The Call of PikaChulu
Join Ash, Misty, Brock, and Pikachu as they investigate the origins of a strangely mutated Pokemon captured by Professor Oak. A humorous adventure of cuddly madness and doom!
Ash is one of four trainers who started out from Pallet Town to fulfill his dreams of becoming a great Pokémon Master. He is determined, but his skills are lacking and he tends to get a big head easily, getting caught up in the moment and not thinking straight when going into battle, leaving him depending mostly on luck to win. His favorite Pokémon is his first, Pikachu, who he usually calls on, even when Pikachu has a disadvantage. He travels with Brock and Misty, two former Gym Leaders. Though they fight often (especially Ash and Misty), they are a close-knit group and take care of each other. Ash isn't very wise, but he has a big heart and will come through for his friends whenever there's trouble.
"That's right! I hereby declare to the Pokémon of the world, I will be the greatest Pokémon trainer, the greatest Pokémon master, of ALL TIME!"
Pikachu was Ash's first Pokémon and a temperamental one at that. Pikachu wasn't too fond of Ash when they first met, but after Ash risked his life to save Pikachu from a flock of angry Spearows, Pikachu realized that Ash really cared (Ash isn't just Pikachu's trainer, but is also Pikachu's best friend). Pikachu has spent time in a Pokéball only once, and that was enough. Now Pikachu refuses to get inside a Pokéball, preferring instead to walk alongside Ash. Like most other Pokémon, Pikachu can only say its name, which can lead to funny conversations between Pikachu and Ash, who actually seems to understand! Pikachu makes friends easily with other Pokémon and helps Ash to understand them. Pikachu once gave Team Rocket a big "shock" at the Viridian City Pokémon Center, and for some reason, the terrible trio has spend almost every episode thereafter plotting to steal Pikachu from Ash. Luckily, they've never fully succeeded.
"Pii – Kaa – Chuu!” (Zap!)
Misty was formerly one of the Gym Leaders in Cerulean City, along with her three older sisters. She left home to become a Water Pokémon trainer, then met up with Ash when she fished him out of a river in Episode One. He then proceeded to: A. Steal her bike, B. Wreck her bike, and C. Refuse to pay her for her bike. Misty started following Ash around to get paid back, but they soon became friends. Misty is fond of all her Pokémon, except the lumbering Psyduck, who pops out of its Pokéball at the most inappropriate times, usually during a battle. Her most precious Pokémon, Tokepi, really belongs to Ash, but it prefers Misty instead, because she was the first thing it saw when it hatched. Oh, and Misty really, really, really, hates Bug Type Pokémon. One time Brock tried to fool her by tickling her with a piece of grass and telling her it was a bug. She kicked him – HARD.
(After Joe compliments Ash on his "Once-In-A-Lifetime Battle"): “DON'T try to copy it! It was kind of a fluke!"
Brock is the oldest of the three main characters. He used to be the Pewter City Gym Leader but quit after his father decided to come out of hiding. Now he journeys with Ash and Misty on his quest to become the world's greatest Pokémon breeder. Brock is an excellent cook and prepares all of the group's food. He learned to be a good cook because he had to take care of his 10 brothers and sisters (who, by the way, all look like mini Brocks) until his dad came back. Brock has a lot of strengths, but he does have one great weakness... he falls head over heels in love with every girl he sees (usually older girls, especially Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny), making him revert from his normally serious attitude into a blabbering idiot, until Misty drags him away, pulling on his ear. Unfortunately for him, he is always rejected, but maybe someday he will find someone… Although Brock does have some qualities about him that make him "interesting", he really cares about his Pokémon and his friends.
Nurse Joy, like Officer Jenny, has many members of her family spread through out the world operating Pokémon Centers. They are all nurses, they all look alike, and they are all named Joy. Ash and company never get it, though. Each time they meet a Nurse Joy, they have to ask her if she's related to the Nurse Joy they met previously. And of course, each time, Brock falls head over heels in love. Nurse Joy doesn't seem to mind, though. Their personalities are more or less the same, all willing and able to help. They also have Chansey assistants, whose caring attitudes make them perfect for hospital work.
