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Pokémon (anime)

Pokémon (abbreviated from in Japan) is an ongoing Japanese animated series, which has since been adapted for the North American and European television market. It is somewhat 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 three series, including Pokémon: Advanced Generation and subsequently Pokémon Diamond & Pearl, which continue the story of Pokémon, while its spin-off Pokémon Chronicles or, as it is known in Japan, Pokémon Sunday (formerly Shūkan Pokémon Hōsōkyoku) is a series of stories revolving around some of the recurring characters.

Airing and production

The English adaptation of the series was produced by 4Kids Entertainment and video distribution of the series was handled by Viz Media for the TV series for the younger generation as well as the eighth movie forward, Warner Bros. and Nintendo for the first three movies and the first special, Miramax Films, and Buena Vista Home Entertainment for the fourth movie through the seventh. 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 American branch of The Pokémon Company, Pokémon USA, 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, causing controversy among fans who admired the original voice actors. TAJ was replaced by DuArt Film and Video for the tenth movie and Season 11 of the anime series. In the UK, Pokémon first aired on the 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).

The show (as of November 8, 2007 in Japan and April 12, 2008 in the United States) started its second season of Diamond and Pearl, subtitled "Battle Dimension" in the English dub. An English version of Shūkan Pokémon Hōsōkyoku has now been made, titled Pokémon Chronicles which premiered in the UK on Toonami on May 11, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. ET, and is currently airing the 10th 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 CD's 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.

In Japan, both series are shown on TV Tokyo, with Diamond and Pearl airing on Thursday nights (previously Monday) and Pokémon Sunday on Sunday mornings. In the United States, Advanced Generation could previously be seen on the air on the now-defunct Kids' WB! cartoon block on Saturdays, but in April 2006, Kids WB, which continued on the CW Network until 2008, announced the fall schedule and Pokémon was nowhere to be seen, replaced by the WB-created series Legion of Super-Heroes. The rights for Battle Frontier were picked up by TimeWarner's corporate sibling Cartoon Network instead, and aired on CN starting September 9, 2006 at 9 a.m. US ET/PT, with a special prime-time episode having been aired the night before (September 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT, following the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon special. The fourth season of the Advanced Generation series, titled Battle Frontier has been airing in the United Kingdom from February 5, 2007, the show also airs in Canada. In addition, the series is also seen as such on the International Satellite Network.

Cartoon Network's India service, 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".

The newest series of Pokémon began airing in Japan on September 28, 2006 with a three-episode arc introducing the new series' main female character Dawn (known as Hikari in Japan), based on the playable female player in the 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, takes place in the Sinnoh region, based on the new Pokémon 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. Currently, it airs on Saturday mornings with newer episodes airing at 9:30 AM ET/PT. The summer run was confirmed in the Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea DVD released on April 2 of 2007. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl has also been airing on YTV in Canada since September 8, 2007. May will appear in the 76th episode for Wallace's contest. Max and Misty's statuses are still unknown (Though the latter's Seiyuu did hint at one point in her blog that Misty might be appearing in D/P). Dawn is taking their place, while a new rival for Ash, Paul, is also featured along with new villains such as the Pokémon Hunter J and Team Galactic.

In the UK the Kanto region episodes aired randomly on different channels, and most fans saw the Johto and Hoenn regions on Sky1 every weekend. Battle Frontier aired on Cartoon Network, and currently Pokemon Diamond and Pearl is airing in the UK following Battle Frontier. The CITV channel and ITV4 are currently repeating episodes of Diamond and Pearl everyday apart of Action Stations!. Battle Dimension has been confirmed in the UK, and has been airing on Jetix since September 6, 2008. This will be the new home for Pokemon in the UK.

The Pokémon series

The first series tells the story of Ash Ketchum (known as Satoshi in the Japanese version, he is named after Pokémon's creator, Satoshi Tajiri) and his quest to become a Pokémon Master. However, unlike in the video games, he is given a Pikachu as his first Pokémon under unusual circumstances. Much of the series focuses on the friendship between Ash, Pikachu, Misty, Brock, May, Max, Tracey, Dawn and the various Pokémon and Trainers along the way. Joining Ash on his adventures are Brock (known as Takeshi in Japan) who wants to become the world's best Pokemon breeder and Misty (Kasumi in Japan) who wants to be a water Pokemon trainer (Brock and Misty were gym leaders in the original pokemon game, and were in the anime too but were able to travel with Ash due to different circumstances).

The other two series continue to follow the adventures of Ash and his friends. However, starting with the Advanced Generation series a new main character named May (Haruka in Japan) travels with Ash, Brock and also her little brother Max (Masato in Japan) through the Hoenn region replacing Misty, and competes in Pokémon Contests, which are set up in a similar manner to Pokémon Gyms (many throughout the region, and ending with a large tournament), although immensely different.

Throughout the run of the show the subject matter changes. In the original series, the show is more comical and whimsical (light and airy). It uses "goofy" humor (or "cute" humor when it comes to Pikachu, who does wacky things in between important scenes). In the Advanced Generation series as Ash becomes more of a mature and leader-type character, the main course of the show becomes more serious, as it deals with love and death, and its previous comical nature (for the most part) changes into comic relief, attributed mostly to Team Rocket and Brock's love of girls, though the Diamond and Pearl series seems to have returned to using the original comical nature (mostly Ash being the straight man to his Pokémon's antics and Dawn taking the role of the naive beginner).

