Best Pokemon Seasons

The Top Ten

1 XY&Z (19)

The best pokemon anime that has been released. I have seen all of them and I think that this is the best. I hope Serena comes back eventually. Please...

I love the XY&Z series! It's so good. Seeing The Forest For Trees, Battling At Full Volume, and especially Till' We Compete(of course, when Seren kissed ash) again were the best episodes in the anime.I love Clemont's inventions, Ash's Battling, Serena's showcases, and Bonnie, and of course Serena and Ash's amourshipping. It is worth watching. The animation was great. Ash-Greninja was also a great idea. So in all, X&Y, XY Kalos Quest, and XY&Z are the best!

This is the best series so far.
Every thing is perfect, Animations to friends
Evil organizations to rivals
Kalos league to Ash's team
Amourshipping to the kiss.

I just love the Xyz series, I especially like the amourshipping, showcases, and more. I also like the episode "Till' we compete again", it was the best season in the anime!

2 Indigo League (1)

This was by far the best season. I miss the dumb, funny Ash Ketchum, but eventually he turned into a boring, mature kid. Everything is at it's best in this season, with an exception of the art style, which I think is still up on the top 5. Great, great season. I watched a lot of the episodes in this season a lot because I got so much happiness watching them!

Indigo League was the best season of the Pokemon series. No one will ever replace the unique Ash, the funny Brock, or the short-tempered Misty. The Hoenn and Sinnoh Brock seemed to...weird and not as funny as he used to be. Ash now seems too serious, and doesn't have much as fun with his new companions. Misty...we haven't heard if her, but she was a unique trainer who was afraid on becoming a Gym Leader without anyone's help (only from her Pokemon). You don't see any other intro when Ash tells Misty and Brock, "Oh...you're my best friend..." He deeply cares for both characters, and they too care a lot for him. PokeShipping was the best. The topic of it is simple. Ash secretly likes Misty and she secretly likes him. It was very cute, even though they were still ten years old and wouldn't admit that they liked each other. BEST SERIES EVER! (ALSO BEST SHIPPING 4 EVER! )

Everything (apart from the animaton) is at its best here. Ash is funny and stupid in an endearing way when he travels with Misty and Brock. The banter they all share is hilarious but after they left at the end of Johto, ash lost his spunk and he became this boring brave hero. The image I have of ash in my mind will always be of how he was in this season. It's like the writers dumbed him down in the later seasons
There's evidence that ash acknowledges he's changed when misty and brock come back in sun and moon. He says, starry eyes that "it's been so long since I felt like this" when he was in the cerulean gym
Even team rocket who are so lovable. In the later seasons they actually became good at their job, in XY they changed James' hair which is a disgusting blunder on the animators part and they were ruined. Their decline happened after ash's, in around Sinnoh
In this season everyone was funny, witty and they genuinely cared about each other. They were full of life and ...more

Outstanding season. My biggest issue with the following seasons, are the Pokémon themselves. Something about the Indigo Pokémon that just says, “simple and it works”. The designs are so fluid that they LOOK like Pokémon as we know (thanks to this season). The following seasons, they begin to look like Digimon monsters and Yugioh creatures, that it destroys the ability to distinct the two.

3 Diamond & Pearl (10)

The beginning had a rough start. But it had a great cast, dawn was annoying at first but started to grow on you throughout the series, brock and ash was their usual selves. But what I really enjoyed in the series was the rivalries that faced our heroes. They were different and posed an actual threat to our heroes.

If you want development in characters, story, and plot, then this is the series for you. Pokemon DP is in the top 3 for best Pokémon series's of all time. Why? Well first you have Paul, who's Ash's best rival. Then Dawn, who is the most fleshed out character out of all the girl companions, who is annoying at first, but matures and becomes someone we love. The Pokémon in sinnoh are one of my least favorite, but there was something magical about them to a point I started to love them. I've had 6 friends give me an answer to what was there favorite in the series, and 4/6 said sinnoh (the other 2 being XY and Orignal).

WORST... OPENING... EVER!

The season's decent, but I prefer the later season as it does have more diverse characters. They're not three dimensional characters, but it's definitely worth something than nothing! Oh, and the fillers aren't needed!

