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Pokemon was a Japanese cartoon based on the Nintendo Game Boy video game series of the same name. It was about the exploits of Ash Ketchum, a young Pokemon trainer, and his Pokemon, Pikachu. Along the way he meets Team Rocket, composed of Jesse, James, and a talking Meowth. He also meets Misty, the Cerulean City gym leader who specializes in water Pokemon, and Brock, the Pewter City Gym leader who specializes in rock Pokemon. These two join Ash as he continues his quest to become a Pokemon Master. The series spawned more sagas to coincide with the video game's sequels.

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1 Exit...stage left Misty
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2 Exit...stage left Every cool Pokemon Ash gets (like Charizard)
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3 4Kids dubbing 4Kids can't do anything right
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4 Pikachu always wins Pikachu vs evolved form Raichu. Pika wins. WTF?
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5 Team Rocket Started to get really, really annoying
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6 Ash's Pokemon don't evolve Guarantees that seeing a cool Pokemon is rare
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7 Voice cast changed Licencing in-house, change the English voice cast
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8 Max and May Annoying brother and sister team
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9 Ash the PokeLoser Realized that he's never gonna be a master
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10 The second season The novelty wore off
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11 New Pokemon introduced It was better when there was only the original 150
12 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
13 Tracey We lost Misty for somone who sketches Pokemon?
14 Unova Ash went from semi-pro to novice between seasons.
15 Exit... Stage Left Takeshi Shudo (Head writer)
16 Thunder Armour If not "Aim for the horn!", then that definetly.
17 Never Boned Still rocks.
18 The Jotho Series Too much filler episodes.
19 New Kid in Town Max
20 exit stage left Brock
21 New Series New characters (Iris and Cilan) suck
22 Iris joins in Black and White her catchprase "you're such a kid" is so annoyi
23 Ran too long You have to bone a few fish here and there...
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1 The show boned when Takeshi Shudo left. Shudo was known for suprisingly mature writing in shows like GoShogun and Minky Momo, and although 4Kids censored his themes, the writing was still good. Shudo even planned out an ending with a human vs. Pokemon war. The Mewtwo vs. Mew subbed version is actually very dark with a moral on why do we exist. Unfortunetly, his idea for an adult friendly kids show was meddeled by the executives and 4Kids and made the show driven by merchandising and using formulas way too often. Ash is a weak protagonist, as Shudo intended for Team Rocket to be intentionally more interesting. When he left, the show boned. -- Submitted By: (Cavery210) on March 3, 2016, 3:12 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 If Ash was traded for the real Red protagonist from the games, I think this show would be much more tolerable. I could not take Ash seriously as the Red counterpart for the anime. Red is a tough trainer and this is demonstrated when you face him in Gen II and IV. Ash is an absolute moron of a trainer who lets go of his precious team bit by bit and the only retaining pokemon he has is that godly over-powered plot-armored pikachu with him. The stories in the games had more of an idea of how to tell it than the anime did. The anime just downplayed a lot of the typical things animes are known for having, being the cliches. -- Submitted By: (Infyrin) on May 2, 2015, 1:36 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 It boned for me when I saw Pikachu defeat an Onix. Try playing the game and see if that logic works. I never expected this anime to follow the games, hell, it didn't even try to follow the manga closely. Ash Ketchum became a nuisance, no matter the season, and yeah despite the Pokemon looking good. They really had to resort to repeating their given names over and over like idiots. -- Submitted By: () on March 23, 2014, 1:35 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 I stopped watching this show during the Johto episodes, when I think it got officially bad. I've only seen a peek of the Hoenn episodes and that's it. I have not seen the Diamond/Pearl series nor the Black/White, but here's my two cents.... It's sorta clear they ran out of ideas for this show early on, they perhaps should have had a bit more structure than Ash, his Pokemon and cohorts of the week defeating the bad guys, dealing with random Pokemon and winning badges///. Maybe that was too hard? Don't know. The first couple episodes of this show were good, for instance, there was Ash's struggles in becoming a Pokemon trainer. There were adventures in obtaining each badge. (Though he never "earned" a couple