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Old September 29th, 2012, 10:47 PM
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It seems to be that they are evolving Pokemon to maintain its current base and trying to lure a younger base but problem is the younger base is equipped to handle the complexities they the Pokeverse.

The younger generation is into Spongebob. Tho its been on almost same time as Pokemon they keep it dumbed for the under 10 crowd.

They are doin the same for TMNT (Ninja Turtles for those who dk). Early stuff was kid great, 2000s were awesome for current gen. Now its gonna be with kid gloves. Its all goin down hill. :\
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Old September 30th, 2012, 05:38 PM
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I really don't think it's nearly as popular with the kids now as it was when it first launched. If anything, more teenagers and adults are watching it than kids are. I think some changes in the anime need to take place, as Pokemon's audience is gradually growing up, and the anime may need to be a bit more mature to keep fans watching.
Old October 17th, 2012, 03:13 PM
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I honestly don't think it's AS popular as it were when I was a kid, which is understandable. The audience, like in most shows grew with the show and have stuck by it and although the anime still get new viewers, it wasn't nearly as popular as before. My nephews who are between the ages 5 and 13 really don't care much for Pokemon but are really obsessed with the game. I think it's a lot more popular in gaming than anything else.
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I think the Pokemon anime is still pretty big in Japan, but not at all in America. Given how they converted to a fan dub in like 2006 and how they're airing episodes in a bad timeslot, they don't have much chance to be big again. It's all because they HAD to save money, since the anime isn't profitable here anymore. Since such instances have not happened in Japan as of yet, I can only presume that Japanese youngsters are still enjoying the show, even if they are almost old enough to be the children of the children that watched the early episodes fifteen years ago.

It probably is declining overall, but that's not due to Japan. They're still cranking them out. Elsewhere... I think the entire series is losing a lot of steam, and it's unfortunate.
Old October 17th, 2012, 08:48 PM
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About a year ago I met a kid about 4 or 5 years old who was playing Pokemon Black. He seemed as interested in the games as I was. Though I'm sure if he watched the anime. So I think the show still gets a young audience, though the number has definitely decreased. Most people who watch it now are teen or my around my age cause it's something that they grew up with.

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Old October 17th, 2012, 09:55 PM
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Considering that at it's peak about 80% (example) of kids / teens in America were all tuning into watch Pokemon when it aired, it's definitely not nearly as big as it was, since that number is probably closer to 30% now. A good number of kids still watch it, but it's not given the same hype anymore. It might also have to do with the fact that it's in between generations right now. The generation of kids that were of age to watch it when it was big - not all of us are the point of having children yet, so we're not able to introduce them to it. While the general public now days is more likely to go "What's Pokemon?", to a lot of people it's just old news. Most of the kids I'm around at all these days, they like Pokemon only because they have older siblings that showed them what it was. It's not as easy to stumble on to on your own anymore, the TV show nor the games.
Old October 21st, 2012, 07:48 AM
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no i dont think so i tried to get my sis into it when i was a kid but i only think it applies to ny generation 17-20+ maybe
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Old October 21st, 2012, 09:21 AM
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Last year I worked as an Au Pair in Italy and one of the children I took care of was totally into Pokemon. He was 9 and a huge fan, watching the anime as often as possible and collecting cards. And it wasn't just him either. His whole class was into the franchise. Often I couldn't get him to come home after school immediately, because they just wanted to trade one last card. Pokemon was his favourite topic in conversations and he made me draw Pokemon for him on a regular basis. I later brought my old Game Boy Color with me and allowed him to play the Yellow edition on it and he loved it. Even his sister who was slightly older than him liked Pokemon, but not as much as him.
Pokemon was still a huge deal at their school, with younger and older fans. Even on the subway and in the boys basketball team there were many children from different schools discussing it.

So, I wouldn't say it's unpopular among kids. It might differ between countries and schools, but there are still younger fans out there. It's likely that we don't even notice if we don't have much contact to younger people.
Old November 2nd, 2012, 03:14 AM
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Speaking as a teaching assistant in a primary school, I can safely say that Pokémon is still a popular show amongst children under the age of 11. Perhaps not as popular as it was when the show first launched, but it's still doing pretty well. What was more heart-warming however, was their knowledge of what came before their generation, too!
Old November 2nd, 2012, 09:54 AM
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I think the pokemon anime really only appealed to our generation. I remember every morning I'd get up early to watch it, but that stopped about six years ago.
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 05:06 PM
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I'm sure newer generations will probably like the anime and games as well, but I honestly feel like Pokémon, as a whole, appeals more to people around the age of 18-24 because we were children when the franchise started and we were the "original fans".

