I was 7 when Pokemon first came out. Most of the hinting that Misty liked Ash or that Brock liked other girls flew over my peers' heads at that point. Re-watching, it's clear to see that the show was originally meant for a broader audience than it is now. As a teen or young adult, you could watch the first 4 or even 5 seasons with kids and enjoy the laughs on multiple levels. Now, Pokemon's audience seems to be for babies or 5 and 6 year olds who don't even understand the backstory of Ash or Pikachu. That kind of writing should cause for the Anime to end entirely. The writers ruined Pokemon, starting with getting rid of Misty. Misty will never be a water Pokemon master by being cooped up in a gym, and most gym leaders leave the gyms and travel. Why doesn't Misty travel and attend more leagues, just like Ash does? Ash and Misty have similar goals, and if Ash just has Misty take all his water Pokemon, he could focus on the other types of Pokemon and the both of them could become masters quicker. It made no sense to write Misty off especially because she was treated the worst with little to no conclusion at all. The writers should have ended Ash as the main character after the Johto League and started focusing on other characters' stories such as May and Dawn without Ash. Ash being perpetually 10 and being held back by traveling with new trainers all the time makes no sense. The ratings for the show are going down and quickly. My advice to the writers is to terminate Ash as the main character as soon as possible before the anime tanks completely. Yes, bringing a love interest is what the fans want, but it's too late for that and should have continued with Misty. Now with X and Y, you are making the old fans resent Pokemon. Why keep making new Pokemon? Why not stick with the Pokemon already established and build off of that like when Ash brought back Charazard (however, that made it necessary for Ash to have flashbacks, and we can do that with every Pokemon, can we?)? Ash has little to no chance of ever becoming a Pokemon Master now with all these new Pokemon every single episode. Yes, people might like X and Y because Ash seems to be older and there seems to be a relationship there that was like his relationship with Misty, but I'm telling you, Serena is not developed and pushes for a relationship with Ash too much -- it's rushed and doesn't make sense. She is clingy and boring, and makes the show boring especially when compared to Misty or May. Misty helped Ash develop with advice and by making fun of him to push Ash to train harder or when he didn't understand things. With the newer characters, Ash is the one teaching them. Ash is the one who needs to learn the most if he wants to be a Pokemon Master; he needs to surround himself with people who help him achieve his goal. This is why Brock and Misty were the best companions for Ash. The writers have created shipping wars that will never end, and now the writers will never be able to make all or the majority of the fans happy, thus the anime needs to die ASAP. Ending the anime would not end the sales of the games. In my opinion, the newer Pokemon are ridiculous and there really needs to stop being new Pokemon introduced.
I shall review the pokemon anime based on the five Japanese seasons, the Original series, Advanced series, Diamond and Pearl series, Best Wishes and XY.
The original series is probably my least favorite. The second season was all filler, Tracy was a mediocre character and Brock didn't resonate with me. Misty, Ash, Gary and Team Rocket were amazing. This series is a unique spin on the games, and although not the best part of the anime, it is still great for little children. Rating- 7.9
Advanced Series was pretty good too. May and Max make a nice duo, Brock gains some personality, New rivals are introduced and Team Rocket is still Team Rocket. Contests are introduced and a new style for the art direction is used. It's an improvement on the original series, but May and Max share the spotlight, Brock has much to be restored and it feels like the original series enhanced.
Diamond and Pearl were amazing. Contests are expanded upon, Dawn is a wonderful addition, and while Ash and Dawn are in the spotlight, Brock developed even more, and ... Team Galactic is just amazing and the best in the franchise so far. Dawn's arch is just amazing, and Ash still has the spotlight.
Best Wishes is like a weird version of Diamond and Pearl with no contests and not as great characters. Cilan is like Brock and Iris doesn't have her own spotlight. Ash's personality sucks, and I would've loved to seen more of N. Team Plasma was okay, along with Trip, but not a lot is done to change the flow of the story. Decolore Islands was okay, but it was a big filler arch.
... Ash's character improved a bit, Clemont is a unique take on a stereotype, and Bonnie made the whole gang work as a group. Serena at first was absolutely terrible, but after episode 60, she greatla improved very quickly. I cannot wait to see what she has in store as a character. I didn't really like the pace of the first season, but the second season improved it. I want to see more of Team Flare, develop Scottie and Serena's characters and keep the amourshipping hype train going.