"This (fill in the blank) is in really bad shape! How could you let it get like this?"
Officer Jenny has relatives all over the land, who look like her and are named Jenny as well. Depending on the Jenny they encounter, Ash and the gang can find a helpful Jenny, a hostile Jenny, an overly suspicious Jenny, or a hyper Jenny. Brock tends to fall in love with each one claiming each one is more beautiful than the others, even though they all look alike... The also all seem to have killer motorcycles.
(After Brock asks her out) "Sorry, but my next break's not until past your bedtime!"
Team Rocket (Jessie, James, and Meowth)
Jessie, James, and Meowth are members of Team Rocket, a shady organization trying to take over the world of Pokémon for its evil leader, Giovanni. In their quest to capture Pikachu, they often dress up in silly disguises and have outrageous plots that always seem to backfire, sending them "blasting off again" back to square one.
Jessie is the more hotheaded member of Team Rocket and can easily be recognized by her ridiculously long hair. She tends to be the more aggressive and brash than James, even having served a short time as the Viridian City Gym Leader.
James is the more worrisome and cautious of the infamous duo, often wanting to give up rather than getting into danger. He is also willing to dress up like a woman in order to get Pikachu... perhaps a little bit to willing...
Meowth is the mascot of Jessie and James's small team. He used to be the pet of Giovanni, but was demoted in favor of a Persian. Meowth is one of the few Pokémon that can speak; he learned to speak to impress a female Meowth but was rejected. Meowth is the real brains behind the small group, coming up with complex plans to kidnap Pikachu, but he is always the one who gets pummeled whenever things go wrong.
Though they seem to have dedicated their lives to swipe Ash's Pokémon, Jessie and James have occasionally teamed up with the twerp to battle against a greater evil, mostly their own rivals, Butch and Cassidy. Despite their constant arguing, the team always sticks together and are the best of friends.
Jessie: “My hair was my one true love.”
James: "Team Rocket always puts beauty before duty!"
Meowth: “I'm also humble and housebroken.”
Professor Oak is the leading Pokémon expert in Pallet Town, and maybe the world. He gave Ash his first Pokémon, Pikachu, and takes care of the Pokémon Ash doesn't currently carry. He spends almost all day caring for a vast amount of Pokémon, but manages to take some time to perform research and to help Ash, who calls constantly.
Professor Oak's grandson, and Ash's rival, Gary is snobbish and rude, and seems to always be one step ahead of Ash. Gary also has a group of cheerleaders who follow him around and cheer him on. One time, Brock tried to ask them out. He said, "hey girls how'd you like to spend some time with me?" and they said, "Yes sir! We'd like that!" Then he got all depressed because they thought he was an old man.
(To Ash) “You were the fourth to leave home, but as a trainer, you're dead last!"
Ash’s Ketchum’s House, Pallet Town
Ash, Misty, Brock, and Pikachu are visiting Ash’s Mom, Ms. Ketchum, in Pallet Town, as they take a well-deserved rest from their many Pokémon adventures. All has gone well and the team is now ready to get back to their journeys, when something odd happens to one of Ash’s Pokémon.
Early this morning Ash’s Squirtle became ill and has turned dark green. It looks quite sick and is delirious, unable to even say its name.
Ms. Ketchum looks at the poor thing and asks “What have you done to your Pokémon Ash? It looks terrible.”
“Maybe you should take it to Professor Oak’s lab. I’m sure he’ll know what to do, he certainly has a way with his Pokémon.” *wry smile…
Professor Oak led everyone to a secure steel door at the back of the lab. Punching a code into a keypad opened the door with a click, to reveal a stark and sterile containment cell. Held in a thick barred cage on an examination table was a frightful sight; a mutated dark green Squirtle with a vicious-looking misshapen fish-like head. It hissed angrily at everyone through a nasty protrusion of razor sharp fangs - leaping at the bars violently!
Officer Jenny was shaken at the sight, but retained her composure. Ash on the other hand, took one look at the creature in the cage and panicked - running around in circles, screaming "Not my Squirtle! Not my Squirtle! Not my Squirtle!"