I love the characters, setting, Pokemon, and really everything about it! Although I might be bias because I used to watch it as new episodes aired when I was younger, I can still say this is one of my favorite series!

4 Master Quest (5)

There were good gym battles, the johto league was amazing, there were reappearences of squirtle, bulbasaur, charizard, tauros, muk, kingler, heracross, lapras and snorlax. There were also a lot of side stories that took more then one epidode, like the water pokemon tournament, the battle with dragonite, the red gyarados story and the lugia kidnapping. Richie, that girl with the Ditto and Gary were also in this season. Overall this was a really good season

My personal favorite season. There were so many good plots, Johto is my favorite region, Ash finally beat Gary, and many other reasons.

How is this number 12? Every single episode is quality

Vvv great season

5 Orange Islands (2)

Their not just putting the Indigo League due to noglasica, the Indigo league build the story, the characters and Ash's team for the Orange Islands. The story of the orange islands build on to the Johto region season 3 - season 5. The orange islands have some good points such as interesting, new setting compared with the inland areas of every other setting until Sun and Moon which had a beach style simillar to the Orange Islands setting. They was also trials that Ash had to complete in both. As wella bring something to some profressor plot, the orange Islands were a bit comptrived with the G. S. Ball that was ament to be celibi but the sun and moon series actually had a pokemon egg which hatched into an vulpix. Orange island certainly has merit to it but just not enough to beat the orginal series.

Honestly, I feel people are only voting for indigo league because of the nostalgia crap.

Best series ever should have showed whole orange league, we only saw the finals

Short but quality episodes like indigo.

6 Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors (13)

The rivalry between ash and paul was really one of the best rivalries in franchise history. It showed the moral of being a trainer as ash and paul had the same dream but took drastically different paths to get there, and it was all worth it seeing them battle eachother in the sinnoh league. This season also provoked different battle strategies to make trainers work outside the box and think differently. After that tobias just pukes on us ruining the vibe but the season was still great!

This season was amazing, no one can tell me otherwise. It shows how much they improved with graphics and effects in 4 years and the grand festival and sinnoh league were unforgettable.

The Sinnoh League. Tobias was there just to shove a stick up our butts but he and the rest of the league was really good.

The battles were e really good and the battle against Tobias too was great.The best was the main rival Paul and that quarter final battle was one of the best

7 XY (17)

The Original Series was great and all but without nostalgia it doesn't have much going for it. Ash won half of his badges while the rest were either from pity or gratitude. It had a TON of pointless fillers (Especially in Johto), I can excuse Ash's incompetence since he was just starting in Kanto, he noticeably improved in Johto but was still an immature kid. On top of that Brock and Misty outlived their usefulness. In Kanto they were Ash's mentors/guides but come Johto where Ash doesn't need them holding his hand they're just there and don't do jack squat.

XY However has an interesting and well round group of characters, Ash is at the peak of his maturity/competence as a trainer. Serena in my opinion is the best Pokégirl and I actually like Clemont more than Brock who honestly got boring overtime. The XY Gang feel like a family, everyone has a purpose and fills it well, on top of that XY has the best writing we've seen so far.

Ash gets the best travelling companions, especially Serena who supports Ash from her heart. All of Ash's pokemon are really cool and strong. The maturity of Ash can be clearly seen

After not watching pokemon after the unova crap, I was surprised to find how good XY is. I actually think it beats the original, and Ash's new gang actually isn't bad.

Best! I like Serena more than Misty she is perfect for ash and bonnie is so funny always searching for a wife for her big brother

8 Advanced Challenge (7)

I latterly SKIPPED almost all the johto episodes and I was bout to quit pokemon but then I saw one hoenn I was in love and I kept watching pokemon.

YES! It's in the tens! And why is it only number ten? Seriously, I love this season above all others, even the first.

Advanced Cahllenge was like the brain of the pokemon series, t introduced so many pokemons and it is the BEST! for me.

Good

9 Johto League Champions (4)

Houndoom's Special Delivery was my favorite out of this season.

Good like indigo

Shiny noctowl

10 Advanced Battle (8)

Best theme song ever and the best story. Also introduces lots of cool pokemon, the plot is the best and in my opinion the best season of pokemon ever.

What is this? Number 18? How is black and white and adventures in unova and beyond better than this? This season is a classic!

