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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
Premiered: Spring 1997
Broadcast: Thursdays at 19:00 (JST)
Studios: OLM
Source: Game
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG - Children


Score: 7.421 (scored by 194,530 users)
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Ranked: #20092
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Popularity: #238
Members: 344,344
Favorites: 4,143


Although there are general differences between the animes the first time I watched Digimon on TV I thought immediately hey - those two animes are almost the same - the names of both of them are called after the creatures and those creatures are manually receiving orders from a human to defeat another pokemondigimon creature and in order to beat a powerful creature the digimonpokemon has to develop skills or evolve to another shape their form in order to win, and both of them (especially the adventure series) is an adventure in the world of the creatures to make some kind of goal, and that  read more 
report Recommended by User-Name
both main characters are stubborn, both involve battling and monsters. 
report Recommended by Wybock
Kids - heroes of the anime - are collecting magical creatures and fighting a group of bad guys that keep getting in their way. The creatures can either level up or otherwise get stronger and continue fighting each other. 
report Recommended by skayster
While Pokemon is an older show, both feature very young adventurers setting out on a journey. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
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. 
report Recommended by EnvitChan
Same vibes where the main characters are very similar. Although the premise of [C] might be dark, it's actually full of hope just like Pokemon. The main character Yoga is like Ash in a lot of ways. He also has a pokemon, in which it is termed as an "asset" in the world of [C]. Msyu is the said asset, who acts just like the pokemon Pikachu. Pikachu though the cuddly and cute-looking one, is actually the one who has a deeper and more human-like personalities than the humanoid Msyu. Both are very DEEP. 
report Recommended by Silent_Scream
Naruto is about a Ninja who is looked down on because he had the Demon Fox sealed inside of him. He progresses afterwards so he became famous in his home town. It's similar to pokemon because Ash wasn't good when the series started. He just had patience and was not lazy to achieve his dream, just like Naruto 
report Recommended by gdjdelacruz
In both shows, the main character (Minato in Sekirei, Ash in Pokemon) recruits new team members to use in battle after getting said team members to bond with him (in Sekirei, Minato "wings" new Sekirei by getting them to fall in love with him and then kissing them; in Pokemon, Ash catches new Pokemon after getting the Pokemon to trust him). Then the protagonist of each series has to use his new team members to battle other Pokemon trainers(in Pokemon)/Ashikabi (in Sekirei) in a tournament (although there isn't always a tournament in Pokemon). Keep in mind that Sekirei is not appropriate for kids at all  read more 
report Recommended by RoarkTenjouin
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 - lots of travelling and seeing new places - 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 
report Recommended by Hobbzz
Shounen clearly made for younger children Bright colorful art based of Nintendo game 
report Recommended by 1demrte
Both of them are based off of a video game and they are both about a boy who learns more about his animal type friends and they both have alot of action in them. 
report Recommended by PPG-Katelyn
Okay most people have already recommend both of these but it was something else I noticed that was similar again both throw balls that have monsters in them. 
report Recommended by Valeria-chan
Both invlove a variety of bizarre creatures that do battle and are based on video games. Monster Rancher's quite a bit darker than Pokemon, but still primarily directed at children. 
report Recommended by MugiwaraSilver
BOTH SERIES HAVE IN COMMON: - they're similar visually - they have funny plot - their characters are kids In my opinion it's better to play game Ape Escape on PS/PS2 before watching series. 
report Recommended by TenderRain91
In both anime, there is a young protagonist who sets up to become the best at his field: Yugi tries to become the best duelist, while Ash tries to become the best Pokemon trainer. Also, in both anime, the main character engages in duels with other characters using their monsters: in Yu-Gi-Oh!, the monsters are summoned through cards, while in Pokemon, the monsters are summoned through Poke Balls. Both anime show the adventures of these characters as they make new friends, but also new rivals. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
Both shows Have battles have cute and funny moments and Both have food in them well in pokemon they eat food and in fighting foodons the food fights. But still good show.  
