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
Producers: TV Tokyo, Oriental Light and Magic, Viz MediaL, MediaNet, Half H.P Studio, The Pokemon Company InternationalL, Studio Jack
Duration: 22 min. per episode
Rating: PG - ChildrenL represents licensing company
Score: 7.201 (scored by 5381 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
2 based on the top anime page.
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Jan 16, 2011
After religiously watching Pokemon up until Misty left, I had sworn the series had gone downhill.
I'd gone from watching every single episode, to watching the occasional one whenever I was flipping through the channels on TV.
Because I'm really excited for Black and White, I decided I'd start watching Best Wishes, and I have to say, It was WAAAAAAAAAAAY better than I expected.
The characters are lovable, the new pokemon are great, and the setting is new, yet nostalgic.
The Art and Music are AMAZING. I reallly love the visuals and the sound. For example, the episode with Darmanitan and the clock tower was really pretty.
There also seems to be more of a story this time around, but it mainly revolves around the shady activity of Team Rocket.
My only real complaint is that the lovable Team Rocket seems to be absent. SOMETHING happened to them, and they aren't as fun anymore.
They havent "blasted off" once in the entire series so far (I'm up to episode 12), and there have been little to no jokes between them.
They're acting like serious bad guys, which is good and bad.
Anyway, I highly suggest it ^_^ read more
Sep 30, 2013
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
Mar 14, 2011
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.
Feb 26, 2012
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
Jan 16, 2011
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
Sep 2, 2011
The story is pretty similar to other pokemon series; Ash ans friends going around on adventure to be the pokemon master. The different things are the different characters from the Unova region.
The best character is definitely Dent/Cilan because he's voiced by Miyano Mamoru and his personality is so weird and funny. Just hearing his random phrases about this taste and that makes me LOL.
The thing I don't understand is why there is no Cheren when there is Bel (forgot her English name). I feel like Cheren should be the main rival of Ash in this anime but idk why they made another character for that.
Now the main reason I watch this show is the Subway Masters! I'm so happy they made it to the anime even though some people just didn't (like Cheren, Black/White, N....). They just appeared on the latest episode and I can't wait for the battle subway episodes! read more
Aug 18, 2011
After enduring the Diamond & Pearl season and watching the deterioration of Dawn (a character that I liked at first but throughout the course of the series turned into a whinier version of Misty), and with the new Black & White DS games coming out, I was filled with anticipation upon the upcoming Best Wishes season. A new region (Unova), brand-new Pokemon (156 if I counted right), and a couple of new companions for Ash make for exciting new adventures for our budding Pokemon master. Best Wishes so far has met its expectations as being the most entertaining Pokemon season to date, despite still using the same basic, episodic plot formula.
The new characters Iris and Cilan are great addtions to the Pokeverse, and they are a tremendous upgrade to Dawn and Brock respectively. Iris especially make a excellent companion to Ash. She does have some of the brassness and cockiness as Misty, but she's far less annoying. But in a way she does have some of the same characterisitics as Ash such as dealing with difficult Pokemon in her possession (Excadrill and later in the series Emolga), wanting to be the best trainer, not backing down from a challenge, and so on. Cilan is pretty much like Brock without the womanizing that became Brock's trademark. Just by that aspect alone Cilan became a likeable and enjoyable character to watch. And he can hold his own in battle (he is a gym leader, after all).
But what really makes the Best Wishes season stand out over the prior versions is how they are utilizing Team Rocket. No longer are they the bumbling idiots that are always going after Pikachu and some other random Pokemon/Pokemon of the Week every time and blasting off after Ash & Co. defeat them. Now they have a more serious, vicious tone to their deeds. Yes, they're still going after Pikachu, but now they're not as prominent as they were in the past. I think it's a very refreshing and dynamic direction that the writers are taking them, and I feel that it was long overdue.
The music should have a familiar feeling to Pokemon players as it was taken directly from the Black & White games, similar to the preceeding seasons. As a seasoned Pokemon player, I always liked the soundtrack of the various versions of the game (even dating back to the old Game Bay Color days), however I consider the soundtrack to the Black & White games the best in the series. So watching the episodes and listening to the background music gives a good nostalgic feel.
Not much change in the artwork in the Best Wishes season them in prior season. Still have the very familiar and basic tones and colors, nothing elaborate or spectacular as one should expect from Pokemon.
But despite the improvements of some of the aspects of the long-running anime series, it's still Pokemon, and it still has the same basic plot devices and episodic formula. By no means do I consider it a bad thing - thanks to the more mature aspect of some of the characters (especially Team Rocket) and the exciting new region and the Pokemon that resides in Unova, Best Wishes is the most exciting and dare I say it watchable Pokemon season to date. read more
Oct 24, 2010
I'm enjoying the darker, less slapstick-heavy Team Rocket as they were becoming too farcical in the previous seasons.
