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Pokémon is the story of a young boy named Ash Ketchum. Finally having reached the age of 10, he receives his first Pokémon from Professor Oak and sets out on his Pokémon Journey. Along for the ride are his various friends: Misty, Brock, Tracey, May, Max, Dawn, Iris, and Cilan. Together, they journey through the Kanto, Orange, Johto, Hoenn, Battle Frontier, Sinnoh and Unova Leagues. Ash takes every opportunity to capture a Pokémon, Misty trains Pokémon of the Water type while Brock prefers Rock types. Tracey travels around sketching Pokémon. May started her journey for the sights and not the Pokémon but then decided to enter Pokémon Contests. Although Max has no Pokémon, he helps the group out with his handy PokéNav skills so as not to get lost but they still do from time to time. Dawn travels around to compete in contests like her mother did years ago. Iris, although with no long term dream of her own, is out on a Pokémon journey with her trusty Axew in order to raise it well. Cilan has joined Ash in order to see the Unova region, its trainers, and enhance his abilities as a Pokémon Connoisseur.

Story Arcs:

Kanto arc (Season 1): Ash begins his journey to become a pokémon master. He starts his journey with his at first reluctant Pikachu, but the two quickly become friends. As his journey starts he is joined by Cerulean City and Pewter City gym leaders Misty and Brock. Together they travel throughout the Kanto region so that Ash can collect gym badges so that he can compete in the Pokémon League, while fending off the attacks of the villainous Team Rocket.

Orange Islands arc (Season 2): After losing in the Pokémon league, Ash, Misty, and Brock head to the Orange Islands to retrieve the mysterious GS Ball. After obtaining it, Brock decides to stay and work with Professor Ivy to help him with his dream. As Ash decides to compete in the Orange League, they are joined by Pokémon Watcher Tracey. Together they set out on Ash's new Lapras' back and travel around the tropical islands, while still fending off Team Rocket.

Johto arc (Season 3/The Johto Journeys, Season 4/Johto League Champions, Season 5/Master Quest): After delivering the GS Ball to Professor Oak, he can't figure out the secrets of the ball. He sends Ash off to Azalea Town in Johto in order to deliver the ball to the pokéball expert Kurt. Reunited with Brock, the trio once again heads off for adventure in a new land so that Ash can compete in the Johto League, and prove that he is better then his old rival Gary. Not to mention Team Rocket continues in their quest to capture Pikachu.

Hoenn arc (Season 6/Advanced, Season 7/Advanced Challenge, Season 8/Advanced Battle): After settling his rivalry with Gary and ultimately losing in the Johto League, Ash takes Harrison's advice and heads to the Hoenn region. With Misty and Brock back at their gyms, he is all alone, until he encounters an upcoming trainer named May. The two decide to travel together and eventually are joined by May's brother Max, and Brock even returns. Together the four of them traverse the Hoenn region so that Ash can compete in the Hoenn League and so that May can become a great Coordinator and compete in the Hoenn Grand Festival, and don't forget the ever persistent Team Rocket, as well as new foes Team Magma and Team Aqua.

Battle Frontier arc (Season 8/Advanced Battle, Season 9/Battle Frontier): After losing in the Hoenn League and Grand Festival, Ash and May return home. However, the two of them, as well as Max and Brock quickly reunite when Ash is told about the Battle Frontier in Kanto, and May finds out about Pokémon Contests in Kanto. The group of four continue to travel together in the Kanto region so that Ash and May can continue on in their dreams of being champions, with Team Rocket still in tow.

Sinnoh arc (Season 10/Diamond and Pearl, Season 11/DP: Battle Dimension, Season 12/DP: Galactic Battles, Season 13/DP: Sinnoh League Victors): After losing in the Kanto Grand Festival, May heads off to Johto to compete in more contests while Max returns home to Petalburg City. After witnessing the awesome power of Gary's newest Pokémon, Ash heads off to the Sinnoh region to once again find adventure. He soon reunites with Brock and they join up with Dawn, a pokémon coordinator just beginning her journey to become a contest champion like her mother. Together the trio travels through the Sinnoh region so Ash can compete in the Sinnoh League, and Dawn in the Sinnoh Grand Festival, as well as fighting off the evil Team Rocket, Team Galactic, and Pokémon Hunter J.

Unova arc (Season 14/Black and White, Season 15/BW: Rival Destinies, Season 16/Adventures in Unova): After becoming the runner-up of the Sinnoh Grand Festival and after discovering his dream to become a Pokémon Doctor, Dawn and Brock head off on their own to achieve their goals. Meanwhile, after placing in the Top 4 of the Sinnoh League, Ash heads to the Unova region to collect more badges and compete in the Unova League. He is soon joined by Iris, a young girl wanting to be a Dragon Master, and Cilan, a Pokémon Connoisseur. Together they journey throughout the Unova region while also thwarting off the efforts of Team Rocket and a secret organization.

Decolore Islands arc (Season 16/Adventures in Unova and Beyond): Following the conclusion of the Unova League and stopping Team Plasma's mission to control Unova, Ash decides to head home to Kanto. Iris and Cilan want to join him as well and together the three decide to take a detour to Kanto and travel through the Decolore Islands.


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  • Pokemon Review

    Pokemon is a great series overall, but has had some ups and downs in its time.

