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Digimon: a Pokémon copycat?
Note: OK, OK! People have been bugging me about Digimon being released
first! Well, I wrote this article before I knew that, and it's staying here,
but there's no need to write any more letters about Pokémon coming out second
in Japan. Also, Pokémon and Digimon both have their first copyright in 1995.
Is Digimon a Pokémon copycat?
When I first heard of Digimon, that's what I thought. Pokémon was the Anime that
started me off, and I was absolutely addicted to it. Digimon? It was another "mon",
and it was full of kids with cute little monster partners in a world of not-so-cute,
not-so-little monsters. It sounded familiar. I didn't even bother to watch it.
What was the point? Pokémon was so much better. (At the time, Pokémon was the
only TV show I watched. Literally. Except for the news, of course.) That was
when they had little motion-card things of Pokémon in chip packets. (I hated
Pokémon before I started collecting those...)
Then, suddenly, I found that they weren't distributing Pokémon things anymore.
It was Digimon. Resignedly, because my friends kept giving them to me, I started
collecting the Digi-FX, as they were called. After a while, they stopped including
Digi-FX and started on pop-out plastic Digimon things. Then they stopped Digimon
altogether and started on DBZ (GROSS!), but it was too late. I was hooked.
So, is Digimon really that similar to Pokémon? Well, both are set in imaginary
worlds, featuring kids with monster partners, but that's really the only thing
that's the same. In Pokémon, the goal is to get all the badges and be the best
trainer, whereas in Digimon the Digidestined are trying to save the world. Anyone
can be a Pokémon trainer, but being a Digidestined is only for a select few.
Both Digimon and Pokémon can evolve, but Digimon can devolve, while a Pokémon
has to stay evolved. Don't forget that Pokémon have, at most, three evolution
stages, while all Digimon have six. Then there's language: Pokémon can only talk
Pokémon language (pika! pi pi pikachu!), while Digimon talk human.
So, the final verdict? Digimon is not a Pokémon copycat. If you want to see a
Pokémon clone, watch Medabots. That has elements of Digimon too, but it's very
funny. Go ahead, give it a go.
|If anything Pokémon would be the copycat of Digimon. Digimon
came out in the early 90s as "nano pet" like things that
battled, while the earliest Pokémon things (in the U.S.) came with
Pokémon Red and Blue in 1995 (when they started working on it anyway).
So Pokémon copied Digimon.
|from Yusuke www.mazecastle.net
|Actually, Digimon was out before Pokémon in Japan and America
just got Pokémon second.
|I agree with Yusuke. In Japan, Digimon came first. I'm not sure
if there's a manga for Pokémon or not, but I know there is definitely
one for Digimon. There's also the fact of the first movie that
explains the "bombing" that was talked about a little
in the series. That movie came before the pokemon series. Pokémon
and Digimon share nothing in common, and if anything, Pokémon copied
some of the factors of Digimon.
|from Kimmer www.digitalshrine.cjb.net
|Editor's Note: Yes, there are several volumes of Pokémon
|I really didn't like Pokémon or Digimon when I was younger. I
didn't even like talking about "Pokéman" and "Digi*beep*".
Me and my friend were the only people who didn't like it so I started
watching Poké*beep* which [words expressing extreme dislike] and
then one day I started watching this cartoon which I watched for
a month and didn't know the name. Then someone told me. Then I
was like, "This show really kicks ass" and when I started
watching it Digimon was almost ending the 2nd season and I learnt
about everything that occurred in Digimon since the very first
episode in season 1. From that point on, I had everything Digimon
ever sold and I literally have two Digivices for every season and
now I can beat anyone at any Digi-card tournament 24/7 and I know
everything there is to know about Digimon from season 1 to season
5. If you didn't know, season 5 is the threequel to season 2. Oops,
was that supposed to be a secret? Ciao! (means goodbye in Italian)
|Editor's Note: This statement about season 5 is, at
the moment, only a rumour.
|Digimon rules. Pokémon sucks. End of story.
|I too thought that Digimon was just a copy of Pokémon. Little
did I realize it was much better than Pokémon. I immediately fell
in love with the show. Does anyone know for sure if season 4 is
the prequel to season 1?
|Editor's Response: Season 4 is actually a new series,
Frontier. I believe you're talking about season 5. At the moment,
there is no official information on season 5 - there may not
even be a fifth season. Rest assured that we will have information
as soon as it is released.
|I both love Pokemon and Digimon and I think that lots of kids
do too. Both the Pokemon and Digimon movies are very sugoi. Yes,
maybe Digimon was a little late but, hey, it's as popular as Pokemon!
|from Pan http://devoted.to/panny
|I will also have to say that when I first heard of Digimon I
thought it was a Pokemon copy, but look at the facts, Digimon came
out before Pokemon did, Digimon speak English (and Japanese :D)
and Pokemon don't. However some people do believe that Digimon
and Pokemon are just used as a market-war to gain ratings (ie.