report Recommended by YukiUzumaki
Both are shows targeting mainly on kids. The main hero is a young boy who obtains some creature/hero contained in some device (pokeball/disk) and battles with said creature/hero against other device owners. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
I just can't believe that nobody wrote recommendation for those two, so I decided to write one. Both are shows which many people watched in childhood. They are shounens for all ages. In both, main character travels with his friends. They fight together and have battles in the arenas and stadiums. In both animes they use kind of 'beasts' to do it. They also have rivals and want to be the master. 
report Recommended by TenshiNoYume
Classic comedy anime full of mindless physical humor. 
report Recommended by Dalek-kun
Yatterman is basicaly about Team Rocket fighting a government of robots. 
report Recommended by LoidNerdy101
Both anime follow young protagonists who want to become the best at their fields. In both anime, the protagonists often make new friends and rivals, while battling other characters using monsters that have special abilities. Overall, both anime explore similar themes and have a similar mood. 
report Recommended by BohemianRhapsody
If you enjoyed Pokemon as a kid and you are looking for an entry level anime that is fun to watch with a tad more maturity and with a similar art style, then Soul Eater may be for you. Similarities: -Both of these shows are shounen -Both have battles/action regularly -Both are set in an alternate world to our own -These two shows have similar characters (Black Star = Ash, Maka's father = Brock, etc...) -They have similar driving themes -Both showss have characters with ridiculous names (ex: Black Star, Death The Kid, and Soul Eater Evans in Soul Eater; Brock, Professor Oak, and Misty in Pokemon) -Both have filler episodes Differences: -Soul Eater has  read more 
report Recommended by oooVasAooo
Monster battling RPG, except this anime appeals to teenagers a little bit better than Pokemon. 
report Recommended by Izac_Kak
Both have tournaments for becoming champions. Daigunder has robots that talk instead of pokemon, and actually ends in 39 episodes. 
report Recommended by Chrome_Falcon
Both anime work in the same format. Meet a new girl/pokemon, has a good fight with them, beat them, and add them to the collection. 
report Recommended by nbyung09
Both have Main Characters wanting to be the strongest person. Both start with Main character and the partner hating each but they learn to like each other. 
report Recommended by deerock
Pokemon: The Origin - Special is a great (shortish) story about Red - a well known pokemon character. It keeps the intriguing story from the original, by adding intense fights and likeable characters - it feels like the original just without the comedy aspect. 
report Recommended by food_booth
They are both fun shows that at their peak popularity, no other anime since has been able to reach, helping to familiarize anime to westerners. 
report Recommended by 2Mainstream4U
In Cardcaptor Sakura; They have to capture cards In Pokemon; They have to capture pokemons 
report Recommended by Sailor_Cherry
Unique, powerful monsters in an interesting land that leaves you wanting more. In Toriko, you capture food, which 9/10 times tend to be these awfully powerful beasts that even puts any legendary pokemon to shame. 
report Recommended by minikobe27
Monster Battling RPG like anime. However, the characters and plots of every episode are relatable and this show is a lot closer to Japan. Also, the show is actually really funny. 
report Recommended by Izac_Kak
Same art style, both for children, both toned down to the max, both with kid protagonists. 
report Recommended by Mayuka
If you... "enjoyed" the Aki no Puzzle experience, you shouldn't miss the uncensored episode 38 of the Pokémon's original series, "Dennō Senshi Porygon". There's strong seizure in both. I hope you don't watch this seizure stuff, too. 
report Recommended by Hypeantonio
Both feature fictional sports. Keijo is a bit more edgy though 
report Recommended by PhKay
An Anime series for kids and based on toys. Imagine Pokemon are able to talk like humans. There are no humans but Pokemon like or animal personification of humans.  
report Recommended by AnimeFan500
Both focus on catching monsters. In Toriko's case, it's for cooking.  
report Recommended by Zuly
Both involve using monsters to fight and have collectable card games and such. also both based on video games. Though blue dragon has a more interesting story (not vastly) and reaches some sort of conclusion rather then just dragging it on and on for many years. It also has characters designs by the man who made dragonball and music from the composer of final fantasy games which should hopefully get you interested 
report Recommended by unellmay
Good anime for elementary school children. 
