The Pokémon franchise, since its inception in 1996, has grown into a global sensation, captivating millions with its strategic gameplay, imaginative character designs, and the irresistible allure of ‘catching them all.’ Spanning nine generations, Pokémon continues to evolve, offering engaging gameplay and a continuously expanding roster of creatures, ensuring its enduring appeal across diverse audiences.
The franchise’s longevity implies a future influx of content in the years to come, promising more lovable Pokémon additions to the series. But for those who haven’t closely followed the series and films, how can they catch up on the latest content?
Here’s a comprehensive guide to watching the Pokémon series and films in the most suitable order:
- Begin with “Pokémon: Indigo League” (Season 1, Episodes 1-69).
- Proceed with “Pokémon: The First Movie” after Episode 69, titled “Legend of Surfing Pikachu.”
- Continue “Pokémon: Indigo League” (Season 1, Episodes 70-82), followed by “Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands” (Season 2, Episodes 1-24).
- Watch “Pokémon: The Movie 2000” after Episode 24, titled “Pikachu vs Nyarth?!”
- Follow up with the remaining episodes of “Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands” (Season 2, Episodes 25-36), and proceed similarly with subsequent seasons and movies.
The guide provides a meticulous sequence for watching both the main series and movies, outlining the ideal order to grasp the narrative coherently.
However, it’s important to note the recent development in the Pokémon franchise— the introduction of a new series called “Pokémon Horizons: The Series.” This latest iteration departs from the traditional storyline, as it marks the first season without Ash Ketchum or Pikachu. Instead, the focus shifts to new protagonists, Liko and Roy.
The initial episodes, presented in an hour-long special, aired in Japan on April 14, 2023, under the title “Pokémon Horizons: The Series.” Unfortunately, there hasn’t been an official announcement regarding the overseas release of “Pokémon Horizons.” As a result, fans outside Japan currently lack legal access to the first episode.
Rest assured, any updates on the series’ availability outside Japan will be promptly shared once official announcements are made.
This detailed guide aims to assist fans in navigating the extensive Pokémon series, ensuring an enjoyable and coherent viewing experience, while also highlighting the franchise’s latest development in its ongoing evolution.