Originally Posted by Fat DTC
I thought most of the Gym Battles in the Gen 1 anime series were a joke. Ash didn't even properly beat many of them and got the badge. That's about the only thing I really dislike about the Gen 1 anime compared to the others. The original was definitely the best, imo.
Yeah pretty much agreeing with this. I was watching the first couple of seasons recently and I was amazed at how bad the battles were. They were boring, some of them could barely be considered battles, and there are so many instances where they blatantly go against the games. There's obvious stuff like ground types being hit by hit by electric attacks, but there's even dumb stuff where moves do things that are completely different to the games (in an early episode, Brock's Zubat uses Double Team which causes it to blow a gust of wind instead of multiplying itself ugh). The main thing I like about the new seasons are the higher quality of the battles (not just important battles, all battles).
I do think most of the VA work was better in the early seasons though, especially with Team Rocket. I love Jessie's old voice over the newer close-but-no-cigar imitation that she has now. I do like Ash's newer voice though, it suits him better.