Ash Ketchum was just a normal ten-year-old boy back in 1997 when the first ever episode of the Pokémon animated series was broadcast. Living in Pallet Town with his mum, he enjoyed watching Pokémon battles on his TV and dreamt of one day becoming a famous Pokémon Trainer. Luckily for him, Professor Oak was taking on new recruits that next day as he had three new Pokémon that were perfect for training – Squirtle, Bulbasaur and Charmander.
Ash finds it hard to sleep that night, but eventually falls asleep and dreams of throwing Pokéballs. Unfortunately he picks up his Voltorb alarm clock in his sleep and throws it, smashing it. With no alarm, Ash oversleeps and is late down to Professor Oak’s lab the next morning. The three Pokémon have already been given out to eager young Trainers, one of them is Gary, the Professor’s grandson and Ash’s arch rival! Ash pleads with Oak to let him have a Pokémon, and there is one left but there is a problem with it – it shocks anyone who tries to pick it up. Ash doesn’t care, though, he’s just happy to have Pikachu as his first Pokémon!