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Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon (ポケットモンスター サンムーン Pocket Monsters: Sun & Moon), commonly referred to as the Sun & Moon series is the sixth anime series. It was revealed by the television network TV Tokyo on September 12, 2016, which released information from this series as the logo and the new look of the main protagonist Ash Ketchum.

In this new series, Ash arrives in the new region Alola with his Pikachu to continue his quest to become a Pokémon Master. However, rather than traveling, Ash enrolls himself in the Pokémon School on Melemele Island and stays with new teacher Professor Kukui, along with new classmates Sophocles, Mallow, Lana, Kiawe, and Lillie. The series focuses on Ash's experiences with his new friends at the school, as well as his progress in the island challenge to qualify as a Z-Move user.

The Japanese starting date was on November 17, 2016 and the ending date was on November 3, 2019. The English starting date was on March 17, 2017. It was however previewed in the United Kingdom on November 20, 2016 and in the United States on December 5, 2016 as a sneak preview.



In the original Japanese version, the anime is split into arcs rather than the seasons of the English dub mentioned above. It is currently unconfirmed whether this series will last one arc or be split into more than one.






Key Pokémon


Returning Gags

  • James gets hurt by an affectionate Pokémon that he owns, this time being the case with Mareanie.
  • The returning Jigglypuff draws on the faces of people who fall asleep to its song.

New gags

  • Instead of blasting off, Team Rocket nearly always gets carried away by Bewear.
    • Ever since its re-introducing as a one of the major cast and its reunion with its mother Bewear, Stufful will appear in front of Team Rocket out of nowhere first, signaling Bewear's incoming presence in a few seconds later.
  • The series implements a new art style once again, this time more drastic and resulting in a complete redesign of every pre-existing character.
  • The exaggerated expressions (especially the frightened, angry, enthusiastic, or sad faces) of the characters are strong references to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
  • Every time Jessie is going to eat her malasada, it gets stolen by another Pokémon instead.
  • Mallow's Bounsweet and her evolutions slap away Rowlet whenever it gets attracted by Sweet Scent.


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  • This is the first series where some characters (both Pokémon and Human) have somewhat passed on, which isn't during a movie.
  • This is the last series to air in the Heisei era, and the first series to air in the Reiwa era.
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