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  • Japan ポケットモンスター 遥かなる⻘い空
  • Japan Pocket Monsters: Harukanaru aoi sora
  • Japan Pocket Monsters: The Distant Blue Sky


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Japan Screenplay 米村正二 (Shōji Yonemura)
Japan Storyboard 湯山邦彦 (Kunihiko Yuyama)
Japan Episode Director 浅田裕二 (Yūji Asada)
Japan Animation Director 岩根雅明 (Masaaki Iwane)
Japan Animation Director 志村泉 (Izumi Shimura)

Japanese Summary:


Japanese Summary Translation:

As Satoshi and Pikachu continue their journey to become Pokémon Master, they run into a mysterious boy named Haruto. This is the story of one of Satoshi and Pikachu's encounters on their adventure.


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  • United States Ash Ketchum
  • Japan サトシ
  • Japan Satoshi
  • Japan Satoshi
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  • United States Ash's Pikachu
  • Japan サトシのピカチュウ
  • Japan Satoshi no Pikachu
  • Japan Satoshi's Pikachu
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  • United States Delia Ketchum
  • Japan ハナコ
  • Japan Hanako
  • Japan Hanako
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  • United States Meowth
  • Japan ニャース
  • Japan Nyarth
  • Japan Nyarth
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  • United States Jessie
  • Japan ムサシ
  • Japan Musashi
  • Japan Musashi
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  • United States James
  • Japan コジロウ
  • Japan Kojirō
  • Japan Kojiro
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  • United States Nurse Joy
  • Japan ジョーイ
  • Japan Joy
  • Japan Joy
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  • United States Nurse Joy's Chansey
  • Japan ジョーイのラッキー
  • Japan Joy no Lucky
  • Japan Joy's Lucky
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  • United States Jessie's Wobbuffet
  • Japan ムサシのソーナンス
  • Japan Musashi no Sonansu
  • Japan Musashi's Sonansu
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  • Japan ハルト
  • Japan Haruto
  • Japan Haruto
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  • Japan レン
  • Japan Ren
  • Japan Ren
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  • Japan レンのカイリキー
  • Japan Ren no Kairiky
  • Japan Ren's Kairiky
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  • Japan サエ
  • Japan Sae
  • Japan Sae
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  • Japan ソウ
  • Japan
  • Japan So

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  • United States Bulbasaur
  • Japan フシギダネ
  • Japan Fushigidane
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  • United States Blastoise
  • Japan カメックス
  • Japan Kamex
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  • United States Caterpie
  • Japan キャタピー
  • Japan Caterpie
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  • United States Metapod
  • Japan トランセル
  • Japan Transel
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  • United States Butterfree
  • Japan バタフリー
  • Japan Butterfree
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  • United States Weedle
  • Japan ビードル
  • Japan Beedle
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  • United States Kakuna
  • Japan コクーン
  • Japan Cocoon
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  • United States Beedrill
  • Japan スピアー
  • Japan Spear
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  • United States Pidgey
  • Japan ポッポ
  • Japan Poppo
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  • United States Spearow
  • Japan オニスズメ
  • Japan Onisuzume
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  • United States Pikachu
  • Japan ピカチュウ
  • Japan Pikachu
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  • United States Raichu
  • Japan ライチュウ
  • Japan Raichu
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  • United States Nidoran♀
  • Japan ニドラン♀
  • Japan Nidoran♀
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  • United States Nidoran♂
  • Japan ニドラン♂
  • Japan Nidoran♂
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  • United States Oddish
  • Japan ナゾノクサ
  • Japan Nazonokusa
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  • United States Vileplume
  • Japan ラフレシア
  • Japan Rafflesia
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  • United States Paras
  • Japan パラス
  • Japan Paras
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  • United States Venonat
  • Japan コンパン
  • Japan Kongpang
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  • United States Venomoth
  • Japan モルフォン
  • Japan Morphon
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  • United States Diglett
  • Japan ディグダ
  • Japan Digda
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  • United States Mankey
  • Japan マンキー
  • Japan Mankey
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  • United States Growlithe
  • Japan ガーディ
  • Japan Gardie
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  • United States Poliwag
  • Japan ニョロモ
  • Japan Nyoromo
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  • United States Bellsprout
  • Japan マダツボミ
  • Japan Madatsubomi
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  • United States Weepinbell
  • Japan ウツドン
  • Japan Utsudon
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  • United States Victreebel
  • Japan ウツボット
  • Japan Utsubot
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  • United States Slowpoke
  • Japan ヤドン
  • Japan Yadon
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  • United States Farfetch'd
  • Japan カモネギ
  • Japan Kamonegi
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  • United States Doduo
  • Japan ドードー
  • Japan Dodo
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  • United States Dodrio
  • Japan ドードリオ
  • Japan Dodrio
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  • United States Onix
  • Japan イワーク
  • Japan Iwark
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  • United States Lickitung
  • Japan ベロリンガ
  • Japan Beroringa
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  • United States Tangela
  • Japan モンジャラ
  • Japan Monjara
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  • United States Kangaskhan
  • Japan ガルーラ
  • Japan Garura
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  • United States Goldeen
  • Japan トサキント
  • Japan Tosakinto
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  • United States Seaking
  • Japan アズマオウ
  • Japan Azumao
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  • United States Pinsir
  • Japan カイロス
  • Japan Kailios
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  • United States Magikarp
  • Japan コイキング
  • Japan Koiking
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  • United States Gyarados
  • Japan ギャラドス
  • Japan Gyarados


