I never played any Digimon games. The Pokemon games were quite amazing back when they came out, however these days I just think it's laughably how little they changed and improved. So don't have a real preference there. I mean I'm actually offended by how little these Pokemon editions change.
As far as TV series goes. Digimon by far.
First of all Pokemon is simply a terrible series. Even as a kid I only really enjoyed it at the beginning. Just because you're young you cannot help overlook the amount of stupidity and repetition in that show. No, Team Rocket saying and doing the same shit basically every episode for... I don't even know how many episodes there are by now, there's nothing good or fun about it. It's just bad. On top of that there is no progression in that show. Ash is basically just always the same Ash and barely ever changes. Same for the other characters. Zero character development. On top of that it's stupid. The fact that Ash doesn't evolve his Pokemon and constantly gives away his best ones is just so irritating.
And then Digimon season 1 and 2 are actually great. You have fantastic music (unless you have the American (or also e.g. Swedish) soundtrack, which is basically a shame in comparison to the amazing original Japanese soundtrack), fun characters with lots and lots of character development as well as an actually somewhat interesting story and progression. The setting was quite interesting and thanks god, Digimon can actually talk. Also some of the Digitations are badass. In fact, in Pokemon there's nothing even close to resembling something as awesome as the Venommyotismon battle.
In short, Digimon is a TV series I'd actually show my future children.
To clarify, I don't think much of Digimon after the first two seasons, in fact season 2 is already much worse than season 1 imo.
In regards to American vs Original Soundtrack, as an example the Season 2 intro.
Going from thisto this- you got to be kidding me. I know, I grew up with the original soundtrack (localized into German, which sounds even better because the guys who did the music localization in Germany are pretty darn good) so it isn't entirely fair. But still, they whole way this TV series feels must be quite different when you get generic garbage like the American intro in comparison to actually beautiful tracks.
I remember watching season 3 of Digimon as a kid and kinda getting my mind blown that the Digimon show (season 1 and 2) was an actual tv show in their world. Then things happened that were very anime in terms of dramatics and theme, but at the time I didn't even know what anime was. The show went on and it ended with me wondering how this could be a show for kids. For people who want to know the show ends...with all the digimon getting killled/sacrificed in order to save the real world. The real bitch is that the adults tricked the kids into setting that scenario into motion because they wouldn't have done it had they known the outcome. EDIT: I remember them dying, but it turns out they would have died had they stayed in the real world. They all get sent back with no possibility of returning.
Now that I think back it might have been my first real anime if you don't count catching the occasional episode of Sailor Moon.
I was a Digimon kid when it came to TV shows; didn't play either of the games much. Actually, I never even owned a Pokemon game, I played some from friends and thought they were really boring and repetitive.
Both were stupid.
I don't remember either of them too much, and I know they were for kids, but any show that can take the word "digivolve" (WTF!?) halfway seriously is really stupid. Doesn't stop me from saying that the Digimon show was better because it had a storyline and growing characters instead of "adventure of the week" episodes for how many years now?
Both were stupid.
Well yeh, but you're bound to find stupidity in shows like this, no matter what really.
Still I'd say Digimon is kinda the perfect series for kids, it actually teaches a lot of values (friendship and all that good stuff) while also being really cool.
Digimon! Digital monsters. Digimon are the champions!
God, the opening to season one was dumb. I want to say Digimon, but there are just too many of them. From the one game I played(DS game) there is way too much grinding and I basically needed a guide to see where my evolutions would go. The overall game wasn't great either.
Digimon 24/7. The japanese version of "Our War Game" is a genuine 5 star movie in my book. The cartoons were surprisingly awesome and contained some pretty deep themes and moments, which Pokemon never quite got to that level. I mean, sure, Pokemon has the video games, but Digimon holds that special place in my heart.
I loved it at the time, but even for a kid's show the digimon dub is probably one of the worst I've ever seen.
Digimon wins for me. Even the fanfiction like Adventure 02 is better than most episodes of pokemon, and the first digimon world game is amazing!
Uh, Pokemon. The Digimon show was absolutely confusing and no where near as entertaining as Pokemon. I felt like I could be Ash when I was a kid. Not to mention the style of monsters in Pokemon spoke to my personality more than Digimon, which felt to me like a monster version of hotwheels.
I agree with the whole Pokemon for games, Digimon for anime thing being said here. A lot of my friends would disagree entirely, however I suspect they haven't actually watched Pokemon since they were kids because my goodness, it is completely fucking awful in many respects, especially the movies.