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 is also shown on TV Tokyo in Japan on April 1, 1997, and later it was dubbed in English in the United States and international television by 4Kids Entertainment until Season 9 by TPCi. 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 storyline arcs, which are broadcast yearly on networks as "seasons" in the United States airings of the English dub (and subsequently other countries around the world airing the English dub or a version that dubs from it wherever such dubs are distributed), 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 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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