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(Japanese: ポケットモンスター サイドストーリー Pocket Monsters Side Stories) are episodes of the Pokémon anime which occasionally aired instead of a rerun from the main anime series as part of the Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station in Japan. They aired concurrently with Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire from December 3, 2002 to September 28, 2004 in Japan. Outside of Japan, these episodes were only dubbed in the West as part of Pokémon Chronicles.

Unlike the main anime, Ash Ketchum is not featured in a central role; the side stories instead showcase what was going on in the lives of his friends Brock, Misty, and Tracey while Ash himself was in the Hoenn region. The Team Rocket members featured are usually Butch and Cassidy, in place of the usual members Ash faces.

The final Johto title card format featuring all eight of Ash's Johto League Badges was used for the first four episodes, while the original title card format was used for the remaining episodes. The episodes use ending themes from the original series and Pokémon the Series: Ruby and Sapphire, except for the initial airings of the final three episodes on the Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station, which used Marching March instead. The side stories also use a title sequence in reruns on Kids Station.

The side stories are numbered with the prefix HS on Bulbapedia. For a complete episode listing, see the list of side story episodes.

Home video releases

European DVD releases

Australian DVD releases

Japanese DVD releases




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