As with both the Advanced Generation and Diamond & Pearl series before it, the Best Wishes! series begins with only Ash Ketchum, headed off to the Unova region, located far away from Kanto, Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh, with his Pikachu. After he meets up with the new trainer and rival Trip and the region's Professor Juniper, he gains traveling companions in Iris, a girl from a town known for its Dragon Pokémon, and Cilan, Pokémon Connoisseur and the Grass Pokémon specialist of the three Straition City Gym Leaders.
#1: "Fanfare of the Heart 「心のファンファーレ」" by Aki Okui (eps 1-25) #2: "Can You Say the Pokémon? BW (ポケモン言えるかな？ＢＷ)" by Shougo Toda (eps 25-60) #3: "Nanairo Arch (七色アーチ)" by Pokemon BW Choral Gang (eps 61-78) #4: "Mite Mite ☆ Kocchicchi (みてみて☆こっちっち)" by Momoiro Clover Z (eps 79-84)
I'm a long time fan of the Pokémon franchise, both anime and video game, but this season of Pokémon really took a turn for the worst.
It follows the typical story of Ash Ketchum, but this time there is just about no returning character except for Ash himself and Pikachu. I really liked the character Brock, but sadly he was replaced by a new companion, Cilan. I'm assuming Cilan is supposed to be the exact same as Brock, as he is the first gym leader in Unova. The other companion is as always, a female companion, and her name is Iris. Despite me finding it pretty cool that she wants to be a dragon Pokémon trainer, she uses the same phrase 'you're such a kid' over, and over again.
In my opinion, the biggest downfall for this season is the new drawing style. If your new to Pokémon, this probably doesn't affect you, but this season broke the traditional style. I was surprised when I saw Nurse Joy looking different from the typical format. I'm used to Ash changing his appearance every so often, but these classic characters look so much different. If anything they all look younger, but not in a good way.
I'm sad to say that this season made me drop the Pokémon anime, and only after 10 episodes. My overall enjoyment was extremely lacking as I found myself actually hoping the episode was over, after only maybe 5-10 minutes into the episode. I know Pokémon is for a younger audience, but what happened to Ash wanting to be the Pokémon master? He now just wants to make friends, and his Pokémon skills are lacking. His Pikachu basically got reset at the beginning of the season, and I'm assuming at a later point he probably gets beaten. I may revisit the series if I can find the list of episodes he competes in the Pokémon League, if he even did that this season, as nothing can make that bad.
No hard feelings anyone, I've been a pokemon fan for a long time. I've stuck with Pokemon through the first season- until Diamond and Pearl.I've got games and cards, posters and collectibles. I've loved Misty and May was okay- but Dawn? I wished she'd just go and vanish somewhere.
I've loved the first pokemon series when there was just Ash, Misty and Brock. In my opinion, Pokemon should've ended on Diamond and Pearl.
Pokemon is one of the worldwide BEST kid cartoon shows, yes for kids. But many teens still watch it, I'm not saying you shouldn't or anything- but Best Wishes is simply another replay of the other Pokemon seasons.
The story is the usual simple storyline, Ash goes to venture somewhere new and catch the pokemon- get the gym badges, there's going to be a movie where he meets the legendary pokemon of Black & White. So? Sounds pretty repetitive to me.
The art of pokemon has always scored pretty high points, there are times the animation quality drops (depending where you're watching it). But overall, the art is quite simple and nice to watch. They also have some 3d aspects in it now- not scoring too much points with me.
The ED & OP are done better than in Diamond & Pearl, good parts to the animators there. The sound is pretty good with some usual themes that get you wrapped around, the battle music is great- it does get a bit repetitive but you don't notice it as much. They could use a lot more sound but the usual, pokemon moves have sound effects, the pokemon repeat their names a lot of times...
Now onto the voice actors, I find Iris's voice a bit annoying but Ash sounds the same. The voice actors do great jobs of portraying their roles.
Remember the catchphrase? : "Gotta catch em all!"
Well, this 'catchphrase' seems pretty contradictory to me, firstly, I want to point out Ash's problems.
* He releases a legendary at the end of each movie
* He releases all his previously caught pokemon and only keeps Pikachu
* No character development at all.
Alright, Ash DOES get a bit mature throughout the series but he still has his beginning personality. He is the stereo-typical main character- and after watching MANY anime on my part, this doesn't stand out.
Is it just me or does Ash seem pretty "Playboy" to you? Think about it, Lyra from Diamond & Pearl hinted love to Ash, Dawn does hint it, so does Misty and May. Will Iris?
Dent & Iris replace Brock and Misty- Or Brock and Dawn. I'm getting used to their personality but I must say it's not the best trio.
Team Rocket! The only group that stayed together throughout the series of pokemon. They are slowly changing but in the previous series they've always given people laughs. They ARE changing- but a bit too slow over the span of almost 12 seasons of Pokemon.
Why did I rate it a 6? I think the pat on the back goes to the creators on this. Able to come up with almost 100 new pokemon and a new storyline with new characters. As I mentioned before, this plot is becoming very boring. The only thing that stands out is the sound and pokemon there are.
