Pokémon in South Asia

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Pokémon in South Asia
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Flags of Bhutan, Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal.
Language Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, English
Continent Asia
Original anime airdates
EP001 April 1, 2003
AG001 May 9, 2006
DP001 November 9, 2009
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.

Pokémon anime

The Pokémon anime is available in most south Asian countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Country Channels aired
Afghanistan Cartoon Network Pakistan
Bhutan Cartoon Network India
Sri Lanka

Original series

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.

Year Season(s) of Pokémon Original series aired
2003 Pokémon: Indigo League
2003 - 2004 Pokémon: The Adventures in the Orange Islands
2004 Pokémon: The Johto Journeys
2004 - 2005 Pokémon: Johto League Champions
2005 Pokémon: Master Quest

Advanced Generation

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.

Year Season(s) of Pokémon Advanced Generation series aired
2006 Pokémon: Advanced
2006 - 2007 Pokémon: Advanced Challenge
2008 Pokémon: Advanced Battle
2008 - 2009 Pokémon: Battle Frontier

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[1] 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.

Year Season(s) of Pokémon Diamond & Pearl series aired
2009 - 2010 Pokémon: Diamond & Pearl
2010 Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Battle Dimension
2011 Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Galactic Battles
Pokémon Diamond & Pearl: Sinnoh League Victors *
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Pokémon movies

Year Movie(s)/special(s) aired*
2006 Mewtwo Returns
2009 Pokémon Chronicles
Lucario and the Mystery of Mew
Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea *
2010 Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea *
2011 The Rise of Darkrai
Giratina and the Sky Warrior *
Arceus and the Jewel of Life *

Pokémon merchandise

English-translated Pokémon manga is distributed in India by Chuang Yi.


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