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Pokémon in South Asia

Revision as of 08:15, 14 September 2019 by PikaTepig999 (talk | contribs) (The previous setnece had made it seem like while DIHD aired English s12, MHQ aired Hindi s12, which is not true. Hindi s12 has not yet premiered in India.)
Pokémon in South Asia
Pokémon logo English.png
South Asia Flags.png
Flags of Bhutan, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal.
Language Hindi
Tamil
Telugu
English
Continent Asia
Original anime airdates
EP001 May 12, 2003[1]
May 19, 2014
August 7, 2016
AG001 May 9, 2006
September 16, 2015
December 31, 2017
DP001 November 9, 2009
November 16, 2009
November 12, 2018
BW001 June 17, 2013
July 2, 2014
November 3, 2014
XY001 May 9, 2015
SM001

The Pokémon franchise (Hindi: पोकेमोन, Tamil: போகிமொன், Telegu: పోకీమాన్, Urdu: پوکيمون) made its debut in the Indian subcontinent in 2003, with the broadcast of the first anime episode in both English and Hindi on Cartoon Network India, after which it was moved to several channels. Since 2016, it has aired on Marvel HQ (formerly known as Disney XD India). In Pakistan, the anime aired on Cartoon Network Pakistan.

Contents

Pokémon games

Pokémon games and some Pokémon merchandise, as well as other Nintendo products such as consoles and games, are available on online retail stores.

In the past, most games in the region were sold by the Japanese Nintendo division. The exception is Afghanistan where Nintendo Europe dealt with sales.[2]

In India, the distributor from the 1987 was Samurai, which was best known for the release of the Samurai console which was NES console. The last console they sold was the Wii which was on the market until 2010.[3] Sunder Electronics delivered from 2012 to 2015 Wii U from Maxsoft.[4]

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were available in India just a week after its release in the United States.[5]

Pokémon anime

The Pokémon anime is available in the following South Asian territories: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Country Channels
Afghanistan
Bangladesh
Pakistan
Cartoon Network Pakistan
Bhutan
India
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Cartoon Network India
Pogo TV
Hungama TV
Marvel HQ (formerly Disney XD India)
Disney International HD

TV series

Debut Season
May 12, 2003*[1]
May 19, 2014*
August 7, 2016*
Pokémon: Indigo League
Late 2003*
September 11, 2014*
December 19, 2016*
Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands
2004*
October 30, 2014*
April 4, 2017*
Pokémon: The Johto Journeys
2004*
January 2, 2015*
July 23, 2017*
Pokémon: Johto League Champions
May 18, 2005*[6]
March 31, 2015*
October 2, 2017*
Pokémon: Master Quest
May 9, 2006*
August 31, 2015*
December 31, 2017*
Pokémon: Advanced
November 6, 2006*[7]
February 15, 2016*
February 12, 2018*
Pokémon: Advanced Challenge
2008*
May 7, 2018*
Pokémon: Advanced Battle
November 2008*
November 12, 2018*
August 31, 2019*
Pokémon: Battle Frontier
November 9, 2009*
November 16, 2009*
November 12, 2018*
Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl
2010*
May 13, 2019*
August 10, 2019*
Pokémon DP: Battle Dimension
Early 2011*
August 1, 2011*
July 8, 2019*
Pokémon DP: Galactic Battles
October 3, 2011*
February 1, 2012*
September 2, 2019*
Pokémon DP: Sinnoh League Victors
June 17, 2013*
July 2, 2014*
November 3, 2014*
Pokémon: Black & White
May 9, 2015* Pokémon the Series: XY

Cartoon Network India and Pogo TV

Cartoon Network India and Pakistan logo

Pokémon: Indigo League premiered on Cartoon Network India on May 12, 2003 as a part of its Toonami block. Following the first season, Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands made its Indian debut in late 2003 and ended its run in mid-2004. In the same year, Pokémon: The Johto Journeys premiered on Cartoon Network. A separate Cartoon Network feed affiliated with Cartoon Network India was launched for the Pakistani audience in 2004, and was also later made available in Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Due to this affiliation, both channels broadcast the anime simultaneously. With Pokémon: Master Quest, Cartoon Network India introduced two additional dubs, Tamil and Telugu. The original series concluded its first complete run in mid-2005.

