An anime in which they use balls to catch monsters named Pokémon (Japanese: , Hepburn: Pokémon), abbreviated from the Japanese title Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター, Poketto Monsutā) and currently branded in English as Pokémon the Series (テレビアニメ「ポケットモンスター」シリーズ, Terebi Anime ‘Poketto Monsutā’ Shirīzu, TV Anime “Pocket Monsters” Series), is a Japanese anime television series, part of the Pokémon Company’s Pokémon media franchise, which premiered on TV Tokyo in April 1997.

The anime franchise consists of seven consecutive series in Japan, each based on the main installment of the Pokémon video game series. In international broadcasting, the series is divided into 24 television seasons, with a 24th season, Master Journeys, streaming on Netflix in the United States (with additional episodes to be released quarterly). Each series follows Ash Ketchum, a young trainer of fictional creatures called Pokémon. Joined by his partner Pokémon Pikachu and a rotating cast of human characters, in this time Goh, Ash goes on a journey to become a “Pokémon Master”, traveling through different regions of the Pokémon world and competing in various Pokémon fighting tournaments known as the Pokémon League.

This anime series is accompanied by a spin-off program; including Pokémon Chronicles, a series of side stories; and a variety of live-action and Pokemon-related news events; such as Pocket Monsters Encore, Pokémon Weekly Broadcast Station, Pokémon☆Sunday, Pokémon Smash!, Pokémon Get☆TV, and Meet at Pokémon House?

The Pokémon anime series is largely credited for enabling anime to become more popular and familiar around the world, especially in the United States, where the two highest-grossing anime films are Pokémon films. It is also considered to be one of the first anime series on television to achieve this level of mainstream success with Western audiences, as well as being credited with enabling the game series to reach this level of popularity and vice versa. Pokémon is considered the most successful video game adaptation of all time, with over 1000 episodes broadcast and adapted for the international television market, simultaneously airing in 192 countries worldwide and one of the most watched shows on Netflix, as of 2016.

Pokemon Synopsis (Anime Where They Use Balls To Catch Named Monsters)

Ash is 10 years old and ready to start his journey in the Pokémon world and dreams of becoming a Pokémon master, but on the day he receives his first Pokémon, Ash falls asleep and wakes up in a panic, running into Gary Oak. , who became Ash’s rival. Professor Oak, a local Pokémon researcher, has given away three Pokémon (Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle) that he entrusts to a new Pokémon Trainer when Ash finally reaches Oak Lab. The only Pokémon he has is Pikachu, which he gave to Ash. Determined to succeed in his journey, Ash does his best to befriend Pikachu, but refuses to believe him and chooses to stay away from the Poke Ball, even attacking Ash with his electric powers. Only after Ash protects Pikachu from a group of angry Spearows does Pikachu realize how much Ash cares. Ash Ketchum has the Thunder Stone, and he wants Pikachu to evolve into Raichu, but Pikachu refuses to evolve.

Along the way, Ash makes many human and Pokémon friends as he works his way through the ranks of the world’s many Pokémon Leagues. Through the Kanto Region, Ash befriends the Water Pokémon trainer and former Cerulean Town Gym Leader Misty, as well as the Pokémon Breeder and Pewter City Gym Leader Brock. Together, the three trainers thwart the plans of Jessie, James, and Meowth, a lowly member of the criminal organization Team Rocket who wants to steal Ash’s Pikachu and other rare Pokémon they encounter. Giovanni, Team Rocket Boss introduces three new high-ranking Team Rocket members; Cassidy, Butch, and Raticate, who want to kidnap Pokemon so they can use their moves. Ash won eight badges from Gym Leaders in the Kanto region to compete in the Indigo Conference League. Gary lost in the fourth round, putting him in the Top 32. Ash made it into the Round of 16, but lost to Ritchie in the fifth round. Also, Ritchie lost to Assunta in the sixth round, placing him in the Top 8, and an unknown coach became the winner in the Indigo Conference League as the winner’s name was never revealed.

When the group travels to the Orange Islands, Ash releases his Pidgeot, and Brock decides to stay with the local professor, Felina Ivy, leaving Ash and Misty to continue the journey together. After a while, they meet and start traveling with Pokémon Watcher and artist Tracey Sketchit. Ash defeats four Gym Leaders in the Orange Islands, and becomes the champion of the Orange League. Once they reach Pallet Town in Kanto, Tracey decides to stay with Professor Oak, and Brock rejoins the group. Ash loses to Gary before leaving the Kanto region. Ash then released Lapras. After this, the three continued their journey to the Johto region.

In the second part of the series, Ash explores new adventures in the Johto region with Misty and Brock. Ash gives the GS Ball to the maker of the Apricorn Poké Ball, Kurt. Ash’s mission is to defeat the eight Gym Leaders in the Johto region and participate in the Silver Conference. Jessie from Team Rocket gets Wobbuffet as a new partner. Ash beat Gary for the first time in the Silver Conference, placing him in the Top 16, but Ash lost to Harrison in the quarterfinals, placing him in the Top 8. Also, Harrison lost to Jon Dickson in the semifinals, placing him in the Top 4. Jon Dickson eventually became the Winner in the Conference Silver. Finally, Ash returned to the Kanto region to sail to the Hoenn region. Misty returns to Cerulean City in Kanto to become the full-time Cerulean City Gym Leader and gets the bike that was destroyed at the start of Ash’s quest repaired.

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