I was at my local GameStop on the day Black 2 and White 2 was released, and I was actually surprised at how many older people were purchasing the games. It felt like everyone in line was buying one of the versions (or both, in some cases), all people around the age of 18. I didn't see any younger children in the stores that day.

I'm 19 years old now and I'll tell you this, I was pretty excited to play a new Pokémon game!
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Old November 3rd, 2012, 02:33 AM
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My cousins, who are younger than me, have lost interest in Pokemon anime and games in general. I think they are disliking the new Pokemon and are not bothered remembering their names. But i am still interested in all aspects related to Pokemon ever since the start of the franchise.

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I won't lie. I think Pokemon is more big with teens and adults then kids. TBh I think this is true with a lot of animation shows. Students at my college watch MLP FIM ,Pokemon,Yugioh and AT over Jersery Show,16 and Pregnant and Here comes Honey Boo Boo while those teen/adult shows are what there siblings watch Elementary age into middle.

Kinda a strange but the way I see it not a bad thing lol

Originally Posted by LividZephyr View Post
I think the Pokemon anime is still pretty big in Japan, but not at all in America. Given how they converted to a fan dub in like 2006 and how they're airing episodes in a bad timeslot, they don't have much chance to be big again. It's all because they HAD to save money, since the anime isn't profitable here anymore. Since such instances have not happened in Japan as of yet, I can only presume that Japanese youngsters are still enjoying the show, even if they are almost old enough to be the children of the children that watched the early episodes fifteen years ago.

It probably is declining overall, but that's not due to Japan. They're still cranking them out. Elsewhere... I think the entire series is losing a lot of steam, and it's unfortunate.
I see or hear no diffrence in the two dubs tbh in fact msot enjoy the prior to the past but whatever.

What is wrong with the timeslot? I keep hearing people angry about the *:30 am timeslot. I'm pretty sure Kids Wb had it at that timeslot for a few seasons if I'm not mistaking. (At least on East Coast but CN has a another feed 3 hours in the future)

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Old November 5th, 2012, 10:55 AM
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A little note. Just because something can be enjoyed by everyone does not make it "not for kids". The Pokemon games are for kids, and that's a fact.


For everything else, you have to understand that this is a Japanese show. Even if kids in other countries don't like Pokemon as much as teenagers or young adults, doesn't mean they will change their target age range for you. If it's doing well enough in Japan, their target audience, there is no reason to change it.
Pokemon was CRAZY big a while ago, and even if it doesn't reach that super high level again, doesn't mean it's not doing well. It's doing more way more than well and will continue as what it's mean to be, a game/anime/manga series for children, that can also be enjoyed by adults.
Yep, it's still has a decent fanbase iin Japan (the country that it actually comes from). There are still commercials and merchandise in the anime that still exist (stuff that I really wish would make it to america).
Old May 24th, 2013, 11:56 AM
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I think the reason Pokemon is not as popular as it used be is because, when it first came out it was a brand new phenomena and it took the US by storm because of how new, different, and innovative it was. Kids would say "Have you played that new Pokemon game or seen that new show or movie." But now a days it isn't this new craze and there isn't a gigantic buzz around such a fun new franchise, it's been around for awhile and has lost that. Although it has still remained popular as an iconic franchise among children and now teenagers and young adults .

The movies and the anime, I think, have remained around the same quality since they first aired. We were young when we first watched it and as the show remained focused towards young audiences, we started to dislike the quality of it as we grew and matured. Most people have a biased like towards the first episodes because they were young when they watched them and as they became older the newer ones seemed more cheesy than the originals, when it was actually just us growing and maturing.
Old May 24th, 2013, 01:43 PM
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I didn't take the time to sift through all the replies, but I personally think the reason today's younger generation inst as keen to Pokemon is due to the over saturation of other video games, systems, and hobbies versus when Pokemon Red and Blue was originally released. I think that's the majority of the reason. I remember knowing about Pokemon WAY before it ever released in the states due to reading Nintendo Power. The only things I did back then were play outside with friends and play my Super Nintendo. Reading about how awesome Pokemon was before it was even available had me super excited back then. =)

Today there are numerous consoles, handheld gaming devices, cartoons, manga, anime, smartphones, facebook, etc etc etc. I mean, do you honestly blame them for not immediately becoming obsessed with Pokemon?

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Old May 25th, 2013, 09:28 AM
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You guys have some good points, but please don't post in a thread this old! Feel free to make a new one if you want to talk about it more, but I would advise checking for something similar & putting it in Pokémon General, since it encompasses much more than just the anime.
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