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 anime is still run to the present day with many episodes of it. The anime is divided into series and their respective arcs, separated into multiple seasons when they are localized outside of Asia, along with various films, including specials 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.
Kanto and Orange Islands
- Main article: Ash Ketchum/Original series (Kanto and Orange Islands)
- Main article: Ash Ketchum/Original series (Johto)
- Main article: Ash Ketchum/Advanced Generation
- Main article: Ash Ketchum/Diamond & Pearl
- Main article: Ash Ketchum/Best Wishes!
- Main article: Ash Ketchum/XY
- Main article: Ash Ketchum/Sun & Moon
- Main article: Episode Guide
Differences from the main series games
- Main article: Differences from the games and the anime
- 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.