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[[File:Early anime film frame.png|thumb|230px|Early anime frame from [[EP093]]]]
The '''Pokémon {{wp|anime}}''', often referred to as just "the anime" by [[Pokémon]] fans, is a collective term referring to currently {{formatnum:{{#expr: {{PAGESINCATEGORY:Original series episodes}} - 2 + {{PAGESINCATEGORY:Advanced Generation series episodes}} - 1 + {{PAGESINCATEGORY:Diamond & Pearl series episodes}} - 2 + {{PAGESINCATEGORY:Best Wishes series episodes}} - 24 + {{PAGESINCATEGORY:XY series episodes}} - 6 + {{PAGESINCATEGORY:Sun & Moon series episodes}} - ({{PAGESINCATEGORY:Anime seasons}} - 1) - 6}}}} main series episodes, {{#expr: {{PAGESINCATEGORY:Movies}} - 78}} movies, and a number of side-story episodesstories, all focusing on {{OBP|Pokémon|species}}. The great majority of these focus on [[Ash Ketchum]], a [[Pokémon Trainer]] from [[Pallet Town]], and his journey toward his ultimate goal of being a [[Pokémon Master]], {{ashfr|his many friends}}, and most especially {{cat|Ash's Pokémon|his Pokémon}}, whom he considers his partners and friends.
 
Though the anime is ultimately based upon the {{pkmn|games}} and draws heavily from them, many concepts which are only touched on the games are spun in a unique way, and expanded on.
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===SpecialSide episodesstories===
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! style="{{roundytl|5px}}; background: #{{colorschemelight|Hoso}}" | Japanese name
==Movies==
{{main|Pokémon movie}}
Since 1998 in Japan, and since 1999 in the US, a Pokémon movie has been released annually, most often focusing on a {{pkmn2|Legendary}} or [[Mythical Pokémon]]. These moviesfilms are almost always a large success in Japan, and remain at least somewhat successful in {{pmin|the United States}} and other countries, having been aired on Cartoon Networktelevision as a special since [[M09|the ninth movie]], andwith havingthe theatricalfirst five movies receiving wide releases duringand thelater firstfilms fiveoccasionally seasonsreceiving limited releases.
 
The movies are not considered by all people to be canon to the show, with some preferring to think of them occurring in an alternate timeline. This theory comes from the fact that {{Ash}} and {{ashfr}} do not seem to be profoundly affected in the show by the events of the movies, which tend to have a lot of peril and drama. Others, however, see the movies as being akin to [[filler episode]]s, as none of their [[party|parties]] change, and no [[Gym Leader]]s are defeated nor [[Pokémon Contest]]s won. This is presumably the correct interpretation, as not only have most of the events of the movies been referenced at least peripherally in the show, but also, several of the events of even ''major'' episodes have been forgotten by the writers of later episodes.
| style="background: #FFF" | December 9, 2016 - February 2, 2017
| style="{{roundybr|5px}}; background: #FFF" | September 16 - December 23, 2016
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===Mystery Dungeon episodes===
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! style="{{roundytl|5px}}; background: #{{colorschemelight|Hoso}}" | Feature
! style="background: #{{colorschemelight|Hoso}}" | Japanese debut
! style="{{roundytr|5px}}; background: #{{colorschemelight|Hoso}}" | English debut
|- style="background: #FFF"
| [[File:PMD Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate.png|250px|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate!]]<br>[[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out of the Gate!]]
| March 23, 2007
| September 8, 2006
|- style="background: #FFF"
| [[File:PMD Explorers of Time Darkness.png|250px|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness]]<br>[[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness]]
| September 9, 2007
| September 1, 2008
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| style="{{roundybl|5px}}; background: #FFF" | [[File:PMD Explorers of Sky Beyond Time Darkness.png|250px|Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness]]<br>[[Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Beyond Time & Darkness]]
| style="background: #FFF" | April 12, 2009
| style="{{roundybr|5px}}; background: #FFF" | October 9, 2009
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! style="{{roundytl|5px}}; background: #{{colorschemelight|Hoso}}" | Feature
! style="background: #{{colorschemelight|Hoso}}" | Japanese deubtdebut
! style="{{roundytr|5px}}; background: #{{colorschemelight|Hoso}}" | English deubtdebut
|- style="background: #FFF"
| [[File:B2W2 Animated Trailer.png|250px|Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Animated Trailer]]<br>[[Pokémon Black Version 2 and Pokémon White Version 2 Animated Trailer]]
* [[Timeline of events in the anime]]
* [[Differences between the games and anime]]
* [[List of anime episodes]]
* [[List of anime specials]]
* [[Pikachu short]]
* [[Pichu Bros. in Party Panic]], a special episode only available in the video game [[Pokémon Channel]]
 
==References==
 
==External links==
* [httphttps://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/pokemon/ Pokémon TV Tokyo website] (Japanese)
* [httphttps://www.tv-tokyopokemon.co.jp/anime/pokemon/tue/koremade.html Official Pokémon Encore TV Tokyo website] (Japanese)
* [httphttps://www.pokemon.com/us/tv-tokyo.co.jpepisodes/animepokemon-episodes/pokemon_ag/main.html Official Pokémon Advanced Generation TV Tokyo website] (JapaneseEnglish)
*[http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/contents/pokemon_dp/index.html Pokémon Diamond & Pearl TV Tokyo website] (Japanese)
*[http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/pokemon_bw/ Pokémon Best Wishes TV Tokyo website] (Japanese)
*[http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/pokemon/poke_hoso/back_num/index.html Pokémon Hoso TV Tokyo website] (Japanese)
*[http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/pokemon_sunday/ Pokémon Sunday TV Tokyo website] (Japanese)
*''[http://www.hulu.jp/pokemon Pokémon]'' anime on [[Hulu]] (Japanese)
*[http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/tv_shows/pokemon/index.html Cartoon Network Pokémon anime website] (English)
*''[http://www.pokemon.com/us/tv-episodes/pokemon-episodes/ Pokémon]'' anime on [[Pokémon TV]] (English)
*''[http://www.hulu.com/pokemon Pokémon]'' anime on [[Hulu]] (English)
 
===On Bulbagarden forums===
* [http://forums.bulbagarden.net/index.php?forums/pokemon-anime-and-manga.228/ Pokémon anime discussion forum]
 
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