Worst Aspects of the Pokemon XY Anime

Many fans remembered their pokemon from the first generation, but as generations go on, the fandom is subjected to many debates as to whether the following generations grew the beard or jumped the shark. Pokemon XY the series has improved over the Best Wishes saga ever since they've brought back many pokemon from the first four generations. However, it's not without it's own flaws, but this doesn't stop some people from liking the show or the current generation's pokemon altogether. This list applies to the human characters, especially to many pokemon

The Top Ten

1 Serena Serena Serena has proven to be a kind and polite girl but she can also be openly rebellious towards her mother, Grace. In Kalos, Where Dreams and Adventures Begin!, she refused to wake up when Grace ordered her to, and gave a sassy response to her mother's call to watch the news. This tumultuous relationship ...read more.

Serena is just a plot device for Ash Ketchum to fall in love, which fails miserably. Pokémon is an action anime, and the writers were turning it into a "will they, won't they" sort of thing. Don't turn a show targeted for boys into a romance.

She is the worst travelling companion of ash, and annoying too

Again, she totally ruins the anime. For me, at least. Thank God, we only have a few more months and then she'll be gone for the next female traveling companion. The light at the end of the tunnel! Woo! Hello, Alola region!

This list is for salty genwunners

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2 Johnny Test-Styled Character Derailment
3 Stale Humor

Why did they ruin Bonnie with that AWFUL gag? It's so stupid, everyone hates it, & no one ever found it funny! - person5000

BW had better humor; at least Bianca was interesting to me - yungstirjoey666

Only one episode was funny rest were just

4 Mediocre Writing

This is the reason I dislike Xy. It has good moments but overall the stereotypic writing and one dimensional/ bland characters was too much..

Just the same kind of plot as usual. New region and companions, Team Rocket steals Pikachu and blasts off, get all badges, lose league, save the world, leave friends, wash, rinse, repeat. The anime is garbage in general. - yungstirjoey666

Nothing special and yet people think it's the best thing ever what

It was written very well and it has better writing than that trash BW Series and OG as well. Yes it is the best thing ever, you’re right! - TGBBOD

5 Pokemon with minor appearances

Or awesome Pokemon who's potential is wasted in pointless beauty/dance/baking competitions? What the heck is that about? (Sylveon and Braixen)

6 Rips off Diamond and Pearl

This isn't an XY problem. Just a problem with the entire anime in general. - yungstirjoey666

Yes. The writing in Diamond and Pearl is so superior.

Nothing can best Diamond and Pearl. - Rue

Pokémon XY does NOT in any way rip off Diamond & Pearl. Quit making things up people. If XY rips off DP, then guess what? DP rips off AG too. - TGBBOD

7 Pointless Cliches

All of the characters have little to no personality whatsoever; they're way too positive. - yungstirjoey666

All character are pointless cliches. They where just so lazy this season & the characters r what keep me in the anime nowadays. Alola, hopefully u will do good... - person5000

Ash: typical shonnen main character

Serena: useless female sterotype

Clemont: science geek

Bonnie: typical cute younger sister

Shauuna: typical bubbly friendly character

Trevor: photography geek

Terino: dance obsessed

Alain: typical anti-hero

Marrion: typical ditzy overbearing character

= boring characters

8 Fanservice

One word: Ash-Greninja - Friendshipper11

It's bad enough I see panning shots on the butt on some girls in Sword Art Online, but it seems now Pokemon is doing it with Serena. Seriously, this is a kids show, not a sneaky imitator of Fairy Tail disguised as a kids show. - ModernSpongeBobSucks

UGH! This! Really, Serena and fanservice are like one and the same! It TICKS me off how so many camera angles focus on her short skirts!

*Sigh*... Amourshipping, the most disgusting fan service of all of the others. Rude, hostile, arrogant, selfish, ambitious, bitter, perverted, immature and shallow. I CANNOT even bother why these shippers want to have Serena to be with Ash. Unbelievable!