of them in a legal match) He had to earn a couple of his Pokemon's trust and obedience, like Pikachu and Charizard. Later, he just started catching Pokemon that instantly trusted him further down the line. About halfway through the first season of this show, they made Ash needlessly dumb. He started releasing all his good Pokes' left and right. Haunter, Primeape, Pidgeotto, Butterfree... And the "Ned Flanderization" of not only Ash, but everyone else hurt. Ash went from a slightly cocky headstrong character who was slightly ditzy to just becoming a generic, "plain ol' nice guy Gary Stu" character. Brock's serious, wise, stoic, strategist persona was thrown out and his skirt-chasing tendencies became dominant. Misty went from being a hot head who had hidden feelings for Ash to the "generic girl" character. (I think that was when she captured Togapi). Team Rocket were comedic, but were able to be taken seriously (the flashback episodes about their histories). Later, they just became a duo of bumbling clowns who couldn't catch a cold, with an annoying talking Neko cat (forgot that Pokemon's name. It's been a few years since I've played Pokemon, and eons since I've watched the "anime") in tow. The "cool" characters (Gary (Yes, he was an a-hole, but he had a convertible limo, CHEERLEADERS, and IIRC some serious hardcore Pokemon Ash could never catch, if he did, he'd probably just release them foolishly. I actually thought Gary was cooler that Ash), Giovanni, etc.) were forgotten about or written out of the show. The Orange episodes weren't that memorable. I remember Brock left and they put in some artsy dude or a photographer or something... I dunno... These episodes basically just felt like "Kanto at Sea" to me. They started relying on the same old plot formula and devices for these episodes, which only got worse in Johto. (Ash and Co. find trainer/Pokemon with issue, they resolve it, Team Rocket is thwarted, Ash looses at the Pokemon League. The End). The last episode I watched was about Ash going to the Hoenn region and meeting the default girl character from R/S/E and her nerdy brother. Brock and Misty were both gone, but I didn't MISS them. But it was the same old plot formula from Orange Isles and Johto even then. The interesting new Team Aqua and Magma had to take a backseat crap for the ever obnoxious Rockets. (Why didn't Ash just buy a gun, lure Team Rocket into the middle of the woods miles from anything and.... well, you get the idea...) Ash and Pikachu had no chemistry anymore. Pika only existed to defeat TR in EVERY episode and win a couple fights for Ash. Ash released his Charizard that he'd finally trained after months or years(?)of busting his ass and a Larvitar (WTF!?!? He could've had a Tyranitar at some point!) at this point, and boxed all of "the Pokemon he only uses for the league and that's it (Muck, Taurus... Other Pokemon they couldn't sell to little children I guess?)"... This show was dead by then and I gave up. Or has it gotten better since then? The Pokemon games and cards ever since Red, Blue, Yellow, Gold, Silver and Crystal were always classics. Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald did NOT ruin Pokemon as so many people think. It was actually quite good. All those games still hold up to this day. And from the kids I talk to, the "newer" Pokemon games are getting even better, more complex and detailed with Black, White and those new ones that are coming out later this year. Pokemon ABC or XYZ or something...? -- Submitted By: () on July 5, 2013, 11:49 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 I never liked the show. I felt it just rode on the popularity of the games and completely changed one too many things from them. I'm not saying the show should have followed the games closely, I really felt the show could have gone off from the manga version of pokemon. That would have been a lot more interesting, but understandably, the manga is left and right and it does contain some content kids probably wouldn't like to see. I will say though, that Ash is such a stupid and a garnered lucky trainer. His Pikachu is completely overrated, if I could, I'd stomp that thing with Earthquake in the games to show how pitiful it is. Also, what is wrong with not evolving pokemon for some of the trainers in the show? Oh, because the first staged pokemon looks TOO cute to evolve into something that would appear ugly later on. Psh. -- Submitted By: (Toasticus) on March 5, 2013, 12:11 pm - (-2 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I have been a fan of Pokemon for many years. Even when the show started getting a bit repetitive, I still watched it for the development of Ash\'s character and skills. That is why Unova is the \'jump the shark/bone the fish\' moment for me. Despite several improvements, specifically new pokemon and Team Rocket FINALLY being a serious threat again (always said they could do it if they got over their obsession with Pikachu), all the good things go out the window when Ash goes from semi-pro to novice over the course of a plane trip. For the last two major arcs (Hoenn and Sinnoh), Ash has been the mentor of the group (Brock was more the caretaker). Now he\'s forgetting basic elemental match ups and constantly ignoring the influence of gender. Recently, he even brought only a single pokemon to a three pokemon match because he thought he had an ace in the hole. I\'m too invested to stop watching, and I hold out hope that the writers will see the error of their ways, but it\'s hard for me to enjoy the show as much as I used to. -- Submitted By: (LegionaireB) on April 5, 2012, 10:52 am - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
