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 Pokémon the 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 Japanese original series when the anime first premiered in April 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 on TV Tokyo, April 8, 2020 in South Korea on Tooniverse and on June 12, 2020 in the United States on Netflix.
- Pokémon Journeys: The Series (Season 23)
- Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series (Season 24)
- Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series (Season 25)
In South Korea, the series is split into five airing periods. They are:
- "PJ001"–"PJ020" (April 8—June 10, 2020)
- "PJ021"–"PJ040" (October 14—December 16, 2020)
- "PJ041"–"PJ060" (April 7—June 9, 2021)
- "PJ061"–"PJ080" (October 13—December 15, 2021)
- "PJ081"–"PJ100" (March 31, 2022-present)
- 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. This ceased upon evolution.
- Morpeko eating Team Rocket out of their food supplies.
- Grookey jumping on Goh's or a wild Pokémon's head and beating it like a drum.
- Dracovish chomping on Ash's head.
- Main article: /Title cards
|冨岡淳広 (Atsuhiro Tomioka)|
|關口彩香 (Ayaka Sekiguchi)|
工藤雄介 (Yusuke Kudō)
工藤康平 (Kohei Kudō)
|浅田裕二 (Yūji Asada)|
|岩根雅明 (Masaaki Iwane)|
志村泉 (Izumi Shimura)
|でんさおり (Saori Den) ("PJ002"–"PJ004")|
|一石小百合 (Sayuri Ichiishi)|
松原徳弘 (Norihiro Matsubara)
|中野真梨奈 (Marina Nakano)|
五十嵐直 (Nao Igarashi)
宮本隼跳 (Hayabusa Miyamoto)
西部育 (Iku Nishibi)
|新開彩絵 (Aya Shinkai)|
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)||Reruns|
|TV Tokyo (Teleto)
(TX Network (TXN))
|One, Two, Three (After the Rain (Soraru×Mafumafu);
(Golden Bomber (Nishikawa-kun and Kirisho);
(Karaage Sisters (Erika Ikuta and Sayuri Matsumura);
(Ash and Goh (Rica Matsumoto and Daiki Yamashita);
|Pokémon Shiritori (Pikachu → Mew Ver.; "PJ002"–"PJ019",
(Mew → Zamazenta Ver.; "PJ020"–"PJ039", "PJ041"–"PJ069"),
Strange and Wonderful Creatures ("PJ048"–"PJ054"),
Supereffective Type ("PJ071"-present)
|November 17, 2019-present||TV Tokyo|
Poket Monseuteo W
(Pocket Monsters W)
(CJ E&M (CJ Entertainment & Media))
|Start of A Journey ("PJ001"–"PJ020")
FLY HIGH ("PJ021"–"PJ031"; First version)
("PJ032"–"PJ049"; Second version)
("PJ050"-present; Third version)
|Memorizing Pokémon Names ("PJ002"–"PJ060")
JUMP UP ("PJ061"-present)
|April 8, 2020-present||Unknown|
宝可梦 旅途[Notes 6]
Bǎokěmòng Lǚtú[Notes 7]
Pó-khó-bāng Lú-tô͘[Notes 8]
寶可夢 旅途[Notes 5]
Taiwan (Republic of China)
|MOMO Parent-Children Station|
(Fubon Financial Holding Co.)
Bou2ho2mung6 Leoi5tou4[Notes 10]
|FEC (Family Entertainment Channel)
(Hong Kong Cable Television)
|Pokémon Journeys: The Series||
(Narrative Entertainment UK Limited)
9–11AM[Notes 12][Notes 13]
6:30–7:30PM[Notes 3][Notes 17]
POP Max (2021-present)
|Teletoon (except Quebec)|
|TVNZ 2 (2020-present)|
|Pokémon Risen: Die Serie||
|Toggo (Super RTL)[Notes 19]
|Pokémon Risen: De Serie||
(Paramount Networks EMEAA)
3:25–4:20PM[Notes 3][Notes 20]
|Pokémon Risen: De Serie
La Série: Pokémon, Le Voyages
(Pokémon the Series: The Travels)
(Paramount Networks EMEAA)
3–3:50PM[Notes 3][Notes 20]
|Netflix||November 27, 2020[Notes 23]
[Notes 24][Notes 25]
|Pokémon: Matkat – Sarja|
|Pokémon På Rejse: Serien|
|Pokémon Reiser: Serien|
|La Série: Pokémon, Le Voyages
(Pokémon the Series: The Travels)
(Groupe M6; pending merger with TF1 Group)
7:10–50PM[Notes 3][Notes 28]
6:30-7:30PM[Notes 3][Notes 35]
Pokémon: Serie Esplorazioni Master
(Pokémon: Master Exploration Series)
(Discovery Networks Southern Europe; Discovery EMEA)
8–8:50AM[Notes 3][Notes 37]
|Serie Viajes Pokémon
(Pokémon the Series: Travels)
(WarnerMedia International 50%; Mediaset España 50%)
October 5, 2020-present[Notes 40]
|Panda Kids[Notes 41]
|November 16, 2020-present||Biggs (2021-present)|
|Cartoon Network (2021-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 a 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 (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.
- This series features the most of Ash's former traveling companions from previous series out of any series, with six.
- In which Ash reunites with his traveling companions from more than one previous series.
- 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.
- In the English dub and dubs that originate from it, e.g. French, German, Italian etc., remove the text that shows where Ash and Goh travel to.
- ^ a b c Pokémon Journeys: The Series - Japanese Wikipedia
- ^ a b Pokémon Journeys: The Series - Korean Wikipedia
- ^ 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 - Pop TV
- ^ Formerly owned by Sony Pictures Television through its' UK subsidiary, Columbia Pictures Corporation; Currently, Narrative's licensing and distribution partner.
- ^ As of July 1, 2021, 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 - Pokémon Reizen: De Serie
- ^ a b Dutch Nickelodeon - Pokémon Meester Reizen: De Serie
- ^ French Official Pokémon Website
- ^ a b Italian Official Pokémon Website
- ^ Spanish Official Pokémon Website
- ^ Latin America Official Pokémon Website
- ^ Brazilian Official Pokémon Website