Overall, I think BW tried to be different but in doing so, it felt rather disconnected from the rest of the anime series. There were huge transitions with Ash and Team Rocket, but it didn't seem to flow well. Neither did the dialogue, which I felt the script writers did a lazy job in making it seem very natural (though I can't comment on Japan's version). I really think that the producers are just going through a period where they really don't know what they want the anime to be, or they simply think they can "get by" using less fleshed out aspects. And I mean no offense to any of you who think BW is very good, but in my experience Pokemon has a lot more potential to really reach out and appeal to a wider fanbase.
If I had to pick one word to describe what Pokemon needs presently, its refinement. Pokemon has always had all the necessary tools for that; a giant, fantastic setting, tons and tons of characters each with unique personalities/abilities, plenty of ways to create adventures, etc. With all that, they really ought to take some time to focus on what the audience as a whole is expecting and exceed that expectation. (A good opportunity will arise when N is introduced). Pokemon has the limitless potential to compete with any and all entertainment. That's an easy fact to forget and sometimes hard to utilize with too many options at once. But they've certainly got the tools, the question is do they have the talent?
Last edited by Bluelatios*; 3rd December 2012 at 4:02 AM.
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