Pokémon (Anime)

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Anime television series
title Pokémon
Original title ポ ケ ッ ト モ ン ス タ ー
transcription Poketto Monsutā
International Pokémon logo.svg
Country of production JapanJapan Japan
original language Japanese
Year (s) since 1997
Studio OLM
length 25 minutes
Episodes 1121+ in 23 seasons ( list )
genre Adventure , comedy , shons , action
idea Satoshi Tajiri
music Shinji Miyazaki (Japanese version)
John Lissauer, Manny Corallo, Ralph Schuckett (US version)
First broadcast April 1, 1997 (Japan) on TV Tokyo
first broadcast
September 1, 1999 on RTL II

This article focuses on the reactions of Pokémon - role playing by Nintendo for the television and the cinema . The series and films are animated by OLM .

Television series


The first regions from Pokémon are based on the geography of Japan.

The plot is based on the Pokémon games . The main character of the series is Ash Ketchum, who is based on the heroes of the first Japanese games, but is not identical to any of the main series protagonists according to official information. The first season is based on the editions red and blue and plays in Kanto ( Kantō ). However, his first Pokémon Pikachu runs after him, as it initially refuses to stay in the Poké Ball, this is based on the Yellow Edition. Later, the region of Johto ( Kinki and Tōkai ), which is known for its gold, silver and crystal editions, is also visited. However, the protagonists are left the same. Only when Ash traveled to the regions of Hoenn ( Kyūshū ) made of ruby, sapphire and emerald and Sinnoh ( Hokkaidō ) made of diamond, pearl and platinum, did his companions change. This is followed by the Einall region, which is based on New York . It includes the games Black, White, Black 2 and White 2. The subsequent region, Kalos, is based on France , to which the X and Y editions belong. The Alola region from the Sun and Moon games is based on Hawaii . The Galar region from the sword and shield games is modeled on the United Kingdom .

Ash wants to become a Pokémon master in each region. To qualify for the finals, he has to fight against arena leaders in different cities to win medals. The gym leaders usually have a certain type of Pokémon. This Pokémon battle was also carried over from the games. Even the capture of Pokémon plays a big role for Ash. Unlike the heroes of the games, however, he doesn't try to own a Pokémon of any kind. Ash and his friends experience all sorts of adventures on the journey, with a different Pokémon usually being the subject of each episode.

From the sixth season, Pokémon competitions also play a central role. These are events in which so-called Pokémon coordinators compete against each other in order to win ribbons - similar to the medals of arena battles. In contrast to the Pokémon fight, the aim is not to weaken and defeat the opponent, but to give the most aesthetic idea possible, which is evaluated by the judges. This usually takes place in an exhibition match against another coordinator, but individual Pokémon also have to compete in the preliminary rounds. Ash's companions Maike and Lucia take part in the competitions, which means that they have a greater share in the plot than Misty in the earlier seasons and their characters are also depicted more deeply. Jessie also regularly takes part under a false name.

main characters

Ash Ketchum (サ ト シ, Satoshi) is 10 years old at the beginning of his journey. He wants to become the greatest Pokémon trainer in the world, but overslept on the day of his departure and has to take the initially stubborn Pokémon Pikachu . Only in a thunderstorm does he and Pikachu become friends. In the first seasons, Gary Eich, who also wants to become the greatest Pokémon trainer in the world, is Ash's greatest rival. A similar rivalry with Paul develops in the Sinnoh region, and in Einall Diaz becomes his new rival. On his journey through the Pokémon world, he collects medals in the various regions and competes in the respective leagues. In each season, Ash receives a Pokedex from the respective professor on site. This Pokedex informs him about the respective Pokemon. In the 20th season, Ash receives the Rotom-Pokedex, a merger with the Pokemon Rotom leads to this lively companion in the season.

Misty (カ ス ミ, Kasumi) is Ash's first companion (seasons 1 to 5). Actually, she only traveled with him so Ash could replace her destroyed bike. But after a while she forgets this and a very special friendship develops. She was born in Azuria City , where she lived with her sisters who in turn run the city's arena. However, the girls didn't have time to fight Ash, so Misty went up against him. Her favorite type of Pokémon is water. From episode 50 she owns Togepi, which has a mother imprint on Misty and develops into Togetic in episode 321. Misty has two guest appearances in the seventh and three guest appearances in the eighth season. In the Game Boy game she was the arena manager of Azuria City, but had no other meaning.

Rocko (タ ケ シ, Takeshi) was there with the exception of the second to the 13th season. He was the director of the arena in Marmoria City and grew up with a large number of siblings. He was responsible for this for a long time because the father was absent. When he finally returned, Brock decided to accompany Ash and Misty. His favorite type are the rock Pokémon. Actually he is the serious partner who always knows advice, but when a beautiful woman enters the room he immediately becomes weak and always promises the girl his eternal love. Then either Misty, Max or Glibunkel (depending on the season) has to bring him back to his senses. Brock's dream is to become a great Pokémon breeder one day. After the Sinnoh journeys, he decides to become a Pokémon doctor. He also appeared in the Game Boy game, also as the arena manager of Marmoria City.

Gary Eich (オ ー キ ド ・ シ ゲ ル, Ōkido Shigeru) is Ash's first arch-rival and grandson of the Pokémon Professor Eich. Although he often mocks and laughs at Ash in the beginning, he becomes more and more helpful and nice, especially in the later seasons he looks much more mature than at the beginning. At the beginning of his journey he is accompanied by a number of cheerleaders , but they do not appear in later seasons. Eventually he gives up his dream of becoming the best Pokémon trainer and, like his grandfather, devotes himself to Pokémon research. He also takes on the role of rival in the Game Boy game.

Professor Samuel Eich (オ ー キ ド ・ ユ キ ナ リ, Ōkido Yukinari) is the leading expert in the Pokémon world. In addition to his research, he is also a talented poet and has appeared on television several times. He lives in Alabastia , the city Ash grew up in, and in the laboratory he also takes care of Ash's Pokémon who are not currently on the team.

Tracey Sketchit (ケ ン ジ, Kenji) is a Pokémon watcher and great admirer of Professor Eich. He is very familiar with Pokémon and their behavior, and he is very good at drawing. Ash and Misty met him while trying to save a Lapras. From then on, he will travel with them through the Orange Archipelago in the second season. When he returns to Alabastia with Ash, he stays with Professor Eich and becomes his assistant, so that he can also be seen occasionally in the later seasons.

Maike (ハ ル カ, Haruka) accompanies Ash from the sixth to the ninth season. At first she wasn't really interested in Pokémon, but she liked the idea of ​​traveling the world, which is why she became a trainer. She chooses Flemmli as her first Pokémon. As with Misty, her bike is accidentally destroyed, so she joins Ash. It wasn't until she discovered competitions that her love for Pokémon grew. After all, her biggest dream is to become a famous Pokémon coordinator. She often gets into an argument with her brother Max, who often corrects and criticizes her. Like Ash, Maike has some rivals (Drew and Harley). She has a multi-episode guest appearance in season 11. In the Game Boy editions Rubin / Saphir / Smaragd, she is the main female character.

