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Old 06-23-2016, 11:44 AM   #1
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Pokemon General Election 720

I can't believe I hadn't heard anything about this before. Japan held a contest to determine which Pokemon was the most popular of all time, and the results are in! The Top 12 are sort of "featured" more than the rest on the website, so I'll list them in the thread. Here's the Top 100. Here's 101-720. For 101-720, the page is in Japanese with no pictures, so you'll need to translate names.

1. Greninja
2. Arceus
3. Mew
4. Pikachu
5. Sylveon
6. Genesect
7. Rayquaza
8. Zygarde
9. Charizard
10. Meloetta
11. Mewtwo
12. Eevee

I thought Greninja would be really high up, but no way did I think it would be number one! Must be all the anime exposure. I can't say I'm surprised to see Arceus and Mew this high up, but I would have thought Mew would be ahead of Arceus. Pikachu is about where I thought, having been the mascot for all these years. It surprised me at first that Sylveon was this high, but it's basically the mascot for the Fairy type so I understand it. I expected Gensect to be popular, but not quite as high. Rayquaza (my personal favorite) and Charizard I expected to be Top 5, especially with their Megas. Zygarde seemed weird to me at first, but there's been a lot of hype around the new forms so it doesn't surprise me. Meloetta and Eevee are Pokemon I didn't think were popular enough for Top 12, so that surprised me for sure. And I thought Mewtwo would be cracking the Top 5 for sure.

And if you're wondering who came in dead last... Simisear!

Here's how I would have expected the Top 12 to shake out:

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1. Charizard
2. Mewtwo
3. Pikachu
4. Mew
5. Rayquaza
6. Arceus
7. Lucario
8. Gardevoir
9. Greninja
10. Jigglypuff
11. Blaziken
12. Dragonite
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Old 06-23-2016, 01:09 PM   #2
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Also, the bottom three are Woobat, Pawniard and then the Simisear.

Can anyone wrangle up a link to the full list of 720? There's no link in the OP.
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Old 06-23-2016, 01:13 PM   #3
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>No Banette

Well I guess people have bad taste.
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Old 06-23-2016, 02:01 PM   #4
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I think it's hilarious that this was essentially objective proof that Gen V was by far the most hated Generation.

None of the top 5 were Unovan.

Only six of the top fifty were Unovan.

The last place finisher was Unovan.

Four of the bottom five were Unovan.

Six of the bottom ten were Unovan.

Eight of the bottom 15 were Unovan.

Nine of the bottom 20 were Unovan.

Unova had 9 of the bottom 20, Hoenn had 4, Kanto and Sinnoh each had 3, Johto has 1, and Kalos had none of them, if you were curious how the other gens stack up.
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Old 06-23-2016, 02:06 PM   #5
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Simisear was distributed because it came last.

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Old 06-23-2016, 02:58 PM   #6
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I think it's hilarious that this was essentially objective proof that Gen V was by far the most hated Generation in Japan.
Fixed.

Usually lists like these aren't accurate once you get past the top of like 10-20% of Pokemon, so its not totally convincing.
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Old 06-23-2016, 03:19 PM   #7
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Also, the bottom three are Woobat, Pawniard and then the Simisear.

Can anyone wrangle up a link to the full list of 720? There's no link in the OP.
Oh yeah my b. I'll put link in the OP.
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Old 06-23-2016, 03:51 PM   #8
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Google Translate on this page is hilarious, it gives an assorted mishmash of the English names, the Japanese names in English letters, and exact translations of the names.

Such as: Nidorina works fine, something translated to 'lightning' and something else translated to 'Pigeon'. Another went to 'Kametete' and something's listed as just being called 'Blue'.

...Can anyone find a translated version, or do we have to DIY one? Like, if nobody's found one by the time I check back tomorrow I'm going to use veekun's japanese names and the above links to try and get a fully-fledged english names list. I've already started on the top 100.

I said I started, so for all of you too lazy to click the link, here's the top 100. The rest to come tomorrow probably. I'll break them down into groups of 120, because then there's a nice even six spoiler tags.

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1. Greninja
2. Arceus
3. Mew
4. Pikachu
5. Sylveon
6. Genesect
7. Rayquaza
8. Zygarde
9. Charizard
10. Meloetta
11. Mewtwo
12. Eevee
13. Jirachi
14. Darkrai
15. Lucario
16. Diancie
17. Hoopa
18. Keldeo
19. Victini
20. Manaphy
21. Reshiram
22. Kyogre
23. Kyurem
24. Magnemite
25. Shaymin
26. Yveltal
27. Giratina
28. Lugia
29. Groudon
30. Dialga
31. Dedenne
32. Archeops
33. Zekrom
34. Suicune
35. Gengar
36. Ho-oh
37. Xerneas
38. Gardevoir
39. Celebi
40. Piplup
41. Palkia
42. Garchomp
43. Regigigas
44. Azelf
45. Blaziken
46. Landorus
47. Glaceon
48. Latias
49. Jigglypuff
50. Deoxys
51. Oshawott
52. Snorlax
53. Articuno
54. Absol
55. Latios
56. Zoroark
57. Ditto
58. Fennekin
59. Dragonite
60. Hydreigon
61. Sceptile
62. Zapdos
63. Leafeon
64. Salamence
65. Flygon
66. Espeon
67. Moltres
68. Goomy
69. Pichu
70. Infernape
71. Raichu
72. Metagross
73. Froakie
74. Cresselia
75. Blastoise
76. Umbreon
77. Emolga
78. Arbok
79. Milotic
80. Lapras
81. Swampert
82. Meowth
83. Beautifly
84. Mawile
85. Noivern
86. Luxray
87. Ampharos
88. Archen
89. Bulbasaur
90. Armaldos
91. Magikarp
92. Chandelure
93. Torchic
94. Thundurus
95. Flareon
96. Porygon
97. Chespin
98. Raikou
99. Machamp
100. Mudkip
101. Gallade
102. Ekans
103. Meditite
104. Ninetales
105. Snivy
106. Wobuffet
107. Aegislash
108. Altaria
109. Vaporeon
110. Talonflame
111. Braixen
112. Cyndaquil
113. Jolteon
114. Squirtle
115. Accelgor
116. Croagunk
117. Entei
118. Scizor
119. Meowstic
120. Durant
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Old 06-23-2016, 04:33 PM   #9
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I am floored that so many Unova Pokémon are so low on the list. Basculin! Simisage! Woobat and Swoobat! Pawniard! I mean, I figured they weren't too popular, but to be almost in last place!
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Old 06-23-2016, 05:15 PM   #10
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Where's Empoleon, I swear if it's below 200 I will personally declare war.
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Old 06-23-2016, 05:38 PM   #11
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The only reason there are so many legendaries in the top ten is because people wanted them for the free giveaway, I guarantee it. Explains why Arceus is at #2, even though Arceus has literally nothing going for it aside from being God.


