Pocket Monsters: The Animation

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Pocket Monsters: The Animation
Pocket Monsters- The Animation volume 1 cover.png
ISBN: Multiple
Published: Vol. 1: October 1997
Vol. 2: October 1999
Publisher: Shogakukan
Author: Takeshi Shudō

(Japanese: ポケットモンスター The Animation Pocket Monsters: The Animation) is a novelization of the Pokémon anime. It was written by Takeshi Shudō, the chief writer of the original series, and illustrated by Sayuri Ichiishi, the former lead character designer. It is a Super Quest novel published by Shogakukan.

Only two volumes were published; the first volume has ISBN 4094405410 while the second volume has ISBN 4094405429. The second volume said "To be continued in Pocket Monsters: The Animation Vol. 3", but a third volume never appeared.

The books reveal a lot of information not seen in the anime, such as about Ash's father and that Ash's mother runs the restaurant "Pallet House".


Volume 1

  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1 旅立ちは、パジャマのままで。
  • Chapter 2 しびれる出会いはピカチュウと
  • Chapter 3 旅立ちの日はオニスズメ
  • Chapter 4 ニャース・アタック
  • Chapter 5 森を抜けて
  • Chapter 6 バタフリー飛んだ!

Volume 2

  • Prologue
  • Chapter 1 ニビシティのイワーク
  • Chapter 2 ゲット・グレーバッジ
  • Chapter 3 ハナダシティの四姉妹
  • Chapter 4 クチバジムの対決

Contradictions between the books and the anime

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Anime adaptations: Pocket Monsters SeriesPokémon anime novelization seriesPokémon anime novelization series (France)
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Readers: Worlds of AdventurePikachu in LoveTogepi Springs Into Action!The Haunted Gym
Let It Snow!Catch That Wobbuffet!Get Well, Pikachu!Snack Attack!Time Out For Torchic
Save the ShieldonBecome a Pokémon TrainerMeet AshMeet the Pokémon
Ash's Triple ThreatBattle for the Bolt BadgeWrath of the LegendsSuper Sleuth
Quiz books: Pokémon ChallengePokémon Pop QuizPokémon Pop Quiz 2Pokémon Pop Quiz 3
Pathways to Adventure: PokémonPokémon SnapPokémon Gold/SilverPokémon Gold/Silver: The Adventure Continues!
Pokémon Keychain Books: ElectricWaterNormalFire
Sheet music books: Can You Play Pokémon?Pokémon 2.B.A. MasterPokémon 2.B.A. Master: Recorder Fun!Pokémon Five-Finger Piano
Other: Pocket Monsters: The AnimationLet's Find Pokémon!Pikachu's Global AdventurePikachu Meets the Press
Meet Buizel and FriendsPokémon TalesSatoshi Tajiri: Pokémon Creator
Shōko Nakagawa: Pokémon Taught Me The Meaning of LifeDetective Pikachu: Episode 0—Eevee's Case
Detective Pikachu (graphic novel)Movie Novel (Pokémon: Detective Pikachu)

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