Satoshi finally came to the Alola Region and boy is this fun to watch. Trying not to watch this series with nostalgia goggles, let's get down into my ratings.
STORY: 6-10 (so far)
Right now, passing through Ep 7. There has been a primary focus on the starters. Each starter had their own dedicated episode. We are already 7 episodes in and we have not broken out of the school phase yet. I was expecting for him to move onto his journey to do the island challenge (at least that was the indication given to me in Ep 2).
Ok, why did I give
it a 10-10? Before y'all get the tin hats and pitch forks, let me explain. Toward the tail end of the XYZ series, Oriental Light and Magic (the studio for Pokemon the last 20 years) was moving towards the cutting edge of animation technology. Most of the backgrounds were moved from hand paintings to digital 3D spaces. This allowed the animators to focus more on the animation without having to worry so much about the background. Hence why some of the gym battles towards the end of XYZ were the best animated in the past 20 years.
Moving onto today with SM, OLM has moved the entire animation pipeline to digital. There is no more scanning paper drawings and digitally converting them. The character designs were a slight victim to this change, however overall we have seen the character design for Satoshi (Ash) change since "I Choose You". Now to say that his design is a step backwards can be true, however it is really a step forward. Watching each episode and looking at the in-betweens and comparing it to the XY design, it is a night and day difference in the animation quality. The old character design was created in the 90s when the industry was using cell animation. They kept the same character design for the past 20 years and as animation advanced, the design was showing its limitations due to its age. Through this new design, you will find that Satoshi has way more animation options.
Sound was overall pretty good. I liked that they were doing some stereo panning with some voices to have a sense of direction for the characters.
Without nostalgia glasses on. I can say that the jokes and the cringe were enjoyable. They finally switch up the TR "Blasting Off" gag for something completely different.
May contain very minor spoilers that won't affect your watching experience. If by any chance you didn't like it then message me and I will edit it out.
First up the Story is more or less the same, about a 10 year old boy named Satoshi aiming to be a Pokemon Master. Usually Satoshi collects gym badges and enters the league, but this time it's different . Satoshi's new adventure is on a island with new pokemon and new friends. I'm not going to explain the plot anymore because I don't want to ruin anyones experience. The story improves significantly in time, but you have to
get used to the changes at your own pace. it look me 3 episodes to get used to for example.
The most noticeable change in Sun & Moon is the animation style. This change is the most criticized, after all Satoshi was starting to look much more mature in XYZ. Yes, he looks much more of a kid, but how old is he? 15? 16? No, he is 10. He's been 10 since 1997. This criticism is very annoying. Anyhow, the animation suits the setting very well and also makes it more funny.
The soundtracks suit the battling very well, not to mention the funny moments. The opening song is addicting and the ending song is amazing. For Pokemon you don't have to worry about the sound of the music or alike.
Every individual character has their own personality. Their personality is what makes the show entertaining. For example, Lillie is too afraid to touch Pokemon. The characters design works well with the plot and everything else.
I love Sun & Moon to bits. It's my life right now. #1 favourite anime at the moment and will stay that way. The reasons I love it is because of the comedy, animation, new pokemon and Z-Powers.
Satoshi going to school wasn't the anime fault, it's the game. If you don't like it then consult nintendo. A change is not always bad, in this case it is perfect. Seeing Satoshi Lose in the league again and again wasn't exactly the best anyway .
Thanks for reading and give Sun & Moon a try. I will prob edit in a few months. I haven't checked for errors.
If what you value in anime is a tightly written plot, fleshed out and well-developed characters, or strong, resonant themes, than I am sorry to say that the Sun and Moon anime will likely disappoint you.
The plot is generally episodic, with the "main" story only advancing sporadically, often seemingly at random, and sometimes, you may question what the plot's even supposed to be.
The characters are used inconsistently, with some receiving far more attention than others. Some will develop a lot, others not at all, despite them all having just as much potential.
