Synonyms: Pocket Monsters, Indigo League, Adventures on the Orange Islands, The Johto Journeys, Johto League Champions, Master Quest
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 1997 to Nov 14, 2002
Producers: TV Tokyo, Oriental Light and Magic, Viz MediaL, 4Kids EntertainmentL, TV Tokyo Music, Studio Jack
Duration: 24 min. per episode
Rating: G - All AgesL represents licensing company
Score: 7.321 (scored by 54703 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
Popular Tagsaction adventure comedy shounen
Oct 26, 2008
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 was obsessed with it as a child, and it still has a warm place in my heart. I think it's a perfect anime for children because it teaches them some good lessons: try to be the best, do the right thing, and your friends and family are the most important people in your life.
Only unfabulously mean people hate on Pokemon. You know they all watched it and liked it as a child, but my, how uppity we have all become. If you're feeling nostalgic and want to go back to when anime was about adventure and friendship and silliness, then Pokemon is for you. It's also a harmless, fun anime for your kids, too. So I totally recommend it. Fabulous, it is. read more
Jul 9, 2008
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 it never ended! The show could've easily ended at the end of episode 84, with the end of the Pokemon League. They could've said "Since that day, Ash trained hard to be a master." and then show him as a master. But no, the episodes just keep coming and coming. Johto was cool because of showing new pokemon, but when they repeated the trend of "new pokemon lolz" it got old really quick. And not mention that Ash never matured. He had a birthday one episode and in the 3rd movie he exclaimed that he and Pikachu have been together for a year. But at the start of Diamond and Pearl Ash was mentioned to be 10 years old again. Inconsistency is bad if you want to keep your audience.
It still find myself rewatching the first few seasons of Pokemon and hugging my pikachu pillow. But the new episodes these days just don't have the same atmosphere as the old show and it is hard to watch it without booing the lack-luster effort that gets put into each episode. But Pokemon will always have an unforgettable place in my heart and (ignoring anything past the Johto season) for that I give it an 8/10. read more
Jan 27, 2009
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 late! before logn however, he's gotten his first (reluctant) Pokemon, everyone's favorite mouse Pikachu, and they're off on their epic journey!
The shows brings out an epic adventure of friendship, harsh battles and whatnot; everything you'd expect from a shonen that's aimed at the younger kids. It isn't that great however, as it gets very repetitive after a while; a Pokemon/person of the day formula with some kind of problem that always ends well. And that's what most of the episodes contain, with a small bit of getting further on their journey every now and then.
Animation-wise, the show doesn't feature anything boastable, with flat character designs, okay backgrounds and no spectacular special effects at all. Was it because of budget restrictions (it is a pretty long anime, after all), or was it because the producers knew the kids they were aiming the show at didn't care anyway? Well, whatever it was, the animation isn't anything to brag about.
The soundtrack is what you'd expect of such a show; adventurous opening themes, background music that's supposed to get you into the fighting/comedic mood, and a variety of sound effects to use for all the moves and whatnot you'll see. The voice acting is decent, but honestly - my unability to cope with dubs in anime pretty much wins over my nostalgia here, and that is the main reason I stopped watching the show some time ago.
The characters are, well, what you'd expect from a shonen. The rash, headstrong main character and his oh-so-arrogant rival, and the people he travels with; the older, more reasonable (mostly) fellow, and of course, the tomboyish girl with whome he argues a lot. Yup, that's shonen for ya. The main comedic relief of the series, the Team Rocket trio, is actually a pretty entertaining one. Despite constantly neglecting to look over their mistakes and realise that every one of their contraptions fail against Ash and company, they keep on trying, knowing thinking that their boss will reward them greatly of they bring him the Pikachu. I like their stupid enthusiasm a lot, and their scenes are often among amogn the better ones in the series.
So... Pokemon is basically a cliche-ridden shonen with no real thing to make it stand out. Wait... that can't be right? What about all the kids that love it? And what of all the others that love it? One of the things, I believe, is the adventurous feel of the series; who wouldn't want to experience such an epic adventure for themselves? (I know I want to, at least!) Not to mention, the great values of friendship, loyalty and trust which are presented to the viewers. That is one thing that makes Pokemon so great, and I'd try to get any kid into the show becasue of that reason alone. And that's what there is to say about Pokemon, actually. read more
Aug 19, 2007
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 Ash's journey, he meets up with many different friends who all have different dreams as well, but coincide with Ash's dream of being a Pokemon Master. While the story nowadays seems pretty cliche and straightforward, keep in mind that this show debuted in 1997, so let's give it that much.