Max (マ サ ト, Masato) is the brother of Maike and accompanies Ash from the sixth to the ninth season. He often gets into arguments with his sister, mostly because she worries about him. He knows a lot about Pokémon, but is too young to be a trainer himself in the beginning.

Lucia (ヒ カ リ, Hikari) is a trainer and Pokémon coordinator who accompanies Ash together with Brock from the tenth season. As a coordinator, she follows in the footsteps of her mother, who was also a successful coordinator in her younger years. As the first Pokémon, Lucia chooses Plinfa, which is rarely in the Poké Ball. In contrast to Maike, who at first seems naive and helpless, she is very self-confident, to which her mother in particular contributed. In the Nintendo DS editions Diamond / Pearl / Platinum she is the main female character.

Lilia (ア イ リ ス, Airisu) is Ash's new companion from season 14. Ash meets her in the Einall region. The special thing about Lilia is that she doesn't carry her Pokémon Spleen with her in the Poké Ball, but in her hair. This is also the reason for the first meeting between her and Ash; he originally wanted to throw the Poké Ball at the spleen, which was in Lilia's hair. Lilia's goal is to become a dragon master. She received spleen from the eldest of her village in order to train it on her journey and thus to get closer to her goal. Lilia is based on the Twindrake City Gym Leader of the White Edition of the new Nintendo DS game.

Benny (デ ン ト, Dento) is a Pokémon connoisseur and one of the Orion City gym leaders. He accompanies Ash in Einall from season 14. After Ash fought against Benny, Benny is impressed by how Ash fought against his brothers and himself. Benny is convinced that he can still learn a lot from Ash and decides to travel with him and Lilia. Benny's goal is to become the best Pokémon connoisseur in the world. As in the anime, Benny is also one of the arena leaders of Orion City in the DS Black / White editions.

Serena (セ レ ナ, Serena) is Ash's companion in the Kalos region. She knows Ash from childhood and starts her journey just because of him. The two met at Professor Eich's summer camp when Ash convinced Serena to go through with the camp. After joining Ash and his troops, she initially doesn't know exactly what her goal will be on the journey until she decides to become a Pokémon performer and Queen of Kalos. In the Nintendo 3DS games X and Y, she is either the protagonist or a rival of the protagonist.

Citro (シ ト ロ ン, Shitoron) accompanies Ash on his journey through the Kalos region from the 17th season. He was actually the arena manager of Illumina City but was kicked out of his arena by a self-made robot. He decides to travel with Ash as he is impressed with him as a trainer and the way he handles his Pokémon and hopes to get stronger as a result. In the 3DS games X / Y he is also the arena manager of Illumina City.

Heureka (ユ リ ー カ, Yurīka) is Citro's little sister, who joins Ash and her brother on his journey through Kalos. She is too young to have her own Pokémon, so Citro catches her Pokémon to take care of. So at the beginning of the trip, Citro catches a Dedenne that Heureka is carrying in her pocket. It also appears as a sister of Citro in the 3DS editions X / Y.

Maho (マ オ, Mao) is a trainer in the Alola region and, like Ash, attends the Pokémon school there. She specializes in plant-type Pokémon and is a passionate cook, even though Ash and the others often don't appreciate her food. Her family runs the restaurant in Konikoni City.

Paul (シ ン ジ, Shinji) is a trainer who, like Ash, wants to collect all eight Sinnoh medals and compete in the Sinnoh League. He's fine with any means to achieve this goal, regardless of whether his Pokémon suffer. The first time they meet Ash, there is a great rivalry because of their different views on Pokémon rearing. Since then, the two have struggled at every meeting to find out which of the two is the stronger. Most of the time, Paul emerges victorious, but in their last fight in the Sinnoh League, Ash beats Paul.

Diaz (シ ュ ー テ ィ ー, Shūtī) is a trainer of the Einall region. When Ash arrives in Einall, he is just beginning his journey and is collecting his first Pokémon, Poké Balls and the Pokédex from Professor Esche. Shortly thereafter, Diaz and Ash fight each other, with Diaz winning the fight. Diaz quickly becomes a rival for Ash. Over time, they meet again and again and challenge each other. Diaz usually emerges victorious from their fights. Like Ash, he wants to take part in the Unity League and collects all eight medals in the region.

Team Rocket (ロ ケ ッ ト 団, Roketto-dan) is the name of a large criminal organization. Your goal is to gain world domination with the help of a Pokémon army. She is mainly represented by Jessie (ム サ シ, Musashi), James (コ ジ ロ ウ, Kojirō) and a speaking Meowth (ニ ャ ー ス, Nyāsu). These three are the main antagonists of the series and appear in every episode from episode two until the end of season 13, with the exception of episode 395, which only aired in Japan. Their main goal is to steal Pikachu, but in many cases they also target the Pokémon of the people Ash and Co. encounter in the individual episodes. In the beginning they often succeed (with the help of various robots and other high-tech devices), but in the end Ash and his friends always manage to thwart Team Rocket's plans and save the Pokémon. From the 14th season onwards, they behave more disciplined and professional at times and no longer appear in every episode.

Development of the series

On April 1, 1997, the first episode of the television series, which should be based on the video games released in 1996, ran on the Japanese television station TV Tokyo . This episode focuses on the ten-year-old Ash Ketchum from Alabastia, who arrives late at the scientist Professor Eich's to pick up his first Pokémon and go on an arduous journey into the world with him to gain experience and learn more about the Pokémon to find out. Pokémon are animal beings that come in all shapes and sizes and are often used by humans for battles. Ash receives a Pikachu , an as yet untamed, electric mouse that initially refuses to make friends with its new owner. In the course of the series, however, Ash and Pikachu become good friends who have to defend themselves against some villains, above all the criminal organization Team Rocket. On his journey, Ash can catch many more Pokémon and befriend other Pokémon Trainers like Brock and Misty as he tries to catch up with his rival Gary.

As of December 16, 1997, 38 episodes of the anime series had aired on Japanese television with great success. The 39th episode is about Pikachu meeting a large group of wild Pikachu and being overjoyed to spend time with his fellow species. Ash wants to leave his first Pokémon behind and move on alone, but Pikachu decides to stay with Ash. From April 16, 1998 to November 14, 2002, episodes 39 to 276 were broadcast. These 276 episodes are often divided into five seasons. The first season includes episodes 1 to 82 and is called the Indigo League . The plot is based on the blue and red editions. The yellow edition (Pikachu Special Edition) is based in part on the anime. Each of the five seasons has its own theme song. Sometimes new main characters are introduced at the beginning of the seasons, such as the figure of Tracey Sketchit in the second season of the Orange League . The other seasons are Die Johto Reisen , Die Johto Liga Champions and Master Quest . They are based on the gold, silver and crystal editions.