Best season ever may is the best character ever designed

The best season in the Pokemon advence series, Also One of the best theme ever

The Contenders

11 Diamond and Pearl Galactic Battles (12)

I have to say it has the best Pokemon Theme Song ever. "Some times its hard to know, which way you're suppose to go" I can just keep jamming to this.

Fantastic season. theme song was catchy, J and Team Galactic storylines were really thought out, they're were not many filler episodes

Best season ever with dawn the best character pokemon could ever have

This season introduced Arceus. Its opening is very good.

12 Diamond & Pearl Battle Dimension (11)

I love this series its graphics its ash drees and heroine ash pokemon and its song

This one is cool because I was born when these were being made and I like Dawn

I like all the characters and episodes and at the start when James departs from caknia

13 The Johto Journeys (3)

The character development of ash, from stubborn to dedicated pokemon trainer is the BEST! and the whole region is awesome

The Johto Journeys was the best season in Pokémon and Master Quest was awesome and Johto League Champions was beyon amazing

14 Battle Frontier (9)

I started the show on this season. It holds a special place in my heart for that reason.

The best season ever it had character development for ash may and their rivals

The story is ok, but that horrible new voice actor those...

I like ash new voice

15 Black & White (14)

I'm surprised this got so much hate, my favorite series being chewed up and spat out. The time and effort they put into this series was impressive. 40% of galar Pokemon come from black and white, and it holds the best of the best. Oshawott, Tepig, Snivy! all different! In Kanto, the starters were bland. All the same basic Personality, that made it less exciting. Black and White was definitely the start of a change.

Tepig was a determined, warmhearted starter that showed its feelings very clear.

Oshawott was a cute and caring starter that would do anything for its trainer!

And last but NOT least, Snivy was a sassy, powerful starter that helps a lot in the series. It's attacks are effective.

Before hating, think about all the memories ash, Iris, and Cilan had! Now you can't rate a Pokemon series without team rocket, can you?

Team Rocket was impressive in this series, their work may be weird and annoying, but they all worked together, and had a good, ...more

Wow! Why so much hate on this one? It definitely different, but in a good way. All the moves look way more epic because of the cool effects. And the characters are really awesome. Cilan never fails to put a smile on my face and Iris had this sassy kind of nature that I've always liked (if that's how you explain it). Team Rocket was actually smarter than usual. They have always been annoying as heck, but not this time! Overall, super underrated season without a single dull or uninteresting moment.

This season is terrible. Ash is an absolute idiot, Iris and Cilan have hardly any character development, The rivals are either to nice or are just plain old annoying jerks. The only good parts where when the Dawn came back and how Team Rocket are actually very menacing in this one. Also most episode are really just filler lets just admit that.

for me, this was the best ever season and also my first I loved this season and just how interesting I wish I could be ash. All the pokemon are so interesting in this series why do so many people hate it?

16 Advanced (6)

As a season it had some of the best movies

I love this season

17 XY: Kalos Quest (18)

It is my favorite pokemon season after XYZ out of the whole pokemon anime. I love watching this series.I really miss Ash's look of this season in sun and moon I want more episodes of XY and want to see Ash with Serena and Clemont and Bonnie.

This is the relapse season of the sixth generation anime. It's bad, but it's not the worst.

Majestic talents await! Ash in battles, Serena in performances XD

It's nice. As usual epic animation and artstyle

18 Sun & Moon (20)

I just love this series so much, the Sun And Moon series, along with the Ultra Adventures, are my favorite series, I don't have a reason why this series had to end. I miss this series so much

Yes the graphics have changed, and yes the story too. But it's completely new Ash, in the world that is vary different than what we (and him) used to see. It's my favourite because of the positivity, unique crew of characters- finally more than 2/3 and every of them have an amazing story to tell personally, also there's Lillie's story that really touched me, and I agree every season have a heart touching story, but for me, this is more personal one that some of us faced but never talk about it. Also the 'Ultra Adventures' that took more serious 'Moon' tone is a good mirror to the first 'Sun' season.
Many things have changed, but if you'll sit in front of this season with an open mind, leaving nostalgic thoughts and being capable of going really deep into the story- you'll be surprised how valuable it can be.

