Pokémon fanatic Ando has made a name for himself within the online Pokémon community thanks to his popular YouTube channel, UnlistedLeaf.
With over 400,000 subscribers, Ando has established himself as one of YouTube’s biggest Pokémon video-makers. The YouTuber uploads multiple videos each week including card pack openings, deck comparisons and weekly mail videos.
Tube Chum spoke to Ando about his channel, his thoughts on the Pokémon franchise and what fans can expect in the future.
What made you first decide to start a YouTube channel?
Since a very early age my Dad made home movies and I was the only one who was keen to host them. From here on out I fell in love with making videos and presenting, so when I found YouTube it was a perfect combination of both!
[pullquote align=”left” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”It’s so crazy seeing how many other people share your passion.”[/pullquote]
How long have you been a Pokémon fan?
As long as I can remember. My Mum tells me when I was 4 years old my Pokémon fever really took off, which was around 1999.
How does it feel to have over 350,000 subscribers?
[It] Feels insane. I honestly remember having 400 subs and thinking it was the best thing in the world and now I look at my subs and am blown away. I often tell people it’s like a massive tidal wave and I’m just trying to ride it.
Your channel has grown quite quickly over a short space of time, why do you think that is?
I try my best to get people just as excited about collecting Pokémon cards as I do. The feeling of when you pull an ultra rare card is like no other. At the end of the day a lot of YouTube is a lot of luck.
Is there a big Pokémon community currently on YouTube?
I feel like it used to be small back when I started making videos but now I see hundreds of people join it everyday. It’s so crazy seeing how many other people share your passion.
What type of videos do you think are the most popular on your channel?
The videos that do well are ones that people can join in on. My Mail Man Monday series is one where people can send in letters and packages and I will read them out on camera. The show is over 100 episodes strong and still rocking. Now, the whole post office knows me as ‘the guy who gets too much mail’!
Ando opens 50 Pokéballs on UnlistedLeaf
Do you think non-Pokémon fans view your videos?
For sure. I often have people tell me on the street or at parties that they have no idea what I am talking about, but they love to spend an afternoon watching my videos.
Will you be featuring Pokémon Go on your channel when it launches, and if so, do you already have some ideas in mind?
I think so. I’m keen to get some more information on the game first before I commit to anything, but fans tweet me everyday with weird and wacky ideas for what series I should do.
What are your plans for the future?
With Christmas around the corner I’m planning to host the biggest Pokémon-related giveaway possible! [I’m] very excited for people to join in on that and to see the reaction when they find out.
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