Pokémon (ポケモン Pokemon?), abbreviated from Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター Poketto Monsutā?), is a Children's TV anime series, which has since been adapted for the North and South American, Australian and European television markets. It is based on the Pokémon video game series and a part of the Pokémon franchise.
Originally a single series, Pokémon, it has since been made into seven series, including Pokémon: Advanced Generation, subsequently Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl, Pokemon: Best Wishes, Pokémon: The Series XY, Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, and Pokémon Journeys: The Series which sequentially continue the story of Pokémon, while its spin-off Pokémon Sunday (formerly Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station) has broadcast a series of stories revolving around some of the recurring characters, Pokémon Chronicles or, as it is known in Japan, Pokémon Side Story.
- 1 Plot
- 1.1 Summary
- 1.2 Season 1-2 (original series)
- 1.3 Season 3-5 (original series)
- 1.4 Season 6-8 (Advanced Generation series)
- 1.5 Season 9 (Advanced Generation series)
- 1.6 Season 10-13 (Diamond & Pearl series)
- 1.7 Black & White (2010-2013)Edit
- 1.8 X & Y (2013-2016)Edit
- 1.9 Sun & Moon (2016-2019)Edit
- 1.10 Journeys (2019-present)Edit
- 2 Media
- 3 Airing and production
- 4 Controversy
- 5 See also
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- 8 External links
The series follows Ash Ketchum and his Pokémon Pikachu as he travels the world catching new Pokémon, fighting against Pokémon trainers, making new friends, winning Gym Badges to enter tournaments, and thwarting the attempts of bad guys such as Team Rocket. The anime adapts a fair amount of video game logic from the original games, such as multiple lookalike characters in different regions and Ash being unable to carry more than six Pokémon with him at a time.
Season 1-2 (original series)
Ash Ketchum (Satoshi (サトシ?)) has just become a Pokémon trainer in the Kanto Region. He picked Pikachu because, after breaking his alarm clock, Ash was late for his appointment and all the conventional starter Pokémon (Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle) were gone. He has a childhood rival named Gary (Shigeru (シゲル?)). Ash accidentally destroys a bike belonging to a girl named Misty (Kasumi (カスミ?)); she starts to follow him to get her bike back, but soon becomes a close friend. Misty endeavors to be a great water Pokémon trainer. Shortly thereafter, Ash battles Brock (Takeshi (タケシ?)), the leader of the Pewter City gym. Ash initially loses to Brock's Onix, but wins the Boulder Badge in a rematch. Brock then turns over gym leader duties to his estranged father and accompanies Ash and Misty on their journey with the goal of becoming the world's greatest Pokémon breeder.
Ash's Kanto journey culminates with him collecting the necessary eight badges to compete in the Indigo League Pokémon Tournament held annually on the Indigo Plateau in Viridian City. Upon his arrival Ash shrugs off repeated suggestions that he should spend his time training and preparing for the tournament. He ultimately loses in the quarter-finals to Richie, a new rival who happens to use many of the same Pokémon as Ash, including a Pikachu named "Sparky".
After the Indigo League, Ash returns briefly to Pallet Town before setting out on a new journey to the Orange Islands where he will compete in the Orange League. Brock eventually parts company with Ash and Misty to pursue Pokémon research with Professor Ivy. At this point a new character, Tracey Sketchit (Kenji (ケンジ?)) joins Ash. Ash collects four badges and competes against the Orange League champion, Drake, a very experienced trainer. The battle comes down to Pikachu versus Drake's Dragonite, which's been tired in challenging Ash's other pokemon, with Pikachu delivering a devastating Thunder attack to score the knockout blow.
Season 3-5 (original series)
Victorious in the Orange League, Ash again returns to Pallet Town where he and Misty are reunited with Brock who leaves Professor Ivy for an unknown reason. Tracey decides to stay in Pallet Town to work with his idol, Professor Oak, while Ash, Brock, and Misty head west to the distant land of Johto. Pokémon: The Johto Journeys marks the introduction of a new series of Pokémon beyond the original 151 named and frequently seen throughout the Kanto and Orange Islands regions.
In the fifth season, Ash is defeated by a Pokémon trainer from the southern land of Hoenn region and decides to journey there next after a brief visit home. Before arriving in Pallet Town, Misty receives a message from her sisters requesting that she return to Cerulean City to take over gym leader duties. Brock then decides that he has been away from home too long and must return to help his father take care of his many brothers and sisters. This marks the last time to date that the original trio of friends journeys together.
Season 6-8 (Advanced Generation series)
Back to Pallet Town, Ash receives a more modern-looking outfit from his mother and sets out for the Hoenn region with only Pikachu, choosing to leave his other Pokémon with Professor Oak.
In Hoenn, Ash meets May (Haruka (ハルカ?)) and her younger brother Max (Masato (マサト?)), who join in his journey. May is excited by the Pokémon Contests that take place in Kanto and Hoenn, while Max joins the group to gain experience so that one day he will have his own Pokémon and become a Gym Leader like his father Norman, the Gym Leader of Petalburg City. Having solved his family issues, Brock returns to accompany Ash. This season, Gary leaves his promising career as a Pokémon Trainer to become a Pokémon researcher. Misty visits the group and takes Ash, Brock, May and Max to the Togepi Kingdom. Meanwhile, Team Rocket has been sent by their boss to try and establish a branch of the organization in Hoenn. Along their journeys, Ash and his friends also come into contact with the villainous teams that are in Hoenn, Team Aqua and Team Magma. Finally, Ash participates in the Hoenn League and May in the Grand Festival.
Season 9 (Advanced Generation series)
After Ash completes the Hoenn League and places in the Top 8, he returns home to Pallet Town, as do May and Max to Petalburg City and Brock to Pewter City. Ash meets up with Misty, Tracey, Professor Oak, and his mother at his homecoming celebration. Professor Birch and Max arrive in Pallet Town that same evening, and May and Brock arrive the next day. Ash and May learn of the Battle Frontier and the new contests in Kanto region and decide to travel together to compete. Brock, Max, and Misty decide to join them on their new journey; however, Misty leaves the group again in the next few episodes to return to looking after the gym.
Season 10-13 (Diamond & Pearl series)
After Ash becomes champion of the Kanto Battle Frontier, May as well as Drew, Solidad and Harley travel to the Johto region to participate in the Grand Festival held there. Max returns to Petalburg City to get ready for his own Pokémon journey and Brock returns to Pewter City, once again. Ash learns of a new region called Sinnoh, where he embarks on a new journey. Ash planned to bring only Pikachu, but Aipom snuck on the boat. Brock comes back a few days later in Sinnoh and they both meet Dawn (Hikari (ヒカリ?)), a new trainer who hopes to become a great Pokémon Coordinator, like her mother. Ash meets a new rival, Paul (Shinji (シンジ?)), who prefers to capture the strongest Pokémon, leaving the weak who are released, in strong contrast to Ash's methods. During the journey, Ash encounters the Elite Four of Sinnoh Region in different places respectively, he carries on battles with them, and also receives their instructions about battle techniques. May briefly returns and travels with Ash, Dawn, and Brock to the Wallace Cup, and Ash meets Gary several times throughout their journey.
Ash and his friends also come in contact with Team Galactic, an evil organization that wants to control the Pokemon universe. Team Galactic has also recruited an evil Pokemon Hunter, known only as J, to help them capture powerful Legendary Pokemon to advance their goals. With the help of the Sinnoh Champion Cynthia, as well as a detective named Looker, Ash, Dawn, and Brock manage to defeat Cyrus, leader of Team Galactic.
After the Sinnoh League, the gang prepares to go their separate ways: Brock is returning to Pewter City to become a Pokemon Doctor, Dawn is returning to Hearthome City to model Buneary and become a Pokestylist, and Ash is going to Unova to go back to dream of Pokemon Master (trying to catch them all). Ash and Brock wave goodbye to Dawn and Piplup as they take a ship home to Kanto. When reaching the familiar crossroad, Ash and Brock shake hands one last time, and split up: Brock goes back to Pewter City, and Ash goes home to Pallet Town to prepare for the journey to Unova.
Black & White (2010-2013)Edit
Afterwards, Ash, his mother Delia and Professor Oak take a holiday to the far-off Unova Region, where he meets and travels with would-be Dragon Master Irisand Striaton City Gym Leader, Pokémon Connoisseur, and sometimes detective Cilan. After winning all eight Unova badges and thwarting the sinister Team Plasma, Ash, Iris, and Cilan travel throughout the eastern side of Unova to prepare for the Vertress Conference, but Ash loses to Cameron, in the quarterfinals, placing him in the Top 8. But also, Cameron loses to Virgil in the semifinals, placing him in the Top 4. Afterwards, Ash, Iris, and Cilan travel through the Decolore Islands before Ash makes his way back to Pallet Town and meet the investigative reporter Alexa, who is from the distant Kalos Region. Having arrived back in Kanto, Iris and Cilan travel to Johto whilst Ash and Alexa head to Kalos.
X & Y (2013-2016)Edit
Ash and Alexa arrive in the Kalos region and Ash is itching to get started in earning his Gym badges. But after Alexa informs Ash that her sister, a Gym Leader, is currently absent, Ash travels to Lumiose City where he meets boy-genius Clemont and his younger sister Bonnie, unaware that Clemont is, in fact, Lumiose City's Gym Leader; a fact he tries his best to hide. Ash also reunites with Serena, a girl from Vaniville Town whom Ash had met in his childhood. Serena earns three keys to participate in the Pokémon Showcase. Serena loses to Aria, placing her runner-up. After traveling with Serena, Clemont, and Bonnie to prepare for the Lumiose Conference by defeating all eight Kalos gym leaders, Ash competes and advances all the way to the finals, where he loses to Alain, a temporary member of the evil Team Flare due to them misleading him. Once he discovers their true intentions, Alain reforms and joins Ash and his friends to stop Team Flare's plans. Bidding farewell to his friends in Kalos, Ash once again returns to Pallet Town.
Sun & Moon (2016-2019)Edit
In Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon (ポケットモンスター サン＆ムーン, Poketto Monsutā San ando Mūn), Ash, Delia and her Mr. Mime are on vacation in the Alola region when Ash has an encounter with Tapu Koko, the guardian Pokémon of Melemele Island, who presents him with the Z-Ring, a device that, when paired with a special crystal, allows a Pokémon to unleash a powerful move when synchronized with its trainer. This leads him to stay in Alola and enroll at the local Pokémon school. When he decides to undertake the trials necessary to master the power of the Z-Ring, Ash's new classmates Lana, Mallow, Lillie, Sophocles and Kiawe decide to accompany him. Ash takes part in the island challenges, but Ash loses to Team Rocket members Jessie, James, Meowth, and Wobbuffet in a battle for the first time in his quest. But then later, Ash finally gains his first-ever official league victory at the Manalo Conference.
In the new series, Pokémon Journeys: The Series (ポケットモンスターダッシュ, Poketto Monsutā Dasshu)focuses on all eight regions, including Galar, the setting of the Pokémon Sword and Shield games. Pikachu's backstory as a Pichu, and Ash's backstory when he was 6 years old missing Professor Oak's camp. Goh's backstory when he was 6 years old and he did attend Professor Oak's camp, and he saw Mew. It sees Ash and Pikachu travel to each of the regions, accompanied by Goh and his Scorbunny, which later evolves into Raboot and then into a Cinderace. Currently, the supporting cast includes a girl named Chloe Cerise, who is close to her father's Yamper. The next installment of the new series, Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series. As of now, Ash's team consists of Pikachu, Dragonite, Gengar, Lucario, Sirfetch'd and Dracovish. Chloe joins Ash and Goh on their adventure with her newly caught Eevee, who is incapable of evolving with one theory that she is hesitant on what path to make.
