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[[File:SM series logo.png|thumb|Japanese logo for ''Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon'']]
 
'''''Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon''''' (Japanese: '''ポケットモンスター サン{{tt|&|アンド}}ムーン''' ''Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon''), referred to by fans as the '''''Sun & Moon'' series''', is the sixth [[series]] of the [[Pokémon anime]] and is based on the events of the [[Generation VII]] [[core series]] [[Pokémon games]]. It follows the {{series|XY}} and will be succeeded by the [[new series]]. It premiered on November 17, 2016 in Japan and on May 12, 2017 in the United States, although the first two episodes aired as a sneak peek in {{pmin|the United States}} on December 5, 2016.
 
[[Ash Ketchum]] heads off to a new region, [[Alola]], wearing a new set of clothes with his partner {{AP|Pikachu}}. Unlike the five previous series, however, Ash doesn't travel through the region. Instead, he becomes a student at the [[Pokémon School]] on [[Melemele Island]], where he meets his new {{ashfr|classmates}} {{an|Lana}}, {{an|Lillie}}, {{an|Mallow}}, {{an|Sophocles}}, and {{an|Kiawe}}. Ash receives a [[Z-Ring]] and takes on the [[island challenge]] to get new [[Z-Crystal]]s and qualify as a [[Z-Move]] user. The ''Sun & Moon'' series is notable for Ash's friends not being present in every episode. Also, characters are usually seen keeping their Pokémon [[Walking Pokémon|out of their Poké Balls]] in this series.
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