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[[File:XY series logo.png|thumb|Japanese logo for ''Pocket Monsters: XY'']]
'''''Pokémon the Series: XY''''' (Japanese: '''ポケットモンスター{{tt|XY|エックスワイ}}''' ''Pocket Monsters XY''), referred to by fans as the '''''XY'' series''', is the fifth [[series]] of the [[Pokémon anime]] and is based on the events of the [[Generation VI]] [[core series]] [[Pokémon games]]. It follows the {{series|Best Wishes}} and was succeeded by the {{series|Sun & Moon}}. It ran from October 17, 2013 to OctoberNovember 2710, 2016 in Japan and from January 18, 2014 to January 21, 2017 in {{pmin|the United States}}, although the first two episodes aired as a sneak peek in the United States on October 19, 2013.
As with the previous three series, the ''XY'' series began with only [[Ash Ketchum]], headed off to a new region with his {{AP|Pikachu}} while wearing a new set of clothes. Joining him this time are {{an|Serena}}, a new Trainer who previously met Ash in her childhood; {{an|Clemont}}, an aspiring inventor and scientist who is also the [[Gym Leader]] of the [[Lumiose Gym]]; and {{an|Bonnie}}, Clemont's younger sister. [[Jessie]], [[James]] and {{MTR}} continue to follow Ash and his friends through the Kalos region, and have gone back to their more traditional methods of capturing [[Ash's Pikachu]] and other Pokémon, although their appearances are less frequent, just like in the {{series|Best Wishes}}. [[Jessie's Wobbuffet]] returns to her roster. This series also features, the [[Mega Evolution Specials]], a series of [[side storyspecial episodes]] following the adventures of a Trainer named [[Alain]], who is working to find [[Mega Stone]]s and defeat all [[Mega Evolution|Mega-Evolved Pokémon]] using his Mega {{TP|Alain|Charizard}} X. In the ''XY&Z'' season, Ash and his friends journey continues as their story merges with the plot of the [[Mega Evolution Specials]], with the group becoming involved with the [[Legendary Pokémon]] {{DL|Recurring wild Pokémon in the anime|Zygarde}} and the [[Villainous teams|villainous organization]] [[Team Flare]].
A new art style was instituted at the beginning of the series. A notable difference is that the stock 'effect' backgrounds have been almost entirely removed (only appearing when a main character catches a Pokémon, whenever Ash or Serena earn a [[Gym]] [[Badge]] or {{DL|Pokémon Showcase|Princess Key}}, respectively, and when Team Rocket recites their {{motto}}). Also, the character models (as seen in the artworks) are slightly taller and leaner in comparison to the previous four series. In addition, much like the [[core series]] [[Pokémon games]] from [[Generation III]] onwards, a [[a:Category:Anime versus screens|''VS.'' player overview screen]] appears before starting some battles and {{pkmn|Showcase}} rounds. Similarly to ''[[BW001|In The Shadow of Zekrom!]]'', {{Ash}} also receives a physical redesign, now having softer and slightly smaller birthmarks on his cheeks, his hair covers the top of his ears and is spikier, and he has more locks on his forehead.
* ''Pocket Monsters XY'' (ポケットモンスター{{tt|XY|エックスワイ}}) ([[XY001]] - [[XY093]])
* ''Pocket Monsters XY&Z'' (ポケットモンスター{{tt|XY&Z|エックスワイ アンド ゼット}}) ([[XY094]] - [[XY140]], [[XYS05]] - [[XYS06]])
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