The first two seasons of the Advanced Generation series, Pokémon: Advanced and Pokémon: Advanced Challenge, made their South Asian debut in 2006. While 2008 marked the first run for Pokémon: Advanced Battle and Pokémon: Battle Frontier in the respective territories. Unlike its predecessors, the ninth season aired on Cartoon Network Pakistan two weeks after its Indian debut. Furthermore, Cartoon Network introduced a one-hour block, Dastaan-e-Pokémon, that aired reruns from the first seven seasons.

The first season of the Diamond & Pearl series premiered in Pakistan on November 9, 2009, making it the first season to air on the network before its debut on Cartoon Network India, which aired it a week later. Cartoon Network Pakistan skipped 23 episodes, from O'er the Rampardos We Watched! to A Stand-Up Sit-Down!, due to unknown reasons and wrapped up the season in mere five weeks. However, the episodes were aired in their correct order during reruns. In early 2011, after an eight-year run on Cartoon Network India, the channel dropped Pokémon anime after finishing Pokémon DP: Battle Dimension's first run.

Pogo TV logo

Later on, the anime was picked up by Cartoon Network India's sister channel, Pogo. The channel aired Pokémon DP: Galactic Battles and Pokémon DP: Sinnoh League Victors in 2011. However, The Fleeing Tower Of Sunyshore! and Teaching the Student Teacher! were skipped and aired later during reruns. In 2013, Pogo premiered the fourteenth season of the anime and some creative changes were made along with it, including new voice actors for the narrator and Delia Ketchum and several moves retained their English names. The Dragon Master's Path! and Cilan Versus Trip, Ash Versus Georgia! were skipped, but they were later broadcast during reruns.

On June 27, 2014, Cartoon Network India announced through its official Facebook page that Pokémon would be returning to Cartoon Network. The channel began airing Pokémon: Black & White until Meowth's Scrafty Tactics, from July 2 to August 6. It later finished the season's first run by airing it at a late-night time slot. The Best Wishes series premiered on Cartoon Network Pakistan in the same year.

Disney India

Hungama TV logo

Around the beginning of 2014, Disney bought the rights to Pokémon. However, Disney did not acquire the rights for the anime's previous dubs, so the anime was re-dubbed.

Red Pokémon logo used for some seasons

With Pokémon, I Choose You!, Hungama TV began airing the original series on May 19, 2014. Unlike Cartoon Network and Pogo, since Hungama TV has no English audio feed, the anime aired only in Hindi. Starting with the second season, the channel began to include the Who's That Pokémon? segment in episodes. As with the Cartoon Network airings, several episodes were skipped or aired out of order. Starting from the third season, the channel also started using a red logo for Pokémon, instead of the yellow one used internationally. Some episodes of the third season were aired with additional Tamil and Telegu dubs, but not all episodes were dubbed in those languages until Johto League Champions. From Two Hits and a Miss to The Joy of Water Pokémon, Hungama TV often skipped parts of the episode before the title card, which were later restored during reruns on Disney XD. With the fifth season, Hungama TV aired the anime continuously until You're a Star, Larvitar in June 2015. Disney XD began airing reruns of episodes that had already aired on Hungama TV with the first 10 episodes of Pokémon: Indigo League on August 7, 2016.

