Well, it worked with a cartoon called My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, and it's arguable that the original target audience of that cartoon was even younger than the target demographic of Pokémon. Mind you, there are adults that enjoy that show. But there are also adults that enjoy Pokémon too.
Originally Posted by Pokemon Trainer Orange
My point is, I don't think Ash aging would have any real impact on the popularity of the Anime. He ages, so what? What does that really change in the status quo? Not much. If anything, it gives more opportunity for development. Ash starts to grow up, and maybe his personality becomes less like a childish goofy kid and more like a mentor figure for the new, younger characters that he meets in his future journeys. Now that doesn't sound so bad, does it?
As for whether the Pokémon anime is overrated, well, yes and no. It really depends on how you look at things.
As far as the outright popularity is concerned, it isn't overrated in that regard. Shows become popular for strange reasons all the time. Look at Power Rangers for a prime example of this. It doesn't make them overrated. It just happens.
But as far as whether the show is well-written and epic, well I can see why people would use the term 'overrated' there. It is, to some degree. But the thing is, you will always get fans that only want to hear the positive points of a series or franchise or product they like and not the negative. But what some people forget is this. True fans appreciate something they like for its merits, as well as acknowledge its flaws.
Now do I think Pokémon is overrated sometimes? Oh yeah. Is that going to stop me from watching it and enjoying the franchise? Not in the slightest.
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