesn't beat Giovanni at Silph Co.
  • Blue and Red battle only twice, once after Red catches a Rattata and the other time is in the champion.
  • Giovanni only uses two of his Pokémon, Rhyhorn and Rhydon, while in the games, he also uses Dugtrio, Nidoking, Nidoqueen (although Nidoqueen was seen defeating Charizard), and Persian (Pokémon Yellow).
  • Red never receives a Master Ball.
  • Saffron City isn't overrun with Team Rocket Grunts like it was in the game, only Silph Co. is.
  • Type advantages are basically thrown out the window.
  • No one is guarding the Cerulean Cave unlike the games.
  • Red does not visit the Sevii Islands or re-challenge the Pokémon League.
  • Blue is not injured in the games, as this is added for dramatic effect.


広田(ひろた)光毅(みつたか) (Mitsutaka Hirota)
笠原(かさはら)邦暁(くにあき) (Kuniaki Kasahara)
川崎(かわさき)逸朗(いつろう) (Itsuro Kawasaki) (Production I.G)
黒田(くろだ)幸生(ゆきお) (Yukio Kuroda) and 高橋(たかはし)秀弥(ひいでや) (Hīdeya Takahashi) (XEBEC)
冨安(とみやす)大貴(だいき) (Daiki Tomiyasu) (OLM, Inc.)
(Character designer)
杉森(すぎもり)(けん) (Ken Sugimori)
森本(もりもと)茂樹(しげき) (Shigeki Morimoto)
藤原(ふじわら)基史(もとふみ) (Motofumi Fujiwara)
にしだあつこ (Atsuko Nishida)
北風(きたかぜ)友裕(ともひろ) (Tomohiro Kitakaze) (original)
加藤(かとう)初重(はつえ) (Hatsue Katō) (XEBEC)
(Animation production)
OLM Inc.
Production I.G

In other languages and countries

Name(s) Countries Television and Streaming Services Airdate(s)
ポケットモンスター THE ORIGIN
Poketto Monsutaa THE ORIGIN
(Pocket Monsters: THE ORIGIN)
Japan Japan TV Tokyo (Teleto)
(TX Network (TXN))
October 2, 2013
Poket Monseuteo THE ORIGIN
(Pocket Monsters: THE ORIGIN)
South Korea South Korea Tooniverse
(CJ E&M (CJ Entertainment & Music))
December 2, 2013–December 3, 2013
Pokémon Origins Anglosphere[Notes 1] Pokémon TV November 15, 2013–November 22, 2013
Germany Germany
Pokémon: Les Origines
(Pokémon: The Origins)
France France
Pokémon: Le Origini
(Pokémon: The Origin)
Italy Italy
Pokémon: Los Orígenes
(Pokémon: The Origins)
Spain Spain
  1. ^ Includes only, US, UK, CA, AU and NZ