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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 (911)

  • You're Now the League Champion

    I shall review the pokemon anime based on the five Japanese seasons, the Original series, Advanced series, Diamond and Pearl series, Best Wishes and XY.

    The original series is probably my least favorite. The second season was all filler, Tracy was a mediocre character and Brock didn't resonate with me. Misty, Ash, Gary and Team Rocket were amazing. This series is a unique spin on the games, and although not the best part of the anime, it is still great for little children. Rating- 7.9

    Advanced Series was pretty good too. May and Max make a nice duo, Brock gains some personality, New rivals are introduced and Team Rocket is still Team Rocket. Contests are introduced and a new style for the art direction is used. It's an improvement on the original series, but May and Max share the spotlight, Brock has much to be restored and it feels like the original series enhanced.

    Rating- 8.2

    Diamond and Pearl were amazing. Contests are expanded upon, Dawn is a wonderful addition, and while Ash and Dawn are in the spotlight, Brock developed even more, and ... Team Galactic is just amazing and the best in the franchise so far. Dawn's arch is just amazing, and Ash still has the spotlight.

    Rating- 8.9

    Best Wishes is like a weird version of Diamond and Pearl with no contests and not as great characters. Cilan is like Brock and Iris doesn't have her own spotlight. Ash's personality sucks, and I would've loved to seen more of N. Team Plasma was okay, along with Trip, but not a lot is done to change the flow of the story. Decolore Islands was okay, but it was a big filler arch.

    Rating- 8.1

    ... Ash's character improved a bit, Clemont is a unique take on a stereotype, and Bonnie made the whole gang work as a group. Serena at first was absolutely terrible, but after episode 60, she greatla improved very quickly. I cannot wait to see what she has in store as a character. I didn't really like the pace of the first season, but the second season improved it. I want to see more of Team Flare, develop Scottie and Serena's characters and keep the amourshipping hype train going.

    Rating- 9.2

    Overall rating- 8.5moreless
  • Gotta Catche'm all

    Pokemon is an OK show its not amazing but its not terrible. It was really GOOD from Indigo league to Advance Battles. It started to decline in quality in late Diamond and peril and Ash lost his personality he was literally a robot who just battled all the time )I know it's based off a fighting game but still there has to be mare layers to the main character than that. It got Horrible in Black and White. Team Rocket got serious , his friend Iris was an useless annoying nag, and I could not stand Sylins voice. The writers probably even hated Black and White or at least relised what they were doing wasn't working because they made team Rocket change back and they fixed all their mistakes. X and Y is just OK I don't like that Team Rocket is less wacky and funny and the art work do,s look as pretty as The Sinnoh season and Hoenn Season now it looks almost ugly that might be because they don't paint them any moremoreless
  • Oh yeah, my favorite anime besides Initial D.

    Great character design, good humor and overall awesome! My favorite Pokmon is Lucario. Thumbs up if you like him as well!
  • I am obsessed with pokemon :)

    I love to watch pokemon but i was disappointed to see ash in black and white as he was behaving so novice and before that he just defeated the legendary pokemons latios and darkrai, i couldn't bear to see him loose to a beginner like trip.
  • pokemon x y the best

    I like pokemon xy amongst all just wanted ash to remember and tell others that he also had a and bulbasaur and laparas when he come across these pokemon in it seemed he forgot abt also would like if ash wins kalos Serena tells ash about her feelings and asg gets mega charlizard....

    I hope the writers don't disappoint this time.... .plz...

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