And on the whole, after you've caught up to the show, you may
look back and question if you've really learned anything. Indeed, you may be asking: "What was the point?"
Many shows would crumble under the weight of these flaws, and I couldn't entirely blame you if this has put you off from watching this anime.
Pokemon Sun and Moon is one of the warmest, most wholesome, and downright most pleasant shows I have ever seen. All of the above criticisms are perfectly valid, but instead of buckling over these shortcomings, Sun and Moon laughs off the complaints, reaches out its hand, and invites you to have some fun.
The aesthetic is top tier. Alola is a tropical island, and this is nailed down so perfectly that any individual shot of most episodes immediately gives off a warm and pleasant vibe. Just looking at the show puts me at peace, but it's not just the artwork that's impressive. Many were wary of the character design changes Sun and Moon implemented, but the simplified designs not only mesh incredibly well with the setting, but also serve to make animating these characters much easier. I feel confident saying that this is the most well-animated Pokemon series to date, and one of the best looking long-running anime of all time. Whether it's an intense Pokemon battle or even a baseball face-off, everything is brought to life so vibrantly that it's impossible not to be charmed.
The overarching plot may be lacking, but every episode provides it's own little story that manages to entertain, in so many different ways. One episode you'll be laughing at the antics of lost Pokemon finding their way home, another episode you'll be awed by a sudden explosion of stellar fight animation, and sometimes you'll find yourself tearing up at some of the saddest scenes in Pokemon history.
But never fear, because you can wipe those tears away with some fun on the beach, see what new shenanigans Team Rocket is getting up to (spoiler alert: their new friend is EXTREMELY protective), and maybe even get hyped for a new capture or evolution.
You'll have plenty of friends to experience this all with. Some might say TOO many, in fact, as the show often struggles to give every main character something important to do, but that's all right, you'll always get to see them again in the next episode. Every character is a joy to watch, boasting great designs and voice acting to really bring them to life. They all get time to shine, in different ways, and even the few I didn't like at the beginning grew on me quickly. The good vibes this group gives off are infectious, and this is a group of friends I'm happy to watch doing pretty much anything.
Of course, some may still be disappointed. Especially coming off the heels of XYZ, which took the Pokemon anime to a more serious place than it's ever been. Many might wonder why they should bother with a show that looks so silly in comparison. They may wonder what it could offer them, when all the goofy faces and simple designs seem so much like they're trying to appeal to children. And make no mistake, the show IS primarily for children. The Pokemon anime always has been. But just because that's the target audience, doesn't mean everyone can't have fun with it.
The point of Sun and Moon isn't to arrive at any grand destination. It's not to teach you a valuable lesson, and it's not to make you ponder anything long after you've watched it. The point, plain and simple, is just to have fun. To give you 20 minutes of bright sun, good friends, and a warm feeling inside that will hopefully brighten your day. This is absolutely the kind of show you can rewatch episodes of, not because you may have missed something the first time, but just because you want that Sun and Moon feeling again.
If you've been holding out on trying Sun and Moon for whatever reason, be that the art style change, different cast, or change of tone, I urge you to give it a chance. If you tried the show out but found yourself put off by it, maybe a change in mindset will help you enjoy it.
Try to remember when you first got into the Pokemon anime. I'm sure most of us were kids, and while we no doubt enjoyed the action and liked whatever characters we grew up with, the reason Pokemon is so beloved the world over is because the world of Pokemon is just inherently fun. It's nice to be transported to a world where the biggest thing you have to worry about is how you'll get your pet dog to evolve into a wolf, and going to school is a great time where you learn about the things you love.
Sun and Moon certainly won't appeal to everyone, but if you can still remember that childlike wonder of first discovering Pokemon, if you want to be taken to a tropical island with some pleasant company for awhile, if you're interested in seeing consistently great and inventive sakuga, or if you're just in the mood for some good, clean fun, then you'll have the time of your life with Pokemon Sun and Moon.
