This is going to be a long one as I used to be a fan of both and still am a fan of the digimon franchise (though not the eng dub cartoons)
Originally Posted by person A on other site:
I actually prefer the Japanese intros to the digimon series, with the exception of the first two each series has had its own theme tune, however during its translation it was decided that it would be too confusing for the kids they wre re-marketing it at and the cheesey one that both we and US fans came to either love or loathe was used instead.
Originally Posted by Person B on other site:
^ This. Not so much the first two seasons but from the third onwards Digimon set out to attempt to grow the franchise with its original audience, the results of which were mixed.
While Digimon became more gritty and took character depth to a new level Pokemon continued to plough away at its usual cheerful and monotonous sandbox pace which in the end proved more popular with new younger audiences.
I think the fact that Digmon and Monster Rancher came after Pokemon didnt help. Neither did the fact that pokemon was and still is everywhere you look in terms of advertising
While Pokemon continued in its international popularity Digmon was left behind, the attempt to retain its original fanbase alienated potential new younger fans.
Pokemon was already well estabished as a game franchise when Digimon finally got on the scene but the crators of the digimon game decieed to stay in keeping with the original theme from the digital monsters keychain toys which made the first game a disaster in comparison.
I still hold the view now that the pokemon game franchise is little more than a free ticket for Nintendo to print money as each time its popularity starts to trail off they throw in another 100 badly named, crudely designed monsters ans sucker every pokefag into parting with money for whats essentially th same game as red and blue with a few new sprites and a new map thrown in.
In regards to the card games Pokemon was very simple to play & established its self in the market quickly with expansion packs. Digimon however started with collectible cards instead of game cards, only jumping on the game card band wagon after seeing the success of pokemon. The downfall of the digimon card game was that it was much more complicated than the pokemon one with various effects cards modifying the gameplay in so many ways that it was hard to keep track. In the end it ran for less than two years before Wizards of the coast who printed the english and french translations decided it was a lost cause.
Going further into the translation woes;
When digimon was translated the company responsible made the decision to aim it at the lowest denominator in terms of IQ, assuming that the majority of japanese names would be completely unintelligible to the average western child many of them were changed, as were the genders and names of some of the monsters. An example of which being Suzie's Lopmon which in the Japanese version is actually male.
Monster Rancher was even slower out of the gates and the series flopped for ratings, only runing 3 times before being shelved until it was repeated again some years later. While the games were fairly interesting it already had two more sucessful franchises to compete with and although the ingenious idea of using other game discs to import Monsters was unique it didnt make up for the lack of publicity or popularity of the tv show.
I would say that this conversation could easily be extended into the realms of the Card captors / Yu-gi-oh/ Duel Monsters franchises as well.
What is interesting is that despite the lack of popularity and the lacklustre quality of both franchises after such a long runing period, both are still going strong in Japan (series and movies) and both are still being redubbed for the US market despite the termination of the English Digimon cards.