Pokémon (ポケモン Pokemon?), abbreviated from Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター Poketto Monsutā?), is a children's TV anime series, which has since been adapted for the international television markets. It is based on the Pokémon video game series and a part of the Pokémon franchise.
Originally a single series, Pokémon, it has since been made into four series, the original series, then Advanced Generation, subsequently Diamond and Pearl and Best Wishes, which sequentially continue the story of Pokémon, while its spin-off Pokémon Smash! (formerly Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station and Pokémon Sunday) has broadcast a series of stories revolving around some of the recurring characters, Pokémon Chronicles or, as it is known in Japan, Pokémon Side Story. The series are further divided into seasons, which currently consists of fifteen.
See also: List of characters in the Pokémon anime seriesThe series follows Ash Ketchum and his friends (human and Pokémon) that he makes on the way as he travels the world catching new Pokémon, battling Pokémon trainers, winning Gym Badges to enter tournaments, and thwarting the attempts of criminal organizations. The anime adapts a fair amount of video game logic from the original games, such as multiple lookalike characters in different regions and Ash being unable to carry more than six Pokémon with him at a time.
Seasons 1-5 (Original series)Edit
Ash Ketchum (Satoshi (サトシ?)) has just become a Pokémon trainer in the Kanto region. He picked Pikachu as his starter because, after breaking his alarm clock, Ash was late for his appointment and all the conventional starter Pokémon (Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle) were gone. He has a childhood rival, named Gary (Shigeru (シゲル?)). Ash accidentally destroys a bike belonging to a girl, named Misty (Kasumi (カスミ?)); she starts to follow him to get her bike back, but soon becomes his friend. Misty endeavors to be a great water Pokémon master. Shortly thereafter, Ash battles Brock (Takeshi (タケシ?)), the leader of the Pewter City gym. Ash initially loses to Brock's Onix, but wins the Boulder Badge in a rematch. Brock then turns over his Gym Leader duties to his estranged father and accompanies Ash and Misty on their journey with the goal of becoming the world's greatest Pokémon Breeder.
Ash's journey in the Kanto region culminates with him collecting the necessary eight badges to compete in the Indigo League Pokémon Tournament held annually in the Indigo Plateau, near Viridian City. He passes through all qualifying matches, and qualifying for battling in the Indigo Stadium. There, he loses in his fifth match to Richie, a new rival and friend, who happens to use many of the same Pokémon as Ash, including a Pikachu named "Sparky".
After the Indigo League, Ash returns briefly to Pallet Town before setting out on a new journey to the Orange Islands, where he will compete in the Orange League. Brock eventually parts company with Ash and Misty to pursue Pokémon research with Professor Ivy. At this point, a new character, Tracey Sketchit (Kenji (ケンジ?)) joins Ash. Ash collects four badges and competes against the Orange League champion, Drake, an experienced trainer who uses a Dragonite. Drake's first 5 Pokémon do not cause much trouble to Ash, the battle coming down to 4 Pokémon for Ash and Drake's Dragonite. However, Dragonite defeats Ash's Charizard, Squirtle and Tauros. The battle comes down to Drake's Dragonite and Ash's Pikachu. After a short battle, Pikachu knocks out Dragonite with a devastating Thunder attack, giving Ash the victory and earning him a spot in the Orange League Hall Of Fame.
Victorious in the Orange League, Ash again returns to Pallet Town where he and Misty are reunited with Brock, who earlier left to Professor Ivy's lab to take care of Pokémon. Tracey decides to stay in Pallet Town to work with his idol, Professor Oak, while Ash, Brock, and Misty head west to the distant land of Johto. Pokémon: The Johto Journeys marks the introduction of a new series of Pokémon beyond the original 151 named and frequently seen throughout the Kanto and Orange Islands regions.
In the fifth season, after Ash has collected the 8 required badges from Johto, he competes in the Silver Conference. He makes it through the qualifying matches, getting into the Victory Tournament. He then makes it to the Top 8, defeating his childhood rival Gary along the way, but loses to a trainer named Harrison from the Hoenn region. Ash decides to head there next, after a brief visit home. Before arriving in Pallet Town, Misty receives a message from her sisters requesting that she return to Cerulean City to take over duties as the Cerulean Gym Leader. Brock then decides that he has been away from home too long and must return to help his father take care of his many brothers and sisters.
