Out Of 720 Pokémon, Pikachu Wasn't Voted Number One

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In a general election between all 720 Pokémon in Japan, the winners were announced tonight in Tokyo. Greninja came in first, while Pikachu didn’t even crack the top three.

According to Oricon Style, a total of 562,386 votes were cast, with Greninja garnering 36,235 of them, making this Pocket Monster the election’s most popular choice.

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In Japan, the character will be distributed as a free Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire download for theatergoers at this summer’s latest Pokémon movie. That might help explain why Greninja edged out Pikachu in this particular popularity contest. Perhaps?

Here are the top five winners:

5. Sylveon

4. Pikachu

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3. Mew

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2. Arceus

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1. Greninja

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Here’s how the rest of the top 12 looked:

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Simisear came in at 720 with the least number of votes.

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Poor Simisear.

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Brian Ashcraft

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored five books, including most recently, Japanese Whisky: The Ultimate Guide to the World's Most Desirable Spirit.