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Pokémon, abbreviated from the Japanese title of Pocket Monsters and currently advertised in English as Pokémon: The Series, is a Japanese anime television series, which has been adapted for the international television markets.


I'll admit it, Sword Art Online may be extremely overrated, but it is in no way as overrated as the Pokemon anime. Sure, both get too much love and too much hate, but what makes me think Pokemon is more overrated than Sword Art Online are those stupid nostalgic fans! First of all, what makes people think Sword Art Online is overrated is due to it failing to meet their expectations or it being too overhyped. On the other hand, Pokemon is just simply disgustingly adored by pure nostalgia and it being a childhood favorite, blinding them to repeat the same old garbage about Pokemon being the very best above all anime. If anything, just play the games! The games are good, but the anime? Let's just say I dropped it after I got tired of XY and decided to look for better anime to watch! The older seasons were better, but Pokemon is just becoming stale now! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I am so glad this is above Sword Art Online and Attack on Titan. You wanna know why? Because at least with Kirito and Eren, they manage to accomplish more than what Ash did in his entire show! Kirito survived SAO, saved Asuna, and solved the Death Gun murder case. Eren managed to take back a little bit of territory from the Titans by sealing the hole in Wall Rose with a boulder and took out 20 Titans in his first transformation. But Ash, he never won one single Pokemon League! It's just gonna be the same thing every season until the writers learn to stop making Ash a total loser.

This anime series is still running to this day, yet it had nothing going for it to begin with. Ash wasn't a strong Pokemon trainer to begin with, and can be considered the complete opposite of Red from the first Pokemon games. What makes this series so tedious is it's terrible fillers with the whole "let's help out some stranger who's now our friend! " or the "Team Rocket is here to steal your Pikach- TEAM ROCKET'S BLASTING OFF AGAIN! " whole ordeal. To sum it all up, Pokemon is downright terrible yet still praised to this day because who doesn't love Pikachu, right?

This needs to beat Dragon Ball Z. Yes, I actually hate DBZ with a burning passion, but this anime suffers from the same exact problems. Every episode follows one of a few patterns: help out random stranger and defeat Team Rocket, gym battle, training for a gym battle, random side quest, you get the point. Also, Ash is probably a demon humanoid or something because he's been 10 for THE PAST DECADE! Some battles are pretty good but those are few and far between considering all the generic ones (Pikachu, I choose you! Gotta wreck 'em all! ). The story is literally nonexistent, I used to only watch gym battles (usually the best battle scenes) on Youtube or some other source but now I stopped watching it altogether. And I wasn't born for the original season so I am not blinded by the nostalgia goggles. Come at me, fanboys. I welcome the flames.

It's the Phineas and Ferb of anime! I can guarantee you that every season of the Pokemon anime is guaranteed to have filler episodes that are just boring, recycled, rehashed, cliched, and awfully repetitive. At least a huge majority of anime on this list (not counting Boku no Pico, since that is perhaps the worst anime in existence and is just downright child porn) at least have a plot that doesn't repeat itself over and over again! Man, I don't like the new Pokemon seasons! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I would rather watch Sword Art Online (and actually love it more) than this over-700 filler episode. If people say Kirito is bland (how is that used to describe someone who actually tries to protect those he loves? ), Ash is even more bland and annoying. Ash cannot even get stronger because he always just has to help someone and turns down the chance to catch strong Pokemon. This should be number 1.

I think Pokemon is why Toonami is now on Adult Swim. It probably got tired of airing it and would rather show more mature anime for mature audiences. Besides, when you're a teenager, you have to start switching to more mature anime like Attack on Titan or Sword Art Online. Hey, they may not be the best and they may be overrated, but Pokemon is trash compared to those anime series.

You don't "have to" do anything. I watch both pokemon and adult animes. - HeavyDonkeyKong

First of all Pokemon is for children! It was never meant to be on the same platform as anime's like death note. It was someone we grew up with no one said "Pokemon is the best anime ever" I mean it may have the greatest theme song ever created but I don't think Pokemon was intended for an older audience it was made to get more kids to play the games.

