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Early anime frame from EP093

The Pokémon anime, often referred to as just "the anime" by Pokémon fans, is a collective term referring to currently 1,117 main series episodes, 23 movies, and a number of side stories, all focusing on Pokémon. The great majority of these focus on Ash Ketchum, a Pokémon Trainer from Pallet Town, and his journey toward his ultimate goal of being a Pokémon Master, his many friends, and most especially his Pokémon, whom he considers his partners and friends.

Though the anime is ultimately based upon the games and draws heavily from them, many concepts which are only touched on the games are spun in a unique way, and expanded on.

The anime has aired in 169[1] different countries and regions in over 30 languages. It is available on Netflix in 217 countries with different dubs and subtitles, and all countries except Japan and South Korea have at least English audio[2]. The Pokémon Company International usually refers to the anime as the "Pokémon animated series" or "Pokémon television series", while some event Pokémon based on Pokémon from the anime have their location set as "the Pokémon cartoon" in the English version of the games. It is also referred to formally as Pokémon the Series (Japanese: テレビアニメ「ポケットモンスター」シリーズ TV Anime "Pocket Monsters" Series).


Contents

Overview

From the very first episode, Ash has been the central character, making his goal of becoming a Pokémon Master known to all he meets. Though initially, he only became a Pokémon Trainer with the goal of beating his rival, Gary Oak, the many Pokémon Ash has met over his journey have shown him what being a Pokémon Master really is. Unlike most Trainers from Pallet, and indeed, unlike players of Pokémon Red, Green, and Blue and Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen, Ash did not start his journey with Bulbasaur, Charmander, or Squirtle, as he arrived late to Professor Oak's lab to receive his starter Pokémon. Instead, Ash was given the only Pokémon Oak had left to give, a Pikachu that did not enjoy being inside his Poké Ball, and from there Ash learned to treat his Pokémon as partners, earning Pikachu's trust by keeping him safe from a flock of Spearow he angered.

Since then, Ash has journeyed across all seven of the regions that appear in the core series Pokémon games, as well as the Orange Archipelago, a region he visited before beginning his journey in Johto until it was closer in time to the real-world release of Pokémon Gold and Silver. In the regions outside of Galar, he battles against the local Gym Leaders for their Badges, as do Trainers in the core series games, to compete in the regional Pokémon League, a championship tournament, rather than five battles straight against the Elite Four and Champion. While his initial strategy was to continue using the same party over the course of his journey, letting some Pokémon go when they were required to do something or wanted to train, he has, since his journey in Hoenn, changed strategy, and now uses only those Pokémon which he has caught in the region, alongside Pikachu, to battle against Gym Leaders, with his explanation to Dawn being that he wants to prove to the young, unevolved Pokémon he meets in each new region that they can win if they try.

Over the course of the series, Ash has had several friends who travel with him, typically across one region, who assist him in his journey as much as he assists in theirs. Misty, the Gym Leader from Cerulean City in the games, joins him in the original series, as does Brock, Pewter City's Gym Leader, in Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, and Sinnoh. Tracey Sketchit, an amateur Pokémon watcher, joins Ash during his Orange Archipelago journey, but leaves him on Ash's return to Pallet to become an assistant to Professor Oak, his hero. May and Dawn, rookie Coordinators, join Ash for the duration of Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, respectively; in these he mentors them much as Brock and Misty did him, while Max, May's brother, who is too young to own Pokémon, looks up to Ash for the duration of Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire. Iris and Cilan travel with Ash in Pokémon the Series: Black & White. Inventor Clemont, his sister Bonnie, and Ash's childhood friend Serena travel with Ash in Pokémon the Series: XY. Like Max, Bonnie is too young to own Pokémon, but cares for her brother's Dedenne. In Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, Ash attends the Pokémon School instead of traveling around the Alola region. As such, his new friends—Lillie, Mallow, Kiawe, Lana, and Sophocles—are not traveling companions but classmates. In Pokémon Journeys: The Series, Ash's sole new traveling companion is Goh, a Trainer who aims to catch every Pokémon species in the world, with his ultimate goal being to catch the Mythical Pokémon Mew.

