Pocket Monsters - XY

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Pokémon the Series: XY (ポケットモンスターXY, Poketto Monsutaa XY) and Pokémon the Series: XYZ (ポケットモンスターXY&Z, Poketto Monsutaa XY&Z), or the XY series are the Pokémon anime series of Generation VI. It was revealed by the television network TV Tokyo on June 30, 2013, which released information from this series as the logo and the new look of the main protagonist Ash Ketchum.

The new adventure begins on Ash arriving at Lumiose City in the region of Kalos, where he continues his quest to become a Pokémon Master. The entirety of Generation VI's anime premiered from October 17, 2013 to October 27, 2016 in Japan and the United States from January 18, 2014 to January 21, 2017. On October 19, 2013, the United States was issued the first two episodes of the series as a sneak preview.



In the original Japanese version, this generation is split into two story arcs:

Unlike series before this, the official listings for these two arcs, as seen on the TV Tokyo website, Amazon Prime, Hulu, DVD, and rerun listings such as on Kids Station and BS Japan list them as two series. The dub however has this listed as "the Series: XY".





Key Pokémon



Returning Gags

  • The gag of a character proposing to an attractive female character returns to the series, but only with a new twist.
    • Bonnie would propose to the female character to be Clemont's girlfriend but Clemont intervenes saying he is not interested and uses the Aipom Arm to drag Bonnie away.
  • The gag that involves Ash's Pikachu shocking a female character or the female character's bike returns. When Bonnie hugs Pikachu, Pikachu gets frightened and shocks Bonnie, like he did to Iris back in Enter Iris and Axew!.

New Gags

One of Clemont's inventions would malfunction and blow up, making Clemont, Ash, Bonnie, Serena, and anyone else with them have a puffy hairstyle.


Main articles: Pokémon the Series: XY, Pokémon the Series: XY Kalos Quest, and Pokémon the Series: XYZ


  • This series has many similarities to the Advanced Generation series.
    • Both have series sneak previews.
    • Ash travels with three characters instead of two.
    • Two of Ash's traveling companions are siblings: Clemont and Bonnie.
    • One of them (Bonnie) is too young to have Pokemon of their own, but still has a love for them.
    • The three older main characters have one starter Pokémon each.
    • The female character chooses a Fire-type Pokémon.
  • This is so far the only series in which:
    • Ash traveled with two females instead of just one.
    • Ash and James doesn't catch a Grass-type Pokémon.
    • The regional starter Pokémon Ash and his friends obtained come from a regional professor.
    • Ash's Pokémon team fully evolves.
    • Ash owns three Pokémon of the same type: Flying.
    • Ash releases a regional starter Pokémon.
    • Ash's previous female companion doesn't appear.
    • Brock, Misty, Gary Oak, and Tracey don't appear.
    • The Magikarp Salesman doesn't appear.
    • One of Ash's released Pokémon rejoins his team after being previously released.
    • Ash begins his journey with a companion from the previous series.
    • Ash reaches the finals of a Pokémon League.
    • Ash doesn't cross-dress.
    • None of Ash's Pokémon from Professor Oak's laboratory appeared.
    • There are no flashbacks to the original series.
    • The final episode did not end with the message "Next Time... A New Beginning!"
  • The Series: XY is the longest series in the anime that is the first debut series of a region (excluding Kanto because there was only one series in that region).
  • This series is the shortest one compared to the previous series: 140 episodes.
  • This series include the new VS. image overview screen for battles and showcases.
  • This series was last of the Pokémon series to air new episodes on Cartoon Network in the dub, before switching to Disney XD.

Official site

  • Official Japanese site (XY, XY&Z)
  • Official English site (seasons 17, 18, and 19)