Pokémon (Japanese: ポケットモンスター Pocket Monsters) is an ongoing animated show that follows the adventures of the series' main protagonist Ash Ketchum and his friends (Ash's Pikachu). The series is produced by Oriental Light & Magic Inc. in Japan. It premiered on TV Tokyo in Japan on April 1, 1997, and later was dubbed in English in the United States and international television by 4Kids Entertainment until Season 9, when the dub transferred to TPCi. The anime is divided into series and storyline arcs, which are broadcast yearly on networks as "seasons" with each season usually being 52 episodes or a similar length to fill in a whole year of broadcasting.

There are also various films, including specials not included in the official count and a number of 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.

It is officially referred to by TPCi as Pokémon the Series, or as "the Pokémon animated series" or "Pokémon animation".


Kanto and Orange Islands

Main article: Pokémon (Original Series)


Main article: Pokémon (Original Series)


Main article: Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire


Main article: Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl


Main article: Pokémon the Series: Black and White


Main article: Pokémon the Series: XY (series)


Main article: Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon (series)


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.
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