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  1. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    It's the first saga where one of Ash's starters isn't the main pokemon on his team. Even with Torracat evolved it's still not getting much focus, probably won't till it becomes Incineroar later in the arc. Also with the new game rumors I wonder if SM will be cut short in the anime, i guess...
  2. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    It's also weird how downplayed anime Lillie is from game Lillie. In the anime the Lusamine arc was breezed through and now she's just kinda there. They could have theoretically promoted her as a major character like May, Dawn or even Serena, but the writers don't seem to want to do that. I guess...
  3. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    That one scene in the trailer where Lisa trips and falls over trying to get Eevee back in its pokeball makes it seem like she'll probably be a ditzy character. I'm surprised they confirmed she was a teenager, she definitely looks like a typical fanservice character. I just hope they don't try to...
  4. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    I'm over 30, I know this. I'm just saying there's no point in expecting the anime to be what it was 20 years ago. The writers of course occasionally do nostalgic throwbacks like Misty/Brock in SM or Movie 20, etc....but it's all very brief and short lived. It's nothing more than, "Hey here's...
  5. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    Technically it did have its 1,000th episode, Japan advertised it as one of the Lillie eps in the Aether arc. They counted some of the Alan specials and a few other eps as regular episodes, so that adds up to. Overall though, Japan considers each saga of pokemon its own separate series. That's...
  6. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    Judging by the upcoming ep titles, the next few eps are just going to be fillers again, one of the first eps in January just a rotomdex filler, so I wouldn't expect anything important for a while. I wonder if things in SM just feel a bit more rushed than usual due to the huge main cast this...
  7. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    There's still 10+ more Ultra Beasts to feature in the anime, plus Team Skull has been been focused on. There's definitely going to be another big arc of sorts towards the end of SM. Lusamine is bound to stick around too.
  8. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    I guess the Sun/Moon anime cast will never be in a movie now that they've been passed over two movies in a row for reboot/alternate universe movies. It doesn't matter much, but I guess fans of the SM characters will never get to see them in movie animation like all the past main characters...
  9. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    Since they're getting the game plot out of the way early this time, it makes you wonder what they're going to do after. We're barely 60 eps into SM and the whole main villain/team plot of the games is done with already. Either SM really will be a short generation at only 2 years or they will...
  10. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    Piplup and Lucario were definitely the most promoted Sinnoh pokemon...but of all time? I'm not sure. I think the Kanto starters, Mewtwo, Jigglypuff, are still more well known. I honestly think the only reason Dawn's Piplup was so promoted is because originally they might have planned to evolve...
  11. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    So the dub of Movie 20 hit theaters in U.S. and most people don't seem to care that Misty/Brock aren't in the movie anymore, like I kinda expected. Would it have been nice to see them? I suppose, but it really wasn't needed. It's also kinda funny how quickly the Misty/Brock cameo eps in SM flew...
  12. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    I got the impression Ash got so many captures in BW and all the starters because they were trying to do a Kanto throwback, same reason Iris/Cilan dynamic with Ash sort of mirrored the original trio's and TR had that lame "serious" mode like they were for like the first 10 Kanto episodes...
  13. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    Even so it didn't work well because the starters always get the most screentime anyway, half of Ash's BW captures never did anything out of a small handful of episodes. Unova is the only saga in a long time Ash had no fully evolved starter, I'm not even sure why they couldn't evolve Snivy at...
  14. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    Also if you notice on the poster for the new arc, both Rowlett/Litten are mysteriously absent from it, whereas they show Ash's Lycanroc, Lana's water starter, and the other characters pokemon. I get the feeling they're not there to avoid spoiling Rowlett and Litten's evolutions. if Ash gets...
  15. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    In regards to today's episode, it was nice. The battles were well animated and the best of SM, they looked as good as the best XY battles. Brock beat Kiawe rather easily with his Mega Steelix. The Ash/Misty battle was a lot closer but Pikachu's Z move saved the day. We also had a short fun...
  16. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    You know I just realized this is like the first time in the series Misty/Brock are being portrayed as competent Gym leaders like they are in the games. In the anime they were both de-aged (obviously), and Misty became a rookie of 4 sisters rather than an experienced Gym leader like the games...
  17. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    Also Misty's Gyarados and Brock's Steelix are from the AG era, not the original series. For some bizarre reason Brock's Onix didn't evolve back in Johto despite Steelix being a new pokemon at the time (but that's Johto for you), and of course Misty didn't get Gyarados till she left the show and...
  18. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    Well Misty is getting a bit more to do than her last Pallet town visit at the end of Hoenn. In fact that ep was very similar to this one, with Ash showing off his old pokemon to May and Max, while Misty hung on the sidelines with Tracey and then TR attacked and they blew them up. Only back then...
  19. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    Yeah. The writers also couldn't even be bothered to show Tracey despite the fact that he actually works at Oak's lab, and he's not in next weeks ep either. The last time they even put Tracey in an episode was the very last AG episode before Ash headed off to Sinnoh. Tracey refereed the Ash/Gary...
  20. SPOILERS! General Pokémon Anime Discussion

    I think Ash will beat Misty, but Kiawe will beat Brock. I don't think they'd have both Misty/Brock win, likewise they wouldn't have both Ash/Kiawe lose either to make it seem like Z-moves do nothing. Most likely one or the other would win. Makes sense for Ash to beat Misty properly in a "real"...