As long as they are kids buying games and watching, Pokemon is a never-ending series with the same main character and Pikachu who sticks with him through his whole journey of "Catching Pokemon!" "Collecting Gym Badges!" "Releasing all the pokemon!" "New journey!"
I've forced myself to watch almost 20 episodes, and my thoughts didn't change.
Pokemon Best Wishes, I recommend to Hardcore Pokemon Fans. But if you don't like the first few episodes, I warn you to stop right there. To all you Pokemon fans out there, I'm wondering how you manage to stick through this boring loop of same events but different Pokemon and characters.
Pokemon Best Wishes is not likely to be the last season, if it sells, they make more. And for about 10 years now, Ash has remained 10. He won't ever grow up and the series probably will never end. Until the creators run out of ideas that is- but that may be a long way away.
I suggest these series to Pokemon fans, if you've watched Pokemon for a long time and stayed with it through stupid Dawn, watch this. I must say if you've rated this a 9, 8 or 10- you must be a Pokemon fan and hating us 'haters'. I want to point out to Pokemon fans that you should really try another anime- there are many other anime after watching you'll come back and understand why I rated this low. Pokemon is being compared to many other great series that may not have as good art- or sound. read more
It almost pains me to put it this way, but Pokemon as of now can be summed up in one word. "Repetitive". Now this review isn't going to be unbiased, but a review by a Pokemon fan since the age of 6.
Story - Yet again, we follow Ash, Pikachu, and his painfully generic cast around yet another region. The story of Pokemon happens to be a story where if you've seen one season, you've seen them all.
Animation - This happens to be the only strong suit of Pokemon. The production values of this anime is some of the best. The new 3D effects work great with the show. Sadly, I can't help feeling that Nintendo are only doing this just to advertise the 3DS handheld games 'Black' and 'White'.
Character Development - This is Pokemon's biggest flaw. You never feel attatched to any of the characters because nearly all of them are copys of the previous shows. As some of you may know, Ash left little of Pallet town when he was 10 years old. In one of the earlier episodes (Orange island I think), he had a birthday. Here we are, nearly a decade later, and how old is Ash? Well, he's now 10 years old... Yes folks, he's actually reverted.
And then there's Ash's Pikachu. Pikachu has took on, many strong foes. Dragonite, Zapdos, Regice and countless others. But at the start of every season, Ash's Pikachu becomes that level 5 starter Pokemon we all first met over a decade ago.
Final Summary - All in all, this is nothing more than a mass produced rip off of what we first witnessed as children. The anime itself would most likely of ended years ago if it wasn't for the handheld games. I'm sorry if this review is the complete oposite to what you may feel yourself about the show, but in my opinion, if I had to start from the beggining, I would rather watch the Indigo League instead of this unoriginal new generation.read more
After I´ve seen the Diamond & Pearl season, I thought about giving Best Wishes a chance. I didn´t expect much and I wasn´t disappointed. After 15 episodes I can say: This season is poorly made!
For the beginning, the opening: What have they done? The usually good or even great music with their catching lyrics are gone and what is left is a 0815 sound plus voice. The idea of making the pokemon 3D was good but the realization could have been better.
The art: My guess is that the producers were only interested in making the attack more eye- catching and flashy. Much to the regret of the Charas. Ash looks younger and much more stupid than in season 1. His eye colour has changed and his outfit is OK. It could be better but that is for everyone else taste.
Characters: OMG that was one of the cruelest thing they ever did on pokemon. Not only is Ashs look younger then before, but his personality as well! Now he´s like a newly 6 years old Trainer who got his his very first pokemon 10 days befor season begun. That would explain why his pikachu was like a level 5 starter. For a pokemon which fought in 4 ligas and beaten up many opponents, his action until now were a complete disaster. Ash used to have a symbol for his tactics and strategies, but now he should give it back, cause he couldn´t live up to it until now.
Dente is a poor compensation from brock with the very same skills. He can cook, understand the feelings of pokemon, cares about them and has the function as a advicer. He´s not really that outstanding or interesting like Misty, may or even Brock.
Ires. The only thing I can say about her is: she annoys me. And that in every episode. Before I thought dawn was a pain in the ass, but now I think in comperison with Ires she was not that bad, cause Ires tops them all.
Story development: Everytime it´s the same. There is some stupid reason why pikachu has lost his power again, then there´s an attempt to steal it. Later pikachu shocks the female or her bike and in the end they confront a new rival who is mostly arrogant and wins the match against Ash. Then the real story begins.
What surprised me was Team Rocket. Their lame attempts to steal some pokemon are gone and now the are the serious and cool gangster like they were on the very beginning. ( and like they wnted to be since the Diamond & Pearl season)
All in all this season is in my oppinion the badest from all and I don´t know if it´s worth watching it til the end.read more
Over the years, Ash Ketchum (Satoshi) has traveled to many different regions in the Pokemon world. Each new region brings a new generation of Pokemon with it and the anime features Ash and his pal Pikachu catching a new team of Pokemon with each new adventure.