Could Another Anime Be Popular Like Pokemon?

Published March 11, 2016 by Shay Taree

As I’m sure everyone knows Pokemon has just announced a new Pokemon game titled sun and moon. Many people me included is very excited about the new game. 

  
But now because of that it got me thinking if another anime could become popular or stand the test of time like Pokemon has. I know that many have tried like for example Digimon 

  
but to me it just didn’t have the staying power like Pokemon did. Nor did it seem to span so many different types or merchandise like Pokemon did.

Now before many of you start to mention Dragon Ball Z as an anime that is quite popular and has stayed popular that is true. 

  
But Dragon Ball Z while staying popular I haven’t seen a huge uproar when new products are released like I seem to hear with Pokemon. 

Dragon Ball Z to me has more of a nostalgic aspect to it then Pokemon does. Maybe it’s because Pokemon is still on TV and airs during a nice little time slot compared to other anime’s. 

So back to the question! Do you think another anime could be popular like Pokemon and my answer is probably not since any anime that comes out similar to it will be compared to Pokemon. It would have to take a great anime and game combo to be able to de-throne Pokemon. 

But what do you all think? Comment down below with your opinions. I can’t wait to read them!

~Anime Reviewer Girl!

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21 comments on “Could Another Anime Be Popular Like Pokemon?

  • I don’t think that will happen anytime soon. Pokemon is way too popular to be upstaged by another anime now. And I’m not just saying that because I’m a huge Poke-fan myself. Digimon tried though, and Yu-gi-oh and DBZ are still popular, just not as much.

  • Yes, I don’t think that any anime will ever reach Pokemon’s level. I’d argue that DBZ is the closest along with Sailor Moon at third, but there’s a reason why no show can top those 3. Those 3 aired back in the days before the internet was huge and it was a time where families would just turn the TV on every night or on Saturday mornings. Pokemon actually got prime time slots at one point and was always featured on Saturday mornings. It got so popular that a lot of people still don’t realize that it’s an anime. It has the benefit of being a huge title that just about everyone and their parents have seen so the fanbase grows larger and larger. I feel like there’s no opportunity for a new show to repeat this because now we can just stream shows all of the time and there are so many options that everyone is watching different titles. Even the shows that get popular nowadays like Attack on Titan or Sword Art Online don’t even reach a fraction of the people that Pokemon grabbed. I think this era just prevents an anime from becoming such a sensation. If the internet suddenly went out and people went back to just turning on the TV for a nice family evening with few other options, then we could see some kind of comeback, but since there’s basically no chance of that, Pokemon reigns supreme!

      • True, but it would have to be a really major network. I remember back when I was a kid, everyone would watch Pokemon. My parents, siblings, cousins, etc, everyone would watch it because it was on in the mornings as well as Prime Time. I do miss those pre-internet days to an extent, although I love the current variety a lot as well.

        Now, if you mean overtake Pokemon currently as opposed to in its prime, that would certainly be a little easier since Pokemon’s been waning quite a bit. Mostly I’d say that it’s well known thanks to the last generation as opposed to the current one. In that case, I could definitely see it being overtaken within the next 20-30 years as nostalgia will go for shows like Attack on Titan rather than Pokemon. That show’s definitely become pretty mainstream. (One Punch Man too, but not quite as widespread)

  • Pokemon has been around too long, and is somehow still doing episodes today. It’s not going away anytime soon. Plus the main games always do amazing, even outselling Super Mario. At this point in time, I don’t think it’s possible for another anime to rise up and meet the challenge.

  • I say Pokemon still has some good years in it. I can see that the new series Yokai Watch trying to reach it to its level but I think Pokemon will always be in top. To some people, Pokemon is part of our childhood. It is still alive and bringing us everything it has.

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