Hello there! Welcome to the world of POKéMON!

My name is YUKARI! People call me the POKéMON PROF!

"No, they don't."

"That's awesome!"

This world is inhabited by creatures called POKéMON!

For some people, POKéMON are pets. Others use them for fights.

Myself…

I study POKéMON as a profession.

"No, you don't."

"Wow!"

First, what is your name?

"Oh, oh, I'm CIRNO!"

"You know her name."

Right! So your name is CIRNO!

"Yay!"

This is my grandson. He's been your rival since you were a baby.

"What are you talking about?"

"REALLY?"

…Erm, what is his name again?

"PYRO!"

"Mokou. You know that."

That's right! I remember now! His name is PYRO!

"Yay!"

"…"

CIRNO!

"!"

Your very own POKéMON legend is about to unfold!

A world of dreams and adventures with POKéMON awaits! Let's go!

"…Are you done?"

"I'm good."

"So why am I here?"

"The mortality rate in Gensokyo is still very high. Powerful humans exterminate weak youkai by the thousands, and weak humans are helpless against powerful youkai. Pokémon, unlike youkai can be trained, and if they are more powerful than youkai, we would be able to settle our disputes without mass exterminations. I needed someone hardy who could survive harsh, monster filled terrain for months at a time."

"O.K., so why is Cirno here?"

"Because I'm the strongest!"

"Because she's disposable."

"Hey!"

"And why should we help you?"

"Oh, no reason. But it's not like you had anything better to do."

"True…"

"And it will make Kaguya insanely jealous."

"Deal."

"…I'm not disposable…"

"Then it's settled! In this world there's a place called the Indigo Plateau, where they hold annual tournaments. I'd like you to enter next year's tournament, and I'll pick you up afterwards. But first you'll want to meet Professor Oak, down the road in the large white ranch to get your Pokedex. You can't miss it."

"What's a pokedex? And will I need some kind of fake ID?"

"Oh no, this isn't the outside world. This world is in much too much chaos to make birth certificates practical. Just see Professor Oak and he'll get you set up."

"But what's a pokedex?"

"Bye!"

And with that, Yukari disappeared through a portal.

"…So now what?"

"Let's catch POKéMON!"

"How? How do you catch Pokémon?"

"You throw a Pokeball at them!"

"And where can I get a Pokeball?

"They sell them at all the stores. But we'll need Pokémon dollars first."

"…Cirno, are you saying they named their currency after the wildlife?"

"Yep!"

"That's slightly horrifying."

"You think too much."