Pokémon (anime)

Japanese anime television series

Pokémon (abbreviated from Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター, Poketto Monsutā)) is a Japanese anime series. It is part of the Pokémon media franchise which is owned by Nintendo. It has been brought to many other places, including North America, Europe, and Australia. The United States dub was originally made by 4Kids Entertainment; starting in 2006 the dub has been made by Pokémon USA.

English logo
(Poketto Monsutā)
GenreAction, adventure, Fantasy
Anime television series
Directed byKunihiko Yuyama (Chief Director)
Masamitsu Hidaka (1997–2006)
Norihiko Sudō (2006–2013)
Yūji Asada (2010)
Tetsuo Yajima (2013–2016)
Daiki Tomiyasu (Deputy Director: 2015–2016; Director: 2016–present)
Written byTakeshi Shudo (1997–2000)
Atsuhiro Tomioka (2006–2016)
Aya Matsui (2016–present)
Music byShinji Miyazaki
Hirokazu Tanaka (openings)
Manny Corallo
John Loeffler (4Kids and TPCi Music Dub: 1998-2013)
Ed Goldfarb[1] (TPCi Music Dub: 2014-Present)
StudioOLM, Inc.
Team Ota (1997–2006)
Team Iguchi (2006–2009)
Team Kato (2010–present)
Licensed by
Original networkTV Tokyo
English network
Original run April 1, 1997 – present
Episodes1275 (List of episodes)
  • 8 TV specials (3 full-length, 5 normal-length)
  • 25 side-story episodes

Not long after Pokémon Red and Blue (the first Pokémon video games outside of Japan) were released, the anime was created. It was first broadcast in Japan in early 1997, and in the United States in late 1998. The anime started what has been called "Pokémania", which meant that after the anime came out, it became very popular among children, and many parents assumed it was a fad and no one would care about it in a couple years. However, it was never cancelled, and it is still running, and continues to maintain a fanbase consisting of people of all ages.

The anime shows the adventures of Ash Ketchum, a 10-year-old Pokémon trainer and his partner pikachu, who has many adventures, meeting many new people and Pokémon, Ash then leaves the anime and Pokemon Horizons then follows Liko and Roy who also go on adventures to meet people and Pokemon.

Pokemon Horizons will release in Australia on 9Go! on February 27th 2024.

A number of Pokémon films have also been made that relate to the anime. The first one was Pokémon: The First Movie (released on 1998 in Japan and on 1999 in North America). They are still being made.

There are various bad guys in Pokemon like Team Rocket.

