The new animated film in the Pokémon franchise, Volcanion to Karakuri no Magearna, is set to open in Japan on July 16th this year, and in anticipation of its release, the Pokémon Company has set up the largest ever Pokémon general election. Japanese fans have been voting for their favourite of 720 monsters since April 16th, and ahead of the voting deadline on May 8th, the preliminary results have been released.

Bounding ahead of all the rest is Greninja (or Gekkoga), the final evolution of the starter monster Froakie in the Pokémon X & Y game. Then Arceus, first officially revealed in the 2009 film Pokémon: Arceus and the Jewel of Life, closes in at second place. Finally, completing the top three, the classic Mew proves he’s still a favourite.

The full Top 10 list currently stands as below:

1. Greninja (Gekkoga)
2. Arceus
3. Mew
4. Pikachu
5. Sylveon (Nymphia)
6. Charizard (Lizardon)
7. Genesect
8. Rayquaza
9. Meloetta (Aria form shown)
10. Zygarde (50% form shown)

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