Digimon And Pokémon have been compared for decades. While it’s quite fair to say that Pokémon won that particular competition for the attention of fans by remaining hugely popular to this day while Digimon has mostly sunk into oblivion. After all, Digimon are actually better companions than Pokémon – and Pikachu himself proves why.
In the first episode of the classic ’90s Pokémon anime, Ash is given Pikachu as his starter Pokémon although Pikachu tends to be a bit more difficult to train than other starter Pokémon (and this one in particular). . As Ash goes on a quest to become the world’s best Pokémon trainer, Pikachu barely raises a finger to help him. Pikachu refuses to fight wild Pokémon with Ash to develop his personal Pokédex, he refuses to enter his Pokéball when they travel, and in general he doesn’t seem to like Ash very much when they first start. Although Pikachu and Ash will grow close over time, those early days of distrust and disregard for that boundary nearly got them both killed after bumping into the wrong type of wild Pokémon – which has never been an issue. theme in Digimon.
In Digimon Adventure volume 1 (written by Satoru Nishizono, directed by Hiroyuki Kakudo), Tai and the group are transported to the Digital World, and they immediately meet their own Digimon. Each Digimon knows their human name and is immediately excited to help them in their quest to find their home. Not only that, these Digimon regularly risk their lives to help their people. In fact, they benefit from doing so, as that extra emotional push is exactly what Digimon needs (at least initially) to Digivolve into a more powerful version of themselves– even if it’s only for a short period of time.
Essentially, Digimon is the complete opposite of Pikachu in the first episode of Pokémon. Pikachu is cold, aloof and quite hates Ash. As a result, Pikachu is hospitalized in the second volume of the series, and Ash is nearly killed by a bunch of angry Spearows. Not only is Digimon extremely happy to be with their people in the first place, but it also wastes no time helping them out. Pikachu didn’t care about Ash’s desire to capture wild Pokémon, and he did nothing to help him, which is a far cry from what Digimon were prepared to do for their companions.
All in all, it’s not a competition, Digimon are immediately happy to help their people while Pokémon can easily choose to hate their trainer as well as they can choose to help them – something for a Beginner coaches like Ash, aren’t that great. Given this, it can be said that (at least at first) Digimon better Pokémonand Pikachu proves why.