Things About the Pokemon Anime that Need to Be ChangedI love the Pokemon Games but I've never been a big fan of the anime. It has loads of problems and should be rebooted. Pokemon Origins gave us a great example of a Pokemon story done right. These are things about the Pokemon Anime that need to be changed. I'll pick ten, you decide the rest.
There's a reason why shows like Digimon JJBA and Yugioh change protagonists. To keep the writing fresh and consistent as possible. Ash should just achieve his goal already and pass the torch to a new protagonist. And that new protagonist shall take the spotlight and have us witness his journey as well
Or just make the damn anime end already. One big story in this bloody anime is fine enough.
Other than the fact that this kid should have aged long ago, he's just so generic. He never even accomplishes his goal. Say what you will about Naruto, he became the Hokage! Even Yukiteru Amano won the survival game and I don't like him either. Ash has the same personality he's always had. Hot blooded youth with ambitious dreams. That's it. Let's make a new main character and want to follow him/her on their journey. Make them have their identifiable flaws, wholesome attitude and morals we can agree on.
The games each have a different main character. Why stick with Ash all this time, especially if he's going to remain frozen in time.
I agree. Clemont and Bonnie should have followed Serena to Hoenn and the show would kick off with Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire.
Aside from the solution that is to pass the torch, that doesn't really mean we'll just see those guys do the same thing. Just give each protagonists some unique traits and give them different storylines and trials they should tackle. Take Pokemon Adventures for example.
Also the episodes. Why not give it an episodic and consistent storyline and not some Saturday morning cartoon shenanigans? The premise is supposed to be Ash achieving his dream of Pokemon master. So give it a shot. I swear they just make pointless episodes so that they could advertise their pokemon
We all know Ash's goal in Pokemon. It's to be a Pokemon Master, so basically he wants to be the very best like no one ever was. Sadly, after over seven hundred episodes of the same thing, most people are getting sick of it. He hasn't won a Pokemon League since the Orange Islands and the story line keeps repeating. Go to a new region, meet some characters to follow you on your journey, catch some Pokemon, fight gyms, some filler, Pokemon League and you have Pokemon in a nutshell.
We need a different storyline! It's the same thing every season!
While I already like it that we can see other side characters have their spotlight, and in fact Brock and Misty were already perfect for their roles since Ash at first was an immature trainer that needs to be guided, I think the new guys such as Clemont Cilan May Dawn, and especially you Iris shouldn't have travelled with Ash. They just make him look too dependent when Ash was supposed to learn and do things on his own at this point (even though they just reduce him to a fodder when he enters a new region. This is God tier writing lol AND OH Ash shouldn't have been the protagonist for that long lmfao). Instead just have them simply act as side characters that we can see having separate paths from the main character or AsH if you boys still want him around and sometimes help 'em at times too but not all the time.
And lastly, make them relevant all the time. And give them relevance to the story being important plot points. And not be just there for the sake of being there. Also ...more
They don't have to be like how Ash's companions are always at his side but make them interesting. Like in the games how you had Hau or Gladion. They were both great characters but they didn't have to constantly be around the player for us to like them. They had their own goals and ideas that separated them from the crowd. The most we got in the anime were little quirks and stereotyped characters. Like a deep look into how they became this way and make us want to see them again.
I miss the old crew...
These fight scenes aren't the most interesting thing in the world. Attack, dodge, attack, hit, rinse and repeat. Make it more intense or do something with the environment. Make the Pokemon sound like they're in pain. Some of them are getting hit with electricity, fire and psychic attacks. Make it look or feel like the creature is in pain.
I agree with this. Take a look at Ash's league battles against Paul and Alain. Those had awesome fight animation!
To be fair XY improved that. The battles before seemed like powerpoint slideshows.
You know, instead of Team Rocket (who always have money to make machines for some reason) always blasting off and keep coming back, let's make some stronger villains. If you want to make them comedic for kids, that's fine. Mojo Jojo is a great example of being evil yet charming. Or if you want just a straight up comedic villain that's sympathetic, make it like Jack Spicer from Xiaolin Showdown. Even Red in Pokemon Origins lost to Giovanni, he had to learn from that failure.
There are a lot of threatening villains in Pokemon. Sadly, the team rocket trio is the only one that people actually seem to know about.
I'm not saying rated R or PG-13 but look at something like Avatar the Last Airbender. It's a fun action show that has fantasy too. But they made mature for kids and didn't treat them like idiots. It appealed to both children and adults because of how smart the writing is. If Pokemon had something like that, it could a million more times better. Like the Marowak and Cubone episode in Pokemon Origins. That was a mature episode that dealt with death and moving on after death.
Filller. Filler. Filler everywhere.
In my opinion, they should have just made the series a seasonal run like Digimon. 50 or 70-ish episodes each. No filler. No pointless episodes. No saturday morning cartoon shenanigans. Take breaks until the new games is out for the new anime. It doesn't have to be a continuous run.
Make the pacing not too slow or too fast. Even the original problem had problems with pacing. Twenty episodes to get to one town that in the games, isn't very far away. Don't bore your audience with filler episodes and mess up the pacing.
Don't make it about the same morals or with the same problems. Like how Ash kept freeing his Pokemon like Butterfree, Primeape, Lapras, Pidgeot, etc. Or how about how it's wrong to treat Pokemon like tools episodes. There's so many of those! We get it! Fish are friends, not food! Or how many times we see over and over Ash losing in the Pokemon League.
These last two are nitpick but I think it needs to be said. Does Ash or anyone in the anime use anything except Pokeballs? What about Ultra Balls? Those are better. How about using potions during a battle, they never use those either.
I'm not saying it's the worst thing in the world but it could use some renovating. Ash looks really weird in Pokemon Sun and Moon compared to the other characters and what he looked like in XYZ.
In fact I actually thought she's going to be the new main protagonist in the Sinnoh anime. Her premise seemed promising at first. And oh wait. The writers are a bunch of gen 1 fanboys. It was going to be your boi Ash again all along. What a surprise! She's already perfect for the role of MC just like in the games and manga!
And speaking of Dawn, give her a stronger team. I get it. You're a coordinator, not a trainer. But they're not mutually exclusive. Imagine her being the main protagonist of the Sinnoh anime and as with her role, she should come up as competent having an awesome pokemon team that can rival a champion's and be the focus of attention. Just like in the games. Imagine that. Being a top coordinator and pokemon champion. What a wasted opportunity. Female leads in pokemon just usually come up as fragile sissies.
This bish should have just took a lot of things from her manga counterpart Yvonne Gabena and not some lowkey simp who is pretty much Hinata Hyuga 2.0
She is gone, And she ain't coming back! :,D
Now this is a big problem. Pikachu's power level is just inconsistent asf. He pretty much represents how messed up the power scaling is in the pkmn anime. Just fix it. Fix it. Make it consistent and it has to make sense.
Or just grow the F up already! Pikachu should just take an evolution stone and evolve to a Raichu. That would have been already a great character development for him.
Really who needs them?