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US First Aired Release Date: September 08, 1998
Japan First Aired Release Date: April 01, 1997

Seasons: 14
Episodes: 720+

Franchise: Pokemon
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said at 1:43 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
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apparently no one ages in pokemon... WTF? ash is STILL 10!!! this makes NO SENSE! they mention time passing and hes not ONE DAY OLDER
said at 9:14 AM on Fri Jan 2 2015
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In the last couple of days I've been catching up and marathoning the XY Series and wow not only is this better than Best Wishes but it's actually pretty fun and dare I say darn good?

I haven't enjoyed the Pokemon anime in such a long time. I feel like I'm a kid again. Serena, Clemont and Bonnie are pretty likeable characters, far better than Iris and Cilan ever were. Ash has finally returned to being a good character again in my eyes...he's still a headstrong and hot blooded idiot but he's far less childish and is using strategy and tactics again in his battling.

Also I think some of the recurring characters like Diantha, Tierno, Trevor and Shauna by far characterized superiorly than their game counterparts. Not to say the XY games were bad but they just weren't good characters in the game.

I just wished we had a better dubbing company and talent behind this season. TCPI just continues to get worse and worse. I hope someday TCPI drops DuArt and goes somewhere else like The NYAV Post, Bang Zoom, Studiopolis, FUNimation, Ocean Group.....I'd even settle for Blue Water or Sentai just anywhere else.

That being said I'm glad I've finally moved towards watching it subbed. The seiyuu performances have been great especially from Rica Matsumoto, Megumi Hayashibara, Shinichiro Miki, Mayuki Makiguchi, Yuki Kaji, Mariya Ise and Unsho Ishizuka.

I hope XY continues to keep up with the good work.
said at 2:50 PM on Mon Jan 19 2015
@Autovolt I watched it first and loved it, though for some reason I lost track. I like that they revived the old theme song, stuff like that seem like they're going for a 1998 feel to it, my favorite episode, is the ghost one, they're usually entertaining, and this one is no exception.
said at 7:47 AM on Sun Oct 19 2014
98% of this list, I have no idea who they are, besides Sean Schemmel and Jason Griffith, since they are Goku and Sonic the Hedgehog(two somewhat similar characters) respectively. Honestly, I do not.
said at 8:20 AM on Sun Oct 19 2014
@IamOptimusPrime2020 Edit: Minus the Funimation cast and Jason Griffith(Sonic the hedgehog).
said at 6:30 AM on Sat Sep 13 2014
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Kalos is actually decent and the dub has improved and I like the current friends more than Best Wishes ones

*wait for a flamewar eventually for saying that*
said at 1:50 AM on Mon Aug 18 2014
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Okay to be honest I don't have the hatred for Pokemon USA like some people do(then again I heard about it one year after the change) hell I even think some characters sound better now

But oh my they are around longer than 4Kids now congrats

I should watch XY someday that Serena girl interest me
said at 4:44 PM on Sat Jun 21 2014
This Anime has gone way downhill, and its English dub has gone beyond downhill-- the 4Kids Era was the best for the Pokemon Anime, and OS was the best Series, IMO.
said at 5:11 PM on Sat Feb 8 2014
;v; Oh, my childhood.
I was getting a bit nostalgic scrolling down this page. And I was a bit surprised to find a character that shares my name. I really aught to start watching this again.
said at 8:06 AM on Mon Jan 13 2014
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While I only really watch the OG(and a bit of Johto and Advanced and some movies) I have to say I didn't mind most of the recent voices

Except for Brock. Glad Brock left after DP he was getting annoying(I would be glad he left even if he was still voiced by Eric though)

But still there are some current voices I like better(Meowth) and some I dislike for both the dubs(Jessie and Butch) even if for the majority I prefer 4Kids
said at 11:14 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
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I must say that personally I feel Pokemon has not taken a turn for the worse in recent years, in my eyes. Both the current TPCi English dub, and the show itself, have fallen short of their predecessors in the 4Kids English dub and the OS, AG, as well as even the DP series. The show just really isn't what it used to be anymore these days.
said at 11:14 PM on Tue Aug 20 2013
I apologize, but I meant to say that I feel Pokemon has taken a turn for the worse (etc.)
said at 1:38 AM on Sun Sep 15 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Agreed. Did you know that the new dub made Veronica Taylor cry?
said at 2:47 AM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@Regomania Any proof of that statement?
said at 4:22 AM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@Fulgore2005 Gah, Damn. Well, you win. My statement could be false. But, let's just say the new dub isn't the same for me...
said at 2:54 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
@Regomania Don't worry about it. I can understand why the older dub is preferred.
said at 10:33 AM on Wed Oct 9 2013
@OldSchoolFTW Not just the dub: the show itself. I like the OS best, mainly in the Gen 1 arcs before Johto made it boring. BW is a close second, though: it was surprisingly good compared to what came before it.
said at 10:41 AM on Wed Oct 9 2013
Same here, but I do prefer the 4Kids dub to the TPCi dub myself (for reasons besides the voices/voice acting alone, although that's one of my main reasons for that preference).

