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|| May 9, 2006
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November 16, 2009
The Pokémon franchise (Devnagari:पोकेमोन Pokémon, Urdu: پوکيمون Pokémon) made its debut in the Indian subcontinent in 2003, with the first broadcast of Pokémon - I Choose You!, in both English as well as in Hindi dub on Cartoon Network India. The respective channel hosted the show for eight years straight (2003-2011) and aired the initial eleven seasons. However, the anime has been shifted to Pogo from March, 2011 in India.
The Pokémon anime is available in most south Asian countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Pokémon: Indigo League premiered on Cartoon Network India on April 1, 2003 and concluded in the same year. Initially, the show began airing on the Toonami block, available in both Hindi and English dub. During its peak, it became one of the highly rated show on the respective channel.
Following the first season of the anime, Pokémon: The Adventures in the Orange Islands made its Indian debut in late 2003. With The Rivalry Revival, it concluded in mid-2004.
After almost a year of reruns, Cartoon Network aired the new episodes of the anime with its third season, Pokémon: The Johto Journeys.
Affiliated with Cartoon Network India, a separate Cartoon Network feed was launched for its Pakistani viewers in 2004, which is also available in Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Due to mutual affiliation, both channels were in sync in airing the anime. After a few months, Cartoon Network India began to air Pokémon in two additional dub languages, Tamil and Telugu along with the premiere of second last season of the Original series, Pokémon: Johto League Champions.
In mid-2005, Cartoon Network wrapped up Pokémon: Master Quest thus concluding the Original series of the Pokémon anime.
The first season of Pokémon Advanced Generation series was aired in 2006 on both channels at the same time. AG001 debuted on May 9, 2006 on Cartoon Network India as well as on Cartoon Network Pakistan. Pokémon: Advanced was available in two different languages (English and Hindi) on Cartoon Network Pakistan and it was available in four different languages (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and English) on Cartoon Network India.
The first season of the Advanced Generation series ended in July 2006, resulting in repeats airing on both Cartoon Network channels. After four months, both Cartoon Network channels began to air new episodes of Pokémon and through this Pokémon: Advanced Challenge debuted on November 6, 2006 as well as trailers of the seventh season appearing in Indian theaters. The seventh season ended in mid-January 2007. After the seventh season, Cartoon Network Pakistan and Cartoon Network India took a long break of almost one full year and only aired repeat episodes of Pokémon. Finally, in early 2008, Cartoon Network began to air the eighth season of Pokémon and the third season of Advanced Generation series, Pokémon: Advanced Battle. This series lasted until about halfway through the year.
Four months later, Cartoon Network aired the final season of the Advanced Generation series. Pokémon: Battle Frontier debuted in the month of November in 2008. Initially, it only aired on Cartoon Network India, but began to air on Cartoon Network Pakistan two weeks after its Indian debut.
After the completion of the Advanced Generation series, both Cartoon Network channels began the repeat telecast of old Pokémon episodes. These reruns lasted for ten months and ended with the debut of Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl.
Diamond & Pearl
The first season of the Diamond & Pearl series first aired in Pakistan on November 9, 2009 and in India on November 16, 2009. It was supposed to end on January 18, 2010 on Cartoon Network Pakistan but they ended the entire season within 35 days by skipping almost 23 episodes, from O'er the Rampardos We Watched! to A Stand-Up Sit-Down! due to unknown reasons. However, this problem was fixed in the re-runs of the season.
In early 2011, the anime switched to Pogo, a sister channel of Cartoon Network in India, which also aired the Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Galactic Battles in April. Even though the anime switched to another channel in India, Cartoon Network Pakistan continued to air the show which led to the premiere of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Galactic Battles on August 1. The finale of the twelfth season is scheduled to premiere on October 11, 2011 and the repeats of the same season will take over the anime slot from the following day.
The last season of Diamond & Pearl series and thirteenth season overall, Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors premiered on October 3, 2011 in India. During its airing, Pogo skipped 2 episodes instead of following the actual production order, from The Fleeing Tower Of Sunnyshore! and Teaching the Student Teacher!, due to some unknown reasons. While its Pakistani premiere is yet to be announced.
English-translated Pokémon manga is distributed in India by Chuang Yi.