Pokémon in Italy

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Pokémon in Italy
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Flag of Italy
Language Italian
Continent Europe
Original anime airdates
EP001 January 7, 2000
AG001 March 24\25, 2004
DP001 September 17\18, 2007
BW001 February 13, 2011

The Pokémon franchise first reached Italy on January 7, 2000, with the first broadcast of L'inizio di una grande avventura in Italian on Italia 1.

Pokémon anime

Italia 1 logo
On January 7th, 2000, Italia 1 (Italia Uno), a commercial Italian TV channel owned by Mediaset, started airing the Pokémon anime from Mondays to Fridays every afternoon, around 5 P.M. The series that year was successful in Italy and it was also broadcast at prime time on Saturdays. From the fourth season on, however, Pokémon lost more and more Italian fans. On Christmas 2001 it was even suspended for one year, possibly for dub problems, and when in the end of 2002 it started again, its popularity was even lower.

In 2003, Pokémon: Master Quest began around 4 P.M. With this fifth series, Italia 1 chose to divide the episodes into two halves for the premiere, creating, in this way, two 10-minutes episodes broadcast from Monday through Friday. However, when the episodes were re-aired, they were transmitted fully. Nevertheless, Pokémon started being broadcast later and later (Pokémon: Advanced at 4:30 P.M., Pokémon: Advanced Challenge at 5 P.M.) until the eighth season started to be broadcast at 6 P.M., always for ten minutes on February 2006. After a few months, Pokémon was moved to Saturdays and Sundays, imitating the TV schedule of Kids' WB!. The main problem facing this was that Italian children attend school on Saturdays. Due to this choice, some Italian Pokémon sites chose to make together a petition against Italia 1. Perhaps because of this petition or maybe due to the lower audience, Pokémon returned in the afternoon at 5:15 P.M.

With the beginning of Pokémon Chronicles, however, the show was broadcast once again in the weekend, although later in the morning. The same happened for Pokémon: Battle Frontier, which was not only was transmitted in the weekends, but also for 10 minutes only. In Summer 2007, Pokémon landed every morning at 8:30 A.M. In September 2007, Italia 1 decided on give another chance to the show and, exploiting the success of Pokémon Diamond and Pearl, Pokémon came back in the afternoon with the new series, Pokémon: Diamante e Perla. The first episodes were successful, similar to the ones of the first seasons, but after a few episodes the success decreased, and so in January 2008 "Diamante e Perla" went back to the weekend.

Boing and Hiro
Like most rerunning cartoon series and movies coming from Italia 1, the Pokémon anime has also been aired by Boing and Hiro, two Italian digital television channels, broadcast via DTT technology, owned by Mediaset.

In 2009, Walt Disney Company's channel, Jetix, obtained the rights for broadcasting the eleventh season. The Pokémon anime from Battle Dimension onward is also broadcasted by "K2", a syndication channel.

June 22 2011, Italy will surpass United States in the transmission of the episodes of Pokémon: Black and White

Pokémon movies

Twelve Pokémon movies of the original series have been released in Italy so far. On February 28, March 6 and 13 2004, the first three movies were supposed to be broadcast, for the first time on TV, on Italy 1 in prime time. However, due to the low audience, only the first two movies aired. One year later, finally, the third one was broadcast, this time on Sunday afternoon. Fratello dallo spazio was aired for the first time on Boing in July 2010, the ninth was aired on Hiro in January 2009, while every other movie have been aired at the annual Pokémon Day and on Disney XD. Only the first five movies and the thirteenth one were released on DVD.

The sixth movie was released only with the Alice On Demand Web TV system, so almost anyone saw it.


For more information, see Category:Italian songs.

Traditionally, Mediaset, since its origins, has always created openings for cartoons and anime, some independent from the Japanese and North American opening themes. For Pokémon, nine themes have been made (for the first ten seasons and for Pokémon Chronicles). For Pokémon: Advanced & Pokémon: Advanced Challenge, and for Pokémon: Advanced Battle & Pokémon: Battle Frontier, the same opening themes have been used. This makes Italy one of only three known countries outside of Japan and the United States to create original music for the Pokémon anime, the other two being China and Korea.

