I'm just curious as to why some people adamantly like Digimon over Pokemon. I'm a Pokemon fan, and a few days ago I got curious enough about Digimon to watch the first episode. And I apologize to all the Digimon fans out there, but Digimon in every aspect just seems to be a rip-off of Pokemon.
For one thing, it came out a couple of years after Pokemon, and it's almost entirely the same concept, which leads me to believe that Digimon just jumped on Pokemon's bandwagon.
Except not only did Digimon jump on the bandwagon, they took the idea and made it worse in my opinion. First of all, for whatever reason they felt that whenever anything even remotely important happened, they had to show a reaction shot of every single character. And when you have like 14 main characters, that got very old very fast. Also, the dialogue was even cheesier and more predictable than that of the early Pokemon episodes. Plus, Digimon's opening theme seemed to just be an electronic voice repeating the same two meaningfully-shallow sentences over and over, which also got boring very quickly.
The only thing that Digimon has going for it is the fact that Digimon can talk. And that just seems like something they used deliberately to put themselves above Pokemon. "Hey, their creatures can't talk? Well ours can!". And even then, Pokemon do talk. They just talk in a more subtle manner than perfectly fluent human speech (with the exception of a few cases like Mewtwo-- which only serves to make the talking experience seem that much more valuable).
I'm sure that the series must get better as it progresses, but it definitely did not make a good first impression. I am genuinely curious as to why anyone likes Digimon over Pokemon, so... thoughts?