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Every Pokémon Anime Season Ranked Best to Worst

Updated May 7, 2019 19.9k votes 2.3k voters 23.0k views22 items

When it first debuted in 1997, Pokémon took Japan by storm. By the 2000s, it was a worldwide phenomenon that introduced countless children to the world of anime. Though some OG viewers stopped paying attention as they got older, Pokémon has been updating continuously for decades, captivating new audiences and providing entertainment for old fans who decided to stick around. 

So far, there have been 22 seasons of the Pokémon anime. While each one of them has something to recommend it, not all seasons are created equal. Which is the best season of Pokémon? Everyone has a different opinion. Some love the first series for its nostalgia value, while others love the innovative art style of the recent seasons focused on the Alola region. Let your voice be heard and vote up the best version of the Pokémon anime.

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    In XYZ, Team Flare starts causing chaos by trying to use the legendary Zygarde's mysterious powers. Ash and friends must not only try to stop them, they must also help Alain discover the mysteries behind mega-evolution. 

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    This season follows Ash into the Kalos region. Along the way, he meets three new friends - an inventor named Clemont, a young girl named Bonnie, and a novice trainer named Serena. 

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    Now that Team Galactic has been defeated, Ash can focus on defeating the Sinnoh League, while Dawn wins all the ribbons she needs to compete in the Grand Festival. 

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    XY: Kalos Quest follows Ash and friends further along on their respective quests. Clemont hopes to invent something that will earn him renown, while Ash is racking up badges in the Kalos league, and Bonnie is trying to find her brother a girlfriend. 

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