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Watched this a while ago when I was a child. I think it was on Netflix at the time, but am not certain. I remember the main plot of the series was about a boy who draws a picture of a wolf/tiger mix, and then gets sucked into an alternate world. There, they have these runes, gems, or some sort of stone to summon monsters to fight. I also remember there being a desert episode where they run out of water. I think they try to get the most powerful runes from some sort of guardians perhaps? It was along the lines of "monster", "mon" or something. It has been driving me crazy trying to find it!

Was probably in the 2009 to 2012 era if I had to guess. Definitely not Monster Rancher, as the wolf looks way different. I remember they had to fight the main antagonist to gain the runes/stones, and I also remember that one of the later episodes was when they went into one of the runes to find the last Guardian. That is about all I can remember.

The protagonist had a grandfather who was relevant to some extent, but I cannot remember what.

Another thing I remember were these cloud whale things that would fly around, and one of the guardian monsters being a giant bat I believe.

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    When were you "a child" and watched this? We have a checklist of items at scifi.stackexchange.com/tags/story-identification/info. Can you edit answers to those into your question? Like, was it live-action? Anime? Western cartoon? – FuzzyBoots Jul 13 '19 at 4:05
  • This seems a bit like Monster Rancher, with "Tiger" being a somewhat more wolflike mon. – FuzzyBoots Jul 13 '19 at 4:12
  • It was an animated cartoon. – FMM-firrkids Jul 13 '19 at 4:35
  • Casting from runes sounds a bout like *Di-Gata Defenders*(en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Di-Gata_Defenders), and the timing is about right, but it doesn't match the drawing or the alternate worlds. – FuzzyBoots Jul 13 '19 at 18:33
  • I remember this show as well. I remember there being an episode near the beginning where they were all in a Scandinavian looking area in a boat floating down the river with his monster, wolf-like pal going to a floating chained rock-like thing to do some kind of trial. There was also a girl character who accompanied the main character throughout the show. I remember it begin particularly long as well. There was also an episode in it called "Eye of the Storm" where they were trapped in the ocean inside of the eye of a large storm on a rocky island. – Lorenz Dec 5 '19 at 17:08
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Is it possible you were watching Yu-Gi-Oh! Capsule Monsters?

Yugi Muto (romanized as Yugi Mutou in the English-language manga) wakes up after having a strange recurring nightmares about the Pharaoh being captured by an evil monster with glowing red eyes and telling him that why he is having these dreams will become clear when he "plays the game". This time, the Millennium Puzzle starts glowing in response to the dream, bewildering Yugi even further.

Before leaving for school that day, Yugi noticed that his grandfather, Solomon Muto (Sugoroku Mutou in the Japanese versions and English-language manga), had not returned from his "secret expedition" (Yugi was told at the last minute) as his flight was due last night. Yugi is worried about the fact that Solomon is missing.

Meanwhile, there is a new game on the block; the Capsule Monsters board game is the new fad in the Duel Monsters craze, and Yugi has already taken the opportunity to learn the rules of the game. When Joey Wheeler (Jonouchi Katsuya) breaks the news about the trip, Yugi and his friends could not contain their excitement. Yugi, Tristan Taylor (Hiroto Honda), and Téa Gardner (Anzu Mazaki) agree to take Joey's other three tickets.

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They find themselves in a forest, with Joey nowhere to be seen. Yugi notices a lot of egg-shaped rocks around, but before they can investigate, some giant cockroaches (Gokibore, a monster from the Volume 6 expansion set) and a giant praying mantis (Kamakiriman, from Volume 3) ambush them. The escapes of Yugi, Tristan, and Téa causes them to have to split up.

Yugi is cornered by the mantis, so the Pharaoh takes over to protect him. He accidentally touches one of the strange egg-shaped rocks whilst jumping, which somehow causes Celtic Guardian to appear. Celtic Guardian attacks the mantis, destroying it.

