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Which Anime Franchise Has Made The Most Money Till Now?

Anime has reached some amazing heights in the last few years. It has become very popular and has gained millions of new viewers in the last couple of years and that is because of the amazing storylines, wonderful animations, and relatable characters. Whilst it has become immensely popular in the last few years, there have been a good amount of viewers for a very long time.


Certain anime franchises have made a lot of money and are quite popular. Fans wish to know which anime franchise is the highest-grossing anime franchise of all time. 

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What Is Anime?

Osamu Tezuka
Osamu Tezuka

Anime is short for animation. As the name suggests, it is an animated form of entertainment that has become quite popular in the last few years. Many people confuse it with cartoons, but anime is a bit different. It has better animation, a more mature storyline, and the characters are more complex. Whilst both are animated, they both have their distinct qualities. 

Anime first began in 1956. The animations and storyline at the time were very simple, but they were amazing nonetheless. Osamu Tezuka is considered one of the most prominent figures of anime all across the globe. Whilst there were multiple people that were involved in the making and success of anime, Tezuka played a vital role. He is even called the father of anime. His story ‘Astro Boy’ is very popular and is very well known. Anime began getting more popular in the 1990s and many amazing anime were released after that. ‘Dragon Ball’‘Naruto’‘One Piece’ are just some of the most popular anime of all time. 


What Is The Highest Grossing Anime Franchise Of All Time?

Highest grossing anime of all time
Highest grossing anime of all time

There are many anime that have been running for a very long time. Dragon Ball’ and ‘One Piece’ in particular are some of the longest-running anime of all time. However, in a surprising turn of events, neither of those two anime is the highest-grossing anime of all time. 

The highest-grossing anime franchise of all time is ‘Pokémon’. This is one of the best anime of all time. People around the world have watched this anime in their childhood at one point or another. However many are unaware that this is an anime and not a cartoon. Unsurprisingly, this is the highest-grossing franchise. 

In 2019, ‘Pokémon’ worth was said to be around 71 billion dollars which is simply amazing. However, the net worth increased even more and reached around 100 billion dollars in 2022. Apart from the anime itself, ‘Pokémon’ earned money in various ways. The trading cards, video games, and other games contributed a lot, but the major reasons behind the net worth are the licensed merchandise. ‘Pokémon’ has various merchandise like toys and books and their sale is what made the anime so rich. 


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Riya Dubey
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Riya Dubey is a Content Writer at First Curiosity. She is deep into the anime realm - both personally and professionally - of her own accord. She loves to read books and manga, and needless to say, spends hours watching anime. She is very curious and likes to learn new things.