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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
English: Pokémon
German: Pokémon
Spanish: Pokémon
French: Pokémon
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Type: TV
Episodes: 276
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 1, 1997 to Nov 14, 2002
Premiered: Spring 1997
Broadcast: Thursdays at 19:00 (JST)
Studios: OLM
Source: Game
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, ComedyComedy, FantasyFantasy
Demographic: KidsKids
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 7.381 (scored by 391451391,451 users)
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Ranked: #22312
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Popularity: #330
Members: 615,573
Favorites: 5,231

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Pokémon are peculiar creatures with a vast array of different abilities and appearances; many people, known as Pokémon trainers, capture and train them, often with the intent of battling others. Young Satoshi has not only dreamed of becoming a Pokémon trainer but also a "Pokémon Master," and on the arrival of his 10th birthday, he finally has a chance to make that dream a reality. Unfortunately for him, all three Pokémon available to beginning trainers have already been claimed and only Pikachu, a rebellious Electric-type Pokémon, remains. However, this chance encounter would mark the start of a lifelong friendship and an epic adventure!

Setting off on a journey to become the very best, Satoshi and Pikachu travel across beautiful, sprawling regions with their friends Kasumi, a Water-type trainer, and Takeshi, a Rock-type trainer. But danger lurks around every corner. The infamous Team Rocket is always nearby, seeking to steal powerful Pokémon through nefarious schemes. It'll be up to Satoshi and his friends to thwart their efforts as he also strives to earn the eight Pokémon Gym Badges he'll need to challenge the Pokémon League, and eventually claim the title of Pokémon Master.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Seki, Tomokazu


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Hayashibara, Megumi


Inuyama, Inuko


Haigney, Michael
Producer, Script, ADR Director
Yuyama, Kunihiko
Director, Storyboard
Hidaka, Masamitsu
Mima, Masafumi
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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1: "Mezase Pokémon Master (めざせポケモンマスター)" by Rica Matsumoto (eps 1-82)
2: "Rival! (ライバル!)" by Rica Matsumoto (eps 83-118)
3: "OK!" by Rica Matsumoto (eps 119-193)
4: "Mezase Pokémon Master (めざせポケモンマスター)" by Whiteberry (eps 194-240)
5: "Ready, Go!" by Naomi Tamura (eps 241-276)

Ending Theme

1: "Hyaku Gojuu Ichi" by Unshou Ishizuka and Pokemon Kids (eps 1-27)
2: "Nyaasu no Uta" by Inuko Inuyama (eps 28-37)
3: "Pocket ni Fantasy" by Sachi & Juri (eps 38-53)
4: "Pokemon Ondo" by Garura Kobayashi (eps 54-66)
5: "Type: Wild" by Rica Matsumoto (eps 67-104)
6: "Lapras ni Notte" by Iizuka Mayumi and Aikawa Rikako (eps 105-116)
7: "Nyaasu no Party" by Roketto-Dan (eps 119-143)
8: "Pokemon Hara Hara Relay" by Aikawa Rikako And Korasu
9: "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)


Aug 19, 2023
The original Pokemon anime was an amazing, wholesome show with tons of charm and soul that paired perfectly with the video games, movies, and trading card game. It's hard to name any other single franchise that had as much reach as Pokemon did during its peak, and being a part of it at the time felt more like a major experience than just watching another cable TV show.

The show's characters are inspiring and their adventure was fun to watch. The progress that the main characters make throughout the series isn't always linear or predictable, meaning that there's always a reason to keep watching to see ...
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Contains spoilers but I am keeping the major ones aside. I will be focusing on the characters and story as a whole, not stuffs like the arts or the music in any kind and the fact that you’re reading this, I assume you are somewhat older than the intended age group of Pokemon.

Being the first Pokemon series, this one doesn’t really prove to excel in any category.

The main idea of this series is pretty simple and that is introducing us to the Pokemon World. I find this fairly logical and exactly what was needed but certainly it lacked the punch. This series pretty ...
Jan 9, 2021
The writing of this show is terrible. Dialogues are redundant and boring. Only few Brock's dialogues seem to be humourous, for example, "She can violate my rights". I think the writers have never played the games because they keep calling vine whip a special attack but it is a physical attack. There were many instances of characters saying dumb things. Each episode is the same, a new pokemon is introduced then team rocket tries to steal it then Ash saves it. The entire show feels like a filler to me. Many people consider the anime canon but to me, it is nothing compared to the ...

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