Disney XD logo

The remaining original series episodes would later be aired as part of the sixth season starting on August 31, 2015, while the Hoenn portion of Pokémon: Advanced aired on Hungama TV from September 16, 2015 to November 18, 2015. From February 15, 2016 to April 28, 2016, episodes from Pokémon: Advanced Challenge premiered on Hungama TV. In addition, throughout the anime's run on Hungama, a number of new blocks were introduced that were dedicated exclusively to the series, including PokéThon, PokéVaar, and PakdoThon. Although Disney XD India had previously only aired the first seven seasons which had premiered first on Hungama TV, new episodes moved to Disney XD India with episodes of Pokémon: Advanced Battle until Like a Meowth to a Flame from May 7, 2018 to May 31, 2018. Although Disney XD has an English audio feed unlike Hungama, the anime aired in Hindi on both the English and Hindi audio feeds. The channel later completed the season's first run in October 2018.

Marvel HQ logo

On May 24, 2017, Prasad Barve announced that he will reprise his role as Ash for the tenth season.[8] Disney XD aired episodes from two new seasons, Pokémon: Battle Frontier and Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl starting from the same day, November 12, 2018. For unknown reasons, Disney XD wrapped up both the seasons together in just one week, skipping Home is Where the Start Is! which was aired later during reruns. The tenth season had a complete cast change comprising of CN dub voice actors in the Hindi version while the Tamil and Telugu versions continued using their Disney dub cast. Beginning on January 20, 2019, Disney XD was rebranded as Marvel HQ in India, although the channel continues to air the Pokémon anime. From May 13, 2019 to May 24, 2019, Marvel HQ aired episodes from the eleventh season Pokémon DP: Battle Dimension until Fighting Fear with Fear, with its Disney dub voice actors. Starting from this season, the channel stopped using the red logo for Pokémon and now uses the original yellow logo. The season re-aired on Hungama TV from August 10, 2019 to August 30, 2019, marking the return of the anime on the channel since 2016.

Disney International HD logo

On July 8, 2019, the English dub of the twelfth season, Pokémon DP: Galactic Battles, started airing on Disney International HD, while Hungama TV and Marvel HQ continued to air the Hindi, Tamil and Telugu dubs of the previous seasons of the anime. The thirteenth season, Pokémon DP: Sinnoh League Victors, aired on Marvel HQ from September 2, 2019 to September 13, 2019, in all three regional dubs.

Pokémon XY logo used in India

The first two episodes of Pokémon the Series: XY, Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin and Lumoise City Pursuit, debuted on Hungama TV on May 9, 2015 without a prior announcement. The network announced more new episodes from XY series, which later aired alongside the channel's first run of the earlier seasons. Similar to previous instances, the episode title cards were skipped and a new logo was used for the series. After a month-long hiatus, Hungama TV resumed airing new episodes on August 1, 2015 with A PokéVision of Things to Come!. It completed the initial run of the season on November 14, 2015.

Voot

In India, the Disney dubs of the first eight seasons are available on Voot, a streaming service by Viacom 18, making it the first time the anime has been available through a streaming service in India. Episodes from the first and second season are available in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu; while episodes from the third to eighth seasons are only available in English and Hindi. The Hindi dub of the last episodes of the eighth season premiered on the service before it aired on Disney XD.

Pokémon movies and specials

On November 14, 2006, Cartoon Network India aired Mewtwo Returns as a part of its Children's Day programming.[9]

Cartoon Network began airing Pokémon Chronicles on June 11, 2009. That year, Lucario and the Mystery of Mew also premiered on both Cartoon Network India and Pakistan. Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea premiered on Cartoon Network Pakistan in 2009, but would not debut on Cartoon Network India until the following year. Cartoon Network India has aired several Pikachu shorts; however, they were not aired alongside their accompanying movies. Christmas Night and Kanga Games were aired together as Pikachu's Winter Vacations. Winter Games and Pikachu & Pichu were also aired together.

In 2011, Cartoon Network and Pogo TV aired The Rise of Darkrai. Starting in 2014, the movie aired on Tata Sky's CN+ service. That year, Cartoon Network Pakistan also aired Giratina and the Sky Warrior and Arceus and the Jewel of Life, as well as Zoroark - Master of Illusions in 2012. However, these three movies have yet to air in India.