Like many anime metaseries, Pokémon: The Original Series, Pokémon: Advanced Generation Series, Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Series, Pokémon: Best Wishes Series, Pokémon: XY Series, Pokémon: Sun & Moon, and Pokémon Journeys: The Series episodes are split up into smaller series for the English release, usually to denote the areas and adventures going on. Because of this, series are identified by the opening animation used for the episode, rather than a run of a fixed number of episodes. In certain places, the different series are considered different shows altogether, although they involve the same storylines and characters. To date there are 24 total seasons, 23 of which have aired in the United States.as of 2021, running a fixed number of episodes, using a specific opening sequence and sporting a different subtitle for each new season.
The seventh and current installment of the anime series is titled Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター, Poketto Monsutā) in Japan and Pokémon Journeys: The Series internationally; it first premiered in Japan on November 17, 2019.
|Season ID#||Series / Generation||Episode ID#||Region|
|The Original Series||80 (82 in Japan)||Kanto|
|64 (65 in Japan)|
|Advanced Battle||52 (53 in Japan) [note 1]|
|47 [note 2]||Battle Frontier at Kanto|
|Diamond and Pearl||51 (52 in Japan)||Sinnoh|
|52 (53 in Japan)|
English Title; Black & White)
|Best Wishes!||50 (Japan)
Japanese titleOriginal air dateEnglish air date660654"In the Shadow of Zekrom!" (To the Isshu Region! Zekrom's Shadow!!)
Transcription: "Isshu Chihō e! Zekuromu no Kage!!" (Japanese: イッシュ地方へ！ゼクロムの影！！)September 23, 2010February 12, 2011Ash, Pikachu, Ash's mother, and Professor Oak head off for a trip to the Unova region. A strange black cloud forms overhead, and it hits Ash's Pikachu with a lightning bolt. After meeting up with Professor Juniper, Unova's lead Pokémon researcher, Ash encounters Trip, who is beginning his Pokémon League challenge with the Grass-type Pokémon Snivy, rather than the Fire-type Tepig or the Water-type Oshawott. In a practice match against Trip, it is discovered that Pikachu can no longer use Electric-type moves, which Juniper attributes to the lightning bolt caused by the Legendary Pokémon, Zekrom.661655"Enter Iris and Axew!" (Iris and Kibago!)
Transcription: "Airisu to Kibago!" (Japanese: アイリスとキバゴ！)September 23, 2010February 12, 2011After the strange black cloud disappears, Pikachu's Electric moves are restored. Professor Juniper gives Ash a new Pokédex and Poké Balls so he can begin his journey in Unova. On his way, he discovers an Axew belonging to a trainer named Iris. Ash sees a flock of Pidove and battles one of them, capturing it. When Team Rocket appears and tries to steal Pikachu and Axew, Ash tries to use his new Pidove against Jessie and her new Woobat, but Pidove is overpowered. However, an Oshawott from Juniper's lab appears and saves Pikachu and Axew. Team Rocket gets away when James throws a smoke pilet. Ash and Iris take their Pokémon to a Pokémon Center, where Iris decides to travel with Ash and Pikachu through Unova, as she knows her way around the region. As the two head off, Oshawott watches from afar.662656"A Sandile Gusher of Change" (Mijumaru! Meguroco! Critical Moment!!)
Transcription: "Mijumaru! Meguroko! Kikkiippatsu!!" (Japanese: ミジュマル！メグロコ！危機一髪！！)September 30, 2010February 19, 2011While on their way to the first Gym, Ash and Iris realize that they are being followed by the Oshawott from Professor Juniper's lab. They find out it wants to be captured by Ash because he called it very cute. Professor Juniper sends Ash Oshawott's Poké Ball, but Oshawott disappears before he can be recaptured. They soon come across a boy named Dan, whose father owns a resort with a sand spa that has been disrupted by a group of Sandile, led by one of them that wears sunglasses. After coming across Oshawott and Team Rocket again, Ash, Iris, and Dan discover that the Sandile were trying to get help for a group of Pidove, Deerling, and Patratfrom a hot spring with the hot flooding. When it makes a hot river and traps the other Pokémon on a small island, the Sandile form a bridge to save them, but Ash is trapped on the island when their grip fails. When another flood comes behind Ash, Oshawott manages to save him with a Water Gun. However after using the move, Oshawott almost falls into the hot river, and Ash uses the opportunity to recapture Oshawott.663657"The Battle Club and Tepig's Choice!" (Battle Club! A Mysterious Pokémon Appears!!)
Transcription: "Batoru Kurabu! Nazo no Pokemon Arawareru!!" (Japanese: バトルクラブ！謎のポケモン現る！！)October 7, 2010February 26, 2011Ash and Iris are on their way to Striaton City Gym. At Accumula Town, they find the Battle Club owned by Don George. After watching a battle between a Servine and a Dewott, Ash challenges the Dewott's owner just before a security breach occurs. Ash sees a Pokémon's dark shape on the security tape, and mistakes it for an Umbreon, only to find an abandoned Tepig with a rope tied around its mouth, during which Team Rocket arrives to raid the storage to capture Pikachu.664658"Triple Leaders, Team Threats" (San'yō Gym! Vs. Baoppu, Hiyappu and Yanappu!!)
Transcription: "San'yō Jimu! Tai Baoppu, Hiyappu, Yanappu!!" (Japanese: サンヨウジム！VSバオップ、ヒヤップ、ヤナップ！！)October 14, 2010March 5, 2011Ash and Iris finally reach Striaton City, where they meet and challenge Pokémon Connoisseur Cilan and his brothers, Chili and Cress, to a battle.665659"Dreams by the Yard Full" (Former Building Site of Dreams! Munna and Musharna!!)
Transcription: "Yume no Atochi! Munna to Mushāna!!" (Japanese: 夢の跡地！ムンナとムシャーナ！！)October 21, 2010March 12, 2011Ash has earned the Trio Badge at the Striaton City Gym, but Iris' Axew is falling ill. Meanwhile, Team Rocket finds the Dreamyard and sets up a device, only to disturb a sleeping Pokémon.666660"Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!" (Get the Tsutarja That Knows Attract!?)
Transcription: "Tsutāja Getto de Meromero!?" (Japanese: ツタージャ・ゲットでメロメロ！？)October 28, 2010March 19, 2011While having lunch on the way to the next city, Cilan discovers that all the food he prepared has been stolen. The group discovers that the thief is a female Snivy. Ash attempts to capture it, but it uses attract on Pikachu, leaving it unable to fight her. Team Rocket uses the opportunity to capture Snivy and Pikachu.667661"Saving Darmanitan from the Bell!" (Darumakka and Hihidaruma! Secret of the Clocktower!!)
Transcription: "Darumakka to Hihidaruma! Dokeitō no Himitsu!!" (Japanese: ダルマッカとヒヒダルマ！時計塔の秘密！！)November 4, 2010March 26, 2011Ash and the gang are approached by a Darumaka, while another steals their lunch. Ash sends Oshawott to battle them, but it is defeated. Nurse Joy tells them that the Darumaka have been stealing food all over town. When the Darumaka steal from the Pokémon Center, Ash chases them. Meanwhile Team Rocket receives a briefcase from their contact. In a clock tower, Ash battles the Darumaka, and they point the group to Darmanitan, who is in Zen Mode to prevent one of the bells from falling down. Ash and Cilan make a new hook to hang the bell, and Darmanitan helps them attach it with its psychic powers, before taking itself out of Zen Mode to finally fix the clock tower's bell.668662"The Bloom Is on Axew!" (Out of Control Pendror! Rescue Kibago!)
Transcription: "Pendorā Bōsō! Kibago o Sukue!" (Japanese: ペンドラー暴走！キバゴを救え！)November 11, 2010April 2, 2011Cilan and Iris have a match between Pansage and Axew; Pansage is told to hold back until Axew uses a powerful Dragon Rage, which keeps coming out as a "Dragon Sneeze". Elsewhere, Team Rocket is briefed on a meteor that had fallen in the Unova region, creating its current appearance. Iris tells the others how she was given Axew by an elder in her hometown. Unknown to them, Axew has gotten stuck in the antennae of a Scolipede, causing the Scolipede to rampage. When Pikachu helps track down the Scolipede, Iris sends out her Excadrill to fight the Scolipede, but Excadrill does not obey her at first, remaining in inactive mode. When they finally free Axew, Excadrill finally decides to fight the Scolipede, sending it away flying. It lets out a victory cry before clattering back into inactive mode. Elsewhere, Team Rocket meets up with their local Unova contact, Pierce (フリント, Furinto).669663"A Rival Battle for Club Champ!" (Rival Battle! Tough Enemy Pururiru!!)
Transcription: "Raibaru Batoru! Kyōteki Pururiru!!" (Japanese: ライバルバトル！強敵プルリル！！)November 18, 2010April 9, 2011Ash, Iris, and Cilan meet up with Trip once again on the way to Nacrene City, after they stop by a Battle Club owned by another Don George, and Ash challenges Trip to a 5-on-5 battle, which Ash loses due to the fact that his Snivy keeps using same moves over and over again.670664"A Home for Dwebble" (Ishizumai! Take Back Your Home!!)
Transcription: "Ishizumai! Jibun no Ie o Torimodose!!" (Japanese: イシズマイ！自分の家をとりもどせ！！)December 2, 2010April 16, 2011While on their way to Nacrene City, Axew notices a strange Pokémon that Cilan reveals is the Rock Hermit Pokémon Dwebble. The Dwebble is making a new shell out of a rock, when it is attacked by three other Dwebble which steal its new rocky shell. Elsewhere, Team Rocket receives intel on their next heist: stealing information from a laboratory.671665"Here Comes the Trubbish Squad" (The Yabukuron Squad and a Secret Base!?)
Transcription: "Yabukuron Sentai to Himitsukichi!?" (Japanese: ヤブクロン戦隊と秘密基地！？)December 9, 2010April 23, 2011On their way to Nacrene City, the gang is harassed by a group of schoolchildren with the Garbage Pokémon Trubbish. They head to a nearby Pokémon Daycare and kindergarten, where they learn from the kids' teacher, Ms. Daniela, that the kids found the Trubbish at the garbage dump and decided to bring it back to the school against her orders. Ash later challenges Ms. Daniela, and wins, earning a Pokémon Egg. Elsewhere, Team Rocket is given a fake meteorite from Flint and are told that they will get more information later.672666"Minccino–Neat and Tidy" (Chillarmy is Clean!?)
Transcription: "Chirāmyi wa Kireizuki!?" (Japanese: チラーミィはきれいずき！？)December 16, 2010April 30, 2011Ash meets up with Bianca, who was sent by Professor Juniper to deliver a Badge Case to Ash. Just as Ash puts his Trio Badge in the case, it is stolen by the Chinchilla Pokémon, Minccino, who is trying to clean it.673667"A Night in the Nacrene City Museum" (Shippō City! Museum Adventure!!)
Transcription: "Shippō Shiti! Hakubutsukan de Daibōken!!" (Japanese: シッポウシティ！博物館で大冒険！！)December 23, 2010May 7, 2011Ash, Iris, and Cilan arrive in Nacrene City and head to the museum, but it is closed. Hawes, the museum's curator, explains that the museum is locked down because it is believed to be haunted. Ash states that he does not believe in ghosts, but Iris states it is possible. After the gang is given a tour, they are led to a sarcophagus and a death mask believing the chain of events are to be linked to the Mask Pokémon, Yamask. As they prepare to camp out inside the museum to discover the truth, Team Rocket meets up with another contact in Unova, who tells them they have to steal a meteorite from the Nacrene Museum.674668"The Battle According to Lenora" (Shippō Gym Battle! Vs. Gym Leader Aloe!!)
