Sunny (Japanese: ハルト Haruto) is a character of the day who appeared in Distant Blue Sky!. He is the son of So and Sue, though passed away one year prior to the events of Distant Blue Sky! due to an illness.
Sunny met Ash when he was looking for his Pikachu that had gone missing during the night. Sunny led Ash over to where Team Rocket were and watched as Ash freed Pikachu before sending them blasting off.
After introducing themselves, Sunny told Ash he had always wanted to touch a Pokémon but never had the chance. Ash attempted to find one for him to pet, including Diglett, Dodrio, and Kakuna; however, they kept leading him into trouble. When Ash started feeling hungry, Sunny led him to a house where many Oran Berries grew but mysteriously disappeared. Ash met the couple who lived at the house, So and Sue. After leaving, Sunny asked Ash to retrieve his hat which had been stolen by a Mankey. Ash tracked down the Mankey and successfully retrieved the hat and swapped it for his own, at which point Sunny silently led Ash back to So and Sue's house.
When Ash got there, Sunny disappeared while So and Sue were shocked to see the hat Ash was carrying. It was revealed that Sunny was their son and had always wanted to be a Pokémon Trainer and often played with the Pokémon of the forest, but he had died of an illness before he got to set off on his journey. Sunny loved the sky, leading So to only paint pictures of the sky. When Ash bid farewell to the couple and continued on his way, Sunny appeared to Ash again who invited him to touch Pikachu, but Sunny was unable to, due to being a ghost. Ash used his aura to connect with Sunny and allow him to touch Pikachu, making the boy very happy before he vanished, appearing one last time to observe his parents.
|From 晴れ hare (sunny, clear weather)
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