5 comments on “Pokemon vs. Digimon: more proof that Pokemon came first

  1. I had always assumed Pokemon came first, but these documents are really amazing to see. Plus, the way I see it is that Pokemon is the better game series, while Digimon had the better anime (seasons 1 and 2). Loved reading this!

  2. I am interested in digimon vs pokemon topic and this really heated argument, but one thing that everyone is for whatever reason ignoring, all facts state that pokemon did come before digimon, but how can you forget the english language so much (or that your teacher didn’t teach you anything, which then, blame your stupid grade 1 english teacher) that you don’t realize that pokemon coming before digimon doesn’t mean digimon copied pokemon, pokemon just came out a year or so before digimon and they share the same genre, that’s it. You even counter-stated yourself, the basic elements, monster to monster battle, pokeball, the map of the kanto region, like really nigga? Read over what you stated, you did so much research on pokemon and digimon copyright dates, and only the pokemon’s original ideas, that you have no clue what digimon even is, monster to monster battle is the only out of the 3 you stated that are actually shared between the 2 games, and potentially digimon copied, but that aside, pokeball and map of kanto…I don’t need to go into details about that to say that that was just simply stupid. Here are some ideas that you have to take in when you make your next pokemon vs digimon proofs. You have only currently stated the “end product” of the first appearance, what about the 2’s development stages, or the creators before the development began? Also the first point that i pointed out, pokemon did come out before digimon as all facts lead, but that doesn’t at all mean digimon copied pokemon, have you gotten any information to where or how digimon copied pokemon? From your statement that you thought the early concept of the map and pokeballs digimon copied, it appears as if you have not yet gotten to any information regarding that, i do recommend you doing that as the digimon content is as rich as pokemon, it is way deeper than what most only-pokemon fans think.

    TL;DR: As all facts lead, pokemon coming before digimon is true, but it does not mean digimon copied pokemon, and also author messed up his statement, thinking digimon had a similar concept to pokeballs and the map of kanto.

    • Hello Li Yang a,

      The purpose of this article wasn’t to say that Digimon stole from Pokemon, but to say that Pokemon’s creative elements go way back before the release of Pokemon itself, and by extension, the first copyright of Digimon. The examples of pokeballs and the map of Kanto was intended to demonstrate the connection between Game Freak’s Pokemon and Game Freak’s idea of Capsule Monsters, which conceptually existed as far back as 1990, as the available evidence shows.

      There are Digimon fans that insist that Pokemon stole its basic concept from Digimon. If these fans weren’t doing this, we likely wouldn’t be talking about this. But they are, which is why I’ve presented a counter argument showing that the main creative elements in Pokemon date back at least seven years before Digimon was first copyrighted. Consider what it would take to steal an idea that wouldn’t come along until the better part of a decade later. Stuff like time machines, teams of espers, and alien supercomputers come to mind. It seems safer to apply Occam’s razor and assume that Satoshi Tajiri and a few of his friends actually developed the idea for Pokemon themselves. After all, if a person has those kinds of resources, why not use them to seek out winning lottery tickets?

      If I wanted to make the case that Digimon stole ideas from Pokemon, I’d probably make an article pointing out the many similarities between the two. However, that would take quite a while, and as of this writing, I don’t feel up for that. At this point, I find it satisfying having defended one of my favorite games from a false charge of plagiarism.

      • Maybe i just didn’t see those comments containing the debates, but it does seem to me a really stupid thing to debate about pokemon stealing its basic conecepts from digimon, I was going say this in the previous post, and I will say it now, other than the fact that the 2 games share the same genre, of monster fighting, the 2 games most likely stood independent from one another. Otherwise, yeah, your facts are true, I shall support.

        You know, it is true that pokemon has a way bigger fan base, and people say that pokemon is more targeted towards children, that having an article stating the difference between the 2 is neccessary. Maybe I was just brought up to the topic differently (death battle), but I see a lot of just one-sentence comments of “digimon just copied pokemon”, “POKEMON IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN POKEMON BECAUSE IT CAME FIRST”, maybe they are children without a brain or something, but I think they really need to be held down to their place, maybe they just read an article about pokemon came before digimon and taken it as pokemon was the first of all and digimon just copied. I hope you see my point here.

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