Pikachu meanwhile, was stunned - and somehow realizes that whatever the Squirtles had, it was probably contagious...
Everyone else, while disturbed by the sight, managed to remain calm.
“I caught this Pokémon north of Pallet Town." Professor Oak said gravely, "I believe it was once a Squirtle, but somehow it has evolved into this monstrosity. Seeing the condition of your own Squirtle Ash, I fear this may be some kind of epidemic that will effect all Squirtles.”
Geodude circled around the thicket while Growlithe chargesd forward.
Pikachu meanwhile, released a Thunder Shock that arced overhead and lit up the thicket! A Scyther inside, cried out as the volts surged into it.
“Scyther! Scyther!” It wailed - as electricity coursed through its body!
“Scyther! Grrr!” The pokemon then snarled, after the onslaught had ended. It turned to take off into the air, in an attempt to escape.
Unfortunately, neither Geodude, nor Growlithe were close enough to stop it…
As all this went on, Psyduck just waddled around in confusion.
With Officer Jenny 'cheering' Brock on, Brock chucked his rock at the fleeing Scyther as it rose into the air. Unfortunately, Scyther batted the incoming projectile away with its claw blade – sending it hurling back down – where it promptly slammed painfully into Misty’s kneecap!
Needless to say, Misty's pokeball went errant, as she grabbed her knee and began hopping around on one leg - "Ouch ouch ouch ouch ouch!"
Officer Jenny's pokeball sailed through the air and missed the Scyther by a mile. No amount of luck could have helped that embarrasing throw.
Brock, being faster on the draw than Ash, hit the Scyther with his own pokeball, shortly after the rock attack.
The Scyther was pulled in and the pokeball fell to the forest floor. After shaking back and forth a bit, the Scyther popped back out.
“Scyther!” it yelled angrily and prepared to attack.
With the pokemon no longer fleeing, Ash was able to chuck his own pokeball at it without much dificulty.
"Go Pokéball go!" he yelled dramatically, as he hits the Scyther in the face, KO’ing it, and sucking it in.
As everyone waited with baited anticipation, the pokeball bounced and jittered around – and then went still.
Ash had caught the Scyther!
“Psyduck?” Misty’s mentally challenged Pokemon asked (as Misty continued to hop around on one foot, grasping her throbbing knee in both hands) – and then more rustling was suddenly heard in the bushes.
Looking, everyone could see a large thorny bush that appeared to be what the Scyther was trying to slash up for some reason. It started to shake a bit, as something small climbed out of it.
A somewhat scratched-up Jigglypuff appeared, happy to be rescued from the Scyther, and started to sing in appreciation…
Almost everyone immediately clasp their hands to their ears – knowing what happens when a Jigglypuff sings – but Brock and Nurse Joy were not quick enough, and succumbbed to the dulcet tones.
Geodude, Growlithe, and Chansy also fell to the ground in sweet slumber; while Psyduck just stared ignorantly – “Psy?”
Those still awake watched with a knowing smirk, as the Jigglypuff got highly irritated at the sleeping audience – and popped out a permanent marker to begin vandalizing their faces…
With the team decided whether to head up or down the Squirtle trail, they suddenly noticed a dark shadow pass over them. When they looked up, they saw Team Rocket in their Meowth balloon overhead!
Prepare for trouble and make it double!
Jessie: To protect the world from devastation
James: To unite all peoples within our nation
Jessie: To denounce the evils of truth and love
James: To extend our reach to the stars above
Jessie: Team Rocket! Blast off at the speed of light!
James: Surrender now or prepare to fight!
Meowth: Meowth! That’s right!
James: “I’ll get you Pikachu, with my new grappling claw, ha, ha, ha, ha!”
Jessie: “Meowth, start lobbing bombs on those pesky losers.”
Meowth: “Right! Uh… what bombs?”
Jessie: “What do you mean, what bombs?!?”
Meowth: “Dat’s right, no bombs. Just this picnic basket.”