Once XY(&Z) was ending, they started releasing trailers for Sun and Moon, I was looking at the optimistic side of things. Through my eyes I saw Sun and Moon trailing off of the XY series as a sort of "calm before the storm" if that makes any sense. After all the action that was brought by the previous season, the drama, the development, all the characters acting as one and thinking about the others, I felt Sun and Moon would be about Ash and him preparing for his next journey and learning what he could before his next big step into a new region and
a new adventure. What I thought and what I've been watching are two completely different things.
I was enjoying it at first but as it went along I started losing interest. I looked at this installment of the series as a "laid back time" meaning that this wasn't going to be as serious as previous generations before it since the Alola region is such a relaxed and easy going place, but I never expected it to be so uninteresting. I wanted to see travelling between the groups. Going all over the island and learning new things. With the idea of school they could have done so much. Make every new unit take place on a different island (schools are on each island) or each new lesson is taught in a particular part of the island that it relates to.
I understand this whole generation is going to be centered around school but I honestly don't like that. Having to try and relate with and enjoy characters isn't possible for a lot of us because of the way that the writers have been taking the series. In my view, Mallow is really the only one in the entire group who actually seems to care. It's almost like they took Ash from XY and copy/pasted him into Mallow and just gave the Sun and Moon Ash a completely new personality.
I want to go back to something like XY or Diamond and Pearl. We saw just how well they could write the characters and develop them. Sure there were a few dull moments but I'm sure each and every one of us can say that the following episodes that were not filler always made up for it. Hell, even the fillers at times were amazing. I want to have that feeling where every week when I watch an episode, I can leave it to last on my list because it's the one I'm looking most forward to. With the maybe 3-5 anime that update on Thursdays that I'm watching, Sun and Moon is always the first and I just say "let's get it over with". I want the feeling where I can come back and wait letting the suspense build up and finally watching the episode and then thinking about how good it was for the rest of the night.
If I ever watch a Sun and Moon episode now, at the end I'm either thinking "Why the hell is Ash so annoying? Seriously can you just act like you used to?" or "That was boring... Only decent thing that happened was Mallow actually attempting to get everybody to participate..." THIS IS NOT WHAT THE SHOW IS ABOUT.
Pokemon is a show about Ash who is setting out on his journey to be a Pokemon master while along the way he meets new people, makes new friends and learns from everyone. Sun and Moon doesn't include any of this. Kiawe for example could have had such a big role if they did not make him so annoying. He was the only one who had a Z-Ring when Ash first came here and he could have taught Ash and actually been a rival if they wrote Ash to have the same personality he once did. Lillie was supposed to have the largest role in the group seeing how she was the main characters in the games except now she barely does anything other than playing the role of an "informant" supplying the main characters with useful information as well as the "tragic heroine" since she can't touch Pokemon, other than Vulpix/Shiron, and always needs help from others. Lana is just meh. There's nothing to great about her other than the rare moments where she shines. And then Sophocles is just- *throws up*.
What I'm trying to say is that this series is nothing like a Pokemon series. This just feels like some random slice of life/fantasy/school life/comedy crap about a group of kids who just met some random kid who is hyper and they run around with their pets and one of the people in the group of kids is scared of pets so the others keep pushing their pets onto the one that's scared of pets so she won't be scared anymore. Then one of the kids is trying to get them to stop and have them all work together or make everything fun for them and they are the only one that leaves any impact on us. Then there is the hyper kid who comes there with nothing and then gets an OP power up and then one of the other kids who has an OP power up tells him that he has to be really strong to use that power up until the pet that gave the hyper kid that power up toys with him and says "lets show this snot nosed brat what you can do" and then they fight but the hyper kid doesn't win but still shows up the cocky snot nosed brat. Then the story continues for 25-27 episodes until SOMETHING GOOD FINALLY HAPPENS and then we have to wait god knows how long until something good happens again.