The animation for Pokemon is something that gets better as the show goes on. In the first many episodes, the animation is not the greatest thing in the world, and many of the frames are repeated several times throughout the entire anime. But because of the huge improvement, I will give credit to the animators in keeping up with the times.
The one thing I really like about this show when I first watched it was the music. I totally fell in love with many of the scores used whenever Ash participated in a big battle against gym leaders or tough rivals. Many of these scores can be seen in the many games that have been created for it as well. Besides that however, a lot of the other music heard sounds kind of boring, which ironically, fits well with the pace of the story, which I'm sure we all are familiar with.
I feel that the characters in Pokemon are simply too perfect. I suppose that since this show was geared towards the younger age group, that may be the reason why, but each main characters we are presented with have either one or two obvious faults that the show always seems to dwell upon whenever there is a problem. Whether it be Ash's rash and stubborn nature or Brock's obvious love of Nurse Joy and Officer Jenny, it just becomes waaay too repetitive for it to be enjoyable anymore. Team Rocket anyone?
Which leads to the category of enjoyment. If Pokemon simply aired the important episodes (i.e. gym battles, Ash catching Pokemon, etc.), the show would be scores more enjoyable than what we are presented it. The insane amount of pointless episodes are so utterly boring, that calling them fillers would be an insult to the word "fillers." Whenever I turn on the television and find Pokemon airing, I would stay on that channel for however long it took me to deduce whether or not a gym battle was occurring. If not, the channel was flipped instantly.
Pokemon has tried to keep things fresh with introducing a whole new set of pocket monsters, but at this point, there are so many that its hard to keep track of them all.
Pokemon is the anime show which introduced many of us to the world of japanese animation. I believe that a lot of us grew up watching this show at some point in our lives and will always hold it in a special place in our hearts. However, now that we have become older and can compare this to other anime out there, we can see how Pokemon horribly fails as being an enjoyable show to watch. The fact that Ash almost never wins a regional tournament and relinquishes all of his Pokemon that he has worked so hard to evolve and train (cough* Pidgeot* cough) also gets on the nerves of many people as well. For argument's sake, I rated it a 4 (decent) because of the "used-to be" interesting gym battles. Even now, whenever I see Ash competing at the Orange Island final battle, its something I'll gladly stay tuned and watch again. read more
Nov 26, 2010
NOTE: The review is based completely on the dubbed version (the Cartoon Network version). The main characters are Ash, Brock and Misty and not Satoshi, Takeshi and Kasumi as listed in the MAL summary.
I was feeling bored and was lazing around in my house yesterday when I came across a box full of my Pokemon cards. Feeling nostalgic, I pulled out some of the episodes from my trusty friend, the Internet and sat down and watched the thing for hours on end. After about 40 episodes, I thought “Hey, let’s write a review for this thing”.
[ 1 MINUTE REVIEW ]
Pokemon might not have been the best anime, but it was hands down the best concept ever. It was a concept so adorable, yet contained so many fun elements in it such as Pokemon battles, gyms, trainers and so much more. The concept of a Pokemon world was so well woven into the real world, that I started looking at butterflies as Butterfrees and white cats as Meowths. And the impact was so widespread that kids all over the world knew what a Pikachu was and they all wanted one! I sincerely salute to the creator, Satoshi Tajiri, for creating a masterpiece of a concept. I am not even going into go into the animation, sound and character details as this is an anime we all loved when we were kids and I don’t think people who watch Pokemon watch it for complex stuff such as fluidity of animation, quality of OPs or character development. The story, well, is terrible, but it didn’t matter as the mere thought of having Pokemon alongside us was enough to keep you happy. Pokemon is one of the most innocent and charming anime of all time. I used to love this anime, I love this anime now and I always will love this anime. As Meowth says, “That’s right!”
[ 5 MINUTE REVIEW ]
Now, the long version of review will be split into 2 parts – in the first part I will be talking about the anime’s concept and its tremendous impact and in the second, I will review this anime, as a grown up and an unbiased reviewer. The second part will not affect the score as I will love this anime no matter what. It holds a special place in all our hearts.
