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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 special 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. SimilarlySimilar 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.
 
Episodes in the ''XY'' series are numbered with {{bp|epicode|the prefix}} '''XY''' on [[Bulbapedia]]. For a complete episode listing, see the [[list of XY series episodes|list of ''XY'' series episodes]].
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