From November 21, 2002 to September 14, 2006, a second television series based on the editions Rubin, Saphir and Smaragd ran. The TV series titled Pocket Monsters: Advanced Generation (ポ ケ ッ ト モ ン ス タ ー ア ド バ ン ス ジ ェ ネ レ ー シ ョ ン) is a continuation of the plot of the previous series, but has some minor changes. The third television series ran, based on the Pokémon games Diamond and Pearl, under the title Pocket Monsters: Diamond & Pearl (ポ ケ ッ ト モ ン ス タ ー ダ イ ヤ モ ン ド & パ ー ル) from September 28, 2006 to September 9, 2010 and includes seasons 10 to 13 together the three series 659 episodes.

From September 23, 2010 to September 26, 2013, the fourth TV series was in Japan under the title Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! (ポ ケ ッ ト モ ン ス タ ー ベ ス ト ウ ウ イ ッ シ ュ). It is based on the black and white editions. On June 21, 2012 a second season of the fourth television series started under the title Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes! Season 2 (ポ ケ ッ ト モ ン ス タ ー ベ ス ト ウ イ ッ シ ュ シ ー ズ ン 2), which is more based on the continuations of the Black 2 and White 2 editions. Outside of Japan, seasons 14 through 16 are part of the series. The German-language first broadcast of the 16th season took place on pay TV from August 2013 to January 2014 on Disney XD and on free TV from September 5, 2013 to February 4, 2014 on the new free TV channel ProSieben Maxx .

A fifth television series was from October 17, 2013 to October 27, 2016 under the title Pocket Monsters: XY (ポ ケ ッ ト モ ン ス タ ー XY) to see. This series is based on Editions X and Y, which appeared worldwide on October 12, 2013. A preview of the new series, which begins outside of Japan with the 17th season, was shown by ProSieben Maxx on October 19, 2013 in a German-language premiere. The complete 17th season was first broadcast in German from April 3 to December 5, 2014 on the pay-TV channel Disney XD. It was broadcast on free TV from April 17, 2014 to February 16, 2015 on ProSieben Maxx. In May 2015, Disney XD continued the first airing of the 18th season, while the broadcast on free TV took over since July 18, 2015 Nick . The 19th season was first broadcast on Nick, who showed it after the 18th season from May 28, 2016.

The sixth TV series Pocket Monsters: Sun & Moon (ポ ケ ッ ト モ ン ス タ タ ー サ ン & ム ー ン) started on November 17, 2016 . It is based on the Sun and Moon editions published one day later, on November 18, 2016 . A preview of the first two episodes was shown on November 20, 2016 on Nick and on November 19, 2016 on Nick Switzerland and Nick Austria . The 20th season premiered on April 29, 2017 on the pay-TV channel Disney XD. It was broadcast on free TV by Nick on May 6, 2017. The episodes of the season premiered on either Nick or Disney XD, depending on the schedule. Following the end on Nick, the 21st season has been broadcast for the first time since March 10, 2018. The first broadcast of the 22nd season, beginning with episode 3, has been broadcast on the free TV broadcaster Super RTL since April 27, 2019 . However, the German-language first publication has been on the paid video portal kividoo and partly on toggo.de and Prime Video since April 18, 2019 .

The seventh television series began in Japan on November 17, 2019 under the simple title Pocket Monsters (ポ ケ ッ ト モ ン ス タ ー), just like the first series. For the series in Japanese, the green-colored logo is no longer used - as in the previous series - but the new blue-colored logo, which was already used in the 20th and 21st films. The special thing about this series is that for the first time it is not only based on the new region and the associated games , but all previous regions play a role and are traveled by Ash and his companion, Goh. Under the German title Pokémon Reisen: The series has been broadcast on free TV on Super RTL since July 5, 2020, with Kividoo already starting publication at the end of June 2020. For the first time, a streaming provider has secured an exclusive license for the United States for the English version. Netflix released the first twelve episodes of the season on June 12, 2020 and will add new episodes every quarter.

Overview of the seasons

Season title
Number of episodes A
First broadcast in Japan First publication in German First published in the USA
Season premiere Season finale Season premiere Season finale Season premiere Season finale
1 Indigo League 82 (79) Apr 1, 1997 Jan. 21, 1999 Sep 1 1999 Feb. 29, 2000 8 Sep 1998 Nov. 27, 1999 B.
2 Orange League 36 Jan 28, 1999 Oct 7, 1999 1st Mar 2000 May 1, 2001 Dec 4, 1999 Oct 14, 2000
3 The Johto Reisen 41 Oct 14, 1999 July 27, 2000 May 17, 2001 Nov 7, 2001 Oct 14, 2000 Aug 11, 2001
4th The Johto League Champions 52 Aug 3, 2000 Aug 2, 2001 March 12 2002 Oct 2, 2002 Aug 18, 2001 Sep 7 2002
5 Master Quest 65 (64) Aug 9, 2001 Nov 14, 2002 Aug 25, 2003 June 7, 2004 Sep 14 2002 Oct 25, 2003
6th Advanced 40 Nov 21, 2002 Aug 28, 2003 Aug 18, 2003 Aug 2, 2004 15th Mar 2003 4th Sep 2004
7th Advanced Challenge 52 4th Sep 2003 Sep 2 2004 Sep 9 2005 Nov 24, 2005 Sep 11 2004 Sep 10 2005
8th Advanced Battle 53 (52) C Sep 9 2004 29 Sep 2005 26 Sep 2006 Dec 8, 2006 17 Sep 2005 July 8, 2006
9 Battle Frontier 47 Oct 6, 2005 Sep 14 2006 Aug 2, 2007 Oct 9, 2007 8 Sep 2006 3rd Mar 2007
10 Diamond and Pearl 52 (51) 28 Sep 2006 Oct 25, 2007 May 27, 2008 Aug 7, 2008 Apr 20, 2007 Feb. 1, 2008
11 DP: Battle Dimension 52 Nov 8, 2007 Dec 4, 2008 Feb. 18, 2009 May 6, 2009 Apr 12, 2008 May 2, 2009
12 DP: Galactic Battles 53 (52) Dec 4, 2008 Dec 24, 2009 29 Mar 2010 June 18, 2010 May 9, 2009 May 15, 2010
13 DP: Winner of the Sinnoh League 34 Jan. 7, 2010 Sep 9 2010 Feb 21, 2011 Apr 24, 2011 June 5, 2010 Feb 5, 2011
14th Black-and-white 48 D 23 Sep 2010 Sep 15 2011 May 1, 2011 Jan. 17, 2012 Feb 12, 2011 Jan. 7, 2012
15th Black & White:
Rivals of Fate
49 22 Sep 2011 Oct 4, 2012 Apr 2, 2012 Feb 10, 2013 Feb. 18, 2012 Jan. 26, 2013
16A Black & White:
Adventure in Unity
45 25th Oct 11, 2012 Apr 18, 2013 19 Aug 2013 4th Sep 2013 Feb. 2, 2013 20th July 2013
16B Black & White:
Adventure in Unity and beyond
20th Apr 25, 2013 26 Sep 2013 4th Sep 2013 Jan. 10, 2014 July 27, 2013 Dec 7, 2013
17th XY 48 Oct 17, 2013 Oct 30, 2014 Oct 19, 2013 Dec 5, 2014 Oct 19, 2013 Dec 20, 2014
18th XY - explorations in Kalos 45 E. Nov 13, 2014 Oct 22, 2015 May 2, 2015 March 8 2016 Feb 7, 2015 19 Dec 2015
19th XYZ 47 (48) F. Oct 29, 2015 Oct. 27, 2016 F. May 28, 2016 4th Mar 2017 F. Feb 20, 2016 Jan. 21, 2017 F.
20th Sun Moon 43 Nov 17, 2016 21 Sep 2017 Nov 19, 2016 3rd Mar 2018 Nov 20, 2016 Dec 9, 2017
21st Sun & Moon -
Ultra Adventure
49 (48) Oct. 5, 2017 Oct 14, 2018 10 Mar 2018 April 1, 2019 24 Mar 2018 23 Feb 2019
22nd Sun & Moon -
Ultra Legends
54 Oct 21, 2018 Nov 3, 2019 April 18, 2019 May 3, 2020 23 Mar 2019 7th Mar 2020
23 to travel 50 17th Nov 2019 June 24, 2020 June 12, 2020
A. The German number of episodes of the season is in brackets if it differs from the Japanese.
B.The 18th episode , which does not exist in German, aired long after the 82nd episode on June 24, 2000.
C.Some lists count 54 because an episode was originally planned in Japan but never aired.
D.Some lists count 50 because a two-part series was originally planned in Japan but never aired.
E.The second episode of season 18 was originally the 24th episode of season 17. Despite the postponement in Japan and internationally, the episode aired in South Korea in the original order. In addition, the 30th episode of the season will be broadcast internationally as the 42nd episode.
F. A special broadcast in Japan is counted internationally as the season finale, which aired in Japan on November 3, 2016, in Germany on March 4, 2017 and in the United States on January 28, 2017.

