Pokémon

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Season 17 : Episode 34

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Pokémon is the story of a young boy named Ash Ketchum. Finally having reached the age of 10, he receives his first Pokémon from Professor Oak and sets out on his Pokémon Journey. Along for the ride are his various friends: Misty, Brock, Tracey, May, Max, Dawn, Iris, and Cilan. Together, they journey through the Kanto, Orange, Johto, Hoenn, Battle Frontier, Sinnoh and Unova Leagues. Ash takes every opportunity to capture a Pokémon, Misty trains Pokémon of the Water type while Brock prefers Rock types. Tracey travels around sketching Pokémon. May started her journey for the sights and not the Pokémon but then decided to enter Pokémon Contests. Although Max has no Pokémon, he helps the group out with his handy PokéNav skills so as not to get lost but they still do from time to time. Dawn travels around to compete in contests like her mother did years ago. Iris, although with no long term dream of her own, is out on a Pokémon journey with her trusty Axew in order to raise it well. Cilan has joined Ash in order to see the Unova region, its trainers, and enhance his abilities as a Pokémon Connoisseur.


Story Arcs:

Kanto arc (Season 1): Ash begins his journey to become a pokémon master. He starts his journey with his at first reluctant Pikachu, but the two quickly become friends. As his journey starts he is joined by Cerulean City and Pewter City gym leaders Misty and Brock. Together they travel throughout the Kanto region so that Ash can collect gym badges so that he can compete in the Pokémon League, while fending off the attacks of the villainous Team Rocket.


Orange Islands arc (Season 2): After losing in the Pokémon league, Ash, Misty, and Brock head to the Orange Islands to retrieve the mysterious GS Ball. After obtaining it, Brock decides to stay and work with Professor Ivy to help him with his dream. As Ash decides to compete in the Orange League, they are joined by Pokémon Watcher Tracey. Together they set out on Ash's new Lapras' back and travel around the tropical islands, while still fending off Team Rocket.


Johto arc (Season 3/The Johto Journeys, Season 4/Johto League Champions, Season 5/Master Quest): After delivering the GS Ball to Professor Oak, he can't figure out the secrets of the ball. He sends Ash off to Azalea Town in Johto in order to deliver the ball to the pokéball expert Kurt. Reunited with Brock, the trio once again heads off for adventure in a new land so that Ash can compete in the Johto League, and prove that he is better then his old rival Gary. Not to mention Team Rocket continues in their quest to capture Pikachu.


Hoenn arc (Season 6/Advanced, Season 7/Advanced Challenge, Season 8/Advanced Battle): After settling his rivalry with Gary and ultimately losing in the Johto League, Ash takes Harrison's advice and heads to the Hoenn region. With Misty and Brock back at their gyms, he is all alone, until he encounters an upcoming trainer named May. The two decide to travel together and eventually are joined by May's brother Max, and Brock even returns. Together the four of them traverse the Hoenn region so that Ash can compete in the Hoenn League and so that May can become a great Coordinator and compete in the Hoenn Grand Festival, and don't forget the ever persistent Team Rocket, as well as new foes Team Magma and Team Aqua.


Battle Frontier arc (Season 8/Advanced Battle, Season 9/Battle Frontier): After losing in the Hoenn League and Grand Festival, Ash and May return home. However, the two of them, as well as Max and Brock quickly reunite when Ash is told about the Battle Frontier in Kanto, and May finds out about Pokémon Contests in Kanto. The group of four continue to travel together in the Kanto region so that Ash and May can continue on in their dreams of being champions, with Team Rocket still in tow.


Sinnoh arc (Season 10/Diamond and Pearl, Season 11/DP: Battle Dimension, Season 12/DP: Galactic Battles, Season 13/DP: Sinnoh League Victors): After losing in the Kanto Grand Festival, May heads off to Johto to compete in more contests while Max returns home to Petalburg City. After witnessing the awesome power of Gary's newest Pokémon, Ash heads off to the Sinnoh region to once again find adventure. He soon reunites with Brock and they join up with Dawn, a pokémon coordinator just beginning her journey to become a contest champion like her mother. Together the trio travels through the Sinnoh region so Ash can compete in the Sinnoh League, and Dawn in the Sinnoh Grand Festival, as well as fighting off the evil Team Rocket, Team Galactic, and Pokémon Hunter J.