The anime is produced in Japan by OLM in association with ShoPro and JR Kikaku and airs on TV Tokyo nearly every week, with the exception of a four-month hiatus after the Porygon incident and a seven-week hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Until the Porygon incident, the show aired every Tuesday at 7 PM. The show returned afterwards at the same time on Thursdays. From April 7, 2016, to September 13, 2018, it instead began five minutes earlier at 6:55 PM on Thursdays. Since October 7, 2018, the show airs each Sunday at 6 PM. Many fans consider the dialogue and events mentioned in the Japanese version to be the "true canon", while the various dubs are regarded to be overridden if something stated in them differs from something said in a Japanese episode.

In Japan, the anime is divided into seven series: Pocket Monsters, Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation, Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl, Pocket Monsters Best Wishes, Pocket Monsters XY, Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon, and Pocket Monsters. Outside of it, it has been divided into eight series: Pokémon the Series: The Beginning, Pokémon the Series: Gold & Silver, Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire, Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon the Series: Black & White, Pokémon the Series: XY, Pokémon the Series: Sun and Moon, and Pokémon Journeys: The Series. The episodes are also further divided into seasons spanning roughly 52 episodes, and currently numbering 23. This concept of a television season was first embraced by the Japanese source with the inclusion of an explicitly second season to Best Wishes.

The show is mainly aimed at children, and as such, mature topics such as death are not often brought up, though sometimes they appear in some episodes, and most notably in movies. Many Pokémon that are implied to be violent or sinister in the games are also made to be less aggressive. There are generally some references meant for adults, though these are kept to a minimum especially outside of Japan.

Series

Pokémon the Series

Japanese series English dub

Pokémon the Series: The Beginning

Pokémon the Series: The Beginning
Season name Episodes & theme songs Season name Episodes & theme songs
Pocket Monsters
ポケットモンスター
Pocket Monsters
EP001.png EP001 EP080 EP080.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Aim to Be a Pokémon Master
1 Indigo League
Indigo League
EP001.png EP001 EP080 EP080.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Pokémon Theme
Pocket Monsters: Episode Orange Archipelago
ポケットモンスター オレンジ諸島編
Pocket Monsters: Episode Orange Islands
EP081.png EP081 EP116 EP116.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png The Rivals
2 Orange Islands
Adventures in the Orange Islands
EP081.png EP081 EP116 EP116.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Pokémon World

Pokémon the Series: Gold and Silver

Pokémon the Series: Gold and Silver
Season name Episodes & theme songs Season name Episodes & theme songs
Pocket Monsters: Episode Gold & Silver
ポケットモンスター 金銀編
Pocket Monsters: Episode Gold & Silver
EP117.png EP117 EP274 EP274.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png OK! (EP117 - EP191)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Aim to Be a Pokémon Master (EP192 - EP238)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Ready Go! (EP239 - EP274)
3 Johto Journeys
The Johto Journeys
EP117.png EP117 EP157 EP157.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Pokémon Johto
4 Johto League Champions
Johto League Champions
EP158.png EP158 EP209 EP209.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Born to Be a Winner
5 Master Quest
Master Quest
EP210.png EP210 EP274 EP274.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Believe in Me

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire
Season name Episodes & theme songs Season name Episodes & theme songs
Pocket Monsters: Advanced Generation
ポケットモンスター アドバンスジェネレーション
Pocket Monsters: Advanced Generation
AG001.png AG001 AG192 AG192.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Advance Adventure (AG001 - AG069)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Challenger!! (AG070 - AG104)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Pokémon Symphonic Medley (AG105 - AG134)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Battle Frontier (AG135 - AG165)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Spurt! (AG166 - AG192)
6 Advanced
Advanced
AG001.png AG001 AG040 AG040.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png I Wanna Be a Hero
7 Advanced Challenge
Advanced Challenge
AG041.png AG041 AG092 AG092.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png This Dream
8 Advanced Battle
Advanced Battle
AG093.png AG093 AG145 AG145.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Unbeatable
9 Battle Frontier
Battle Frontier
AG146.png AG146 AG192 AG192.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Battle Frontier