I think even though this season is very backlashed because of Ash's appearance the anime itself looks incredible and I think it's very underrated. Characters like Lillie and professor Kukui make you want to watch more and see what happens. I also really like the Z-Moves and all the side storylines that happen throughout the show. The pokemon as well are really cool and I love the alolan versions of the pokemon and how it's just an easter egg for evolution theory and the Galapagos island.

To be honest, I have some mixed feelings towards this season. Onto the first episode to Ultra Adventures, this season have some disadvantages in some aspects on the animation. Now, remind you, I don't hate Sun and Moon: The Anime, it's actually quite good for the terms of anime, but it seems that the Anime have put a bit to rushed execution, removing the characters that are appearable in the game version (like Hau) and the arcs lost the pacing from the story. The positive aspects of this Anime are the artstyle, the newer Pokémons and the new characters. The negative aspects are the battle scenes, the rushed arcs, the annoying talking Rotom-Dex and the companions of Ash are no longer Trial Captains. It was becoming the softest and lightest installment of the Pokémon Anime series aside to X & Y which was the darkest. This installment is the average quality of the story. To be honest, I love Lillie in this one, but the problem is that she is getting too much spotlight which some of the ...more

19 Sun and Moon: Ultra Adventures (21)

Wow..This gets a lot of hate. Yeah It's animation is not good. But Besides Animation every things are amazing!
His friends feels like a family. Gladion was one of the best rivals so far.. And I love it's opening, Both English and Japanese.

The show literally has never been better. It constantly strays away from a boring formula in order to further character and world development. The new animation style is always lively and expressive. It's no longer just about battle after battle, but about the endless possibilities of ways people and Pokemon live together. It may be considered "heretical" to say this, but any one of Ash's new friends have more personality than any previous group he's traveled with - yes, even Brock and Misty (who were very one-note if you ask me). XYZ was good, but because it always had to stick to the formula of walking around -> meet one-episode character -> battle team rocket, it could quickly become groan-worthy. Sun and Moon: Ultra Adventures can have its serious moments, but also its funny and endearing ones. This show is not afraid to explore themes, settings, and morals. Even though we're college students, my friends and I truly feel for these characters and enjoy watching their ...more

It is great how ash got Nebby (Cosmog) which then evolve into solgaleo. The stoy was great too and the story of Blinding One(Necrozma) was awesome. The masked Royal thing was great too

Honestly, this series was the best, because Ash finally won a championship league.

20 Ultra Legends (22)

It's awesome to see the alolan pokemon league, the Dream of Kukui coming true and Ash finally won the League and even defeated Tapu Koko
The last episode was very Emotional and very Touching

Same as my opinion with Sun and Moon and Sun And Moon Ultra Adventures! I love this so much, Why did these series have to end

Ash won the league in the season and became the alola champion. That only is enough to make it the best season.

Ash won the league at last!

21 Black & White: Rival Destinies (15)

Rival Destinies is better than season 14. Season 14 has filler episodes.

I like black and white. Especially Rival Destinies

22 Black & White: Adventures in Unova and Beyond (16)

Unova is such a beautiful region. Honestly the best if you're looking just for background art.

23 Journeys (23)

It's the firazt time I'm watching pokemon since Xyz ended as I couldn't stand the goofy and comdey plot and art style of sun and moon. In this series I see Gou as one of the best companions Ash ever had since Serena (not surpassing her of course) and it seems Ash is now getting the pokemon which everyone wanted him to catch. Plus he looks a lot like he did in Xy but is kinda younger. One thing which I noticed in Ashs cothes is that he is wearing the same shirt he wore when he slept in kalos. Plus I heard Korrina alos returns and might reappear later on as she also is taking part in the world coronation. For me Xy/Xyz will always be the best but journeys doing pretty well in terms of the hype in plot and character design. definitely 2nd best series after Xy/Xyz. Sorry for soo many Xy references; its just the best series for me but I also like journeys XD

Very good season so far. The whole regions thing is so nice. Koharu and Goh are quite interesting characters. And Not to mention Ash got a freaking RIOLU which is going to evolve into Lucario!

This anime season is fantastic! It has great balance and I think that it can be one of the best yet. I love Goh and I love how this Ash feels like a sun and moon ash + the xy and z ash combined. The best parts. On top of that his team is already looking really good.

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