Seasons change

Pokémon the Series: The Beginning (Series 1) change

Pokémon the Series: Gold and Silver (Series 2) change

Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire (Series 3) change

Pokémon the Series: Diamond and Pearl (Series 4) change

Pokémon the Series: Black & White (Series 5) change

Pokémon the Series: XY (Series 6) change

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon (Series 7) change

Pokemon Journeys (Series 8) change

Pokemon Horizons (Series 9) change

Pokemon Horizons

Specials/Spin-offs change

Movies change

Pokémon Feature Movies change

# Japanese Title Japanese release English Title English release
1 Mewtwo Strikes Back (ミュウツーの逆襲, Myūtsū no Gyakushū, Mewtwo's Counterattack) July 18, 1998 Pokémon: The First Movie - Mewtwo Strikes Back November 10, 1999
2 Revelation Lugia
(幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕, Maboroshi no Pokemon Rugia Bakutan,
Mirage Pokémon: Lugia's Explosive Birth)
July 17, 1999 Pokémon: The Movie 2000 - The Power of One July 21, 2000
3 Lord of the 'UNKNOWN' Tower: Entei
(結晶塔の帝王 ENTEI, Kesshōtō no Teiō ENTEI,
Emperor of The Crystal Tower: ENTEI)
July 8, 2000 Pokémon 3: The Movie - Spell of the Unown April 6, 2001
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: The Meeting that Traversed Time)
July 7, 2001 Pokémon 4Ever - Celebi: Voice of the Forest October 11, 2002
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,
Guardian Gods of the Capital of Water: Latias and Latios)
July 13, 2002 Pokémon Heroes - Latios and Latias May 16, 2003
6 Wishing Star of the Seven Nights
(七夜の願い星 ジラーチ, Nanayo no Negaiboshi Jirāchi,
Wishing Star of the Seven Nights: Jirachi)
July 19, 2003 Pokémon: Jirachi: Wish Maker June 1, 2004
7 Deoxys The Visitor
(裂空の訪問者 デオキシス, Rekkū no Hōmonsha Deokishisu,
Visitor from the Sky-Splitting: Deoxys)
July 17, 2004 Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys January 22, 2005
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,
Mew and the Aura Hero: Lucario)
July 16, 2005 Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew September 19, 2006
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,
The Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy)
July 15, 2006 Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea March 23, 2007
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)
July 14, 2007 Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai February 24, 2008
11 Giratina and the Bouquet of the Frozen Sky: Shaymin
(ギラティナと氷空(そら)の花束 シェイミ, Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Sheimi)
July 19, 2008 Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior February 13, 2009
12 Arceus: To Conquering Space-Time
(アルセウス 超克の時空へ, Aruseusu Chōkoku no Jikū e)
July 18, 2009 Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life November 20, 2009
13 Phantom Ruler: Zoroark
(幻影の覇者 ゾロアーク, Gen'ei no Hasha Zoroāku)
July 10, 2010 Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions February 5, 2011
14 Victini and the Black Hero: Zekrom
(ビクティニと黒き英雄ゼクロム, Bikutini to Kuroki Eiyū Zekuromu)
July 16, 2011 Pokémon the Movie: White—Victini and Zekrom December 3, 2011
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)
July 16, 2011 Pokémon the Movie: Black—Victini and Reshiram December 10, 2011
15 Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo
(キュレムVS聖剣士 ケルディオ, Kyuremu tai Seikenshi Kerudio)
July 14, 2012 Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice December 8, 2012
16 ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens
(神速のゲノセクト ミュウツー覚醒, Shinsoku no Genosekuto: Myūtsū Kakusei)
July 13, 2013 Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened October 19, 2013
17 The Cocoon of Destruction and Diancie
(破壊の繭とディアンシー, Hakai no Mayu to Dianshī)
July 19, 2014 Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction November 8, 2014
18 The Archdjinni of the Rings: Hoopa (光輪の超魔神 フーパ, Ringu no Chōmajin Hoopa) July 18, 2015 Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages December 19, 2015
19 Volcanion and the Ingenious Magearna (ボルケニオンと機巧のマギアナ, Borukenion to Karakuri no Magiana) July 16, 2016 Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel December 5, 2016
20 I Choose You! (キミに決めた!, Kimi ni Kimeta!) July 15, 2017 Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! November 5, 2017
21 Everyone's Story (みんなの物語, Minna no Monogatari) July 13, 2018 Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us November 24, 2018
22 Mewtwo's Counterattack: EVOLUTION (ミュウツーの逆襲 EVOLUTION, Myūtsū no Gyakushu EVOLUTION) July 12, 2019

TV Movies change

# Japanese Title Japanese release English Title English release
1 Mewtwo! I Am Here
(ミュウツー! 我ハココニ在リ, Myūtsū! Ware wa Koko ni Ari)
December 30, 2000 Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns December 4, 2001
2 The Terrifying Mirage Pokémon
(戦慄のミラージュポケモン, Senritsu no Mirāju Pokemon)
October 13-October 31, 2006 Pokémon: The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon April 29, 2006

References change

  1. "ED GOLDFARB, COMPOSER – Composer & Songwriter". edgoldfarbmusic.com. Archived from the original on 2021-09-22. Retrieved 2018-12-27.
  2. Sofka, Samantha (November 17, 2016). "Breaking: Pokemon the Series Sun and Moon to debut on Disney XD". Oh My Disney.