There is a desert episode, "Eye of the Storm":

They arrive in a desert and find a village, where they are given a pendant and the instructions for the first trial: "Silence the whisper that rides the desert wind". While Solomon stays a safe distance from everyone else, they call forth their monsters and destroy a Medusa Worm, which they initially believed to be the enemy. However, it turns out to be one of many Medusa Worms under the voice's control. Everyone but the Pharaoh is spat on by a worm and is turning to stone. Dark Magician takes the Pharaoh above the storm and the voice sent to confuse them to show him a tornado causing it. The Pharaoh calls Dark Magician back to his capsule and proceeds on foot to reach the voice. However, he isn't strong enough to reach the tornado. He then sees a man wearing a cape and mask, telling him to merge with the Dark Magician to gain the strength needed to pass the trial. Doing so, the Pharaoh becomes the Dark Warrior and flies into the tornado to find the voice is Mystical Sand. Silencing her, the Pharaoh clears the trial and reverses the Medusa Worms' petrification on his friends. The armor takes a toll on the Pharaoh as he is not used to it yet. Yugi takes his place to relieve some of the pain and tells of the man he saw explaining how to use the armor. One of the five shapes on the pendant lights up to signify the victory over this trial, and a doorway comes out of the sand.

Found with a search for anime "on netflix" summon monsters grandfather

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  • If this is the one, you can accept it by clicking on the checkmark by the voting buttons. – FuzzyBoots Jul 13 '19 at 5:09
  • Still no. The very beginning of the show, fist episode, is along the lines of the protaginist meeting the creature he drew in reality, battling with it, meeting up with his friends, and then going to a library. In the desert episode, I remember them finding a small bug and capturing it, and then using in later episodes. Sorry if I am not being helpful, the details are verrrrry hazy. – FMM-firrkids Jul 13 '19 at 12:58
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So I just found a similar question: netflix-2009-2012-animated-tv-show-about-a-guy-who-uses-runes-to-summon-creature. The question sounds pretty similar, and the answer that is provided is Magi-Nation (2007). The answer on that page goes into much more detail.

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Kaijudo - was looking for it also. They all wear a glove and pull the monsters through portals, of its the same thing I'm thinking of.

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    Could you edit this to give a bit more information about why you think this is what the OP is looking for? – TheLethalCarrot Mar 2 at 13:16
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Kaijudo is likely the cartoon you're looking for.

Main child characters of *Kaijudo*

Borrowing from Adam's answer, since I feel like adding all of the details would be a bit disruptive of an edit. Adam can feel free to grab some or all of this answer.

Our hero is fourteen year-old Raiden 'Ray' Pierce-Okamoto, who, along with his mom and grandpa, has just moved into a new apartment. Somewhat introspective and often bullied for his mixed heritage, he often longs for something more, as if he knows there's another whole world out there. This leads him to be on the "dreamy" side.

On his way home from school with his best friends, Allison 'Allie' Underhill and Gabriel 'Gabe' Wallace, his encounter with some bullies leads him to summon forth a Rumbling Terrasuar like the one he sketched the previous night from out of nowhere just by calling its name that he didn't even know. One thing leads to another, and the group ends up meeting a mysterious young man named Hector Chavez who then proceeds to rescue them by taking them on a short trip to the dangerous Kaiju Realm. This, of course, leads to the kids being shocked and upset when they get out. Chavez decides that the best way to explain would be to invite the kids to where he works, The Temple of the Kaijudo Duel Masters, of which he is one of those Masters.

Here's a clip that shows him summoning the Rumbling Terrasuar from his drawing:

And, in case that link goes bad, here's the opening sequence:

Dupe of Cartoon TV Show About Three Kids and Monsters and a "veil" between realms among others.

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It was magi-nation I also have been looking for it and when I looked it up I recognized it immediately the characters and I initially just recognized the magi part and when I initially looked it up I found the anime not the show

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    Could you edit this to better explain how it matches the description given in the question? – TheLethalCarrot Jun 21 at 20:52

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