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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}} - 4 + {{PAGESINCATEGORY:XY series episodes}} - 6 + {{PAGESINCATEGORY:Sun & Moon series episodes}} + {{PAGESINCATEGORY:New series episodes}} - 1 - ({{PAGESINCATEGORY:Anime seasons}} - 1) - 6}}}} main series episodes, {{#expr: {{PAGESINCATEGORY:Movies}} - 8}} movies, and a number of side stories, 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.
Over the course of the series, Ash has had several {{AP|friends}} who travel with him, typically across one region, who assist him in his journey as much as he assists in theirs. {{an|Misty}}, the Gym Leader from [[Cerulean City]] in the games, joins him in the [[original series]], as does {{an|Brock}}, [[Pewter City]]'s Gym Leader, in [[Kanto]], [[Johto]], [[Hoenn]], and [[Sinnoh]]. [[Tracey Sketchit]], an amateur [[Pokémon watcher]], joins Ash during his Orange Archipelago journey, but leaves him on Ash's return to Pallet to become an assistant to Professor Oak, his hero. {{an|May}} and {{an|Dawn}}, rookie {{pkmn|Coordinator}}s, join Ash for the duration of the {{series2|Advanced Generation}} and {{series|Diamond & Pearl}}, respectively; in these he mentors them much as Brock and Misty did him, while [[Max]], May's brother, who is too young to own Pokémon, looks up to Ash for the duration of the ''Advanced Generation'' series. {{an|Iris}} and {{an|Cilan}} travel with Ash in the {{series|Best Wishes}}. {{an|Clemont}}, his sister {{an|Bonnie}} and Ash's childhood friend {{an|Serena}} travel with Ash in the {{series|XY}}. Like Max, Bonnie is too young to own Pokémon, but cares for her brother's {{p|Dedenne}}. In the {{series|Sun & Moon}}, Ash attends the [[Pokémon School]] instead of traveling around the [[Alola]] region. As such, his new friends—{{an|Lillie}}, {{an|Mallow}}, {{an|Kiawe}}, {{an|Lana}}, and {{an|Sophocles}}—are not traveling companions but classmates.
 
The anime is produced in Japan and airs on [[TV Tokyo]] nearly every week. Until the [[EP038|Porygon incident]], the show aired every Tuesday at 7 PM. The show returned afterwards at the same time on Thursdays. From April 7, 2016, to September 13, 2018, it instead began five minutes earlier at 6:55 PM on Thursdays. Beginning onSince October 7, 2018, itthe willshow airairs each Sunday at 6 PM. Many fans consider the dialogue and events mentioned in the Japanese version to be the "true canon", while the various dubs are regarded to be overridden if something stated in them differs from something said in a Japanese episode.
 
In Japan, the anime is divided into seven [[series]]: ''[[Original series|Pocket Monsters]]'', ''[[Advanced Generation series|Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation]]'', ''[[Diamond & Pearl series|Pocket Monsters Diamond & Pearl]]'', ''[[Best Wishes series|Pocket Monsters Best Wishes]]'', ''[[XY series|Pocket Monsters XY]]'', ''[[Sun & Moon series|Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon]]'', and ''[[New series|Pocket Monsters]]''. Outside of it, it has been divided into seven series: ''[[Original series|Pokémon the Series: The Beginning]]'', ''[[Original series|Pokémon the Series: Gold & Silver]]'', ''[[Advanced Generation series|Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire]]'', ''[[Diamond & Pearl series|Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl]]'', ''[[Best Wishes series|Pokémon the Series: Black and White]]'', ''[[XY series|Pokémon the Series: XY]]'', and ''[[Sun & Moon series|Pokémon the Series: Sun and Moon]]''. The episodes are also further divided into [[season]]s spanning roughly 52 episodes, and currently {{cat|Anime seasons|numbering {{#expr: {{PAGESINCATEGORY:Anime seasons}} - 1}}}}. This concept of a television season was first embraced by the Japanese source with the inclusion of an explicitly second season to ''Best Wishes''.
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