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The main character, Satoshi (Ash), and his rival, Shigeru (Gary), both have names that match Satoshi Tajiri's (The creator of Pokemon), and Shigeru Miyamoto's (The creator of Super Mario Bros.) names.
Episode 79 (A Scare in the Air) was retitled "Spirits in the Sky" following the September 11th Terrorist Attacks
Japan hosted a rating conference of 1000 critics from different countries showing at least 100 different anime series. Pokémon was placed second, gaining approval of nearly 480 of the 1000 critics.
Episode #36 ("Electric Soldier Porygon") was responsible on December 1997 for about 700 cases of epileptic-like seizures in Japan. As a result of this, the anime was pulled off the air until it was restored in early 1998. Because of this episode's notoriety, it was never released on home video, undubbed in English, and omitted in comic adaptations. However, it was shown in re-runs without the the effects that caused the seizure-like cases.
The villains Musashi and Kojiro (Jessie and James in the English dub respectively) were named after two famous samurai.
At the end of the series, Satoshi/Ash has a total of 20 Gym Badges.
As of the end of Johto, Satoshi/Ash has captured the following Pokémon: Pikachu, Caterpie/Metapod/Buttefree, Pidgeotto/Pidgeot, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charmander/Charmeleon/Charizard, Krabby/Kingler, Primeape, Muk, Tauros, Lapras, Snorlax, Heracross, Chikorita/Bayleef, Cyndaquil, Totodile, Noctowl, and Phanpy.
As of the end of Johto, Takeshi/Brock has captured the following Pokémon: Onix, Geodude, Zubat/Golbat/Crobat, Vulpix, and Pineco/Forretress. Technically, he also captured some Tauros in the Safari Zone along with Satoshi/Ash, but we never see them again.
As of the end of Johto, Kasumi/Misty has captured the following Pokémon: Staryu, Starmie, Goldeen, Horsea, Psyduck, Togepi/Togetic, Poliwag/Poliwhirl/Politoed), and Corsola. She also captures a Gyarados later on before she arrives in Hoenn.
As of the end of Johto, Musashi/Jessie has captured the following Pokémon: Ekans/Arbok, Lickitung, Shellder, and Wobuffet.
As of the end of Johto, Kojiro/James has captured the following Pokémon: Koffing/Weezing, Magikarp/Gyarados, Growlithe, Weepinbell/Victreebel), and another Weepinbell/Victreebel.
In the english dub of Indigo League episode 12, when Misty is yelling at Meowth about having her hair dyed purple, Ash tries to calm her down and calls her "Mandy."
The animation director Masāki Iwane once stated that the series was originally slated for a 1½-year run, which corresponds approximately to the length of the Kanto region saga (had it not been delayed due to the Porygon incident). Due to its popularity during the run, however, the show was extended and continues to be one of the longest running video game based anime.
The episode "Pikachu's Goodbye" (episode 39 in Japan, episode 36 in the US) was not originally apart of the main schedule but was created after "Electric Soldier Porygon" (episode 38)
Episode 18 titled: Holiday in Aopulco/Beauty & the Beach was originally banned in the English dub due to the scene where James wears a pair of inflatable breasts upon his disguise as a bikini contestant. The episode did eventually air in America with all of the scenes of James wearing his fake breasts omitted.
The episode titled The Legend of Dratini was banned from the English dub due to Kaiser being a gun owner who kept pointing the gun at Satoshi/Ash in a few scenes. The episode's absence in the English dub lead to a big plot hole as this was the episode where Satoshi/Ash captured the herd of Tauros. While the later episodes did mention Satoshi/Ash did capture the Tauros from the Safari Zone, this lead the fans from English speaking countries confused on why Ash all the sudden had a collection of Tauros.
Nidorino and Gengar are the first Pokémon to appear on screen in this series.
Episode 19 titled Tentacool & Tentacruel was originally banned from reruns after 9/11 occurred due to Tentacruel destroying the Porta Vista. However some time later, the episode was no longer branded as a "banned" episode.
In episode 1, the opening of a Nidorino and a Gengar fighting against each other is based off of the opening of Pokémon Red/Blue version.
In episode 1, Ho-Oh is the first Pokémon from the Gold/Silver games to appear in the anime before it was given a name.
In episode 2, the stone tablets that are hanging at the Pokémon Center are engravings of an Arcanine, Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. Ash/Satoshi misidentified the engraving of Articuno for Ho-Oh whom he saw in the previous episode.
Goof: In episode 5, Flint tells Ash that Brock's mom past away after trying to raise the family on her own. In the Japanese version she left the family to Brock's care. This created a big plot hole when Brock's mom, Lola did appear in the first side story episode of Pokémon Chronicles alive and well.
In episode 13, An image of Mewtwo was seen on the front door to the lighthouse. Yet at this point in the series, Mewtwo's existence was presumably only known by Giovanni, most of the members of Team Rocket and the scientists who created the Pokémon from the DNA of Mew. It's likely that the plot for Mewtwo's introduction hasn't been though up at this point.
In episode 38, the doll Jessie own as a kid was called a Acha Ningyou. Which is a parody if Bruce Lee.
In episode 43, Exeggcute evolves into an Exeggcutor without a Leaf Stone.
Goof: In episode 65, Gary was surprised to see that Team Rocket's Meowth is able to talk despite that he has seen Meowth talk the last two encounters he had with Team Rocket.
In episode 99, Lorelei's name was changed to Prima for the English dub. This was in order to fit the amount of syllables for the dialogue.
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