The mysterious creatures of this planet Pocket Monsters... "Pokémon" for short! Now, the story of Satoshi and Hikari, and Pokémon, Their meetings, adventures, and battles Are about to begin!
Ash and Dawn glaring at their rivals
The opening begins with multiple colors shown, as well as the faces of Ash, Dawn, and Brock. The title is then shown. The trio, with Pikachu and Piplup, are now running across a grassy plain. After a close-up of Dawn, they are now on a sailboat, with all their Pokémon and Wingull above.
After a close-up of Brock, he is now seen cooking with Pikachu and Mamoswine nearby and then Pikachu and Piplup are seen playing while the other Pokémon, Ash, Dawn, and Brock are seen cheering them on. Dawn, with Piplup and Ambipom, are then seen glaring at Zoey and her Glameow and Kenny and his Prinplup while Ash, with Pikachu and Monferno, glare at Paul with his Honchkrow.
Dawn then slightly pushes Ash. Ash then gives her a thumbs-up as the sun rises. Close ups of Ash, Dawn and Brock and Pikachu and Piplup are seen. They are now seen running across a map of Sinnoh. Ash and Dawn then give each other a high-five. Then, from left to right, Delia, Professor Oak, Max, Tracey, May, Misty, and Gary are seen.
In DP119, the entire sequence is rendered for the upcoming HD format. Some elements are rearranged, while backgrounds are slightly moved or stretched, in order to fit a widescreen 16:9 ratio.
Despite all this, the anime would not switch to HD until two episodes later, which means the newly rearranged sequence is still cropped for the standard 4:3 ratio in the meantime. The reason the changes were made early is likely because they were made alongside the updating of Ash's Staravia to Staraptor.
From DP121 onwards, the presentation actually switches to the high definition, 16:9 ratio.
From DP134 onwards, the song is changed to its remixed version, High Touch! 2009.
Note that images are taken from the high definition format whenever possible. Some variants were carried over from the standard definition format and slightly rearranged for the HD widescreen ratio. Those differences are minimal, and thus not showcased on this gallery.
This scene features a camera effect that zooms out from Dawn's eye, moves to an upper view while rotating in 360° around the boat, then ends with a zoom in to Brock's eye. The following images are taken from one of the few frames in which all the characters are visible at the same time. Click on each picture for a larger view.
From DP107 to DP157; Mamoswine replaces Piloswine and is moved to the back
This shot pans from right to left, and features a slight depth effect: the Pokémon closer to the camera (Pachirisu and Croagunk) move across faster than the others. For some reason, this effect is not present in the second variant. In addition, Sudowoodo is slightly redeawn in said variant, but switches back from the third variant onwards. Click on each picture for a larger view.
While opening updates usually occur in the episode following the one where a team change takes place, Dawn's Swinub was replaced in DP104, the very same episode in which it evolved into Piloswine. Furthermore, it was shown as a Mamoswine in the opening rather than a Piloswine. This was corrected for all subsequent airings and releases.