Seasons 6-9 (Advanced Generation series)Edit
The Advanced Generation (アドバンスジェネレーション Adobansu Jenerēshon?) series begins with Ash's return to Pallet Town. He receives a new set of clothes from his mother and sets out for the Hoenn region with only Pikachu, choosing to leave his other Pokémon with Professor Oak, like Gary, going for a "fresh start".
In Hoenn, Ash meets May (Haruka (ハルカ?)) and her younger brother Max (Masato (マサト?)), who join him on his journey. May is excited by the Pokémon Contests that take place in Hoenn, while Max joins the group to gain experience so that one day he will have his own Pokémon and become a Gym Leader like his father Norman, the Gym Leader of Petalburg City. Having solved his family issues, Brock returns to accompany Ash. In this season, Gary leaves his promising career as a Pokémon Trainer to become a Pokémon researcher, like his grandfather. Misty shortly visits the group and takes Ash, Brock, May and Max to the Togepi Kingdom. Meanwhile, Team Rocket has been sent by their boss to try to establish a branch of the organization in Hoenn. Along their journeys, Ash and his friends also come into contact with the villainous teams that are in Hoenn, Team Aqua and Team Magma. Finally, Ash participates in the Hoenn League and May in the Grand Festival.
In Season 8, after Ash completes the Hoenn League and places in the Top 8, he returns home to Pallet Town, as do May and Max to Petalburg City and Brock to Pewter City. Ash meets up with Misty, Tracey, Professor Oak, and his mother at his homecoming celebration. Professor Birch and Max arrive in Pallet Town that same evening, and May and Brock arrive the next day. Ash and May learn of the Battle Frontier and the new contests in the Kanto region and decide to travel together again to compete. Brock, Max, and Misty decide to join them on their new journey. Season 8 ends with Ash, May, Max, Brock, and Misty setting off to participate in the Battle Frontier.
After passing Mt. Moon, Misty returns to the Cerulean Gym to continue training. Ash, May, Max, and Brock travel around the Kanto region, with Ash defeating the seven Frontier Brains and May competing in the Kanto Pokémon Contests.
After Ash defeats the Battle Pyramid Frontier Brain, Brandon, and declines the offer of becoming a Frontier Brain, May reveals that she and Max are returning to Hoenn, but she decides to travel to the Johto region for the Johto Pokémon Contests alone.
Seasons 10-13 (Diamond & Pearl series)Edit
The main characters from Pokémon Diamond and Pearl series (from left to right): Brock, Ash and DawnThe Diamond & Pearl (ダイヤモンド&パール Daiyamondo Ando Pāru?) series begins with Ash on his own, again. He learns of a new region called Sinnoh, where he embarks on a new journey. Ash planned to bring only Pikachu, but his Aipom snuck on the boat. Brock comes back a few days later in Sinnoh and they both meet Dawn (Hikari (ヒカリ?)), a new Trainer who hopes to become a great Pokémon Coordinator, like her mother. Ash meets a new rival, Paul (Shinji (シンジ?)), who prefers to capture the strongest Pokémon, leaving the weak who are released, in strong contrast to Ash's methods. During the journey, Ash encounters the Elite Four of Sinnoh in different places respectively, he carries on battles with them, and also receives their instructions about battle techniques. Ash, Dawn, and Brock encounter Ash's old rival Gary several times throughout the series, and even run into May, who are visiting Sinnoh, at the Wallace Cup competition.
Ash and his friends also come in contact with Team Galactic, an evil organization that wants to control the Pokémon universe. Team Galactic has also recruited an evil Pokémon Hunter, known only as J, to help them capture powerful Legendary Pokémon to advance their goals. With the help of the Sinnoh Champion Cynthia, as well as a detective named Looker, Ash, Dawn, and Brock manage to defeat Cyrus, the leader of Team Galactic.
