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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: 7.391 (scored by 402987402,987 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #23012
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #342
Members: 637,088
Favorites: 5,419

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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]

Characters & Voice Actors


Seki, Tomokazu


Miki, Shinichiro




Hayashibara, Megumi


Inuyama, Inuko


Haigney, Michael
Producer, Script, ADR Director
Mori, Takemoto
Yuyama, Kunihiko
Director, Storyboard
Hidaka, Masamitsu


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 (ひゃくごじゅういち)" by Ookido-hakase (CV: Unshou Ishizuka) and Pokemon Kids (eps 1-27)
2: "Nyarth no Uta (ニャースのうた)" by Nyarth (CV: Inuko Inuyama) (eps 38-55,67-70)
3: "Pocket ni Fantasy (ポケットにファンタジー)" by Sachi & Juri (eps 38-55)
4: "Pokemon Ondo (ポケモン音頭)" by Garura Kobayashi, Dogars, and Arbo (eps 56-66,106)
5: "Type: Wild (タイプ:ワイルド)" by Rica Matsumoto (eps 71-105)
6: "Laplace ni Notte (ラプラスにのって)" by Iizuka Mayumi and Aikawa Rikako (eps 107-118)
7: "Nyarth no Party (ニャースのパーティ)" by Nyarth (CV:Inuko Inuyama) (eps 119-143)
8: "Pokemon Hara Hara Relay (ポケモンはらはらリレー)" by Rikako Aikawa And Korasu (eps 144-153,165-174)
9: "Pokemon Hara Hara² Relay (Muzukashi Ban) (ポケモンはらはら²リレー(むずかし版))" by Rikako Aikawa And Korasu (eps 154-158)
10: "Takeshi no Paradise (タケシのパラダイス)" by Takeshi (CV: Yuuji Ueda) (eps 159-164)
11: "Boku no Best Friend e (ぼくのベストフレンドへ)" by Iawasaki Hiromi (eps 175-193)
12: "Maemuki Rocket-dan! (前向きロケット団!)" by Rocket-dan (Musashi (CV: Megumi Hayashibara), Kojirou (Shin-ichiro Miki), and Nyarth (CV: Inuko Inuyama)) (eps 194-240)
13: "Pocketaari Monstaari (ポケッターリ モンスターリ)" by KANA (eps 241-276)


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 ...
Jan 27, 2009
Mixed Feelings
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 ...
Aug 19, 2007
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 ...

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