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Next season of 'Pokémon' animé debuting on Cartoon Network in January

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This January, Cartoon Network will be premiering the next chapter in the popular "Pokémon" animated series, enters its' seventeenth season of broadcasting next year.

"Pokémon the Series: XY" follows the continuing adventures of Ash Ketchum and his best friend and Pokémon partner Pikachu, as they travel along the Kalos region, the newest area in the world of Pokémon that players can travel through in the latest chapters in the popular video game series, "Pokémon X" and "Pokémon Y." During their journeys, Ash will encounter never-before-seen Pokémon, battle the forces of the evil Team Flare, and discover the mysteries of the all-new Mega Evolutions that Pokémon can now undergo. Along the way, he will meet new allies like Serena, a beginning Pokémon trainer that has a history with Ash, dating back to when they were just children.

Aside from these new experiences, Ash will also be competing in the Kalos Pokémon League, in which he will challenge and battle the eight Gym Leaders that are located all over the new Kalos region. The adventure will be difficult, and many challenges will arise from the journey, but if anyone is up to the challenge, it's Ash and Pikachu.

"Pokémon the Series: XY" premieres on Cartoon Network at 8:30 a.m. EST on Saturday, Jan. 18.

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