Pokemon is an OK show its not amazing but its not terrible. It was really GOOD from Indigo league to Advance Battles. It started to decline in quality in late Diamond and peril and Ash lost his personality he was literally a robot who just battled all the time )I know it's based off a fighting game but still there has to be mare layers to the main character than that. It got Horrible in Black and White. Team Rocket got serious , his friend Iris was an useless annoying nag, and I could not stand Sylins voice. The writers probably even hated Black and White or at least relised what they were doing wasn't working because they made team Rocket change back and they fixed all their mistakes. X and Y is just OK I don't like that Team Rocket is less wacky and funny and the art work do,s look as pretty as The Sinnoh season and Hoenn Season now it looks almost ugly that might be because they don't paint them any more
I love to watch pokemon but i was disappointed to see ash in black and white as he was behaving so novice and before that he just defeated the legendary pokemons latios and darkrai, i couldn't bear to see him loose to a beginner like trip.
I like pokemon xy amongst all just wanted ash to remember and tell others that he also had a and bulbasaur and laparas when he come across these pokemon in it seemed he forgot abt also would like if ash wins kalos Serena tells ash about her feelings and asg gets mega charlizard....
I hope the writers don't disappoint this time.... .plz...
I wrote an old review on how I used to love the anime of Pokemon up until mid Sinnoh. Sicne then, I have finally gotten around to watching all of Sinnoh and my feelings are still the same about it. WAY TOO MANY fillers and the series seemed to center around Dawn despite Ash being the main character. I'm still not a big Dawn fan but she isn't as bad as Iris.
I completely grew disatisfied with Pokemon Black/White, the anime was atrocious to me. Iris was just flat out annoying, her and her annoying "You're such a kid" catchphrase. Seriously, Pokemon doesn't need catchphrases, I can't stress this enough lol. Cilan wasn't any better either, his constant use of food analogies while talking about practically anything was annoying and way too one dimensional. So as you can see. And I feel that they butchered Ash the most, he was flat out dumb and novice which he shouldn't be considering he's been traveling forever. Team Rocket, I'll admit that I did like their "serious" phase in the beginning, it was a nice change of pace from their Sinnoh appearances. Honestly, they were awful in Sinnoh I think so seeing the more serious Team Rocket was pretty cool.
Of course, it didn't last and they reverted back to their annoying selves. It's pretty obvious that I hated B/W and I will never sit through it.
But just when all hope was lost, X/Y came out and while I was skeptical at first, I have to say... It's actually pretty good! Ash isn't all that stupid anymore like he was in B/W so he's easier to take, Clement is a very likable supporting character, I enjoy him a lot. Serena... At first I found her boring and I hated how they shoe-horned her into Ash's back story. It's just stupid how she was "So in love for him" for like years even though they only met once. It's just too unrealistic for my taste. Anyway, I do like Serena a lot more than Iris and I'm hoping that she'll surprise us and won't be known as "the girl who's obsessed with Ash", I feel a good future for her. Bonnie... I could honestly do without but she isn't as in your face/abrasive like Max was so she's okay. And finally Team Rocket, I have to say that I like them a lot here. Sadly, not as much as I did during Kanto, Johto, & the first half of Hoenn but they are a big step up from Sinnoh & Unova. For one, they finally DON'T TALK IN RHYME anymore!! Thank you writers for removing that! Michelle Knotz as Jessie is sounding very good as well. I'm still on the fence with James & Meowth's voice actors though I will say, with the new mature script writing, they sound better.
All in all, Pokemon X/Y is doing very well I think. It feels like the writers learned from their mistake in Sinnoh & Unova and fixed them in Kalos so I can't wait to see more of it. I am still a big fan of the original seasons with Ash, Misty, & Brock but X/Y is not terrible by any stretch and it's re-sparked my love for the anime again. Here's to a bright future for Pokemon.
Pokemon is a great series overall, but has had some ups and downs in its time.
Kanto was a great starting point, and Ash was made to relate to other young Pokemon fans of the time. This was fine, but if you already knew a lot about Pokemon, there was nothing really there for you - and as we all know, the start is what really hooks viewers. Then we got introduced to other characters with a range if personalities, like Brock, Misty and Team Rocket. As Johto and Hoenn passed, though, I think the writers ran out of ideas for Ash and co and thought of a new star; Dawn. Of course, Ash was still important, but Diamond and Pearl altogether seemed to be centered around Dawn.
Next, there was Black and White. This series seemed like it tried to revamp the show, but failed miserably. It just changed our favourite characters like Ash and Team Rocket into completely different characters. Oh, and Iris.
YOU'RE SUCH A LITTLE KID
IT'S FISHING TIME!
X and Y really hooked me again. It made it seem like Unova never happened. It has a balanced focus on all the characters, as well as bringing in more side-characters than ever.
Let's count: Shauna, Trevor, Tierno, Diantha, Professor Sycamore, Ninja Sanpei, Meyer and that girl with the fennekin who isn't serena and has pink hair I think.
