Pokemon Is Japan’s Top Toon Franchise

The Pokemon movies have earned more than $455 million at the Japanese box office to become the highest-grossing animated property produced in the country, reports Daily Variety. To date, Toho has released 11 Pokemon movies. The latest is Giratina and the Sky’s Bouquet: Shaymin, which has grossed roughly $32 million since hitting theaters on July 19.

Pokemon was introduced by Nintendo as a video game in 1996. The animated films and television series soon followed and have remained popular around the world. The first feature film took in $85.7 million in the U.S., a feat that has not been topped by any Japanese film since.

Giratina and the Sky’s Bouquet: Shaymin has Ash, Brock, Dawn, Shaymin and Team Rocket dragged by Giratina into the Reverse World, a beautiful mirror of the Pokemon world that has become polluted by the battle waged between Dialga and Palkia in the previous film, The Rise of Darkrai. The film includes a sneak peek at the upcoming 12th installment in the movie franchise.