Pokémon outside of Japan

After the series had already started in South Korea in December 1997, Pokémon had its US American premiere on September 8, 1998. Extensive censorship was carried out, which included a replacement of almost all names to US-American ones, but also cultural adjustments were made . For example, Japanese onigiri are called donuts or (ice cream) sandwiches under different names . The US version of the series by 4Kids Entertainment was sold in numerous countries. So also to Germany, where the series was broadcast for the first time on September 1, 1999 on the TV station RTL II .

Three episodes of the first season have not yet been broadcast on US and / or German television. The reasons for this are: The first of the three episodes shows the villain James from Team Rocket as a transvestite , the second shows the Pokémon Meowth from Team Rocket with a beard similar to that of Adolf Hitler . Gun violence was also used against humans and Pokémon. The third episode was not aired because it contains a scene with a rapid change of colors between red and blue, which when broadcast in Japan caused epileptic seizures in children. Episode 18 of the first season, which shows James from Team Rocket as a transvestite, was later broadcast on US television during a rerun (albeit on the night program) in a cut version, whereby the scene with James and his fake breasts was removed. The episode has not yet been broadcast in Germany. Further episodes of the first seasons were considered controversial and some were removed from the broadcast schedule.

In the following seasons, additional episodes were occasionally postponed or skipped in Japan and / or the USA due to controversy, natural disasters and editorial decisions, which is why they never appeared in German.


On July 18, 1998, the first feature film based on the television series premiered in Japanese cinemas. The film is about the evil, cloned Pokémon Mewtwo , which invites some Pokémon trainers - including Ash, Misty and Brock - as well as the rare Pokémon Mew , from which it was cloned, to its island. Mewtwo wants to defeat Mew in a fight and replace the Trainer's Pokémon with clones. The film was a huge commercial success worldwide. With grossing US $ 163.64 million , it was just behind Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke , but it was the second most successful Japanese film to date. In Germany, where the film started on April 13, 2000 under the title Pokémon - The Film: Mewtwo vs. Mew , 3.22 million viewers saw it, making it the sixth most successful film in Germany in 2000. The distribution outside of Asia was taken over by the Warner Bros. Studios , which brought an abridged version of the film into the cinemas. The story that shows Mewtwo's friendship with a little girl and the reason for his wickedness was cut out of the film outside of Asia.

Because of the immense success of the television series and the first feature film, it was decided to produce another film every year. The films should match the plot of the television series as much as possible and deal with a legendary or rare Pokémon. The second film, Pokémon 2 - The Power of the Individual , covers several such Pokémon. In addition to the three legendary bird-type Pokémon Arktos , Zapdos and Lavados , the white flying Pokémon Lugia also makes an appearance in the second film, which tells of preventing the end of the world. The second film was released in Japan on July 17, 1999. In Germany, it was released on December 21, 2000 and was also a commercial success with 1.84 million admissions and worldwide box office earnings of 133.95 million US dollars.

The third film was significantly less successful. The premiere took place on July 8, 2000 in Japanese cinemas and had its German theatrical release on June 21, 2001 as Pokémon 3 - Under the Spell of the Unknown . It only attracted 704,763 visitors to the cinemas, while the international box office income of 68.11 million US dollars is just over half of the box office income of the second film. The film, which includes the first anime appearance of the legendary Pokémon Entei , was released on DVD in Germany as Im Bann der Icognito .

The fourth film, which was released in Japan on July 7, 2001 and in the US in October 2002, grossed only 28.02 million US dollars worldwide. The film about the Pokémon Celebi , which is as rare as Mew , did not have a German theatrical release . However, it was released in August 2003 as Pokémon 4 - The Timeless Encounter on DVD and VHS .

A DVD for the fifth film, which had its theatrical release in Japan on July 13, 2002, followed in May 2004 under the title Pokémon Heroes - The Film .

The sixth film, Pokémon 6 - Jirachi: Wishmaker , about the legendary Pokémon Jirachi , was released in Japanese cinemas on July 19, 2003 and was released on DVD in Germany on May 14, 2007.

In Japan, the seventh film, Pokémon 7 - Destiny Deoxys , which was released on July 17, 2004 and featured an adventure by the main characters with the rare Pokémon Deoxys, had grossed $ 34 million. The film was released on DVD in Germany on September 3, 2007.