Pokemon was the anime that introduced me, and many others, into the world of anime. If it were not for this show, I wouldn’t be here right now. That is reason enough for me to rate this anime a solid 8.
Pokemon was based on the game of the same name, created by Satoshi Tajiri. Both the game and the show are masterpieces. I mean, it was a downright revolutionary concept. It was brilliant. Just think about it. Wouldn’t it be beautiful to live in the world of Pokemon? Wouldn’t it be fun to go on a journey with a couple of your mates, to catch Pokemon, fight gym battles and try to become the best of them all?
You’re damn right, it would. The concept is so complex, yet so innocent and cuddle-able at the same time. Just the mere thought of the days when me and my friends spent hours arguing on who had the best Pokemon team puts a smile on my face. And if you think about it, it was the perfect childhood cartoon in my opinion. It was better than Popeye, where a guy beat another guy up to get a “babe”. It was better than Teletubbies, which promoted obesity and eating custard all day. And it was most certainly better than Tom & Jerry, where one animal would try to beat the living hell out of one another using anvils, hammers and other real life dangerous objects. Pokemon taught me so many wonderfully simple things that had a significant impact on my lives. I learnt to appreciate nature more, I was kinder to animals and I also learnt that if I ever have kids one day, I’ll be sure to let them watch this show first.
The whole idea of a Pokemon journey was fun - Journeying across various lands, meeting new people, catching new Pokemon, earning gym badges and learning to be a man. Once again, I must emphasize on the sheer simplicity and innocence of the anime. Throughout the anime I never had questions like “How do Pokemon die?”, “How are new Pokemon created” or “Did Ash ever have a crush on any of his female companions?” That in itself is proof that this anime is perfectly suited for kids.
Although the new seasons are tainting this anime’s image, this anime has won a permanent place in my heart. Pokemon is something that the entire world will never forget and will always be loved, by kids and adults alike.
Alright, this part of the review is strictly from a reviewer’s point of view. All emotions and biases aside, this is a dead serious review. I’m doing this only because it is my duty as a reviewer to judge all anime on an equal footing. However, I have tried to keep the review as entertaining as possible :D.
Pokemon has a horrible story. It suffers flaws in almost every department. The story is bad, to say the least. I mean what kind of mom allows her 10 year old kid on a trip around the world on foot, accompanied by a yellow rat which emits lightning bolts? Not a very sensible one.
Plot? What plot? All you get every episode are two scantily clad adults flying in a cat shaped balloon, stalking and trying to steal this one kid’s rat. There are no interesting incidents after the 80th episode and the only episodes NOT worth skipping are the ones with gym battles.
The characters are absolutely stupid. They are so knuckleheaded that you often feel like throwing something at them. For instance, even in the 250th episode, Ash is genuinely surprised at Team Rocket’s arrival and exclaims, “WHAT?! TEAM ROCKET?!?! WHAT DO THEY WANT WITH US?!?” Seriously dude? Seriously? Well, I’m not sure or anything, but since they’ve been trying to steal his Pikachu the last 250 times( unsuccessfully), I’m guessing they might be looking for that, Ash, my boy.
The OPs and the EDs were all very good. The first one I will never forget for the rest of my life. The EDs, had a fun Poke-rap that I used to love to rap along with. The background score was neatly done.
The animation quality was pathetic, but I’m not going to criticize it one bit as the anime is about 10 years old.
The most revolutionary concept ever. If I had one wish,I would most probably to wish to live in a Pokemon world, free from all troubles, in an immature and fun world. Call me immature if you’d like, but hey, I’ll be happy and I won’t really care what you think. And if you annoy me too much, I’ll set my Charizard on you ^^ !
( P.S – Just for old times’ sake, here goes the Team Rocket introduction :
Jessie: Prepare for trouble!
James: And make it double!
Jessie: To protect the world from devastation!
James: To unite all people within our nation.
Jessie: To denounce the evils of truth and love!
James: To extend our reach to the stars above!
Jessie: Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light!
James: Surrender now or prepare to fight!
Meowth: Me-owth! Dat's right!