Transcription: "Shippō Jimu Ikusa! Tai Jimu Rīdā Aroe!!" (Japanese: シッポウジム戦！VSジムリーダー・アロエ！！)January 6, 2011May 14, 2011After being given a short tour of the Nacrene City Museum, Lenora accepts Ash's challenge. Lenora eventually defeats Ash, who feels dejected until Don George tells him not to give up so easily, promising to teach Ash's Pokémon a new move. Meanwhile, Team Rocket infiltrates the museum and steals the meteorite, replacing it with the fake one they received earlier.675669"Rematch at the Nacrene Gym" (Shippō Gym Rematch! The Explosive New Moves!!)
Transcription: "Saisen Shippō Jimu! Shin Waza Sakuretsu!!" (Japanese: 再戦シッポウジム！新技炸裂！！)January 13, 2011May 21, 2011Ash trains with Tepig and Oshawott at the Nacrene City's Pokémon Battle Club and trying to teach them more powerful moves. After successfully teaching Tepig Flame Charge and Oshawott Aqua Jet, he challenges Lenora for the Basic Badge once more, only to find out Lenora's Lillipup has evolved into a Herdier. Ash sends out Tepig against Herdier once more, and he is able to hold his own against the powerful Pokémon until Herdier uses Roar to force Oshawott out again. Just like before, Lenora switches to Watchog and traps Oshawott with Mean Look. Oshawott uses Aqua Jet against Watchog, but misses, and is then struck by Confuse Ray. Confused, Oshawott is unable to attack and Watchog uses Thunderbolt, but Oshawott is now able to withstand the attack. He uses Aqua Jet again as Watchog uses Thunderbolt once more, knocking out both of them. Lenora sends out Herdier again and Ash sends out Tepig as before. With the Battle Club training, Tepig is able to dodge Herdier's Shadow Ball attacks, until Lenora commands Herdier to use Giga Impact. Ash has Tepig use his Flame Charge, and after the two attacks collide, Tepig is the only one standing, winning the match. Lenora awards Ash the Basic Badge for defeating her, and after Ash heads to the Pokémon Center, he learns that the next Gym is in Castelia City.676670"Scraggy–Hatched to Be Wild" (The Wild Child That Hatched From the Egg!)
Transcription: "Tamago kara Kaetta Abarenbō!" (Japanese: タマゴからかえったあばれん坊！)January 20, 2011May 28, 2011While on the way to Castelia City, Ash, Iris, and Cilan are resting for a while when Axew notifies the others that the Pokémon Egg Ash got earlier is about to hatch. They remove it from the container and Iris tells Axew that he will "soon be a big brother". In his excitement, Axew accidentally knocks the egg down a hill, but Pikachu catches it before it hits a rock. It soon hatches into the Molting Pokémon, Scraggy, and it Leers at Pikachu before trying a Headbutt and misses. Ash decides to help train Scraggy by having it fight his other Pokémon, but Scraggy keeps being rude and failing at various attacks against Ash's Pokémon, causing it to lose confidence. Elsewhere, Pierce directs Team Rocket to bring the meteorite they stole to a lab for study.677671"Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest" (Yaguruma Forest! Kurumiru and Arti!!)
Transcription: "Yaguruma no Mori! Kurumiru to Āti!!" (Japanese: ヤグルマの森！クルミルとアーティ！！)January 27, 2011June 4, 2011Ash, Iris, and Cilan enter the Pinwheel Forest, where Pikachu is attacked by a wild Sewaddle, the Sewing Pokémon. Ash decides to capture it, but it surrounds him with a String Shot attack and escapes. Deeper in the forest, the group comes across a large tree where they believe the Sewaddle is hiding. They climb up it and find a giant cocoon, only for it to be revealed to be Burgh, Castelia City's Gym Leader, who is in the forest to sketch some of the wildlife. As he shows the group his drawings, the Sewaddle attacks Ash again, only to nuzzle up to Burgh. It seems that Sewaddle likes everyone in the group except Ash. However, after Ash saves Sewaddle from a group of Woobat, Sewaddle begins to warm up to him. The next day, Sewaddle is abducted by a Patrat, which reveals to the group that another Patrat has fallen ill, before Sewaddle attaches itself to a Deerling and falls in a ravine towards a waterfall. Ash dives in after it to save it, and is then saved by Burgh's Leavanny, Sewaddle's final form. Happy for being saved, Sewaddle allows Ash to capture it (with Ash transferring one of his Pokémon back to Professor Juniper so Sewaddle can stay with him), and later the group parts ways with Burgh, who tells Ash he will be waiting for him in Castelia City.N/AN/A"Hikari – A New Journey!/Nibi Gym – The Greatest Danger!"
Transcription: "Hikari – Aratanaru Tabidachi!/Nibi Jimu – Shijō Saidai no Kiki!" (Japanese: ヒカリ・新たなる旅立ち！／ニビジム・史上最大の危機！)February 3, 2011N/A
After training Pochama and Hinoarashi in her home in Futaba Town, Hikari decides she wants to go to Hoenn to participate in the Pokémon Contests there. She is not sure whom to take with her so she stops by Professor Nanakamado's lab. However, Nanakamado needs help with a new trainer named Shinko who is not sure who she should pick as her starter Pokémon, similar to how Hikari felt when she began her journey. When the new Hikozaru and Pochama escape from the lab, Hikari agrees to help find them, with Shinko following her taking notes on the way. They eventually find that the Hikozaru and Pochama have been trapped by an Ariados. Hinoarashi saves them, but all of the other Ariados in the area attack them, including a powerful shiny Ariados that traps them with a Psychic attack. Hinoarashi suddenly evolves into Magmarashi, saving everyone from the Ariados with its powerful Eruption attack. With the new Pokémon saved, Hikari decides that she will take all of her Pokémon with her to Hoenn.
In Nibi City, Takeshi's little brother Jiro is working hard at attempting to take Takeshi's place as the city's official Gym Leader. During a match, Takeshi realizes that a Nurse Joy has been watching the entire time, introducing herself as a Pokémon League representative. Joy challenges Takeshi to a match, using his Usokkie against her Lucky, losing to Joy. With Joy unimpressed and thinking that Nibi Gym should be shut down, Jiro steps in just as Muno and Mizuho return from a vacation. That night, Takeshi goes to Joy and tells her that his brother will be taking his place as Gym Leader, and she agrees to take the challenge to see if he is worthy. In the battle, Jiro sends out his Dosidon, but Joy sends out a Latias to challenge him with, but Dosidon is still defeated. Even though Jiro has lost, Joy decides that he can now be the Nibi City Gym Leader, allowing Takeshi to pursue his career in Pokémon medicine.678672"A Connosseur's Revenge!" (Sommelier Showdown! Ishizumai vs. Futachimaru!!)
Transcription: "Somurie Taiketsu! Ishizumai Tai Futachimaru!!" (Japanese: ソムリエ対決！イシズマイVSフタチマル！！)February 17, 2011June 11, 2011On the way to Castelia City, Ash, Iris, and Cilan visit a mall where Ash finds that another Pokémon Connosseur is testing the bond between Trainers and their Pokémon. Ash goes to see the Connoisseur, a woman named Burgundy, who claims that none of the Pokémon Ash has caught in Unova are compatible with him. When Cilan arrives to check on Ash, Burgundy recognizes him and becomes enraged, saying that when she brought her Oshawott to Cilan years ago he claimed that she and the Pokémon were not compatible. She also shows that she won the Trio Badge from Cilan's brothers, and challenges Cilan to a battle to fulfill its requirements. She first sends out her Dewott against Cilan's Dwebble, and Dwebble wins. She sends out a Sawsbuck next and Cilan sends out Pansage. In a fierce match, Pansage wins against the Season Pokémon. Burgundy proclaims that one day she will be better than Cilan.679673"Dancing with the Ducklett Trio!" (Pikachu vs. Meguroco vs. Koaruhie!!) Transcription: "Pikachū Tai Meguroko Tai Koaruhī!!" (Japanese: ピカチュウVSメグロコVSコアルヒー！！)February 24, 2011June 18, 2011After a short practice match between Scraggy and Axew, Cilan calls everyone for lunch, but Ash falls down a giant hole dug by the Sandile from the hot springs. Ash finds out that it wants to battle Pikachu, during which it evolves into a Krokorok, but Pikachu's Electro Ball sends it flying off.680674"The Lost World of Gothitelle!" (Skyarrow Bridge and Gothiruselle!)
Transcription: "Sukai Arō Burijji to Gochiruzeru!" (Japanese: スカイアローブリッジとゴチルゼル！)March 3, 2011June 25, 2011Ash, Iris, and Cilan finally arrive at the Skyarrow Bridge, which is enshrouded in a thick fog. Before crossing it, they come across a woman looking at photos of a ferry crossing in the Pokémon Center. They prepare to cross the bridge when they are attacked by a Gothitelle. Ash sends out Snivy, but she cannot defeat the stronger Pokémon, and they are all sent back to the other side. There, they meet a young girl named Sally, who invites them to take her father's ferry to the other side. Cilan notices Gothitelle on board and when the ferry docks again, the group realizes that they are back where they started and that Gothitelle is creating illusions to make them think that the ferry and the little girl exist. When Iris spots Gothitelle again, they chase it onto the Bridge, where it attacks them. Ash sends out Snivy until the woman from before arrives, revealing that she is Sally and that the Gothitelle that they have met helped out her father's ferry business until the bridge was opened. Sally apologizes for leaving Gothitelle behind, and as the fog disappates, Gothitelle disappears. Ash, Iris, and Cilan say their goodbyes to Sally as they head off towards Castellia City.681675"A Venipede Stampede" (Hiun City! Fushide Panic!!) Transcription: "Hiun Shiti! Fushide Panikku!" (Japanese: ヒウンシティ！フシデパニック！！)March 10, 2011July 2, 2011Ash, Iris, and Cilan finally arrive in Castelia City and meet Burgh, but they all discover that the city has shut itself down. When they investigate the sewers, they discover and assist a Venipede stuck in a pipe, which, out of fear, poisons Ash. Later, they see a whole swarm of Venipede in the sewers and streets, in which Professor Juniper discovers that the Venipede swarm must have been pushed out of their natural habitat by something. The rest of the group uses their Pokémon to gather the Venipede into Central Plaza to keep the townspeople and the Venipede safe, during which Ash's Pidove evolves into a Tranquil, while Professor Juniper discovers that something is emitting energy in the Desert Resort just as Giovanni heads there to join up with Team Rocket.N/AN/A"Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma! (Part 1)"
Transcription: "Roketto-dan Tai Purazuma-dan! (Zenpen)" (Japanese: ロケット団ＶＳプラズマ団！（前編）)N/AN/AAsh and the gang travel into the Desert Resort to discover more about the energy flow that made the Venipede swarm migrate to Castelia City.N/AN/A"Team Rocket vs. Team Plasma! (Part 2)" Transcription: "Roketto-dan Tai Purazuma-dan! (Kōhen)" (Japanese: ロケット団ＶＳプラズマ団！（後編）)N/AN/ATeam Rocket and Team Plasma continue to fight over the Meteonite(メテオナイト, Meteonaito), as it releases unstable energies.682676"Battling for the Love of Bug-Types!" (Hiun Gym Battle! The Pure-of-Heart Bug Pokémon Battle!)
