Just as there can only be one true Pokémon Master, Japan has chosen Greninja as their all time favorite Pokemon.
With the franchise's presence remaining strong over the last twenty years and the impending release of the 7th generation of the game, there remained one question in the community: which Pokémon was the absolute fan-favorite?
After over a month of voting, Greninja was chosen out of the 720 Pokémon possible as the Japanese fans's all time fav, accumulating over 36 thousand votes of the possible 562,400. Fans who attend the screenings of Volcanion and the Exquisite Magearna film will receive a Greninja as a prize/reward for their participation.
Rounding out the rest of the top five Pokémon choices in their respective order was Arceus, Mew, Pikachu and Slyveon. It is slightly surprising to see the classic and beloved Charizard not mentioned in the top five, but with all the newer generations of Pokémon, the fire-breathing lizard would seemingly have to be content with a spot in the top ten. The least favorite Pokémon was Simisear from the fifth generation that featured on Pokémon Black and White games.
It might have been an easy assumption to think the beloved electric mouse that became main character Ash's number one companion would have been the number one choice for fans, but with how many Pokémon now exist, it isn't surprising to see the variety of generations reflected in some of the top choices for fans.
Greninja's victory does not seem to be out of nowhere, with the Pokémon's presence already in the Nintendo world in the latest Super Smash Bros game as well as being a notable companion for Ash Ketchum in the latest season of the anime.
With Pokémon Sun and Moon set to be released November 18th, fans might be wondering how many more new Pokémon they will get a chance to catch and train. Maybe in a year, the top choice for number one favorite will change with the newest generation of the game.