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The Video Games

  • Dueling Games: Monster Rancher was formally accepted as one of Sony's counters to Nintendo's Pokémon, even going so far as to include PlayStation references in the animated series. However, it stopped being a PlayStation-exclusive series with the release of Monster Rancher Advance for Game Boy Advance.
  • No Export for You:
    • The original Monster Rancher never came out in PAL regions.
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    • The first Nintendo DS game was never released outside Japan.
    • Monster Farm Online, the MMORPG. Even if you go through the trouble of signing up for a Japanese account, you can't play it because it blocks all foreign IPs.
    • Monster Farm POP 1, 2, and Monster Farm Travel were never released outside Japan.
    • The Nintendo Switch port of the original Monster Rancher is Japan-only.
  • Sequel First:
    • The original Monster Rancher never came out in PAL regions—instead, its sequel, Monster Rancher 2, came out first with the number dropped. This caused certain aspects of the anime and the spinoff games to become cases of Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros."—the Dino species were MR1 only.
    • Similarly, the original DS game never came out in English. English-speaking markets got DS 2 instead, with the similarly-dropped number.
  • Technology Marches On: One of the most well-known features of the early games is their ability to accept CDs, DVDs, and game disks to create monsters. Then the first game got an Updated Re-release to platforms that don't use disks whatsoever. The solution? An online "CD Database" that allows you to look up CDs (including modern releases!) and Nintendo Switch games via a search engine and produce monsters with the results.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: Monster Rancher Metropolis, a well-known site for MR data and gameplay tips, got several things wrong that snowballed into rumors only debunked in 2018.
    • The Fairy Hare was said to have a boosted Speed stat due to a glitch in early versions of the game, but it actually had a boosted Guts regeneration.
    • The requirements to get a Beaclon, while strict, aren't as bad as many thought, and there is no random element if you do everything right.
    • Mocchis do not have a hidden luck stat.

The Anime

  • Actor Allusion: Captain Black Dino is voiced by Scott McNeil in the dub, who famously voiced another dino in an earlier role.
  • Breakaway Pop Hit: The third Japanese OP, "Close to Your Heart," became a hit single.
  • Dueling Shows: To Digimon and Pokémon back in 1999.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: For years only the first season was released on VHS, and all the DVDs are out of print. Eventually averted when Hulu began to stream the entire anime. Later, Discotek would rescue the entire series.
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  • Missing Episode: The episodes "Tiger's Battle with Destiny" and "The Battle with the Big Bad Four" only aired once, and were taken out of syndicated airings until the series was released on DVD.
  • Network to the Rescue: The syndicated BKN broadcasted the anime early weekday mornings, and only reran (repeatedly) the first season. Fox Kids not only ran the first season on its Saturday morning line-up, but also broadcasted the second season. Unfortunately, they only ran the second season in full once.
    • Then, out of nowhere in 2002, it was quietly picked up by Kids WB, but only for its weekday block. Regardless, it only aired episodes of the first two seasons.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Genki Sakura's voice actor changed from Saffron Henderson to Andrew Francis. The reason for this is the former's wedding, which took place sometime in January or February 2001, conflicted with her voice acting commitments.
    • Golem's voice actor changed midway through season 2 from Richard Newman to Doc Harris.
    • Monol was voiced by David Kaye in the first season before being replaced by Brian Drummond in the next two seasons.
    • On the Japanese side of things, Tsutomu Kashiwakura replaced Kaneto Shiozawa as Gali during season 3 after the latter passed away between appearances.
  • Post-Script Season: The third season was produced after it was Un-Canceled. And after the shock of the second season's ending, the third season was... a jarring shift, to say the least.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Hare's voice is the same one Samuel Vincent uses for Double D.
  • Screwed by the Network: The first season was rerun into the ground, and the second season was only aired in full once, with two episodes swiftly being removed from rotation afterward: "Tiger's Battle with Destiny" and "Battle with the Big Bad Four": the final confrontations with Gray Wolf and Naga. The third season was dubbed but never aired in the US.
  • Talking to Himself: Besides Genki Sakura, Saffron Henderson also voices Pixie. The said characters had a conversation in episode 10.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Genki is playing his game on a Playstation 1 expy. In the dub, Genki taunts a robot by claiming "I heard your mother was the Y2K Bug!".


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