And finally, “Team Rocket’s blasting off again..!” )
As always, feedback of any form is appreciated ^^ read more
Jul 3, 2010
At first, you almost instantly fall in love with the show, mainly because of its overall premise, Pokemon, and the need to catch 'em all. Its that feeling of nostalgia, or for the sake of all the kids who are playing the games now, the feeling of being able to watch what you're doing while you also play your game. I had that same feeling too, all the way up to the episode where Sabrina, the Saffron City Psychic Pokemon gym leader, decided to turn Brock and Misty into dolls. After that I skipped through a couple of episodes because I felt boredom creep up.
The first episode has Ash Ketchum scrambling to wake up to get his new Pokemon and start out becoming a Pokemon trainer, but little do we know that the further this show goes on, the further we realize he is an extreme dumbass. Granted, he may be 10 years old and a newbie, but can, and I quote from an episode, "can this kid really be that dense?" But I digress, throughout the series he does gain an incredible amount of experience ad he does grow up to the point where he's not a complete idiot. But that still doesn't help out the entire series as a whole.
The story is simple: Catch Pokemon and train them. To further elaborate: Make sure to have an adventure in between and fight off two imbeciles who want to steal your Pokemon. That's it in a nutshell. And I know, this is a kids show, but honestly, I was hoping for a bit more considering that both the manga version and the actual videogames seem to have a better story. Its like every episode, there's always one person who needs help with something, and its usually an easy task, or if its a gym leader problem, he needs outside help to beat them. Either way, it became too repetitive for me. I will say though, one episode made me want to punch the computer screen because it was different, but it was designed to make little kids cry: Ash's loss of Butterfree.
The characters are usually one-dimensional. I wish that they would expand on these one-shot characters to have me actually care for them. Like Samurai. He's just there to further the plot and says he wants to battle Ash again after his failed attempt at battling him with a Metapod. Characters like these show up often, and it gets annoying. I hear that later episodes past season 2 they change, but I didn't feel like watching anymore to find out.
Since I watched the American Dub, and growing up with it, I like the music. Most of the background stuff remained the same as it was from the games, just not 8-bit sounding. And the 4kids songs, well....as I said, I grew up with them, so they still have a soft spot with me.
Now, as angry as I am about the show, its not to say it isn't enjoyable. There are times when you can crack a smile because of either how cute or how awesome it was to watch Ash actually do something without having a treat handed to him or being offered assistance, it can be fun. I liked the Sabrina episode til about halfway, because it became too predictable, Haunter was just funny. So, I give this show a solid 6. It could have been better, but it could have been a hell of a lot worse. At least it wasn't as bad, in my personal opinion, as Sailor Moon. read more
Jul 18, 2011
With a surprisingly simplistic plot, this show captured the attention of kids all ages, which left many people scratching their heads. How can such a depth-less show such as Pokemon have so many fans with a superficial plot like that? Addiction? Loyalty to the games? Affinity to furry creatures? Perhaps, but the Pokemon anime had one thing going for it – enjoyable humor. With hilarious three-dimensional villains, a likeable cast of main heroes, a plot that was simple, but fun, exciting battles and a large ensemble of cute mascots and even a reference to Revolutionary Girl Utena in episode 28 named ‘Pokemon Fashion Flash’, this show seemed like a winner.
What went wrong then?
Its popularity, of course. Other anime have been ruined by it like Inuyasha, and Dragon Ball Z, but the complete destruction of an anime thanks to its fans was even more evident here. What used to be a fun kid’s show that didn’t underestimate the intelligence of its viewers, became boring drivel of pure yawn-inducing morals only fit for little children under five; its flawed, yet amiable characters, transformed into these bland cardboard cut-outs whose only purpose was to smile dully at the camera and shout needlessly at Team Rocket every time they saw them (in other words, every episode); the dumb, but funny jokes got even lamer, and the prominence of new Pokemon took the spotlight from the human characters, and turned this show into an utter slop. Game after game – season after season, Pokemon became an endless cycle of irrelevant side-plots that constituted of Ash, Misty and Brock helping vapid trainers who had the ‘Pokemon-of-the-day’.
Pokemon tried to bring all its former glory with the Advanced Season, where everything was fresh and new and included the addition of two new characters – May and Max to the main group. But after viewers endured hundreds of fillers, this was not the kind welcome its producers expected.
