Dragon Ball Z #1 Fad
According to Lycos' Aaron Schatz, "It was difficult to decide which Japanese animated shows counted as fads, and which ones were less universal cultural phenomena."
Finally, on December 20th, Lycos ranked the top 100 searches of the year.
Suprisingly, female pop-artist Britney Spears edged out Dragon Ball for number of searches, however, "Both items were more than twice as popular as the next item, previous champion Pokémon".
Dragon Ball ranked 2nd, Pokémon finished 3rd, Gundam Wing edged out Sailor Moon for the 26th position. Instead, the Pretty Soldier finished 27th, up from 31st the previous year. Digimon finished a distant 35th.