Hungama TV has so far aired the first eight movies and the tenth and eleventh movies. Many scenes, including the opening and ending themes, are often skipped. Despite the fact that Hungama TV airs material provided by TPCi for the anime episodes, the Hindi dub for the first eight movies used footage from the Japanese version. Disney XD India also airs the Hungama dub of the Pokémon movies.

Mega Evolution Special I aired on November 21, 2015 on Hungama TV.

I Choose You! was said to be released in Indian cinemas in 2019, which would have made it the first animated Pokémon movie to be released in theaters in India. However, it was ultimately not released in Indian theatres.[10]

Detective Pikachu was released in Indian cinemas in both English and Hindi on May 10, 2019.

Debut Movie
April 18, 2015*
May 4, 2016*
Mewtwo Strikes Back
August 22, 2015*
May 4, 2016*
The Power of One
April 16, 2016*
June 5, 2016*
Spell of the Unown: Entei
May 28, 2016*
April 19, 2017*
Celebi: The Voice of the Forest
July 31, 2016*
April 19, 2017*
Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias
November 6, 2016*
April 19, 2017*
Jirachi: Wish Maker
January 22, 2017*
April 19, 2017*
Destiny Deoxys
2009*
July 9, 2017*
August 15, 2017*
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
2009*
2010*
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea
2011*
September 29, 2017*
October 22, 2017*
The Rise of Darkrai
2011*
December 23, 2018*
Giratina and the Sky Warrior
2011* Arceus and the Jewel of Life
2012* Zoroark: Master of Illusions
May 10, 2019 Detective Pikachu
Debut Special
November 14, 2006* Mewtwo Returns[9]
2009 Pokémon Chronicles
November 21, 2015* Mega Evolution Special I

Cast and crew

Hindi dub

Character Voice actor
Ash Prasad Barve (Cartoon Network dub - S01 to S14 and Disney dub - S10)
Nachiket Dighe (Hungama TV and Disney dubs - S01 to S09, S11 to present)
Misty Neshma Chemburkar (Cartoon Network dub - S01 to S02)
Rucha Dighe (Hungama TV dub)
Brock Uplaksh Kochhar (Hungama TV dub)
Tracey Nachiket Dighe (Cartoon Network dub)
Anshul Chandra (Hungama TV dub)
May Neshma Chemburkar (Hungama TV dub)
Max Amit Diyondi (Hungama TV dub)
Serena Sayuri Haralkar (Hungama TV dub)
Clemont Viral Shah (Hungama TV dub)
Bonnie Nilufer Middey Khan (Hungama TV dub)
Jessie Nandini Sharma (Cartoon Network dub)
Shagufta Baig (Hungama TV dub)
James Kishore Bhatt[11] (Cartoon Nework dub)
Rajesh Shukla (Hungama TV dub)
Meowth Damandeep Singh Baggan (Cartoon Network dub, S01 - S02)
Sandeep Karnik (Cartoon Network dub, S03 - S14)
Saumya Daan (Hungama TV dub)
Pokémon Theme singer Sumeet Pathak (Hungama TV dub)

Tamil dub

Character / Role Voice actor
Ash Raghuvaran (Cartoon Network dub)
Brock Sathya (Hungama TV dub)
Opening theme singer * Karthik[12] (CN dub)

Music

Main article: List of Hindi Pokémon themes
Main article: List of Tamil Pokémon themes
Main article: List of Telugu Pokémon themes

Like most dubs based on the English dub, the Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu dubs under both Cartoon Network and Disney generally dub the original English openings into the respective language. Songs used in episodes have also been dubbed.

From the middle of the second run of the season, Cartoon Network replaced the opening Black and White with an original Hindi song.

Hungama TV has made a Pokérap as an ending theme for the anime series and the movies. They also made Pokéraps for the Orange Islands, Johto, and Hoenn arcs to promote upcoming seasons of Pokémon.