There are many character archetypes here: You have the reckless, but determined hero (Ash), the tomboyish, but sensitive girl (Misty), the perverted mentor (Brock), and the cute, stock mascot (Pikachu). You've seen them all in countless series, and are nothing special. But, for those who grew up watching this series, Pokemon's characters still hold a special place in one's heart because of their likeability.
The 'villains' here have more personality than the above (especially James - he's shamelessly flamboyant, loves art and dance, and has a great fashion sense), but they're not ground-breaking or entirely original. However, they breathe life into the show. There are many other characters in this show, but they're so unremarkable that they don't even deserve a mention.
I won't spare any words - Pokemon's animation is nothing short of terrible. It has reused backgrounds, repeated footage, unrefined character designs, and more still shots that you can choke at. The animation score is 'high' as it is (5) because the designs of the original 150 Pokemon are brimming with creativity, and they're still undeniable icons that even people who don't know about the show still recognize to this day.
While the dub is nothing outstanding (except for James' voice - he's hilarious), it's still bearable. As for the Japanese version, Ash - or Satoshi, if you will - has a female voice actress, Matsumoto Rika, who does an exceptional job. Though Misty's (Kasumi's) voice is shrill and annoying, and Team Rocket are nothing amazing, the original voices are quite good.
While you may not like the English openings (though you cannot deny that the first opening can stick to your mind for days on end), the Japanese ones are excellent: 'Mesaze Pokemon Master', 'Ok!' and 'Ready Go!' are all great.
For critics and fans of the show I have one thing to say - accept Pokemon for what it is. It's a childish, cheesy, and silly show full of exaggeratedly haughty morals with no concrete plot, and yet, a good anime for kids. It's also a classic - it was the first anime to launch the whole monster-capturing concept.
Just ignore the obvious money-making aim that the whole show has, instead of being solely an innocent children’s show.
You’ll like Pokemon more that way.
Jul 10, 2009
Pokemon is anime about a boy named Ash who wants to be a Pokemon master and therefore he travels with this Pokemon and then meets a lot of differents people etc.
I gave the story itself 7, because I think it is pretty good. It tends to be the same and the same over and over agian, but especially the first season has some very touching episodes and some good lessons about life.
Art and sound:
I have always liked the Art in Pokemon. Especially the Pokemon itself are very cute. Sound: There are some good soungs in it.
Characters: The characters not really devolpment through the series if you ask me, however the main characters are different from each other and believabe.
Enjoyment: Pokemon series are fun too watch. I enjoyed it very much, but the first season was the most excting one.
Overall. I have found it kind of hard to review anime I have seen since it started. If you asked me when I 7 I would have give it a10 to all things. However, now when I have got older I have started to ask myself how good an amime Pokemon is. I see it is as a very good anime, which is funny, maybe not has the best story in the word, but has a good moral and children will enjoy this anime. So a 7 from me. read more
Jul 18, 2011
The first season was amazing, it was very good how he wanted to catch every pokemon and become the master ( who doesn't want to do that?!) every episode is heart warming and fun to watch but when you get to the end of the season you find out you don't have Brock any more! then later on the 150 pokemon is no more there's more new pokemon and that make's ash's dream harder and this go's on every season! plus after a few season ash stop's using the pokemon he got out of the 150 but stays with pikachu. so i find this a good show but not much enjoyment after a bit and i find there are way too many episodes and you feel like the story is going in a loop.
AND ASH IS STILL 10! read more
Nov 16, 2010
Pokemon was my life as a kid. I know that's sad to say, but its true, and I know a lot of you were like me when this thing came to America in 1997. It hit like a nuclear bomb, the aftermath was huge. Pokemon had everything in terms of marketing. A show, games, action figures, shampoo! It was really a marketing genius.
But it was also more than that, now that I'm older and I've moved on to other things. As a kid, the concept of Pokemon was tangible. Imagine, leaving your home to go on an adventure with you're friends, growing up with them, learning new things, visiting new places. Pokemon wasn't just about the monsters, it was about the journey.
And following someones journey can always be an experience too. Watching Ash get Pikachu, then meet up with Misty, then Brock. Win his gym badges, its all a journey that we can be apart of.
Its sad to look at what Pokemon has become. I just watched an episode from the new series on cartoon network the other day. It seems all the fun of the franchise has been sucked out of it. The games rules are incorporated with the show. The feel of adventure is gone, its really upsetting. Younger audience should be able to experience the greatness that Pokemon was, but no longer is, and probably never will be. read more
May 22, 2009
The Series is probably the best example of Nostalgia. Even though now most of us review the bad dubbing, the bad art, and repetitive story with distaste, We still hide in closests watching the DVD Box set of the first season.