Series names

Like many anime metaseries, Pokémon!, Pokémon Advanced, and Pokémon Diamond and Pearl episodes are split up into smaller series for the English release, usually to denote the areas and adventures going on. Because of this, series are identified by the opening animation used for the episode, rather than a run of a fixed number of episodes. In certain places, the different series are considered different shows altogether, although they involve the same storylines and characters. To date there are 11 total series completed, three of such have aired in the United States.

Pokémon! (covers Kanto, the Orange Islands, and Johto)
Season Description # of Eps.
Pokemon! Covers the entire Kanto saga. Ash collects the eight regional gym badges and competes in the Pokémon League, finishing in the top sixteen. Ash got Pikachu in the first episode. Ash caught a Caterpie that evolved to Metapod and then to Butterfree (it was the first pokémon Ash ever caught. Ash trades it for a Raticate, but trades it back again). Later, Ash released it. Ash also caught a Pidgeotto that evolved to Pidgeot right before Ash released it, a Bulbasaur, a Charmander that evolved into Charmeleon and then to Charizard, a Kraby that evolved into Kingler in its first battle, a Primape but he gave it to a fighting pokémon trainer, a Muk and 30 Tauros. 83
The Orange Island Adventures Covers the Orange Archipelago saga. Tracey replaces Brock as a main character. Ash collects the four regional gym badges and competes in the Orange League, which he wins. 35
The Johto Journeys Covers from New Bark Town to Goldenrod City. Brock returns with Ash and Misty and travel to Johto to deliver the GS Ball to Kurt. Ash collects the first two gym badges to compete in the Silver Conference. 40
Johto League Champions Covers from Goldenrod City to Cianwood City. Ash collects the next three gym badges needed to compete in the Silver Conference. 52
Master Quest Covers from Cianwood City to Pallet Town. Ash collects the final three gym badges and competes in the Silver Conference, finishing in the top eight. Misty and Brock leave on their respective journeys, and Ash heads to Hoenn with only Pikachu. 64

Advanced Generation (covers Hoenn and Kanto)
Season Description # of Eps.
Advanced Covers from Littleroot Town to Mauville City. Ash is joined by May, a new trainer who wishes to compete in Pokémon Contests in order to enter the Grand Festival. They are also joined by May's brother Max, and Brock (Ash's second longest human friend throughout the anime). Ash collects the first three gym badges needed for the Hoenn League. 40
Advanced Challenge Covers from Mauville City to Lilycove City. Ash collects the next three gym badges needed to compete in the Hoenn League. May wins three contests. Misty visits the group in Episode 44. 52
Advanced Battle Covers from Lilycove City to Saffron City. Ash collects the final two gym badges and competes in the Hoenn League, finishing in the top eight. May wins her final two contests and competes in the Grand Festival, finishing in the top eight. Ash decides to challenge the Battle Frontier, located in Kanto, while May decides to compete in the Kanto Pokémon Contests. Ash collects one Frontier Symbol and May wins one Kanto contest. Misty temporarily accompanies them to Mt. Moon. 53
Battle Frontier Covers from Saffron City to Pallet Town. Ash collects the final six Frontier Symbols and defeats the Battle Frontier. May wins her final four contests and competes in the Kanto Grand Festival, finishing in the top four. Ash goes to Sinnoh with just Pikachu and Aipom. May and Max return to Petalburg Gym. May travels to Johto, but Max remains in Hoenn. Brock returns to Pewter City. 49

Diamond and Pearl (covers Sinnoh)
Season Description # of Eps.
Diamond and Pearl Covers from Twinleaf Town to Hearthome City. Ash is joined by Dawn, a new trainer who wants to compete in Pokémon Super-Contests and enter the Sinnoh Grand Festival. Brock also returns to the group. Ash meets rivals Paul and Nando. Dawn meets rivals Nando, Zoey and her rival/friend Kenny. Ash and Co. meet Hunter J and her attempts at stealing Pokémon. Ash wins the first two badges needed to compete in the Sinnoh League and Dawn wins one ribbon. Ash caught a Turtwig, a Starly which evolves into a Staravia, and a Chimchar which Paul releases. Dawn chooses Piplup as her starter Pokémon, and catches a Buneary, Pachirisu and a Buizel. Brock's Bonsly evolved into a Sudowoodo, he caught a Croagunk, and the egg won in the Pokémon dress contest hatched into a Happiny. 52
Diamond And Pearl Battle Dimension Covers from Hearthome City to Celestic Town. James gives his cacnea to Gardenia. Ash & Co. meet Team Galactic. Ash trades with Dawn her Buizel with his Aipom and later, Dawn's Aipom evolves into Ambipom. Jessie wins her first ribbon at the Solaceon Contest. Ash catches a Gligar. Ash beats Veilstone city gym leader, Maylene. Jessie releases her Dustox so that it can mate with a shiny dustox. May returns in the 76th Episode and travels with the group to the Wallace Cup Competition. Dawn beats May in the Wallace Cup Ribbon. Jessie gets a Yanma which evolves into Yanmega in the same episode. Ash goes on to beat Crasher Wake, Gym Leader of Pastoria City, Dawn catches a Swinub and Ash's Gligar evolves into a Gliscor. 43 (as of , , 25 episodes have aired in the US)
TBA Covers from Celestic Town onwards. Ash & Co. meet Team Galactic's other commanders and the leader, Cyrus. Ash and his friends meet Aaron from the Elite Four. Ash's Turtwig evolves into Grotle while battling Paul's Torterra. 5+