After the Sinnoh League, the gang prepares to go their separate ways; Brock is returning to Pewter City to become a Pokémon Doctor, Dawn is returning to Hearthome City to model Buneary in a photoshoot, and Ash has decided that to become a Pokémon Master, he will continue training and someday enter the Champion League, and become the Champion Master. Ash and Brock wave goodbye to Dawn and Piplup as they take a ship home to Kanto. When reaching the familiar crossroad, Ash and Brock shake hands one last time, and split up; Brock goes back to Pewter City, and Ash goes home to Pallet Town.
During the airing of the Best Wishes! series, there are two special episodes focusing on Dawn and Brock respectively. Dawn is seen continuing her journey to become a top Pokémon Coordinator in the Hoenn region and Brock's younger brother Forrest is officially made the Pewter City Gym Leader to allow Brock to continue his studies to become a Pokémon Doctor.
Seasons 14- (Best Wishes! series)Edit
The Best Wishes! (ベストウイッシュ Besuto Uisshu?) series begins with Ash, his mother, and Professor Oak making a trip to the faraway Unova region where Ash plans to compete in their new Pokémon league and Professor Oak meets up with his colleague Professor Juniper. After meeting new trainer, photographer, and rival Trip (Shooty (シューティー Shūtī?)), he sets off on his journey, meeting Dragon Master in the making Iris (アイリス Airisu?) and Pokémon Connoisseur and one of the three Striaton City Gym Leaders Cilan (Dent (デント Dento?)).
Team Rocket takes a back seat in this series, spending several episodes working up to a confrontation with Ash and his friends and the Unova region's local crime syndicate Team Plasma. However, due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami these episodes have been indefinitely postponed from broadcast. Team Rocket continues to sporadically appear throughout the series, although they are not in every episode as they were for the previous three series.
Main article: List of Pokémon episodesIn Japan, Pocket Monsters has been broadcast under its original title and under three subtitled titles, with the subtitled versions denoting a change in the setting matching the different versions of the video games, rather than being divided into distinct seasons (a change in season is usually denoted by a change in the theme songs, but the title never changes). The current series being broadcast is Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes!. In its international broadcasts, Pokémon's episodes have been split up into smaller seasons for the international releases, running a fixed number of episodes, using a specific opening sequence for each new season, and a new subtitle. The current season airing is Pokémon: Black & White: Rival Destinies.
|Pocket Monsters Series||Pokémon Season||No. of Episodes|
|Original Series||Indigo League||80 (82 in Japan)|
|[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Pok%C3%A9mon:_Adventures_on_the_Orange_Islands_episodes Adventures on the|
|The Johto Journeys||41|
|Johto League Champions||52|
|Master Quest||64 (65 in Japan)|
|Advanced Battle||52 (53 in Japan) [note 1]|
|Battle Frontier||47 [note 2]|
|Diamond & Pearl||Diamond and Pearl||51 (52 in Japan)|
|DP: Battle Dimension||52[note 3]|
|DP: Galactic Battles||52 (53 in Japan)|
|DP: Sinnoh League Victors||34|
|Best Wishes!||Black & White||48|
|BW: Rival Destinies||Ongoing (Japan & United States)|
During each season of the main series, a Pokémon Feature Film (劇場版ポケットモンスター Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā?, Pocket Monsters Movie) starring the main characters from the TV series has been released. As of 2011, there have been 15 movies and one feature length TV broadcast (released outside Japan as a direct-to-video movie titled "Mewtwo Returns"). The plot of every movie has involved an encounter with a Legendary Pokémon, although some may not conform to a strict definition of the word. The movies are also used to promote new Pokémon that appear in new versions of the game and series.
|Movie #||Japanese title||English title||Released||Featured Pokémon|
|1||Mewtwo Strikes Back
(ミュウツーの逆襲 Myūtsū no Gyakushū?)
