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There Was A Real Life Pokémon Musical And Somehow We All Missed It

More importantly, we missed an opportunity to see Team Rocket's perfectly on point hip action.

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So apparently Pokémon Live!, a full-length musical based on the Pokémon anime series, briefly toured the U.S. in the early 2000s.

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Yes, this was a real thing that happened. It even performed at Radio City Music Hall.

The full-length show followed Ash, Misty, and Brock as they competed for the Diamond badge, and it looks like it would’ve been TOTALLY AWESOME to see live.

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For completely ridiculous reasons, of course.

All 150 Pokémon managed to make a cameo in the musical, along with some of our other favorite characters like…

… the ever fabulous TEAM ROCKET!

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Prepare for trouble and make it double!

Team Rocket even performed what appears to be a "Rhythm Nation" crossover dance sequence under the watchful eyes of Giovanni.

According to The Making of Pokémon Live!, the show utilized confetti, strobe lights, fog machines, smoke machines, and… pyrotechnics?

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Problems you encounter when your sidekick is a human-size lightning bolt rat.

The musical seemed to have everything, from heartfelt emotion...

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ASH STOP SINGING YOU'RE LATE TO SEE PROFESSOR OAK.

…to coy flirtations…

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Or not-so-coy. Brock + Nurse Joy 4 eva.

…to subtle foreshadowing…

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Casual.

…to more heartfelt emotion…

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I want you to tell us what you're feeling too, Misty

... to OH MY GOD, JAMES, THOSE HIPS!

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Seriously, it’s hard to imagine a musical getting much better than this. It even received a rave review from this kid.

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I'M. SURE. IT. WAS.

And this woman gave the highest level of praise that any musical could hope to be afforded.

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Two things we would like to see musicals do well.

99% percent of today's problems could be blamed on this decade's lack of video game-to-anime-to-musical masterpieces.

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Is there a Spyro the Dragon live out there? Or maybe even a Digimon musical?! I will travel across the land, searching far and wide!

But regardless, bless the early 2000s for granting us this musical gem, if only for a short time.

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