report Recommended by RaymondSaint
Three children travelling around a wonderful world inhabited by strange or cute creatures that they must catch or defeat.  
report Recommended by BDL
They both are animes which based on video games and have monsters which related to children and also they both are rated to children. 
report Recommended by EnvitChan
Both anime are about a group of friends that met on their road and that are travelling through the world or their country together. Also both anime are episodic and most of the episodes focus a lot on the costum, tradition, beliefs... of the country they're visiting. And friendship is one of the main theme in both anime.  
report Recommended by HooHiraiBunny
Build Strike Gundam, I choose you! Stay with me here. Both are well established franchises (one by Nintendo, the other by Bandai), where the focus has been to deepen their respective 'universes' with new various types of units that were added with each iteration. But with the addition of Gundam Build Fighters, both franchises now have championship style competitions where people of various ages fight duels through their respective avatars (pokemon/gunpla) to try to become 'the very best'. 
report Recommended by dreamingsamurai
Both are your monster fight of the day type shows aimed at little kids. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
They both are centered around one kid who becomes the hero and tries to make the world they live in better place. 
report Recommended by troublesome
Both of these feature young ones trying to become the best trainer they can be. Only main differences are that in Pokemon, the main character is a boy, but in Angelic Layer, the main character is a girl. Also, in Pokemon, they fight with little monsters, but in Angelic Layer, they fight with customizable action figure/doll gladiators. Angelic Layer is far shorter than Pokemon, though. 
report Recommended by mysngoeshere56
They both involve some kind of animal getting out of a fighting box (in khr! it happens in latter chapters) the boxes in khr! and pokeballs in pokemon 
report Recommended by igirisuk
In both anime, the protagonists are on a journey, where they make friends, meet weird creatures, and so on. Also, both are animated by the same studio. 
report Recommended by malvarez1
Natsu and Ash have extremely similar personalities, and Misty is like Lucy. Plus, some of the attacks/magic kinda look similar. And both are focused a lot on friendship. 
report Recommended by Dawntiger
Both are aimed at a younger audience, and both have humans taming/training/ battling with a form of monster. 
report Recommended by Gabii-Tachibana
In both animes, the main characters collect monsters to defeat other monsters on their journey. Also they have to defeat bosses. Persona 4 is a much darker anime though And finally both are amazing video game series  
report Recommended by Tyler_Kurono
Both main characters have sidekicks that aren't human. They meet them at the beginning and fight together as partners. 
report Recommended by Hinata-xx
Both have very simplistic plot lines. In Michel their are little creatures called "fairies", in pokemon, their are little creatures called pokemon. Their is also a side kick gang known as the "black hammer" that is very similar to "team rocket". Michel the main character along with her side kick kim must travel around the world to collect these fairies although for an entirely different reason then pokemon but both shows can be enjoyed by kids although michel is aimed for an even younger generation  
report Recommended by link9us
Has the same feel as pokemon. Characters fight other characters using dragon like creatures main character has a dragon called chibi who is small and cute and is really strong like Ashes pokemon  
report Recommended by midnawolf
Dragon Collection is Pokemon in disguise. Hiro is Ash, the dragon pup is Pikachu, cards are balls, Green Pepper Gang's Meatmania is Team Rocket. 
report Recommended by Nazgand
Both stories are about kids, cute & powerful creatures and adventures. 
report Recommended by LegionIscariot
Mushishi, if one is interested in vast philosophical questions, can be somewhat similar to Pokemon because it's about these mushi, which are like spiritual bugs, and the protagonist goes around managing them... other than that, though, it's more about dissolving conflicts than actual battling with the mushi or other characters. It's episodic too, so doesn't necessarily continue on with the same storyline as Pokemon, but still has the same atmosphere through the 50+ episodes. The music is really beautiful and appropriate too. 
report Recommended by Seyfert
Both main characters have sidekicks that aren't human. They meet them at the beginning and fight together as partners. 
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