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Pokémon, an anime produced in japan by the Pokémon media franchise, first aired on April 1, 1997, on TV Tokyo. Pokémon is centered on fictional characters known as Pokémon’s, and Pokémon trainers who catch and train them to fight each other for sport.
The story revolves around a 10-year-old boy named Ash, who aspires to be the greatest Pokémon trainers in the world. To achieve his goal ash sets out on an adventure enlisting the help of his many friends and his Pokémon Pikachu. The team sets out on a journey of the world to find new Pokémon’s while battling multiple organizations such as team rocket and meeting legendary Pokémon’s along the way.
Pokémon is an animated series and is divided into six sequential series that are chronologically ordered, the six series are divided into 22 seasons and have 1085 episodes so far. The Pokémon series is largely credited for becoming the most popular animated series in the western culture, it is also known for being the first anime series on television to reach such level of mainstream success with western audience, the Pokémon games also reached a wide range of audience and became on the most popular video games in the world. The Pokémon series has been adapted for international markets and is airing in 169 countries worldwide.
The anime series is also regarded as one of the most successful video game adaptation of all time. Pokémon is globally one of the most watched shows on Netflix, as of 2016.
Now a new anime based on the same story and title is being introduced and will be serving as a soft reboot of the story, which is going to be air on November 17, 2019.
Disney XD and Pokémon
Disney XD is a digital cable channel and satellite channel that is operated by Walt Disney Company and is a part of the Disney-ABC television group which was founded in 2009 as the next generation to their former channel Toon Disney.
Disney XD also broadcast several shows such as Phineas and Ferb, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Star Wars Rebels, Gravity Falls, Milo Murphy’s Law, Walk the Prank, and many others. In 2016 Disney began talks with the Pokémon Company for the license of running Pokémon series on their channel, Disney XD. In 2017 Disney gained the full rights to air Pokémon series on their channel.
Disney Plus and Pokémon
Earlier this year Walt Disney Company released that they are in the development of an on-demand media streaming platform called Disney Plus. There aren’t many rumors regarding its content but we can assume that Walt Disney will be publishing all their owned content on the streaming service and from that assumption we can also assume that the Pokémon series will also be available on that platform. We cannot be sure though as it is all based on assumptions.
November 12, 2019, is the date of the release of the Disney plus platform and we have to wait and see what it offers. Even if the streaming service does not air Pokémon, we can still enjoy it on the Disney XD digital channel.