Transcription: "Hiun Jimu Sen! Junjō Hāto no Mushi Pokemon Batoru!!" (Japanese: ヒウンジム戦！純情ハートの虫ポケモンバトル！！)March 17, 2011July 9, 2011Ash and the gang head back to Castelia City and meet up with Burgh in the Gym for Ash's challenge to earn the Insect Badge. Elsewhere, Jessie, James, and Meowth receive orders that the mission is over and they change into their original white outfits, and James captures a nearby Yamask.683677"Emolga the Irresistible!" (Beware Cute Faces! Paralyzing Emonga!!) Transcription: "Kawaii Kao ni Yōchūi! Emonga de Shibirebire!!" (Japanese: かわいい顔に要注意！エモンガでシビレビレ！！)March 24, 2011July 16, 2011Traveling with Bianca to Nimbasa City, the group comes across a wild Emolga, who, unknown to them, recently tricked a group of male Patrat into giving it apples. It quickly befriends Iris's Axew, as Iris is carrying several apples for the group. Bianca falls in love with the Emolga, but Emolga does not return the affection. She tries to capture Emolga by sending out her Minccino, but Emolga uses Discharge (which hits everyone) and Attract which misses Bianca's Minccino and instead hits Ash's Oshawott. Intent on catching Emolga, Bianca asks everyone to help find it once it escapes. Iris eventually finds Emolga, who does not want to be Bianca's Pokémon. But when Bianca sends out Minccino to fight it, again, it escapes with Axew hanging on as they nearly fall down a cliff into a group of sleeping Swoobat. Emolga manages to save Iris and Axew from the Swoobat as elsewhere Bianca, Ash, and Cilan come across a Scolipede and Galvantula that Bianca angers with her Pignite and Minccino. While cornered by the Swoobat, again, Emolga uses Attract to distract them as Bianca, Ash, and Cilan catch up to save them. Later, Emolga returns to the campsite to glide into Iris's arms, deciding that it wants to be one of Iris's Pokémon.684678"Emolga and the New Volt Switch!" (Emonga vs. Tsutarja! Volt Change Chaos!!)
Transcription: "Emonga Tai Tsutāja! Boruto Chenji de Daikonran!!" (Japanese: エモンガＶＳツタージャ！ボルトチェンジで大混乱！！)March 31, 2011July 23, 2011As Ash and friends continue on their journey, Bianca asks Iris for a practice match against Emolga.685679"Scare at the Litwick Mansion!" (The Scary Story of the Hitomoshi Mansion!) Transcription: "Hitomoshi Yashiki no Kowa~i Ohanashi!" (Japanese: ヒトモシ屋敷のこわ～いお話！)April 7, 2011July 30, 2011While on the way to Nimbasa City, the gang rushes into the woods until they come across a large mansion. They enter the mansion, only to discover it is a trap by Team Rocket.686680"The Dragon Master's Path!" (The Road to Becoming a Dragon Master! Kibago vs. Crimgan!!)
Transcription: "Doragon Masutā e no Michi! Kibago Tai Kurimugan!!" (Japanese: ドラゴンマスターへの道！キバゴＶＳクリムガン！！)April 14, 2011August 6, 2011After a practice match between Scraggy and Axew, Iris spots a Druddigon after it attacks them. Ash sends Pikachu to battle it, thinking it is wild, until its trainer, Emmy arrives. She is not sure why Druddigon is upset until Iris realizes it has a metal rope around its ankle. Iris frees Druddigon, making it happier, and Emmy asks Iris to help train her Druddigon. Iris, who plans on becoming a Dragon Master, agrees to help. Emmy and Ash have a match while Team Rocket, who has been watching and had previously tried to capture Druddigon, distracts the trainers before snatching Pikachu, Axew, and Druddigon up into their new airship.687681"Oshawott's Lost Scalchop!" (The Lost Hotachi! Mijumaru's Greatest Crisis!!) Transcription: "Kieta Hotachi! Mijumaru Saidai no Kiki!!" (Japanese: 消えたホタチ！ミジュマル最大の危機！！)April 21, 2011August 13, 2011On the road to Nimbasa City, Ash and Co. come across a trainer named Stephan who challenges Ash to a battle. Stephan sends out his Blitzle while Ash sends out Oshawott, who blocks Blitzle's attack with his Scalchop shell, only to lose it mid-battle. Oshawott runs off to try to find it, ending the battle prematurely.688682"Cottonee in Love!" (The Monmen in Love Rides the Wind!)
Transcription: "Koisuru Monmen wa Kaze ni Notte!" (Japanese: 恋するモンメンは風に乗って！)April 28, 2011August 20, 2011In a practice match between Scraggy and Axew, the match is interrupted by a gust of wind followed by the appearance of a Cottonee. Cilan realizes that it is the time of year when Cottonee pair up and that this male Cottonee must be looking for a mate.689683"A UFO for Elgyem!" (Ligray and the Unidentified Flying Object!) Transcription: "Rigurē to Mikakunin Hikō Buttai!" (Japanese: リグレーと未確認飛行物体！)May 5, 2011August 27, 2011While Ash, Iris, Cilan, Pikachu, and Axew are suddenly woken up by a bright light. Ash and Iris believe it is a UFO, and rumors of UFO sightings begin to spread in the area.690684"Ash and Trip's Third Battle!" (Rival Battle! Vanipeti and Dokkorā in the Fight!!)
Transcription: "Raibaru Batoru! Baniputchi, Dokkorā Sansen!!" (Japanese: ライバルバトル！バニプッチ、ドッコラー参戦！！)May 12, 2011September 3, 2011Cilan prepares lunch for the gang until Iris and Ash accidentally ruin his cooking by getting a leaf inside. He knocks over the pot in his anger, and regrets it instantly. While they wait, Iris and Ash explore the surrounding forest where they accidentally come across Trip trying to catch a wild Palpitoad, which Ash interferes with.691685"Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open!" (Gamagaru, Maggyo! Battle at the Waterside!!) Transcription: "Gamagaru, Maggyo! Mizube no Tatakai!!" (Japanese: ガマガル、マッギョ！水辺の戦い！！)May 19, 2011September 10, 2011Ash decides to do some special training with Oshawott to get him to open his eyes underwater, but things get out of hand when Ash tries to force Oshawott to obey.692686"Iris and Excadrill Against the Dragon Buster!" (The Dragon Buster Appears! Iris and Doryuzu!!)
Transcription: "Doragon Basutā Tōjō! Airisu to Doryūzu!!" (Japanese: ドラゴンバスター登場！アイリスとドリュウズ！！)May 26, 2011September 17, 2011While on the way to Nimbasa City, the group comes across a trainer named Georgia who claims that she is a Dragon Buster and can beat any Dragon-type Pokémon. Iris challenges her, saying that she is training to be a Dragon Master, but finds trouble when she hurts her Excadrill's feelings693687"Gotta Catch a Roggenrola!" (Dangoro! Fire the Luster Cannon!!) Transcription: "Dangoro! Rasutā Kanon Hassha seyo!" (Japanese: ダンゴロ！ラスターカノン発射せよ！！)June 2, 2011September 24, 2011While the gang enjoys lunch, they are interrupted by a Roggenrola landing on their lunch table. Ash decides he wants to capture it for the energy and spunk it has.694688"Where Did You Go, Audino?" (Sommelier Detective Dent! The Case of the Missing Tabunne!!)
Transcription: "Somurie Tantei Dento! Tabunne Shissō Jiken!!" (Japanese: ソムリエ探偵デント！タブンネ失踪事件！！)June 9, 2011October 1, 2011On the way to Nimbasa City, Ash and the gang encounter an Audino walking through a thick fog. They realize that something is very wrong with it. They encounter Officer Jenny with two young detectives named Doyle and Christie, who place the gang under arrest, even though they insist that they have not done anything wrong. Finally, Cilan reveals that he is the Gym Leader of the Striaton Gym and explains that a simple phone call will clear things up. After Officer Jenny apologizes to the gang, she explains that something is seriously wrong with the Audino in town, as they are disappearing one after the other.695689"Archeops in the Modern World!" (Fossil Revival! Ancient Mysterious Bird Archeops!!) Transcription: "Kaseki Fukkatsu! Kodai Kaichō Ākeosu!!" (Japanese: 化石復活！古代怪鳥アーケオス！！)June 16, 2011October 8, 2011Ash and the gang visit a research lab to witness Professor Juniper and Professor Fennel revive an ancient Pokémon called Archen. They begin the revival process using Fennel's Musharna which wakes up Archen. However, it is restless and begins to attack everyone. Meanwhile, Team Rocket decide to steal the Archen, along with the data for constructing a restoration machine. As Archen is sleeping, the professors are pondering what having an Archen in this modern world would be like. As it wakes up, it starts to destroy the lab and its crying causes an ancient plant to start growing in the lab.696690"A Fishing Connosseur in a Fishy Competition!" (Fishing Sommelier Dent Appears!!)
Transcription: "Tsuri Somurie Dento Tōjō!!" (Japanese: 釣りソムリエ・デント登場！！)June 23, 2011October 15, 2011Continuing their journey to Nimbasa City, Bianca shows a poster announcing a fishing contest for which the prize is a golden fishing rod, which Cilan can't resist entering, unaware that the contest is a trick staged by Team Rocket.697691"Movie Time! Zorua in 'The Legend of the Pokémon Knight'!" (Zorua the Movie! The Legend of the Pokémon Knight!) Transcription: "Zoroa Za Mubi! Pokemon Naito no Densetsu!!" (Japanese: ゾロア・ザ・ムービー！ポケモンナイトの伝説！！)June 30, 2011October 22, 2011Continuing to Nimbasa City, Ash and the gang encounter a Zorua. They are excited to see such a rare Pokémon, only to find that out it belongs to a Pokémon Trainer named Luke, who is filming a movie with Zorua. The gang helps out with production, during which Team Rocket interrupts by capturing Zorua.698692"Reunion Battles in Nimbasa!" (Everyone Gathers! Don Battle!!)
Transcription: "Zen'in Shūgō! Don Batoru!!" (Japanese: 全員集合！ドンバトル！！)July 7, 2011October 29, 2011Ash is excited to have his Gym battle, but discovers he is in Nimbasa Town; not Nimbasa City. He decides to enter the battle tournaments held in Nimbasa Town.699693"Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia!!" (Fierce Fighting Don Battle! Tsutarja vs. Komatana!!) Transcription: "Nettō Don Batoru! Tsutāja Tai Komatana!!" (Japanese: 熱闘ドンバトル！ツタージャVSコマタナ！！)July 21, 2011November 5, 2011The Club Battle Tournament in Nimbasa Town continues with Cilian winning against Trip in the fifth round, Stephan winning against Bianca in the sixth round, and Luke winning against Scooter in round seven. Iris wins the eighth round against Jimmy Ray, having finished all eight matches of the first round. Trip decides to leave, claiming he will not get stronger by watching Ash lose. The next day, Ash battles Georgia in the first match of the second round, sending out Snivy while Georgia sends out Pawniard.700694"The Club Battle Hearts of Fury: Emolga Versus Sawk!" (White Hot Don Battle! Emonga vs. Dageki!!)
