For the most part, the Pokemon The anime (movies included) is a faithful rendition of the many games on which it is based. That being said, the two versions of becoming the greatest of all time have some fundamental differences.
Some things in Pokémon games can only work on GameBoy or Nintendo Switch and are almost impossible to reinterpret through animated storytelling. Some of these are for the better, while other omissions leave unintentionally amusing implications about the Pokemon world.
10 Ash is not assaulted after losing a battle
An incentive for players not to lose a Pokémon fight is that if they are defeated, the chosen trainer usually passes out and wakes up to find that some of their money is missing. The implication here is simple: the opposing coach knocked out the player and had his money stolen.
Fortunately, this doesn’t happen to Ash or anyone else in the anime. At worst, Ash’s confidence hits rock bottom as Team Rocket’s main comedic trio (Jesse, James, and Meowth) take off hilariously again after a resounding defeat.
9 Ash doesn’t get Master Balls
Master Balls are one of the most useful classic support items of all Pokemon as they can literally catch any wild Pokémon without fail. To get one, players can save a lot of money and buy one, or they can get one as a reward after completing an impossible task. Either way, it’s a benefit worth working hard for.
Meanwhile in the anime, Ash never uses a Master Ball, he doesn’t even get one. That’s not to say that the anime never features a Master Ball, but all it got were glorified cameos. In some early episodes, Master Ball is used as a base for Misty’s beach ball and background billboards. It was used once in Pokémon: Ruby and Sapphire but by a secondary character and not Ash.
8 Pokémon can die in the anime
As kid friendly as it is, Pokemon anime is not afraid to enter emotionally heavy territory, often bordering on death. Both the trainer and the Pokémon have died in the anime, like Lucario sacrificing himself in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew (on), Luxray freezes to death in I choose youand Stoutland dying of old age in the Sun and moon anime.
Meanwhile, in games, death is practically non-existent. If a Pokémon loses a battle and suffers fatal injuries from the fight, it does not die. Instead, they remain unconscious until they are revived at the local Pokémon Center, effectively granting immortality. Some Pokémon died in the backstories of certain trainers, but the mechanics of the game make the death more upsetting than a tragedy.
7 Time jumps and alternate universes are absent in the anime
Believe it or not, the Pokemon The anime that started in 1997 is still going strong. To date, the anime has more than 1,000 episodes, not counting more than a dozen movies and specials. Ash and Pikachu have been on the same adventure they’ve been on since the ’90s, and their journeys still have no end in sight (above).
While anime benefits from a unique and long-running narrative, the games operate on a looser and episodic chronology. Aside from each game following a different main trainer and story, all Generation VI and later games (that is, starting with Pokémon X & Y) are implicit in taking place in an alternate universe or on a timeline.
6 Anime Ignores Legendary Pokemon Limit
Multiple legendary and mythical Pokémon such as Lugia or Zacian never exist in the same timeline or realm in games. This is because each is usually the selling point of a Pokemon title, with one or more trios (eg Legendary Birds, Legendary Titans, etc.) appearing exclusively per game.
On the other hand, the anime features all the legendary and mythical beasts in the same chronology. Ash encounters one or more per season, and some even reappear throughout the seasons, confirming that they live in the same reality. Another interesting difference is that these Pokémon can breed (for example, Lugia has babies) while they cannot compete in games.
5 MissingNo. And other glitches do not appear in the anime
One of the unique things about Pokemon games is its glitch Pokémon, specifically MissingNo. The name of the default tag “Missing Number”, MissingNo. It has several shapes, the most famous being a mass of pixels that move in and out of reality. In time, MissingNo. It went from a bizarre bug to one of the most beloved bugs in gaming history.
Anime obviously can’t have happy accidents like MissingNo. At best, Pokemon like Gengar or Mimikyu live up to MissingNo’s status as an urban legend, but the famous glitch was never animated or even mentioned. However, this didn’t stop fans from making a fanart that featured Ash facing supernatural horror.
4 Porygon was never buried in the games
After the controversial episode “Electric Soldier Porygon” caused a health scare in Japan by triggering seizures among children, Nintendo effectively erased the virtual Pokémon from existence. While Porygon basically disappeared from the animated story, this was not his fate when it came to all other facets of the story. Pokemon franchises, such as games, toys, and trading cards.
Porygon remained one of the 150 classic Pokémon in the game lineups, popping up occasionally and otherwise on the sequel charts, just like everyone in Generation I. Porygon even got evolutions in Porygon2 and Porygon-Z , which were never shown or even mentioned in the anime.
3 Villain teams other than Team Rocket don’t get much attention
The anime’s Team Rocket is more of a hassle than anything else, but to credit where it is due, they have the most staying power of any team of villains. Unlike games where the evil team changes by input, the anime Team Rocket is a constant. At best, groups like Team Magma or Team Plasma (top left) are the seasonal antagonist of an anime before it returns to Team Rocket again.
Factions like Cipher or Team Yell have yet to make an animated appearance. The most egregious absence is that of the deadly Team Rainbow Rocket (above right), who only comes after Team Rocket disbands after their initial defeat, something they never do in the anime.
two Many of the characters remain exclusive to the game
Due to the large number of characters in Pokemon games, it is simply impossible to include them in the anime. Some of these include Sword and shield Gloria star (left), Black White her rival Hugh (center) and Fuchsia gym leader Janine (Koga’s daughter and successor, right). The biggest difference is, of course, Ash Ketchum.
Ash is based on the original trainer Red, but is otherwise a totally original character. By focusing solely on Ash, the anime never features the other star trainers. At best, coaches like Diamond and pearl Sunrise or Ruby and sapphire They can become secondary characters. Ash is the face of the franchise even if, ironically, he appeared in only one game: the N64. Pokémon Puzzle League.
1 Changing the birth name of your rival is impossible
One of the dumbest things players can do at first Pokemon the games changed the name of his rival. Officially, “Rival” had a name (the most famous is Gary Oak, aka Blue), but this can be changed to an inside joke or something hilariously crude. Unfortunately, this system was dropped from later generations, where the role of the rival was usually filled by the coach that the player does not use.
For obvious reasons, the anime does not bother with this and instead sticks to the official names of the rival characters that are shown in the companion materials. Like the games, Gary Oak remains Ash’s most recognized rival coach. Fortunately for Gary, his grandfather, Prof. Oak, never forgets his name, forcing him to ask Ash (aka the player) for suggestions.
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