The breakout success of the Pokémon anime outside of Japan in 1998 came as a huge surprise to many people. Anime had always been seen as something with a niche audience in the days before Ash and Pikachu.

The popularity of Pokémon led other networks to seek out similar anime series that they could localize, in an attempt to find the show that could potentially become even bigger than Pokémon. This is the main reason why shows like Digimon, Dragon Ball Z, and Yu-Gi-Oh! found an audience outside of Japan.

One of the shows that were brought to North America during this period was Cardcaptors, which was the English name of an anime called Cardcaptor SakuraThis was a series that had a similar “monster catching” element to Pokémon but ...

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