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Like many other kids in the late 90s/early 00s, I got caught up in the Pokemon fad. (Well, technically, my older brother got me into it, but still...) I played the games, collected a few of the cards, and I watched the anime series it was based off. The anime is now a long runner, with 14 seasons as of this review, but... was it really worth carrying on with it in the end?
The Pokemon anime starts off with a young boy named Ash Ketchum, who leaves his home of Pallet Town, with dreams of becoming a Pokemon Master. Along the way, he meets and befriends many different people and Pokemon, while having to fight Team Rocket, who constantly try to steal his Pikachu and the Pokemon of the week. In the first two seasons (the Kanto and Orange Islands arcs), the premise was executed well, with decent plots each episode, good humour, well-developed characters, well-choreographed battles, and great villains. However, by the third season (the Johto arc), the show entered seasonal rot. Plots became repetitive, with Ash and co. travelling, finding Pokemon, doing some side quests, gettting gym badges, fighting Team Rocket, and rinse-repeat. The sluggishness wore on, until the breaking moment in which Misty left the show, being replaced with May in the Hoenn arc. At this point, I realised that it wasn't worth carrying on with the anime, so I stopped watching it. And when I did watch a new episode, I simply changed the channel after the first part.
The characters aren't as likable as they used to be. Ash has no personality anymore, and is just your generic shonen anime hero, who for some reason, always gives up his Pokemon before he enters a new region. Brock has now been written out of the show. The female replacements also get annoying, with May being somewhat tolerable, and with Dawn being an utter idiot. They aren't as memorable as Misty. Team Rocket are a shadow of their former selves, and they can't capture Pokemon to save their lives. Why do they still try, even though they fail all the time?
The voice acting is also now poor. Ash sounds too feminine and Meowth has a rubbish New York accent for some odd reason. The other characters' voices ranged from passable to bad.
The humour is bland. The gags involving the Nurse Joys and Officer Jennys, and with Brock falling in love with every pretty girl he met (when he was still in the show) aren't funny anymore. They've been run into the ground.
The animation and art style are decent, but repetitive. You can tell they're just walking past the same woods and mountains they've passed through before, and sometimes, the animation becomes stiff. The battles also get boring, with almost-similar choreography in every episode.
Overall, Pokemon was good while it lasted, but it's now stale. Changing the main cast every arc obviously didn't work. I'm sorry to anyone who is still watching the show, but it's way past its prime, and has lost all its original charm. Just watch the Kanto and Orange Islands arcs and forget the rest.
As we all know, Pokemon was one of the most famous and best anime out there. It's well developed characters, good action sequences, and good plots brought it up to the big leagues. Even back then Team Rocket were one of the greatestvillainsout there. However, this show started to take a deep turn while driving down to Hoenn region. I enjoyed May's and Max's characters, as they were two of my favorite characters, but other than that, it was pretty much wrong. Team Rocket themselves went from bad boy villains to a messed-up portable freak show. Ash himself has absolutely no character anymore, and comes up with the dumbest excuses ever. Dawn is a major idiot who didn't deserve to replace May, and the new girl is even worse than her. Speaking of the new region, it's somewhat better than Sinnoh, but is still very bad and not good at all. And guess what? Brock is not in it anymore. They wrote him out of the show? Absolute crud. That pretty much leaves with no good characters on this show. Also, what's up with the Jenny cop and the Nurse Joy identical sister gag? It's not funny and pointless. The gag with Brock flirting with girls is not funny at all either. But what the worst part about this show is how the story goes. The same formula goes: Ash meets up with a new Pokemon, Team Rocket shows up to get the pokemon and fails, and the day is saved. And then after the sequence is used after a few episodes, Ash meets up with the Gym Leader. That's it. In fact, the term "Gotta catch 'em all!" is not even relevant in this show anymore. The plots themselves are boring and dumb now. The artwork is OK, but gets repetitive; the animation is sometimes stiff at moments.
The final verdict: Only watch Kanto and Johto. Those are the good ones. You might as well pass up Hoenn, Sinnoh, and the new one, Unova. They're not worth watching.
Presentation: 6/10 Idea wise, it sounds good, but the poor plots bring the score down.
Animation: 6/10 Artwork gets repetitive, and the animation is sometimes stiff.
Voice: 4/10 Ash's voice is veryscreechingand annoying, and the music gets repetitive. The other characters don't really help either.
Entertainment: 4/10 Fights get repetitive, and the same formula is used almost all the time.
Lasting Appeal: 4/10 If you want to see some good anime for everyone, watch Yu-Gi-Oh! Not this.
FINAL SCORE: 4/10 Crummy