Pocket Monsters - XY

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Pokémon the Series: XY (ポケットモンスターXY, Poketto Monsutaa XY) and Pokémon the Series: XYZ (ポケットモンスターXY&Z, Poketto Monsutaa XY&Z), or the XY series are the Pokémon anime series of Generation VI. It was revealed by the television network TV Tokyo on June 30, 2013, which released information from this series as the logo and the new look of the main protagonist Ash Ketchum.

The new adventure begins on Ash arriving at Lumiose City in the region of Kalos, where he continues his quest to become a Pokémon Master. The entirety of Generation VI's anime premiered from October 17, 2013 to October 27, 2016 in Japan and the United States from January 18, 2014 to January 21, 2017. On October 19, 2013, the United States was issued the first two episodes of the series as a sneak preview.



In the original Japanese version, this generation is split into two story arcs:

Unlike series before this, the official listings for these two arcs, as seen on the TV Tokyo website, Amazon Prime, Hulu, DVD, and rerun listings such as on Kids Station and BS Japan list them as two series. The dub however has this listed as "the Series: XY".





Key Pokémon



Returning Gags

  • The gag of a character proposing to an attractive female character returns to the series, but only with a new twist.
    • Bonnie would propose to the female character to be Clemont's girlfriend but Clemont intervenes saying he is not interested and uses the Aipom Arm to drag Bonnie away.
  • The gag that involves Ash's Pikachu shocking a female character or the female character's bike returns. When Bonnie hugs Pikachu, Pikachu gets frightened and shocks Bonnie, like he did to Iris back in Enter Iris and Axew!.

New Gags

One of Clemont's inventions would malfunction and blow up, making Clemont, Ash, Bonnie, Serena, and anyone else with them have a puffy hairstyle.


Main articles: Pokémon the Series: XY, Pokémon the Series: XY Kalos Quest, and Pokémon the Series: XYZ


  • This series has many similarities to the Advanced Generation series.
    • Both have series sneak previews.
    • Ash travels with three characters instead of two.
    • Two of Ash's traveling companions are siblings: Clemont and Bonnie.
    • Bonnie is too young to have Pokémon of her own, but still has a love for them.
    • Unlike Max, Bonnie is allowed to look after Clemont's Pokémon, Dedenne.
    • The three older main characters have one starter Pokémon each.
    • The female character chooses a Fire-type Pokémon.
  • This is so far the only series in which:
    • Ash traveled with two females instead of just one.
    • Ash and James doesn't catch a Grass-type Pokémon.
    • The regional starter Pokémon Ash and his friends obtained come from a regional professor.
    • The Nurse Joys are shown to be much younger than their regional counterparts, and mostly the same ages as Pokémon Trainers like Ash and Serena. All the Officer Jennies remain the same age wise but has new outfits compare to the Sinnoh region.
    • Ash's Pokémon team fully evolves with exception to Pikachu and Hawlucha.
    • Ash owns three Pokémon of the same type: Flying.
    • Ash releases a regional starter Pokémon.
    • Brock, Misty, Gary Oak, and Tracey don't appear. Also, May, Max, Dawn and Iris doesn't appear at all as guests or recurring characters.
    • The Magikarp Salesman doesn't appear.
    • One of Ash's released Pokémon rejoins his team after being previously released.
    • Ash begins his journey with a companion, Pikachu from the previous series.
    • Ash reaches the finals of a Pokémon League.
    • Ash doesn't cross-dress but Serena does in XYZ season.
    • Serena is the only one who changes and keeps her new appearance mid-season.
    • None of Ash's Pokémon from Professor Oak's laboratory appeared.
    • There are no flashbacks to the original series.
    • Jessie and James has captured one Pokémon each from the Kalos region and doesn't catch anymore throughout. Meowth and Wobberfet continues to travel with them. None of the other Team Rocket members from the past made an appearance at all except for Giovanni.
    • The final episode did not end with the message "Next Time... A New Beginning!"
  • The Series: XY is the longest series in the anime that is the first debut series of a region (excluding Kanto because there was only one series in that region).
  • This series is the shortest one compared to the previous series: 140 episodes.
  • This series include the new VS. image overview screen for battles and showcases.
  • This series was last of the Pokémon series to air new episodes on Cartoon Network in the dub, before switching to Disney XD.
  • This is the only series to have no single banned nor unaired episode.
  • Ash's friends Serena, Bonnie and Clemont doesn't appear in future episodes, apart from Alexa. In fact, none of them are seen in the Sun and Moon series at all.
  • This is the last series to have a full televised run in the Heisei period.

Official site

  • Official Japanese site (XY, XY&Z)
  • Official English site (seasons 17, 18, and 19)