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|| Netflix, Inc.
|| August 29, 1997 (DVD rental) |
January 2007 (video on demand)
| Service provided
|| Video on demand service
| Accessible by
|| Web, Mobile, Smart TV, Consoles etc
Netflix is an Internet-based on-demand streaming service. The service has episodes and television movies without television network logos or advertisements. Since January 2016, Netflix is available worldwide except in Crimea, Mainland China, Syria, and North Korea.
Netflix requires a monthly subscription fee starting at $7.99/€7.99/£5.99/R$17,90/CAD$7.99 and $8.99/€9.99/£6.99/R$19,90/CAD$9.99 for HD and two screens.
Availability of the Pokémon anime
The Pokémon anime is available on Netflix in most countries worldwide except most of Asia. Netflix itself is available worldwide as of January 2016, with exceptions of mainland China, Crimea, North Korea, and Syria.
- Pokémon: Indigo League (S01)
- Pokémon: XY (S17 and S18; Latin America, Southeast Asia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan only)
- Pokémon: XYZ (S19; Latin America, Southeast Asia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan only)
- Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon (S20, S21, and S22)
- Pokémon Journeys: The Series (S23; United States, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden only)
- Pokémon Journeys: The Series (S23; Southeast Asia, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan only)
- Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction (M17; Latin America only)
- Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages (M18; Latin America only)
- Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel (M19; Latin America only)
- Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You! (M20)
- Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (M21)
- Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution (M22; except South Korea)
The anime has been available in the United States on Netflix since March 1, 2014. When Indigo League first became available for streaming, Netflix only got the first 52 episodes as they were aired in the US first season order. Netflix added Season 2 of the Indigo League episodes during Summer 2014, which contained 23 Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands episodes as a bonus since those are a part of US season 2, although the title Pokémon: Indigo League still remains even though Adventures in the Orange Islands is not a part of Indigo League. Netflix later removed season 2.
Pokémon: Black & White was added on March 1, 2014 along with White—Victini and Zekrom and Black—Victini and Reshiram. Later that year, on June 1, Pokémon BW: Rival Destinies and Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice were also made available.
Pokémon BW: Adventures in Unova and Beyond and Genesect and the Legend Awakened were added on March 15, 2015. The second semester of 2015 saw the addition of Pokémon: Indigo League and Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands on September 1.
On February 15, 2016, Pokémon the Series: XY and Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction were added to the service. However, one day later, the entire Pokémon the Series: Black & White and its movies were removed. Pokémon the Series: XY Kalos Quest was added on June 1, 2016 along with its corresponding movie, Hoopa and the Clash of Ages.
The last season of Pokémon the Series: XY, titled Pokémon the Series: XYZ, became available for streaming on April 1, 2017.
Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon was added on April 1, 2018.
Pokémon the Series: XY and Pokémon the Series: XYZ were removed in North America on April 1, 2019, following the addition of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon—Ultra Adventures. However, they can still be streamed outside of North America.
Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution debuted worldwide outside of Japan and South Korea on the service on February 27, 2020 as part of Pokémon Day. Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon—Ultra Legends was added to the service on April 1, 2020.
On April 23, 2020, it was announced that upcoming seasons of the anime will premiere exclusively on Netflix in the U.S. This started with Pokémon Journeys: The Series, which debuted on June 12, with episodes released in batches every quarter of the year.
Available audio and closed captioning
English audio/closed captioning are available for the Pokémon anime and movies in all countries except Japan. The availability of other languages differ per country or region. The following languages are available in at least one country or region: Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, European Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese.
Banned episodes and seasons
Since Netflix uses the English dub and dubs based on the English dub, EP035 and EP038 are not included. Even though the banned episode Beauty and the Beach was dubbed in English, the episode was excluded on Netflix. When Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands was still available on Netflix Holiday Hi-Jynx, Stage Fight!, and The Mandarin Island Miss Match were excluded too. This is not specific to Netflix as all these episodes are no longer mentioned on Pokemon.com and excluded from Pokémon TV and newer DVD releases.
SM064 is the latest in banned episodes as Ash dresses up as a Passimian, who happens to have a dark colored face and is a chimp. Due to perceived racial connotations, this episode from Sun and Moon - Ultra Adventures was never aired outside of Japan.
The seasons are based on the season broadcasts in the dub. For example, Pokémon: Indigo League was split up into two seasons. The Indigo League episodes had the 1998 commercial bumpers where Brock says "We'll be back after these messages," and then after the advertisement when he says "And now, back to our show." However, due to Netflix not having advertisements during streaming, these bumpers served no purpose. The bumpers have since been removed from Netflix.
- The closed captioning misspells "Teach Pokémon to understand" in Pokémon Theme as "EACH POKÉMON TO UNDERSTAND" as does the closed captioning for other releases and the official lyrics.
- When the title cards are displayed for Indigo League, the text isn't repeated on the closed captioning.
- The Latin American captions for the title cards read "[narrator] Hoy presentamos: [episode title]" for season 1, unlike the English captioning.
- The Japanese version has the edited version of Holiday Hi-Jynx, like Prime Video but unlike Hulu.
- The Japanese version has English descriptions for all episodes including for never dubbed episodes like EP035 and the not yet dubbed episodes of Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon.
- The American Netflix often spelled "macarons" as "macaroons" in its closed captioning.
- The Japanese version of Netflix does not feature a next episode preview for episodes streamed after the episode nor does it feature a Japanese episode gag, such as the Poké Problem for Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon.