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- If you were looking for the game mechanic introduced in Generation V, see seasons.
A season is a collection of dubbed episodes of the Pokémon anime. Season refers to one of two different methods of grouping dubbed episodes, which since Pokémon: Advanced Challenge have referred to the same thing, after Pokémon USA (now known as The Pokémon Company International) acquired dubbing rights from 4Kids Entertainment.
Two types of season
The first type of season is the "airing season", which is a collection of dubbed episodes that air for the first time between September and June (Seasons 1-9), between April or May through the following spring (Seasons 10-13) or in February (Seasons 14-present). They usually share an opening, and are often 52 or fewer episodes long. This is also what is referred to as a season by Pokémon.com and Australian DVD releases.
The second type of season is the "DVD season", which is a collection of dubbed episodes that share an opening and are always separated at the end of each series. This is what is referred to as a season by North American DVD releases.
Both types have been officially referred to as "seasons", and all share the same names for their seasons, except Season 2 which is called Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands as an airing season and Pokémon: Adventures On The Orange Islands as a DVD season.
There is no distinction between these dubbed seasons in the original Japanese airings, except when the seasons' beginnings and endings coincide with those of a new series in Japan. Each season also has a movie that corresponds to it, though the pairing of a movie with a specific anime season is merely due to the annual release they undergo in Japan. The concept of seasons does not exist in Japan, where episodes of Pokémon air nearly every Thursday. An invention of the American broadcast industry, a season is typically aired new for nine months out of the year, with three months (usually during the summer) taken off to begin production for the next season, during which reruns air. The Japanese release schedule was eventually adopted by Pokémon USA (now known as The Pokémon Company International) after 4Kids Entertainment lost dubbing rights.
List of seasons
The Pokémon Company International
- Despite occurring in the middle of the time 4Kids Entertainment controlled the dub, the airing season and DVD season Pokémon: Johto League Champions are identical.