Remember the minor controversy when Equestria Girls were called "thigh-highed hussies" for being thin girls in big boots?
Pokemon is the brand that makes the most money on this planet.
It's Pokemon, and then Hello Kitty (not all of Sanrio, just HK) and then it's either Mickey Mouse And Friends or Disney Princesses or Winnie The Pooh or something else Disney owns.
Hasbro's Transformers and MLP ain't got shit on Pokemon, pardon my niggerese.
Despite all those Christian Weston Chandler lookalikes stacking brony toys and showing off how many thousands they wasted on bronyshit this week, MLP still isn't even close.
Warner Bros's DC (name a film people remember, like LOTR or Harry Potter or The Matrix or The Iron Giant, they probably own the legal rights to it along with most superheroes) and Disney's Marvel were shockingly low on this list of the biggest brands ever because Merchandising is where the real money is. Funko pops, factory-made costumes, plushies, all sorts of other shit.
The Pokemania craze was huge in the 90s, and died down a bit, then came back.
Pokemon is huge.
Pokemon is bigger than DND. Remember the Satanic Panic over Dungeons And Dragons, distracting people from explicitly satanic music and even more explicitly satanic jewish influence in politics? The satanic panic tried harder to attack Pokemon because it's more popular and a better way of getting "We are opposed to demonic things" out there even if it means attacking a windmill you call demonic.
Most people's first animes were either DBZ or Pokemon, probably Pokemon.
Most people's first RPGs were Dragon Quest or Final Fantasy once upon a time, but these days it's probably Pokemon.
Even if you've outgrown Pokemon, you remember it. Even if you hate it, you're paying attention to it and what you say about it spreads the brand's awareness. It occupies a part of your mind no matter what it does.
Someone scientifically proved there is a part of the brain that only lights up when Pokemon are recalled by someone who grew up with the franchise. Probably. That article might have been bullshit.
Nobody gives a shit about Markiplier besides Markiplier fanboys, but when he did a Smash Or Pass video on all the pokemon he claims he would or wouldn't fuck, it spread like wildfire and everyone was doing it.
Nobody gives a shit about PETA.
Nobody gave a shit when one of those celebrities like Lady Gaga gets attacked by PETA.
But when PETA made an anti-Pokemon game people noticed, and Pokemon Black and White seemed to be anti-PETA (but was really about socjus causes that seem nice on the surface but are meant to disarm a populace and racially divide people and keep them from noticing the evil groomer Ghetsis who created true believers like N and plans to take over once everyone cucks out and gives up their guns- I mean pokemon because someone with power tells them to) people noticed.
If they canonically make Ash a Pokefucker, newstards will never shut up about it. It would be the ballsiest marketing move Pokemon could ever make. Any backlash from outraged faggots would be outnumbered by the furries, who would never feel more validated and in love with this corporate franchise.
I don't think the Pokemon company or nintendo have the balls to make Ash Motherfucking Ketchum a Pokefucker. But if they did, it would make Pokemon bigger than ever before.