Pokémon Chronicles

Pokémon Chronicles, known in Japan as Shūkan Pokémon Hōsōkyoku (週間ポケモン放送局 "Weekly Pokémon broadcast"), is a closely related spin-off series that airs concurrently with the beginning part of Pokémon: Advanced Generation. The main episodes are stories that star various recurring characters that appeared in Pokémon, some of which account for discontinuities of the plot of Pokémon: Advanced Generation. However, instead of new episodes each week, as is the case with Pokémon: Advanced Generation, other things may air during Pokémon Chronicles, such as reruns of Pokémon episodes, television airings of the Pokémon movies, cast interviews, and live action footage.

Pokémon Sunday

Pokémon Sunday (Japanese: ポケモン☆サンデー) 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 show featuring reruns of old episodes as well as a number of 'Research' episodes involving live-action elements.

Anime films

During each season of the main series, a , starring the main characters from the TV series has been released. As of 2007, there have been ten movies and one feature length TV broadcast (released outside Japan as a direct-to-video movie titled "Mewtwo Returns"), the eleventh is scheduled to be released in July 19, 2008 in Japan. 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 brand new Pokémon that are supposed to be in new versions of the game.

The Pokémon movies are also coupled with a short movie starring Ash and Co. pokémon. Each movie until the seventh is preceded by the animated shorts. The shorts are: Pikachu's Summer Vacation, Pikachu's Rescue Adventure, Pikachu and Pichu, Pikachu's Pikaboo, Camp Pikachu, and Gotta Dance.

Movie Japanese Title English Title Release Date (JP/US) Legendary Pokémon Link
1 Mewtwo Strikes Back
ミュウツーの逆襲
Mewtwo Strikes Back July 18, 1998
November 10, 1999
Mew
Mewtwo
2 Revelation Lugia
幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕
The Power of One July 17, 1999
July 21, 2000
Articuno
Zapdos
Moltres
Lugia
3 Lord of the Unknown Tower: Entei
結晶塔の帝王 ENTEI
Spell of the Unknown July 08, 2000
April 06, 2001
Entei
4 Celebi: A Timeless Encounter
セレビィ 時を超えた遭遇
Celebi: Voice of the Forest July 07, 2001
October 11, 2002
Celebi
Suicune
5 Guardians of the Water Capital: Latias and Latios
水の都の護神 ラティアスとラティオス
Heroes: Latios and Latias July 13, 2002
May 16, 2003
Latios
Latias
6 Wishing Star of the Seven Nights
七夜の願い星 ジラーチ
Jirachi Wishmaker July 19, 2003
June 01, 2004
Jirachi
Groudon
7 Sky-Splitting Visitor: Deoxys
裂空の訪問者 デオキシス
Destiny Deoxys July 22, 2004
January 22, 2005
Rayquaza
Deoxys
8 Mew and the Wave Guiding Hero: Lucario
ミュウと波導の勇者 ルカリオ
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew July 16, 2005
September 19, 2006
Mew
Ho-Oh
Regirock
Registeel
Regice
9 Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy
ポケモンレンジャーと蒼海の王子 マナフィ
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea July 15, 2006
March 23, 2007
Kyogre
Manaphy
10 Dialga versus Palkia versus Darkrai
ディアルガVSパルキアVSダークライ
The Rise of Darkrai July 14, 2007
February 24, 2008
Dialga
Palkia
Darkrai
11 Giratina to Sora no Hanataba: Sheimi
ギラティナと氷空の花束 シェイミ
Giratina and the Sky's Bouquet July 19, 2008 Giratina
Regigigas
Shaymin
Dialga
Palkia

Pokémon specials

Once in a while there would be other animated material that does not fit in with the main series or the movies.
The Birth of Mewtwo/The Origin of Mewtwo
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
Slowking's Day
A short featuring Slowking. It was never released outside of Japan, most likely due to it only being a few minutes long.
Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns
A made for television special that followed up on Mewtwo after the events of the first movie.
Raikou: Legend of Thunder
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.
Pikachu's Winter Vacation
A series of winter theme 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.
Pikachu's Summer Festival
A short that premiered on ANA flights.
Pikachu's Ghost Carnival
The second short premiered on ANA flights.
Pikachu's Mischievous Island (a/k/a "Pikachu's Island Adventure")
The third short premiered on ANA flights, and was released in the Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea DVD in the USA.
Pokémon 3D Adventure: Find Mew!
A Pokémon 3D short that was shown as the PokéPark in Japan in 2005.
Pokémon 3D Adventure: Pikachu's Big Undersea Adventure
The second Pokémon 3D short, shown when PokéPark was in Taiwan in 2006.
The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon
An hour-long TV special commemorating the tenth-anniversary of Pokémon in the United States. 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!
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: Time and Darkness Exposition
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.

