Pokémon in Greece

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Pokémon in Greece
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Flag of Greece
Languages Greek
Continent Europe
Original anime airdates
EP001 1999
AG001 2004
DP001 2009
BW001 2012

The Pokémon series first reached Greece in 1999 with the debut of the anime, followed by the release of Pokémon Red and Blue Versions. Many Pokémon media have since then appeared, including games, the anime, and several books, like Pokémon Adventures. The fanbase is composed of both old and new fans. Pokémon is written in Greek script as Πόκεμον, with an official adapted logo having been used for TV and print commercials in the past.

Pokémon video games

The Pokémon video games are distributed on their European set release dates by Nortec, the official Nintendo representative in Greece. All Pokémon games released in Europe have been released, all of them in their English format. Most include English and Greek translated manuals, and most recently bilingual packaging. Pokémon events distribution is arranged by Nortec and handled by the toy retailer Jumbo, with other stores also having been part of it in areas. Among Pokémon events done in Greece are those of Mew for Pokémon Red, Blue, and Yellow, Celebi for Pokémon Gold, Silver, and Crystal and Arceus for Pokémon Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, as well as the AuroraTicket for Pokémon FireRed and LeafGreen.

Pokémon anime

The Pokémon anime in Greece is broadcasted on Star Channel, and most recently on Disney XD. It currently follows the Black & White series. Several Pokémon movies and shorts are also commonly broadcasted during holiday seasons of Christmas, Easter and Summer. Episodes of the series have been made available in VHS and DVD formats, with Ethnos (Έθνος), a newspaper, coming with free DVDs of the series every Saturday during 2007.

Pokémon movies

The first three Pokémon movies has been brought in Greek cinemas, with Pokémon the First Movie premiering in April 21, 2000. After over six years of hiatus, Jirachi: Wish Maker released in DVD format, in 2006. Pokémon 4Ever, Pokémon Heroes and Destiny Deoxys, followed shortly after, one after another. The initial two movies were also re-released in that time. Pokémon movies are often broadcasted on television. Also Arceus and the Jewel of life was screened on Star channel. Most recently, Zoroark: Master of Illusions broadcasted on the Greek Disney XD, dubbed in the Greek language.

Cast and crew

The lead role of Ash Ketchum is dubbed by Voula Kosta (Βούλα Κώστα). Michaela Antoniou (Μιχαέλα Αντωνίου) gave her voice to several main female characters, including Misty, Jessie, Officer Jenny, and Nurse Joy. James is dubbed by Fotis Petridis (Φώτης Πετρίδης), while Meowth and Brock are both voiced by Haris Grigoropoulos (Χάρης Γρηγορόπουλος). Loukas Frangoulis (Λουκάς Φραγκούλης) joined the main cast as Tracey Sketchit. May and Dawn are both dubbed by Stella Bonatsou (Στέλλα Μπονάτσου). Giorgos Mataragkas (Γιώργος Ματαράγκας) joined the cast as Trip in Best Wishes.

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The second book of Pokémon Περιπέτειες in Greek

Pokémon merchandise

Several different types of Pokémon merchandise has been available in Greece over the years, including toys and an Official Pokémon Magazine.

Pokémon manga

The first 15 chapters of Pokémon Adventures (Greek: Pokémon Περιπέτειες) were translated into Greek by Modern Times, a publisher. Translation was done by Andreas Kolokythas (Ανδρέας Κολοκύθας). The fifteen chapters were published over five books, and started releasing in 2000, with the first book titled Pokémon Adventures: The Best Trainer (Greek: Pokémon Περιπέτειες: Ο Καλύτερος Εκπαιδευτής).

Pokémon Trading Card Game

Pokémon Trading Card Game is being distributed in its English format by Kaissa Games, starting with the Base Set.

External Links

Legendary Pokémon, Pokémon fansite with a Greek counterpart

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