The eighth film, Pokémon 8 - Lucario and the Secret of Mew , was released in Japan on July 16, 2005. It had gross profits of 4.18 billion yen (approximately 29.34 million euros). The eighth film was broadcast on December 6, 2007 on RTL II . However, this was cut into two episodes in order to be able to show more advertising. Opening and ending were completely cut out, scenes were removed and dialogues changed.

The ninth film, Pokémon 9 - Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea , opened in Japanese theaters on July 15, 2006 . In Germany, it was also shown in two parts on RTL II on July 10, 2008.

The film Pokémon 10 - The Rise of Darkrai was released on July 14, 2007 and was the most successful anime film in Japanese cinemas that year. It grossed 5.02 billion yen ($ 47 million). In Germany it was first broadcast on December 12, 2008 on RTL II. In the tenth film, only the ending was cut out, otherwise the film was not changed.

The eleventh film followed on July 19, 2008 in Japan. Like the twelfth film, this relates to the tenth film. In Germany, the eleventh film was first broadcast on April 9, 2009 under the title Pokémon 11 - Giratina and the Knights of Heaven on RTL II.

A twelfth film was released in Japan on July 18, 2009 in cinemas. In the US it was first seen on November 20, 2009 on free TV . In Germany, the film was first broadcast on free TV on April 1, 2010 under the name Pokémon 12 - Arceus and the Jewel of Life on RTL II.

The 13th film was released in Japan on July 10, 2010, while the US premiere was on television on February 5, 2011 on Cartoon Network . In Germany, the film was shown on free TV for the first time on April 21, 2011 under the title Pokémon 13 - Zoroark: Master of Illusions on RTL II. A DVD for the film was released on May 26, 2011. This makes it the first film to be shown on television as well as released on DVD.

The 14th film exists in two versions, both versions were shown in Japanese cinemas from July 16, 2011. In the United States, one version was shown in select cinemas on December 3 and 4, 2011, while the other version was shown on television on December 10, 2011. The free TV premiere in Germany followed on April 8 and 15, 2012 as RTL II, the films under the title Pokémon - The Film: Black - Victini and Reshiram and Pokémon - The Film: White - Victini and Zekrom, each in two parts showed. The two films were released together on August 16, 2012 on a DVD.

The 15th film was released in Japan on July 14, 2012. In Germany he was entitled Pokémon - The Movie: Kyurem against the Knights of honesty first time on 23 February 2013, the Pay TV transmitter Disney XD broadcast. The DVD for the film was released in Germany on August 29, 2013. The free TV premiere took place on October 25, 2014 on ProSieben Maxx .

The 16th film was released in Japanese cinemas on July 13, 2013. The German-language first broadcast took place on October 19, 2013 under the title Pokémon - The Film: Genesect and the legend reawakened on the free TV channel ProSieben Maxx. The film was released on DVD on June 4, 2015.

The 17th film was released in Japan on July 19, 2014. The German-language first broadcast was broadcast by the pay-TV broadcaster Disney XD under the title Pokémon - The Film: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction on May 1, 2015. The DVD release followed on June 4, 2015. The free TV premiere broadcast Nick on July 18, 2015.

An 18th film was released in Japanese cinemas on July 18, 2015. The German-language first broadcast was on March 22, 2016 under the title Pokémon - The Film: Hoopa and the Battle of History on the free TV channel Nick.

The 19th film was released in Japanese cinemas on July 16, 2016. The German-language first broadcast of the film was broadcast by the Austrian and Swiss offshoots of the free TV station Nick on November 19, 2016 under the title Pokémon - The Film: Volcanion and the Mechanical Wonder . In Germany, the film premiered on November 20, 2016 on Nick.

The 20th film was released in Japan on July 15, 2017. The film will be in Germany on November 5 and 6, 2017 as Pokémon - The film: It's your turn! appeared in selected cinemas. This is the first Pokémon film since the third one to be shown in German cinemas. The film retells Ash's original journey through the Kanto region on the occasion of the series' 20th anniversary. The free TV premiere was shown by Nick on December 10, 2017.

The 21st film was released in Japan on July 13, 2018. Under the title Pokémon - The Film: The Power in Us , the German version was released on December 9, 2018 on Prime Video , Google Play and in the iTunes Store , even before the planned one First broadcast on Super RTL on December 23, 2018. The film follows the narrative of the previous part.

The 22nd film was released in Japanese cinemas on July 12, 2019. This is a CGI - remake of the first movie, Mewtwo against Mew . The film, which is called Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution in German , was released worldwide on February 27, 2020 on Netflix .

The 23rd film will continue the plot of the 21st film and will be titled Koko ( コ コ ). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan , the release of the film, which was originally planned for July 10, 2020, has been postponed to winter 2020.

Special episodes and films

Over the years, several special episodes and films have been made, most of which do not continue the actual plot of the television series, but tell separate stories, often without the main characters of the television series.

The approximately 20-minute supporting films that are shown in cinemas before the actual film are particularly recognized. In the supporting film to Pokémon - The Movie: Mewtwo against Mew , Pikachu's Vacation , Ash, Misty and Brock continue their Pokémon for a while in a Pokémon theme park from where these contests organized with other Pokémon and finally give up the rivalry to Ash's Charizard from free a pipe it is stuck in. The other supporting films, Pikachu - The Rescue for the second film, Pikachu and Pichu for the third film, Pikachu's PikaBoo for the fourth film, Camp Pikachu for the fifth film and Gotta Dance! Also have only Pokémon as main characters . for the sixth film. From the seventh film onwards, there were no more supporting films for the feature films. There are still other Pikachu short films and similar specials.

As a special, the film Pokémon - Mewtwo Returns was broadcast in Japan on December 30, 2000 , which is a kind of sequel to the first movie. In it, Giovanni, the leader of Team Rocket and former owner of Mewtwo, finds the cloned Pokémon somewhere in the mountains and tries violently to get it back. Ash and his friends prevent this in the end. This special was released in Germany on July 18, 2002 on DVD and VHS .

From the second television series onwards, 20-minute special episodes were regularly broadcast on Japanese television, showing the lives of characters in the television series who no longer or rarely appear in the actual plot. These form a large part of the episodes of the English series Pokémon Chronicles . In addition, there is the special broadcast in Japan at Christmas, ポ ケ ッ ト モ ン ス タ ー ク リ ス タ ル ・ ラ イ コ ウ 雷 の zu 説, in which the two protagonists from the Game Boy game Pokémon Crystal take the lead. However, these episodes were not broadcast on German television.