The official Japanese Anime PR Twitter account posted an Anipoke Special Episode Key Visual poster on December 16th, 2022.

Key Visual for Anipoke Special Episode Unveiled
Pocket Monsters: The Distant Blue Sky will air on
December 23rd (Fri.) at 6:55 p.m. on TV Tokyo.
*The broadcast date and time will differ in some areas.
A one-episode story about the encounter between Satoshi and Pikachu and the mysterious boy Haruto.
Be sure to watch it!

アニポケ スペシャルエピソードのキービジュアル公開
「ポケットモンスター 遥かなる青い空」は
不思議な少年・ハルトとサトシ、ピカチュウ の出会いを描く1話限りの物語


On December 23rd, 2022, the official Japanese Twitter account reminded people that this episode was available to watch on the official Japanese YouTube channel. The video was region locked to Japan only. It was available from December 23rd, 2022 to January 13th, 2022. This episode was specifically labeled as a missed-program stream (見逃し配信).

Anipoke Pocket Monsters: The Distant Blue Sky
What did you think!?
The adventures of Satoshi, Pikachu, and a boy named Haruto.
It was a wonderful episode that makes us say "Thank you" for the simple things we may take for granted.
It will be available to watch from today until Friday, January 13th, 2023!
Be sure to watch it!

アニポケ「ポケットモンスター 遥かなる青い空」
サトシ、ピカチュウ と、少年・ハルトの冒険


CoroCoro Comic's Official website posted an article about this episode just before the original airing on December 23rd, 2022. They also tweeted about the page on the official CoroCoro Comic Twitter account to promote it.

Anipoke is just around the corner! Another story about Satoshi and Pikachu! Special one-night-only episode "The Distant Blue Sky"!


The anime "Pocket Monsters" will start airing soon! It airs every Friday at 6:55 p.m. and it is very popular! In this article, we'll introduce you to the Pokémon and characters that will appear in today's episode, as well as comments from the voice actors and director, and other Anipoke information you won't find anywhere else! At the end of tonight's broadcast, there's a trailer for the final chapter of Satoshi and Pikachu's journey!


▲ Satoshi and Pikachu continue their journey to become a Pokémon Master. This is the story of a mysterious boy they met during those adventurous days.

Satoshi arranges to meet his mother, Hanako, in Tonari Town, but when he wakes up, Pikachu is gone! In his panic to find Pikachu, a mysterious boy named Haruto appears.


▲ Tonari Town is nearby. They decide to sleep and then head there, but Pikachu went missing!?


▲ "You're looking for Pikachu, aren't you?" In the forest, Satoshi meets a mysterious boy named Haruto.

Haruto says he saw Pikachu being kidnapped. It seems that "strange guys in strange clothes" were the kidnappers...!! Satoshi decides to search for Pikachu with Haruto!


▲ The search for Pikachu is lead by Haruto, who seem to live around here and is knowledgeable about the forest!


▲ The strange guys in strange clothes who want Satoshi's Pikachu are......!!

Satoshi and Haruto gradually become friends, but Haruto has a secret......!? No way, it's a shocking turn of events!!


▲ Haruto loves Pokémon but has never touched one before.


▲ Satoshi struggles to find and get Pokémon for Haruto to touch.


▲ However, Haruto has a reason for not touching Pokémon...!?


▲ What does this picture of the sky have to do with the title "The Distant Blue Sky"? And who are these silhouettes? Check out today's broadcast for the rest of the story!

【アニポケまであとちょっと!】サトシとピカチュウのもうひとつのお話! 一夜限りのスペシャル回「遥かなる青い空」!!
この記事はアニメ放送直前に、今日の放送回に登場するポケモンやキャラクターの紹介、声優さんや監督からのコメントなどなど、ほかでは聞けないアニポケ情報をお届けするコーナー!! 今夜の放送の最後には気になるサトシとピカチュウの旅、最終章の予告映像もあるぞ!
サトシは母・ハナコとトナリタウンで会う約束をするが、目が覚めるとピカチュウがいない!? あわててピカチュウを探すサトシの前に、不思議な少年・ハルトが現れる。
ハルトはピカチュウがさらわれるのを見たという。そしてさらったのは「変な服着た変なヤツら」らしい……!! サトシはハルトと一緒にピカチュウを探すことに!
少しずつ仲良くなるサトシとハルトだったが、ハルトにはある秘密があって……!? まさかの衝撃展開に!!
▲この空の絵はタイトルの「遥かなる青い空」と何か関係が!? そしてこのシルエットは!? 続きは今日の放送をチェックしよう!!

