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Pokémon Journeys: The Series (ポケットモンスター Pocket Monsters) is the seventh Pokémon anime series that premiered in 2019 in Japan and in 2020 in America and currently ongoing. Rather than just taking place in the region of Galar, Ash travels across all eight regions to compete in the World Coronation Series. Along the way, he's accompanied by his new friend and co-protagonist Goh, whose dream is to catch all the Pokémon in the world, especially the elusive Mythical Pokémon Mew.

English dub:

  • Season 23: Pokémon Journeys: The Series (Episodes 1-48)
  • Season 24: Pokémon Master Journeys: The Series (Episodes 49-present)

Japanese version:

  • Pocket Monsters (Episodes 1-present) note 

Unlike previous eras, this series has no subtitle in Japan and has had episodes involve travel between all existing regions — although locations, Pokémon, and aspects of Pokémon Sword and Shield have been prominently featured.


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  • Breaking Old Trends: There are a LOT of changes in this series. This is the first series:
    • To be set in more than two game-original regions, and not to be totally focused on the region from the newest games.
    • In which Ash wears shorts instead of long pants in his standard outfit.
    • In which the first Pokémon Ash caught was fully-evolved, was not introduced in the current generation, and was a pseudo-legendary Pokémon, rather than a starter or regional bird.
    • In which Ash catches a Ghost-type, baby, and Fossil Pokémon.
    • In which Ash only has one traveling companion, who is not just a traveling companion, but a secondary protagonist.
    • In which Ash does not have a female traveling companion, at least initially. Chloe moves up from being a recurring character to a supporting companion 49 episodes into the series.
    • In which one of Ash's male traveling companions owns a Pokédex.
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    • In which a main character other than Ash catches all starter Pokémon of the current generation.
    • In which Team Rocket owns a Pokédex and only uses borrowed Pokémon instead of their own.
    • To feature an episode where Ash and Pikachu are completely absent.
    • To feature a movie that is released outside of July, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • In which a main character catches a Legendary Pokémon.
    • In which two protagonists catch the same Pokémon, with Ash and Goh each catching a Farfetch'd, though Goh catches the Kantonian form, while Ash catches the Galarian form.
    • In which Ash catches a regional form.
    • To conclude a main game villain story arc in less than 45 episodes.
    • To immediately be part of a big championship like a conference without displaying requirements. The first six generations required Gym Badges, and Sun and Moon opened the Manalo Conference late in the series.
    • To have three different versions of the same opening.
  • Brick Joke: A cartoonish picture of Chloe drawn by her mother in "Best Friend...Worst Nightmare" is later used in an advertisement in "There's A New Kid in Town," something the former is not happy about.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • "A Festival Reunion" sees the return of the Fighting-type Gym Leader Korrina from the Kalos region.
    • "That New Old Gang of Mine" features the entire Alola cast save Lillie and her family due to them still being on the search for Mohn. Even then, they still appear by means of a cut-away whilst a letter from her is being read out.
    • In "Getting More Than You Battled For," Ash and Goh meet up with Mewtwo from the original series and do battle with it.
    • Episode 65 sees the heroes go to Unova and sees the return of Iris, now the Champion.
    • Episode 68 returns to Oak's Lab, where a rather large bus comes back containing most of Ash's benched Pokémon, as well as Gary.
  • Comic-Book Time: As if it wasn't already evident enough in the past twenty years or so, this series features Kukui and Burnet's cute little baby... after Sun & Moon ended with Burnet's being in the early stages of pregnancy. This implies that at least 9 months have passed in-between Sun & Moon and Journeys ...and Ash is still ten years old. Even worse is that the baby looks to be about a few months old, meaning that the Time Skip could have lasted an entire year.
  • Deadline News: During the "Sword & Shield" arc, a live news report is cut off by a beam from Eternatus fired in the camera's general direction. This is not commented on at all.
  • Feud Episode: Several of them throughout the series.
    • "Panic in the Park!" is the most well known one where hunger causes conflict between all of Goh's Pokemon.
    • "Betrayed, Bothered and Beleaguered!" features one between Ash and Pikachu when Pikachu gets jealous of Ash giving Riolu more attention.
    • JN69 features one between Goh and Chloe when their Pokemon causing mischief together and Chloe blames Goh's Grookey.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: After years of being downplayed, this aspect of the Pokémon series comes back full force in the form of Goh. Unlike Ash, who quietly gave up on catching all the Pokémon in the world in favor of building a team to win battle tournaments, Goh truly wants to catch 'em all and does his best to do so, catching nearly every Pokémon he comes across. His ultimate goal is to catch the Mythical Pokémon Mew, whom he first saw when he was merely six years old.
  • Later Installment Weirdness: Journeys has much less to do with its corresponding games, though it does introduce elements, characters, and Pokémon from the Pokémon Sword and Shield games somewhat with a decent degree of frequency. The focus is put much more on what Pokémon is about, with episodes focusing on things like evolution and shiny hunting, and leans towards Pokémon GO more than anything. That said, shiny hunting has been a part of the mainline games for quite some time.
  • Recycled Title: Within the anime segment of the Pokémon franchise, the Japanese title for this series is the same one used for the original series.
  • Retool: Journeys has an even bigger shakeup compared to the previous series. Instead of being purely focused on the region and its native Pokémon from the new games, it features all the known regions and Pokémon so far, as the plot now involves Ash and his new friend Goh traveling around the world on behalf of Professor Cerise. Ash still does competitive battling, but instead of the Galar League, Ash participates in the anime-original World Coronation Series, facing trainers from all around the world, with the goal of challenging Leon, who is not only the champion for the Galar region, but the number one trainer in the world.
  • Shout-Out: The scene of Flabebe pulling Goh by the hair to move him is a reference to Ratatouille.
  • Stealth Mentor: All three of the main characters have at lease one for them and their Pokemon.
    • Ash had Rinto and his Gallade who served as mentors for his Farfetch'd.
    • Goh had Jacqueline and her Inteleon who served as mentors for his Sobble.
    • Chloe had Kairi and his Vaporeon who served as mentors for her Eevee.
  • Tastes Better Than It Looks: In "Restore and Renew," a paleontologist decides to steal whipped cream meant for dessert to add to a curry (much to the group's shock), though they end up finding it incredible.
  • Too Hungry to Be Polite: When all of Goh's Pokémon go crazy due to their food going missing, they start to attack each other and almost put his three Cascoon at risk. Only averted with his Farfetch'd, Skwovet, Pidgey, and Cubone, who manage to stay calm and help get everyone back to normal.


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