Unova arc (Season 14/Black and White, Season 15/BW: Rival Destinies, Season 16/Adventures in Unova): After becoming the runner-up of the Sinnoh Grand Festival and after discovering his dream to become a Pokémon Doctor, Dawn and Brock head off on their own to achieve their goals. Meanwhile, after placing in the Top 4 of the Sinnoh League, Ash heads to the Unova region to collect more badges and compete in the Unova League. He is soon joined by Iris, a young girl wanting to be a Dragon Master, and Cilan, a Pokémon Connoisseur. Together they journey throughout the Unova region while also thwarting off the efforts of Team Rocket and a secret organization.

Decolore Islands arc (Season 16/Adventures in Unova and Beyond): Following the conclusion of the Unova League and stopping Team Plasma's mission to control Unova, Ash decides to head home to Kanto. Iris and Cilan want to join him as well and together the three decide to take a detour to Kanto and travel through the Decolore Islands.

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  • I liked it when I was a child, but growing up, I recognize its many faults and the video games are WAY better :(

    2.0
    Here's what's wrong:



    - Almost Nothing Happens

    - Filler Episodes Galore (ex. Why would I want to see an episode where they help out a beauty parlor owner?)

    - Highly Repetitive

    - Keeps Dragging On And On

    - Mediocre Animation

    - Nothing Makes Any Sense

    - Stupid, Idiotic Characters (especially the main character and the villains)

    - Way Too Kid-Friendly



    There were a tiny bit of funny moments and some good fights. However, they weren't enough to save this anime. This is, more or so, just a commercial to promote the video games being the story is practically non-existent.



    If I could, I would've incorporated social commentary into the anime and gave it a much more realistic tone.moreless
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    9.5
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  • It's really getting boring but it still makes itself watch

    6.5
    Pokemon is without doubt the best cartoon show for me. I grew up watching indiego season. So, pokemon world holds a great place inside me. I began watching it again when i'm 17 and I was fascinated because it was still great. The pokemon world inside me was awakening. I watched the first 5 season with great pleasure (espacially indiego,orange islands and master quest). But when misty went, i was really devastated. Because i was thinking pokemon world itself was growing with the characteristic development of charecters like Misty and Ash and it was getting mature with misty's romance. But with advanced generation's start, it returned to the beginning. I watched the 6. season but it was kinda boring. However when i say myself i should give up wathcing it, i just can't. There is something that still makes attracting the pokemon. And i think that's why people like me still watches pokemon. Because it's kinda escape from the real world and a childhood world that we never wanna leave. If it wasn't for that, who would want to watch a show whose protagonist never ages for years, and whose characters (like team rocket) says the same motto for years. And yes, i'm among those saying Ash should be 17 or older in the anime and i think there shouldn't be new pokemon. This makes the show much more boring and meaningless. And i think there should be an end season in which ash would win a league and defeat the elite four, and meets old friends like Misty and Brock.

    Well, overall x and y is worth watching, espacially if you are bound to it like me. I actually just watched the first 6 season and planning to watch entire advanced generation. After that i think it's time to give up. Because the show seems endless and for this reason it's getting worthless.moreless
  • Don't listen to ActionAdventure! This show is great!

    6.5
    My sister loves this show! :p
  • Has Become Atrocious, and is Beyond Overrated

    1.0
    It was at its best in the OS, for Kanto and OI specifically, though Johto had an excellent English dub: 10/10

    It went slightly downhill when Misty left but was still good in AG: 9/10

    It went completely downhill when TPCi took over and ruined the English dub from BF to XY: 1/10



    I couldn't disagree more with most of what natsulian7 said, by the way.



    There is no stunning animation in the XY Series: Ash's eyes still look goofy, he doesn't even f*cking look his age (he's 10 for life!), and it's very overdone and exaggerated.



    There is zero character development in XY Series apart from Clemont: Ash is as static and bland as ever, Bonnie is annoying and has zero depth to her character whatsoever, Serena has done nothing for 30+ episodes now but be a shallow, vain b*tch, there are no interactions: when do Bonnie and Ash EVER interact? Serena and Clemont? Never.



    Overall: 1/10 because I hate what it's become-- 4Kids dubbed it a lot better over TPCi's garbage, and the older Series are better-- you want a real Pokemon Anime, watch "The Origin" or the OS or AG Series, not this trash.



    If I could give it a lower rating, I WOULD: this is a TERRIBLE show now-- I would not recommend what it has to become to ANYONE.moreless
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    Pre-Teens, foreign worlds, cartoon violence, ensemble cast, hostile monsters