Pokemon has been a target by certain questionable religious groups since they were cards and a cartoon. Invoking demons at will. I think it’s because they got bored with fighting Dungeons & Dragons for so many years, they needed a new target.
It is and the more advanced questionable religious groups likely had Yugiho on their lists of no-no things. Now, Yokai Watch? I can almost understand because they’re LITERALLY calling ghosts to help them. I can understand they don’t like that and I’ve seen a few things about that. But nothing gets the wrath like Pokemon does for some reason. Maybe because it’s the perfect, “Seems oh so innocent but it’s a tool of Satan” combination.
Nephew’s friend in school – in 6th grade – still wasn’t allowed to play Pokemon. His parents converted to something or another when the kid was in the 4th grade and he’s been losing his kid privileges ever since. I guess they have a case of convertitis right now, trying to do “everything right”.