Ranked #1817


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: 7.411 (scored by 97447 users)
Ranked: #18172
Popularity: #147
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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 everytime Team Rocket try to do their evil deeds, they fail thanks to Satoshi and his Pokemon.

(Source: ANN)


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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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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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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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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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Aug 19, 2007 9:34 AM
Ok, so for the sake of creating the ultimate database for MAL on anime reviews, I have decided to create a review on an anime show that almost everyone in this community is familiar with - Pokemon. Have YOU caught them all?

As many people probably already know, Pokemon is the story of our young hero Ash (Satoshi) Ketchum and his dream of one day becoming a Pokemon Master. Of course, if that is your dream, one must defeat gym leaders, participate in the regional Pokemon tournaments and of course, must catch them all, as per the famous catch-phrase of the show. On read more
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