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The Pokémon Anime (Japanese: ポケットモンスター Pocket Monsters) series is an ongoing animated show that follows the adventures of the series' main protagonist Ash Ketchum and his friends (Ash's Pikachu). Since its start in 1997 in Japan, the series currently has 19 seasons with over 940 episodes, 870 English dubbed, 19 films, including a special not included in the official count and a spin-off series. As it is based on the Pokémon game series, the Anime deals with a lot of the same material such as locations, Pokémon battles, Gym Leaders, and Badges. The Anime is divided into six series (as Japan has set it out that way): Pocket Monsters: The Original, Pocket Monsters: Advanced Generation, Pocket Monsters: Diamond & Pearl, Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes, Pocket Monsters: XY, and Pocket Monsters: Sun & Moon. Each series is then divided into different seasons.

Plot

Kanto and Orange Islands

Main article: Ash Ketchum/Original series (Kanto and Orange Islands)

Johto

Main article: Ash Ketchum/Original series (Johto)

Hoenn

Main article: Ash Ketchum/Advanced Generation

Sinnoh

Main article: Ash Ketchum/Diamond & Pearl

Unova

Main article: Ash Ketchum/Best Wishes!

Kalos

Main article: Ash Ketchum/XY

Alola

Main article: Ash Ketchum/Sun & Moon

Episodes

Main article: Episode Guide

Differences from the main series games

Main article: Differences from the games and the anime

Trivia

  • As of 2010, Pokémon is the fourth longest running animated series behind The Simpsons, Arthur and South Park.
  • In 2005, the series ranked 73rd in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Kid's TV Shows vote.

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