The Pokémon anime, often referred to as just "the anime" by Pokémon fans, is a collective term referring to the animated TV series. There are two different canon's for the franchise: The Main anime, which has gone on since the first generation games, surrounding Ash Ketchum. The second, is classed as a spin-off of the main series, surrounding Lexi, a powerful young Trainer. While the former is loosely based on the games, the latter is directly influenced by the main series games, and mostly sticks towards the storylines within them. The former is also directed at children, while the latter is directed at a more teen/young adult age demographic.
The main series is currently made up of 6 series's:
- Original series (1999-2003)
- Advanced Generation series (2003-2006)
- Diamond & Pearl series (2006-2010)
- Best Wishes series (2010-2013)
- XY series (2013-2016)
- Sun & Moon series (2016-2019)
- Pocket Monsters series (2019-)
The spin-off series is currently made up of 2 saga's:
- The Alexis Saga series (2010-2013)
- Xenial Destiny series(2013-2016)
- Astral Eclipse series (2019)
- Gallant Fate series (2019-)
As of the Gallant Fate series series, a presumed base of characters is following, as apart of the Lexi series.