Characters

English names are given before the Japanese names in Western order (given name before surname), when possible. All Japanese names, unless otherwise noted, are romanized from katakana. For the sake of simplicity, English language names will be used in this and other articles in Wikipedia about Pokémon, unless explicitly referring to the Japanese version.

Current Main characters

Name Description
Ash Ketchum (Satoshi) He is one of the main characters in the series. Ash dreams of being the greatest Pokémon Master in the world. His surname is a pun on catch'em. Ash's current pokemon that are with him are Pikachu, Staravia, Turtwig, Chimchar, Buizel, and Gliscor.
Pikachu Ash's very first Pokémon and best friend. It has always stuck by Ash through thick and thin.
Dawn (Hikari) New heroine when Ash comes to Sinnoh, she dreams of being a great coordinator like her mother. She was the first girl that was with Ash temporarily to bond with her starter pokemon before she caught it. Dawn has a habit of saying "no need to worry" ("daijōbu" in the Japanese version) constantly, which has the reverse effect on her mother. She is based on the playable character in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. She currently has a Piplup, Buneary, Pachirisu, and Ambipom. She recently caught a Swinub in Episode 84. Before she caught the Swinub we found out it enjoyed eating Dawn's poffins.
Brock (Takeshi) Former Pewter Gym leader, he dreams of being the world's best Pokémon breeder, and is Ash's longest lasting human traveling partner, having only been absent from most of Season 2. He also falls in love with most women he sees, mostly Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny, and in the Diamond and Pearl generation, his Croagunk would occasionally snap him out of it using Poison Jab and drag him away like Misty and Max did. He also currently owns a Sudowoodo, Croagunk and Happiny.

Former Main characters

Name Description
Misty (Kasumi) Ash's first traveling friend, who journeyed with him throughout the first five seasons. Misty loves water Pokémon and is currently the Cerulean City gym leader. She was the first female protagonist on the show. Her dream is to be the world's greatest "Water Pokémon Master." During the first episode, Ash borrowed Misty's bicycle, which was subsequently damaged by one of Pikachu's powerful electric attacks. Misty followed Ash on his journey, frequently commenting that her reason for doing so was that she wanted her bike back. After the first season ends, it appears that she forgets about her bike and becomes a genuine friend and traveling companion to Ash. Through the course of the first two series and the second movie, it becomes clear after several hints that she has a crush on Ash. In a later season, she rejoins Ash temporarily in the Hoenn region for a Togepi Festival where her Togepi evolves into Togetic. She then leaves Togetic to help protect the other Togepi. She waits for Ash at his house after the Hoenn League and travels with his group to Mount Moon, where she returns to the Cerulean Gym.
Tracey Sketchit (Kenji) One of Ash's traveling friends throughout the Orange Islands, Tracey is a Pokémon watcher, and is currently Professor Oak's assistant. His surname is a pun on sketch it.
May (Haruka) A traveling friend of Ash and older sister of Max. Also, she is now Dawn's new rival. May started her journey hoping to participate in gym battles with Ash but soon found she liked Pokémon Contests better. She left after Battle Frontier to compete in contests in Johto with her three rivals: Drew, Soledad, and Harley, although she meets Ash and Brock again in Sinnoh sometime later and rejoins the team temporarily.
Max (Masato) May's little brother, Max is an intelligent little boy, and is now back with his parents in Petalburg City, where he will soon begin his own journey.

Villains

Team Rocket

Team Rocket (Roketto-Dan) is an evil organization led by Giovanni. They have operations in Kanto and Johto. However, they have not set up permanent operations in Hoenn and Sinnoh, meaning Jessie, James and Meowth are the only operatives there.

Name Description
Giovanni (Sakaki) The evil mastermind behind Team Rocket, is never without his Persian by his side, though it never seems to fight. Was also the 8th Gym Leader of Kanto, as the Gym Leader of the Viridian City Gym.
Jessie and James (Musashi and Kojiro) A duo of Team Rocket, they try to capture Pikachu but always lose. They and Meowth have appeared in every episode except the first one. Team Rocket also starts saying a new motto in the Diamond & Pearl series of the anime; the English translation changed along with the Japanese version. Their characters have changed significantly since the beginning of the series, as they are more of a comic relief now instead of the prominent villains they were in the beginning of the series. These characters were created for the show and did not appear in the original games (though they were inserted into the Yellow version, which incorporated a few elements from the show).
Meowth (Nyāsu) The main Pokémon of Jessie and James. He has the ability to talk and walk like humans and thinks for himself, rather than following orders like other Pokémon. He used to be Giovanni's favorite, but his constant failure caused him to be replaced by the Persian.
Cassidy and Butch (Yamato and Kosaburō) Jessie & James' rivals in Team Rocket, Cassidy and Butch are much more cunning when it comes to stealing Pokémon. As a running gag, Butch's name is often mispronounced, causing him to correct the mistake angrily.
Professor Namba One of Team Rocket's scientists, Cassidy and Butch usually do work for, and report to, him. A running gag with Namba is that his name, like Butch's, is often misremembered or mispronounced, and he shows up on screen to make the correction angrily, even when not present at the story location.