I like the series because it introduced me to the basic ideas of Anime, made me play the video game series(as it was intended to be used) and old pictures I drew as a Kid show early attempts at drawing pikachu, showing that Pokemon influenced me to become a artist.
The bad thing about the Anime is that I, not the series, grew up. I still cringe at some of the bad dubbing and the theme song.
I still secretly watched the series (yes, even the later seasons) and still try to guess on 'whos that pokemon' in the first season.
Its one of my favorite Animes I ever watched no matter what anyone says, And yet I still watch Pokemon abridged by Master WGS to laugh at the crappyness.
Best of both worlds right? read more
Apr 7, 2013
Story: Ash and his pokemon have a relationship that allows them to work together in their goals of becoming stronger–as companions and challengers. Some of his creatures will like him, while some will have him consider releasing them (example: Misty's psyduck). I must now expose the dramatic truth of how things are done in the world of pokemon: most and possibly all pokemon trainers like it when their pokemon FIGHT other pokemon. You might even see it in some episodes: one pokemon does the attack shouted by its trainer and then that pokemon silently hopes that it's enough damage to make their pokemon enemy desire rest and return to its safe, comfy pokeball home. The protagonist, Ash, conforms to this system of violence, but when he does it, you're able to hear fast-paced music and then you're more likely to cheer for him and his Pikachu or other pokemon of his that you gradually feel connected with.
Theme: The point of this series is to draw its viewers into the life of an ordinary boy who sees the answer to all of his battles which then leads him to a happy victory or a painful, yet accepting loss. Either way, Ash's answer always has something to do with believing in his pokemon and giving them his deepest support because that's what it means to raise pokemon: you respect their needs over your desire to be the winner. Thus leading to the lesson that a winner, who has lost all of his friends, wins with a disappointed frown on his face. While the profound goal is to defeat high-ranked pokemon trainers, Ash encounters other obstacles along the way, and the audience rely on his good morals to solve these wrong-doings, stay optimistic, and keep up his hard work and dedication.
Now what can I say about how this anime appears? Good graphics, interesting pokemon, and all characters look honest and fun. Even Jesse and James, usually wearing ridiculous villain outfits, excite the audience and act with strong humor. Music... I'm mostly thinking of theme songs, but my memory also recalls that each city/town had their own little tune? Well, it all fits the general mood: friendly, adventurous, determined, even romantic if Brock hit it well with the ladies. Honestly, Pokemon Theme Song just fills my heart with warmth, but then it ends and my recognition of how awesome and skillful I am returns to reality...
Characters: Not unique, but they're likable and easy to settle for. Some minor characters, such as gym leaders or other trainers, might act off the norm. If you haven't watched Pokemon, well, it's not important to strictly review a character's dialogue since conversations are basic and informal. It's a style that kids can relate to.
Of course, Pokemon cannot compare to the complex story-lines that hundreds of anime series are favored for. While it has grown so successful during its first-half of seasons, the newer episodes also deserve credit for keeping the franchise popular for aging fans and attaching to a new generation of Ash Ketchum imitators. Overall, a pleasing factor to add onto anyone's childhood. read more
Jul 23, 2009
This is an incredible show, right up there with the likes of The Simpsons and Seinfeld. It will undoubtley go down in history as the greatest thing man-kind has ever made.
To even be able to watch this is an experience. The first time I saw this, I knew that Pokemon would be fukkin incredible. 9000/10 read more
Feb 15, 2013
Dec 15, 2009
We all have watched Pokemon, whether it was a couple episodes here or a movie or two there. Maybe you were the person who got into the card games or perhaps into the vast array of pokemon video games. Well whoever you are chances are you came across them at one point in time.
When you were younger most of us loved pokemon for whatever reason. I, as the reviewer, also had this experience. I loved the pokemon show and card game, looking back, but I don't remember why I liked it at all. So for the last couple weeks i spent hours watching the first season of pokemon.
I hoped by rewatching every episode in order, i could possibly gain an idea of if it was just our young ignorance at what was really being said or if pokemon really is as good as what millions of people make it out to be.
