Pokémon Week Day 2: Anime: Pokémon

Pokémon (ポケモン), abbreviated from the Japanese title “Pocket Monsters” (ポケットモンスター), is a Japanese anime television series, which 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.

As for the plot, the anime follows 10-year-old Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in Japan), who has wanted all his life to become a Pokémon Master. As he goes to start his journey in the world of Pokémon, he sleeps in too late the day he is to receive his first Pokémon from Professor Oak, and by the time he arrives to the local Pokémon researcher lab, he has already given away the three Pokémon (Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle) 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. It is only after Ash protects Pikachu from a group of angry Spearow 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. You can see it in the series first episode below!

Along the way, Ash meets up with many other friends, both human and Pokémon, as he works his way through the ranks of the world’s many Pokémon Leagues. Through the Kanto Region, Ash befriends Water Pokémon trainer and erstwhile Cerulean City Gym Leader Misty (Kasumi) and Pewter City Gym Leader and Pokémon Breeder Brock (Takeshi), all while thwarting the plans of the Team Rocket trio of Jessie, James, and Meowth, who want to steal Ash’s Pikachu and any other rare Pokémon they come across, following Ash all over the world.

Below is a brief view of the series flow.

As for the movies, with the one to be released in Japan this week’s Saturday, there are a total of 17 titles, as it follows.

Movie # Japanese title English title Released Featured Pokémon
1 Mewtwo Strikes Back
(ミュウツーの逆襲 Myūtsū no Gyakushū)
Mewtwo Strikes Back July 18,
1998
Mewtwo,
Mew
2 Revelation Lugia
(幻のポケモン ルギア爆誕 Maboroshi no Pokemon Rugia Bakutan,
Mirage Pokémon: Lugia’s Explosive Birth)
The Power of One July 17,
1999
Articuno,
Zapdos,
Moltres,
Lugia
3 Lord of the ‘UNKNOWN’ Tower: Entei
(結晶塔の帝王 ENTEI Kesshōtō no Teiō ENTEI,
Emperor of The Crystal Tower: ENTEI)
Spell of the Unown July 8,
2000
Entei,
Unown
4 Celebi: A Timeless Encounter
(セレビィ 時を超えた遭遇(であい) Serebyi Toki o Koeta Deai,
Celebi: The Meeting that Traversed Time)
Celebi: Voice of the Forest July 7,
2001
Suicune,
Celebi
5 The Guardians of Altomare
(水の都の護神 ラティアスとラティオス Mizu no Miyako no Mamorigami Ratiasu to Ratiosu,
Guardian Gods of the Capital of Water: Latias and Latios)
Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias July 13,
2002
Latias,
Latios
6 Wishing Star of the Seven Nights
(七夜の願い星 ジラーチ Nanayo no Negaiboshi Jirāchi,
Wishing Star of the Seven Nights: Jirachi)
Jirachi Wish Maker July 19,
2003
Groudon,
Jirachi
7 Deoxys The Visitor
(裂空の訪問者 デオキシス Rekkū no Hōmonsha Deokishisu,
Visitor from the Sky-Splitting: Deoxys)
Destiny Deoxys July 17,
2004
Rayquaza,
Deoxys
8 Mew and the Wave Hero
(ミュウと波導(はどう)の勇者 ルカリオ Myū to Hadō no Yūsha Rukario,
Mew and the Aura Hero: Lucario)
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew July 16,
2005
Mew,
Regirock,
Regice,
Registeel,
Lucario
9 The Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea
(ポケモンレンジャーと蒼海(うみ)の王子 マナフィPokemon Renjā to Umi no Ōji Manafi,
The Pokémon Ranger and the Prince of the Sea: Manaphy)
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea July 15,
2006
Kyogre,
Manaphy
10 Dialga VS Palkia VS Darkrai
(ディアルガVSパルキアVSダークライ Diaruga Tai Parukia Tai Dākurai)
The Rise of Darkrai July 14,
2007
Dialga,
Palkia,
Darkrai
11 Giratina and the Bouquet of the Frozen Sky: Shaymin
(ギラティナと氷空(そら)の花束 シェイミ Giratina to Sora no Hanataba Sheimi)
Giratina and the Sky Warrior July 19,
2008
Regigigas,
Giratina,
Shaymin,
Dialga
12 Arceus: To Conquering Space-Time
(アルセウス 超克の時空へ Aruseusu Chōkoku no Jikū e)
Arceus and the Jewel of Life July 18,
2009
Heatran,
Dialga,
Palkia,
Giratina,
Arceus
13 Phantom Ruler: Zoroark
(幻影の覇者 ゾロアーク Gen’ei no Hasha Zoroāku)
Zoroark: Master of Illusions July 10,
2010
Raikou,
Entei,
Suicune,
Celebi,
Zorua,
Zoroark
14 Victini and the Black Hero: Zekrom
(ビクティニと黒き英雄ゼクロム Bikutini to Kuroki Eiyū Zekuromu)
White: Victini and Zekrom July 16,
2011
Victini,
Zekrom,
Reshiram
Victini and the White Hero: Reshiram
(ビクティニと白き英雄 レシラム Bikutini to Shiroki Eiyū Reshiramu)
Black: Victini and Reshiram July 16,
2011
Victini,
Reshiram,
Zekrom
15 Kyurem vs. the Sacred Swordsman: Keldeo
(キュレムVS聖剣士 ケルディオ Kyuremu tai Seikenshi Kerudio)
Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice July 14,
2012
Kyurem,
Cobalion,
Terrakion,
Virizion,
Keldeo
16 ExtremeSpeed Genesect: Mewtwo Awakens
(神速のゲノセクト ミュウツー覚醒 Shinsoku no Genosekuto: Myūtsū Kakusei)
Genesect and the Legend Awakened July 13,
2013
Mewtwo,
Genesect
17 Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction
(破壊の繭とディアンシー Hakai no Mayu to Dianshī)
July 19,
2014
Xerneas,
Yveltal,
Diancie

As you can see (and most certainly already knew), Pokémon is a series with a really long history! As well as a long list of, well, Pokémon! There are presently 719 different Pokémon! I’ll seriously think about uploading a list of them all in a future post! Stay tuned!

But well, for now, enjoy trailers of some of the Pokémon movies!

Tomorrow I’ll be bringing more Pokémon content! Stay tuned!! ^O^


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