I've been watching a scattered selection of the Pokémon anime recently.

Each new generation, Ash starts out with Pikachu and learns everything over again.

Are these re-tellings of the Ash story, or is it actually meant to be a continuous story?

From what I have seen there is almost no cross over between series, but there are a lot of episodes so I may have missed it.

  • "Watching"? "Ash"? I believe you're referring to the anime, not the manga.
    – jwodder
    Nov 12, 2016 at 0:17
  • Thanks. Changed. In the 90s Japanese films were marketed as manga, and I have had them confused ever since. Nov 12, 2016 at 0:29
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    They "reset" his knowledge-base (and levels) every other season in order to allow new viewers to start watching without having to trawl through a decade of earlier shows.
    – Valorum
    Nov 12, 2016 at 10:42

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The Pokémon anime has had one series corresponding with each game generation, except for the first two (Red & Blue, Gold & Silver) which are classified as their own series. As you noted, Ash made the decision after the first series to start over with just Pikachu (and Aipom in Diamond & Pearl). However, they are intended to be one continuous story.

The most obvious example of this is whenever Ash returns to Pallet Town. Tracy Sketchit, a companion for a portion of the original series, reappeared in subsequent series as Professor Oak's lab assistant. Also at the lab are the majority of Ash's Pokémon that he caught in previous generations. Ash revisted several of them in the Best Wishes* episode 142, "The Dream Continues", and the Japanese version had a post-credits image of all Ash's Pokémon that were left with Professor Oak from all the series up to that point.

All of Ash's Pokémon in "The Dream Continues"

There are certainly other references to Ash's story being continuous. He'll occasionally run into characters that he's met before or reference previous events. There has never had a "reboot" of this story, even though each series largely repeats the same story arc.

So Ash is still the 10 year old** taking one journey after another into each region as he was in episode 1.

* The Best Wishes series corresponds to Pokémon Black & White.
** Yup, Ash doesn't age. But then again, neither does Bart Simpson.

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