Sarah Natochenny, the English voice actor for Ash Ketchum, explained which Pokémon would be the best replacement for Pikachu — and it happens to be the original mascot of the series.
CBR went live at a Q&A with Sarah Natochenny at MegaCon Orlando this weekend, where the American voice actor answered fan questions. Among the many questions, an audience member asked Natochenny which Pokémon she would choose for Ash besides his loyal companion, Pikachu. “Clefairy,” Natochenny replied. “The original mascot was not Pikachu but Clefairy.”
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Pikachu’s popularity has helped it become the top Pokémon partner instead of Clefairy
While Pikachu is synonymous with the Pokémon franchise today, that wasn’t the case in the franchise’s early years. Poliwhirl and Clefairy both initially appeared to be replacements for the Pokémon’s faces. The November 22, 1999 issue of Time Magazine featured Poliwhirl front and center among other pocket monsters. Pokémon Pocket Monsters, the first manga adaptation of the Nintendo series, is a humorous series that follows Pokémon Trainer Red and his mischievous Clefairy. However, the anime featuring Ash choosing Pikachu over the original Kanto initially boosted the popularity of the electric mouse.
Natochenny also answered a fan question about how Ash could be 10 years old given the amount of time that has passed both in the series and in real life – Ash’s reign as Pokémon’s main protagonist lasted 26 years. “He’s always 10,” Natochenny said. “This is my opinion, this is not a rule, but I think everyone should be able to share the same Ash Ketchum that they grew up with with their siblings, children and grandchildren .” Natochenny is still voicing Pokémon Horizons and is also appearing in other popular anime series like Tokyo Revengers.
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Veronica Taylor, the original voice actor for Ash in the 4kids era of Pokémon dubbing, reminisced about Season 1 of the series with her daughter, Rena Taylor, on their podcast called “The Trainer’s Guide.” The currently airing anime series, based on Pokémon Scarlet and Violet, is available to stream on Netflix. The highly successful stop-motion animated series, Pokémon Concierge, is also available on Netflix.
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Source: MegaCon Orlando live panel via CBR on X (formerly Twitter)