There is no Pokémon rival more notorious than Gary Oak, a guy who spent the first few years of the anime frustrating Ash Ketchum. But was Gary actually wrong about any of his boasts? Hit the jump for a reappraisal of Pallet Town's finest!
On April 1, the Pokémon anime turns 25. It's served multiple roles in the wider franchise — a series based on the source material, a commercial for the games, a stepping stone for new fans, and a world-building device. Hit the jump for why it's become so important!
As they say, we never forget our first 'mon. Or Ash Ketchum's first Pokémon for that matter. So let's go back to the early days of the anime series with a Quick Quiz and see if we can remember the order that he caught them in. Hit the jump to test your memory!
The Pokémon franchise is nearly 25 years old, and the anime is not far behind that age. What made it resonate so immediately? And what lessons can we learn from its early arcs? Hit the jump to find out!
We've spent a lot of time watching Ash Ketchum travel through various Pokémon regions, so let's test the knowledge we've acquired. Hit the jump to see how much you know about the Pokémon anime protagonist!
When Brock left Ash's group in the Orange Islands, he was quickly replaced by Pokémon researcher Tracey Sketchit. And while Tracey's importance has often been debated by Pokémon fans, I firmly believe that the dude's not half bad. Hit the jump to see why Tracey Sketchit is a welcome addition to the team.
Though they only appeared in a single episode and then disappeared from the show entirely, some Pokémon anime side characters are burned into the memories of devoted fans. Hit the jump to take a quiz and figure out which one you're the most like!
Sure, "Bye Bye Butterfree," the episode of the Pokémon anime where Ash's Butterfree leaves, was sad as a child. But as an adult? yep, still super sad. Hit the jump to uncover all the layers of melancholy that are hidden in this one episode.
Replacing the Pokerap for a while, Pikachu's Jukebox ended every Pokémon episode until the end of the Orange Islands arc. And it introduced a generation of kids to six incredible songs. But which song was best? Hit the jump to find out!
After twenty-two years of travelling through different regions and catching various Pokémon in the anime, Ash Ketchum finally nabbed the best one: Dragonite. Hit the jump to read about why this particular monster is so fascinating!
In 2001, a Pokémon Christmas album was released, and it was the weirdest gift that any kid could've gotten that year. So let's take a look back at this odd blend of music, Pikachu and the holidays. Hit the jump to find out what made it so memorable!
With Red/Blue fresh in players' minds and with Gold/Silver right around the corner, would they accept a Yellow version, even if it did come with an adorable Pikachu? Well, history has proven that, yes, they loved it. And to read the history behind it, hit the jump here!
It's time to get a little nostalgic and look back at Ash Ketchum's beginning team of monsters: Pikachu, Butterfree, Pidgeotto, Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. Which one would you be? Hit the jump to find out!