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These Are The 30 Most Popular Pokemon According To Fans in Japan

The question “Who is your favorite Pokemon?” is contentious, but we’ve now heard be-all and end-all answer from the good people of Japan.

The Pokemon Company hosted a poll, asking fans in the region to vote for their favorite Pokemon. According to Nintendo Everything, Japan’s most popular pocket monster is the cute mouse Dedenne. The one following that is Cincinno, an adorable creature that is styling with its scarf. What isn’t so cute is that it secretes oil to protect its nest from dust; that’s kinda gross.

Regardless, here are the Top 30 on the list:

1. Dedenne 68,398 votes2. Cincinno 54,444 votes3. Sableye 45,562 votes4. Snivy 41,894 votes5. Magnemite 35,206 votes6. Swadloon 34, 204 votes7. Pikachu 33,125 votes8. Buzzwole 33,077 votes9. Oshawott 32,191 votes10. Flygon – 22,08 votes11. Whismur – 21,529 votes12. Piplup – 18,190 votes13. Chandelure – 18,095 votes14. Empoleon – 17,989 votes15. Luxray – 17,773 votes16. Greninja – 17,337 votes17. Jirachi – 17,254 votes18. Charizard – 16,243 votes19. Mimikyu – 15,797 votes20. Inteleon – 15,540 votes21. Eevee – 15,524 votes22. Barbaracle – 15,128 votes23. Glaceon – 14,923 votes24. Spheal – 14,783 votes25. Scolipede – 13,806 votes26. Lilligant – 13,677 votes27. Bulbasaur – 13,424 votes28. Sliggoo – 13,417 votes29. Lucario – 13,286 votes30. Gardevoir – 12,534 votes

It’s surprising that Pikachu is so far down. As the main mascot for the series and as Ash Ketchum’s constant companion, it’s by far the most recognizable out of the lot. A recent plush depicts a Pikachu working with a keyboard, so you don’t have to be alone during your work from home sessions. Pikachu also sings Happy Birthday to you in Pokemon Sword & Shield, thanks to a recent update. Seeing Eevee at the 21st spot is also a surprise as it was prominently featured in the Let’s Go series.

If you’re a Pokemon fan, you have a lot to be excited about. Over the past week, a new remake for Pokemon Diamond & Pearl was shown off in a more traditional top-down graphical style. The characters look chibi, and the environments look lovingly recreated. These two games will be releasing late this year, likely in November.

In addition, Game Freak revealed what the future of the Pokemon series might look like with Pokemon Legends: Arceus. It’s an action-RPG set in an open world, but the catch is that it looks to be set in a feudal Japan-like setting. This game will be taking us all the way back before our adventures in Pallet Town. It will be dropping on store shelves in Early 2022.

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The British “Canadian” Chris Penwell has been a video game journalist since 2013 and now has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from MacEwan University. He loves to play JRPGs and games with a narrative. You can check out his podcasts Active Quest every Tuesday and Go Beyond: A My Hero Academia Podcast on Wednesdays.

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