Team Magma

Team Magma (Maguma-Dan) is an evil organization recurring within the Pokémon: Advance generation series, led by the evil Maxie. Seemingly the goal of Team Magma is to release the beast of the earth, Groudon onto the world, creating new lands and eliminating water as it did millions of years ago. The Pokémon they used were fire-type, usually Houndoom and Mightyena, even some Golbat. The goals and ambitions are the same as their counteracting rivals Team Aqua, however the two teams despise each other. The two teams have been reported to be no more.

Name Description
Maxie (Matsuba) Maxie was the head of Team Magma.
Tabitha (Homura) Maxie's second-in-command. Like many members of Team Magma, he has a Mightyena at his side. Was known as Harlan in his first English appearance due to a dub error.
Brody (Bannai) Brody is another member. He is a master of disguise (along with his personal Ditto) and is known as "a man with a thousand faces". When Team Magma disbanded, Brody began to operate independently as "The Phantom Thief".

Team Aqua

Team Aqua (Akua-Dan) is an evil organization recurring within the Pokémon: Advance generation series, led by the evil Archie. Seemingly the goal of Team Aqua is to release the beast of the sea, Kyogre onto the world, flooding it with ocean as it did millions of years ago. The Pokémon they used were water-type, usually Crawdaunt and Walrein. The goals and ambitions are the same as their counteracting rivals Team Magma, however the two teams despise each other. The two teams have been reported to be no more.

Name Description
Archie (Aogiri) Archie was the head of Team Aqua.
Shelly (Izumi) Archie's second-in-command. She had a Carvanha by her side at one time. Was known as Isabel in her first English appearance, due to a dub error.

Team Galactic

Team Galactic (Ginga-Dan) is an evil organization recurring within the Diamond & Pearl series; their plot is to rule the galaxy and capture the legendary Pokémon in Sinnoh.

Name Description
Saturn A male Commander for Team Galactic, he makes a cameo appearance in the episode "A Secret Sphere of Influence", along with two Galactic grunts. He, along with the two grunts, commented that Jessie and James did a lousy job at stealing the Adamant Orb for them. In one episode, he had a Bronzor and Toxicroak by his side, using it to search through old ruins with the same two grunts and battling.
Boss Cyrus The boss of Team Galactic. Although he was never shown in the anime or the name "Boss Cyrus" or "Cyrus" used, Saturn said "Boss; meaning "Boss Cyrus", people with the games Pokemon Diamond or Pokemon Pearl would easily know that "boss" meant "Boss Cyrus".
Mars
 A female commander for team Galactic,she makes a appearance in DP096, along with a few Galactic
Grunts,joining Saturn and Jupitar on the steal of the orbs. She got a Bronzor and Purugly on her side, using it for battling in the Celestic Town Museum.
Another female commander, Jupitar appears in the same episode as Mars but she has a Stunktank on her team

Other

Name Description
Hunter J An evil Pokémon hunter who captures and sells Pokémon for money. She uses a Drapion, an Ariados, and a Salamence. In one episode, she and the other Pokémon hunters try to steal four ancient Shieldon, but fails because of Ash, his old rival Gary Oak, and his other friends' safety.

