Next week will mark the end of an era in the Pokémon anime, where Ash’s journey comes to a close. To commemorate the moment in history, the Japanese voice actor for Ash, who is named Satoshi in the Japanese version of the Pokémon anime, Rica Matsumoto performed an emotional rendition of the remix of the original Pokémon anime theme “Mezase Pokémon Master -with my friends-” on THE FIRST TAKE.
THE FIRST TAKE is a Sony Music Entertainment Japan initiative that has singers perform their hit songs in just one take in a minimally-styled studio which has the performer sing in, as the video description says “ONE TAKE ONLY, ONE LIFE ONLY.”
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For those watching the current seasons of the Pokémon anime, the latest batch of Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series launched on February 24 on Netflix in the US, with the final batches, which feature Ash’s final episodes, being released at a later time. The newest Pokémon anime which features the first new protagonists in the history of the franchise starts in Japan on April 14 with Saori Den directing at OLM.
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Source: THE FIRST TAKE on YouTube
Daryl Harding is a Senior Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.