The two episodes of the first season of Rossana's Odyssey , which was later no longer broadcast on US television due to racism allegations, and Lost in a Snowstorm are sometimes also counted as special episodes by fans. They were originally planned as episodes 39 and 40 because of the incident with episode 38, Dennō Senshi Porigon ( で ん お う せ ん し ポ リ ゴ ン ), but were only broadcast as episodes 65 and 66 between Reversed Roles and Eternal Rivals . This led to the confusion of the audience, since Ash's Charmander evolved into Glutexo in the attack of the coco ice, but is Charmander in Rossana's Odyssey and in Lost in the Snowstorm .
The two special episodes カ リ ・ 新 た な る 旅 立 ち were created for the Diamond & Pearl series! and ニ ビ ジ ム ・ 史上 最大 の 危機!. The two episodes each tell about a story of Lucia and Brock that takes place after the Sinnoh trip with Ash. They were broadcast in Japan on February 3, 2011 as a double episode. Also to Best Wishes! Special episodes were created about a story by Benny and Lilia after their trip with Ash. The episode about Benny called デ ン ト と タ ケ シ! ギ ャ ラ ド ス の げ き り ん !! aired on October 3, 2013, the episode about Lilia entitled ア イ リ ス VS イ ブ キ! ド ラ ゴ ン マ ス タ ー へ の 道 !! on March 27, 2014. These specials have not yet been broadcast outside of Japan.

As a promotion for the mystery dungeon games, three further 20-minute specials were broadcast in which Pokémon take the lead and, unlike in the series, do not speak with Pokémon sounds but in human language.

Between April 2014 and October 2015, four so-called “Mega Development Specials” were created for the XY series in Japan . The first episode of this was broadcast as a mega development - special episode I on December 1, 2014 on ProSieben Maxx . The remaining episodes only appeared in Germany on the channel of the official Pokémon website. The main character of these episodes, Alain, also appears later in the main anime towards the end of XY .


For the synchronization of Pokémon - anime that from the 1st to the 17th squadron was Munich Studio FFF Grupe responsible. Since the 18th season, the synchronization has been taking place at SDI Media Germany GmbH in Munich, which took over the production of the German title songs and fade-ins from the eleventh season.

The dialogue books in the series were written by Bodo Grupe, Daniela Arden, Karin Diers-Grupe, Astrid Plenk and Gudrun Hein, among others. Bodo Grupe and Daniela Arden also directed the dialogue alongside Nicola Grupe-Arnoldi, Bettina Kenter and Marcus Willi-Parello.

The two films Pokémon 6 - Jirachi: Wishmaker and Pokémon 7 - Destiny Deoxys were licensed by the Universum Anime label , which resulted in a change in the cast of Maike and Max. The tenth film was set to music in Berlin by the dubbing studio Blackbird Music.

Leading roles

Role (German) Role (Japanese) Voice actor ( Japanese ) Voice actor (German)
Ash ketchum Satoshi Rica Matsumoto Caroline Combrinck (season 1–3 & 12–19 / film 1–3 & 12–18)
Veronika Neugebauer (season 4–11 / film 4–11)
Felix Mayer (from season 20 / from film 19)
Misty Kasumi Mayumi Iizuka Angela Wiederhut
Rocko Takeshi Yūji Ueda Marc sting
Tracey Sketchit Kenji Tomokazu Seki Dirk Meyer
Roman Wolko (episode 275)
Tim Schwarzmaier (episode 468)
May Haruka Kaori Suzuki Nicola Grupe-Arnoldi
Stephanie Kellner (Films 6 & 7)
Max Masato Fushigi Yamada Ute Bronder
Solveig Duda ( Films 6 & 7)
Lucia Hikari Megumi Toyoguchi Jana Schölermann
Lilia Airisu Aoi Yūki Marieke Oeffinger
Benny Dento Mamoru Miyano Tim Schwarzmaier
Serena Serena Mayuki Makiguchi Gabrielle Pietermann
Citro Shitoron Yūki Kaji Tobias Kern
Eureka Yurika Mariya Ise
Mika Kanai (episode 888-901)
Shandra Schadt
Tracy Suiren Hitomi Kikuchi Patricia Strasburger
Lilly Rīrie Kei Shindo Katharina Iacobescu
Chrys Māmane Fumiko Takekuma Beate Pfeiffer
Maho Mao Reina Ueda Regina Beckhaus
Kiawe Persimmon Kaito Ishikawa Dirk Meyer
Goh Daiki Yamashita Tobias John von Freyend
Jessie Musashi Megumi Hayashibara
Akiko Hiramatsu (episode 361-368)
Scarlet Cavadenti
Anke Korte (episodes 1074-1081)
Claudia Lössl (films 4–7 & 10)
James Kojirō Shin'ichirō Miki Matthias Klie
Pikachu Pikachu Ikue Ōtani Ikue Ōtani
Meowth Nyāsu Inuko Inuyama Gerhard Acktun
teller Narēshon Unshō Ishizuka (up to episode 1032)
Kenyu Horiuchi (from episode 1036)
Michael Schwarzmaier (Season 1–14 / Film 8, 9 & 11–13)
Jürgen Jung (Film 1)
Frank Schaff (Film 2–4)
Michael Förster (Film 5)
Mike Carl (Film 6 & 7)
Jürgen Kluckert (Film 10 )
Manfred Trilling (from season 15 / from film 14)

