Pokémon Journeys: The Series, known as Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター Poketto Monsutaa) in Japan and Pocket Monsters W (포켓몬스터 W Poket Monseuteo W) in South Korea, is the eighth part of the anime series. It features all of the regions from the main-series games, including the Generation VIII games Pokémon Sword and Shield. This series shares its Japanese name with the original series when the anime first premiered in 1997, and is officially labeled with "2019", the year this series started in, for disambiguation. A new art style is implemented for the fourth series in a row.
This new series focuses on the two protagonists Ash Ketchum and Goh, along with their partners Pikachu and Cinderace. It also features a young girl named Chloe, who has an Eevee, and her father, Professor Cerise, who runs a laboratory in Vermilion City. It features all the regions that have appeared in the Pokémon games, from Kanto to Galar. Pokémon from each region also appear.
The series premiered on November 17, 2019 in Japan, then the series moved to Fridays at a different time starting October 9, 2020 at 6:55pm, premiered in South Korea on April 8, 2020 at 6pm, and premiered in the US on June 12, 2020.
In South Korea, the series is split into four airing periods. They are:
- Ash's Pikachu
- Ash's Dragonite
- Ash's Gengar
- Ash's Lucario
- Ash's Sirfetch'd
- Ash's Dracovish
- Goh's Cinderace
- Goh's Inteleon
- Goh's Grookey
- Professor Cerise's Yamper
- Chloe's Eevee
- Team Rocket's Meowth
- Jessie's Wobbuffet
- James' Morpeko
- Team Rocket's usual blast-off returns.
- Ash's Dracovish biting its Trainer's head as a reference to what Turtwig did in Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl.
- Team Rocket gets random Pokémon from a capsule machine for which requires Meowth's charm to dispense the capsules.
- Ash's bottom gets kicked by Goh's Cinderace as Scorbunny.
- Mimey performs pantomime for everyday tasks.
- Ash’s Dragonite hugs people and Pokémon it meets for the first time.
- Team Rocket's Chewtle chews on Jessie's hair.
- Ash misinterpreting certain words and Goh correcting him.
- Sobble's crying causing everyone else to cry.
- Morpeko eating Team Rocket out of their food supplies.
- Grookey jumping on Goh's or a wild Pokemon's head and beating it like a drum.
- Dracovish chomping on Ash's head.
- Main article: Pokémon Journeys: The Series (series)/Title cards
In other languages and countries
|Name(s)||Countries||Television and Streaming Services||Day(s) and Time(s)||Opening(s) and Ending(s)||First and Last Airdate(s)|
|TV Tokyo (Teleto)
(TX Network (TXN))
|Sunday - 6-6:30PM (November 17, 2019 – September 27, 2020)
Friday - 6:55-7:25PM (October 9, 2020–present)
|One, Two, Three (After the Rain (Soraru×Mafumafu)
"PJ001" - "PJ031")
Golden Bomber (Nishikawa-kun and Kirisho)
("PJ032" - "PJ049")
Karaage Sisters (Erika Ikuta and Sayuri Matsumura)
("PJ050" - present)
(Pikachu → Mew Ver. "PJ002" - "PJ019",
"PJ040" - "PJ070")
(Mew → Zamazenta Ver. "PJ020" - "PJ039",
"PJ041" - "PJ069")
Strange and Wonderful Creatures ("PJ048" - "PJ054)
Supereffective Type ("PJ071" - present)
|November 17, 2019-present|
Poket Monseuteo W
(Pocket Monsters W)
(CJ E&M (CJ Entertainment & Media))
|Wednesday - 6-7PM[Notes 1]||Start of A Journey
(PJ021-PJ031; First version)
(PJ032-PJ049; Second version)
(PJ050-present; Third version)
|Memorizing Pokémon Names||April 8, 2020-present|
Bǎokěmòng Lǚtú[Notes 3]
寶可夢 旅途[Notes 2]
Taiwan (Republic of China)
|MOMO Parent-Children Station|
(Fubon Financial Holding Co.)