Production Art

The official Japanese Anime PR Twitter account posted a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this Anipoke episode with a production artwork piece on December 22nd, 2022. The pictures featured Satoshi and Pikachu.

A glimpse behind the scenes of the Anipoke production
It's original drawings of Satoshi and Pikachu from the next episode.
It's a work done by the production team from the 1997 "Pocket Monsters" anime!
The mark on the hat is...

次回の放送からサトシとピカチュウ の原画をご紹介
1997年のアニメ「ポケットモンスター」制作陣も迎えた作品! 帽子のマークは…

Special First-Airing Segment Pocket Monsters Pikachu Run

Data Broadcast Pokémon: Mankey

Japanese Music:

Time Track Notes
Japan 00:01 SM M01 "Alola" to a New Adventure! Satoshi is swimming in the water.
Japan 00:48 SM M09 戦闘! 野生ポケモン
Japanese (Trans): Battle! Wild Pokémon
Pikachu runs to see Satoshi on a Gyarados.
Japan 01:52 ベストウイッシュTV BGM-M01 (ボーナストラック)
Japanese (Romanized): Best Wishes TV BGM-M01 (Bonus Track)
Japanese (Trans): Best Wishes TV BGM-M01 (Bonus Track)
Satoshi gets dressed and ready for battle against Ren.
Japan 03:53 2002-2005(AG)-M33 ロケット団隠密のテーマ(ホウエン・バージョン)
Japanese (Romanized): Rocket-dan onmitsu no thema (Houen Version)
Japanese (Trans): Rocket Gang Spying Theme (Houen Version)
Rocket Gang looking through the newspapers.
Japan 04:10 SM M16 Telling a Legend Satoshi is walking by all the Gangar stones.
Japan 06:40 2002-2005(AG)-M32 ロケット団参上!のテーマ(ホウエン・バージョン)
Japanese (Romanized): Rocket-dan sanjō! no thema (Houen Version)
Japanese (Trans): Rocket Gang Arrival Theme (Houen Version)
Rocket Gang motto
Japan 07:30 XY M10 パルファム宮殿
Japanese (Trans): Parfum Palace
Pikachu is rescued from Rocket Gang.
Japan 08:38 XY M45 フレンドサファリ
Japanese (Trans): Friend Safari
Satoshi grabs a ride on a Digda!
Japan 10:18 XY M18 クノエシティ
Japanese (Trans): Kunoe City
Satoshi arrives at some Oran Berry bushes.
Japan 13:40 2002-2005(AG)-M29 A bunch of Mankey's jump around.
Japan 14:22 XY M06 戦闘!トレーナー
Japanese (Trans): Battle! Trainer
Mankey throws a rock at Satoshi.
Japan 15:45 SM M54B 戦闘! グラジオ
Japanese (Trans): Battle! Gladio
Satoshi runs after Haruto.
Japan 16:39 XY M18 クノエシティ
Japanese (Trans): Kunoe City
Sae shows Satoshi a family photo.
Japan 19:45 ネーベル高原名誉ポケモン
Japanese (Romanized): Nebel kōgen meiyo Pokémon
Japanese (Trans): Honorary Pokémon of the Nebel Plateau
Satoshi and Haruto's spirits hug.
Japan 21:30 XY M17 ポケモンセンター (バースデー)
Japanese (Trans): Pokémon Center (Birthday)
Satoshi gets a new hat!
Japan 22:56 XY M05 タイトル
Japanese (Trans): Title
Satoshi's mom stuffs his face with toast before he runs off.

Music Statistics:

Number of Assigned Tracks to the Japanese Original: 16
Number of Assigned Tracks to the English Dub: 0
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As Satoshi and Pikachu continue their journey to become Pokémon Master, they run into a mysterious boy named Haruto. This is the story of one of Satoshi and Pikachu's encounters on their adventure.

Voice Cast:
Rica Matsumoto: Satoshi
Ikue Ohtani: Pikachu
Megumi Hayashibara: Musashi
Shinichiro Miki: Kojiro
Inuko Inuyama: Nyarth
Yuji Ueda: Sonansu
Tatsuki Kobe: Mankey
Mariko Nagai: Mankey
Noriaki Kanze: Mankey
Masami Toyoshima: Hanako
Akemi Okamura: Sae
Satoru Inoue: So
Arisa Sekine: Haruto
Wakana Minami: Ren
Unsho Ishizuka: Narration
Last edited 23 Dec 2022 05:51 AM by Adamant