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl
Season name Episodes & theme songs Season name Episodes & theme songs
Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl
ポケットモンスター ダイヤモンド&パール
Pocket Monsters: Diamond & Pearl
DP001.png DP001 DP191 DP191.png
+ DPS01 & DPS02

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Together (DP001 - DP078)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Together2008 (DP079 - DP095)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png High Touch! (DP096 - DP133)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png High Touch! 2009 (DP134 - DP157)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png The Greatest - Everyday! (DP158 - DP183)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png The Greatest - Everyday! (Band Version)
(DP183 - DP191, DPS01 & DPS02)
10 Diamond and Pearl
Diamond and Pearl
DP001.png DP001 DP052 DP052.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Diamond and Pearl
11 Battle Dimension
Battle Dimension
DP053.png DP053 DP104 DP104.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png We Will Be Heroes
12 Galactic Battles
Galactic Battles
DP105.png DP105 DP157 DP157.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Battle Cry - (Stand Up!)
13 Sinnoh League Victors
Sinnoh League Victors
DP158.png DP158 DP191 DP191.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png We Will Carry On!

Pokémon the Series: Black & White

Pokémon the Series: Black & White
Season name Episodes & theme songs Season name Episodes & theme songs
Best Wishes
ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ
Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes!
BW001.png BW001 BW084 BW084.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Best Wishes!
14 Black & White
Black & White
BW001.png BW001 BW048 BW048.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Black and White
Best Wishes
ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ シーズン2
Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! Season 2
BW085.png BW085 BW108 BW108.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Be an Arrow!
15 Rival Destinies
Rival Destinies
BW049.png BW049 BW097 BW097.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Rival Destinies
Best Wishes N
ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ
シーズン2 エピソードN
Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! Season 2: Episode N
BW109.png BW109 BW122 BW122.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Be an Arrow! 2013
16 Adventures in Unova
Adventures in Unova
BW098.png BW098 BW122 BW122.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png It's Always You and Me
Best Wishes Da!
ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ
シーズン2 デコロラアドベンチャー!
Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! Season 2: Decolora Adventure
BW123.png BW123 BW142 BW142.png
+ BWS01 & BWS02

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Summerly Slope
Adventures in Unova and Beyond
Adventures in Unova and Beyond
BW123.png BW123 BW142 BW142.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png It's Always You and Me

Pokémon the Series: XY

Pokémon the Series: XY
Season name Episodes & theme songs Season name Episodes & theme songs
Pocket Monsters XY
ポケットモンスター XY
Pocket Monsters: XY
XY001.png XY001 XY093 XY093.png
+ XYS01 - XYS04

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png V (Volt) (XY001 - XY028 & XYS01)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Mega V (Mega Volt) (XY029 - XY054 & XYS02)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Mad-Paced Getter
(XY055 - XY093, XYS03 & XYS04)
17 Pokémon the Series: XY
XY
XY001.png XY001 XY049 XY049.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Pokémon Theme
18 Pokémon the Series: XY
XY Kalos Quest
XY050.png XY050 XY093 XY093.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Be a Hero
Pocket Monsters XY&Z
ポケットモンスター XY&Z
Pocket Monsters: XY&Z
XY094.png XY094 XY140 XY140.png
+ XYS05 & XYS06

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png XY&Z
19 Pokémon the Series: XYZ
XYZ
XY094.png XY094 XY140 XY140.png
+ XYS05

