Satoshi(CV:Rica Matsumoto) - Mezase Pokémon Master -with my friends- / THE FIRST TAKE

And now, you can hear Matsumoto belt it out in the video above, for the popular Japanese music YouTube channel, the First Take—which invites stars to perform their iconic tracks live in a single take. She is, of course, accompanied by a small chorus of Pokémon plushes as she sings, including some notable ones special to Ash’s journey, like Greninja, Ho-oh, current team members (like Dragonite, Lucario, and Gengar), and, of course, Pikachu.


It’s just a very sweet way to mark a time as the Pokémon fandom prepares to bid farewell to its hero.

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