Although the Italian dub has its own music, a Italian-language translation of the Pokémon 2.B.A. Master soundtrack was also released, entitled Pokémon: Le Canzoni Autentiche Della Serie TV, including the first Italian opening as a bonus track.

Cast and crew

The main role of Ash Ketchum is dubbed by Davide Garbolino. Other minor roles Garbolino had on Pokémon include Jared. Misty, the second main character in the series, has been dubbed by Alessandra Karpoff, who also dubbed Lilian Meridian, J, and Cynthia.

Brock's role was taken by Nicola Bartolini Carrassi (also known as Nicola Ryan Carrassi; born August 1, 1971 in La Spezia), the man who brought Pokémon to Italy. He is also a journalist, scriptwriter, anime expert and anchor. He has been chosen by Warner Bros, 4Kids, Pokémon INC., Nintendo Games Freak and Buena Vista in order to become the Italian voice of Brock and for this he has been rewarded as the best European voice of Brock. Nicola left the cast after two seasons, and starting the Johto saga, the role was taken by Luca Bottale.

The Team Rocket trio of Jessie, James, and Meowth is has been voiced by Emanuela Pacotto, Simone D’Andrea, and Giuseppe Calvetti (also known as Beppe Calvetti) respectively. Starting with AG041, the role of Meowth was passed to Pietro Ubaldi.

May, who is named Vera in Italy, was dubbed by Serena Clerici, who also voiced Janina. May's brother Max was dubbed by Federica Valenti, who also voiced Casey and Melody.

The newest main character, Dawn, is called Lucinda in Italy. Her voice actress is Tosawi Piovani, who was also the voice of Casey and Marina.

Other notable voice actors in the Italian dub include Riccardo Rovatti as Professor Oak, Paolo Sesana as Gary Oak (although he was initially voiced by Nicola Bartolini Carrassi in EP001), Patrizio Prata as Tracey Sketchit, Marcella Silvestri and Monica Bonetto as Officer Jenny, Sonia Mazza and Laura Brambilla as Nurse Joy, and Massimo Di Benedetto as Paul and Drew.

Airing schedule

The Pokémon schedule as of June 3th, 2011, is:

Channel Time Day Series
Disney XD 5:40 PM Monday Pokémon: Black and White New episode
Tuesday Pokémon: Black and White New episode
Wednesday Pokémon: Black and White New episode
Thursday Pokémon: Black and White New episode
Friday Pokémon: Black and White New episode
Saturday Pokémon: Black and White New episode
Sunday Pokémon: Black and White New episode
K-2 6:10 PM Monday 2 episodes of Pokémon: Black and White
Tuesday 2 episodes of Pokémon: Black and White
Wednesday 2 episodes of Pokémon: Black and White
Thursday 2 episodes of Pokémon: Black and White
Friday 2 episodes of Pokémon: Black and White
Saturday 2 episodes of Pokémon: Black and White
Sunday 2 episodes of Pokémon: Black and White
Hiro 3:50 PM Monday Pokémon: Johto League Champions
Tuesday Pokémon: Johto League Champions
Wednesday Pokémon: Johto League Champions
Thursday Pokémon: Johto League Champions
Friday Pokémon: Johto League Champions
Saturday Pokémon: Johto League Champions
Sunday Pokémon: Johto League Champions

Pokémon merchandise

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Cover artwork for volume one of Pokémon

Pokémon Advanced Action Cards were available in Italy in the early 2000s.

Pokémon manga

Italy is one of only three countries outside of Japan to publish a translation of the Pokémon Get da ze! manga series. It is published by Play Press Publishing under the title Pokémon.

There is also an Italian version of Magical Pokémon Journey.


  • Although Italy is one of the only three countries other than Japan and the United States that has original opening themes, it is also one of the few Western European countries that does not have original names for any Pokémon.
  • Pokémon Day has been celebrated in Italy every year since 2005.

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