7 SSM that's probably why his Charizard disobeyed him so much, he never truely earned the badges he had. As for BW it sucks. Lv. 90+ Pikachu defeated by Lv. 5 or lower starter was only the beginning. Ash is 10 again. This time he's followed around by a pretty boy chef and a whiney brat who is barely smarter than Ash himself. Like in previous seasons the true main characters (Touya/Hilbert, Touko/Hilda) have yet to make an appearance. I find it hard to believe that Jessie, James, and Meowth are promoted and taken seriously; infact similiar to Kanto after the 1st several episodes they are reverting back to their usual annoying selves. Once again Ash has abandoned his good pokemon and is catching new ones that are not that helpful, esp. that oshawatt that is esp. useless. Basically this whole season (if not series) is crap and must be avoided. Only the 1st two seasons are enjoyable (mostly). -- Submitted By: (Acobjum) on October 4, 2011, 6:44 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
8 Acoujum, I wish that really did happen on the show. It would be a lot more intresting than what they have today. Ash really did annoyed me when he didn't earn most of the Kanto Badges himself and he act like he did. The Boulderbadge, Brock just give it to him even though Ash cheated with the sprinkers pouring water on Onix then use Thunderbolt on it then later foreit. The Casadebadge, Misty and Ash didn't even finsh the battle due to Team Rocket but Misty sister's give away the badge anyways. The ThunderBadge, Brock help him with his advice. The Rainbowbadge, same case with the Casadebadge. The Marshbadge badge, Sabrina give him the badge for making Sabrina laugh? The Earthbadge, Team Rocket wasn't even the offical gym leaders, Giovanni just simply told them to guard the gym in the first place. The only ones he did earn fair and square are the Volcanbadge and the Soulbadge. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on July 1, 2011, 4:45 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Another new series of Pokemon coming out called Black & White. I read that they finally have Team Rocket stop following Ash and became a more serious threat and now they're wearing the black uniforms. But I wouldn't watch it again because I find only the first 2 seasons a little decent and watchable before the Jotho series with the jammed full of filler crap. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on February 14, 2011, 5:49 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 I loved Pokemon, but it BTF when they stayed in Jotho for too long. It taken Ash for at least 30+ episodes of useless fillers episode just to go to the next gym and then the next 30+ episodes in between. The first and second season of Pokemon are the best. I hated when Brock left but I didn't mind Tracey though. I thought Misty was annoying at first but she started to grow on me, and I was very sad when left the show. I like May because she a little different than Misty as a term of goals and personaity. Max though, I truly hated because he is a extremely useless character. At least Tracey can draw Pokemon and he's a Pokemon expert is terms in biologically. Max in the hand brings nothing but to take up space. You can't have Max to be Pokemon expert because you have Brock, You can't have Max to be a ransom victim for Team Rocket because that what May is for. He has no pokemon for himself. Sorry I rant too long, but my point is my BTF moment is Jotho and Max. -- Submitted By: (SSM) on December 25, 2010, 4:04 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 I Love this show. Correction: I LOVED this show. I heard it was originally gonna end after Kanto ended. That would have been wise. Orange Islands were crap with Tracey (no personality). Team Rocket was badass, then kinda funny, now pathetic (ignoring Best Wishes). When Brock returned, it was okay again, but not as good. Then....Misty left. While May was okay, her little brother Max (who served less purpose than Tracey, and was more annoying) was probably the thing that pushed a lot of fans away. It's no wonder Max fell inlove with Tracey when they met >.