The show started off like any other adventure story, slow and full of hardships. But as always the main character pulls through. The main character in this story, Ash, seems to defy the odds and make his way to be a Pokemon Master.
Once i got on a roll of watching the episodes I started to remember why I liked the series. Even if the episode was boring there was always this brief moment in every episode when it recaught my attention. TEAM ROCKET!
There was something about those idiots that always made me laugh. It didn't matter how good it was looking for Team Rocket, they would always screw up. It was that, that made the series all the better. That... and the motto.
"Prepare for trouble!, Make it Double!, To protect the world from devastation!, To Unite all peoples within our nation!, To denounce the evils of truth and love!, To extend our reach to the stars above!, Jessie!, James!, Team Rocket, blast off at the speed of light!, Surrender Now, or prepare to fight!, Meowth! That's Right!"
I even now, at the age of nearly 20, I still find myself quoting that stupid motto every time they begin saying it. Every episode, without fail, you will hear the motto in some way shape or form. To me, I loved it. It is cleaver and keeps people interested, especially when they mix it up with a few different words here and there.
When I finished the first Season "The Indigo League". I realized that perhaps there is a reason why millions of Pokemon Fans love the pokemon shows and games. It wasn't fully apparent at episode 110 (episode 30 of Season 2), but perhaps with more episodes maybe it will come to me.
There is one thing, as of right now, I do know. Pokemon The Indigo League is worth watching, at least once. If you weren't totally revolted and bored out of your mind by the first 81 episodes, Season 2: "Adventures on the Orange Islands" may also be for you.
Notes: The show was good, the story was decent, and the art was okay. There was always a reason to continue watching to the next episode. The suspense was used often and made, at least me, want to continue to the next episode. To see if Ash's goal would truly come true. - - -
For Season one: The Indigo League
Overall Rating: 7 / 10.
Rewatch Value: Low-Medium read more
Apr 24, 2009
i used to love it when i was a child but now..
i can barely keep attention of the screen.
it's okay for people who are under 10..
it keeps young children occupied, but....
idk, the story never changes..
Jul 14, 2009
Jun 6, 2013
Pokemon is a very good game, possibly my favourite gameboy game of all time. But the anime, it's terrible. Honestly myanimelist's credibility is lost when you see Pokemon has a rating higher than 7 overall. It's a joke. You see a review saying the animation was good for the time, the animation of pokemon was terrible, terrible, terrible. There are many anime decades older than Pokemon which have better animation. The story is boring, repetitive, has many fillers. The opening is classic but apart from that I can't care less about the music.
I remember growing up I was in love with pokemon, as many kids born in the early 90s...I love the anime but I was young. Pokemon certainly does not deserve its rating.
The characters are shallow. The art sucks. The sound sucks. read more
Sep 23, 2012
So… This is an anime that has been going on for a very long time. It has become loved and hated by many for its sweet childlike story and the card and video games.
I love how the anime actually starts out with a small clip from a video game. It brings the people who have played the game into the show, though that’s where the show pulls away. Instead of using Red and Blue like the manga or game, they use Ash and Gary. Not sure why the name change, and why they make their personality the way they do but it feels really off. Gary is pretty much the high end of the snobby jerk style rival and Ash is on the high end make friends and have fun style. I compare it to Yugioh where Yugi always trusts the heart of the cards, the Ash of Yugioh, and Seto is stuck up like Gary.
I have a little question, how come Meowth from Team Rocket the only Pokémon that can talk? There doesn’t seem to be anything special about him and yet he is able to talk really well. Also, why do they want Pikachu and no other? Are they just so stupid that they want only one Pokémon? I did enjoy some of their appearances but it got really repetitive and boring after a while. While I’m on the subject of repetitive stuff, everything in the story is repetitive. Ash and his friends are traveling, they end up getting attacked by Team Rocket and then beat them, ending in Ash sometimes getting to where he wants to go or getting what he wants. The only times I actually liked the show was when they broke from that repetition and had it go for a couple episodes or maybe only had Team Rocket for a couple seconds. Otherwise, it was a story by day thing and got old fast.