Transcription: "Hakunetsu Don Batoru! Emonga Tai Dageki!!" (Japanese: 白熱ドンバトル！エモンガVSダゲキ！！)August 4, 2011November 12, 2011The second round of the Club Battles at Nimbasa Town continue as Georgia orders Pawniard to use Guillotine on a fallen Snivy. Snivy manages to gain consciousness at the last second and dodge the attack once again and attacks using Leaf Blade and Leaf Storm, defeating Pawniard and giving Ash the win of the first match. Georgia and Iris have another verbal brawl. In the second match, Dino wins against Antonio. In the third match, Cilan sends out Stunfisk against Luke's Larvesta, who ultimately wins the third match. The final match of the second round is Iris vs. Stephan, who sends out his Sawk, which is male, while Iris sends out her Emolga. Emolga starts off with Attract while Sawk counters with Close Combat. Sawk then uses Bulk Up while Emolga uses Hidden Power which is countered by Double Kick. Emolga uses Hidden Power again which makes a direct hit. Sawk uses Close Combat but gets paralyzed by Emolga's Static ability. Emolga finishes with Volt Switch taking out Sawk and giving Iris the win thus concluding the second round. The semi-finals will soon begin with Ash facing Dino and Iris facing Luke.701695"The Club Battle Finale: A Heroes Outcome!" (Deciding Match of the Don Battle! Satoshi Against Iris!!) Transcription: "Kessen Don Batoru! Satoshi Tai Airisu!!" (Japanese: 決戦ドンバトル！サトシ対アイリス！！)August 11, 2011November 19, 2011Ash sends out Palpitoad while Dino sends out Darumakka in the first match of the semi-finals, and Ash wins. The last match of the semi-finals is Luke against Iris. Luke calls out Golett while Iris chooses Axew. Iris starts off with Scratch but it has no effect. Golett uses Mega Punch and lands a direct hit. After Golett gains the upper hand, Axew falls from exhaustion, during which he manages to learn Outrage, allowing Axew to attack Golett, knocking it out and securing the win for Iris, but leaves Axew confused. In the final battle, Ash chooses Pikachu while Iris uses Excadrill. Pikachu starts off with a Thunderbolt, which is useless against Excadrill, who responds with Drill Run and Pikachu counters with Quick Attack. Excadrill dodges, quickly grabs Pikachu's tail, throws him, and uses Metal Claw, landing a direct hit. The two sides use steel attacks that don't seem to land any effect, until Excadrill uses Dig and Pikachu dodges, only to be hit by Excadrill's Focus Blast which knocks Pikachu out and secures Iris the win of the Club Battles.702696"Meowth's Scrafty Tactics!" (Meowgotiator Nyarth! Zuruzukin Persuasion Tactics!!)
Transcription: "Nyagoshiētā Nyāsu! Zuruzukin Setoku Sakusen!!" (Japanese: ニャゴシエーター・ニャース！ズルズキン説得作戦！！)August 18, 2011November 26, 2011Stopping on their way to Nimbasa City for a lunch break, Axew and Tepig discover Team Rocket's Meowth unconscious in the bushes. The gang revive him back to health. When he wakes up, he explains that Team Rocket has fired him for botching an operation. They decide to take Meowth along for a while, but Pikachu is still suspicious of him. Shortly after, a Scrafty snatches Axew and runs off. They give chase but Scrafty threatens that if they get closer, bad things will happen to Axew. Meowth offers to negotiate the problem. Scrafty wants a Pokémon to battle him. They decide to distract Scrafty using Meowth and Scraggy while the gang secretly pull Axew out, and learn that the Scrafty's home was taken by a wild Mandibuzz and that it asked for help from other Pokémon but they all refused, which is why Scrafty snatched Axew.703697"Purrloin: Sweet or Sneaky?" (Beware of Choroneko! Nyarth and Mijumaru!!) Transcription: "Choroneko ni Goyōjin! Nyāsu to Mijumaru!!" (Japanese: チョロネコに御用心！ニャースとミジュマル！！)August 25, 2011December 3, 2011A Purrloin decides to aggravate a Tranquill by eating its food, but soon a flock of Transquill causes it to run away with them giving chase. As Ash and the gang continue their journey, they encounter that Purrloin. Meowth and Oshawott immediately fall for Purrloin, assuming that it is a female.704698"Beheeyem, Duosion, and the Dream Thief!" (Ōbemu, Daburan, and the Dream Thief!)
Transcription: "Ōbemu to Daburan to Yume Dorobō!" (Japanese: オーベムとダブランと夢泥棒！)September 1, 2011December 10, 2011Ash and the gang stop to have dinner, during which a very strange person proclaims that he is going to capture Meowth.705699"The Beartic Mountain Feud!" (Meowgotiator Nyarth! Breaking Through Tunbear's Forest!!) Transcription: "Nyagoshiētā Nyāsu! Tsunbeā no Mori o Toppa seyo!!" (Japanese: ニャゴシエーター・ニャース！ツンベアーの森を突破せよ！！)September 8, 2011December 17, 2011Ash and friends continue their journey when they come across a sick Cubchoo, realizing how badly damaged the forest is. They come across a swarm of angry Beartic that starts to attack. Meowth decides to play negotiator and the Beartic use Icy Wind on him. When they want to attack again, a Mienfoo appears and knocks them out. A Forest Ranger named Cliff introduces himself, and is quite amazed at Meowth for his capability of speech. The Cubchoo explains to Meowth exactly what happened before they found it, and Cliff tells them that there are two tribes of Beartic living on the mountain. Cliff asks if Meowth belongs to anybody. When everyone says no, he throws a Poké Ball at him and nearly captures him, much to Meowth's chagrin. They set out to find the Beartic that the Cubchoo belongs to until they are attacked by the Beartic, and Meowth is hit. They run away but fall off of a cliff and get separated from their Pokémon. At the subway station, the Subway Masters are investigating what is going on in the Subway. The Pokémon set out to find food for Axew and Cubchoo, while the gang is searching for them. Meanwhile, Meowth is arguing with the Beartic about the stolen food and he returns them to the Beartic, before getting hit by another Icy Wind. Suddenly, the two Beartic groups meet and they begin to fight each other, firing Sheer Cold attacks at each other, but their fighting causes four boulders to roll down the mountain at them. Three of the four are destroyed by the gang's Pokémon, while the Beartic all use Sheer Cold to freeze the remaining one in place. The two Beartic groups now get along with each other. After departing from Cliff, the gang continues their journey to Nimbasa City. Meanwhile, Team Rocket is preparing their final stage of their mission in Nimbasa City.706700"Crisis from the Underground Up!" (Wild Run! Battle Subway!! (Part 1))
Transcription: "Gekisō! Batoru Sabuwei!! (Zenpen)" (Japanese: 激走！バトルサブウェイ!! （前編）)September 15, 2011December 31, 2011Meowth is revealed to have been working with Team Rocket the entire time; he enters a phone booth to call Team Rocket to give them the go-ahead to attack while the gang rests.707701"Battle for the Underground!" (Wild Run! Battle Subway!! (Part 2)) Transcription: "Gekisō! Batoru Sabuwei!! (Kōhen)" (Japanese: 激走！バトルサブウェイ!! （後編）)September 15, 2011January 7, 2012With Team Rocket having hacked into the subway system's computers, the Subway Masters cannot help but to watch as Team Rocket keeps on releasing fake trains as distractions. Ash suggests inspecting them one by one until they find the right one. Meanwhile, Dr. Zager is planning on rendezvousing with Jessie and James at a designated location. Cilan suggests that Team Rocket is planning to meet outside of the subway and that they are on their way to the Anville Town rail yard. Meanwhile, Pikachu begins to call out other Pokémon to break out of the train. The Subway Masters rendezvous with the gang and plan to drive out of the underground subway station to catch up to Team Rocket, just as the Pokémon have finally cut a hole through the door of the train. Meowth goes to check up on the Pokémon only to see that Pikachu has broken free. Pikachu realizes that Meowth has been lying all along and gets infuriated. The Pokémon work together to destroy the coupling of the train to separate themselves from Team Rocket, forcing them to chase after the train car. When Ash and the others arrive, they see that Dr. Zager is preparing to lift the train car holding the Pokémon with a helicopter and take it away. Ash decides to go over to the train car and help them out. Using a Chandelure's psychic powers, he is transported over to the train car. They outrace Team Rocket until they manage to destroy the clamps on the helicopter. Jessie and James take over the capturing process and begin to speed up. They, again, use the Pokémon to speed up the trailer when Ash's Tepig learns Flamethrower. They attack the train and the path starts to short circuit. Pikachu, still infuriated at Meowth for lying, watches Team Rocket fly away on jetpacks and is about to pursue them (mainly Meowth), but, not before thanking Meowth for traveling with them, Ash manages to calm Pikachu down telling him to let it go for now, while the train destroys itself, as they safely arrive in Anville Town's rail yard. The Subway Masters inform everyone that the Poké Balls will be safely returned to everyone. Ash becomes excited for his gym battle and cannot wait to return to Nimbasa City. J#E#English title
Japanese titleOriginal air dateEnglish air date708702"Enter Elesa, Electrifying Gym Leader!" (The Gym Leader is a Charisma Model! Kamitsure Appears!!)
Transcription: "Jimu Rīdā wa Karisuma Moderu! Kamisure Tōjō!!" (Japanese: ジムリーダーはカリスマモデル！カミツレ登場！！)September 22, 2011February 18, 2012Ash has returned to Nimbasa City and is excited to finally have his Gym Battle with Leader Elesa to earn his fourth Unova badge. However, he is next in line to Bianca, who also desires to challenge Elesa, but is forced to make a choice to continue her Pokémon journey or go home with her father...709703"Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!" (Raimon Gym! Splendid Lightning Battle!!)
Transcription: "Raimon Jimu! Kareinaru Dengeki Batoru!!" (Japanese: ライモンジム！華麗なる電撃バトル！！)September 29, 2011February 25, 2012Ash is planning a strategy to beat Elesa, knowing that she uses electric-type Pokémon, which are weak against ground-types.710704"Lost at the Stamp Rally!" (Satoshi and Dent vs. the Subway Masters!)
Transcription: "Satoshi, Dento Tai Sabuwei Masutā!" (Japanese: サトシ、デントVSサブウェイマスター！)October 6, 2011March 3, 2012Cilan decides that he wants to go back to the subway so he can challenge the Subway Masters Ingo and Emmet in a match by collecting enough stamps. Ash and Iris decide that they want to see the rest of Nimbasa City, but along the way, they spot a lost Axew with a bow on her tail, and must help it find its trainer.711705"Ash Versus the Champion!" (Satoshi vs. Champion Adeku!)
Transcription: "Satoshi Tai Chanpion Adeku!" (Japanese: サトシVSチャンピオン・アデク！)October 13, 2011March 10, 2012As Ash, Iris, and Cilan leave Nimbasa City, they meet back up with Trip, who reveals his inspiration came from a trainer named Adler, the Unova League Champion.712706"A Maractus Musical!" (To the Other Side of the Rainbow! Musical Maracacchi!!)
Transcription: "Niji no Kanata e! Marakatchi de Myūjikaru!!" (Japanese: 虹の彼方へ！マラカッチでミュージカル！！)October 27, 2011March 17, 2012Ash is excited to have reached Driftveil City, meeting a trainer named, Tobio and his trio of Maractus, who are called, Mara, Actus, and Tussy. They are attempting to practice an "Over the Rainbow," but it fails because Tussy is afraid of heights. The gang helps Tussy to get over its fear.713707"The Four Seasons of Sawsbuck!" (Mebukijika! Seasonal Line-Up!!)