Although Hungama TV normally skips the Japanese opening and ending themes of the movies entirely, a few seconds from the instrumental version of バトルフロンティア (映画バージョン) Battle Frontier (Movie Version) were used on a loop, serving as the opening theme for its dub of the eighth movie. An instrumental version of This is a Beautiful World was used as the ending theme to the eleventh movie.

Pokémon manga

English-translated Pokémon manga was distributed in India by Chuang Yi. It is also available on online stores such as Amazon.

Pokémon merchandise

  • Pokémon was an instant hit in India and was one of the number one kids shows on TV. Due to its huge popularity, many pirated Pokémon products are sold in India.[13]
  • Pokémon Rakhis were available in India, with Pikachu and the starter Pokémon of Unova region.
  • Pokémon collectibles were available for free in Cheetos snack packs.[14]
  • On the Toonami block, Cartoon Network hosted a contest titled "Toonami-Game On Video Game Championship" in 2006, with Pokémon merchandise given out as prizes[7].
  • Pokémon toys were available as toy gifts of McDonald's Happy Meals. These toys were spoons featuring Pikachu and other starters.[15] different set of small figures of Pikachu, Meowth, Psyduck, Torchic, Totodile, Squirtle, Magikarp, and Vulpix were made available in Happy Meals in November 2018. Unlike the previous promotion, it was advertised by McDonald's.[16]
  • Pokémon Black and White merchandise is available in India from Reliance Home video and games.
  • Pokémon XY merchandise is launched in India by Dreamtheatre, available in physical stores and online sites such as Flipkart and Snapdeal.
  • Pokémon merchandise like books, toys, etc are available on on-ground shops as well as online sites.
  • Holi Pichkaris (Water Guns) were available during 2014 and 2015[17].
  • Pokémon Kites were available for sale[18].
  • A Pokémon contest was held by Hungama TV in 2015, which gave out Pokémon merchandise as prizes.[19]
  • Pokémon XY Products/toys with the original logo are distributed by Funskool India.[20]
  • Pokémon Evolution Cards and 3D figurines of Pikachu, the Kanto starter Pokémon, and Jigglypuff were distributed with the breakfast cereal Chocos.
  • Pokémon cards and cutouts are distributed with Cadbury Gems and other products.

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Cartoon Network to increase viewer cachet with Pokemon - Indian Television
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20080304201947/http://www.nintendo.com/corp/distributors.jsp
  3. https://www.rediff.com/getahead/2008/sep/16wii.htm
  4. https://gadgets.ndtv.com/games/features/buy-the-nintendo-switch-in-india-you-need-to-read-this-first-1650812
  5. Pokemon Fans Helpless in India as Nintendo Keeps Away - NDTV Gadgets
  6. Cartoon Network to kick off 'Pokemon - Master Quest' in Tamil & Telugu - Indian Television
  7. 7.0 7.1 Cartoon Network to host 'Toonami: Game On, Video Gaming Championship'; re-freshed Toonami block starts 6 November - Indian Televison
  8. Prasad Barve's return to Pokémon anime
  9. 9.0 9.1 Cartoon Network to join 'Barbie' and 'Pokémon' on Children's Day - Indian Television
  10. Pokémon the Movie: I Choose You - PVR Cinemas
  11. Dubbing a success story - Indian Television
  12. Karthik, singing sensation of South India, lends his voice to Pokemon's title track on Cartoon Network - Afaqs
  13. Pirates make a killing out of Pokemon craze - Indian Television
  14. Shh... it's Pokemon time - The Hindu Business Line
  15. Pokemon BW Movie Version《电影版:神奇宝贝-超级愿望》 - Toysaffair.com
  16. Happy Meal Toy - McDonald's India - Facebook
  17. Modi, Kejriwal pichkarais flood markets - Nyooz.com
  18. Modi-Obama kites to dot the Jaipur skyline - Times of India
  19. Pokemon Contest Entry Terms - Hungama TV (archived)
  20. Pokémon Products - Funskool India (archived)


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