I also like what we've seen of the Isshu region so far, the lack of prior generation Pokemon is a good idea on the part of the creators.
I had read that this season was going to be faster-paced and more exciting than previous seasons and I've certainly been excited to see the episodes and loved them but I think it's more love of new Pokemon as the story is as slow moving as it always was. read more
Jun 26, 2011
Now I've never really been the biggest fan of the anime I stopped watching when Misty and Brock left and watched a little bit of the Diamond and Pearl anime which I couldn't stand. The Hoenn anime is still a mystery to me. I always preferred the games and manga over the anime. I thought the characters had a lot more personality in them (well not in the games as the main character doesn't speak.)
I wish that they would just kick off Ash Ketchum as he is never going to become a Pokemon master is he. In the next region I hope they have new characters but I know that's never going to happen.
So anyway let's get back to the review. I think that the art and sound are great as its always been. I've always loved the music in Pokemon so there is nothing really to say there.
Now I really don't have a problem with any of the characters apart from Ash but I've explained all of that above. My favourite character would have to be Cilan closely followed by Iris. I love their personalities.
I think Team Rocket are better in this anime as well as they seem to be a lot more serious like real villains but sometimes I just wish they would crack a lame joke like they used to in the original anime, but I really don't care if they don't it would just be fun to see.
So overall I like this series. It still has a long way to go but it is a lot better than the previous anime. I would recommend old fans of the anime to watch this. You might be surprised. read more
Oct 24, 2011
Oct 12, 2013
The above sentence sums up my feelings with regard to BW.
The series was gimped up from the very start. Remember Satoshi losing against Shooty in that first battle? What the hell was that?! In hindsight I should have stopped watching then. But no, I ploughed ahead into seas of bert that only that prince of princes Monkey D Luffy has sailed upon. My diligence was rewarded with that battle with Kotetsu. BERRRRRRRRRRRT
- The characters have the roughest heads.
- I hate the characters.
- The plot isn't too crash hot either.
0/10 would not watch again.
Aug 30, 2012
Some people have said that Ash looks pretty dumb with the new looks, but some people like me have gotten used to his new looks and I think it's k.
I've played the game and I absolutely love the soundtrack, especially the Gym Leader battle.
I give this a 10 because of Dent and Mamoru Miyano. BEST VOICE ACTOR EVER.
It was really entertaining watching all 86 episodes.
I'm a long time Pokemon fan and I've slightly dropped a bit of taste on Pokemon, but I've been re-ignited my love for it.
May 24, 2012
Jul 1, 2012
I dont know if its here i can say it or to where i should write but the number of episodes of this anime in this site is 84. This number is incorrect and can cause mistakes like mine.
The last two episodes of the season are the batle with the 8th gym and if you continue to the next season you see the mistake right away.
In reallity, this series has 86 episodes and after episode 86 it begins the new series, Pokemon Best Whishes S2.
Thanks for your time
Oct 25, 2012
Certainly if you come in already having seen a bit, maybe some as a kid, it's going to be a really nice surprise. Otherwise it's obviously not a top-of-the-line anime, but it never once tries to be. Mostly it's just a big load of fun.
Characters, in particular, are wonderful. As well as Iris and Cilan, who are both absolutely the best the entire anime has had to offer in terms of endearment (rivalling with Misty!), for the first time ever, there are fun supporting characters, too. They come a little bit late into the game, but this is pretty much a show that keeps getting better, so expect that all round.
The Pokemon especially are just great characters, with real warmth and fun. I was already a fan of the BW Pokemon, but pretty much all the ones I was unimpressed with have completely won me over through the anime. I can't believe that once upon a time, I didn't care for Axew at all. Believe me. That will change.
The dub is the best it's ever been. Music changes are still around, but usually make sense, and Pokemon characters like Snivy, Axew, Emolga, Scraggy & more are just given more charm. Team Rocket's weird, but whatever. It feels like the show's given up on them a bit too, and they're really just vague extras providing a bit of contrast now and again. They still have their place, it's just deservedly small.
Everything is surprisingly well paced - 'filler' episodes are fun, gym battles aren't always predictable: the only one I found a bit dull was Burgh. Unfortunately there's one major pacing flaw - the gap between Burgh and Elesa's gyms is ridiculously large, and there the series lags. But no real worry if you don't get impatient.
Stick around for Snivy, Emolga, Excadrill, and supporting characters Burgundy and Georgia - and the sincerely heartwarming Battle Club. The show probably isn't for you if you go in expecting genuinely well-produced anime with a deep story and tragic characters: but why would you? At being Pokemon, Pokemon is the best. And that's still pretty great. read more
May 11, 2012