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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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    Fan Reviews (918)

    • Everyone's reccommended

      Everyone must like this show better than Sonic X

      is gud... but due to its repeating concept over the 5 is getting boring until xyz came... xyz is intresting to watch and there is a story in the background of ash.... so gud luck
    • Not bad. But It is overstayed. Needs to end.

      Pokemon Anime is not only great and awesome but also my childhood. It makes me play pokemon video games, card games. It also makes me Pokemon Fanboy.

      In the concerate, It loosley based on Pokemon Games, but story line and most of game characters heavily based on Pokemon Games, especially newer Pokemon Seasons. Most of Pokemons' description follows their appearance and game's setting up. Anime's story line is dramatic and exciting. I think it is the best of game based anime and cartoon.

      But It is getting worse. And it is too overstayed. It has too many episodes. It's Over 9 hundered!!! Also 400+ episodes are useless episodes! For example, Ash usually attempts festivals or contests, which are useless and not related with aiming to Pokemon Master.

      I've watched 100+ episodes which are Ash and his friends get lost or be in trouble They find a pokemon or a trainer. / Ash and his friends try to find way or try to solve problem with first seen pokemon or trainer. / Team Rocket appear. / Thunderbolt!! / Team Rocket fly into the sky. / Ash and his friends spilt up with first seen pokemon or trainer and ash says "See you again!" but they will not meet again. I'm boring when I watch this. Yes, most of plots are same or similar.

      Pokemon Anime aired since 1997. Now it is 2016. If you watched pokemon since 10 years old, you are 29 years old now! But Ash still 10 years old boy! What the heck is this? It means Original season is 19 years ago anime, and Advance Generation is 13 years ago anime, and Diamond and Pearl is 10 years ago anime! Even XY started in 3 years ago!

      You may think Pokemon AG ~ XY are so bad, but I think they are not bad. Actually I don't want to watch Ash's Adventure anymore. I just want to watch new cartoon series about Pokemon or another nintendo related games series, like New super mario super show.

      This year is Pokemon 20th anniversary. I'm so happy about that. I want to see 1000th pokemon. But I don't want to see Pokemon 'Anime' 20th anniversary, 1000th Episode or Ash spilts up with Serena, Clemont and Bonnie / returns to Kanto / releases his pokemons in Oak's Lab / Goes to another region / STARTS HIS ANOTHER JOURNEY!!!

      I'm sorry to give poor score. It is not bad. But It is too overstayed and needs to end.moreless
    • The Pokmon special Manga should had been the anime.

      The Pokmon anime have some good moments but it was mediocre since Gen 1 . Pokmon adventures changes the protagonists each Gen, fully evolve teams, Characters actually age, better plots, and bad guys.
    • The Original series Pokemon Anime was the best. The show started to go done hill around the AG/DP era

      The original series trio Ash, Misty and Brock were the only three best characters on the show. May/Max and Dawn were the worst characters to ever be added to the show.

      AG series was total garbage and it have very lame ugly 3 Gen Pokemon.

      DP series was pure trash and the 4 Gen Pokemon didn't look any better either, plus characters like Paul and Hunter J has ruin the anime.

      BW series did improve the anime a whole lot more better with interesting characters and new Pokemon, iris/Cilan were really great main characters and the Rival Trip was really badass.

      XY series is doing good so far, Serena, Clemont and Bonnie are really great characters and the new Pokemon are really great.moreless

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    Pre-Teens, foreign worlds, cartoon violence, ensemble cast, hostile monsters