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'''''Pokémon the Series: Black & White''''' (Japanese: '''ポケットモンスターベストウイッシュ''' ''Pocket Monsters Best Wishes!''), referred to by fans as the '''''Best Wishes'' series''', is the fourth [[series]] of the [[Pokémon anime]] and is based on the events of the [[Generation V]] [[core series]] [[Pokémon games]]. It follows the {{series|Diamond & Pearl}} and was succeeded by the {{series|XY}}. It ran from September 23, 2010 to September 26, 2013 in Japan and from February 12, 2011 to December 7, 2013 in the United States. It was not given an English name until after the release of ''[[XY series|Pokémon the Series: XY]]''.
 
As with both the {{series2|Advanced Generation}} and {{series|Diamond & Pearl}} before it, the ''Best Wishes'' series begins with only [[Ash Ketchum]], headed off to the [[Unova]] [[region]] with his {{AP|Pikachu}}, accompanied by a girl by the name of {{an|Iris}} and with one of the first Unova Gym Leaders, {{an|Cilan}}, who is also a [[Pokémon Connoisseur]]. As before, Ash receives a change of clothes. For the first time in the entire show, the [[Team Rocket trio]] also receive a change of clothes, but later change back to their original outfits. ''Best Wishes'' is also notable for [[Jessie]], [[James]], and {{MTR}} not being present in all episodes outside of the clip show episode [[AG120]] and the [[EP001|first episode]], a trend that continued into the {{series|XY}} and the {{series|Sun & Moon}}. For a majority of the series, they play a significantly more antagonistic role than in any other series, displaying very little humor (although this was restored during the [[Decolore Islands]] arc).
 
Additionally, a new art style was introduced in this series. To match [[Ken Sugimori]]'s most recent character art, all characters are now drawn with the new eye style previously introduced in the ''Diamond & Pearl'' series. This style includes rounder eyes with larger irises and visible pupils. Ash's new design now clearly depicts his brown eyes. Jessie and James have also been redesigned similarly, while also having been given a straighter hairstyle. Additionally, the [[Nurse Joy]] and [[Officer Jenny]] in Unova are designed differently than those of the regions visited by Ash before, a trend that would continue in later series.
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