|Mewtwo Strikes Back||July 18, 1998 (Japan)|
November 10, 1999 (North America)
(幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕 Maboroshi no Pokemon Rugia Bakutan?,
|The Power of One||July 17, 1999 (Japan)|
July 21, 2000 (North America)
|Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres, Lugia|
|3||Lord of the 'UNKNOWN' Tower: Entei
(結晶塔の帝王 ENTEI Kesshōtō no Teiō ENTEI?,
|Spell of the Unown||July 8, 2000 (Japan)|
April 6, 2001 (North America)
|4||Celebi: A Timeless Encounter
(セレビィ 時を超えた遭遇（であい） Serebyi Toki o Koeta Deai?,
|Celebi: Voice of the Forest||July 7, 2001 (Japan)|
October 11, 2002 (North America)
|5||The Guardians of Altomare
(水の都の護神 ラティアスとラティオス Mizu no Miyako no Mamorigami Ratiasu to Ratiosu?,
|Heroes: Latios and Latias||July 13, 2002 (Japan)|
May 16, 2003 (North America)
|6||Wishing Star of the Seven Nights
(七夜の願い星 ジラーチ Nanayo no Negaiboshi Jirāchi?,
|Jirachi Wish Maker||July 19, 2003 (Japan)|
June 1, 2004 (North America)
|7||Deoxys The Visitor
(裂空の訪問者 デオキシス Rekkū no Hōmonsha Deokishisu?,
|Destiny Deoxys||July 22, 2004 (Japan)|
January 22, 2005 (North America)
|8||Mew and the Wave Hero
(ミュウと波導（はどう）の勇者 ルカリオ Myū to Hadō no Yūsha Rukario?,
|Lucario and the Mystery of Mew||July 16, 2005 (Japan)|
September 19, 2006 (North America)
|Mew, Regirock, Regice, Registeel, Lucario|
|9||The Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea
(ポケモンレンジャーと蒼海（うみ）の王子 マナフィ Pokemon Renjā to Umi no Ōji Manafi?,
|Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea||July 15, 2006 (Japan)|
March 23, 2007 (North America)
|10||Dialga VS Palkia VS Darkrai
(ディアルガVSパルキアVSダークライ Diaruga Tai Parukia Tai Dākurai?)
|The Rise of Darkrai||July 14, 2007 (Japan)|
February 24, 2008 (North America)
|Dialga, Palkia, Darkrai|
|11||Giratina and the Sky Bouquet: Shaymin
(ギラティナと氷空（そら）の花束 シェイミ Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Sheimi?)
|Giratina and the Sky Warrior||July 19, 2008 (Japan)|
February 13, 2009 (North America)
|Regigigas, Giratina, Shaymin, Dialga|
|12||Arceus: To the Conquering of Space-Time
(アルセウス 超克の時空へ Aruseusu Chōkoku no Jikū e?)
|Arceus and the Jewel of Life||July 18, 2009 (Japan)|
November 6, 2009 (Australia)
|Heatran, Dialga, Palkia, Giratina, Arceus|
|13||Phantom Ruler: Zoroark
(幻影の覇者 ゾロアーク Gen'ei no Hasha Zoroāku?)
|Zoroark: Master of Illusions||July 10, 2010 (Japan)|
February 5, 2011 (North America)
|Raikou, Entei, Suicune, Celebi, Zorua, Zoroark|
|14||Victini and the Black Hero: Zekrom||Pokémon the Movie: White - Victini and Zekrom||July 16, 2011 (Japan)|
December 3, 2011 (North America)(Theaters)
|Victini and the White Hero: Reshiram
(ビクティニと白き英雄 レシラム Bikutini to Shiroki Eiyū Reshiramu?)
|Pokémon the Movie: Black - Victini and Reshiram||July 16, 2011 (Japan)|
December 10, 2011 (North America)(Cartoon Network)
|15||Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo
(キュレムVS聖剣士 ケルディオ Kyuremu tai Seikenshi Kerudio?)
|TBA||July 14, 2012 (Japan)||Kyurem, Cobalion, Terrakion, Virizion, Keldeo|
See also: List of Pokémon special episodesExcept main series and movies, the anime has also shown various specials and TV shorts. In English-language broadcast, these have been played or are playing as the Pokémon Chronicles or Pokémon Sunday series, alongside The Legend of Thunder! special and several Pikachu shorts, Many of these specials centered around legendary Pokémon or one or more of the main characters that is separate from the main cast during its corresponding series, while the sporadically-made later side story episodes typically air as special episodes. Another 8 additional OVAs were broadcast on numbered All Nippon Flights, as well as sold by DVD exclusively. In addition, two 3D shorts were shown during the tour of Japanese theme park Poképark.
