English: Pokemon: Black & White
Synonyms: Pocket Monsters: Best Wishes!, Black & White, BW: Rival Destinies
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Sep 23, 2010 to Jun 14, 2012
22 min. per episode
PG - Children
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.001 (scored by 8581 users)
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SynopsisAs 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.
Related AnimePrequel: Pokemon Diamond & Pearl
Side story: Pokemon Best Wishes!: Victini to Kuroki Eiyuu Zekrom, Pokemon Best Wishes!: Victini to Shiroki Eiyuu Reshiram, Pokemon: Pikachu no Summer Bridge Story
Sequel: Pokemon Best Wishes! Season 2
Alternative setting: Pokemon Black and White 2: Introduction Movie
Characters & Voice Actors
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 an annoying 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.
Overall ranking around a 3 read more
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.
In both series the main characters have very similar personalities. Both series there is a kid aiming for the top in Pokemon defeating the pokemon league and in Hikaru no Go trying to become the best Go player.
We all know Pokémon and Digimon, right? They are both very great shows, which a lot of people enjoyed in their childhood. Now both of them are back, with new seasons which debuted in 2010. New characters, new designs and a new storyline. If you're new to one of the series, then I would recommend the other one. You don't have to watch the first seasons to keep up with the storyline. Digimon and Pokémon both envolve children with monsters who are battling.
Opening Theme"Best Wishes! (ベストウイッシュ！)" by Rica Matsumoto (eps 1-84)
Ending Theme#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)
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