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 India. The Pokémon anime is dubbed in three languages: Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. In 2014, the Pokémon anime had an Indian audience of 96.9 million viewers on Hungama TV.[1]

Television series[edit]

Cartoon Network and Pogo[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 1-4. After that, Sound and Vision got rights from Cartoon Network India to dub the anime.[citation needed] While Cartoon Network was airing Pokemon Episodes from Season 5 to Season 9, the channel also introduced two new languages: Tamil and Telugu, dubbed by the Vision and Sound Company in Mumbai.[citation needed] Starting with the Diamond and Pearl series, the Pokemon anime shifted to Pogo. Pogo TV is a sister channel of Cartoon Network India. Pogo TV started Pokemon Season 10 to 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.[citation needed]

Season Season Name Channel Premiere date
1 Pokémon: Indigo League Cartoon Network 12 May 2003[2]
2 Pokémon: Adventures on the Orange Islands Cartoon Network Late 2003
3 Pokémon: The Johto Journeys Cartoon Network 2004
4 Pokémon: Johto League Champions Cartoon Network December 2004
5 Pokémon: Master Quest Cartoon Network 18 May 2005[3]
6 Pokémon: Advanced Cartoon Network 9 May 2006
7 Pokémon: Advanced Challenge Cartoon Network 6 Nov 2006
8 Pokémon: Advanced Battle Cartoon Network 2008
9 Pokémon: Battle Frontier Cartoon Network Late 2008
10 Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Pogo 9 November 2009
11 Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Battle Dimension Pogo 2010
12 Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Galactic Battles Pogo 1 August 2011
13 Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors Pogo 3 October 2011
14 Pokémon: Black & White Cartoon Network 27 June 2014[4]

Hungama TV and Disney XD[edit]

Around 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 in-house. It first aired on Hungama TV before being shifted to Disney XD. It does not air the English audio for unknown reasons. Even on the English feed of the channel, it is broadcast in Hindi.

Season Season name Premiere date
1 Pokémon: Indigo League (Season name was not introduced) 13 May 2014
2 Pokémon: Adventures on the Orange Islands (Season name was not introduced) 11 September 2014
3 Pokémon: The Johto Journeys 30 October 2014
4 Pokémon: Johto League Champions 2 January 2015
5 Pokémon: Master Quest (Season name was not introduced) 31 March 2015
6 Pokémon: Advanced (Season name was not introduced) 31 August 2015
7 Pokémon: Advanced Challenge 15 November 2015
17 Pokémon: XY 9 May 2015

Disney XD[edit]

Season Season Name Premiere date
1 Pokémon: Indigo League (Season name was not introduced) 7 August 2016
2 Pokémon: Adventures on the Orange Islands 19 December 2016
3 Pokémon: The Johto Journeys 4 April 2017[Season name was not introduced]
4 Pokémon: Johto League Champions 23 July 2017
5 Pokémon: Master Quest 2 October 2017
6 Pokémon: Advanced 31 December 2017
7 Pokémon: Advanced Challenge 12 February 2018
8 Pokémon: Advanced Battle 7 May 2018
9 Pokémon: Battle Frontier 12 November 2018 (season name was not introduced)
10 Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl 12 November 2018


Cartoon Network and Pogo[edit]

Hungama TV and Disney XD[edit]

S. No Name Premiere
1 Pokémon Movie: Mewtwo Ka Badla 18 April 2015[7]
2 Pokémon Movie: Ash, Pikachu aur Lugia in Danger 22 August 2015
3 Pokémon Movie: Unown ka Tehelka 16 April 2016
4 Pokémon Movie: Khatre ka Jungle 28 May 2016
5 Pokémon Movie: Soul Dew Ka Raaz: Latias And Latios 25 June 2016
6 Pokémon Movie Jirachi Ka Wonder 6 November 2016
7 Pokémon Movie Deoxy Aur Tory Ki Story 22 January 2017
8 Pokémon Movie Lucario Ki Toofani Shakti 9 July 2017
9 Pokémon Movie Darkrai Dost ya Dushman 29 September 2017
10 Pokémon Movie Giratina Aur Ek Maha Yodha 23 December 2018

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[8][9] ($22.1 million).[10] 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.[11]


  1. ^ "'Pokemon' resonates with Hungama's audiences: Vijay Subramaniam". IndianTelevision. 26 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Cartoon Network to increase viewer cachet with Pokemon". 5 May 2003.
  3. ^ "Cartoon Network to kick off 'Pokemon - Master Quest' in Tamil & Telugu". 17 May 2007.
  4. ^ "Cartoon Network brings Pokemon latest season and Kid Krrish movie sequel this monsoon". 30 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Cartoon Network to join 'Barbie' and 'Pokémon' on Children's Day". 11 November 2006.
  6. ^ "Pokémon Movie on CN+". tatasky.com. 2014. Archived from the original on 7 October 2014. Retrieved 15 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Hungama to add 90 hours of original content this summer". 4 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Is Pokeman a threat to Indian culture?". Rediff. 1 March 2004.
  9. ^ "It's a Pokemon-ey machine!". The Times of India. 17 February 2004.
  10. ^ "Official exchange rate (LCU per US$, period average)". World Bank. 2004. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Return of the Pocket Monsters". Business Line. The Hindu Group. 20 November 2014.