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Stand Tall

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
Season name Episodes & theme songs Season name Episodes & theme songs
Pocket Monsters: Sun & Moon
ポケットモンスター サン&ムーン
Pocket Monsters: Sun & Moon
SM001.png SM001 SM146 SM146.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Alola!! (SM001 - SM029)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Aim to Be a Pokémon Master (SM030 - SM060)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Future Connection (SM061 - SM090)
MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Your Adventure (SM091 - SM146)
20 Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon
Sun & Moon
SM001.png SM001 SM043 SM043.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Under The Alolan Sun
21 Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon—Ultra Adventures
Sun & Moon—Ultra Adventures
SM044.png SM044 SM092 SM092.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Under The Alolan Moon
22 Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon—Ultra Legends
Sun & Moon—Ultra Legends
SM093.png SM093 SM146 SM146.png

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png The Challenge of Life

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Season name Episodes & theme songs Season name Episodes & theme songs
Pocket Monsters
ポケットモンスター
Pocket Monsters
JN001.png JN001 Ongoing

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png One, Two, Three
23 Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Pokémon Journeys: The Series
JN001.png JN001 Ongoing

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png The Journey Starts Today

Side stories

Season name Episodes Season name Episodes & theme songs
Pocket Monsters Side Stories
ポケットモンスター サイドストーリー
Pocket Monsters: Side Stories
HS01.png HS01 HS18 HS18.png Pokémon Chronicles
Pokémon Chronicles
List of Pokémon Chronicles episodes »

MDBag Music Note V Sprite.png Pokémon Chronicles Theme


Mini Series

As the franchise progressed, other animated features, set outside the main series' canon, have been produced. These are often made to promote a new generation or game.

Japanese name English name Episodes
Pocket Monsters: The Origin
ポケットモンスター THE ORIGIN
Pocket Monsters: The Origin
Pokémon Origins
Pokémon Origins
PO01.png PO01 PO04 PO04.png
Pokémon Generations
ポケモンジェネレー ションズ
Pokémon Generations
Pokémon Generations
Pokémon Generations
PG01.png PG01 PG18 PG18.png
Twilight Wings
薄明の翼
Twilight Wings
Pokémon: Twilight Wings
Pokémon: Twilight Wings
TW01.png TW01 Ongoing


Other shows and shorts

Name Episodes
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon logo.png
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
PMD Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate.png
Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate!
PMD Explorers of Time Darkness.png
Explorers of Time & Darkness
PMD Explorers of Sky Beyond Time Darkness.png
Explorers of Sky -
Beyond Time & Darkness
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Animated Shorts title card.png
Gates to Infinity
Animated trailers Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Animated Shorts title card.png
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon Animated Shorts
Pikachu shorts


Movies

Main article: Pokémon movie

Since 1998 in Japan, and since 1999 in the US, a Pokémon movie has been released annually, most often focusing on a Legendary or Mythical Pokémon. These films are almost always a large success in Japan, and remain at least somewhat successful in the United States and other countries, having been aired on television as a special since the ninth movie, with the first five movies receiving wide releases and later films occasionally receiving limited releases.

The movies are not considered by all people to be canon to the show, with some preferring to think of them occurring in an alternate timeline. This theory comes from the fact that Ash and his friends do not seem to be profoundly affected in the show by the events of the movies, which tend to have a lot of peril and drama. Others, however, see the movies as being akin to filler episodes, as none of their parties change, and no Gym Leaders are defeated nor Pokémon Contests won. This is presumably the correct interpretation, as not only have most of the events of the movies been referenced at least peripherally in the show, but also, several of the events of even major episodes have been forgotten by the writers of later episodes.

