Ranked #1834


Alternative Titles

English: Pokémon
Synonyms: Pocket Monsters, Indigo League, Adventures on the Orange Islands, The Johto Journeys, Johto League Champions, Master Quest
Japanese: ポケットモンスター


Type: TV
Episodes: 276
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 1997 to Nov 14, 2002
Premiered: Spring 1997
Broadcast: Unknown
Source: Game
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG - Children
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.411 (scored by 102,461 users)
Ranked: #18342
Popularity: #151
Members: 174,141
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A young boy named Satoshi embarks on a journey to become a "Pokemon Master" with his first Pokemon, Pikachu. Joining him on his travels are Takeshi, a girl-obsessed Rock Pokemon Trainer, and Kasumi, a tomboyish Water Pokemon Trainer who may have a crush on him. Satoshi and Co. end up traveling through various regions, including Kanto, the Orange Islands, and Johto, and then enter the Pokemon League competitions there. Along the way, they run into many confrontations with Musashi, Kojirou, and Nyarth, a trio of Pokemon thieves who are apart of an evil organization called "Team Rocket." But every time Team Rocket tries to do their evil deeds, they fail thanks to Satoshi and his Pokemon.

(Source: ANN)


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Sound Director
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Episode Director, Storyboard

More episodes Episodes(276/276)

# Episode Title Aired
1 Pokémon! I Choose You!
Pokemon! Kimi ni Kimeta! (ポケモン!きみにきめた!)
Apr 1, 1997
2 Showdown! Pokémon Center!
Taiketsu! Pokemon Center! (たいけつ!ポケモンセンター!)
Apr 8, 1997
3 I Got a Pokémon!
Pokemon Get da ze! (ポケモンゲットだぜ!)
Apr 15, 1997
4 Challenge of the Samurai Boy!
Samurai Shounen no Chousen! (サムライしょうねんのちょうせん!)
Apr 22, 1997
5 Battle of Nibi Gym!
Nibi Gym no Tatakai! (ニビジムのたたかい!)
Apr 29, 1997

Opening Theme

JP #1: "Mezase Pokemon Master (めざせポケモンマスター)" by Rica Matsumoto (eps 1-82)
JP #2: "Rival! (ライバル!)" by Rica Matsumoto (eps 83-118)
JP #3: "OK!" by Rica Matsumoto (eps 119-194)
JP #4: "Mezase Pokemon Master (めざせポケモンマスター)" by Whiteberry (eps 195-241)
JP #5: "Ready, Go!" by Naomi Tamura (eps 241-276)
US #1: "Pokémon Theme (Gotta Catch'em All)" by Jason Paige (eps 1-82)
US #2: "Pokémon World" by ??? (eps 83-116)
US #3: "A Whole New World (Pokémon Johto)" by PJ Lequerica/Johto (eps 117-156)
US #4: "Born To Be a Winner" by David Rolfe (eps 157-208)
US #5: "Master Quest" by David Rolfe (eps 209-272)

Ending Theme

#01: "Hyaku Gojuu Ichi" by Unshou Ishizuka and Pokemon Kids (eps 1-27)
#02: "Nyaasu no Uta" by Inuko Inuyama (eps 28-37)
#03: "Pocket ni Fantasy" by Sachi & Juri (eps 38-53)
#04: "Pokemon Ondo" by Garura Kobayashi (eps 54-66)
#05: "Type: Wild" by Rica Matsumoto (eps 67-104)
#06: "Lapras ni Notte" by Iizuka Mayumi and Aikawa Rikako (eps 105-116)
#07: "Nyaasu no Party" by Roketto-Dan (eps 119-143)
#08: "Pokemon Hara Hara Relay" by Aikawa Rikako And Korasu
#09: "Takeshi no Paradaisu" by Yuji Ueda (eps 159-174)
#10: "Boku no Best Friend e" by Iawasaki Hiromi (eps 175-193)
#11: "Maemuki Roketto-Dan" by Roketto-Dan (eps 194-238)
#12: "Poketaari Monsutaari" by KANA (eps 241-276)

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Nov 12, 2015
I don't know what it is about Pokemon. Even though I know it's not very good, I still love it.

~Story~ 1/10
The story is pathetic; there basically is none. A 10-year old kid goes on a journey. Basically the same thing every episode.

~Art~ 7/10
Not much to say about the art. The series began in 1998 so it looks kinda terrible. The characters look the same as back then but the animation has drastically improved. If you want something that looks awesome, watch the OVA series Pokemon Origins.

~Sound~ 10/10
The opening and ending themes are kind of bland, although they're ok. So why do I say 10/10? The read more
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Nov 12, 2015
Pokémon was a cornerstone of my childhood and even my early adolescence. I've watched almost all of the movies (prior to Gen V, that is) and I've completed every TV series up to and including Diamond & Pearl. On top of that, I've played all of the games and have been playing "competitively" since 2006. I think it's safe to say that I have a rather biased perception of Pokémon as a whole. Whilst most people I know either lampoon this series at every chance they get or overrate it to high heaven because of either old shame or nostalgia respectively, I have an opinion read more
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Oct 26, 2008
It's pretty unfabulous to have to review something you love when you know it's not very good.

Pokemon works with a re-use formula, the story is long, it is repetitive, it doesn't progress in any way because development doesn't really happen.

Art and sound is mediocre as it is a mass-produced anime. Production costs would have been sky-high if they spent any more money on it, and it shows.

The characters are pretty two-dimensional. They aren't deep, you don't go into their heads, and they're all about 11-15 years old but all act the same.

But why do I love this anime so much?? I read more
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Jan 29, 2015
Today I look at an anime I have been putting off reviewing for some time. Pokemon! Although I had seen bits of anime before Pokemon, this was one of the first long running anime series I actually started following back in 1997. I don't pretend to be a great "pokemon master" since I haven't played one of the games since Crystal and I stopped watching the show around 2001. This is a review of the first 2 seasons: Kanto and the Orange Island League

The Pokemon games on gameboy revolutionized handheld RPGs and were brilliant, fun, addicting, and absolute masterpieces when they hit the US in read more
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