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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 152,259 users)
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Ranked: #19042
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Popularity: #202
Members: 265,289
Favorites: 3,484


The main characters both have small monsters as partners, who can evolve into bigger, more powerful monsters. In both series, these monsters are used to battle each other and serve as bodyguards for their "owners." Pokemon was always the most popular of the 2 series, but Digimon is definitely not to be underestimated and by many even rated better than Pokemon. 
report Recommended by MassZERO
While Pokemon is an older show, both feature very young adventurers setting out on a journey. 
report Recommended by Yemi_Hikari
Both feature master's trying to collect and train creatures with special powers, many elementally based, in order to win battles against other masters and become champions. 
report Recommended by jorgzimmer
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
both main characters are stubborn, both involve battling and monsters. 
report Recommended by Wybock
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Classic comedy anime full of mindless physical humor. 
report Recommended by DalekQueen
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
Same art style, both for children, both toned down to the max, both with kid protagonists. 
report Recommended by Mayuka
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
- 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
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
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
Monster battling RPG, except this anime appeals to teenagers a little bit better than Pokemon. 
report Recommended by Izac_Kak
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
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
In Cardcaptor Sakura; They have to capture cards
In Pokemon; They have to capture pokemons 
report Recommended by Sailor_Cherry
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.

-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  read more 
report Recommended by oooVasAooo
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
Yatterman is basicaly about Team Rocket fighting a government of robots. 
report Recommended by LoidNerdy101
Both stories are about kids, cute & powerful creatures and adventures. 
report Recommended by LegionIscariot
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
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 focus on catching monsters. In Toriko's case, it's for cooking.  
report Recommended by Zuly
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 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
Both are aimed at a younger audience, and both have humans taming/training/ battling with a form of monster. 
report Recommended by Gabii-Tachibana