Transcription: "Mebukijika! Shunkashūtō Seizoroi!!" (Japanese: メブキジカ！春夏秋冬勢揃い！！)November 3, 2011March 24, 2012At a Pokémon Center, Ash and his friends meet Robert, a Pokémon Photographer who wants to recreate a photo of Sawsbuck through four different seasonal forms.714708"Scraggy and the Demanding Gothita!" (Zuruggu and the Selfish Gothimu!)
Transcription: "Zuruggu to Wagamama Gochimu!" (Japanese: ズルッグとわがままゴチム！)November 10, 2011March 31, 2012While on their way to Driftveil City, Ash and co. encounter a young girl named Katharine, and her Pokémon, Gothita, who has taken a liking to Ash's Scraggy due to its staring. Katharine challenges Ash to a battle, to which if she wins, he must trade his Scraggy for her Gothita.715709"The Lonely Deino!" (Iris and Monozu! Training at the Day Care!!)
Transcription: "Airisu to Monozu! Sodateya Shugyō!!" (Japanese: アイリスとモノズ！育て屋修行！！)November 24, 2011April 7, 2012Ash and Co. encounter three irate Dark & Dragon-type Pokémon named Deino, who like to cause trouble for other trainers. They soon learn that a trainer named Bobby, who runs a Pokémon Day Care, is watching over them until their trainers return. When the third Deino's trainer doesn't return, Iris expresses interest in cheering it up.716710"The Mighty Accelguard to the Rescue!" (Happy Hero A☆gilder vs. Freege-Man!)
Transcription: "Kaiketsu A☆girudā Tai Furīji-Otoko!" (Japanese: 快傑ア☆ギルダーVSフリージ男！)December 1, 2011April 14, 2012After a long time coming Ash and co. finally arrive at Driftveil City. Ash heads to the Gym and meets Clay, the Driftveil Gym Leader. Unfortunately Clay is too busy to have a Gym Battle and walks off. In the meantime a local named Charles agrees to give Ash and friends a tour of Driftveil Market. But when the Thief and his Ducklett stole the fruit of apples from the market, there's evil afoot, the mighty Accelgor appears on the scene. But who is this mysterious hero? However, as those thieves are making a getaway, a Timburr appears pushing the front of their car very hard with its wooden beam to crush the engines to make it stop. This Timburr belongs to Charles' childhood friend Linda. After the thieves are arrested, Charles and Linda saw the symbol of the Vanillite on that truck it just went by as they begin to wonder who's doing this.717711"A Call for Brotherly Love!" (Dent and Pod's Brother Battle! Baoppu vs. Yanappu!!)
Transcription: "Dento to Poddo Kyōdai Batoru! Baoppu Tai Yanappu!!" (Japanese: デントとポッド兄弟バトル！バオップVSヤナップ！！)December 8, 2011April 21, 2012Ash and Co. are visited by Cilan's brother, Chili, who wants to be better than his connoisseur brother after always losing so many challenges. So he decides to put his skills against Cilan by having a battle as Chili use Pansear while Cilan use Pansage.718712"Stopping the Rage of Legends!: Episode 1" (Tornelos vs. Voltolos vs. Landlos!: Episode 1)
Transcription: "Torunerosu Tai Borutorosu Tai Randorosu! (Zenpen)" (Japanese: トルネロスVSボルトロスVSランドロス！（前編）)December 15, 2011April 28, 2012Clay states that he cannot battle Ash because he ran out of Revival Herbs. Ash and co. decide to help find these Revival Herbs, which can only be found on the Island of Legend where the Kami Trio lives. After Ash and co. arrive on the island for a day, Tornadus, the Cyclone Pokémon and Thundurus, the Bolt Strike Pokémon, appear in such a rage and attack them due to the fact their shrines are desecrated, causing them to rage fiercely for a very long time. The only Pokémon that can stop these two is the Abundance Pokémon, Landorus.719713"Stopping the Rage of Legends!: Episode 2" (Tornelos vs. Voltolos vs. Landlos!: Episode 2)
Transcription: "Torunerosu Tai Borutorosu Tai Randorosu! (Kōhen)" (Japanese: トルネロスVSボルトロスVSランドロス！（後編）)December 22, 2011May 5, 2012Landorus is summoned and has awoken by Ash and co. as he goes up to stop the battle between Tornadus and Thundurus in the skies. Little do Ash and co. know that it was Team Rocket's plan to force the trio out of hiding so they could capture them.720714"Battling the King of the Mines!" (Underground Gym Battle! Vs. Yacon!!)
Transcription: "Chitei no Jimu Sen! Tai Yākon!!" (Japanese: 地底のジム戦！VSヤーコン！！)January 5, 2012May 12, 2012After being twice denied, Ash finally gets his chance to challenge Gym Leader Clay after helping him find more Revival Herbs.721715"Crisis at Chargestone Cave!" (Bachuru, Dentula! Electric Rock Cave!!)
Transcription: "Bachuru, Denchura! Denkiishi no Horaana!!" (Japanese: バチュル、デンチュラ！電気石の洞穴！！)January 12, 2012May 19, 2012After earning the Quake Badge, Ash and co. decide to head to Mistralton City next. Along the way, however, Ash notices Pikachu has fallen ill, and soon learns that a Joltik was feeding off Pikachu's electricity, as well as Iris' Emolga and Cilan's Stunfisk (being part electric). They eventually find out that Team Rocket is behind this phenomenon.722716"Evolution Exchange Excitement!" (The Trade Evolution! Chevargo and Agilder!!)
Transcription: "Tsūshin Kōkan Shinka! Shubarugo to Agirudā!!" (Japanese: 通信交換進化！シュバルゴとアギルダー！！)January 19, 2012May 26, 2012Bianca trades her Shelmet for an Escavalier Proffessor Juniper caught as a Karrablast, but not without having a battle to record the data of Shelmet and Karrablast first. However, the battle is halted when a Klinklang with its gears stuck causes a sudden electrical wave comes from the cavern. After helping the Klinklang and concluding the battle, the trade is successful, but when Bianca wants to try out her new Pokémon, it evolved into an Escavalier for some reason.723717"Explorers of the Hero's Ruin!" (The Ruins of the Black Hero! Symboler and Desukarn!!)
Transcription: "Kuroki Eiyū no Iseki! Shinborā to Desukān!!" (Japanese: 黒き英雄の遺跡！シンボラーとデスカーン！！)January 26, 2012June 2, 2012Professor Juniper's father, Cedric Juniper, found some ruins in a cave and needs help to investigate. Ash and Iris were more than excited to help when they found out the temple had a link to the legendary Pokémon, Zekrom, by the hero as so as his heart becomes one with the Pokémon. As they make their way through, they've got themselves into trouble when they see one Sigilyph blinded with anger when Cedric took the Golden Dark Stone and encountered a lot of Cofagrigus ambushing out of hiding.724718"Battling the Bully!" (Double Battle! Pikachu and Waruvile vs. Pendror and Gamageroge!!)
Transcription: "Daburu Batoru! Pikachū, Warubiru Tai Pendorā, Gamageroge!!" (Japanese: ダブルバトル！ピカチュウ・ワルビルVSペンドラー・ガマゲロゲ！！)February 2, 2012June 9, 2012The Sunglasses Krokorok has returned once again to challenge Ash to a battle bent on defeating his rival, Pikachu, after following them through the past areas Ash and Co. have been to. During the battle, Krokorok got blasted off while Pikachu is knocked for a loop and is seen rolling into the next town, where Pikachu is found by a little boy name Mick who apparently had no confidence in himself.725719"Baffling the Bouffalant!" (Afro is a GO! Buffalon is a NO!!)
Transcription: "Afuro de Gō! Baffuron wa Nō!!" (Japanese: アフロでGO！バッフロンはNO！！)February 16, 2012June 16, 2012With Mistralton City just a few yards away, Ash and co. take a break, but his Oshawott starts a fight with Tepig by stealing a piece of his Pokémon food. Their fighting gets them attacked by a wild Bouffalant. Iris, Snivy, Oshawott, Tepig and Axew are separated from Ash and Cilan while trying to get away. She find a Nurse Joy wearing a curly wig, who explains that the Bouffalant won't attack anyone who has a curly wig because it would think that their part of the herd. So Iris, Oshawott, Tepig, Axew and Snivy must swallow their pride and wear curly wigs in order to make their way back to Ash.726720"Cilan Takes Flight!" (Fukiyose Gym's Air Battle! Challenger Dent!?)
Transcription: "Fukiyose Jimu no Ea Batoru! Chōsensha Dento!?" (Japanese: フキヨセジムのエアバトル！挑戦者デント！？)February 23, 2012June 23, 2012Ash and co. finally arrive at Mistralton City, where Ash plans on challenging the gym leader, Skyla, but Mile, the previous Gym Leader, and Skyla's grandfather, says that she knows how the battle will turn out without having an actual battle. She develops an imaginary battle which she calls the "Air Battle," a type of battle reserved only for flying-type Pokémon. With so many trainers flocking to challenge her, Cilan also decides to challenge her to an actual battle to prove that her "Air Battles" are wrong in which he never tolerate any kind of battle she does.727721"An Amazing Aerial Battle!" (Fukiyose Gym! Vs. Fūro Mid-Air Match!!)
Transcription: "Fukiyose Jimu! Tai Fūro Kūchū Kessen!!" (Japanese: フキヨセジム！VSフウロ空中決戦！！)March 1, 2012June 30, 2012After Cilan loses to Skyla, Ash challenges her to a battle to earn the Jet Badge. However, Skyla predicts she will win because of her technique.728722"Climbing the Tower of Success!" (Breakthrough Challenge!! Climb the Tower of Heaven)
Transcription: "Nankan Toppa!! Tenkū no Tō o Nobore!!" (Japanese: 難関突破！！天空の塔を登れ！！)March 8, 2012July 7, 2012Ash and friends bump into Stephan, who is in town to compete in the Bell of Wishes Festival that is being held that day. Ash, Iris, and Cilan, after finding out that the winner gets to ring the bell atop Mistralton Tower and get a wish granted, decide to compete in the festival.729723"The Clubsplosion Begins!" (The Donamite Begins! Zuruggu vs. Yanakkie!!)
Transcription: "Donnamaito Kaimaku! Zuruggu tai Yanakkī!!" (Japanese: ドンナマイト開幕！ズルッグＶＳヤナッキー！！)March 15, 2012July 14, 2012At Ambiga Town, the local Don George holds a tournament called "Clubsplosion" to showcase Fighting-Type Pokémon, but all are welcome. Ash, Stephan, Bianca, Trip, and Georgia all enter the tournament, with Ash using his Scraggy. Ash and Scraggy's first opponent is Angus and his Simisage.730724"Search for the Clubultimate!" (The Continuing Donamite! Crimgan vs. Kirikizan!!)
Transcription: "Dondon Tsuzuku yo Donnamaito! Kurimugan tai Kirikizan!!" (Japanese: どんどん続くよドンナマイト！クリムガンＶＳキリキザン！！)March 22, 2012July 21, 2012The Clubsplosion tournament continues. Iris and Excadrill face off against Burgundy and Dewott. Bianca and Emboar face off against Trip and Conkeldurr. And Dragon Buster Georgia and Bisharp face off against newcomer Gale and her Druddigon.731725"A Clubsplosion of Excitement!" (The Burning Fights of Donamite! Kirikizan vs. Enbuoh!!)
Transcription: "Nettō Donnamaito! Kirikizan tai Enbuō!!" (Japanese: 熱闘ドンナマイト！キリキザンVSエンブオー！！)March 29, 2012July 28, 2012The first round of the Clubsplosion tournament ends with Bianca's and Trip's battle. As the second round gets underway, the remaining contestants battle for the chance to enter the Top 4 in the Clubsplosion semi-finals.732726"Commanding the Clubsplosion Crown!" (The Donamite Deciding Match! Nageki vs. Dageki!!)
