The opening starts with a brief view of a battlefield which quickly changes into a Poké Ball. The ball opens and the Pokémon logo comes out, appearing over water. Growlithe jumps out from the left, Goldeen makes a splashing entrance, and Pidgeot flies up. The title then disappears with Staryu making its appearance, followed by Snorlax and then Charizard making a roar. The next scene features Marill, Venonat, and Scyther. The background changes as Jigglypuff appears singing. Bulbasaur then comes up, then Slowbro only to be attacked by Squirtle. Magneton scares Squirtle away with an Electric attack. Pikachu makes his entrance and uses Thunderbolt. The earth is shown next as Thunderbolt comes out. Ash and Pikachu appears in battle against Sparky and Ritchie. The screen split into four and shows various Pokémon doing attacks. This changes to a dark stadium where Ash is seen standing with his head low. Misty and Tracey, as well as Professor Oak and Delia Ketchum are watching him from the sidelines. The two girls seem concerned. Ash's fist trembles, then opens. Light is cast on him as he raises his head with a confident smile. Afterward, Ash and Ritchie shake hands.
The scene changes to the sea where Pikachu and Togepi are seen riding on Lapras's head. Ash, Misty and Tracey are riding on Lapras's back, while Goldeen and Staryu are swimming. Psyduck, on the other hand, seems to be drowning. Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny pass by riding on a motorboat. Giovanni appears on the screen with a menacing look. Jessie, James, and Meowth appear standing on their Magikarp submarine. A Gyarados then swats them away with its tail.
The next scene features Lapras and the gang again, shot from behind. Psyduck is hanging onto Lapras, while Goldeen and Staryu are in the water. Pikachu and Togepi are still on Lapras's head, while the Trainers are on its back, all are laughing. Closing up on Ash, Pikachu hops onto his back. Then Ash looks at the sky. Flashbacks of his rivals are seen. The next scene shows Lapras and the gang again, looking up at the sky, with the sun setting over the horizon.
I'm so happy to win I want to cry, but There's something more important Than winning and losing!
Rivals are something amusing "You still have a ways to go before you're grown!" You see, look! Because the road we've chosen is the same "I won't lose!" With these words We can talk of our identical dreams
The bud that is our dreams Hasn't changed, but Little by little it'll bloom... I can feel it