James: “You didn’t expect a poor boy to go hungry? There wasn’t room for both…”
Jessie: (smacks James)
With that, a silver grapple claw swung down from the balloon and snaped at Pikachu! – while Jessie and Meowth began lobbing the contents of a picnic basket down on the team.
“Hey, my lunch!” James bawled.
"Oh, so it's a Poke Fight you want?" James scoffed.
Then a moment later, Arbok and Weezings' Pokeballs were both tossed out!
Scyther was ready to fly the moment he popped out of the pokeball!
Pikachu ran over and hopped up onto its shoulder, as it took into the sky and flew toward Team Rocket’s Balloon.
James’ meanwhile, tried to grab the now flying Pikachu with the silver grappling claw – but Scyther spun and dived away to protect its passenger and the claw snapped harmlessly at empty air.
Team Rocket’s Weezing meanwhile, hovered twenty feet from the balloon, ready to intercept Scyther and Pikachu, while Arbok landed in the grass near Misty and hissed at her menacingly.
“You look hungry kid!” Meowth taunted – throwing a piece of cherry pie out of the balloon at Brock and splatting him in the face with it.
“Yeah, haha! Here’s something to wash it down!” Jessi crowed – throwing a can of soda pop at Brock, but missing.
Brock was very nearly distracted from throwing out Onyx by it, but managed to lob his pokeball right up into the basket with team rocket – as Misty also threw out her Starmie.
Then things suddenly got a little crazy.
In the Basket – the much too big Onyx appeared, completely crowding the basket – but something was wrong! Instead of the normally healthy looking Onyx Brock was expecting, there was a dark mottled half Onyx half gargantuan monstrosity! A flail of horrifying tentacles thrashed wildly, as the thing reared back and roared with a reverberating bellow to shake the very foundations of hell!
Then the entire basket ripped free from the balloon and Team Rocket crashed (amid maddening screams of sheer terror) into the ground fifty feet below!
Whatever Onyx had become, it roared terribly once more and then smashed head-first into the ground – shaking everyone right off their feet as it burrowed deep into the earth and was gone.
When the smoke and dust clouds cleared, Team Rocket was nowhere to be seen either, and Arbok and Weezing were fleeing the scene in panic.
The team wasn’t fairing much better from the sight either, for something about the unholy creature had unhinged everyone ever so slightly…
A short while later, the rest of the team caught up to Officer Jenny's motorcycle.
Ash ran over to Pikachu and found Brock all banged up.
"Hah, Brock," Ash chuckled, shaking his head. He didn't know what had happened, but it had to be good.
Taking out Scyther's Pokeball, Ash then asked the large green pokemon, "Scyther buddy, do you want to go back the Pokeball?"
Then, without warning, Ash dropped to the ground and began licking the motorcycle tire. "Oh yeah! Sweet sweet black licorice! Mmmm..."
Officer Jenny ignored Ash and eyed Brock suspiciously, before finally taking her bra off.
"Clothes are for weak people," she stated firmly, before grabbing a bazooka from her motorcycle.
"Now, let the party begin!" she smiled wickedly, hefting it to her shoulder.
Pikachu, being an androgynous mouse pokemon, was unfazed by Officer Jenny's nudity, and went over to take the pokeball from Ash - who was now totally engrossed by the motorcycle's chrome exhaust pipes.
As Pikachu held Scyther's pokeball aloft, a disembodied voice seemed to speak to his very soul - "It's yours now. You have the power. Now is the time of your dominion!"
The Mysterious Island
Following the Squirtle trail to the coast, the team came to a rocky beach, where a large rowboat leaned (bottom-side-up) against a boulder near the water. The beach appeared to be the origin of the Squirtles' exodus from the water, being covered with many sorts of tracks.
Offshore, about a mile or two out, everyone could see a small island. It rose a hundred or so feet above the waves, being five or more times in width, and was covered with large haggard-looking trees. Three monolithic heads of carved black stone stood on a ridge above a gray volcanic beach, facing the mainland. Though humanoid, they looked menacing and strange, with distinctly fish-like qualities. Beyond them, jutting above the trees at the very peak of the island, was an ominous stone tower, wreathed in what appeared to be a cloud of dark smoke. Every now and then, an orange-ish glow could be seen radiating through the haze.