Full-length TV specialsEdit
- The Birth of Mewtwo / The Origin of Mewtwo (ミュウツーの誕生 Myūtsū no Tanjō?)
- An animated adaptation of the "Birth of Mewtwo" radio drama, which was later attached to the beginning of the first movie for the Japanese video release. A small 3 minute heavily edited version was released on the US version DVDs, while the full uncut version was made available on the Mewtwo Returns DVD.
- Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns / Mewtwo! I Am Here (ミュウツー! 我ハココニ在リ Myūtsū! Ware wa Koko ni Ari?)
- A made for television special that followed up on Mewtwo after the events of the first movie.
- The Legend of Thunder! (ライコウ 雷の伝説 Raikou: Ikaduchi no Densetsu?)
- A made for television special that showcased the legendary Raikou, as well as brand new trainers. It became the first three episodes of Pokémon Chronicles. This was based on the release of Pokémon Crystal and is called as such in the Japanese title.
Normal-length TV specialsEdit
- The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon / The Terrifying Mirage Pokémon (戦慄のミラージュポケモン Senritsu no Mirāju Pokemon?)
- An hour-long TV special commemorating the tenth-anniversary of Pokémon in the United States.it aired on Kids' WB the sister station of Cartoon Network that Had It features a variety of Pokémon as artificial and stronger "mirages", including a supposedly "most powerful" Pokémon creation. Pokémon shown to be mirages were Mew, Kabutops, Omastar, Armaldo, Aggron, Aerodactyl, Houndoom, Absol, Mightyena, Machoke, Machamp, Ursaring, Magnemite, Entei, Articuno, Zapdos, and Mewtwo.
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Team Go-Getters Out Of The Gate! (ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 出動ポケモン救助隊ガンバルズ Fushigi no Danjon: Shutsudō Pokemon Kyūjotai Ganbaruzu!?, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Pokémon Rescue Team Ganbarus on the March!)
- A special anime based on the new video games which was shown on Cartoon Network in the USA September 8, 2006. The main characters in this special are a boy who was turned into a Squirtle, who formed a team with a naturally born Charmander and Chikorita.
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time & Darkness (ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 時の探検隊・闇の探検隊 Pokemon Fushigi no Danjon: Toki no Tankentai - Yami no Tankentai?)
- A sequel to the anime special based on the new video games prior to the Japanese release. The English version was shown on Action Stations! in the UK on July 18, 2008. The USA airing was on September 1, 2008 (Labor Day in the U.S.) on Cartoon Network. This special opens with Grovyle stealing a Time Gear - a circular object that controls time. The story then switches to the main characters Piplup (who is really a boy turned Pokémon) and Chimchar. Together with Chimchar, they become the exploration group Poképals and work at helping Pokémon who are in need of rescue along with exploring dungeons for treasure. After completing their first mission, to help a Shinx's sister who is very sick, the show ends with an announcement that the Time Gear has been stolen again. Piplup decides to stay with the team in order to help rescue other Pokémon; recover the Time Gear; and find out why he has been turned into a Pokémon. The last scene includes the message "to be continued", as do all other episodes of Pokémon. Which seemed as if it was implying there would be a full series, but such a series was never created.
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of the Sky Beyond Time & Darkness / Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Sky Expedition ~The Final Adventure Surpassing Time and Darkness~ (ポケモン不思議のダンジョン 空の探検隊～時と闇をめぐる 最後の冒険～ Pokemon Fushigi no Danjon: Sora no Tankentai ~Toki to Yami o Meguru Saigo no Bōken~?)
- A follow-up to Explorers of Time & Darkness, this anime special sees the Poképals teaming with Grovyle to battle with Dusknoir in the Hidden Land to save the world. This was available with the DSi game on a DVD for advance purchases at GameStop in the USA, and also premiered on October 9, 2009 on Cartoon Network in the USA and the following day on YTV in Canada.
- Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs (ポケモンレンジャー 光の軌跡 Pokemon Renjā Hikari no Kiseki?)
