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The original series (Japanese: ポケットモンスター Pocket Monsters), known as Pokémon by The Pokémon Company International, is the first series of the Pokémon anime. Unlike later series, the name of the original series comes only from the need to differentiate it from latter series. It ran from April 1, 1997 to November 14, 2002 in Japan and from September 7, 1998 to October 25, 2003 in the United States.
During the original series, rookie Trainer Ash Ketchum begins his journey in the Kanto region, leaving his home of Pallet Town with the only starter Pokémon that Professor Oak had left to give: a reluctant and moody Pikachu. Ash's quest begins in earnest to defeat all of the Gym Leaders and get to the Pokémon League as soon as he has gained Pikachu's trust, and he is joined by two mentors, Misty and Brock.
After competing in the Indigo Plateau Conference and not performing as well as he had hoped, Ash journeys to the Orange Archipelago to receive the GS Ball from Professor Ivy, as it cannot be transported to Professor Oak by PC. During his time there, Ash competes in another Pokémon League, the Orange League and meets a new friend named Tracey Sketchit. When Oak cannot figure out how to open the GS Ball on Ash's return to Pallet, the Professor sends Ash to Johto to give the special Poké Ball to Kurt. While there, Ash again competes in a Pokémon League, the Silver Conference.
The original series is officially divided into three chapters:
- Pocket Monsters (ポケットモンスター) (EP001–EP080)
- Pocket Monsters: Orange Archipelago Chapter (ポケットモンスター オレンジ諸島編) (EP081–EP116)
- Pocket Monsters: Gold & Silver Chapter (ポケットモンスター 金銀編) (EP117–EP274)
Pocket Monsters: Orange Archipelago Chapter logo
Pocket Monsters: Gold & Silver Chapter logo
When the anime was dubbed into English and other languages, the series was divided into five seasons:
Episodes in the original series are numbered with the prefix EP on Bulbapedia. For a complete episode listing, see the list of original series episodes.
- Originally, this series of the anime was only to have lasted a year and a half, approximately as long as the Kanto saga lasted.
- At 274 episodes, this is the anime's longest series. This is because it adapted the games from two generations, I and II. The following series are adaptations of games of only one generation each.
- This is the series with the most number of movies to date, with five.
- The first 40 episodes where originally aired in Syndication in the United States in 1998 before moving to Kids' WB! in 1999 for the remaining 39 episodes.
- This is the only series so far in which Ash doesn't have the same group of regular traveling companions all the way through, with Brock briefly being swapped out for Tracey Sketchit during the Orange League.
- This is also the only series to cover more than one generation, covering both generations I and II.
- Additionally, this series also introduces aspects of the most generations, with the entirety of the first two generations being covered, as well as a handful of Pokémon from Generation III being introduced.
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