Recurring characters

Name Description
Professor Samuel Oak (Yukinari Okido-hakase) A Pokémon researcher. He is often considered the leading Pokémon expert, often giving lectures to Pokémon academies and hosting a radio show in Goldenrod City. It is also stated that he reads Pokémon poetry on his TV show. Alongside his research, he is also authorized by the Pokémon League to give new trainers one of the three Kanto starter Pokémon: Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. It was a special condition in which Ash obtained Pikachu from Professor Oak. He also was Celebi's rescuer, and became a friend of Ash, in Pokémon: 4 Ever, after being pulled from the past with Celebi (Oak was a kid at the time, and Ash never found out that it was him).
Professor Felina Ivy (Dr. Uchikido) A Pokémon researcher. Professor Ivy is first heard of in the second season of the Pokémon anime. Just after Ash Ketchum has competed in the Pokémon League, Professor Oak asks him to travel to the Orange Archipelago region and retrieve a strange Pokéball from local Pokémon expert Professor Ivy. Ash and his friends Misty and Brock make their way to Valencia Island and meet the Professor and her triplet assistants.
Professor Elm (Utsugi-hakase) A Pokémon researcher and was one of Professor Oak's students. He is authorized by the Pokémon League to give new trainers one of the three Johto starter Pokémon: Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile. Professor Elm often gets so caught up in his work he forgets to do many things. He also tends to run his mouth off when talking about his work.
Professor Birch (Odamaki-hakase) A Pokémon researcher, known for his field work. He is authorized by the Pokémon League to give new trainers one of the three Hoenn starter Pokémon: Treecko, Torchic, and Mudkip.
Professor Rowan (Nanakamado-hakase) A Pokémon researcher. He worked along with Prof. Oak teaching Prof. Elm, and often has to remind Oak to stop making poetry. He is authorized by the Pokémon League to give new trainers one of the three Sinnoh starter Pokémon: Turtwig, Chimchar, and Piplup.
Paul (Shinji) Ash's new rival in Diamond & Pearl. He is a considerably strong trainer who has traveled through Kanto, Johto, and Hoenn and is quite arrogant and unfriendly. He respects only trainers he considers stronger than himself and has little tolerance for capturing and raising Pokémon he deems weak.He is selfish and insensitive though he is not classified evil.Just a nasty trainer so he might be described as an anti-hero.
Officer Jenny (Junsā): A family of police officers (all of whom are named Jenny) Like the various Nurse Joys, it is difficult to tell one Officer Jenny from another. Also like the Joys, Brock has no difficulty telling them apart. By freeze-framing scenes in the anime with the various Officer Jennys, one will notice that each Jenny in a different town/city has a different gold badge on her hat. Exceptions to this occur in areas with very warm or cold climates, such as the Orange Islands. The Japanese name, junsā, means "police officer". Most Officer Jenny's own a Growlithe. Though they've been seen with other Pokémon such as Wobbuffet or Spinarak.
Nurse Joy (Jōi) A family of Pokémon nurses (all of which are named Joy, like Jenny.) Because of their identical appearance, it is often difficult to tell one Nurse Joy from another, (with the exception of one tanned, muscular Joy in the Orange Islands) except those that live in areas that require unique outfits, such as very warm or cold climates. Brock, however, has no difficulty telling them apart. This is most likely a homage to the games which used the same nurse sprite for each Pokémon Center the player visited. In Pokémon Red and Blue, the nurse sprite is a generic long-haired woman, but later games after that feature a sprite that looks very similar to Nurse Joy. There is one Joy who is not only a nurse, but also an agent of the Pokémon Inspection Agency (responsible for certifying Gyms); she appears in an episode of Pokémon Chronicles and in Episode 042: Showdown! Pokémon Gym!. Also there is a Joy who is a doctor who wears glasses. They also act as Judges at Pokémon Contests and at the Grand Festival. The Japanese name, jōi, is from joi which means "female doctor". Nurse Joy are usually the owners of Chansey and Blissey.
Gary Oak (Shigeru) Longtime rival with one of the series main heroes, Ash Ketchum. Stubborn, brash, and certainly anything but humble, Gary's goal and ambition was to be number one at whatever he set his goal on. However, due to his brash and arrogant attitude, Gary Oak would often be met with failure in such big tournaments such as the Indigo Pokémon League, and The Johto Silver Conference. After losing to said rival Ash Ketchum, Gary Oak decided to pursue an active career in the footsteps of his grandfather, a Pokémon Professor. In Pokémon Chronicles, Gary revived an Aerodactyl. Later, in the last episode of Pokémon Battle Frontier, he challenged Ash to a battle with his new Pokémon.
Drew () One of May's rivals. He initially belittles May, though compliments her Pokémon, and comes across as arrogant and confidant. Drew is a skilled coordinator, notably possessing a Roserade and a Masquerain as his contest Pokémon. He eventually comes to respect May as a worthy rival and eventually invites to her join him and travel to the contests in the Johto region.
Harley Another of May's rivals, who dresses to resemble a Cacturne. Unlike Drew, Harley is quick to take offence and is exceedingly arrogant (a flaw that ends up causing him to slip up when he is ahead thus the cause of his undoing); he is also seen as somewhat creepy by a combination of his stuck up attitude and weird mannerisms. However, instead of openly voicing his offence, he resorts to cruel trickery and underhanded tactics in order to sabotage May as revenge for what he sees as insults on her part under a guise of friendliness and kindness. While May usually falls for his plots because of her forgiving nature each time he tells her he has reformed, her luck and determination to beat him allow her to pull through. Harley is also very quick to hold a grudge as his rivalry with May was apparently caused by May's sarcastic compliments towards his cookies.
Delia Ketchum (Hanako) Mother to one of the heroes of said series. Delia Ketchum seems to more often than not play an active role in teaming with Professor Oak to make sure that problems are resolved. Delia is a kind gentle woman, however she often scolds Ash for his reckless behavior when he often puts himself in dangerous situations. Delia herself has a Pokémon/house keeper in the form of Mr. Mime. One of the running gags of the series (in the early episodes of the English dub only) involves Delia reminding Ash to change his undergarments every time they speak.
Johanna (Ayako) Dawn's mother, who was once a top coordinator but then decided to start a family. She is also based on the protagonist's mother in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, who actually appears in the game's Pokémon Contests opposing the player's Pokémon. She owns a Glameow.
'Zoey (Nozomi) One of Dawn's rivals. She is a skilled coordinator and is friendly towards Dawn and her friends. She shows dislike to people who take part in both Contests and Gym Battles and has shown her annoyance to both Ash and Nando. One of her Pokémon is a Glameow.
[Kenny' (Pokémon)>Kenny (Kengo) Another of Dawn's rivals. He is an old childhood friend who left home on his journey soon before Dawn. Like Dawn, he chose Piplup as his starter, and has evolved it into Prinplup.
'Nando (Naoshi) One of Dawn's rivals. Nando chooses to take part in both Contests and Gym Battles. He is a bard and is usually found carrying a harp with a Mew on.
Richie (Hiroshi) After meeting in the Indigo Pokémon League tournament Ash and Richie soon became friends. With similarities glaringly obvious to Ash in appearance, Richie's humble attitude and responsible demeanor set him aside from Ash. After a close, but heated match between the two at Indigo Stadium, Ash and Richie vowed to both become Pokémon Masters. The two cross paths again, and a couple of shows even focus on Richie himself as he too journeys to keep his promise to Ash of becoming a Pokémon Master.
Todd/Snap (Tōru) Todd is a young photographer who once tried to take a picture of Pikachu, but failed due to the others mistaking his camera's extension for a gun. He then joins the group for three episodes, and rejoins them for the Articuno miniseries for Johto League Champions. He is most likely based on the character from the game Pokémon Snap, whose main character shares the same name.
Jigglypuff (Purin) A pink balloon-like Pokémon who loves to sing its lullaby. Ash and friends meet this Pokémon on the 1st season episode "The Song of Jigglypuff". They helped Jigglypuff bring back its confidence and ability to sing, but when that happened, whenever this Pokémon sang its lullaby everyone would fall asleep, which makes this Pokémon very mad. Jigglypuff took the microphone pen in Ash's bag, and used it on Pokémon and people who fell asleep while she's singing, as she drew funny scribbles on their faces. This Pokémon decided to have its own journey to find someone who will not fall asleep from her lullaby. This Pokémon had appeared in some episodes from Season 2-9, but hasn't yet been seen in Pokémon Diamond and Pearl. The only Pokémon who doesn't fall asleep from her song is Whismur and its evolutions, because of its Soundproof ability. Jigglypuff's movie appearances were quite short, it's seen on Pikachu's Vacation with Chansey riding in a balloon. In the 4th and 5th Pokémon movie openings, which were narrated by Brock, she's singing alongside a Porygon and Voltorb; it was her because she's the only Jigglypuff carrying Ash's microphone pen. She has not been seen since the episode "A PokeBlock Party" in Advanced.

