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I was watching this video of the Japanese-YouTuber Hikakin beatboxing the first English Pokemon song. It made me wonder: was the English dub theme song more well-known than the original Japanese opening?

  • So you are talking about the first opening, right? – Ikaros Jan 18 '16 at 16:46
  • @Ikaros yep, for both – Michael McQuade Jan 18 '16 at 16:46
  • Looking again, by comparing youtube views, it seems quite similar – Ikaros Jan 18 '16 at 16:49
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    FWIW I remember seeing the Pokemon theme song in a Japanese compilation of piano arrangements of anime music (see めざせポケモンマスター), so it probably is reasonably famous in Japan. (This was in 2013, and the creators also released an album the year prior that included songs from Bakemonogatari and Madoka Magica.) – Maroon Jan 18 '16 at 17:10
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The following answer is based on the results I got on Google [from my country (France)].


Keeping the following elements in mind, one can say that their popularity level is more or less the same.

The comparison is made between the first Japanse theme めざせポケモンマスター (Aim to be a Pokemon Master) and the first English theme "Gotta catch them all." I take into account only the official versions.

Google Trends

trends

In red : the English, in blue : the Japanese

Except for the year 2005, the search trends looks to be pretty similar.

Surprisingly enough, the countries which searched the English opening on google were the following ones :

en

For the Japanese opening, the searches come only from Japan.

jp


Youtube

The most viewed youtube video of the Japanese opening (in my country) views ~1 million views.

The most viewed youtube video of the English opening (in my country) views ~1 million views

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In North America the English Theme is more popular, but in Japan the Japanese one is. This is because Japanese people hear the Japanese theme on tv and Americans hear the English one. In Germany the German version of Gotta Catch Em All is most likely more popular. Further more, people prefer the one they can understand. For english speakers it is Gotta Catch Em All. For Japanese speakers it is Mezase Pokemon Master or Aim to be a pokemon master. English is more widespread so more people will prefer the English one. I am a native english speaker and prefee the japanese theme. This is because I got sick of the English one.

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