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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
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: PG - Children
L represents licensing company


Score: 7.401 (scored by 92960 users)
Ranked: #18962
Popularity: #142
Members: 157,833
Favorites: 2,337
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Popular Tags

action adventure comedy shounen


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 everytime Team Rocket try to do their evil deeds, they fail thanks to Satoshi and his Pokemon.

(Source: ANN)

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Sequel: Pokemon Advanced Generation
Summary: Pokemon Housoukyoku
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Character: Hikari no Megami

Characters & Voice Actors

Ootani, Ikue
Ootani, Ikue
Matsumoto, Rika
Matsumoto, Rika
Iizuka, Mayumi
Iizuka, Mayumi
Ueda, Yuji
Ueda, Yuji


Yuyama, Kunihiko
Yuyama, Kunihiko
Hidaka, Masamitsu
Hidaka, Masamitsu
Mima, Masafumi
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director
Ishihara, Tatsuya
Ishihara, Tatsuya
Episode Director, Storyboard

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Episodes  276 / 276
Aired  Apr 1, 1997 to Nov 14, 2002
Status  Finished Airing

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Feb 3, 11:50 AM
Pokémon is unique. Not so much in its presentation (though it does stand out easily in a crowd), but in its reception. To date, no other franchise—game, anime, cartoon, or otherwise—has become a worldwide phenomenon as Pokémon did, except perhaps the Super Mario Bros. series. The timing was somehow just right for Pokémon to make its entrance to the world, and nearly all of the children flocked to it like moths to a flame. Adults (most of them) were left scratching their heads at how it is something so simple could become so popular and so famous in such a short amount of time. What read more
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Oct 26, 2008 8:51 AM
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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Jul 9, 2008 2:08 PM
Pokemon had many good qualities during its golden years (roughly 1998-2002). It became an unstoppable force in many countries, mainly the USA and Japan. It quickly became the most successful show based off a video game and it has the most episodes of any animated show ever shown in America.

The animation was great for its time, and the songs were very addictive. It was obvious that everybody that saw the show enjoyed it very much, myself included. And to this day, over 10 years after the debut of Pokemon, they are still able to sell merchandise.

But what created the downfall of the series was that read more
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Jan 27, 2009 7:22 AM
Pokemon! We've all heard of the show, and most of us have watched and (probably) loved it as kids. So this means it's great, no? I mean, why else would kids all over the world love it? Well... kids often preceive things differently than the older demographic, and they find great what others think of as garbage. So... what about Pokemon? Is this the same? Let's see...

It starts out with a tiny step, like most other journeys. Our hero, Ash Ketchum, has high dreams of becoming the ultimate Pokemon trainer (I'll refrain from explaining that to you), and he starts out by sleeping in too read more
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This series has the same form: A boy who wants to be a champion on some leagues, that meets his non human partner on the first episode, some guys who are supporting him, they both live only with their mother, a group of guys who wants to steel Pokemons/medals (such as Robrobo group/team Rocket) and the most important - the leagues. 
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When I first started watching One Piece I thought "wow, this is like a mixture between DragonBall and Pokemon."
- main characters are similar (kinda slow, don't give up, their hats, their hopes & dreams)
- strong theme of friendship, dreams and never giving up
- similar art style and very similar music
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- each new crew member in One Piece is like a new Pokemon or team mate is Pokemon
If you like Pokemon you will hopefully like One Piece and vice versa 
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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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