Voice cast

Character Voice Actor (Japanese) Voice Actor (English)
Ash Ketchum/Satoshi Rica Matsumoto Veronica Taylor (Seasons 1-8)
Sarah Natochenny (Present)
Misty/Kasumi Mayumi Iizuka Rachael Lillis (Seasons 1-5)
Michele Knotz (Season 9 guest appearance)
Brock/Takeshi Yūji Ueda Eric Stuart (Episode 5 - Season 8)
Bill Rogers (Present)
Tracey Sketchit/Kenji Tomokazu Seki Ted Lewis (Episode 84 - Season 8)
Craig Blair (Present)
May/Haruka KAORI (Midori Kawana) Veronica Taylor (Seasons 6-8)
Michele Knotz (Season 9 only, Season 11 guest appearance)
Max/Masato Fushigi Yamada Amy Birnbaum (Seasons 6-8)
Kayzie Rogers (a/k/a Jamie Peacock; Season 9 only)
Dawn/Hikari Megumi Toyoguchi Emily Bauer (a/k/a Emily Jenness)
Pikachu Ikue Ōtani Ikue Ōtani
Rachael Lillis (Episodes 1, 9, 14, and 52)
Togepi Satomi Kōrogi Satomi Kōrogi
Professor Oak/Yukinari Okido-hakase Unshō Ishizuka Stuart Zagnit (a/k/a Stan Hart; Seasons 1-8)
Jimmy Zoppi (a/k/a Billy Beach; Present)
Delia Ketchum/Hanako Masami Toyoshima Veronica Taylor (Seasons 1-8)
Sarah Natochenny (Present)
Nurse Joy/Joi Ayako Shiraishi
Yuriko Yamaguchi
Kikuko Inoue
Megan Hollingshead (Seasons 1-6)
Bella Hudson (Seasons 7-8)
Michele Knotz (Present)
Johanna/Ayako Makoto Tsumura Sarah Natochenny
Officer Jenny/Junsa Chinami Nishimura Megan Hollingshead (Seasons 1-6)
Jamie Davyous Owens (Seasons 7-8)
Diane Stillwell and Kayzie Rogers (The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon)
Maya Rosewood (AG155)
Elisabeth Morinelli (a/k/a Emily Williams) (AG189+)
Gary Oak/Shigeru Yuko Kobayashi Jimmy Zoppi
Paul/Shinij Kiyotaka Furushima Julián Rebolledo
Zoey/Nozomi Risa Hayamizu Elisabeth Morinelli
Jessie/Musashi Megumi Hayashibara
Akiko Hiramatsu (平松 晶子) (AG 85-92)    
Rachael Lillis (Episode 2 - Season 8)
Michele Knotz (Present)
James/Kojirō Shinichirō Miki Ted Lewis (Episodes 2 - 12)
Eric Stuart (Episode 13 - Season 8)
Jimmy Zoppi (a/k/a Billy Beach; Present)
Meowth/Nyarth Inuko Inuyama Nathan Price (Episodes 2 - 31)
Maddie Blaustein (Episode 32 - Season 8)
Jimmy Zoppi (a/k/a Billy Beach; Present)
Narrator Unshō Ishizuka Rodger Parsons (a/k/a Ken Gates from Season 1 to AG20; Present)
Mike Pollock (AG21 - Season 8)
Wobbuffet/Soonansu Yūji Ueda Kayzie Rogers

Censorship

Pokémon has had several anime episodes removed from the rotation in Japan, the Western World, or the entire world. However, on September 1, 2006, China has permanently banned the series to protect China's struggling animation studios .

