20 – Pokemon!
You know your franchise has been a success when it brainwashes the youth of the western world from the nineties to the early naughties. Pokemon did just that; being the first real english anime series to hit Britain and other countries in such a way the market was taken over by this new lucrative craze. For a while pokemon was the craze in every school, every shop and in every home because kids just couldn’t get enough of it. It just shows how influential something new can be.
The television series was addictive, the creatures were fantastic, and the merchandise was all the rage. Pokemon (in it’s day before it was over exploited) was one of the most successful franchise in the history of our culture.