Pokémon in Israel

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Pokémon in Israel
Pokemon logo Hebrew.png
Israel Flag.png
Flag of Israel
Language Hebrew
Continent Asia
Original anime airdates
EP001 1999
AG001
DP001 2009
BW001 Never aired
XY001 September 4, 2016
SM001 September 13, 2017

The Pokémon franchise first reached Israel in late 1999, with the first broadcast of אש בוחר את הפוקימון שלו on the Israeli Children Channel.

While all characters, Pokémon, and locations have kept their English names in the Hebrew dub, some objects, moves, and Abilities in the franchise received Hebrew-sounding names.

The word Pokémon is written as פוקימון in Hebrew alphabet. In Hebrew, unlike English, a plural form, פוקימונים (Pokémonim) is often used. A female form, פוקימונית (Pokémonit) has also been heard in the anime. Since there is no neutral grammatical gender in Hebrew, Pokémon are always referred to as either male or female, but mostly male.

Pokémon games

Because there is no official Nintendo distributor in Israel, Nintendo games are rarely found in Israel. Although, some stores import them from other European countries in English, and they are available around the European launch day, and sometimes earlier.

Pokémon anime

The Children Channel's logo

The Pokémon anime is dubbed in Israel by אולפני נ.ל.ס. The first ten seasons of the series were broadcast on ערוץ הילדים, beginning in 1999 with the airing of the first episode.

On May 4, 2009, the anime was moved Jetix Israel, starting with the eleventh season. On September 9, 2009, Jetix transitioned into Disney Channel Israel and continued to broadcast the eleventh season along with the twelfth season. While the thirteenth season was entirely dubbed, it never released to the public for unknown reasons. After the broadcast of the twelfth season ended, the Hebrew dub went on hiatus, making many Israeli fans upset.

Due to the popularity of Pokémon GO in Israel, Arutz Hayeladim reran the first two seasons from July 3, 2016 to August 31, 2016, with the original Hebrew dub. On September 4, 2016, Arutz Hayeladim started to broadcast the XY series, titled XY :פוקימון - הסדרה, followed by the eighteenth season and the nineteenth season. Since September 13, 2017, Arutz Hayeladim is airing פוקימון - הסדרה: שמש וירח.

In Israel, the anime is also available on Netflix, available in English and Hebrew dubs.

Pokémon movies

Mewtwo Strikes Back debuted on Israeli cinemas in May 2000, scoring the biggest movie opening ever in the country.

The last movie to be dubbed in Hebrew and played in theaters was Pokémon 4Ever - Celebi: The Voice of the Forest. Pokémon Heroes: Latios & Latias, Jirachi: Wish Maker, and Destiny Deoxys were broadcasted in other channels such as the Yes satellite channel Yes 5 in English with Hebrew subtitles. In late 2010, Arceus and the Jewel of Life was broadcast on Disney Channel Israel with Hebrew dub. I Choose You! was the most recent movie to be aired on Arutz Hayeladim on July 1, 2018.

Detective Pikachu will be screened on Israeli cinemas in May 2019, titled פוקימון - הבלש פיקאצ'ו.

Cast and crew

During the first ten seasons of the anime, the series dub was directed by Yafa Gabay, a longtime voice actress who also voiced several minor characters in Pokémon. Starting in 2009, Sharon Borgauker became the director of the dub. Borgauker also dubbed several minor characters, including Conway.

The first five theme songs were performed by singer Uzi Fox, the owner of N.L.S Studios and the producer of the Hebrew dub. Uzi Fox also voiced minor characters on Pokémon, including Professor Birch.

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