Many of us are born in the early 90's I suppose. Which means we either was introduced to the game or TV show when we we're little kids. Personally I didn't know what PokÃ©mon was before I saw the show as a kid, and admittedly it is a pretty cool kids show, and I remember it be less bland then what the show is today. Then I was introduced to the games, and that just made me love the franchise even more.
Then I grew older stopped watching the TV show, lost my gameboy and just remembered PokÃ©mon as something great from my childhood. Then I found the manga, and it was to my surprise really good, and so began a new found love for PokÃ©mon.
But I guess I more fond of the games and the manga than the bland TV show.
p.s The manga is ridiculously violent for having the name "pokÃ©mon" on it