First Episode of ‘Pocket Monsters’ Anime Officially Uploaded, Ash’s Pikachu as Pichu! By: Water Pokémon Master Posted 4 weeks ago to Anime 13 comments In an uncharacteristic marketing move, Pokemon has officially released the first episode of the new Pocket Monsters anime on YouTube. It aired in Japan earlier today. The video has no English subtitles, but it’s easy to understand what’s going on. The episode takes place before the first episode of the original anime. It shows Ash’s Pikachu as a Pichu, how it evolved, and we also see Go’s encounter with Mew. As posted before, Shinji Miyazaki is no longer composing the music for the anime. None of his music is heard in this episode either.