How Long Would It Take To Watch the Complete ‘Pokémon’ Anime?

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A lot of people are often surprised by the huge quantity of episodes an anime like One Piece has, reaching its 1,000 episodes landmark. Still, there are others even longer, like Pokémon. The Pokémon series has been around since 1997 with many seasons and various generations, so we begin to wonder, how long would it take to watch the complete Pokémon anime?

  • Article Breakdown:
  • As of February 2024, there are 1,276 Pokémon anime episodes, 24 minutes each, meaning it would take 510.4 hours or over 21.2 days to catch up by binge-watching for 24 hours every day.
  • If you are to include various Pokémon movies in your watch order, it will take you 543.2 hours of watching 24 hours a day or 22.59 days to complete the Pokémon franchise.

Editor’s Note: This post is regularly updated to include the latest released episodes. Last updated – March 5, 2024.

How long are Pokémon movies?

Pokémon movies vary in length, from around 63 minutes to 100 minutes. To be more exact, here’s a list of every movie from each generation, from earliest to newest, with their respective duration.

Pokémon MovieYearDuration
Original Series
Pokémon: The First Movie19981 hr 25 min
Pokémon: The Movie 200019991 hr 24 min
Pokémon 3: The Movie20001 hr 14 min
Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns20001 hr 3 min
Pokémon 4Ever20011 hr 15 min
Pokémon Heroes20021 hr 11 min
Ruby and Sapphire
Pokémon: Jirachi – Wish Maker20031 hr 21 min
Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys20041 hr 38 min
Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew20051 hr 43 min
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea20061 hr 47 min
Diamond and Pearl
Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai20071 hr 30 min
Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior20081 hr 36 min
Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life20091 hr 34 min
Pokémon: Zoroark – Master of Illusions20101 hr 36 min
Black and White
Pokémon the Movie: Black – Victini and Reshiram20111 hr 36 min
Pokémon the Movie: White – Victini and Zekrom20111 hr 36 min
Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice20121 hr 11 min
Pokémon the Movie: Genesect and the Legend Awakened20131 hr 12 min
XY
Pokémon the Movie: Diancie and the Cocoon of Destruction20141 hr 26 min
Pokémon the Movie: Hoopa and the Clash of Ages20151 hr 23 min
Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel20161 hr 37 min
Sun and Moon
Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You!20171 hr 38 min
Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us20181 hr 40 min
Pokemon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution20191 hr 38 min
Pokémon Journeys
Pokémon the Movie: Secrets of the Jungle20201 hr 38 min

All in all, watching every single Pokémon movie would take 2,114 minutes, approximately 35 hours. However, skipping through extras, such as the credits, would likely take significantly less time.

How many Pokémon miniseries are there?

As of December 2023, there are 5 Pokémon miniseries. These miniseries were mostly made as adaptations of the stories of the Pokémon games or as tributes to the new generations.

Pokémon Origins

Pokémon Origins is an adaptation of Pokémon Red and Green stories, with little changes and modernization, like the presence of Mega Evolution. It has four episodes with around 22 minutes, a total of 88 minutes of content.

Pokémon Generations

Pokémon Generations are animated versions of specific moments that happened throughout the first six generations of games. It has eighteen episodes with around 3 – 5 minutes and 54 – 90 minutes of content.

Pokémon: Twilight Wings

Pokémon: Twilight Wings is an animated miniseries based around Pokémon Sword and Shield, with each episode focusing on a different character and various themes. It has eight episodes with around 5 minutes, a total of 40 minutes of content.

Pokémon Evolutions

Pokémon Evolutions is a spiritual successor to Pokémon Generations, focusing on specific moments of each of the first eight generations of the games. It has eight episodes with around 6 – 10 minutes, a total of 48 – 80 minutes of content.

Pokémon: Hisuian Snow

Pokémon: Hisuian Snow is an animated miniseries based around Pokémon Legends: Arceus. It has three episodes with around 6 – 12 minutes and 30 minutes of content.

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How long would it take to watch all the Pokémon Series?

The Pokémon franchise has been around since 1996, with the release of Pokemon Red and Green for the Gameboy and its anime a year later. Fans have been consuming Pokémon content since they were kids and will realize how old they have gotten when seeing how far the anime and the games have come.

How many episodes does the Pokémon Series have?

There are 1,276 Pokémon anime episodes to get through as of March 2024, which is expected since its long-running games and how well its products sell. With a new generation of Pokémon games being released every few years and how well their products sell, the anime and series as a whole don’t seem to have an ending planned. It is always reinventing itself to reach new audiences and please returning fans.

How long are Pokémon Episodes?

Each of the Pokémon anime episodes lasts 24 minutes from beginning to end, including intros, outros, and previews. However, each episode does vary slightly in terms of the total duration.

How many days would it take to watch the Pokémon anime?

Viewers could theoretically watch all of the Pokémon anime episodes in 22 days if they go all out and are not eating, sleeping, or taking breaks, which would be extremely unhealthy and probably impossible.

On the other hand, most viewers would take 61 or more days to catch up on all of the Pokémon Series anime episodes if they were to binge-watch for 8 hours or more every single day. Of course, this also means that fans would not be able to play some of the Pokémon best games of all time.

How many hours would it take to watch the Pokémon Anime?

Since each Pokémon anime episode lasts about 24 minutes from beginning to end, watching all 1,276 Pokémon episodes available will take somewhere around 30,624 minutes. This would amount to around 510.4 hours, which is roughly 21.2 days.

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How long is the Pokémon anime without fillers?

As the Pokémon Series does not have any material to actually base its own stories and characters on besides the game, it does not have what we would call filler episodes (episodes that are not based on any canon material).

But some episodes actually don’t advance the main story or character arcs in any way, so they could be skippable. Most fans would prefer to watch the complete series, including said episodes, since they can be just as entertaining as the canon ones. But, you could go without these if you’re alright with missing out on such content, and skipping these episodes would cut the total estimated timeframe down to around 23,544 minutes or 393,4 hours.

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