Ranked #566

Pokemon: The Origin

Alternative Titles

English: Pokemon: Origins
Synonyms: Pocket Monsters: The Origin, Pokémon: The Origin
Japanese: ポケットモンスター THE ORIGIN


Type: Special
Episodes: 4
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 2, 2013
Source: Game
Duration: 27 min. per ep.
Rating: PG - Children
L represents licensing company


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Ranked: #5662
Popularity: #713
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The anime features the player and rival characters from Nintendo's original Pokémon Red and Pokémon Green (Pokémon Red and Pokémon Blue in North America) video games.

(Source: ANN)


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Characters & Voice Actors

Takeuchi, Junko
Takeuchi, Junko
Okido, Green
Okido, Green
Eguchi, Takuya
Eguchi, Takuya
Sugita, Tomokazu
Sugita, Tomokazu


Kawasaki, Itsurou
Kawasaki, Itsurou
Director, Episode Director
Tomiyasu, Daiki
Tomiyasu, Daiki
Hirota, Mitsutaka
Hirota, Mitsutaka
Tajiri, Satoshi
Tajiri, Satoshi
Original Creator

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Mar 11, 2015
Story and characters: 4/10

The OVA promised to follow the story of the original Pokemon Red and besides adding a mega-evolution for Charizard at the end, it pretty much did exactly that. Our hero is named Red instead of Ash and he actually captures all the Pokemon. He doesn't randomly release his best fighters, he actually wins his gym battles without cheating, the Pokemon actually use real moves and not bullshit like "dodge", and he actually dismantles the Team Rocket Organization. So this is WAY better than the original Pokemon anime right?....right? The problem is that Pokemon wasn't a game that sold so well because of read more
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Oct 4, 2013
The Pokemon anime series is something i droped for many years, basically is just the same formula but a different region with new Pokémon and so on.

I came back just for one reason. I played the original game in a Game Boy when I was 10, and since then i followed the games, maybe for someone the games are like i just said about the anime "the same formula but a different region with new Pokémon" but i think the games, in fact, are more fun and engaging.

Now, back to the animation... I love it.

It takes the most memorables moments of the original game like read more
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Apr 2, 2014
…fans of the games, especially the ones who don’t/didn’t like the original TV show.

…everyone else.


Pokémon Origins is known to be the “faithful” anime adaptation of the unbelievably successful videogame franchise. The reason people think so is not because it’s a good anime but because it doesn’t contain many of the obvious flaws of the original show. These “flaws” were mainly the childish portrayal of the Pokémon world, the rather static main characters and the fact that the story of Ash Ketchum just won’t end. This new series on the other hand does the complete opposite. It depicts battles between the creatures as read more
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Nov 1, 2015
Can Pokémon: The Origin be appreciated by the ones who are not fans of the Pokémon franchise? YES IT CAN!

It actually could be the perfect start for someone who's not a big fan of the Pokémon Universe. Pokémon has come known for being very childish with cute creatures and not so adult themes. Well, this anime is nothing like this (maybe except about the cute creatures) and it proves that Pokémon is much more than that.

The story follows the game pretty close, what is good. Don't like Ash and his stupidity? So you're in the right place. It starts calm as Red and Green going read more
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