Pokémon is the reason I got into anime and video games, essentially. Well... actually, I played the Nintendo 64 a lot a good few years before Pokémon came to America, but it pretty much set it in stone that I would like anime and video games, especially Nintendo. I also never had a GameBoy before, so that was my first change of console for me. And I love hand-held consoles, they're rather convenient.
As for when it comes to the anime, I actually developed my art style directly from Pokémon to use as a foundation for when I practiced my drawing skills, and I also practiced my singing and memory when it came to the 2.B.A. Master album (which was my mom's, but I played it a lot on my own Walkman). So in a way, Pokémon was there as support for me in developing a few of my talents. Even in writing, though that wasn't until after I discovered Serebii late in junior high.
Another thing I like to hold in high regard is knowing I was part of the Pokémon craze, along with many other '90s kids. I find that really awesome how a whole generation of children made an impact in pop culture when it came to an anime series and video game, and that it got media recognition for it. Cruddy pop stars and book series, and their screaming tween fan-girls aside, that hadn't exactly happened before (unless there was something in the '80s). How is that not awesome?
So there you go.