In what is set to be the largest nostalgia-fest the internet has seen since Twitch Plays Pokémon, the streaming giant has acquired the rights to all 19 seasons and 16 movies of the Pokémon anime — and is set to marathon all of it starting on August 27.
"Gotta Catch 'Em All!" they said. So we did.
19 seasons & 16 movie parties worth of 'em.
— Twitch (@Twitch) August 23, 2018
The massive endeavor was announced earlier today directly out of Twitch and later circulated by the official Pokémon social media accounts. This will mark the first time that the entire collection of the Pokémon will be streamed continuously in such a manner. According to the official Twitch event page for the marathon, everything should take 10 whole months to complete, but the official schedule has laid out the style in which episodes and movies will be aired, in addition to when viewers can catch up to season nine.
Starting August 27, 2018, Pokémon fans can join an animation celebration of epic proportions when Twitch begins streaming a two-month marathon of Pokémon the Series on its TwitchPresents channel. The first nine seasons of Ash and Pikachu’s many adventures, plus eight Pokémon feature films, will be shown from August 27 to October 28.
The marathon begins on the TwitchPresents channel at 10 a.m. PDT on Monday, August 27. Mondays through Thursdays will feature blocks of 10 to 16 Pokémon the Series episodes, with each block repeating throughout the day. Fridays and Saturdays will consist of encore presentations of the episodes that were featured at the beginning of that week.
Additionally, a special Pokémon movie presentation will take place each Sunday. Check the TwitchPresents channel for more information about when the movies will air.
Here’s when you can catch each season of Pokémon the Series:
- August 27: Pokémon: Indigo League (Season 1)
- September 3: Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands (Season 2)
- September 10: Pokémon: The Johto Journeys (Season 3)
- September 17: Pokémon: Johto League Champions (Season 4)
- September 24: Pokémon: Master Quest (Season 5)
- October 1: Pokémon Advanced (Season 6)
- October 8: Pokémon: Advanced Challenge (Season 7)
- October 15: Pokémon: Advanced Battle (Season 8)
- October 22: Pokémon: Battle Frontier (Season 9)
It is unclear at this time whether Twitch plans to stream only the first nine seasons and then take a break before scheduling the next 10, or if they will simply start after the initial marathon is completed. On top of just watching the marathon, Twitch is also allowing users to play along, offering a special Pokémon Badge Collector extension. While the specifics are not all too clear, this will apparently allow users to “capture” a Pokémon when they appear on screen. Each capture is worth a set amount of points, including legendary Pokémon, and these can be used to compare and compete with other viewers.
Spin those hats backward and get ready to watch, Trainers! We’re teaming up with @Twitch to help you experience #PokemonTheSeries like never before: https://t.co/pc4VXKmoPU pic.twitter.com/G4KphyqUS2
— Pokémon (@Pokemon) August 23, 2018