- A set of five-minute-long special episodes based on the DS game Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs which aired as part of Pokémon Sunday, it divided into two parts (Part 1 was aired on February 28, 2010, and Part 2 was aired on March 7, 2010). It shows in Oblivia Region, a Pokémon Ranger named Natsuya, receives a mission of head for the archipelago to stop a villainous team - Pokémon Pinchers' misdeeds from poaching and selling Pokémon which tasked by Professor Hastings. During his mission, he meets Ukulele Pichu and captures it.
Pikachu's Winter Vacation (ピカチュウのふゆやすみ Pikachū no Fuyuyasumi?) is a series of winter themed Pikachu-centered shorts that went directly to video. The first two were part of the Pokémon Chronicles series. This was the only Pokémon DVD not released by Viz Video but rather 4Kids' normal way of releasing DVDs, being released by 4Kids and Funimation.
ANA flights shortsEdit
- Pikachu's Summer Festival (ピカチュウのなつまつり Pikachū no Natsumatsuri?)
- The first short premiered on ANA flights on August 1, 2004.
- Pikachu's Ghost Carnival (ピカチュウのおばけカーニバル Pikachū no Obake Kānibaru?)
- The second short premiered on ANA flights on August 1, 2005.
- Pikachu's Mischievous Island / Pikachu's Island Adventure (ピカチュウのわんぱくアイランド Pikachū no Wanpaku Airando?)
- The third short premiered on ANA flights on August 1, 2006 and was released in the Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea DVD in the USA.
- Pikachu's Exploration Club (ピカチュウたんけんクラブ Pikachū Tanken Kurabu?)
- The fourth short premiered on ANA flights on August 1, 2007.
- Pikachu's Great Ice Adventure (ピカチュウ 氷の大冒険 Pikachū Kōri no Daibōken?)
- The fifth short premiered on ANA flights on August 1, 2008.
- Pikachu's Great Sparking Search (ピカチュウのキラキラだいそうさく Pikachū no Kirakira Daisōsaku?)
- The sixth short premiered on ANA flights on August 1, 2009 and was released in the Pokémon Ranger: Locus of Light DVD in Japan.
- Pikachu's Strange Wonder Adventure (ピカチュウのふしぎなふしぎな大冒険 Pikachū no Fushigina Fushigina Daibōken?)
- The seventh short premiered on ANA flights on August 1, 2010.
- Pikachu's Summer Bridge Story (ピカチュウのサマー・ブリッジ・ストーリー Pikachū no samā burijji sutōrī?)
- The eighth short premiered on ANA flights on August 1, 2011.
- Pokémon 3D Adventure: Find Mew! (ポケモン3Dアドベンチャー ミュウを探せ! Pokemon 3D Adobenchā: Myū o Sagase!?)
- The first Pokémon 3D short that was shown as the PokéPark in Japan in 2005.
- Pokémon 3D Adventure 2: Pikachu's Big Undersea Adventure (ポケモン3Dアドベンチャー2 ピカチュウの海底大冒険 Pokemon 3D Adobenchā 2: Pikachū no Kaitei Daibōken?)
- The second Pokémon 3D short, shown when PokéPark was in Taiwan in 2006.
Main article: Pokémon ChroniclesPokémon Chronicles logoPokémon Chronicles is a 4Kids-created label used for a package collection of several as of yet undubbed specials. The vast majority of the episodes making up Chronicles were taken from what was known in Japan as Pokémon Side Story (ポケモンサイドストーリー Pokemon Saido Sutōrī?), which aired as part of Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station. The remaining portions of Chronicles consisted of the Pocket Monsters Crystal TV special, and installments from the Pikachu's Winter Vacation OVA series.
Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting StationEdit
Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station (週間ポケモン放送局 Shūkan Pokemon Hōsōkyoku?) was a closely related spin-off series that aired with the beginning part of Pokémon: Advanced Generation. The show was presented as an animated variety show, and showed clip shows, reruns of Pokémon episodes, television airings of the Pokémon movies, cast interviews, and live action footage, in addition to the previously mentioned Pokémon Side Story episodes. The show ran from October 15, 2002 to September 28, 2004, when it was replaced by Pokémon Sunday.
