The XY series (Japanese: ポケットモンスターＸＹ（エックスワイ） Pocket Monsters XY) is the fifth series of the Pokémon anime, following after the Best Wishes series, and based on the events of the Generation VI games. It premiered on October 17, 2013 in Japan, and January 18, 2014 in the United States, though the first two episodes were aired as a preview in the United States on October 19, 2013.
As with the previous three series, the XY series began with only Ash Ketchum, headed off to a new region with his Pikachu while wearing a new set of clothes. His previous companions, Iris and Cilan, left the series. Joining him this time are Serena, a new Trainer who previously met Ash in her childhood; Clemont, an aspiring inventor and scientist who is also the Gym Leader of the Lumiose Gym; and Bonnie, Clemont's younger sister. Jessie, James and Meowth continue to follow Ash and his friends through the Kalos region, and have gone back to their more traditional methods of capturing Ash's Pikachu and other Pokémon. Jessie's Wobbuffet returns to her roster.
It is currently unknown how many seasons the series will be divided into for audiences outside of Japan.
When the XY series came to be dubbed into English and other languages, it is divided into seasons:
Kalos starter Pokémon
- The XY series is the only series in which Ash has two long-term female traveling companions.
- A new art style is instituted beginning in this series. The characters are consistently drawn with fingernails. Also, the character models (as seen in the artworks) are slightly taller in comparison to the previous four series. In addition, like in the games, the XY series now includes a VS. player overview screen before starting some battles.
- This is the first series in which Ash has not captured the regional Grass-type starter Pokémon.
- This is the first series that the starter Pokémon that Ash and his friends get all came directly from the region's major Pokémon Professor.
- The XY series shares a few similarities to the Advanced Generation series:
- This is the first series in which Ash begins with a companion from the previous series; he traveled to Kalos with Alexa.
In other languages
|Korean|| 포켓몬스터 XY Pocket Monsters XY|
XY 포켓몬스터 XY Pocket Monsters
- Official site (Japanese)
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