I always loved pokemon, hell it was my whole world when i was a kid.... Kanto, Jhoto, and Hoen were really good.. Ash's character was improving as his experience increased and things were finally looking up for him.. Then came Diamond and Peral... In some ways this series was good.. Introducing a girl which had a co-star status in the anime was a bold move by the writters... Also Ash improved immensely but lost in the semi-finals... this would have been acceptable if the opponents pokemon werent sooped up legionaries... It just reminded everyone what a looser Ash was....
Then came Black and White.... There is only one word for it and that is "shit".... Somehow magically Ash lost all of his experience and was converted into a version of his Kanto self ... stupid, implusive, and non experienced.... His travelling companions sucked with the girl being a rehash of misty and the male being a "i-know-how to-do -a-variety-of-things-but-aint-a-master-of-any" person with stupid food puns.... Worst of all was the league where he digresses to top 8 again against a boy who didnt even know how many pokemon are in a full team!!! I vowed to never watch pokemon again!!!
Finally comes X and Y..... It seems that the writers have realizied the mess they made out of BW and wanted to fix it... They decided to roll out the big guns... Ash is back with the sharpest animation yet... Battles are MINDBLOWING without stock animation and colored backgrounds... The pace is good with each character getting focus... And the girl knows Ash from way back pre series... And the cherry on the top is that she has a crush on him that the writers are pushing heavily.... This group of 4 feels like a family now and given the team the writers have in store for Ash i can say that Ash has a solid chance of winning the league this time... Overall its very refreshing seeing the anime take a step in the right direction...
I highly recommend it to all the the pokemon lovers out there... Make sure to watch the english subs as the dub removes all the good soundtracks!!!
the pokemon have become worse and worse, less action, less feelings, its not the same, i could probably do a much better exciting story line than that, you guys are ruining what satoshi started shame on you all!
the heart beating action, is gone, try to look at the start of seasons and the last ones, see the difference there is a huge one, i could do it 1000 times better!
seriously stop ruin hes show just cuz he is dead, he gave us a huge enjoyment in our lifes, and u guys are killing it right now
My first encounter with Pokemon anime was at Diamond and Pearl, Back than I enjoyed the series and liked the characters and I was quite pleased with got in to Pokemon about a year ago,so I didn't watch it on TV) So after that I watched DP I began watching BW, I loved that saga as well especially Team Rocket. So then X and Y came out. I was really Hyped about X and Y because I was stunned by the my standards back then, i only watched PKMN, lol). But then I started watching other anime (Like DBZ for example) And I realised how much Pokemon lacked. Some examples:
When you watch an episode, big chances they aren't really doing anything.
The episodes aren't that have 3 types of episodes: Solve-a-problem-of-the-day-episode, a Battle, or a contest/some random other pkmn competition, were 90% of the episodes are the first category)
The characters aren't that smart,you might say that's because they are kids, but Clemont is on the level of a University student :] Oh and team rocket should be a lot smarter as well (Black and White!)
The episodes overall are just boring, I don't know why you shouldn't skip them unless they aren't important to the story(In other words,Filler)
Oh and it's really repetitve.
The animation is still pretty good and the battles....... AMAZING, really they are. And the Music is awesome as well.
I Don't know if I should ask this much from a kids show but still, the majority of the Pokemon fans are people above 13 years old, so maybe they should split it, but I'm going a little of topic now.
Conclusion: Pokemon XY isn't great if you like fast paced and action packed tv shows because Pokemon is far from that, The battles, animation and music are great and so are the characters, but In my opinion, It's a little too Childish.
Honestly up to the end of Diamond & Pearl i was hooked on the series but after that i just started getting sick of the same of story, ash travels to a new place, earns 8 badges then off to a league he once again loses just so they can keep the story going. Black & White i found really boring and not just because of the same old story, Ash started acting real childish, Cilan was real annoying, I haven't got much problems with Iris but i'm sure someone else does. Honestly i kinda liked the new Team Rocket, they had a reason to stay and there new serious style got me real excited but when they went back to there original dorky selves i just got sick of them and there no real reason for even being on the show anymore, not to mention there new voice actors (Mostly James) drove me nuts. Truthfully Black & White is the Worst Pokemon series to date but XY been okay as of now but i hope it gets more exciting instead of the same of song & dance.
- 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.
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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.
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.
What can I say? First off, the X and Y series has done many things Black and White tried to do but consequently failed correctly. The animation is fluid, colored backgrounds are no longer used but are replaced by the current setting, and overall, X and Y is by far the best animated series in the Pokemon Series so far. Character development is great with the correct amount of screening time for each character although the female protagonist Serena does need more honing than others.