Pokémon Sunday (ポケモン☆サンデー Pokemon Sandē?) debuted on TV Tokyo on October 3, 2004. The show is the successor to the Pocket Monsters Encore and the Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station. Like the shows before it, Pokémon Sunday is a sort of variety which featuring reruns of old episodes as well as a number of 'Research' episodes involving live-action elements.
Pokémon Smash! (ポケモンスマッシュ！ Pokemon Sumasshu!?) is the successor to the Pokémon Sunday series. It debuted on TV Tokyo on October 3, 2010. Like its predecessors, Pokémon Smash! is a variety show that features live-action segments and reruns of old anime episodes. The theme song is "Endless Fighters" by AAA.
Airing and productionEdit
The English adaptation of the series was produced by 4Kids Entertainment and video distribution of the series was handled by Viz Media and Pioneer Entertainment for the TV series, Warner Bros. and Nintendo for the first three movies, the thirteenth movie, and the first television special, Miramax Films, and Buena Vista Home Entertainment for the fourth movie through the seventh, Viz Media for movies eight to ten, and Universal Studios for the eleventh and twelfth films. The series and all feature films are directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, with English adaptations originally written by Norman J. Grossfeld and Michael Haigney for the first eight seasons. However, starting with the ninth season, The Pokémon Company International (operating as Pokémon USA at that time,) and TAJ Productions, who worked with 4Kids on the show before taking leave after Season 5, replaced 4Kids as the show's non-Japanese producers and distributors. Most of the original voice cast was also replaced by TAJ for budget purposes, causing controversy among fans who admired the original voice actors. When TAJ closed their doors, they were replaced by DuArt Film and Video for the tenth movie and Season 11 of the anime series onward. In Canada, Pokémon first aired and has been airing on YTV since late 1998. YTV has been airing Pokémon longer than any other English network and is Subsequently YTV's longest running show. In the UK, Pokémon first aired on Sky1, then it was followed by airings on GMTV and CITV in the summer of 1999 including their Saturday morning show SMTV Live and proved to be extraordinarily popular, to the point were segments and sketches of the show itself were based around Pokémon (e.g. the Pokérap). As part of their relaunching of their internet site, the full first season of the anime is being shown on the Pokemon.com web site in the USA.
The show (as of September 23rd, 2010 in Japan) has premiered the "rebooted" series, Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! on TV Tokyo Thursday nights at 7:30 PM JST. The metaseries had been airing on Tuesday nights in the earlier seasons. In the United States (as of February 12, 2011) the series is airing its first season of Black & White, with episodes premiering Saturday mornings at 9 AM ET/PT. An English version of Pokémon Side Story has now been made, titled Pokémon Chronicles which premiered in the UK on Toonami on May 11, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. BST, and is currently airing the 13th season on YTV in Canada. Each season also brings forth a Pokémon feature-length film, and each film up until the seventh is preceded by a Pokémon animated short. Pokémon CDs have been released in conjunction with the anime. The tracks feature songs that have been shown in the English dubbed version of the anime. However, some CDs have been released to promote and profit the anime.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl began airing in Japan on September 28, 2006 with a three-episode arc introducing the new series' main female character Dawn (known in Japan as Hikari), based on the playable female player in the Diamond and Pearl games. The new series aired with a sneak preview on April 20, 2007 in the USA. The sneak preview aired on May 5 in Canada. A dubbed version of the 90-minute preview done in Japan, Diamond and Pearl takes place in the Sinnoh region, based on the new Diamond and Pearl games. The new series aired in prime time on Cartoon Network starting June 4 at 7:30 PM ET/PT as part of the Cartoon Network Summer 2007 programming promotion. The summer run was confirmed in the Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea DVD released on April 2, 2007. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl has also been airing on YTV in Canada since September 8, 2007. Ash and Brock are joined by a new coordinator named Dawn, and the trio travel through Sinnoh, collecting gym badges and ribbons. Gary returned in this series.
