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Pikachu shorts

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Pikachu shorts are anime shorts that are commonly shown at the start of the Pokémon movies, but have also been expanded to fulfill other purposes.

They feature only Pokémon almost exclusively and chronicle miscellaneous adventures of Ash's Pikachu.

Categories of shorts

The shorts can roughly be sorted into the following categories:

  • Annual shorts which aired theatrically together with a corresponding movie: PK01 with M01, PK04 with M02, PK07 with M03, PK10 with M04, PK11 with M05 and PK12 with M06. PK24 was the first Pikachu short to be released theatrically alongside a movie since Gotta Dance!! in 2003, with the movie counterpart of PK24 being M15.
  • After the sixth movie, instead of releasing the annual shorts theatrically together with the corresponding movie, shorts were initially broadcast during the month of August exclusively on even numbered ANA flights: PK13 was released in 2004 (the same year as the seventh movie), PK15 in 2005, and since PK17 in 2006, every Pikachu short has been of this type, up until PK22 in 2011.
  • Three "Pikachu's Winter Vacation" Christmas specials were produced, consisting of two episodes each: PK02/PK03 in 1998, PK05/PK06 in 1999, and PK08/PK09 in 2000.
  • Two shorts were released theatrically on their own under the "Pokémon 3D Adventure" banner, to demonstrate 3D cinema technology: PK14 and PK16.

List of Pikachu shorts

Code Screenshot English title Japanese title US broadcast Japan broadcast Time between
PK01 Pikachu's Vacation Pikachu's Vacation ピカチュウのなつやすみ
Pikachu's Summer Vacation
November 12, 1999 July 18, 1998 482 days
PK02 Christmas Night Christmas Night クリスマスであそぼ!
Let's Play on Christmas!
November 25, 2006 December 22, 1998 2895 days
PK03 Kanga Games Kanga Games 雪であそぼ!
Let's Play in the Snow!
November 25, 2006 December 22, 1998 2895 days
PK04 Pikachu's Rescue Adventure Pikachu's Rescue Adventure ピカチュウたんけんたい
The Pikachu Expedition
July 21, 2000 July 17, 1999 370 days
PK05 Winter Games Winter Games こおりであそぼう
Let's Play in the Ice
Unaired December 22, 1999 5334 days
since Japanese airing
PK06 Stantler's Little Helpers Stantler's Little Helpers クリスマスの夜
Christmas Night
Unaired December 22, 1999 5334 days
since Japanese airing
PK07 Pikachu & Pichu Pikachu & Pichu ピチューとピカチュウ
Pichu and Pikachu
April 6, 2001 July 8, 2000 272 days
PK08 Delibird's Dilemma Delibird's Dilemma デリバードのプレゼント
Delibird's Present
June 17, 2006 December 22, 2000 2003 days
PK09 Snorlax Snowman Snorlax Snowman ホワイトストーリー
White Story
June 17, 2006 December 22, 2000 2003 days
PK10 Pikachu's PikaBoo Pikachu's PikaBoo ピカチュウのドキドキかくれんぼ
Pikachu's Exciting Hide-and-seek
March 18, 2003 July 7, 2001 619 days
PK11 Camp Pikachu Camp Pikachu ピカピカ星空キャンプ
Pikapika Starry Sky Camp
January 20, 2004 July 13, 2002 556 days
PK12 Gotta Dance!! Gotta Dance!! おどるポケモンひみつ基地
Secret Base of the Dancing Pokémon
June 1, 2004 July 19, 2003 318 days
PK13 Pikachu's Summer Festival No English title ピカチュウのなつまつり
Pikachu's Summer Festival
Unaired August 1, 2004 3650 days
since Japanese airing
PK14 Pokémon 3D Adventure: Find Mew! No English title ポケモン3Dアドベンチャー ミュウを探せ!
Pokémon 3D Adventure: Find Mew!
Unaired March 18, 2005 3421 days
since Japanese airing
PK15 Pikachu's Ghost Carnival No English title ピカチュウのおばけカーニバル
Pikachu's Ghost Carnival
Unaired August 1, 2005 3285 days
since Japanese airing
PK16 Pikachu's Ocean Adventure Pikachu's Ocean Adventure ポケモン3Dアドベンチャー2 ピカチュウの海底大冒険
Pokémon 3D Adventure 2: Pikachu's Big Undersea Adventure
July 1, 2008 May 20, 2006 773 days
PK17 Pikachu's Island Adventure Pikachu's Island Adventure ピカチュウのわんぱくアイランド
Pikachu's Naughty Island
April 3, 2007 August 1, 2006 245 days
PK18 Pikachu's Exploration Club No English title ピカチュウの探検クラブ
Pikachu's Exploration Club
Unaired August 1, 2007 2555 days
since Japanese airing
PK19 Pikachu's Ice Adventure No English title ピカチュウ 氷の大冒険
Pikachu's Ice Adventure
Unaired August 1, 2008 2189 days
since Japanese airing
PK20 Pikachu's Big Sparking Search No English title ピカチュウのキラキラだいそうさく!
Pikachu's Big Sparking Search
Unaired August 1, 2009 1824 days
since Japanese airing
PK21 Pikachu's Big Mysterious Adventure No English title ピカチュウのふしぎなふしぎな大冒険
Pikachu's Big Mysterious Adventure
Unaired August 1, 2010 1459 days
since Japanese airing
PK22 Pikachu's Summer Bridge Story No English title ピカチュウのサマー・ブリッジ・ストーリー
Pikachu's Summer Bridge Story
Unaired August 1, 2011 1094 days
since Japanese airing
PK23 Sing Meloetta: Search for the Rinka Berries No English title うたえメロエッタ リンカのみをさがせ
Sing Meloetta: Search for the Rinka Berries
Unaired July 3, 2012 757 days
since Japanese airing
PK24 Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade Meloetta's Moonlight Serenade メロエッタのキラキラリサイタル
Meloetta's Dazzling Recital
February 15, 2013 July 14, 2012 216 days
PK25 Eevee & Friends Eevee & Friends ピカチュウとイーブイ☆フレンズ
Pikachu and Eievui Friends
December 6, 2013 July 13, 2013 146 days
PK26 Pikachu, What's This Key For? No English title ピカチュウ、これなんのカギ?
Pikachu, What's This Key For?
No airdate
has been announced
July 19, 2014 11 days
since Japanese airing
This concludes the list of Pikachu shorts.

See also


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