Post Reply My opinion on why Pokemon-style anime were and continue to be popular to this day
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You know how, in the majority of anime, manga, and Japanese video games, a character's weapons, fighting styles, and/or mecha would communicate who he/she is? And you know how it's a reflection of Japanese culture, where katanas act as spiritual extensions of their samurai owners?

I feel like pet monsters in something like Pokemon, Digimon, and Yu-Gi-Oh are like that, as well. In nearly every pet monster anime, the pet monster would develop a unique relationship with its human master, and thus become almost an extension of him/her. We've seen it in Shaman King and JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. We've also seen it in Cardfight Vanguard and Future Card Buddyfight. And, we can't help but enjoy Pokemon, Digimon, and Yu-Gi-Oh for that exact same reason.

Hell, it's like looking at Native American mythology, where humans develop their own spirit animals that are tied to their personalities. Same for spirit familiars and how they are connected to witches.
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Commander_PonyShep wrote:

I feel like pet monsters in something like Pokemon, Digimon, and Yu-Gi-Oh are like that, as well. In nearly every pet monster anime, the pet monster would develop a unique relationship with its human master, and thus become almost an extension of him/her.


Well, the same is true with any kind of lasting relationship. See, e.g., Noragami.
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