Transcription: "Kessen Donnamaito! Nageki tai Dageki!!" (Japanese: 決戦ドンナマイト！ナゲキVSダゲキ！！)April 5, 2012August 4, 2012The Clubsplosion semifinals rage on. Bianca and Emboar battle Stephan and Sawk, while Ash and Scraggy battle Montgomery and his Throh. In the finals, Stephan and Sawk face Montgomery and Throh. Who will win the Clubsplosion Tournament?733727"Battling the Leaf Thieves!" (Rescue Kibago! The Den of Durant!!)
Transcription: "Kibago Kyūshutsu! Aianto no Sōkutsu!!" (Japanese: キバゴ救出！アイアントの巣窟！！)April 12, 2012August 11, 2012During a practice match against Iris' Emolga, Ash's Swadloon evolves into Leavanny. Leavanny's leaf-sewing process causes it to make costumes for the other Pokémon, but this causes Axew to be accidentally kidnapped by a pair of Durant who are building a den. They stop to think about how they are going to enter the Durant's den, and to be able to rescue Axew.734728"A Restoration Confrontation!: Episode 1" (The Fierce Fight at Mount Neji! Abagoura's Miracle!!: Episode 1)
Transcription: "Nejiyama no Gekitō! Abagōra no Kiseki!! (Zenpen)" (Japanese: ネジ山の激闘！アバゴーラの奇跡！！（前編）)April 19, 2012August 18, 2012Ash, Cilan, and Iris make their way to Twist Mountain where they come across a fossil dig that has discovered a fossil Tirtouga. However, Team Rocket arrives and steals the fossil.735729"A Restoration Confrontation!: Episode 2" (The Fierce Fight at Mount Neji! Abagoura's Miracle!!: Episode 2)
Transcription: "Nejiyama no Gekitō! Abagōra no Kiseki!! (Kōhen)" (Japanese: ネジ山の激闘！アバゴーラの奇跡！！（後編）)April 26, 2012August 25, 2012The adventure with Mount Twist, Tirtouga, and Carracosta continues.736730"Evolution by Fire!" (The Memory of Flames! Pokabu vs. Enbuoh!!)
Transcription: "Honō no Memorī! Pokabu tai Enbuō!!" (Japanese: 炎のメモリー！ポカブＶＳエンブオー！！)May 3, 2012September 1, 2012Stopping at Abtilbe Town's Battle Club, Ash meets his Tepig's former trainer, Shamus, who abandoned Tepig because he felt he was too weak. Angry, Ash challenges Shamus to a double battle with Snivy and Tepig going up against Shamus's Emboar and Heatmor, during which Snivy takes a hit to save Tepig, which motivates him to evolve into Pignite.737731"Guarding the Guardian of the Mountain!" (Hachiku Appears! Ulgamoth's Holy Mountain!!)
Transcription: "Hachiku Tōjō! Urugamosu no Seinaru Yama!!" (Japanese: ハチク登場！ウルガモスの聖なる山！！)May 10, 2012September 8, 2012Ash, Iris, and Cilan finally arrive in Icirus City. But before Ash can challenge movie star Brycen and his Beartic for his next Gym Badge, they must help Brycen save Volcarona from the Pokémon Hunter Rizzo and his two Jellicent.738732"Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!" (Sekka Gym Battle! The Icy Battlefield!!)
Transcription: "Sekka Jimu Sen! Kōri no Batorufīrudo!!" (Japanese: セッカジム戦！氷のバトルフィールド！！)May 17, 2012September 15, 2012Ash challenges Brycen for the Icicle Badge, putting Scraggy, Krokorok, and Pignite up against Vanillish, Cryogonal, and Beartic.739733"Clash of the Connoisseurs!" (Pokémon Sommelier Showdown! Tasting Battle!!)
Transcription: "Pokemon Somurie Taiketsu! Teisutingu Batoru!!" (Japanese: ポケモンソムリエ対決！テイスティングバトル！！)May 24, 2012September 22, 2012With only one more badge left, the group heads to Opelucid City so Ash can challenge the Gym Leader. Unfortunately for Ash, the Gym in Opelucid City is closed. When the group stops in Stonesthrow Town, Cilan meets little Marigold who is picking out her first Pokémon today. Cilan offers his skills as a Pokémon Connoisseur, but another A-Class Connoisseur named Ricard Nouveau offers up his services instead of Cilan's, and they have a battle to determine who is the better Connoisseur. All while the S-Class Connoisseur Fauxgundy watches, but they believe they have seen her somewhere before.740734"Crisis at Ferroseed Research!" (Tesseed Institute! Airis and Bivanilla!!)
Transcription: "Tesshīdo Kenkyūjo! Airisu to Baibanira!!" (Japanese: テッシード研究所！アイリスとバイバニラ！！)May 31, 2012September 29, 2012The group meets up with Dragon Buster Georgia who has a Vanilluxe now. They travel to the Ferroseed Institute to see the Moss Pokémon Ferroseed being studied, but when an accident forces an evacuation, Iris, her Axew, Ash's Oshawott, and Georgia's Vanilluxe are trapped inside. Iris has not yet overcome her crippling phobia of Ice-Types, and she must figure out a way out with Vanilluxe at her side.741735"An Epic Defense Force!" (Movie Showdown! Sortie Out Isshu Defence Forces!!)
Transcription: "Eiga Taiketsu! Shutsugeki Isshu Bōeitai!!" (Japanese: 映画対決！出撃イッシュ防衛隊！！)June 7, 2012October 6, 2012After Ash and the gang arrive in Virbank City and Cilan gives them a rundown of the area’s history, they run into their filmmaking friend Luke and his Zorua! Luke plans on entering the Pokéstar Studios Movie contest and wants Ash, Iris and Cilan to help make the greatest film about the Unova Defense Force against his rival film director Jules and his Krookodile.742736"Rocking the Virbank Gym!: Episode 1" (Fierce Battle at Tachiwaki Gym! Vs. Homika!!: Episode 1)
Transcription: "Gekitō Tachiwaki Jimu! Bui Esu Homika!! (Zenpen)" (Japanese: 激闘タチワキジム！VSホミカ！！（前編）)June 14, 2012October 13, 2012Ash heads to Virbank City to face off against its Gym Leader, punk rocker Roxie from the band Koffing and the Toxics, in order to obtain his eighth Unova League Gym Badge.743737"Rocking the Virbank Gym!: Episode 2" (Fierce Battle at Tachiwaki Gym! Vs. Homika!!: Episode 2)
Transcription: "Gekitō Tachiwaki Jimu! Bui Esu Homika!! (Kōhen)" (Japanese: 激闘タチワキジム！VSホミカ！！（後編）)June 14, 2012October 20, 2012Ash's battle against Roxie for the Toxic Badge continues.744738"All for the Love of Meloetta!" (Sing Meloetta! Love's Melody!!)
Transcription: "Utae Meroetta! Ai no Senritsu!!" (Japanese: 歌えメロエッタ！愛の旋律！！)June 21, 2012October 27, 2012After learning the Unova League conference will not be held for three more months, Ash, Iris, and Clian meet up with Cynthia, the Sinnoh Region Champion. She says she has come to Unova to participate in an exhibition match at the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup, held in Lacunosa Town, and Ash learns that the prize of the tournament is a battle with Alder, Unova's reigning Champion. As the four head out of Virbank City for Undella Town, they come across the legendary Melody Pokémon, Meloetta who seems to have fallen ill.745739"Piplup, Pansage, and a Meeting of the Times!" (Pochama vs. Yanappu! The Magnificent Battle!!)
Transcription: "Potchama Tai Yanappu! Karei naru Batoru!!" (Japanese: ポッチャマＶＳヤナップ！華麗なるバトル！！)June 28, 2012November 3, 2012Upon arriving in Undella Town, Cynthia leads the gang to her villa where Dawn and Piplup are waiting for them. Dawn has come to Unova to perfect her Coordinator skills, and Cilan decides to have a Tasting Battle to see exactly what she can do.746740"Expedition to Onix Island!" (Survival on the Island of Iwark!)
Transcription: "Iwāku no Shima de Sabaibaru!" (Japanese: イワークの島でサバイバル！)July 5, 2012November 10, 2012While Cynthia is preparing for the Junior Cup, Ash, Cilan, Iris, and Dawn take a trip to an uninhabited island for some relaxation. However, they soon discover the island is home to several Onix that begin to attack them.747741"The Mystery of the Missing Cubchoo!" (Sommelier Detective Dent! The Mystery of the Missing Kumasyun!!)
Transcription: "Somurie Tantei Dento! Kieta Kumashun no Nazo!!" (Japanese: ソムリエ探偵デント！消えたクマシュンの謎！！)July 19, 2012November 17, 2012While in Undella Town, Cilan helps a boy named Chris track down his missing Cubchoo. However, they instead find a roaming Beartic that might have once been Chris's Cubchoo.748742"Iris and the Rogue Dragonite!" (Iris and the Roughneck Kairyu!)
Transcription: "Airisu to Abaremono Kairyū!" (Japanese: アイリスと暴れ者カイリュー！)July 26, 2012November 24, 2012When the power goes out in Undella Town, the gang tries to help out when they discover a rampaging Dragonite may be to blame. When Iris discovers the Dragonite, she believes it is truly not bad but she is soon trapped in the room with the Dragonite along with Ash's Oshawott and Dawn's Piplup.749743"Jostling for the Junior Cup!" (Junior Cup Opener! Kairyu vs. Tunbear!!)
Transcription: "Junia Kappu Kaimaku! Kairyū tai Tsunbeā!!" (Japanese: ジュニアカップ開幕！カイリューＶＳツンベアー！！)August 2, 2012December 1, 2012The Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup begins, with rivals such as Trip, Georgia, and Burgundy showing up to take part in the tournament. After an exhibition match between Sinnoh Champion Cynthia's Garchomp and Unova Elite Four member Caitlin's Gothitelle ends in a no official winner, the first round begins. Iris is up first against Georgia, with Iris's newly captured Dragonite being pitted up against Georgia's Beartic.750744"Battling Authority, Once Again!!" (Power Battle! Iris vs. Hikari!!)
Transcription: "Pawā Batoru! Airisu tai Hikari!!" (Japanese: パワーバトル！アイ リスＶＳヒカリ！！)August 23, 2012December 8, 2012The quarter-final matches of the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup take place, and Iris must go up against Dawn, pitting Dragonite against Mammoswine. In another match, Cilan and Crustle take on Trip and Serperior.751745"Ash, Iris, and Trip: Then There Were Three!!" (Satoshi, Iris, and Shooty! The Last Battle!!)
Transcription: "Satoshi, Airisu, Shūtī! Saigo no Batoru!!" (Japanese: サトシ、アイリス、シューティー！最後のバトル！！)August 30, 2012December 15, 2012With the semi-finals of the Pokémon World Tournament Junior Cup underway, and with the grand prize of having a battle with Alder on the line, Ash, Iris, and Trip go all out.752746"Goodbye, Junior Cup - Hello Adventure!" (The Hellos and Goodbyes of the Junior Cup!)
Transcription: "Wakare to Deai no Junia Kappu!" (Japanese: 別れと出会いのジュニアカップ！)September 6, 2012December 22, 2012After Trip's match against Alder, the Junior Cup draws to a close and the contestants bid each other farewell. Ash, Iris, and Cilan meet Cameron, a young naive trainer who wants to travel with them. Dawn bids farewell as well, but not before having a practice match against Ash.753747"The Road to Humilau" (Seigaiha Gym Battle! Mantain vs. Daikenki!!)