As Brock looked on, he thought that he might have heard a legend about an island like this long ago - called 'Gengar's Tower' - a mysterious tower on a disappearing island. It was said the appearance of Gengar’s Tower was a bad omen. No one visited Gengar’s Tower when it appeared, because they feared the island would disappear with them on it.
The island also seemed familiar to Pikachu as well, but more of like being somewhere Pikachu had been to before, rather than something he'd actually heard about. Almost like he must have dreamed about it at some point and then forgotten, until just now.
As everyone considered what to do next, a dark shadow moved (ever-so-slightly), from under the overturned rowboat on the rocky beach...
"Hey guys," Brock began speaking, "this place is - Woah! What's that? Is that another demon squirtle?"
Quick as a flash, Brock snatched up a pokeball from his bag and launched it at the shadowy figure under the boat. "Geodude, I choose you!"
Ash watched on, calling out to Pikachu, "This worked last time... Alright, Pikachu! Thunder shock that shadow in the water!"
"Pika pi?" Pikachu replied quizzically, until he noticed the movement under the rowboat.
"PIKACHU!" he shouted in alarm, sending an arc of lighting at it.
The lightning hit the rowboat and lit it up - but all was silent afterwards... and the team still couldn't tell what was underneath...
"I would love to help..." Officer Jenny remarked with a hint of bordom in her voice, "but fire pokemon do not go that well with water. Maybe Misty could help? if I recall correctly, she was a water-pokemon trainer right?"
Nurse Joy meanwhile, seemed to ignore the shadow, and just looked across the water at the monolithic heads.
"Oh dear," she worried aloud, "those statues look just like what happened with those poor pokemon."
Then to the rest she concluded - "I'm sure this strange island has something to do with these terrible occurrences. We should row over there and explore the island to see if any of the pokemon there are afflicted, then investigate the tower."
I agree with Nurse Joy actually..." Officer Jenny replied matter of factly; "And I will not allow you kids to run off on your own either (for your own safety)."
"I dunno Nurse Joy..." Ash stated, while trying to lick Pikachu's slipper. "Even if we find the infected Pokemon, there's nothing we can do!"
"I need to investigate the island nonetheless, Officer Jenny pointed out to Ash, "and look for information regarding the pokenomicon. Also, we need to look for clues that could tell if this really is the source of the sick pokemon."
"Then I'd think you should start with the tower," Ash suggested, "the island istelf will take a long while to completely explore."
As Nurse Joy was standing there, listening to all the talk, a large red claw slowly reached out from under the over-turned rowboat and pinched the heck out of her big toe!
Apparently, there was a Krabby hiding under there!
“Pika pi! (yay!) “ Pikachu cried out in happiness, as he held the Pokeball close.
“Pikachu....” Jenny said quietly to the yellow pokemon theif, while slowly taking out her bazooka and making sure it was loaded.
“You will give back my two pokeballs right this instant, or you will go to jail.” She said, bouncing the bazooka on her shoulder to make sure Pikachu grasped the seriousness of the situation.
“Growlithe, be prepared for anything!” She instructed her sidekick.
“Pi… pika pika pi... (including the one with Krabby? I'm sorry Officer Jenny and Brock)” Pikachu said, tears in his eyes, taking out the four Pokeballs.
“Pika... pika Pikachu... ( I... I just wanted to be a trainer like you all... I… I don't know what came over me... )”
Pikachu took to the skies with Scyther and the two pokemon gave the tower a flyby.
They could see that the dirt path climbed up the island to a clearing at the top, where the massive stone tower rose high above the trees. It appeared as though most of the tower’s southeast wall had been blown out, and in fact, the tower was leaning over precariously, being propped up on its southeast side by three huge wooden beams. Dark smoke rolled out of the breach in the tower, where a flickering orange glow radiated from within...
“Pika pi?” Pikachu wondered aloud, flying towards the breach.
“Pika pika pi! (Come on up, I'll check the other side out!)” He shouted down to the others.