Supporting roles

Role (German) Role (Japanese) Voice actor (Japanese) Voice actor (German)
Sister Joy Jōi Ayako Shiraishi (episode 2–231)
Yuriko Yamaguchi (episode 247–490 & 519–658)
Kikuko Inoue (episode 493-518)
Chika Fujimura (seasons 14–16)
Chinatsu Akasaki (seasons 17–19)
Risa Shimizu (seasons 20– 22)
Kei Shindo (from season 23)
Christine Stichler (seasons 1–6 & 8)
Melanie Manstein (seasons 7 & 9)
Tatjana Pokorny (seasons 10–13)
Silvia Missbach (film 10)
Katharina Iacobescu (from season 14)
Officer Rocky Junsā Chinami Nishimura (seasons 1–13)
Chiaki Takahashi (seasons 14–16)
Chiemi Ishimatsu (seasons 17–19)
Asami Seto (seasons 20–22)
Risa Shimizu (from season 23)
Stefanie von Lerchenfeld (seasons 1–6 & 8)
Beate Pfeiffer (seasons 7 & 9–13)
Marieke Oeffinger (episode 418)
Sonja Reichelt (episode 431)
Solveig Duda (season 14)
Nina Kapust (seasons 15 & 16)
Angela Wiederhut ( from season 17)
Delia Ketchum Hanako Masami Toyoshima Marion Hartmann (seasons 1–10, episode 941 & 942)
Kathrin Simon (episode 606)
Claudia Jacobacci (seasons 14 & 16)
Ulla Wagener (from episode 965)
Prof. Samuel Eich Yukinari Ōkido-hakase Unshō Ishizuka (up to episode 989)
Kenyu Horiuchi (from episode 1052)
Achim Geisler (season 1–14)
Gerd Meyer (episode 388)
Andreas Borcherding (episode 560 & 573)
Dieter Memel (episode 706)
Hans-Rainer Müller (episode 768 & 942)
Manfred Trilling (episode 789)
Walter von Hauff (from season 17)
Gary Eich Shigeru Ōkido Yūko Kobayashi Niko Macoulis
Richie Hiroshi Minami Takayama Stephanie Kellner (Season 1)
Ditte Schupp (Season 5)
Prof. Felina Ivy Uchikido-hakase Keiko Han Dorothea Anzinger
Prof. Lind Utsugi-hakase Kazuhiko Inoue Tobias Lelle
Claus Brockmeyer (episode 212)
Wolfgang Schatz (episode 270)
Casey Nanako Nīna Kumagaya Natalie Loewenberg
Harrison Hadzuki Katsumi Toriumi John-Alexander Döring
Prof. Birk Odamaki-hakase Fumihiko Tachiki Christoph Jablonka
Drew Shu Mitsuki Saiga Max fields
Vivian Meridian Vivian Yumi Takada Claudia Schmidt
Harley Hari Jun'ichi Kanemaru Johannes Raspe
Tyson Tetsuya Kenji Nojima Clemens Ostermann
Lilian Meridian Lilian Akemi Okamura Sonja Reichelt
Prof. Eibe Nanakamado-hakase Iemasa Kayumi Reinhard Brock
Johanna Ayako Makoto Tsumura Daniela Arden (Seasons 10 & 11)
Tatjana Pokorny (Seasons 12 & 13)
Marian Momoan Tomoko Kawakami (Seasons 10 & 11)
Satsuki Yukino (Seasons 12 & 13)
Alexandra Ludwig
Paul Shinji Kiyotaka Furushima Johannes Wolko
Roman Wolko (episode 623)
Zoey Nozomi Risa Hayamizu Gabrielle Pietermann
Hunter J. Hantā J Takako Honda Julia Haacke
Kenny Kengo Yūko Mita Claudia Schmidt
Tobias John von Freyend (Season 12)
Cynthia Shirona Tomo Sakurai Annina Jest
Barry Jun Tatsuhisa Suzuki Roman Wolko
Prof. Ash Araragi-hakase Naomi Shindo Melanie Manstein
Diaz Shūtī Akeno Watanabe Henry Engels
Don George Don Jōji Hisao Egawa Gerhard Jilka
Bell Beru Shizuka Itō Barbara Schiller
Tramina Cab rune Ikumi Hayama Shandra Schadt (episode 678)
Nicola Grupe-Arnoldi
Stefan Keniyan Tomohiro Waki Roman Wolko
Georgina Ranguri Misato Fukuen Shandra Schadt
Carsten Kotetsu Kōki Uchiyama Maximilian Belle
Prof. Platan Puratānu-hakase Hiroshi Tsuchida Max fields
Primula Saki Hitomi Nabatame Elisabeth von Koch
Meyer Rimone Kensuke Sato Alexander Brem
Sanpei Sanpei Yūko Sanpei Maximilian Belle
Tierno Tieruno Anri Katsu Henry Engels
Sannah Sana Yurie Kobori Anna Ewelina
Trovato Toroba Minami Fujii Tobias John von Freyend
Monsieur Pierre Musshu Piēru Kenta Miyake Marcantonio Moschettini
Sawyer Shota Ikue Ōtani Tim Schwarzmaier (episode 907-939)
Alain Aran Kensho Ono Karim El Kammouchi
Prof. Kukui Kukui-hakase Keiichi Nakagawa Oliver Scheffel
Heinrich Eich Nariya Ōkido Unshō Ishizuka (up to episode 1029)
Kenyu Horiuchi (from episode 1034)
Andreas Borcherding
Hala Hara Nobuyuki Hiyama Thomas Rauscher
Mali Hoshi Ayano Shibuya Leslie-Vanessa Lill
Gladio Gurajio Nobuhiko Okamoto Max fields
Mayla Raichi Miyuki Sawashiro Jacqueline Belle
Prof. Burnett Bānetto-hakase Sachi Kokuryu Ilena Gwisdalla
Samantha Ruzamīne Sayaka Kinoshita Andrea Wick
Lola Aserora Sumire Morohoshi Catherine of Daake
Yasu Kuchinashi Masaki Aizawa Hans-Georg Panczak (episode 1014-1056)
Pascal Breuer (episode 1072-1081)
Hapu'u Hapuu Junko Takeuchi Catherine of Daake
Prof. Kirsch Sakuragi-hakase Yūichi Nakamura Martin Bonvicini
Chloe Koharu Kana Hanazawa Julia Bautz
Squirtle Zenigame Rikako Aikawa (Ashs)
Tomoe Hanba (Maikes)
Klaus Munster
Smogmog Matadogasu Unshō Ishizuka Gerhard Jilka
Jigglypuff Purine Mika Kanai Mara winemaker
Togepi Togepī Satomi Korogi Nicola Grupe-Arnoldi (episode 50-107)
Satomi Kōrogi
Karnimani Waninoko Chinami Nishimura Benedikt Weber
Fiery hedgehog Hinoarashi Yūji Ueda (
Ashs ) Kiyotaka Furushima ( Lucias )
Simone Brahmann
Woingenau Sonansu Yūji Ueda Dominik Auer (season 3–17)
John-Alexander Döring (from season 18)
Bay leaf Beirīfu Mika Kanai Anke Kortemeier
Vipitis Habunēku Chie Sato Gerd Meyer
Bamelin Buizeru Kiyotaka Furushima Hubertus von Lerchenfeld
Piplup Potchama Etsuko Kozakura Nicola Grupe-Arnoldi
Venuflibis Masukippa Daisuke Sakaguchi Gerhard Jilka
Haspiror Mimiroru Tomoko Kawakami (up to episode 568)
Satsuki Yukino (from episode 571)
Barbara Schiller
Spleen Kibago Minami Tsuda Farina Brock
Ottaro Mijumaru Misato Fukuen Katharina Iacobescu
Zurrokex Zuruggu Akeno Watanabe Gerd Meyer
Emolga Emonga Mika Kanai Jacqueline Belle
Piglet Chaobu Akeno Watanabe (Bells)
Wasabi Mizuta (Ashs)
Gerhard Jilka
Dedenne Dedenne Megumi Sato Elisabeth von Koch
Igamaro Harimaron Hitomi Nabatame Anke Kortemeier
Resladero Ruchaburu Shin'ichirō Miki Claus Brockmeyer (from season 18)
Rutena Tērunā Megumi Hayashibara Lea Kalbhenn
Viscogon Numerugon Yūji Ueda Daniela Arden
Pumpdjinn Panpujin Miyako Itō Lea Kalbhenn
Blobby Puni-chan Yūki Kaji Marc Rosenberg
Feelinara Ninfia Mika Kanai Daniela Arden
Rotom-Dex Rotomu Zukan Daisuke Namikawa Felix Auer
Mimigma Mimikkyu Daisuke Namikawa Patricia Strasburger
Frubaila Amamaiko Chika Fujimura Leslie-Vanessa Lill