Toei Animation vs. TV Tokyo or FOX Kids vs. Cartoon Network). --
|from DARKside338 http://www.thelastfrontier.cjb.net/
|I think that pokemon is a good show but i like digimon way better
its just got more importance to me and definatly more meaning!
i wish and hope and hope and wish desperately that the makers of
digimon change their minds and make a 5th season i mean the ending
just screams it ! but with pokemon its just not like that and also
one of the best parts of pokemon isn't in the episode it's the
ending with the pokemon jukebox and all that stuff! anything with
digimon in it would beat a show like that.
|from digifan08 :D
|Digimon is NOT a Pokemon copycat! They are definitly differen't
in many ways. For one thing the Digimon's names all end in mon,unlike
the pokemon. Another thing is there are two seperate worlds in
Digimon. Also you can have many pokemon in the pokemon show but
you only get one digimon. When the pokemon evolve they can't change
back unlike the Digimon. Also you catch pokemon and your main divice
is a pokeball unlike a digivice the Digidestines use. I could go
|Digimon is copyrighted 1995~1998. It first started out as a virtual
pet (a.k.a tamagotchi) in Japan, the first virtual pet to battle
in tamagotchi history. DigiMon was sent to America around 1997,
the same year Pokemon was created. Pokemon was made into a show
while Digimon was being made into a manga. (The manga started out
with Tai and his digimon called Zeromaru the veedramon)Around the
year 1998, Digimon was created into a T.V series in Japan, bringing
in new characters such as Sora, Matt, Joe, Mimi, etc. Digimon failed
to be a hit in Japan and in America, Poke fans felt that it was
nothing but a copy of Pokemon. And the story goes on and on, but
what's my point? Digimon came first so there's no way Digimon could
have copied Pokemon.....unless.......*x files song*.
|from ghina www.sweetaslime.cjb.net
|Editor's Response: After checking my Pokémon files
(ie. walking into my bedroom and picking up one of the boosters
that are everywhere), I've confirmed my suspicion: Pokémon's
first copyright is also 1995.
|I also thought that pokemon was a root for digimon but in the
middle of season 2 i learned pokemon was a Digi-clone.Also non
roumurs says that season 5 will air with another set of digivices
to boot:)!!!!!! mrmoney hat $$$$$$$$$:)
|actualy in Japenese coping a idea for a cartoon, comic, book,etc.
was showing respect to people befor them so ether way both could
win. But Digimon did come into being first because when i was 5
or something I remember having the first digivice and my whole
family fought with them forever i remember having a digimon that
looked like an angemon and that it looked very much like a brick.
Well peice out!
|from Caleb Kitchen
|I must admit i wasn't to thrilled about Digimon the first goround.
To be honest I only wacthed it while i was passing the T.V. set
while i was doing chores. Wasen't till about...(Thinks) Season
2 i began to enjoy it a little. I HATED Pokemon like i hated lairs.
I still can't believe they thought of somthing like that.
|I have talked to programmers at many stations and at digimon
art stations and i have found out there will be a fifth season
although they say a sixth is unlikely;however i have no idea what
the season has but i heard it will contain many flashbacks? or
flashforwards? of season one and two.
|Editor's Response: Thanks for notifying PW. I'm unsure
of the truth of this (after all, Digimon is made by Toei) but
I will investigate ^^.
|I totally got into digimon in 3rd grade with my friends when
the first season was out. I loved the first season with Tai,Matt
and the rest of the gang,but when Tai's sister and T.K grew up
in season 2 I didn't quite like it the same,and then I didn't like
the season that came after that when everyone got a digimon,I thought
it was falling from the first season. But now I watch it again
with the one wiht the red ruby where the kids spirit digivolve.
|Well I have to say it was my best friend who intruduced me to
Digimon! (AT that time I stopped liking Pokemon.) When I heard
the name I thought it was exactly like Pokemon but then I saw it
I was like, "Wow! I gotta start watching this more!" So
I started watching it for 2 years then I stopped and after 3 longs
years I'm back on! =^_^= kitty kitty! Later!
|from Yami Kokoro www.fanfiction.net/~yamikokoro
|I don't think anyone really needs to go this far. I mean, flames
ahoy, but I believe the creator of pokeymanseseses did have a few
ideas for it a while before it came out, so it is possible that
digimon came second. I doubt it matters one way or another, though,
eh? They're separate properties. Most people have a down on both,
holding that they're kids' shows, but as has been said, the release
was later is the west and people use that excuse. meh.
|Well when it was being advertised i watched monster rancher and
didnt know that it was monster rancher and i thought it was digimon
but the digimon came on and i was relieved i had not joined the
series in the middle.
and I were searching through your site, ( finally, something useful!) when
we read that Digimon was copyrighted in 1995, but when you think
Poke'mon was first made a game before a anime, so that means the
would have to plan for the Poke'mon franchise in the late eightys
due to the
large scale of planning.
|Editor's Response: Copyright automatically extends
to intellectual property, so it's likely that the concepts came
into being around the same time. ^_^
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