Do you remember when 4Kids didn't completely suck?
Now, before you run away, hear me out...
Back in my day -- yes, I'm officially old enough to say this -- 4Kids did a decent job localizing Pokemon for a western audience.
They censored some things, like guns being pointed at kids' heads by the Safari Zone ranger...You know, for kids!
Or James' fake titties...Nothing to see here folks!
But those were legitimate things that wouldn't fly past American censors.
Sadly, then they started going nuts and the shows they dubbed suffered.
But the first season of Pokemon was very well done, in my opinion. The voice acting was good, the edits were kept at a minimum, and they had really good music.
Seriously, this stuff was great. I weep for people who grew up watching the 4Kids Pokemon after it went downhill.
So, without further ado, it's time for...P-R's Top 10 Favorite 4Kids Pokemon Songs/Music
Please note: These are all opinion based. I'm sure some of you have different favorites, so don't get too upset if your favorite isn't Number One. Thanks.
Number 10: What Kind Of Pokemon Are You? -- www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSOiTp…
This one takes the Number 10 spot because, while it's insanely catchy, it's not one I love as much as the others on this list. I remembered enjoying it a lot more as a kid though, which is why it made this list.
Number 9: The Time Has Come -- www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjwC6s…
This one is so cheesy, but it tugs at my heartstrings way too much not to be on this list. This song played when Ash was leaving his Pikachu behind in the episode "Pikachu's Goodbye." And since I'd just cried a river over him releasing his Butterfree a few episodes prior, I was extra sad thinking Pikachu and Ash might go their separate ways. Thanks for the feel-o-copter fake out, Pokemon!
Number 8: Together Forever -- www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvGibY…
This is another cheesy song, but this one is much happier. I loved listening to it as a kid, because it made me excited to see what new adventures were ahead. Back when Pokemon was simple... gosh, those were the days.
Number 7: Two Perfect Girls -- www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqmRev…
Yes, that's Eric Stuart (voice of Brock and James in the 4Kids dub) singing in character as Brock about how much he loves Officer Jenny and Nurse Joy. This song is just hilarious, and I always enjoyed it ever since I first heard it.
Number 6: PokeRap -- www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMk8wu…
I normally hate rap. It's never been a genre I like. But this rap is just so good! I was able to rap the whole thing as a kid too -- which I was pretty proud of, I must say. Gosh, I miss the days when there were only 151 Pokemon...
Number 5: Double Trouble -- www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kJQg8…
This is the first of two villain songs to be featured on this list, because villain songs are awesome! Again, we have Eric Stuart singing in character, although this time he's singing as James instead. He's also joined by Rachael Lillis (4Kids voice actor for Misty and Jessie) and Maddie Blaustein (4Kids voice actor of Meowth.)
Number 4: Tears, After The Cloudy Weather -- www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTLdt1…
This one actually is from the Japanese dub of the anime. But it's one of the few pieces of music that 4Kids kept, and thank goodness they did. This music is gorgeous and always makes me want to cry, because it was used during the most emotional scenes in the anime.
Number 3: Gotta Catch 'Em All (Pokemon Theme) -- www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBaqno…
I know! I know! You thought this was going to be Number 1. This is legitimately one of the best opening songs ever, and it was hard ranking it because it's so dang good. But as much as I love this amazing song, there are two songs I love even more.
Number 2: Misty's Song -- www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hEdd7…
Oh my gosh, the feels! Seriously Pokemon! Why did you get rid of Misty? She was the only one who could put up with Ash long term and love him in spite of his stupidity. ARRRRGGHHH!!! In all seriousness though, this was a song I could relate to as a teen. Because I liked boys in my church's youth group, but could never work up the nerve to ask them out. So I could sympathize with Misty's unrequited desire to be with Ash.
And now, my most favorite song is...
Number 1: It Will All Be Mine -- www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC76XD…
Leave it to the musical to have my favorite Pokemon song ever! Yes, kids. 4Kids made a Pokemon musical way back when. Have you ever wanted to hear Giovanni singing a "Be Prepared" style song about his plans for world domination? If not, I think a better question is, why haven't you? It's so epic, and the best part is that that's Darren Dunstan (voice of Pegasus from the 4Kids dub of Yu-Gi-Oh!) singing.A.K.A. the gayest straight guy in anime history.
The musical also deals with Giovanni and Delia Ketchum having a romantic history... which if you know me is totally amaze-balls.Who's your daddy, Ash?
And that's my list! I hope you enjoyed it!