|FEC (Family Entertainment Channel)
(Hong Kong Cable Television)
|Sunday - 5-5:30PM|
|Saturday - Unknown|
|Pokémon Journeys: The Series
Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series
(Narrative Capital Partners LLC)
|Monday - 9-11AM (May 25, 2020)[Notes 5]|
Monday-Friday - 6:30-7PM (September 1, 2020-January 7, 2021; September 1, 2021-present)/5:30-6PM (March 1-16, 2021)
|Teletoon: Saturday - 12-12:30PM|
|Saturday - 8:35-9AM|
|Pokémon Risen: Die Serie||
|Toggo (Super RTL)[Notes 6]
|Pokémon Risen: De Serie||
(ViacomCBS Networks EMEAA)
|Monday-Friday - 3:25-4:20PM[Notes 1] (April 19, 2021-present)|
|Pokémon Risen: De Serie
La Série: Pokémon, Le Voyages
(Pokémon the Series: The Travels)
(ViacomCBS Networks EMEAA)
|Flanders: Monday-Friday - 3-3:50PM[Notes 1] (April 19, 2021-present)|
|Netflix||November 27, 2020[Notes 7]|
January 1, 2021-present[Notes 8]
|Pokémon: Matkat – Sarja|
|Pokémon På Rejse: Serien|
|Pokémon Reiser: Serien|
|La Série: Pokémon, Le Voyages
(Pokémon the Series: The Travels)
|Saturday - 3:15-4PM|
Pokémon: Serie Esplorazioni Master
(Pokémon: Master Exploration Series)
(Discovery Networks Southern Europe; Discovery EMEA)
|Saturday - 9-9:30AM (August 29, 2020 - March 20, 2021)/8-8:50AM (March 27-May 15; September 11)[Notes 1]/8-8:25 (May 22-June 5, September 18-present)|
|Serie Viajes Pokémon
(Pokémon the Series: Travels)
|Monday-Thursday - 7:15-7:45PM (October 19, 2020-present)|
|Monday - October 5, 2020[Notes 9]-present|
|November 16, 2020-present|
|Monday - 8:30-9AM (October 5, 2020-present)|
- The design of the Japanese logo of the series is shared with I Choose You! and The Power of Us, which were set in an alternate continuity to the main series.
- This makes it the first series logo to not have any shade of green, being completely blue instead. It is also the first one without any 3D perspective, having a flat design.
- Currently, this is the only series to have a major male companion instead of the female companion.
- In the original Japanese version, the footage used for the title card background is of Pikachu hopping over to the right side of the screen while the episode's title pops out of the Poké Ball. In the dub, the title card background is taken from that of the title cards in the next episode preview segment, which has Pikachu on the left side of the screen.
- This is also the first series:
- To be set in more than two game-original regions.
- Where Ash's outfit is not identical to the male player character's outfit since Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire.
- To not be entirely based around the corresponding generation of games.
- To not feature the words: "The Series" during the opening animation of English dub of the Pokémon anime, unlike previous series.
- Where Ash and Pikachu only has a male traveling companion.
- Where Chloe now goes with a male companion after she catches an Eevee.
- Where none of Ash's companions are Gym Leaders/Trial Captains.
- To have a Starter Pokémon evolve in less than 20 episodes since its capture.
- Since Advanced Generation in the original version (and The Beginning in the dub) not to be named after the corresponding games of the generation.
- To have its broadcast interrupted since Pokémon the Series: The Beginning (in this case, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic).
- To broadcast episodes #23 thru #29 outside of April 26, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan after rerun episodes #1 thru #6.
- To release movie #23 outside of July 10, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan.
- To have the English dub's Who's That Pokémon? segments directly translated and dubbed from those of the Japanese version, instead of using separate segments, and when Pikachu says: "Pika" during identifying each Pokémon, the Pokémon says its name, and Pikachu says: "Pika, Pika!" instead of featuring the people saying "It's (Pokémon's name)!" during identifying each Pokémon.
