Who’s that Pokémon…girl?

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You know you just started singing “Gotta catch ’em all!”

So as I was watching The Clone Wars on Netflix, I discovered that the original Pokémon anime is now also available.

Pokémon was probably the first anime I ever watched, so of course I had to watch a few episodes.  My husband has apparently never seen it, so I had to watch a few more.

This is an anime that only a 12-year-old could love, but the nostalgia makes up for it.  I totally used to have the Poké rap memorized…it’s definitely starting to come back to me now…

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Anyways, I re-discovered a mystery relating to the opening: who the heck is this chick??

You can see her towards the end of the opening, wearing a classic school girl outfit, in a kind of montage involving Ash, Pikachu, and the evolved forms of the 3 starter Pokémon.  She is literally the only character in the entire opening that is never, ever introduced in the anime.

I kept waiting for her to appear, episode after episode; maybe she’s a gym leader, or the Indigo League champion, or Ash’s girlfriend?? But alas: she is not an actual character.

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Lass sprite

Google says that she simply based on the generic Lass trainer class from the Pokémon game.  And the Japanese lyrics to the opening may or may not say something about being able to find Pokémon in her skirt…