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Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters, is a Japanese children’s anime television series, which has since been adapted for the international television markets. It is based on the Pokémon video game series and a part of the Pokémon franchise.
The Pokémon metaseries is split up into four chronologically sequential series in Japan, split up by the version of the video game series the anime takes inspiration from: the original series, the Advanced Generation series, the Diamond & Pearl series, and currently the Best Wishes! series which started its Dekorora Adventures subseries in April 2013. In the international broadcasts, these four series are split into 16 separate seasons. These anime series are accompanied by spin-off programming, consisting of Pokémon Chronicles, a series of side stories featuring characters in the anime that are not its current cast of main characters, and the live action variety and Pokémon-related news shows of Weekly Pokémon Broadcasting Station, Pokémon Sunday, and the current incarnation of Pokémon Smash!.