Pikachu short

Pikachu shorts are anime shorts that feature almost exclusively Pokémon and chronicle miscellaneous adventures of Ash's Pikachu.

Categories of shorts

The shorts can roughly be sorted into the following categories:

  • The bonus mini-movies (Japanese: 同時上映 simultaneous screenings), which are shorts that aired theatrically together with a corresponding movie in Japan: PK01 with M01, PK04 with M02, PK07 with M03, PK10 with M04, PK11 with M05, PK12 with M06, PK24 with M15, PK25 with M16, PK26 with M17, and PK27 with M18. The first six shorts are occasionally included on home video releases with their corresponding movies. With the exception of PK07, they were available on Netflix in Japan under the title Pokémon: Short Films Collection (Japanese: ポケモン映画 ショートフィルム・コレクション Pokémon Movie Short Films Collection).
  • The (Japanese: ANA機内上映 ANA in-flight screenings), which are shorts which were shown during the month of August on even-numbered ANA flights: PK13 in 2004, PK15 in 2005, and every Pikachu short from PK17 in 2006 until PK22 in 2011. These shorts were subsequently released on DVD. Only PK17 has been dubbed.
  • The three Pikachu's Winter Vacation two-episode Christmas specials: PK02/PK03 in 1998, PK05/PK06 in 1999, and PK08/PK09 in 2000.
  • The two (Japanese: ポケモン3Dアドベンチャー Pokémon 3D Adventure) shorts, which take advantage of 3D cinema technology: PK14 and PK16. Only the latter has been dubbed.
  • The (Japanese: スペシャルアニメ special anime) short, which was released on a magazine bonus DVD: PK23. It was later shown on Pokémon Smash!, made available on the official Japanese Pokémon YouTube channel, and included with the home video release of M15.

List of Pikachu shorts

Code Screenshot English title Japanese title US broadcast Japan broadcast Time between
PK01   Pikachu's Vacation ピカチュウのなつやすみ
Pikachu's Summer Vacation
November 12, 1999 July 18, 1998 482 days
PK02   Christmas Night クリスマスであそぼ!
Let's Play on Christmas!
November 25, 2006 December 22, 1998 2895 days
PK03   Kanga Games 雪であそぼ!
Let's Play in the Snow!
November 25, 2006 December 22, 1998 2895 days
PK04   Pikachu's Rescue Adventure ピカチュウたんけんたい
The Pikachu Expedition
July 21, 2000 July 17, 1999 370 days
PK05   Winter Games こおりであそぼう!
Let's Play on the Ice
November 23, 2004 December 22, 1999 1798 days
PK06   Stantler's Little Helpers クリスマスの夜
Christmas Night
November 23, 2004 December 22, 1999 1798 days
PK07   Pikachu & Pichu ピチューとピカチュウ
Pichu and Pikachu
April 6, 2001 July 8, 2000 272 days
PK08   Delibird's Dilemma デリバードのプレゼント
Delibird's Present
June 17, 2006 December 22, 2000 2003 days
PK09   Snorlax Snowman ホワイトストーリー
White Story
June 17, 2006 December 22, 2000 2003 days
PK10   Pikachu's PikaBoo ピカチュウのドキドキかくれんぼ
Pikachu's Exciting Hide-and-seek
March 18, 2003 July 7, 2001 619 days
PK11   Camp Pikachu ピカピカ星空キャンプ
Pikapika Starry Sky Camp
January 20, 2004 July 13, 2002 556 days
PK12   Gotta Dance! おどるポケモンひみつ基地
Secret Base of the Dancing Pokémon
June 1, 2004 July 19, 2003 318 days
PK13   No English title ピカチュウのなつまつり
Pikachu's Summer Festival
Unaired August 1, 2004 6288 days
since Japanese airing
PK14   No English title ポケモン3Dアドベンチャー ミュウを探せ!
Pokémon 3D Adventure: Find Mew!
Unaired March 18, 2005 6059 days
since Japanese airing
PK15   No English title ピカチュウのおばけカーニバル
Pikachu's Ghost Carnival
Unaired August 1, 2005 5923 days
since Japanese airing
PK16   Pikachu's Ocean Adventure ピカチュウの海底大冒険
Pikachu's Ocean Adventure
July 1, 2008 May 20, 2006 773 days
PK17   Pikachu's Island Adventure ピカチュウのわんぱくアイランド
Pikachu's Naughty Island
April 3, 2007 August 1, 2006 245 days
PK18   No English title ピカチュウの探検クラブ
Pikachu's Exploration Club
Unaired August 1, 2007 5193 days
since Japanese airing
PK19   No English title ピカチュウ 氷の大冒険
Pikachu's Ice Adventure
Unaired August 1, 2008 4827 days
since Japanese airing
PK20   No English title ピカチュウのキラキラだいそうさく!
Pikachu's Sparkle Search!
Unaired August 1, 2009 4462 days
since Japanese airing
PK21   No English title ピカチュウのふしぎなふしぎな大冒険
Pikachu's Strange Wonder Adventure
Unaired August 1, 2010 4097 days
since Japanese airing
PK22   No English title ピカチュウのサマー・ブリッジ・ストーリー
Pikachu's Summer Bridge Story
Unaired August 1, 2011 3732 days
since Japanese airing
PK23   No English title うたえメロエッタ リンカのみをさがせ
Sing Meloetta: Search for the Rinka Berries
Unaired July 3, 2012 3395 days
since Japanese airing
PK24   Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade メロエッタのキラキラリサイタル
Meloetta's Dazzling Recital
February 15, 2013 July 14, 2012 216 days
PK25   Eevee & Friends ピカチュウとイーブイ☆フレンズ
Pikachu and Eievui Friends
December 6, 2013 July 13, 2013 146 days
PK26   Pikachu, What's This Key? ピカチュウ、これなんのカギ?
Pikachu, What's This Key For?
February 2, 2015 July 19, 2014 198 days
PK27   Pikachu and the Pokémon Music Squad ピカチュウとポケモンおんがくたい
Pikachu and the Pokémon Band
December 21, 2015 July 18, 2015 156 days
This concludes the list of Pikachu shorts.

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Specials (list) Pikachu's Winter VacationSide StoriesPokémon Chronicles
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