Japanese movies English dub

Pokémon the Series: The Beginning & Gold and Silver

Movie title Release date Movie title USA release date
Mewtwo's Counterattack
ミュウツーの逆襲
Mewtwo's Counterattack
July 18, 1998 1 Mewtwo Strikes Back
Mewtwo Strikes Back
November 12, 1999
Phantom Pokémon: Lugia's Explosive Birth
幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕
Phantom Pokémon: Lugia's Explosive Birth
July 17, 1999 2 The Power of One
The Power of One
July 21, 2000
Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei
結晶塔の帝王爆誕
Emperor of the Crystal Tower: Entei
July 8, 2000 3 Spell of the Unown
Spell of the Unown: Entei
April 6, 2001
Celebi: An Encounter Through Time
セレビィ時を超えた遭遇
Celebi: An Encounter Through Time
July 7, 2001 4 Celebi: The Voice of the Forest
Celebi: The Voice of the Forest
October 11, 2002
Guardian Gods of the City of Water: Latias and Latios
水の都の護神 ラティアスとラティオス
Guardian Gods of the City of Water: Latias and Latios
July 13, 2002 5 Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias
Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias
May 16, 2003

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire

Movie title Release date Movie title USA release date
Wishing Star of the Seven Nights: Jirachi
七夜の願い星 ジラーチ
Wishing Star of the Seven Nights: Jirachi
July 19, 2003 6 Jirachi: Wish Maker
Jirachi: Wish Maker
June 1, 2004
Sky-Splitting Visitor: Deoxys
裂空の訪問者 デオキシス
Sky-Splitting Visitor: Deoxys
July 17, 2004 7 Destiny Deoxys
Destiny Deoxys
January 22, 2005
Mew and the Wave-Guiding Hero: Lucario
ミュウと波導の勇者 ルカリオ
Mew and the Wave-Guiding Hero: Lucario
July 16, 2005 8 Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
September 19, 2006
Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy
ポケモンレンジャーと蒼海の王子 マナフィ
Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy
July 15, 2006 9 Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
March 23, 2007

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl

Movie title Release date Movie title USA release date
Dialga VS Palkia VS Darkrai
ディアルガVSパルキアVSダークライ
Dialga VS Palkia VS Darkrai
July 14, 2007 10 The Rise of Darkrai
The Rise of Darkrai
February 24, 2008
Giratina and the Sky's Bouquet: Shaymin
ギラティナと氷空の花束 シェイミ
Giratina and the Sky's Bouquet: Shaymin
July 19, 2008 11 Giratina and the Sky Warrior
Giratina and the Sky Warrior
March 31, 2009
Arceus: To a Conquering Spacetime
アルセウス 超克の時空へ
Arceus: To a Conquering Spacetime
July 18, 2009 12 Arceus and the Jewel of Life
Arceus and the Jewel of Life
November 20, 2009
Ruler of Illusions: Zoroark
幻影の覇者ゾロアーク
Ruler of Illusions: Zoroark
July 10, 2010 13 Pikachu the Movie
Zoroark: Master of Illusions
February 5, 2011

Pokémon the Series: Black & White

Movie title Release date Movie title USA release date
Victini and the Black Hero: Zekrom
ビクティニと黒き英雄ゼクロム
Victini and the Black Hero: Zekrom
July 16, 2011 14 White—Victini and Zekrom
White—Victini and Zekrom
December 3, 2011
Victini and the White Hero: Reshiram
ビクティニと白き英雄レシラム
Victini and the White Hero: Reshiram
Black—Victini and Reshiram
Black—Victini and Reshiram
December 10, 2011
Kyurem VS the Sacred Swordsmen
キュレムVS聖剣士ケルディオ
Kyurem VS the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo
July 14, 2012 15 Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice
Kyurem VS. The Sword of Justice
December 8, 2012
Extreme Speed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens
神速のゲノセクト ミュウツー覚醒
Extreme Speed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens
July 13, 2013 16 Genesect and the Legend Awakened
Genesect and the Legend Awakened
October 19, 2013