    Kanto was a great starting point, and Ash was made to relate to other young Pokemon fans of the time. This was fine, but if you already knew a lot about Pokemon, there was nothing really there for you - and as we all know, the start is what really hooks viewers. Then we got introduced to other characters with a range if personalities, like Brock, Misty and Team Rocket. As Johto and Hoenn passed, though, I think the writers ran out of ideas for Ash and co and thought of a new star; Dawn. Of course, Ash was still important, but Diamond and Pearl altogether seemed to be centered around Dawn.

    Next, there was Black and White. This series seemed like it tried to revamp the show, but failed miserably. It just changed our favourite characters like Ash and Team Rocket into completely different characters. Oh, and Iris.


    And Cilan.


    X and Y really hooked me again. It made it seem like Unova never happened. It has a balanced focus on all the characters, as well as bringing in more side-characters than ever.

    Let's count: Shauna, Trevor, Tierno, Diantha, Professor Sycamore, Ninja Sanpei, Meyer and that girl with the fennekin who isn't serena and has pink hair I think.moreless
  • X and Y is the best series yet!!!!

    Okay where do i start....

    I always loved pokemon, hell it was my whole world when i was a kid.... Kanto, Jhoto, and Hoen were really good.. Ash's character was improving as his experience increased and things were finally looking up for him.. Then came Diamond and Peral... In some ways this series was good.. Introducing a girl which had a co-star status in the anime was a bold move by the writters... Also Ash improved immensely but lost in the semi-finals... this would have been acceptable if the opponents pokemon werent sooped up legionaries... It just reminded everyone what a looser Ash was....

    Then came Black and White.... There is only one word for it and that is "shit".... Somehow magically Ash lost all of his experience and was converted into a version of his Kanto self ... stupid, implusive, and non experienced.... His travelling companions sucked with the girl being a rehash of misty and the male being a "i-know-how to-do -a-variety-of-things-but-aint-a-master-of-any" person with stupid food puns.... Worst of all was the league where he digresses to top 8 again against a boy who didnt even know how many pokemon are in a full team!!! I vowed to never watch pokemon again!!!

    Finally comes X and Y..... It seems that the writers have realizied the mess they made out of BW and wanted to fix it... They decided to roll out the big guns... Ash is back with the sharpest animation yet... Battles are MINDBLOWING without stock animation and colored backgrounds... The pace is good with each character getting focus... And the girl knows Ash from way back pre series... And the cherry on the top is that she has a crush on him that the writers are pushing heavily.... This group of 4 feels like a family now and given the team the writers have in store for Ash i can say that Ash has a solid chance of winning the league this time... Overall its very refreshing seeing the anime take a step in the right direction...

    I highly recommend it to all the the pokemon lovers out there... Make sure to watch the english subs as the dub removes all the good soundtracks!!!

  • Since the pokemon creater Satoshi everything fall apart

    the pokemon have become worse and worse, less action, less feelings, its not the same, i could probably do a much better exciting story line than that, you guys are ruining what satoshi started shame on you all!

    the heart beating action, is gone, try to look at the start of seasons and the last ones, see the difference there is a huge one, i could do it 1000 times better!

    seriously stop ruin hes show just cuz he is dead, he gave us a huge enjoyment in our lifes, and u guys are killing it right nowmoreless
  • My view of the series

    My first encounter with Pokemon anime was at Diamond and Pearl, Back than I enjoyed the series and liked the characters and I was quite pleased with got in to Pokemon about a year ago,so I didn't watch it on TV) So after that I watched DP I began watching BW, I loved that saga as well especially Team Rocket. So then X and Y came out. I was really Hyped about X and Y because I was stunned by the my standards back then, i only watched PKMN, lol). But then I started watching other anime (Like DBZ for example) And I realised how much Pokemon lacked. Some examples:

    When you watch an episode, big chances they aren't really doing anything.

    The episodes aren't that have 3 types of episodes: Solve-a-problem-of-the-day-episode, a Battle, or a contest/some random other pkmn competition, were 90% of the episodes are the first category)

    The characters aren't that smart,you might say that's because they are kids, but Clemont is on the level of a University student :] Oh and team rocket should be a lot smarter as well (Black and White!)

    The episodes overall are just boring, I don't know why you shouldn't skip them unless they aren't important to the story(In other words,Filler)

    Oh and it's really repetitve.

    The animation is still pretty good and the battles....... AMAZING, really they are. And the Music is awesome as well.

    I Don't know if I should ask this much from a kids show but still, the majority of the Pokemon fans are people above 13 years old, so maybe they should split it, but I'm going a little of topic now.

    Conclusion: Pokemon XY isn't great if you like fast paced and action packed tv shows because Pokemon is far from that, The battles, animation and music are great and so are the characters, but In my opinion, It's a little too Childish.moreless
  • Pokemon: Black & White Sucked

    Honestly up to the end of Diamond & Pearl i was hooked on the series but after that i just started getting sick of the same of story, ash travels to a new place, earns 8 badges then off to a league he once again loses just so they can keep the story going. Black & White i found really boring and not just because of the same old story, Ash started acting real childish, Cilan was real annoying, I haven't got much problems with Iris but i'm sure someone else does. Honestly i kinda liked the new Team Rocket, they had a reason to stay and there new serious style got me real excited but when they went back to there original dorky selves i just got sick of them and there no real reason for even being on the show anymore, not to mention there new voice actors (Mostly James) drove me nuts. Truthfully Black & White is the Worst Pokemon series to date but XY been okay as of now but i hope it gets more exciting instead of the same of song & dance.moreless

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