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Tré Roland-Martin

Pokémon remains one of the most popular Japanese anime franchises in the world today, and its popularity is still growing, mainly in the form of television shows. Despite the ban of Japanese cultural imports in South Korea, Pokémon didn't reach the country until the late 1990s, when the South Korean government partially lifted the ban on Japanese media. In July 1999, the Pokémon anime first began broadcasting in South Korea on the Seoul Broadcasting System, with a Korean dub (even the show's opening theme was dubbed into Korean as well).

A month later, the Pokémon Adventures manga was translated into Korean and it began to hit bookshelves across the country. The first commercially released Pokémon video games in South Korea were Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, but theses didn't came until 2002, mostly due to problems with incorporating the Korean writing system into the game.

In January 2004, the South Korean government completely lifted the ban on Japanese cultural imports, meaning that Pokémon-related merchandising can spread throughout the country. Nintendo also began incorporating a video game company in the country, too, and the Nintendo DS Lite gained massive popularity in South Korea, especially regarding newer Pokémon games. The anime also began airing on Cartoon Network South Korea.

Impressive, is it not?


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