Pokémon the Series: XY

Movie title Release date Movie title USA release date
The Cocoon of Destruction
破壊の繭とディアンシー
The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie
July 19, 2014 17 Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
November 8, 2014
The Archdjinni of the Rings: Hoopa
光輪の超魔神 フーパ
The Archdjinni of the Rings: Hoopa
July 18, 2015 18 Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
Hoopa and the Clash of Ages
December 19, 2015
Volcanion and the Mechanical Magearna
ボルケニオンと機巧のマギアナ
Volcanion and the Mechanical Magearna
July 16, 2016 19 Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel
December 5, 2016

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon

Movie title Release date Movie title USA release date
I Choose You!
キミにきめた!
I Choose You!
July 15, 2017 20 I Choose You!
I Choose You!
November 5, 2017
Everyone's Story
みんなの物語
Everyone's Story
July 13, 2018 21 The Power of Us
The Power of Us
November 24, 2018
Mewtwo's Counterattack Evolution
ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION
Mewtwo's Counterattack Evolution
July 12, 2019 22 Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution
Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution
February 27, 2020

Pokémon Journeys: The Series

Movie title Release date Movie title USA release date
Koko
ココ
Koko
TBA* 23 TBA TBA


Variety shows

These are Pokémon variety shows that air on Japanese television.

Name Run
Pocket Monsters
ポケットモンスター アンコール
Pocket Monsters Encore
October 19, 1999 — September 17, 2002
Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station
週刊ポケモン放送局
Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station
October 15, 2002 — September 28, 2004
Pokémon Sunday
ポケモン☆サンデー
Pokémon Sunday
October 3, 2004 — September 26, 2010
Pokémon Smash!
ポケモンスマッシュ!
Pokémon Smash!
October 3, 2010 — September 29, 2013
Pokémon Get☆TV
ポケモンゲット☆TV
Pokémon Get☆TV
October 6, 2013 — September 27, 2015
Meet Up at the Pokémon House?
ポケモンの家あつまる?
Meet Up at the Pokémon House?
October 4, 2015 — present


Trivia

Serena drawn with fingernails
  • Animator Masāki Iwane 岩根正明 once stated that the series was originally slated for a 1½-year run, which corresponds approximately to the length of the Kanto region saga (had it not been delayed due to the Porygon incident). Due to its popularity during the run, however, the show was extended and continues to be one of the longest running video game-based anime series.
  • During the early episodes of the original series, Japanese text was seen quite frequently on signs and buildings as well as objects. This usually resulted in the English dubbed version (and thus, foreign dubs based on it) painting out the text or converting it to English.
    • During the Johto saga, the animators acknowledged the practice of painting out the Japanese text in the English dub. As a result, they used made-up symbols slightly similar to the Latin script instead of Japanese text, so it would be universal to all languages and would not have to be edited for the English localization.
    • During Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire and Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl, the animators used a new style of symbols that appear to be blocky letters without a resemblance to any alphabet. However, most of these were still edited out for the English dub until Pokémon: Battle Frontier.
    • From Pokémon the Series: Black & White and onward, a full writing system was specifically created for the anime. This language consists of three different fonts: a font used for titles, big signboards, etc.; other font used as less remarkable text accompanying the title font; and other font used only occasionally as a minor text filler. Each font has 26 unique symbols, and each one of those symbols represents a letter from the modern Latin script.
      • This text usually has meanings, as the symbols converted from the Latin script are written as romanized Japanese; sometimes its meanings are related to the context in which it is used, but sometimes the text contains hidden messages, like mentioning Wobbuffet in a magazine seen in BW001.
      • This writing system would start being used occasionally in the games as part of the scenario, starting from Pokémon Sun and Moon.
  • Fingernails are not consistently drawn on characters, with the exception of Pokémon the Series: XY. Some characters have fingernails in Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon.

In other languages

Language Title
France Flag.png European French Pokémon, la série
Germany Flag.png German Pokémon – Die TV-Serie
Italy Flag.png Italian Serie animata Pokémon
Spain Flag.png European Spanish Serie de dibujos animados Pokémon

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