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
2nd BA Master
  US 90 07/17/1999 (25 weeks)
Get them all!
  DE 27 
Triple gold
× 3
Triple gold
January 31, 2000 (8 weeks)
  AT 3 
January 16, 2000 (35 weeks)
Soundtrack - The First Movie
  AT 8th 04/09/2000 (10 weeks)
  CH 65 04/30/2000 (8 weeks)
  US 8th 08/05/2000 (24 weeks)
Score (The First Movie)
  DE 57 05/01/2000 (4 weeks)
  AT 38 05/07/2000 (3 weeks)
Soundtrack - Pokémon 2
  AT 51 01/14/2001 (2 weeks)
  CH 89 12/24/2000 (4 weeks)
  US 85 11/27/2000 (7 weeks)
In the darkness of the night
  AT 37 05/21/2000 (2 weeks)
Pokémon world
  DE 50 04.09.2000 (7 weeks)
  AT 30th 09/10/2000 (3 weeks)
  CH 49 09/24/2000 (7 weeks)

In the western world , the original Japanese theme songs are not used, but special English theme songs (or translations of the English theme songs), which were composed by the American John Loeffler. The English theme song of the first season alone has been translated into 17 languages. Japan , South Korea and China each have their own theme songs that are not based on Loeffler's compositions. Italy has two different title songs, the original version with the composition by Loeffler and a television version that was composed independently. The original version was never officially used in the episodes. Andy Knote and Ralf Vornberger are responsible for the German translations of the songs . With the exception of the third season, Noel Pix sang the German theme songs of the series until the tenth season. Julian Feifel sang the song for the third season , while Pix got support from Alexander "Alexx W" Wesselsky in the tenth season . The theme song for the movie Pokémon 10 - The Rise of Darkrai , which is also the theme song for the eleventh season, sang Tom Luca . Tina Hänsch sang the theme songs for the eleventh and twelfth season. Tom Luca sang the 13th season. The song for the 14th season was sung in a duet between Tina Hänsch and Henrik Ilgner. For the 15th season, the title song was also sung in a duet, this time by Tina Hänsch and Tom Luca. The theme song for the 16th season was sung in a duet by Ralf Vornberger and Luisa Wietzorek . The song for the 17th season, which is a new edition of the first theme song, was sung by Tom Luca. Michael Keller sang the theme song for the 18th season. The song for the 19th season was sung in a duet by Henrik Ilgner and Achim Götz. The theme song for the 20th season was also sung in a duet, here by Lin Gothoni and Achim Götz. The song for the 21st season was sung again by Achim Götz this time in a duet with Eva Thärichen. For the 22nd season, the title song was sung for the first time in a quartet by Tom Luca, Eva Thärichen, Joachim Götz and Saskia Tanfal. The theme song of the 23rd season was sung in a duet by Chiara Tanfal and Martin Goldenbaum.

RTL II commissioned Andy Knote to produce an album for the Pokémon television series. The English-language album 2.BA Master served as a template . The German album produced by Knote was entitled Schnapp 'dir alle! and sold 600,000 times. It received three gold medals in Germany, one platinum one in Austria and one platinum one in Switzerland. The first and only released single In der Dunkelheit der Nacht - sung by Barbara Schiller - made it into the Ö3 Austria Top 40 . The theme song for the second season was also a small hit in German-speaking countries.

No. German theme song English theme song Japanese theme song
1 Pokémon Theme
( Come on, Get Them )
Pokémon Theme Mezase Pokemon Masutā
2 Pokémon world Pokémon World Raibaru!
3 Pokémon Johto Pokémon Johto OK!
4th We are the winners Born to be a winner OK! / Mezase Pokemon Masutā (Whiteberry Version)
5 I believe in it Believe in Me Mezase Pokemon Masutā (Whiteberry Version) / Ready Go!
6th I wanna be a hero I wanna be a hero Adobansu Adobenchā
7th Our dream This dream Adobansu Adobenchā / Charenjā !!
8th Invincible Unbeatable Charenjā !! / Pokemon Shinfonikku Medorē / Batoru Furontia
9 Go beyond limits Battle Frontier Batoru Furontia / Supāto!
10 Diamond and Pearl Diamond and Pearl Together
11 Then we are heroes We Will Be Heroes Together / Hai Tatchi!
12 Come on, stand up for the good Battle Cry (Stand Up!) Hai Tatchi!
13 What remains is you and me We Will Carry On! Saikō - Eburidei!
14th The journey starts Black and White Besutō Isshu!
15th Because fate wills it Rival Destinies Besutō Isshu! / Yajirushi ni Natte!
16 What remains is you and me It's Always You and Me Yajirushi ni natte! / Natsumeku Sakamichi
17th Get them Pokémon Theme (Version XY) V (Boruto)
18th Be a hero Be a hero V (Boruto) / Getta Banban
19th I am strong Stand tall XY&Z
20th Alola is beautiful Under the Alolan Sun Arōra !! / Mezase Pokemon Masutā -20th Anivu ~ āsarī-
21st Under the Alola moon Under the Alolan Moon Arōra !! / Mirai Konekushon / Kimi no Bōken
22nd We will win The Challenge of Life Kimi no Bōken
23 The journey starts here The Journey Starts Today 1 ・ 2 ・ 3


In addition to the main anime, various mini-series have been produced for the official YouTube channel of the Pokémon Company since 2013 . The first of these miniseries Pokémon Origins ( Japanese : ポ ケ ッ ト モ ン ス タ ー THE ORIGIN , Poketto Monsutā THE ORIGIN ; Pocket Monsters THE ORIGIN), which deals with the first generation of games and the associated characters red and blue (in the original green), was not only published in 2013 uploaded to the YouTube channel but also shown on Japanese television. The second miniseries Pokémon Generations ( Japanese : ポ ケ モ ン ジ ェ ネ レ ー シ ョ ン ズ , Pokemon Jenerēshonzu ; Pokémon Generations ) deals with the first six generations, with each region being dealt with in three of a total of 18 episodes. The 7-part third series Pokémon: Twilight Wings ( Japanese : 薄 明 の 翼 , Hakumei no Tsubasa ; Twilight Wings ) is based on the seventh generation of games and accordingly takes place in the Galar region. Twilight Wings is the only miniseries so far without German synchronization.

The first two miniseries were produced by OLM and the third by Studio Colorido.

Surname year running time consequences Initial release
Pokémon Origins 2013 approx. 22 minutes 4th TV Tokyo
Pokémon generations 2016 approx. 3 - 5 minutes 18th YouTube
Pokémon: Twilight Wings 2020 about 5 minutes 7th YouTube

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