> Then, after the Hoenn stuff ended, they (ash, May, Misty, Brock, and Max) traveled through Kanto for the Battle Fronteir. My thoughts were "Okay, this looks good. Bringing back Misty..." (Two episodes later) "Oh...she left." Then they had to change Voice actors for no reason (some vauge lie about Contract stuff was their best excuse). While I was kinda releived we wouldn't have to put up with 4Kids and their biggotry against Riceballs, it was the fact that they recast everyone. Ash sounds like he's on drugs, James sounds like he has a headcold, Jessie sounds like she inhaled an endless supply of heilium, and Meowth.....I'm not even going there.... It should have ended this way: After losing the Indigo Leauge (Kanto), Ash Misty and Brock return to Pallet Town. Prof. Oak tells them about Jhoto, and they head there. The last frame is a still of the three of them walking towards the sunset, with Jessie James and Meowth following them (and Ho-Oh flying overhead). But, greed made Diamond and Pearl. Yeah...New VAs + Non serious Team Rocket + Dawn = failure. And it didn't help that they changed the coloring process at the end of Johto (Jessie's hair is now Pink, the backgrounds look like some cheap 4kids original series, etc). -- Submitted By: (LD1808) on December 16, 2010, 5:40 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
12 Acobjum, I have only one thing to say to that...If only you had been the head writer. -- Submitted By: (Robert) on October 16, 2010, 8:55 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
13 This is going to be long but I got to get it out. Here's how it SHOULD have been. Even though Ash lost at the Kanto League, he should have won the Orange Island League. Brock should not have left and Terry should've been Oak's assistant from the beginning. After winning in the Orange Isles Ash should've gone straight back to Kanto, train harder than ever, defeat Giovanni, then eventually win the League. Afterwards he would defeat the Elite Four and then Gary and after all of that Ash would go to Mt. Silver to train more, Misty and Brock would return to their gyms. The next season would focus on Gold and Crystal and their rival would be Silver. Team Rocket (Jessie, James, and Meowth) would have by this time as they mentioned yet did not do at the end of the 2nd movie was quit Team Rocket and become trainers themselves. They could follow Crystal and Gold and actually train with them instead of trying to steal pokemon. After going through Johto one of them should win the Johto league (problebly Crystal). After that they go to Kanto and have adventures there and learn about Ash and his exploits. Eventually Jessie and James would leave and get married, Meowth would stay with the trainers for more adventures. Eventually they each defeat Gary and because of Gary's attitude and personality Meowth would stay behind with him. (form another pokemon show to follow Gary and Meowth's exploits to surpass Ash, eventually teaming up with Silver) Kanto Tournament comes up and one of them should win (this time Gold). Afterwards they find out where Ash is and together they go to Mt. Silver. Next season Hoenn and then Sinnoh. Similiar stories. Eventually the the champions of each series/season (Ash, Crystal, Gold, the Hoenn champs, the Sinnoh champs and Gary & Silver) would meet on Mt. Silver and battle it out in a free for all to see who is the best (this would of course take place in a movie). Afterwards (up in the air whoever becomes the champ) they go their seperate ways. Ash marries Misty, Gary and Silver both become professors, others do whatever they want, series for now ends until Ash and Misty's child turns 10. And that is how it SHOULD have gone. Sorry if this was long, but as I said I had to get this out of my system. Granted the story would've been much longer yet the series would for the most part be much more enjoyable than what it is now. -- Submitted By: (Acobjum) on October 15, 2010, 6:19 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
14 The 1st 5 years of Pokemon were worth watching, even though the boned back and forth throughout those 1st 5 years. In the 1st season, this show WAS and IS Pokemon! It had the right balance of comedy and adventure. But those later seasons, not as much. Misty, even though she was a tomboy, she was quite a babe. But after like 2003, when she left the series and brought in two annoying brats named May and Max, combined with the new, lamer Pokemon (with most of their names I can't even remember at all), I totally lost interest in Pokemon. And I do agree that TR's schtick does get annoying after awhile. And when I found that Cartoon Network bought this show and started carrying the new episodes, it did nothing to renew my interest in Pokemon, thanks to the brilliant decision on 4Kids part or whoever was the genius that thought it was brilliant to get rid of all of the original VA's that made Pokemon dun. -- Submitted By: (markiemark6891) on September 23, 2010, 10:14 pm - (-1 votes) - Login to Vote
15 I stopped caring about it around Gen II - but there were other factors that got annoying after a while. Ash gets a good Pokemon and it starts to serve him well...he lets it go. But above all, it was Jessy & James (Team Rocket) showing up just about every episode - I couldn't stand their stupid "motto" after some time, not to mention there was a lot of times they could have gotten the drop on Ash and company. You'd think after getting shocked, burned, or whatever else so many times, they'd throw in the towel. -- Submitted By: (BigAl) on July 26, 2010, 12:51 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