There has always been a problem with people thinking about the fight aspect of the show. The idea that ‘animals’ are fighting for human’s enjoyment has always been a touchy subject to say the least but I never really saw it as the same as dog fights in our life. Most Pokémon like Pikachu are actually smart and seem to know what they are doing. If a Pokémon didn’t really want to fight, then it could just run away. It was born in the wild so it knows it doesn’t really have to fight.
The Banned episodes is the fun part of the show now that I’m older. The fact that they banned episodes completely or edited things out because it didn’t fit the normal in America is really funny to me. I have seen a couple of these though I have mostly only seen the dubbed version of the anime. I may not like how they did it but I understand why they did it.
The whose that Pokémon bit that happens just seems really easy at times, using a Pokémon mostly from the episode that the children are watching. There is also the cute little times where its only pokemon talking though its not really used very much. Even though you can’t understand exactly what they are saying, they still get the feeling across.
The animation is a bit old now, but still has the same feel of nostalgia that I felt when I was little. Attacks normally happen with speed lines and half assed affects that look like they skip a few seconds. Lighting seems to freeze up slightly when it happens especially in Pikachu’s attacks. The background is more like blotches of color mostly and don’t have much detail besides a couple lines for bumps in the dirt. The rest are watercolor looking.
The voices are another matter. The dub kind of falls flat, children have raspy and annoying voices. I hate Gary’s voice the most and luckily we don’t hear it all the time. Ash is a bit easier to cope with since his voice is not normally that whinny and high strong. The music is pretty well known right now, and fits well with the type of story that’s being shown. The music fills you with hope and energy needed for the show although I could really go without the pokemon rap at the end. That felt more like a tack on rather then a actual piece from Japan.
No matter the good or bad things about it, it still is a beloved memory of my childhood. I’m looking forward to working on the reviews for the whole series up till now.
((Orange Islands Arc))
Ash is almost too lucky. The show starts out with him winning a trip on a blimp for all three of them. Almost everything happens perfectly for them no matter what is going on. There is a bunch of stuff that also carries over from the first season which I like. Things like Jigglypuff showing up, Brock’s problem with thinking with his pants whenever a cute girl is around, and Team Rocket’s blunders. It never fails that whenever they have a hand in something, they end up messing it up in the end. I know people say Team Rocket trying to steal Pikachu is pretty old but somehow, some of the things they do in this season feel a little fresh.
After losing Brock, it actually didn’t seem to make much difference since they added Tracey Sketchit. He seemed exactly like Brock in a lot of ways. I didn’t miss Brock at all.
The first episode feels a little stupid. They use Bulbasar’s vinewhip to hold Misty’s balance though they could have just used it to grab Togepi. Also, they use the same joke as Team Rocket where the blimp is going back and forward to balance the waight and it happens a little too long. There were also some things that happen in the others like that but it just bugs me slightly.
Again, the Whose that Pokemon thing is a bit stupid, having a lot of the same pokemon over and over again. With 150 pokemon, you would think they would have at least one new pokemon in each episode.
The art style is pretty much the same, and yet the beginning is rather bad. I don’t see why they had to change the opening to have the rather bad 3D pieces when the rest is more images from the show. Most of the characters they show in the opening is from season one. They should have spent a little more time on it. The rest has speed lines and yet the background has a little more detail work to it for most things. The animation is bright and actually a bit more colorful, probably because they were on a tropical island. They did a really big cop out where Nurse Joy and Police Officer Jeny look exactly the same as the ones on the main land. I get a little pissed off at this. They could have at least tried to come up with a better design.
The music is a little catchier for the opening though the animation for the beginning is a bit odd. I think they should have done something a little different. The voices are the same, and the background music is alright. I don’t like the Pikachu Jukebox thing. It just seems like the same music over and over again, and I just don’t care for hearing the music at the end like that. I ended up skipping it.
((Johto Journeys Arc)) read more
Jun 29, 2009
These funny episodes follow our hero Ash as he battles to become the 'Pokemon Master.' When I first saw an episode of Pokemon I was very young so I don't recall it, but all I will say is that the originals are kind of so much better then the new ones.
On Ash' adventures you meet, Brock, Misty (and to all you pokemon fans out there, of course, pikachu) and lots of gym leaders.
It is quite funny (thanks to miaowths not so funny jokes) and also thanks to team rockets vain attempts. It's quite easy to understand, but sadly the new pokemon adventures get a bit boring for all the people who have watched the old ones.
I definitely reccomend pokemon. read more