- Stunning animation
- Stable character development
- Character conversion; converting bland characters such as gym leaders, Diantha, and NPC's in the game into fluid, relatable, and stable characters
- Character interactions
- Brother and sister interactions
- Malamar; one of the most intriguing Pokemon in the Series to date
- Gym Battles; stunning animation but at the same time, shows off Ash's skills as a trainer
- Character of the day; infectious characters built with the correct mindset
- Plot structure; main antagonists are not needed to move the Saga forward but will prove an amazing asset if they do debut
- Mega Acts I and II; animation is even more stunning with in-depth characters, antagonists, goals, and is an overall great side series
- Too much screening time for some characters
- Serena's little to no development
- Pokemon catching rate; this is both a con and pro as it means more for Ash's and co's Pokemon but at the same lacks diversity and entertainment
- Pokemon development; not as much as Black and White and Diamond and Pearl Sagas but too little, they seem more like props than characters
In the end, the good outweigh the bad and so far, this series proves one of the best in the Pokemon Series.
I still watch Pokemon to this day, and I'm almost 20. I will admit, the first few seasons were amazing, the middle ones not so much. I definitely miss some of the older characters like misty, Gary, may, max, and now Brock. I think that ash's kalos journey has actually started off great, and I really really enjoyed it! Definitely already better than black and white. Besides a few things (like when ash says psyched which I swear nobody says). I know he has to keep stuff like his impulsiveness and other sometimes grudging traits, but hey that makes ash. Back to the whole show though. I thing its xy is more I guess dramatic. The animation is great, and they even brought a different version of the original theme song! Along with that we see many of the same Pokemon from previous seasons in the background. I find it awesome how they mixed the old with the new, its a change with some nostalgia.
I think, that the first 5 series were awesome brilliant, they were funny, the pokemon were cute and the characters were good. Then we hit the series with May and Max, who I also thought were brilliant, team rocket was also good in all of them. I especially favoured their costumes and disguises and the fact that he usually had one of his pokemon (I remember Cacnea and Victreebel mostly) attacking him. Then the dp battle dimensions made an appearance, and it was good but it kind of got tiring, always changing the female characters. I would say the only good thing about that was the running joke of the female companions bikes being broken, but thats about it. It started to annoy me because there were less and less references to other older characters, like misty and tracey. I also didn't get pokemon chronicles, don't get me wrong it was a great season but it has a new trainer, I think he was called Jimmy? We see him for a special feature length episode 'The legend of Thunder' then we never hear him again, wouldn't it be better if they expanded on him and his journey as well? It really ticks me off that they introduce some pretty cool characters, like Jimmy and Ritchie, who was apparently Ashes best friend, then we never hear of see them again. It also tends to do this with his pokemon, for example his pidgeot, primeape and butterfree. Now, I saw a sorta new episode of pokemon that was all about butterfrees and would of been the perfect to make Ash's Butterfree make a brilliant reappearance, I was actually expecting that, but no. So basically whenever he says something along the lines of "We'll meet again sometime/where we can be sure that we'll never see that person or pokemon again. Then the show hit rock bottom, its clear they must be running out of ideas and voice. I absoloutly detest James and Meowths new voices eugh! They just awful, meowth sounds like he's just attempted the cinnamon challenge and failed and james just sounds horrible. It has grown old. Maybe if the drawing hadn't been changed as well, ashes face is bad, they've changed the eyes. Also team rocket don't even use the Meowth hot air balloon anymore or 'blast off' Nurse joy looks horrendous because of the hair and face. Too much changes. I know I was born in 2000 and missed some of it, but I watched them on YouTube and I know a change when I see it. Pikachu is ugly now, not fat fluffy and cute. Overall the changes from 1998-present aren't for the good of the show. The animators really need to think this through and try to make it resemble the brilliant original a little more.
Ok let's got this straight. Pokemon came out in 1998 and I was born in 2001 so I kind of missed out in the kanto part (although I did watch it later and thought it was great) I never really liked pokemon until I was about 6 and this was when d/p came out I was glued to it. I really enjoyed it because it was so kid friendly for little kids and the older episodes were actually humorous. But when b/w came out I was shocked. I absolutely hated the new characters like cilan and iris. Cilan is like a wannabe Brock and iris is a wannabe misty. I also didn't like how ashs voice was so much more different than the d/p series and how pika uh was even more skinny than d/p. it was like the show completely changed. I also grew up with some of the pokemon games like d/p, but eventhough I grew up with theses games I actually preferred the older games like r/s/e and g/s/e because I already had the game boy. All in all, new episodes suck, old episodes rock, and pretty much all the games are good (especially x and y love that game so much) hope this helped! :P
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