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Show Summary

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.


Fan Reviews (916)

  • 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
  • Too many new characters and loosing sight of the main goal(s). Started off really good, but is terrible now.

    I was 7 when Pokemon first came out. Most of the hinting that Misty liked Ash or that Brock liked other girls flew over my peers' heads at that point. Re-watching, it's clear to see that the show was originally meant for a broader audience than it is now. As a teen or young adult, you could watch the first 4 or even 5 seasons with kids and enjoy the laughs on multiple levels. Now, Pokemon's audience seems to be for babies or 5 and 6 year olds who don't even understand the backstory of Ash or Pikachu. That kind of writing should cause for the Anime to end entirely. The writers ruined Pokemon, starting with getting rid of Misty. Misty will never be a water Pokemon master by being cooped up in a gym, and most gym leaders leave the gyms and travel. Why doesn't Misty travel and attend more leagues, just like Ash does? Ash and Misty have similar goals, and if Ash just has Misty take all his water Pokemon, he could focus on the other types of Pokemon and the both of them could become masters quicker. It made no sense to write Misty off especially because she was treated the worst with little to no conclusion at all. The writers should have ended Ash as the main character after the Johto League and started focusing on other characters' stories such as May and Dawn without Ash. Ash being perpetually 10 and being held back by traveling with new trainers all the time makes no sense. The ratings for the show are going down and quickly. My advice to the writers is to terminate Ash as the main character as soon as possible before the anime tanks completely. Yes, bringing a love interest is what the fans want, but it's too late for that and should have continued with Misty. Now with X and Y, you are making the old fans resent Pokemon. Why keep making new Pokemon? Why not stick with the Pokemon already established and build off of that like when Ash brought back Charazard (however, that made it necessary for Ash to have flashbacks, and we can do that with every Pokemon, can we?)? Ash has little to no chance of ever becoming a Pokemon Master now with all these new Pokemon every single episode. Yes, people might like X and Y because Ash seems to be older and there seems to be a relationship there that was like his relationship with Misty, but I'm telling you, Serena is not developed and pushes for a relationship with Ash too much -- it's rushed and doesn't make sense. She is clingy and boring, and makes the show boring especially when compared to Misty or May. Misty helped Ash develop with advice and by making fun of him to push Ash to train harder or when he didn't understand things. With the newer characters, Ash is the one teaching them. Ash is the one who needs to learn the most if he wants to be a Pokemon Master; he needs to surround himself with people who help him achieve his goal. This is why Brock and Misty were the best companions for Ash. The writers have created shipping wars that will never end, and now the writers will never be able to make all or the majority of the fans happy, thus the anime needs to die ASAP. Ending the anime would not end the sales of the games. In my opinion, the newer Pokemon are ridiculous and there really needs to stop being new Pokemon introduced.moreless
  • Good Kids Show

    Pokemon is an OK show its not amazing but its not terrible. This show's amazing if you're a kid.
  • repeat

    as a viewer pokemon is in a eternal loop its kinda getting boring died out on me on BNW JUSR want an improvement from this show maybe a new main character?

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