I never was into Pokemon at all, until GO came out and I decided to give it a try. I haven't even played that one much, because my old phone could baaaarely run the app. Mostly it just froze and/or crashed. However, I've got a shiny, Fast, new phone now, so I see a lot more monster catching in my future. ;) (I caught several more in Tokyo after getting the new phone)
As for cross-stitched critters, I started another one last night and he is almost finished already - as of this evening. He's not as detailed, I'm stitching him on 16ct cloth, as opposed to the one on 18ct above.
(In reference to the title of this post - I have learned that, in Japan, another name for Pokemon is: "Pocket Monsters"!)