US Premiere: Sep 08, 1998
US Conclusion: Ongoing
Japan Premiere: Apr 01, 1997
Japan Conclusion: Ongoing

Seasons: 18+
Episodes: 873+

Animation Studio: OLM

Popularity: 8th All Time, 1st This Week

Franchise: Pokemon
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Jared Delgado
said at 1:40 PM on Thu Aug 4 2016
 4 Shout Outs!
You know what could have made Pokemon an engaging series? If each region had a different set of protagonists instead of Ash having to be the star of every region.
said at 6:17 PM on Mon Jul 18 2016
 1 Shout Out!
I wish they would bring May back in the series again in the future, just like they did in Season 11. She's my favorite female character in the series.
said at 12:42 PM on Sun May 15 2016
 1 Shout Out!
"The future is now thanks to science!" "Clemontic Gear, ON!"
said at 1:26 PM on Thu Apr 21 2016
 8 Shout Outs!
Hi, I'm new to the site, but I thought I'd like to get this off of my chest because I feel that I really need to say this (and no doubt I'll get a bit of disagreements on it):

As of now, I'm so sick and tired of all of the complaining going on and such with the current TPCi dub, because it's gotten to the point where now even I can't enjoy watching it anymore without reading or hearing everyone complain of the voice acting, script writing, etc. It's been long enough, so it's time to let it all go!

I'm sorry I had to say that, but I just can't handle it any longer. Try to understand what I'm saying.
Lps and pokemon fan
said at 11:27 AM on Sun May 15 2016
@SF64Rules i understnd. i tink the voice acting is fine and im friends with the voice actors old and new and some who want to join. they know about the hate. some dont care some do. but they want it to stop. im not angry about the swich. yes its sad and it shouled have happend but thats how conpinies and bincess work. i agree what your saying.
Lps and pokemon fan
said at 11:45 AM on Sun May 15 2016
@SF64Rules i agrre. its hard to whatch because many people just yell at you if you enoy the show. i dont have that problem but my frind has. i understand what your saying
Joel the Pokekid
said at 11:43 PM on Sun Mar 27 2016
I'm probably going to get alot of disagreements, but I'll be totally honest, I didn't really like the first season, "original" series or whatever it's referee to. The voice acting is fine but I just didn't really like it. I really don't see what makes it so phenomenal in the eyes of most people.
said at 3:51 PM on Sun Jul 17 2016
@Joel the Pokekid In English, it came out the same time as the "localized" English Pokemon games.

It means a lot to those who were a part of the hype.
said at 9:17 PM on Sun Mar 13 2016
 2 Shout Outs!
I'll be honest about this series, I loooove the Indigo league and I still do(then again gen 1 is forever my favourite) good voice acting for the most part, not as much edit as later parts of 4Kids life and for being gen 1 when it was still establishing itself and wasn't as rigid as later part of the series

I also like Orange Island although I felt Ash's voice degraded to be too cutesy and high pitched.

However as Johto arrived it got really repetitive and the voice acting got really cartoonish plus Misty and Brock got stale...

Hoenn was a bit better but it was when I stopped watching the main series and only focused on the movies, Veronica and the new voice actors(at the time) are mostly good but many of the veteran are starting to sound really cartoonish and that's not getting into Mike Pollock's narrator voice it was sorta acceptable enough at first but as the rest of the 4Kids seasons passed they got really cartoonish and the censorship was really starting to show.

Then it happened... Pokemon USA admittedly they were bizarre in the television version of the special and they were still rusty for the rest of Hoenn but I felt it was an improvement for the later parts of 4Kids.

I did not see Diamond Pearl other than the Arceus film but the voices got better than the entirety of Hoenn.

Best Wishes I only saw snippets off but it sounded good although I have a problem with the protagonists chemistry especially Iris I like the ideal of choosing a black girl and not giving her a stereotypical black personality but they made her so abrasive...

XY is when I picked up the series again, I actually thought the voices improved, the music changes(though I assume it happened around Best Wishes) bugs me but it's my favourite season since Orange Island
said at 10:05 AM on Sun Mar 13 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Pokemon! Bring back Piplup :)
said at 2:25 AM on Thu Jan 7 2016
Forgot to mention this, but another thing I liked about 4Kids' dub over TPCi's would be the openings/intros: I mean, 4Kids' at least seemed to put actual effort in their openings (e.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlNw_ZbrF6A, , https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8pj9EwjNjw, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UtnhJhMOg1E).

TPCi's openings/intros range from friendship forever (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKNGPin3qN0, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhsPaA8fUKY, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LOiMCyu5bc, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxonNbECKR0), to awful ripoffs of 4Kids' intros (compare https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xKWiCMKKJg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zInwD3MD7_U to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZx7D1tofb0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3DlRh4CJiKs to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B57o_SIu710), to awful rapping (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBDMhc54K2s). There's no real effort put into composing most of them at all, to be blunt.
said at 11:16 PM on Sun Dec 6 2015
 4 Shout Outs!
I'm just going to put this out there, and I'm not sure if anyone else agrees- I thought the 4Kids dub of this Series was a lot better than the TPCi dub. Now I won't deny for a second that 4Kids did a lot of nonsense with some of their other series, but Pokemon in my eyes was one of the their best efforts, and their dubbed episodes still have some charm to them in my book.