The most infamous of these episodes was "Dennou Senshi Porigon" (translates into "Electric Soldier 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. Porygon2 and PorygonZ have never been seen.

DVD Releases

The following list shows all the releases of Pokemon anime. In Region 1, the seasons are released on volumes, just Season 2 has been released in a complete boxset. A 10th Anniversary Pokémon boxed set with thirty episodes from the series was released featuring ten distinct Pokémon, each Pokémon had three episodes focusing on it; this boxset was an amalgamation of ten previously released Pokémon DVDs. Many episodes have also been released on single discs with around 5 episodes per disc.

Network - the company responsible for releasing The Rise of Darkrai in the UK in September 2008 - says that they will also "release all TV seasons of the Japanese animation starting with the first season, Pokémon, Volume One and the most recent 10th season Pokémon Diamond and Pearl"! For Region 2, meanwhile in Region 4, the seasons have been released since 2006 in complete season boxsets, and some in volumes.

Season # of Episodes Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 79 November 21, 2006 (Volume 1)
November 13, 2007 (Volume 2)
February 12, 2008 (Volume 3)
TBA May 10, 2006 (Complete Season 1)
2 36 November 12, 2002 (Volume 1)
September 23, 2003 (Volume 2)
November 18, 2003 (Volume 3)

May 20, 2008 (Complete Season 2)
TBA May 10, 2006 (Complete Season 2)
3 41 March 27, 2001 (Volume 1)
March 27, 2001 (Volume 2)
May 29, 2001 (Volume 3)
May 29, 2001 (Volume 4)
July 31, 2001 (Volume 5)
July 31, 2001 (Volume 6)
September 25, 2001 (Volume 7)
September 25, 2001 (Volume 8)
November 27, 2001 (Volume 9)
November 27, 2001 (Volume 10)
January 29, 2002 (Volume 11)
January 29, 2002 (Volume 12)
March 26, 2002 (Volume 13)
TBA June 5, 2007 (Complete Season 3)
4 52 December 10, 2002 (Volume 1)
March 11, 2003 (Volume 2)
June 24, 2003 (Volume 3)
August 26, 2003 (Volume 4)
October 28, 2003 (Volume 5)
December 2, 2003 (Volume 6)
February 10, 2004 (Volume 7)
TBA June 5, 2007 (Complete Season 4)
5 64 October 26, 2004 (Volume 1)
February 22, 2005 (Volume 2)
TBA October 11, 2007 (Complete Season 5)
6 40 October 26, 2005 (Volume 1)
August 22, 2006 (Volume 2)
TBA October 11, 2007 (Complete Season 6)
7 52 September 6, 2005 (Volume 1)
September 6, 2005 (Volume 2)
November 29, 2005 (Volume 3)
November 29, 2005 (Volume 4)
January 24, 2006 (Volume 5)
January 24, 2006 (Volume 6)
March 14, 2006 (Volume 7)
March 14, 2006 (Volume 8)
May 9, 2006 (Volume 9)
May 9, 2006 (Volume 10)
TBA October 8, 2008 (Complete Season 7)
8 54 September 19, 2006 (Volume 1)
September 19, 2006 (Volume 2)
November 7, 2006 (Volume 3)
November 7, 2006 (Volume 4)
January 9, 2007 (Volume 5)
January 9, 2007 (Volume 6)
March 6, 2007 (Volume 7)
March 6, 2007 (Volume 8)
May 1, 2007 (Volume 9)
May 1, 2007 (Volume 10)
TBA April 4, 2007 (Volumes 1 & 2)
September 12, 2007 (Volumes 3 & 4)
February 6, 2008 (Volumes 5 & 6)
April 9, 2008 (Volumes 7 & 8)
April 9, 2008 (Volumes 9 & 10) October 8, 2008 (Complete Season 8)
9 47 July 29, 2008 (Volume 1)
September 16, 2008 (Volume 2)
TBA TBA, 2009
10 52 September 16, 2008 (Volume 1)
September 16, 2008 (Volume 2)

September 16, 2008 (Box Set 1)
TBA TBA, 2009

Important Note: Season 3: The Johto Journeys is currently out of print in Region 1, what makes it difficult to buy. The rest of the seasons are on print.

Note: Pokemon Battle Frontier Volume 1 was released exclusively beginning on June 24 to WalMart Stores.

Note: Boxsets in Region 4 include all the episodes of the spin-off Pokémon Chronicles.

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