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Old 06-23-2016, 05:52 PM   #12
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Isn't Magnemite a meme in japan?

Also heather, Empoleon's #121.
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Old 06-23-2016, 07:22 PM   #13
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The only reason there are so many legendaries in the top ten is because people wanted them for the free giveaway, I guarantee it. Explains why Arceus is at #2, even though Arceus has literally nothing going for it aside from being God.

edit 3: WHY THE FUCK IS MAGNEMITE #24
Yep. Nothing very important to see here.

Magnemite is a bit of a thing in Japan because of join avenue in B2/W2 where they would trade Magnemites pretty much infinitely. It's a meme now! ;D
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I appear to have rather different tastes than most of the Japanese fandom. Seriously, how is accelgor and god dang durant in top 120, while reuniclus, uxie, and registeel flounder around in the void?! Of all the Unova pokemon that could have any sort of fame, why did these two beat out the vast majority of the rest by such a long haul? *Sigh* Then again, some of my preferences seem to be against the majority this side of the Pacific as well, so I guess I can't argue too much...

The top 10 was pretty stereotypical for the most part. The only one that really surprised me was genesect (does Japan just like Unovan bugs or something?), though greninja being almighty no. 1 was not something anyone would've expected. Friggin' Mewtwo being so low was not something I expected at all, though. Especially with all the publicity GF gives the thing in general!
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>Magnemite achieved meme status in Japan

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Old 06-23-2016, 09:16 PM   #17
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Lapras at #80, not bad but i thought it would easily make top 50. I also dislike how the top 50 is pretty much bulk legends, I hate most legendary pokemon compared to regular ones
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This wasn't a popularity poll. It's been confused for one given its name. This was a distribution request poll.

I can shed some light on this. For the month of May, at the start and end of every episode of Pocket Monsters XY&Z, there was a reminder to kids that they should vote in the Pokémon Sousenkyo 720. The anime made no pretense about hiding what the purpose of this election was. Clemont, the Electric-type gym leader from Kalos and one of Ash's traveling companions in the anime, says out loud to the viewers:

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The Pokémon General Election 720! This election will determine the Pokémon that will be given away during the movie! We will now start taking your votes during the data broadcast! Push the d-button on your remote control and vote for the Pokémon you want!
Meanwhile on screen we see such messages in writing as:

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投票で1位に選ばれたポケモンをプレゼント!

The Pokémon that is chosen the No.1 most in the poll will be provided as a present!
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dボタンを押して欲しいポケモンに投票!

Push the d-button and vote for the Pokémon you want!
This was never about a true popularity contest. This has always and forever been about which Pokémon viewers of the Pokémon TV show wanted to receive as a free gift when they went to the theater this summer to watch the newest Pokémon movie. This is why, as Deoxys and others have already mentioned, you see a trend towards hard-to-get Pokémon like Arceus. In the weeks leading up to this poll, Arceus was widely anticipated to come in 1st place precisely because he has been very hard for Japanese players to get their hands on. The only reason Greninja has come in higher probably has something to do with the anime's latest Ash-Greninja story arc and the fact that excited little kids outnumbered desperate ootomo gamers who wanted a non-genned Kalos pentagon Arceus.

The naming convention as well as the timing is a parallel to Japanese pop group AKB48's very own general election, the 総選挙 Sousenkyo held every June to determine the pop idols' popularity relative to one another. This might have resulted in some confusion amongst non-anime watchers: if you don't watch the anime but you do know a thing or two about Japanese pop culture, it's quite possible you would mistakenly assume that the Pokémon Sousenkyo 720 was a popularity contest (as is its namesake).

There are bound to be similarities between a poll that asks children to list off their favorite Pokémon and a poll that asks them which Pokémon is No.1 on their wishlist for a free distribution at theaters this summer. But no, this isn't a popularity poll. The marketing was quite clear that this was always about determining the Pokémon for a specific giveaway.
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Old 06-24-2016, 08:08 AM   #19
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Ah I see, thanks for shedding some light on that Talon. In that case I'm shocked that Arceus wasn't number one. But like you said, I guess the little kids probably voted for Greninja in droves.
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Rotom placed 129. not bad
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Surskit scored 278.

Not bad at all, honestly expected it to be a little lower but eh.


But Piplup maaaan good job on that 48.
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Porygon Z at 135? I can accept it, since I was sure it would be near the bottom because seizures. Then again, the children who were affected are probably at an age where they may not care about the anime anymore leaving children who think it's just a quirky Pokémon.

Porygon2 at 262, ok.
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