List of Anime Television Series:
Pocket Monsters

Japanese name: Pocket Monsters Pocket Monsters TV Series image
Japanese name: ポケットモンスター
English name: Pokemon
Dates: April 1, 1997-December 16, 1997; April 16, 1998-November 14, 2002
Broadcast time: Tuesday, 18:30-19:00 (6:30-7:00 pm)
Number of episodes: 275
Animation Studio: OLM (Oriental Light & Magic)
Production Company: Nintendo, TV Tokyo, Shogakukan
Broadcaster: TV Tokyo (TX)
Creator(s): Tajiri Satoru and Ishihara Tsunekazu (video game)
Series Director: Kunihiko Yuyama (general), Hidaka Masamitsu (1-158)
Episode Director(s): Toshiaki Suzuki, Osamu Inoue, Yuji Asada
Producer(s): Keisuke Iwata, Makiko Iwata, Susumu Matsuyama, Takayuki Yanagisawa, Mikihiko Fukasawa, Takemoto Mori
Planning: Takeshi Shudo (series composition), Keisuke Iwaata, Takashi Kawaguchi, Masakazu Kubo
Storyboard(s): Kunihiko Yuyama, Toshiaki Suzuki, Yuji Asada
Writer(s): Takeshi Shudo, Atsuhiro Tomioka
Art Director: Katsuyoshi Kanemura
Art Design: Norimichi Yoshino (color), Tatsue Ozeki (color)
Character Designer(s): Sayuri Ichiishi, Tokuhiro Matsubara (guest), Toshiya Yamada (guest)
Animator(s): Yoichi Kotabe (supervisor), Toshiya Yamada (chief director), Hiroshi Sakai (director), Sayuri Ichiishi (director), Munekatsu Fujita (director), Akihiro Tamagawa (director)
Music: Shinji Miyazaki
Sound: Masafumi Mima (director)
Voice Actors
(regular characters):

Characters Japanese American
Satoshi Rica Matsumoto Veronica Taylor
(Ash Ketchem)
Kasumi Mayumi Iizuka Rachael Lillis
(Misty Williams)
Takeshi Yuuji Ueda Eric Stuart
(Brock Peters)
Musashi Megumi Hayashibara Rachael Lillis
Genre(s): comedy, adventure, science fiction, creatures, sports(martial arts), children, video game adaptation
Home Video

Note(s): The show went from popular to notorious when about 800 children had epileptic fits triggered by a strobing special effect in December 1997. The event led to more stringent regulations for television anime effects. Despite the uproar the show resumed broadcasting in April 1998.

This series has been continued by Pocket Monsters: Advanced Generation.

To see what other animated programs were out at the same time as Pocket Monsters go to the Chronology of Animation.

Note on finding copies of programs:
Unfortunately I lack the time or resources to help people find copies of anime television programs. I have put together a web List of Online Video and Book Stores that will be useful to find copies in the United States, some other countries, and one Japanese store. There are other similar stores on the Internet around the world that might be able to supply the DVDs, LDs, VCDs, or video tapes that are desired. Check my Japanese Animation Information page for links to Internet resources that may have further information. I am not involved in trading materials from my own collection. I am still waiting to see most of the programs in this List of Anime Television Series and would be happy to find sources for many of them.

Because of these circumstances I will not respond to requests for help to find these types of materials.

Title Lists [Introduction] [0-9] [A] [B] [C] [D] [E] [F] [G] [Gi] [H] [I] [J] [K] [L]
[M] [Me] [N] [O] [P] [Q] [R] [S] [Sh] [T] [U] [V] [W] [X] [Y] [Z]

Last update: January 19, 2012
Comments to: Richard Llewellyn
Copyright © 2012 Richard Llewellyn. All rights reserved.
Go to
List of Anime Television Series
Introduction and Index
Return to
Richard's Animated Divots