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The Kanto Region (Generation I)

These are the recap pages for the Pokémon anime produced in connection with Pokémon Red and Blue, and later Pokémon Gold and Silver.

Since the shift to the later platforms, the first five seasons have become known as The Original Series.

Season 1 is based on Red and Blue, and simply known as Pocket Monsters in Japan, or Pokémon in the United States (later retconned as Pokémon: Indigo League).

Ash Ketchum begins his Pokémon journey in the Kanto region, with a strong-willed Pikachu by his side. Along the way, he meets the Gym Leaders Misty and Brock, who become his close friends and traveling companions. The nefarious Team Rocket, specifically the Terrible Trio of Jessie, James and Meowth, takes an interest in the group after witnessing Pikachu's power.

    Season One 

Season One: The Indigo League (1997 — 1999)

  1. "Pokémon — I Choose You!"
  2. "Pokémon Emergency!"
  3. "Ash Catches a Pokémon"
  4. "Challenge of the Samurai"
  5. "Showdown in Pewter City"
  6. "Clefairy and the Moon Stone"
  7. "The Water Flowers of Cerulean City"
  8. "The Path to the Pokémon League"
  9. "The School of Hard Knocks"
  10. "Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village"
  11. "Charmander — The Stray Pokémon"
  12. "Here Comes the Squirtle Squad"
  13. "Mystery at the Lighthouse"
  14. "Electric Shock Showdown"
  15. "Battle Aboard the St. Anne"
  16. "Pokémon Shipwreck"
  17. "Island of the Giant Pokémon"
  18. "Beauty and the Beach"
  19. "Tentacool & Tentacruel"
  20. "Ghost of Maiden's Peak"
  21. "Bye Bye Butterfree"
  22. "Abra and the Psychic Showdown"
  23. "The Tower of Terror"
  24. "Haunter versus Kadabra"
  25. "Primeape Goes Bananas"
  26. "Pokémon Scent-sation!"
  27. "Hypno's Naptime"
  28. "Pokémon Fashion Flash"
  29. "The Punchy Pokémon"
  30. "Sparks Fly for Magnemite"
  31. "Dig Those Diglett!"
  32. "The Ninja Poké-Showdown"
  33. "The Flame Pokémon-athon!"
  34. "The Kangaskhan Kid"
  35. "The Legend of Dratini" (unaired outside of Japan)
  36. "The Bridge Bike Gang"
  37. "Ditto's Mysterious Mansion"
  38. "Electric Soldier Porygon" (unaired outside of Japan)

Episode 38, "Electric Soldier Porygon", was responsible for a large number of seizures during its first airing in Japan. As a result, the remainder of the season was postponed in order to re-animate the later episodes to avoid a repeat incident. Scheduling conflicts forced the intended episodes 39/40 to be broadcast out of order. Due to this, they are considered to be unnumbered.

Episode 39, "Pikachu's Goodbye", was not part of the intended run, but was created specifically to be the first post-hiatus episode.

  1. "Pikachu's Goodbye"
  2. "The Battling Eevee Brothers"
  3. "Wake Up Snorlax!"
  4. "Showdown at Dark City"
  5. "The March of the Exeggutor Squad"
  6. "The Problem with Paras"
  7. "The Song of Jigglypuff"
  8. "Attack of the Prehistoric Pokémon"
  9. "A Chansey Operation!"
  10. "Holy Matrimony!"
  11. "So Near, Yet So Farfetch'd"
  12. "Who Gets to Keep Togepi?"
  13. "Bulbasaur's Mysterious Garden"
  14. "Princess vs. Princess"
  15. "The Purr-fect Hero"
  16. "The Case of the K-9 Caper!"
  17. "Pokémon Paparazzi"
  18. "The Ultimate Test"
  19. "The Breeding Center Secret"
  20. "Riddle Me This"
  21. "Volcanic Panic"
  22. "Beach Blank-Out Blastoise"
  23. "The Misty Mermaid"
  24. "Clefairy Tales"
  25. "The Battle of the Badge"
  26. "It's Mr. Mime Time"
  27. "Showdown at the Po-ké Corral"
  28. "The Evolution Solution"
  29. "The Pi-Kahuna"
  30. "Make Room for Gloom"
  31. "Lights, Camera, Quack-tion!"
  32. "Go West Young Meowth"
  33. "To Master the Onixpected!"
  34. "The Ancient Puzzle of Pokémopolis"
  35. "Bad to the Bone"
  36. "All Fired Up!"
  37. "Round One — Begin!"
  38. "Fire and Ice"
  39. "The Fourth Round Rumble"
  40. "A Friend In Deed"
  41. "Friend and Foe Alike"
  42. "Friends to the End"

The Orange Islands

Season 2 is a filler arc not based on any specific region in the Pokémon video games. In Japan, it is known as Pocket Monsters: Episode Orange Archipelago. In the United States, it is known as Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands.

Following Ash's participation in the Indigo League, he and his friends are tasked by Professor Oak to travel to the Orange Islands to retrieve a mysterious Poké Ball from the region's professor. Brock leaves the group to stay with the beautiful Professor Ivy, and Ash and Misty are joined by a Pokémon Watcher named Tracey.

    Season Two 

The Johto Region (Generation II)

Seasons 3 through 5 are based on Pokémon Gold and Silver. All three seasons together are known in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Episode Gold and Silver. In the United States, seasons 3 and 4 are known as Pokémon: The Johto Journeys and Pokémon: Johto League Champions, while season 5 is known as Pokémon Master Quest.

Ash and Misty reunite with Brock, while Tracey decides to stay behind with Professor Oak. This time, the group go to Johto, home to many Pokémon that cannot be found in Kanto.

After the Johto league's conclusion, Misty is called back home by her sisters to take over as Cerulean Gym leader, while Brock likewise learns he has business to attend to in Pewter City. Saddened by the departure of his friends but still determined to see his dream of becoming a Pokémon master through, Ash heads to the Hoenn region with Pikachu.

    Season Three 

    Season Four 

    Season Five 

Alternative Title(s): Pokemon Anime Original Series