Transcription: "Seigaiha Jimu Sen! Mantain tai Daikenki!!" (Japanese: セイガイハジム戦！マンタインＶＳダイケンキ！！)September 13, 2012January 5, 2013After being separated from each other, Ash, Iris, and Cilan help Cameron get to Humilau City where he wants to challenge Marlon for his own eighth Unova League Gym Badge.754748"Unrest at the Nursery" (Big Fuss at the Pokémon Daycare! Washibon and Vulchai!)
Transcription: "Pokemon Hoikuen wa Ōsawagi! Washibon to Baruchai!" (Japanese: ポケモン保育園は大騒ぎ！ワシボンとバルチャイ！)September 20, 2012January 12, 2013While still staying at Cynthia's villa and training for the Unova League conference, Ash and the gang come across a fighting pair of Rufflet and Vullaby. It turns out they have both escaped the inexperienced Day Care Nurse, Layla. Whilst the manager is away, Ash, Iris and Cilan help Layla in the Nursery, but the ongoing conflict between the two Pokémon both craving Layla's attention continues.755749"Meloetta and the Undersea Temple" (Meloetta and the Undersea Temple!)
Transcription: "Meroetta to Kaitei no Shinden!" (Japanese: メロエッタと海底の神殿！)September 27, 2012January 19, 2013Ash continues to train at Cynthia's villa until Ridley (a member of an ancient civilisation dedicated to protecting Meloetta) and his Golurk hear Meloetta's song and come to take Meloetta back. At first, Ridley assumes Ash is associated with the thieves, but this turns out not to be the case. Before Ridley can take Meloetta home, Team Rocket assaults the group and capture Meloetta and summon up the ancient Abyssal Temple through its power and song. The heroes try to fend off Team Rocket, but with Giovanni himself present they are too strong.756750"Unova's Survival Crisis" (The Therian Formes Advance! Isshu's Greatest Crisis!!)
Transcription: "Reijū Forumu Sōshingeki! Isshu Saidai no Kiki!!" (Japanese: 霊獣フォルム総進撃！イッシュ最大の危機！！)October 4, 2012January 26, 2013With Meloetta in their possession, Team Rocket's Giovanni controls Tornadus, Thundurus and Landorus in their more powerful Therian Formes though use of the reveal glass unlocked by Meloetta's presence and Meloetta's song. Ash, Cilan, Iris, Cynthia, and Ridley do their best to free Meloetta and save the world from Team Rocket. But forces stronger than Team Rocket are present, and Giovanni soon finds himself not able to control himself and sets Tornadus, Thundurus, and Landorus on a path to destroy Unova rather than take it over for Team Rocket.
During each season of the main series, a Pokémon Feature Film (劇場版ポケットモンスター Gekijōban Poketto Monsutā?, Pocket Monsters Movie) starring the main characters from the TV series has been released. As of 2010[update], there have been 13 movies and one feature length TV broadcast (released outside Japan as a direct-to-video movie titled "Mewtwo Returns"). The plot of every movie has involved an encounter with a Legendary Pokémon, although some may not conform to a strict definition of the word. The movies are also used to promote new Pokémon that appear in new versions of the game.
Except main series and movies, the anime has also shown various specials and TV shorts. In English-language broadcast, these have been played or are playing as the Pokémon Chronicles or Pokémon Sunday series, alongside The Legend of Thunder! special and several Pikachu shorts, Many of these specials centered around legendary Pokémon or one or more of the main characters that is separate from the main cast during its corresponding series, while the sporadically-made later side story episodes typically air as special episodes. Another 8 additional OVAs were broadcasted on numbered All Nippon Flights, as well as sold by DVD exclusively. Besides, two 3D shorts were shown during the tour of Japanese theme park Poképark.
Full-length TV specials
Normal-length TV specials
Pikachu's Winter Vacation (ピカチュウのふゆやすみ Pikachū no Fuyuyasumi?) is a series of winter themed Pikachu-centered shorts that went directly to video. The first two were part of the Pokémon Chronicles series. This was the only Pokémon DVD not released by Viz Video but rather 4Kids' normal way of releasing DVDs, being released by 4Kids and Funimation.
ANA flights shorts
Main article: Pokémon Chronicles
Pokémon Chronicles, known in Japan as Pokémon Side Story (ポケモンサイドストーリー Pokemon Saido Sutōrī?), where it is aired as part of Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station (週間ポケモン放送局 Shūkan Pokemon Hōsōkyoku?) is a closely related spin-off series that aired with the beginning part of Pokémon: Advanced Generation. The main episodes are stories that star various recurring characters that appeared in Pokémon, some of which account for discontinuities of the plot of Pokémon: Advanced Generation. However, instead of new episodes each week, as is the case with Pokémon: Advanced Generation, other things may air during Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station such as reruns of Pokémon episodes, television airings of the Pokémon movies, cast interviews, and live action footage.
Pokémon Sunday (ポケモン☆サンデー Pokemon Sandē?) debuted on TV Tokyo on October 3, 2004. The show is the successor to the Pocket Monsters Encore and the Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station. Like the shows before it, Pokémon Sunday is a sort of variety which featuring reruns of old episodes as well as a number of 'Research' episodes involving live-action elements.
Pokémon Smash! (ポケモンスマッシュ！ Pokemon Sumasshu!?) is the successor to the Pokémon Sunday series. It debuted on TV Tokyo on October 3, 2010. Like its predecessors, Pokémon Smash! is a variety show that features live-action segments and reruns of old anime episodes.
Airing and production
The English adaptation of the series was produced by 4Kids Entertainment and video distribution of the series was handled by Viz Media and Pioneer Entertainment for the TV series, Warner Bros. and Nintendo for the first three movies and the first television special, Miramax Films, and Buena Vista Home Entertainment for the fourth movie through the seventh, Viz Media for movies eight to ten, and Universal Studios for the eleventh film onward. The series and all feature films are directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, with English adaptations originally written by Norman J. Grossfeld and Michael Haigney for the first eight seasons. However, starting with the ninth season, The Pokémon Company International (operating as Pokémon USA at that time,) and TAJ Productions, who worked with 4Kids on the show before taking leave after Season 5, replaced 4Kids as the show's non-Japanese producers and distributors. Most of the original voice cast was also replaced, causing controversy among fans who admired the original voice actors. When TAJ closed their doors, they were replaced by DuArt Film and Video for the tenth movie and Season 11 of the anime series onward. In the UK, Pokémon first aired on Sky1, then it was followed by airings on GMTV and CITV in the summer of 1999 including their Saturday morning show SMTV Live and proved to be extraordinarily popular, to the point were segments and sketches of the show itself were based around Pokémon (e.g. the Pokérap). As part of their relaunching of their internet site, the full first season of the anime is being shown on the pokemon.com web site in the USA.
The show (as of September 23rd, 2010 in Japan) has premiered the "rebooted" series, Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes on TV Tokyo Thursday nights at 7:30 PM JST. The metaseries had been airing on Tuesday nights in the earlier seasons. In the United States (as of June 5, 2010 ) the series is airing its fourh season of Diamond and Pearl, subtitled "Pokémon DP: Sinnoh League Victors" in the English dub, with episodes premiering Saturday mornings at 7 AM ET/PT. An English version of Pokémon Side Story has now been made, titled Pokémon Chronicles which premiered in the UK on Toonami on May 11, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. BST, and is currently airing the 11th season on YTV in Canada. Each season also brings forth a Pokémon feature-length film, and each film up until the seventh is preceded by a Pokémon animated short. Pokémon CD's have been released in conjunction with the anime. The tracks feature songs that have been shown in the English dubbed version of the anime. However, some CDs have been released to promote and profit the anime.
Cartoon Network's India and Pakistan services, along with their Toonami UK service, also carries Pokémon episodes. As of October 9, 2006, Cartoon Network's online service, Toonami Jetstream, featured Pokémon episodes starting at the Orange League episode "The Pokémon Water War". As from 16 November 2009 Cartoon Network India is going to air the dub of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl while Cartoon Network Pakistan is going to air it from 9 November 2009.
Pokémon Diamond and Pearl began airing in Japan on September 28, 2006 with a three-episode arc introducing the new series' main female character Dawn (known in Japan as Hikari), based on the playable female player in the Diamond and Pearl games. The new series aired with a sneak preview on April 20, 2007 in the USA. The sneak preview aired on May 5 in Canada. A dubbed version of the 90-minute preview done in Japan, Diamond and Pearl takes place in the Sinnoh region, based on the new Diamond and Pearl games. The new series aired in prime time on Cartoon Network starting June 4 at 7:30 PM ET/PT as part of the Cartoon Network Summer 2007 programming promotion. The summer run was confirmed in the Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea DVD released on April 2 of 2007. Pokémon Diamond and Pearl has also been airing on YTV in Canada since September 8, 2007. Ash and Brock are joined by a new coordinator named Dawn, and the trio travel through Sinnoh, collecting gym badges and ribbons. Gary returned in this series.
Diamond and Pearl came to an end on September 9, 2010, and two weeks later was replaced by a new series based on the games, Pokémon Black and Pokémon White. On June 9, 2010, a blog posted by the storyboard writer revealed that the first four episodes of the Pokémon Black and White series were finished and confirmed Ash returning. Two new characters, Iris and Dento, traveled with Ash. On July 1, 2010, the official title of the 14th season - Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! - was revealed. The series introduced two new characters traveling with Ash - Iris, who has a Kibago living in her hair, and Dent, a "Pokémon Sommolier" who was a gym leader and specializes in relationships with Pokémon and their trainers. In addition, a new rival, Shooti, was introduced as well.
In the UK, the first eight series were aired on multiple channels, ITV1, ITV2, Five and Sky1. Battle Frontier and Diamond and Pearl were aired on Cartoon Network. The CITV Channel and ITV4 recently broadcasted the Battle Frontier episodes for the first time on free TV, on everyday as part of Action Stations!. Battle Dimension started airing in the UK on September 6, 2008, on Disney XD (née Jetix), which is advertised confusingly as "the new home for Pokémon in the UK", however episodes airing on Jetix/Disney XD have also aired on CITV and ITV4, with ITV4 sometimes premiering new episodes. Jetix/Disney XD's various European channels also started including Pokémon in their schedules from late 2008, making it the only channel to air the newest Pokémon series in some regions. The show will air on Pop (Tv Channel) soon.
In Germany the series was shown for the first time on 1 September 1999. As collecting main the USA version serves and simply with Germans dialogues was provided. In Germany so far 12 Seasons was shown from RTL2.
Main article: Pokémon episodes removed from rotation
Pokémon has had several anime episodes removed from the rotation in Japan or the rest of the world. The most infamous of these episodes was Electric Soldier Porygon (でんのうせんしポリゴン Dennō Senshi Porygon?). The episode made headlines worldwide when it caused 685 children to experience seizures and seizure-like symptoms caused by a repetitive flash of light. Although the offending sequence was caused by Pikachu's actions, the episode's featured Pokémon, Porygon, has never been seen again in the anime except for one brief cameo appearance in the movie, Pokémon Heroes and in one scene-bumper later in season 1. Its evolutions Porygon2 and Porygon-Z have never appeared either. On September 1, 2006, China banned the series from prime time broadcasting (from 17:00 to 20:00), similarly to western animated series such as The Simpsons, to protect its struggling animation studios. The ban was later extended by one hour.
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