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Pokémon anime in India

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Pokémon is a Japanese anime series. It came to Indian television in 2003, first airing on Cartoon Network. Later, it was also shown on Pogo. From 2014, Pokémon was shown on Hungama TV and then shifted to Disney XD which later was rebranded into Marvel HQ. The Pokémon anime is dubbed in Three languages: Hindi, Tamil and Telugu.[1] In 2014, the Pokémon anime had an Indian audience of 100.8 million viewers and was dubbed on Hindi, Tamil and Telugu on Hungama TV.

Television Series[edit]

It first aired on Cartoon Network with its first season being Pokémon: Indigo League on May 12, 2003, with the Original English audio, and Hindi dubbed in house of Crest Animation Studio up to Season 1 to Season 4. After that, Sound and Vision got rights from Cartoon Network to dub the anime. While Cartoon Network was airing Pokémon Episodes from Season 5 to Season 9, the channel also introduced two new languages: Tamil and Telgu, dubbed by the Vision and Sound Company in Mumbai. Starting with the Diamond and Pearl series, The Pokemon anime shifted to Pogo. Pogo is a sister channel of Cartoon Network. Pogo started Pokemon Season 10 to Season 13 in the original English audio with a Hindi dub. It shifted back to Cartoon Network with Season 14. Season 14 was not dubbed in Tamil and Telugu, but available only in the original English audio and had a Hindi dub by Sound and Vision India. Cartoon Network also aired Pokémon Chronicles On June 11, 2009, It is a spin-off series of Pokémon. In 2014, Disney India brought the rights to Pokémon. But, Disney did not get the rights for the previous Hindi, Tamil and Telugu dubs. So, the anime was re-dubbed by Disney India Studios. It first aired on Hungama TV, Hungama TV aired Season 1 to Season 7 and Season 17 after airing Pokémon shifted to Disney XD. Disney XD aired Season 8 to Season 10 and later Pokémon shifted on Marvel HQ. Marvel HQ aired Season 11 and Season 13. After aired Season 11 on Marvel HQ, Disney International HD aired Season 12 Only in English dub from July 8, 2019. On August 10, 2019 Hungama TV Re-aired Pokémon, Now Pokémon is show only on Marvel HQ.[citation needed]

# Season Name Turner India Release Disney India Release
Channel Premiere Date Channel Premiere date
1 Pokémon: Indigo League Cartoon Network 12 May 2003[2] Hungama TV 13 May 2014 [3]
2 Pokémon: Adventures on the Orange Islands Cartoon Network 14 September 2003 Hungama TV 11 September 2014
3 Pokémon: The Johto Journeys Cartoon Network 7 July 2004 Hungama TV 30 October 2014
4 Pokémon: Johto League Champions Cartoon Network 25 December 2004 Hungama TV 2 January 2015
5 Pokémon: Master Quest Cartoon Network 18 May 2005 Hungama TV 31 March 2015
6 Pokémon: Advanced Cartoon Network 9 May 2006 Hungama TV 31 August 2015
7 Pokémon: Advanced Challenge Cartoon Network 6 November 2006 Hungama TV 15 November 2015
8 Pokémon: Advanced Battle Cartoon Network 14 April 2008 Disney XD 7 May 2018
9 Pokémon: Battle Frontier Cartoon Network October 12, 2008 Disney XD 12 November 2018
10 Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Pogo 9 November 2009 Disney XD 12 November 2018
11 Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension Pogo 18 August 2010 Marvel HQ 13 May 2019
12 Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles Pogo 1 August 2011 Disney International HD[citation needed] 8 July 2019
13 Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors Pogo 3 October 2011 Marvel HQ 2 September 2019
14 Pokémon: Black & White Cartoon Network 30 June 2014[4] TBA TBA
17 Pokémon The Series: XY N/A N/A Hungama TV 9 May 2015


Turner India[edit]

The Pokémon Movies first time dubbed by Turner India were premiered on Cartoon Nerwork and Pogo. The list of Pokémon movies that have been released in India are as follows in time table.

  • Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns (November 14, 2006)[5]
  • Pokémon The Movie 2000
  • Pokémon 3: The Movie
  • Pokémon 4Ever
  • Pokémon Heroes
  • Pokémon: Jirachi Wish Maker
  • Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys
  • Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (2009)
  • Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea (2010)
  • Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai (September 14, 2014)

Disney India[edit]

Pokémon Movies dubbed by Disney India were first premiered on Hungama TV and later on Disney XD or Marvel HQ . The List of Pokémon Movies that have been released in India are as follows in the time table. It premiered The first 12 movies and skipped Movie 9.

# Title In Japan Title In India Premiere Date
1 Pokémon: The First Movie Pokémon Movie: Mewtwo ka Badla April 18, 2015
2 Pokémon The Movie 2000 Pokémon Movie: Ash, Pikachu aur Lugia in Danger August 22, 2015
3 Pokémon 3: The Movie Pokémon Movie: Unown ka Tahelka April 16, 2016
4 Pokémon 4Ever Pokémon Movie: Khatre ka Jungle May 28, 2016
5 Pokémon Heroes Pokémon Movie: Soul Dew ka Raaz: Latias aur Latios June 25, 2016
6 Pokémon: Jirachi Wish Maker Pokémon Movie: Jirachi ka Wonder November 6, 2016
7 Pokémon: Destiny Deoxys Pokémon Movie: Deoxy aur Tory ki Story January 22, 2017
8 Pokémon: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew Pokémon Movie: Lucario ki Toofani Shakti July 9, 2017
9 Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea N/A N/A
10 Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai Pokémon Movie: Darkrai Dost ya Dushman September 29, 2017
11 Pokémon: Giratina and the Sky Warrior Pokémon Movie: Giratina aur ek Maha Yoddha December 23, 2018
12 Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life Pokémon Movie: Arceus aur Jeevan ka Jewel November 17, 2019

Theatrical Release[edit]

# Movie Name Languages Premiere Date Ref
1 Pokémon: Detective Pikachu English & Hindi May 10, 2019

Licensed merchandise[edit]

By February 2004, less than a year after the anime's introduction in India, Pokémon licensed merchandise in India (rights then owned by Taiwan-based Top-Insight International) sold more than ₹100 crore[6][7] ($22.1 million).[8] Following the franchise's resurgence in 2014, it was projected that Pokémon licensed merchandise (rights now owned by India-based Dream Theatre) would sell an estimated ₹100 crore ($16.39 million) in India between 2014 and 2017.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. "Cartoon Network to kick off 'Pokemon - Master Quest' in Tamil & Telugu". Indian Television Dot Com. May 17, 2007.
  2. "Cartoon Network to increase viewer cachet with Pokemon". Indian Television Dot Com. May 5, 2003.
  3. "'Pokemon' resonates with Hungama's audiences: Vijay Subramaniam". Indian Television Dot Com. November 26, 2014.
  4. "Cartoon Network brings Pokemon latest season and Kid Krrish movie sequelthis monsoon". Indian Television Dot Com. June 30, 2014.
  5. "Cartoon Network to join 'Barbie' and 'Pokémon' on Children's Day". Indian Television Dot Com. November 11, 2006.
  6. "Is Pokeman a threat to Indian culture?". Rediff. 1 March 2004.
  7. "It's a Pokemon-ey machine!". The Times of India. 17 February 2004.
  8. "Official exchange rate (LCU per US$, period average)". World Bank. 2004. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  9. "Return of the Pocket Monsters". Business Line. The Hindu Group. 20 November 2014.

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