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Pokémon
Pokémon
Premiere April 1, 1997
Finale
Airs Thursdays at 7PM (TV Tokyo)
Saturdays at 9:30AM (CN)
Creator Satoshi Tajiri,
Tsunekazu Ishihara
Network TV Tokyo
Style 30-minute anime fantasy adventure
Company Oriental Light and Magic
Seasons 17
Episodes 759 (through season 16)
Status Japan: Currently airing season 17
USA: Currently airing season 16
Origin Japan

Pokémon is a long-running anime series based on a popular series of video games created for the Nintendo Game Boy. The Pokémon franchise centers around a world populated by a myriad of strange creatures called Pokémon, all having strange powers and abilities. Human beings who live in this world try to catch these creatures, training them to do battle with other Pokémon. The motto is "Gotta Catch 'Em All!"

The Pokémon television series follows the adventures of a new Pokémon Trainer, Ash Ketchum. Ash would like to become a Pokémon Master, catching as many Pokémon as possible and winning every competition he can enter. At the start of his journey he is given Pikachu, a small yellow Pokémon with electrical powers. He also makes various human friends along the way, and they join in him traveling to different cities and towns, where Ash challenges the top Trainer in each municipality to win badges, which will let him progress to the Pokémon League Championships.

Over the course of the series Ash has caught many different Pokémon and traveled to at least three different regions in the Pokémon world. The cast of people and Pokémon has changed over the years; but Ash, along with Pikachu at his side have always remained the center of the story. The series has spawned at least ten movies (with an eleventh due Summer 2008), multiple shorts, and two spinoff series: Pokémon Chronicles and Pokémon Sunday.

In the English-speaking world the series was first localized by 4Kids Entertainment, then Pokémon USA. Under their direction each season starting with season 3 receives a unique name for marketing purposes. In Japan the series only has three titles; starting with season 6 the series is known as Pokémon Advanced Generation, a reference to the switch in the video games to the Game Boy Advance handheld system. The new series started in 2006 is known as Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl, after the new games released for the Nintendo DS at the same time.

Contents

Cast

Japanese Voices English Voices Character Duration
Main Cast
Rika Matsumoto Ash Ketchum 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Veronica Taylor 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Sarah Natochenny 9 10 11 12
Ikue Ōtani Ikue Ōtani Pikachu 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Mayumi Iizuka Misty 1 2 3 4 5 7 8 9
Rachael Lillis 1 2 3 4 5 7 8
Michele Knotz 9
Yuuji Ueda Brock 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Eric Stuart 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Bill Rogers 9 10 11 12
Midori Kawana May 6 7 8 9 12
Veronica Taylor 6 7 8
Michele Knotz 9 12
Fushigi Yamada Max 6 7 8 9
Amy Birnbaum 6 7 8
Kayzie Rogers 9
Megumi Toyoguchi Emily Jenness Dawn 10 11 12
Tomokazu Seki Ted Lewis Tracey Sketchit 2 5 8
Megumi Hayashibara Jessie 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Akiko Hiramatsu 7
Rachael Lillis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Michele Knotz 9 10 11 12
Shinichiro Miki James 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Ted Lewis 1
Eric Stuart 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Jimmy Zoppi 9 10 11 12
Inuko Inuyama Meowth 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Nathan Price 1
Maddie Blaustein 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Jimmy Zoppi 9 10 11 12
Unshou Ishizuka Narrator 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Rodger Parsons 1 2 3 4 5 6 9 10 11 12
Mike Pollack 6 7 8
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Unshou Ishizuka Stan Hart Professor Samuel Oak 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Stuart Zagnit 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Jimmy Zoppi 9 10 11 12
Masami Toyoshima Delia Ketchum 1 2 5 8 9 12
Veronica Taylor 1 2 5 8
Michele Knotz 9 12
Ayako Shiraishi Nurse Joy 1 2 3 4 5
Yuriko Yamaguchi 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Kikuko Inoue 101
Megan Hollingshead 1 2 3 4 5 6
Bella Hudson 7 8
Michele Knotz 9 10 11 12
Chinami Nishimura Officer Jenny 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Megan Hollingshead 1 2 3 4 5 6
Jamie Davyous Owens 7 8
Emily Williams 9 10 11 12
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.

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Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
TV Tokyo
Season One April 1, 1997 January 27, 1999 83
Season Two February 4, 1999 October 7, 1999 35
Season Three: Pokémon: The Johto Journeys October 14, 1999 July 27, 2000 41
Season Four: Pokémon: Johto League Champions August 3, 2000 August 2, 2001 52
Season Five: Pokémon: Master Quest August 9, 2001 November 14, 2002 65
Season Six: Pokémon: Advanced November 21, 2002 August 28, 2003 52
Season Seven: Pokémon: Advanced Challenge September 4, 2003 September 2, 2004 40
Season Eight: Pokémon: Advanced Battle September 9, 2004 September 29, 2005 53
Season Nine: Pokémon: Battle Frontier October 6, 2005 September 14, 2006 47
Season Ten: Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl September 28, 2006 October 25, 2007 52
Season Eleven: Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl Battle Dimension November 8, 2007 December 4, 2008 52
Season Twelve: Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl Galactic Battles December 4, 2008 December 24, 2009 52
Season Thirteen: Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl Sinnoh League Victors January 7, 2010 September 9, 2010 34
Season Fourteen: Pokémon: Black and White September 23, 2010 September 15, 2011 48
Season Fifteen: Pokémon: Black and White Rival Destinies September 22, 2011 June 14, 2012 36
Season Sixteen: Pokémon: Black & White: Adventures In Unova October 11, 2012 September 26, 2013 45
Season Seventeen: Pokémon the Series: XY October 17, 2013

Feature Films

Title Release Date
Pokémon: The First Movie July 18, 1998
Pokémon: The Movie 2000 July 17, 1999
Pokémon 3: Spell of the Unown July 8, 2000
Pokémon 4Ever - Celebi: Voice of the Forest July 7, 2001
Pokémon Heroes July 13, 2002
Pokémon: Jirachi Wishmaker July 19, 2003
Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys July 22, 2004
Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew July 16, 2005
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea July 15, 2006
Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai July 14, 2007
Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior July 19, 2008

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Pokémon started out as volume releases for the first and third seasons. Most of these discs contain three episodes. The second season consists of three discs, each with twelve episodes. The fourth season was released with six episodes on all save the last disc, which has ten. Season five saw the first Pokémon boxsets, with three sets containing the entire season. Season six was released as individual volumes, each containing five episodes, and then a re-release in two boxsets. The seventh and eighth seasons only have volume releases, but the ninth consists of two boxsets. The tenth season was released as four volumes, later joined into two boxsets. The first two seasons have been re-released as boxsets, and special tenth anniversary discs were released as well.


Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Adventures on the Orange Islands
Season Two
May 20, 2008 3 purchase

Soundtrack Releases

Title Release Date Music By #
Soundtracks
Pokémon: 2BA Master June 29, 1999 13

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