Yeah, and grownups actually still watch the show! This show deserves to be at the top of this list! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Bring this to number 1, people! Because the die-hard Pokemon fans say this on every TheTopTens List they go to:
"Pokemon is the best! Pokemon is the best! Pokemon is the best! Pokemon is the best! Pokemon is the best! Pokemon is the best! Digimon sucks! Pokemon is the best! Pokemon is the best! Pokemon is the best! Pokemon is the best! Pokemon is the best! ". Shut up! Do those guys EVEN WATCH ANIME?!

An anime with recycled, episodic plots and characters who receive little to no character focus and go nowhere...this "anime" should definitely be number 1.

The old Pokémon was good, but after a few seasons, it just started getting repetitive. The Diamond Pearl crap or whatever the hell it is that they have now is sheer stupidity. I've never even considered this anime! - Elric-san

Just stick to the actually good games. Not this overrated show. I used to and still like the older seasons, but the newer ones are just no. Please, just cancel this or change it up or something. Watching paint dry is 1000x more entertaining than any of the new stuff from the show. At least the games were always good. - PageEmperor

Oh my goodness. This anime is horrible and totally overrated. Every episode is very predictable. Basically, every episode is "Ash is the best Pokemon trainer ever! " Every character is so annoying. The English dub is horrible, as well!

Pokemon is a show meant for kids, yet even grown ups give it praise as well. I can think of a lot anime that are better than Pokemon and are still a positive influence on children. Not to mention Pokemon basically just has Ash lose every Pokemon League despite hard training.

Ugh, why do people prefer an anime where the protagonist is always gonna lose the Pokemon League despite his potential? - ModernSpongeBobSucks

Obviously, there's a lot of comments here talking smack about Pokemon, so this proves Pokemon is THE MOST OVERRATED ANIME OF ALL TIME! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

I used to watch this all the time when I was little, but now I'm not that into it anymore. I just don't find it that interesting anymore.

I used to too, but then I realized how much the show actually sucks. - GentleTrouter

In Sword Art Online, at least Kirito, Asuna, and the other characters age. In Pokemon, Ash never aged and doesn't seem to at all! Not only does he not age, but he never matures. He was more mature back then, but now he's just a Pokemon Loser.

I feel like this show is only still going because it's just one big commercial for the games, enough said. - PerfectImpulseX

One question: Why does Ash start off weak again at the beginning of each new season? Shouldn't he have retained his experience from previous seasons?

All of anime is overrated by its fans... TRUST me, there are no popular anime is an underrated anime, this list is a lie, there are few underrated and a hella great ones but those are not even IN THIS LIST (Cowboy Bepop is awesome though). However, at least Naruto ends satisfyingly and at least dragon ball ends on z (i won't count Z or Super, lol they made the franchise awkward and not satisfying), Pokemon is the most overrated one in this list that is currently ongoing for around 6 seasons from the 90s and that's not counting its movies or specials. Pokémon anime only relies on heavyweight levels of nostalgia with no character development whatsoever, their comedy is a bore, their storyline is pandering, Ash Ketchum is not interesting, nor is the other secondary characters. As the only characters I may found interesting are Misty, Brock, May and Drew (their relationship is kinda cute) from the ENTIRE SHOW. Team rocket flung to the air is recycled a LOT of time. (Might talk about the ...more - Zkid8

God this show is so awful, the plot sucks, the characters are annoying with little to no personality, the animation sucks, the songs suck, the voice acting sucks, and everything else about it sucks too!

An anime that's just a marketing tool with no plot or continuity...how is this not number 1?

This is the Simpsons of anime considering it had aired for so long and the characters never age. - Skullkid755

Kirito and Eren don't even have to know how to play Pokemon and they would still beat Ash in a Pokemon battle even if Ash traveled to five regions and is on his sixth!