16 This is my all time favorite show and cartoon. It contains all the essences of childhood: adventure, friends, laughter, tears, battles, and of course memories. I was a big fan during the series golden years (1998-2003). I stopped being a big fan after Ash finally beat Gary in an amazing match (with Charizard my personal favorite pokemon) and Misty left the group and got replaced with first May and Max, and then Dawn, niether which are are as smart or competant or even an interesting character as Misty was. Not only that there are too many pokemon (about 493), the plots in both Advance Generation and Diamond and Pearl are repetitive of original episodes and finally the change in VAs (the 4kids group grown with the characters and did a great job with them) with actors that can't act or clumsily deliver their lines. They should probably end this soon or I will go crazy. Fortunately, I have the All-Stars DVD set in my collection along with the third movie, red and gold gameboy games, thousand of cards and a charizard plushie (and a meowth, eevee, and quagsire plushie for my mother) still with me till the day I die. -- Submitted By: (AaronGookin) on September 16, 2009, 4:56 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
17 God, the Anime of this series stunk. The first and second seasons were okay (But they got butchered here in the U.S. by that damn 4Kids (one of the worst dubbing companies in existence), and, of course, I believe this show put them on the map)The plots weren't bad, but I couldn't stand Ash. (The only badges he won fair where, what, The Volcano, Thunder, and Soul Badges?) Then he just turns around and gets rid of all his good Pokemon (Think about it, by now he woulda had a team consisting of Primeape, Haunter(probably a Gengar), Lapras, Pidegot, Butterfree, and Larvitar/Pupitar(probably a Tyranitar) but no, he got rid of em all for that ****** rat. And TR was annoying as hell... Hey, Ash, just have 'em locked up. Then with the 'Johto Journeys' saga it got predictable and boring, with Ash and co. getting more grating, I just stopped watching. Gary was pretty good though, (Yeah, he was complete ***, but he had a nice team, knew what he was doing, and was laid back) just tell him to get rid of those annoying cheerleaders. -- Submitted By: (Johnny_T._Bird) on July 25, 2009, 9:42 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
18 I only watched Pokemon until the second season. I wasen't able to watch it for a while and when I could again, it was into the Orange Islands. I watched for a while and it was okay but it wasen't the same without Brock. When it went back into earlier second season episodes when Brock was there, I watched for a bit but then decided to stop because I knew his departure was coming up. While I did later learn Brock was coming back, by then I had lost interest. I never saw the first movie. The first season was special in a way. It was interesting seeing the Pokemon and locations from the games. There was a novelty to it. Yes, it was repetitive but as a comment on the old site mentioned, I think a lot of viewers wanted to see their favourite pokemon in the show and it was a treat getting to see them. Pokemon was a guilty pleasure for me. I was way too old for it yet I could still enjoy the show and yes, even root for Ash at times. Yes, him getting badges without really winning was annoying. It was sweet when he had to earn the badge on Cinnibar island. Pikachu is of course adorable, though making him ubber was annoying. Seeing him take out a Marowak in a single shot was pure malarkey. Saying Ash is now some sort of Demigod (ie, the whole idea that he's the only human that can use Aura (the Force more or less)) seems unnecessary, as does a lot of the more serious plot lines they're apparently using now IMO. Yes, they sort of did the whole "Ash as the chosen" one from Day one but still, I admit that after not watching it for a while, when people told me of how Ash was this and that, my reaction was along the lines of "Ash Ketchum? You're kidding right?" I guess they needed *something* to explain how Ash is able to have all these adventures and see all these things that apparently few other people ever get to see. Just saying "video game logic" would probably get far too many groans. But, I digress. If nothing else, I can still look back on that first season. Pokemon was still a novelty, there were "only" 151 Pokemon and each new Pokemon and city had a sense of discovery. Yes, Ash was far from a great protagonist but he was a decent person at heart and he had an innocence to him. It was fun seeing him bumble his way through his adventures. It was never the same when he (or more so Pikachu) dominated his opponents. And indeed, TR got annoying after a while. I indeed still like some of the Pokemon themselves. So, at least there's that. And despite the show's flaws, I'll still have decent memories of that first season (and into the Pokemon league) when it was still a novelty and was still largely light-hearted and meant for fun. -- Submitted By: (ExplodingConsole) on July 14, 2009, 7:41 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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