Sun & Moon series

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This article is about the sixth series of the anime. For the series of the Pokémon Trading Card Game, see Pokémon Trading Card Game → Sun & Moon Series. For other uses, see Sun and Moon.

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Japanese logo for Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon

Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon (Japanese: ポケットモンスター サンムーン Pocket Monsters Sun & Moon), referred to by fans as the Sun & Moon series, is the sixth series of the Pokémon anime and is based on the events of the Generation VII core series Pokémon games. It follows the XY series. It premiered on November 17, 2016 in Japan, although the first two episodes aired as a sneak peek in the United States on December 5, 2016.

Ash Ketchum heads off to a new region, Alola, wearing a new set of clothes with his partner Pikachu. He receives a Z-Ring and becomes a student at the Pokémon School on Melemele Island.

A new art style is implemented for the third series in a row, this time more drastically than the series that preceded it, with characters being drawn with a much more exaggerated, rounded, "cartoony" style.

So far, it has been divided into one season for audiences outside of Japan.

Episodes in the Sun & Moon series are numbered with the prefix SM on Bulbapedia. For a complete episode listing, see the list of Sun & Moon series episodes.

Dub seasons

When the Sun & Moon series came to be dubbed into English and other languages, it was divided into one season:


For more images, please see artwork from the Sun & Moon anime series on the Bulbagarden Archives.




  • This is the only series in which:
    • Ash's outfit doesn't consist of a jacket/hoodie, jeans, or gloves.
    • Ash doesn't challenge Gyms for Badges.
  • This series has more human protagonists than any other series, with a total of six.
  • This series has the most walking Pokémon, with a total of five.
  • This is the only series where Ash doesn't keep his Pokédex in his pocket.

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