Pokémon is a Japanese children’s anime television series. It has been adapted for the international television markets. It is based on the Pokémon video game series and is a part of the franchise.
The Pokémon anime is split up into five chronologically sequential series in Japan, split up by the version of the video game series the anime takes inspiration from: the original series, the Advanced Generation series, the Diamond & Pearl series, the Best Wishes! series, and currently the XY series which began in October 2013. In the international broadcasts, these five series are split into 17 separate seasons. These anime series are accompanied by spin-off programming, consisting of Pokémon Chronicles, a series of side stories featuring characters in the anime that are not its current cast of main characters, and the live action variety and Pokémon-related news shows of Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station, Pokémon Sunday, Pokémon Smash!, and Pokémon Get TV, premiering in late 2013.
After he turns ten years old, Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in Japan), who has wanted all his life to become a Pokémon Master, is allowed to start his journey in the world of Pokémon. However, when he sleeps in too late the day he is to receive his first Pokémon, Professor Oak, the local Pokémon researcher, has already given away the three Pokémon he has been entrusted with to give to new Pokémon Trainers, but he does have one more Pokémon that he gives to Ash: a Pikachu. Determined to make it on his journey anyway, Ash does his best to befriend Pikachu, but Pikachu does not trust him and will not even return to his PokéBall, even attacking Ash with its unique electric powers. It is only after Ash protects Pikachu from a group of angry Pokémon that Pikachu realizes how much Ash cares for him, leading him to save Ash. Afterward, they both see a mysterious unidentifiable Pokémon that spurs both of them to work towards Ash’s goal.
Pokémon 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. 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 rarely been seen in future episodes, with appearances limited to 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 only appeared in a brief part of the opening sequence of Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice. Several other episodes have been removed from broadcast in Japan due to contemporary disasters that resemble events in the program; the 2004 Chūetsu earthquake, the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, and the 2014 Sinking of the MV Sewol all have caused cancellations or indefinite postponements of episode broadcasts. In the United States, the September 11 attacks in 2001 as well as 2005’s Hurricane Katrina led to the temporary removal of two episodes from syndication.
Ash Ketchum , He is the nomadic protagonist of the Pokémon anime.
Misty Ash’s first traveling friend, Misty is a 10-year-old Pokémon trainer who journeys with him throughout the first five seasons
Brock Brock is a 15-year-old Pokémon Breeder and the former Pewter Gym leader
Tracey Sketchit One of Ash’s traveling friends through Season 2, set in the Orange Islands.
May is the 10-year-old daughter of the Petalburg City Gym Leader, Norman, and sister of Max.
Max is a 7-year-old male character of the Pokémon anime series, featured in the main series between the sixth and ninth seasons
Dawn is a 10-year-old Pokémon Coordinator that travels with Ash and Brock and replaces May during Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl.
Iris Hailing from a village where there are many Dragon-type Pokémon, Iris is a wild girl who swings from vines and likes to eat berries
Cilan is an A-Class Pokémon Connoisseur who has the ability to determine the compatibility between Pokémon and their trainers
Clemont is a Pokémon trainer from Lumiose City and one of Ash’s traveling companions in the Kalos region.
Bonnie is a Pokémon trainer-to-be and one of Ash’s traveling companions in the Kalos region.
Serena is a Pokémon trainer and one of Ash’s traveling companions in the Kalos region.
On September 1, 2006, China banned the series from prime time broadcasting, as it did Western animated series such as The Simpsons, to protect its struggling animation studios. The ban was later extended by one hour.
In Japan, Pocket Monsters has been broadcast under its original title and under four 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 but the title never changes). The current series being broadcast is Pokémon: XY. 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 international season airing is Pokémon the Series: XY.
Beginning with the Galactic Battles season, the anime began broadcasting in high definition widescreen.