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The dub has been the target of criticism and {{pkmn|controversy}} throughout its history. Despite these criticisms, most of the English dub is well-received, and has many viewers, some even preferring it over the original Japanese anime. Many would like to see DVDs containing the original Japanese version with subtitles, but that has yet to happen.
During the early years of the dub, new episodes aired a year or more after their original Japanese airing, with 4Kids' long season breaks tending to cause the dub to fall far behind the original. ''[[AG001|Get the Show on the Road!]]'' and ''[[AG002|Ruin with a View]]'', for instance, were first aired in March 2003 to commemorate the English release of {{game|Ruby and Sapphire|s}}, as they were in Japan for the Japanese release; however, in the dub prior to that that point, Ash had only just gotten his seventh [[Johto]] Badge, and he would remain in Johto until that November, when the Advanced Generation episodes would finally begin to be aired in order. When Pokémon USA took the helm, episodes initially aired with the same delay as they had been; however, the impending release of the English versions of {{game|Diamond and Pearl|s}} forced them to compress the airing of the ninth season in order to be able to start the {{series|Diamond & Pearl}} at the same time without skipping episodes. As a result, the gap between episodes was reduced from nearly a year to closer to six months. Through subsequent seasons and series, the gap has further reduced, with the current {{series|Sun & Moon}} maintaining an average gap of 73 days.
==Other languages==
The Pokémon anime has been dubbed to many languages. Most western countries use the English dub as the basis for their own dub, while some Asian countries use the original Japanese version instead. Some dubs leave English names and text untranslated<!-- and also leave the opening song in English-->. Other than English, the anime has been at least partially dubbed to {{pmin|the Arab world|Arabic}}, {{pmin|Spain|Basque}}, {{pmin|Bulgaria}}n, {{pmin|Spain#Catalan dub|Catalan}}, both {{pmin|Greater China|Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese}}, {{pmin|Croatia|Croatian}}, {{pmin|the Czech Republic|Czech}}, {{pmin|Denmark|Danish}}, {{pmin|the Netherlands|Dutch}}, {{wp|Estonian language|Estonian}}, {{pmin|the Philippines|Filipino}}, {{pmin|Finland|Finnish}}, both {{pmin|Canada|Canadian French}} and {{pmin|France|European French}}, {{pmin|Germany|German}}, {{pmin|Greece|Greek}}, {{pmin|Israel|Hebrew}}, {{pmin|South Asia|Hindi}}, {{wppmin|Hungarian languageHungary|Hungarian}}, {{pmin|Iceland|Icelandic}}, {{pmin|Indonesia}}n, {{pmin|Italy|Italian}}, {{pmin|Lithuania}}n, {{pmin|South Korea|Korean}}, {{pmin|Malaysia}}n, {{pmin|North Macedonia|Macedonia}}n, {{pmin|Norway|Norwegian}}, {{pmin|Poland|Polish}}, both {{pmin|Brazil}}ian and {{pmin|Portugal|European Portuguese}}, {{pmin|Romania|Romanian}}, {{pmin|Russia}}n, {{pmin|Serbia}}n, {{pmin|Slovakia|Slovak}}, {{wp|Slovene language|Slovene}}, both {{pmin|Latin America}}n and {{pmin|Spain|European Spanish}}, {{pmin|Sweden|Swedish}}, {{pmin|South Asia|Tamil}}, {{pmin|South Asia|Telugu}}, {{pmin|Thailand|Thai}}, {{pmin|Turkey|Turkish}}, {{wppmin|Ukrainian languageUkraine|Ukrainian}}, {{pmin|Spain|Valencian}} and {{pmin|Vietnam}}ese.
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