On the polar opposite end, I gave the current dub about 9 years, thinking that it'd get better, yet I feel it has done the exact opposite, and gotten progressively worse, the most glaring issues for me being the extremely sub-par voice acting and casting, awkward dialogue for Team Rocket and Ash, as well as the excessive unfitting music replacement.

Let this speak for itself on the music replacement:

"There have been a few episodes where the only piece that's kept is the jingle accompanying the episode title card (the episode where Ash catches Fletchling being one), which is a level of suck not even reached by 4Kids ever, so there's that."

-- Aaron Strife, NeoGaf, on Pokemon: The Series XY English Dub

Source is http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?p=142775830

Like some others, I just want Pokemon to get a new dubber, I really don't care who as long as genuine effort is put in, and I firmly believe with all my heart it's not being done justice in English these days.
Joel the Pokekid
said at 8:25 PM on Sat Dec 5 2015
 1 Shout Out!
I remember watching this at 7. I always pictured what it would be like to travel with Ash and just travel the world with a friend like him and just get to see the world of Pokemon, and sometimes I still do now, and I'm 14 almost turning 15. I will always love this show(even though the plot may be garbage sometimes, the gags boring, the new rivals are annoying as hell, etc.) I really hope Pokemon gets a new dub(even though I don't mind the current one). I'd love to see my favorite VAs work on this show.
said at 12:50 PM on Sun Nov 8 2015
 2 Shout Outs!
I find it ironic the picture at the top was cut out of the English dub of BW142. :P

Though I agree with Autovolt myself on Pokemon- XY is a nice show, but I just wish we had a better dubbing company in charge of this Series. As he said, "TPCi just continues to get worse and worse" (imo) at their voice directing, and writing dialogue, but I was also infuriated when I learned they replaced Shinji Miyazaki's wonderful music for the Diancie and now Hoopa films. The replacement music really isn't even as good as 4Kids' replacement music was for their first three films were, imo, really messed up the whole vibe of them.
said at 5:30 PM on Sun Nov 8 2015
@Dr.Who A shame the music had to be replaced, though I'll be the first to admit that I never bother comparing the OST's of the Japanese and English dubs, so I suppose ignorance is bliss. As for the acting, eh, I find it hit or miss.
said at 6:15 PM on Sun Nov 8 2015
I understand. To me, Pokemon without Shinji Miyazaki's music is like Star Wars without John Williams' tracks, it just doesn't feel right.

For what it's worth, I thought 4Kids' dub music had better composition than TPCi's dub music does: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlOhtp1eH0A. 4Kids also kept more of the Japanese music than TPCi has, so I appreciated that as well.

As for the acting...I find it pretty awful in the TPCi dub in general and worse than ever before, but I did like the acting in the 4Kids dub for the most part.
said at 11:16 AM on Sun Dec 6 2015
@Dr.Who >I find it ironic the picture at the top was cut out of the English dub of BW142. :P

to be fair it is a good group shot including so many of Ash's Pokemon.
said at 11:02 PM on Sun Dec 6 2015
I agree, but I'm just saying that TPCi cut it out of the English dub, if it makes sense.
said at 1:43 PM on Mon Mar 9 2015
 1 Shout Out!
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 12:37 PM on Sun Nov 8 2015
Those are all dub only references, just to clarify that: Ash will never age and is forever 10, my friend.
said at 9:14 AM on Fri Jan 2 2015
 6 Shout Outs!
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
 3 Shout Outs!
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*
Lps and pokemon fan
said at 11:42 AM on Sun May 15 2016
@HienFan your fine. i think the dub never needed inprovent and i like the best wiches friends and the current friends but its your opian and if people say somthing for you saying that ill portect you
Lps and pokemon fan
said at 11:47 AM on Sun May 15 2016
@HienFan kalos is great but the dub has always been good and i like the best wiches friends an the current friends.
said at 1:50 AM on Mon Aug 18 2014
 2 Shout Outs!
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
 1 Shout Out!
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
 1 Shout Out!
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
 3 Shout Outs!
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 12:29 PM on Sun Nov 8 2015
Taylor certainly isn't a fan of the current dub, and doesn't like how TPCi handled the switch (respectively), I can tell you that much is a fact:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDaZB4Ug9O4 (see 1 minute mark)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6rZVh0Tlvo (see 14 minute mark)
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
 4 Shout Outs!
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
 2 Shout Outs!
It's like all of Japan's VAs do a Pokemon character
said at 5:13 PM on Thu Jul 5 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
I love Pokemon!
said at 3:40 PM on Mon May 14 2012
 6 Shout Outs!
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.
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