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9 Overrated Kalos Pokemon
10 Too many filler episodes

Actually TGBBOD is right for this. XY has the least filler out of all arcs. - yungstirjoey666

You guys can criticize XY for having too much filler all you want. Go ahead and keep it up but it ain’t gonna change the fact that it has the least amount of filler of all the other series in the past. You guys need to STOP lying! XY did not have too many filler episodes at ALL! XY only had 15 fillers! While XYZ only had 9 fillers so no it did not have too many filler episodes so just stfu and gtfo stupid XY haters. - TGBBOD

The Contenders

11 Team Rocket losing their charm despite being one of the few good characters left on the show

Eh in some areas they have their charm. But they are extremely overused, pointless, & a waste of time most the time - person5000

12 Disturbing Content

That episode when Serena dressed up as Ash; ironically this would've been a normal scene from the original 4kids era. - yungstirjoey666

Like...blatant fanservice and the sexualization of a 10 year old girl (Serena dressing in what was basically lingerie with little animal ears and a Fennekin tail)! *seeths with indignation*

Ha! There's Serena, dressing like a hooker and then later being some kind of porn star for no reason whatsoever. As much as Serena does this because of the writers, I think that Serena would grow up like a whore if she keeps it up. DISTURBING!

13 Ash wasn't expressive

Ash's face was stoic all the time and he somehow behaved gayish with alain

He tries way to hard in XY and especially in XYZ. - Mehguy2000

I’ll give TGBBOD some credit: Ash was worse in Sinnoh for being expressive... and just having a personality beyond “I lyke pkmn & want 2 b friends with every1! ”
But still, XY(Z) ash is boring as heck.

OS ash > Hoenn ash > SM ash >>>>> Kalos ash > Sinnoh ash >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> isshu ash - person5000

14 You want to root for antagonists and hope they defeat Ash Ketchum

Most definitely! - KirbyStarRush

15 The Kalos League was rushed

That match between the mega Charizards had a lot of potential. Unfortunately, it didn't last long. - yungstirjoey666

16 Showcases

Actually I don't hate the showcases. - yungstirjoey666

There is absolutely NO reason to put Contests (well showcases, but they're the same thing.) in the KALOS anime. Aka, a region that DOES NOT HAVE THESE. They only exist to make Serena even more unbearably girly and annoying.

NO. Contests and Showcases are not the same thing. Contests were fun to watch and wasn't downright sexist. - Rue

17 The Pokemon characters had little to no personality

Even BW characterised the Pokemon in it better. That's one of it's strong points. XY just has them as bland battling machines. - FrozenHatingPokefan

No, they actually did all have personality.
Try again. - TGBBOD

How exactly do they not have personality? According to that brilliant logic, characters like Misty, Max, May, Iris, or Cilan have no personality either. - TGBBOD

18 Ash never got reunited with of one his old Pokemon or travelling companions

Putting Iris aside, Ash really should have used some of his old Pokemon. Not saying that his Kalos team was bad, but half of his team is like weak to Ice types. He could have used a variety of Pokemon from Oak, such as Infernape and Heracross. - yungstirjoey666

Actually this is one of the good aspects of it. Cause Iris is the worst female companion ever! Besides, Cilan got to come back at the end of the XY Series in a special episode so... - TGBBOD

Iris wasn't great, I agree, but what about Ash's past Pokemon? Half of Ash's team is literally weak against Ice types. - yungstirjoey666

Actually this is one of the good aspects of it. Cause Iris is garbage anyway! Besides, Cilan got to come back in a special episode at the end of the series so...

19 Nonexistent romance

Amourshipping seems cute and all, but it's basically forced fanservice. None of the ships would work out anyways. Ash doesn't need a girlfriend; he's happy enough as a Pokemon trainer. And besides, that kid is an oblivious idiot. He'll never take a hint. I won't hate you for shipping, but Pokemon should not be about romance. - yungstirjoey666

20 Low Production Values
21 Violence

Violence? More like lack thereof. Another reason I loathe this cartoon. - SelfDestruct

Oh, please. The anime has always been violent.

22 How digital it is
23 It's for kids

I absolutely despise this cartoon for a lot of reasons but this is the main reason (I can't bother calling the Pokemon cartoon an anime because it would be a big disgrace to call this piece of trash one). - SelfDestruct

Is this implying that because things being for kids that it can't be good? Because that's not true at all. - Rue

24 Lack of Violence

Okay, Team Rocket were violent in the Pokémon BW anime series, but that doesn't mean that Pokémon XY should have violence.

25 Clothes Fly in the Air (Xy Ep 30)

I thought I would see a naked anime. I thought this was for kids! But, there was no nakedness.

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1. Serena
2. Johnny Test-Styled Character Derailment
3. Mediocre Writing
1. Fanservice
2. Serena
3. Mediocre Writing
1. Pokemon with minor appearances
2. Johnny Test-Styled Character Derailment
3. Overrated Kalos Pokemon


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