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{{OBP|Ash Ketchum|M20}}, a young boy from [[Pallet Town]], is watching a {{pkmn|battle}} between two [[Pokémon Trainer]]s, [[Neesha]] and [[Corey]], on [[television]], all while preparing to start his {{pkmn|journey}} the next day.
Later that night, Ash is asleep, dreaming about training his {{OBP|Pokémon|species}} as he throws his alarm clock in his sleep. The next morning, Ash's mother, [[Delia Ketchum#In I Choose You!|Delia]], wakes him up, letting him know that he'll be late to receive a Pokémon from [[Professor Oak (anime)#In I Choose You!|Professor Oak]]. Realizing that he overslept, Ash gets out of bed and rushes over to [[Professor Oak's Laboratory]]. When he arrives, Professor Oak tells Ash that all of the [[starter Pokémon]] are taken, with the exception of one. Just then, Ash spots a {{OBP|Ash's Pikachu|M20|Pikachu}} wandering around the lab and chases after it. Oak introduces Ash to the Pokémon and Ash is thrilled about Pikachu being his new Pokémon. Pikachu is not so thrilled, however, and proceeds to shock him. Delia enters the lab to give Ash his clothes and his belongings to begin his journey. After Ash gets dressed, he orders Pikachu to get in his [[{{i|Poké Ball]]}}, in which Pikachu refuses, hitting it back at him. Delia says that they seem to be getting along well, and Ash agrees, saying that they're best friends already. He picks Pikachu up, who shocks Ash, Delia and Professor Oak.
While dragging Pikachu out of Pallet Town, Ash asks Pikachu if he hates him. He says that he is willing to make friends with Pikachu and tries to shake hands with him, but Pikachu still wouldn't cooperate. Ash then spots a {{p|Pidgey}} and tries to {{pkmn2|caught|catch}} it before realizing that he has to battle it to weaken it first. Unfortunately, Pikachu is still being disobedient, so Ash just attempt to hit Pidgey with a rock, but hits a {{p|Spearow}} instead. The Spearow saw Pikachu laughing and since it believed that Pikachu was the one who hit it, it begins attacking him. After Pikachu hits Spearow with a {{m|Thunderbolt}} attack, Spearow calls a whole flock to attack him. Ash and Pikachu begin to flee as the Spearow catch up to Pikachu to proceed in attacking him. Ash picks Pikachu up and carries him until they were injured and tired. Ash tells Pikachu to get inside its Ball, but it once again refuses. Instead, Pikachu defends Ash from the Spearow by summoning a large Thunderbolt that scares them away. As the storm ceases, a {{p|Ho-Oh}} flies above and drops a Rainbow Wing, which Ash catches. Ash and Pikachu make a promise to go and meet the Legendary Pokémon someday.