- To to be focused on the word "Journey" instead of featuring the lyric "Pokémon" in the first English opening song during Pokémon Journeys, but the lyric "Pokémon" can be heard again in the second English opening song during Pokémon Master Journeys.
- To have the English dub recorded between New York and California. This is because voice director Lisa Ortiz moved to California.
- Also, to be dubbed by Iyuno-SDI Group instead of DuArt Film & Video.
- To be the first series in the anime to be streamed in the United States on Netflix, instead of aired on a traditional television.
- When the English narrator says: "As our journey continues" at the end of each episode of the English dub of the Pokémon anime instead of featuring the "To Be Continued" text at the end of each episode. This only applies to the episodes streamed on Netflix. The Japanese and other regional TV broadcasts still include the "To Be Continued" at the end.) On Pokémon YouTube Channel, and Pokémon TV app, Episodes 1 through 5 has the "To Be Continued" text at the end.
- In which Team Rocket owns a Pokédex and only uses borrowed Pokémon, instead of catching and using their own.
- To feature an episode where Ash and Pikachu are completely absent.
- The heroes are Ash, Pikachu, and Goh are absent in some episode divided into any first and second parts, unlike the six previous series.
- After Goh's Pokémon, Cinderace, fully evolved, it is absent in some episodes.
- Ash catches Pokémon from previous generations since the Diamond and Pearl series, a Ghost-type Pokémon, a Baby Pokémon, a Regional Variant and Fossil Pokémon.
- In which a main character catches a Legendary Pokémon.
- In which a main character other than Ash catches more than one starter Pokémon of the current generation.
- In which two protagonists catch the same Pokémon, with both Ash and Goh each catching a Farfetch'd, though Goh catches the Kantonian form, while Ash catches the Galarian form.
- Ash competing in a new Pokémon Competition as his main goal instead of competing in a Pokémon League Conference.
- In which some episodes have a duration of 11 minutes in 2 parts since Lights! Camera! Pika!/How to Make a Pikachu Movie: Ready… Action! Lightning Fast! Brave and Strong! Super-Pikachu!/The Very Best of Super-Pikachu's Back-Slapping Bloopers! from Pokémon the Series: XY Kalos Quest where it was presented in 4 parts.
- This is second series that Ash didn't battle Gym Leader for Gym Badges.
- This is the first series that Ash didn't capture the Starter Pokémon from the concurrent Generation.
- In the English Dub, the main title card is swapped with the next episode preview title card. During the broadcasts on Netflix, the usual title card is used to market the series as a Netflix original series.
- ^ a b c Pokémon Journeys: The Series - Japanese Wikipedia
- ^ a b Pokémon Journeys: The Series - Korean Wikipedia
- ^ Traditional
- ^ Simplified
- ^ a b Pe̍h-ōe-jī
- ^ Jyutping
- ^ Pokémon Journeys: The Series - Thai Wikipedia
- ^ The Pokémon Company International - United States Official Press Site
- ^ The Pokémon Company International - United Kingdom Official Press Site
- ^ POP - About Us
- ^ Formerly owned by Sony Pictures Television through its' UK subsidiary, Columbia Pictures Corporation; Currently, Narrative's licensing and distribution partner.
- ^ As of January 07, 1, Pokémon Journeys: The Series airs on Netflix in the UK, as well as POP.
- ^ The Pokémon Company International - Canada Official Press Site - Pokémon Journeys: The Series
- ^ The Pokémon Company International - Canada Official Press Site - Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series
- ^ German Official Pokémon Website
- ^ a b Dutch Official Pokémon Website
- ^ a b Dutch Nickelodeon
- ^ French Official Pokémon Website
- ^ a b Italian Official Pokémon Website
- ^ Spanish Official Pokémon Website
- ^ Latin America Official Pokémon Website
- ^ Brazilian Official Pokémon Website