For me: OS > AG > BW > DP

BW was better than AG initially for me, but then the Unova League and Da! brought it down for me. DP was...well, Dawn was cool, right?
said at 10:45 AM on Wed Oct 9 2013
@OldSchoolFTW I'd say it's OS > BW > AG > DP. True BW peaked with Team Rocket's Operation Tempest, but "Episode N" was VERY good: it felt almost like a movie spread out into 14 episodes! The actual movie with Genesect was also epic, as was the series finale that followed Da!. AG was always hit-or-miss, but I loved May's arc throughout the whole thing. DP...Dawn WAS cool, but was still the weakest girl companion thus far for many reasons. :(
said at 10:50 AM on Wed Oct 9 2013
Whatever the case, I'm glad someone else didn't think DP was the best series in the whole anime. lol. Team Rocket was cool in Unova (as in, they were actually getting things done instead of blasting off again for once), and Episode N was GREAT, but the League Arc and all the filler in Da! ended up bringing it so down for me I had to put it below AG myself (no offense, though, I respect your opinion). DP was really not my cup of tea...I never got into it. :(
said at 10:56 AM on Wed Oct 9 2013
@OldSchoolFTW IKR? It actually really astounds me how many fans seem to adore and worship the DP series. It was the most BORING one to me: the complete antithesis of what the anime started out as. As for me, I put BW a bit above AG because a good Team Rocket arc and the Team Plasma arc > Team Aqua and Team Magma's arc.
said at 12:18 PM on Wed Oct 9 2013
Same here about the DP Series. The Team Rocket arc and Team Plasma arcs are definitely better than the Team Aqua and Magma arcs in the anime, so I agree there.
said at 10:49 PM on Sun Mar 10 2013
That Special View is certainly unique! I like it! Now if only there was a "side by side" special view.
said at 12:09 AM on Sat Jan 12 2013
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Eggman narrated? Be funny if they did a version where he used his Robotnik voice for comedic effect.
said at 10:09 PM on Fri Nov 9 2012
I wish this website should change some of the character images for this page, like Ash, Brock, Jessie, James, Giovanni and other characters who has appeared recently.
said at 5:21 PM on Sun Dec 30 2012
@TC81691 yeah and switch Lola's clip to Carol Jacobians' voice
said at 3:05 PM on Tue Mar 5 2013
@MatthewC17 I meant IMAGES, not voice clips. That's the change I want to see.
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 4:12 AM on Wed Mar 6 2013
@TC81691 a new future feature will be to potentially have multiple images per character. so for characters like Ash who have had many design/outfit changes over the years, this feature would allow all of those to be showcased.
said at 2:58 PM on Sat Aug 18 2012
It's like all of Japan's VAs do a Pokemon character
said at 5:13 PM on Thu Jul 5 2012
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I love Pokemon!
said at 3:40 PM on Mon May 14 2012
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this show is so much part of me and my childhood, I even know the lyrics...and my mum does too! Gosh...1998...can you come back again? :(
said at 12:27 AM on Fri May 4 2012
I feel a bit surprised that some funimation voice actors are in this series. I wonder if they are going to add the others as well.
said at 3:06 AM on Thu Jul 26 2012
@mypetgoat Yeah
I hope that with BW they bring back more 4Kids actors and formers like Jessica Calvello (she has a wide vocal range) and others like Roxanne Beck
said at 2:33 PM on Sat Aug 18 2012
@JSD None of the English VAs, except for Veronica Taylor was any good in any Pokemon dub and that's only because Rika Matsumoto said that she sounded exactly like her. The Japanese cast has Shinichiro Miki and Megumi Hayashibara. Nuff said.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 10:31 PM on Thu Sep 20 2012
@AntiSabat666 So she's only good because Ash's seiyuu said she was good? I fail to understand your logic.
said at 8:49 PM on Tue Apr 10 2012
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What if Nickelodeon owned the American rights?
said at 3:05 AM on Thu Jul 26 2012
@thomwim Then the show would have a very talented voice cast
said at 12:07 AM on Sat Jan 12 2013
@thomwim If you curious that would be a Funimation cast and I posted it in Dream Casts in the Pokemon thread how it would sound.

#1 favorite TV Show
for 19 members.

A favorite TV Show
for 200 members.
Latest Reason:

"My favorite anime ever. Love the Original Series and Advance Generation. DP isn't so bad either!"

- Pokeshipper9000
Who's your favorite character?
Pikachu (Ash's)
19.4% (12 votes)
19.4% (12 votes)
9.7% (6 votes)
Ash Ketchum
8.1% (5 votes)
8.1% (5 votes)
6.5% (4 votes)
Charizard (Ash's)
4.8% (3 votes)
3.2% (2 votes)
3.2% (2 votes)
Tracey Sketchit
3.2% (2 votes)
1.6% (1 votes)
1.6% (1 votes)
Zoey (Sinnoh)
1.6% (1 votes)
Damian (Kanto)
1.6% (1 votes)
Blaziken (May's)
1.6% (1 votes)
Cynthia (Sinnoh Elite Four Champion)
1.6% (1 votes)
1.6% (1 votes)
Oshawott (Ash's)
1.6% (1 votes)
1.6% (1 votes)
62 Total Votes
Listen to all the actors who have voiced the following Pokemon characters.
Ash Ketchum
Professor Oak
Nurse Joy
Officer Jenny
Delia Ketchum
Tracey Sketchit
Magikarp Salesman
Raoul Contesta
Mr. Sukizo
Lilian Meridian
Vivian Meridian
James's Father
James's Mother
Vincent / Jackson
Kenny (Sinnoh)