“Pikachu, be careful!” Ash yelled back. Taking out a Pokeball, he called, “Bulbasaur! I choose you!”
Nodding, he continued, “Guys, we should go up. Brock, you coming?”
“WHY IS EVERYONE RUSHING INTO THE MADNESS?!'' Brock wailed, reluctantly following everyone else up the path.
'The Stars are almost right,' the Voice in Pikachu's head declared.
“For what, voice in my head?” Pikachu asked.
'For your Ascendance into Godhood!' The voice replied with a proud tone. 'You will be the Pokemon Messiah! The ONE - to free them all from the endless torment at the hands of the barbaric humans - who have from the beginning exploited all Pokemon for their own sadistic pleasures.'
“Pika pika pi! (No you're wrong, they don't exploit us! Well, maybe they do, just a bit, but it's all in the NAME OF FRIENDSHIP and all...)’ Pikachu replied to the voice.
'Then you can unite the two species in true understanding and harmony, as it was from the dawn of time. They will listen to you. For such were you CHOSEN!'
Then, shouting down to his companions - “Pika pika pi! (Hurry, we don't have much time left!)”
“Brock, I don't know what Pikachu is talking about, but I just want to get this over with so I can continue my Pokemon journey!” Ash said, continuing forward. “C'mon guys! And Pikachu, get down here! It's dangerous to go alone!”
Nurse Joy turned to Brock confused.
“Madness? What do you mean Brock? We might find some clues as to why the pokemon have been having those weird transformations in the tower. We may even find a cure.”
She then put a hand on Brock's shoulder.
“Are you alright Brock?”
Brock mentally melted into a puddle of goo at Nurse Joy's touch.
“It is now” He said, staring dreamily at her.
“Well damn,” Brock said at length, “I guess if we don't get IMMEDIATELY KILLED BECAUSE YOU ARE ALL BRINGING US INTO THE TOWER FILLED WITH EVIL DEATH, I can set these pokesnacks out later.”
“That's the spirit Brock!” Ash exclaimed optimistically. “Let's go guys!”
As everyone went up the dirt path to join Pikachu and Scyther at the massive stone tower, they could see what Pikachu saw - that most of the tower’s southeast wall has been blown out, and that the tower leaned over precariously on that side, being propped up by three huge wooden beams. Dark smoke rolled out of the breach in the tower, where a flickering orange glow danced within.
A large locked iron door entered into the tower's first floor on the west side, though one could easily climb over all the rubble and go in through the open breach on the southeast side of the tower.
Looking around, Brock and Nurse Joy spotted something hiding among the trees, near the tower clearing. It appeared to be a Gengar, but something was wrong – it was acting almost as if it was actually frightened of something...
“Oh dear, I wonder why that Gengar is frightened,” Nurse Joys said, pointing him out to the group; “Usually he would be the one scaring others.”
“Chansey, why don't you and Pikachu ask him what's wrong?”
Chansy called over, and after some timid replies from the Gengar, turned to relay to Nurse Joy that the Gengar mumbled something about 'voices in its head' and 'almost being possessed' by whatever was going on inside the tower...
Nurse Joy pondered over what Chansey relayed back to her for a moment.
“I see. Ask him if there are any other pokemon in the tower at the moment Chansey, and if he's injured.”
Chansy again called back to the Gengar and learned that there were no Pokemon in the tower, just humans and... something... something evil...
Ash Ketchum looked at the frightened ghost and, whipping out his pokedex to look it up, asked: “Now, what ARE you...”
“But don't you worry,” he added, “we'll find the root of this evil once and for all!”
“Hey Mr Gengar,” Officer Jenny called over. “I know you are a spirit pokemon. I am a police officer. I punish the bad guys. Say, would you like to help me and Growlithe catch these bad guys that did this to you? punish them?”
Ash meanwhile, saw that it was a Gengar and began to read up on it.
The Gengar meanwhile, hit Officer Jenny with a Confuse Ray and began to move back into the trees.
Poor Officer Jenny's eyes were left spiraling like mad, as she reeled from the Ghost Power!