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Japan Picks Their Most Popular Pokemon In Election And It Isn’t Pikachu

by Dean James


The Pokemon franchise is still going strong as it celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2016. Pokemon Sun & Moon are set to arrive later this year with plenty of new Pokemon, but before that, the Pokemon Company has been holding a Japanese exclusive voting contest to see who the most popular Pokemon in Japan is and we now have that answer.

We told you about this “Pokemon General Election” awhile back that was being held to pick the most popular Pokemon in Japan, with that winner set to be distributed ahead of the release of the upcoming movie Volcanion and the Ingenious Magearna.

At the time of the previous voting release, we had some surprising results and most of that has remained with the final tallies that have now been released. With the poll concluded, it has been announced that Greninja has been voted as the most popular Pokemon in Japan.

Coming behind Greninja are Arceus, Mew, Pikachu, Sylveon, Genesect, Rayquaza, Zygarde, Charizard, and Meleotta rounding out the top 10. Mewtwo just missed the cut at #11 as well, which is quite surprising. While these are the top Pokemon, poor Simisear received the least amount of votes, coming in at #720.

This list is pretty legitimate as the voting was done in-stores in Japan so as to avoid spamming through online bots and such, so it is crazy that Pikachu fell outside of the top three.

What do you think of the list? Who would have been your top ranked ones? Make sure to let us know in the comments below.

- This article was updated on:March 8th, 2018

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