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Japan's Most Popular Characters for Children Are...

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For the first time in thirteen years, the most popular children’s characters in Japan are not from that bread-headed superhero show Anpanman. They’re the characters from Yokai Watch.

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According to Asahi.com, Bandai Entertainment revealed the results of its annual poll of adults with children between zero and 12 years old, announcing that Yokai Watch has passed long-time favorite Anpanman.

Eight hundred people participated in the poll. Here are the top three results:

1. Yokai Watch: 19.9 percent

2. Anpanman: 12.9 percent

3. Frozen: 5.3 percent

So, if you thought Frozen was popular with kids, it turns out that Yokai Watch is even more so.

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popsiclezeratul

I’m so sick of Frozen. I’m glad Yokai Watch beat it out soundly.