Diamond and Pearl came to an end on September 9, 2010, and two weeks later was replaced by a new series based on the games, Pokémon Black and Pokémon White. On June 9, 2010, a blog posted by the storyboard writer revealed that the first four episodes of the Pokémon: Black & White series were finished and confirmed Ash returning. Two new characters would be traveling with Ash. On July 1, 2010, the official title of the 4th series - Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! - was revealed. The series introduced two new characters traveling with Ash - Iris, whos Axew travels in her hair, and Cilan, a "Pokémon Connoisseur" ("Sommelier" in Japan) who is a Gym Leader and specializes in relationships with Pokémon and their trainers. In addition, a new rival, Trip, was introduced as well.
In the UK, the first eight series were aired on multiple channels, ITV1, ITV2, Channel 5 and Sky1. Battle Frontier and Diamond and Pearl were aired on Cartoon Network. The CITV Channel and ITV4 recently broadcast the Battle Frontier episodes for the first time on free TV, on everyday as part of Action Stations!. Battle Dimension started airing in the UK on September 6, 2008, on Disney XD (née Jetix), which is advertised confusingly as "the new home for Pokémon in the UK", however episodes airing on Jetix/Disney XD have also aired on CITV and ITV4, with ITV4 sometimes premiering new episodes. Jetix/Disney XD's various European channels also started including Pokémon in their schedules from late 2008, making it the only channel to air the newest Pokémon series in some regions. The show will air on Pop soon.
In Germany the series was shown for the first time on 1 September 1999. As collecting main the USA version serves and simply with Germans dialogues was provided. In Germany so far 12 Seasons was shown from RTL2.
In Australia Pokémon: Black & White seasons airs on Eleven on 27 February 2012 at 7am Weekdays, formerly aired between Season 1-14 from 2000 to 2012 on Network Ten, also aired on Cartoon Network from 2001 to present.
Cartoon Network's India and Pakistan services, along with their Toonami UK service, also carries Pokémon episodes. As of October 9, 2006, Cartoon Network's online service, Toonami Jetstream, featured Pokémon episodes starting at the Orange League episode "The Pokémon Water War". As from November 16, 2009, Cartoon Network India is going to air the dub of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl while Cartoon Network Pakistan is going to air it from November 9, 2009. The last season of Diamond & Pearl series and thirteenth season overall, Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors premiered on October 3, 2011 in India. The last episode of Diamond & Pearl series that was shown on October 25, 2011 in India, while it is set to premiere on Cartoon Network Pakistan on February 1, 2012.
Main article: Pokémon episodes removed from rotationPokémon has had several anime episodes removed from the rotation in Japan or the rest of the world. The most infamous of these episodes was Electric Soldier Porygon (でんのうせんしポリゴン Dennō Senshi Porygon?). The episode made headlines worldwide when it caused 685 children to experience seizures and seizure-like symptoms caused by a repetitive flash of light. Although the offending sequence was caused by Pikachu's actions, the episode's featured Pokémon, Porygon, has never been seen again in the anime except for one brief cameo appearance in the movie, Pokémon Heroes and in one scene-bumper later in season 1. Its evolutions Porygon2 and Porygon-Z have never appeared either. On September 1, 2006, China banned the series from prime time broadcasting (from 17:00 to 20:00), similarly to Western animated series such as The Simpsons, to protect its struggling animation studios. The ban was later extended by one hour.
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- ^ The first 12 episodes of the Battle Frontier Saga are fitted into the ending of this season, it is also the last season to be dubbed by 4Kids Entertainment.
- ^ This is first season to contain a new cast and the first to be dubbed by TAJ Productions, until the ending of the next season.
- ^ This is the first season to have voice actors, who have guest starring roles in the 4Kids dub, return, and the first season dubbed by DuArt Film and Video.
- ^ "劇場版ポケットモンスター ベストウイッシュ第1弾「ビクティニと黒き英雄」2011年夏公開決定 - 芸能 - 最新ニュース一覧 - 楽天woman". 2010-11-29. Retrieved 2010-11-29.
- ^ "あにてれ：ポケモンスマッシュ！". Retrieved 2010-10-09.
- ^ "「ポケットモンスター」 アニメ新シリーズのタイトルが決定！" (in Japanese). Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl website at TV Tokyo. Retrieved 14 July 2010.
- ^ McDonald, Joe (August 13, 2006). "China Bans 'Simpsons' From Prime-Time TV". The Washington Post.
- ^ China Extends Prime-time Ban on Foreign Cartoons
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