What a Pokemon series should have is what we've seen in every other region (besides black and white... Let's just not mention that). It should be a sense of a team where they treat each other like a family member. A group of 6 just doesn't work out. It just feels like they're classmates with no relation. Everyone should enjoy being with everyone, wanting to spend time with each other and learn from everyone or help each other. Have a sense that wherever one goes, the other goes and makes the journey/even a little bit more interesting. Everyone should have a goal or dream they are striving to get and actually show DEVELOPMENT TOWARDS THE DREAM OR GOAL.
Sun and Moon from my eyes is not a "Pokemon Series". It's a lazy attempt at trying to appeal to an audience that is just not interested. Unless I can see a light in this very, very dark and dim place that the anime is currently in then I'll keep my nose out of it and continue to watch something that actually has me wanting more.
After 60 episodes I'm starting to think Lillie has more character development than ASH THE MAIN CHARACTER FOR OVER 20 YEARS! When 11 episodes when some of them are in an entire arc of the series SHE GETS MORE TIME TO FLESH OUT HERE CHARACTER THAN ANY OTHER CHARACTER IN THIS ANIME! I don't even know where to begin on how to explain why Ash is being such a kid. Go watch Pokemon XY and Pokemon XY&Z look at how mature he is how much he has grown over the 20 years we have know him. Now come back to Pokemon Sun and Moon where
He is a complete kid with basically no maturity from the last generation. Where is the confidence you ask? GONE! Where is his friendships with so called "Friends"? GONE! What happened to his skill and knowledge he earned during XY and XY&Z? GONE GONE GONE GONE GONE! The only time this "Group" gets together is for school andddddd that's pretty much it. There is no development at all in ANY OF THE CHARACTER! Except for Lille because idk she has so many episode dedicated to her and her alone. What about the other people of the group? What about Ash and his increasingly immature state in the anime?! My god I swear I have seen more kids under 5 years at the store behave more mature than ANYONE (Except Lille) in Pokemon Sun and Moon. What is happening in these board meeting I would really love to know, because what I see is just a bunch little kids with so little maturity that 5 years old have more maturity than someone who is at least 10. With only one getting any development and everyone else is just left in the dust with nothing! I have no none not a single will to continue watching this anime because of all the forced comedy endings. Good concepts being ruined do to forced comedy, and boring slice of life, IN A SHOW WHERE THERE IS SUPPOSE TO BE ACTION AND ADVENTURE! I want to say again WHAT HAPPENED?! How did we go from a Ash who is mature and knows what he is doing in battles and not being the Victim of terrible comedy. To a Character with so little development, ABSOLUTELY NONE NOT A SINGLE SHRED OF BEING THE MATURE ASH FROM XY AND XY&Z, not a single piece of knowledge from anything! In one episode he has to do a report for the school on differences from Kanto region and Alola region Pokemon which he should be good at since he was born and raised IN KANTO! Since this is a Slice of life, Forced comedy kids show he has no idea what to do so then he cheats. instead of being good at Pokemon since he basically knew Professor Oak really well since he basically visited the lab almost every day, but no just more slice of life blah blah blah rinse and repeat for 60 episodes and you have Sun and Moon. Sun and Moon is THE WORST POKEMON ANIME TO EVER EXIST (EVEN MORE WORSE THAN BLACK AND WHITE)! Where is everything that Ash learned over 6 regions?! Where is all the maturity that he should have gained over 6 regions?! Especially from gen 6 when he is at the max of his knowledge and maturity to help his friends in gen 6 when they needed it. All I see is a shell of a once great franchise about to tank because everything is about Lille. Lille this and Lille that, while other characters gets no development what so ever. All I see is Forced comedy that is really not funny but mostly cringe worthy. All I see is a Slice of life that is really not fit for Pokemon. When in the games your exploring vast regions with many different Pokemon. Going from town to town city by city getting badges or Z crystals. Getting your TM's and HM's getting new Poke-balls wishing to get a Shiny. Not sitting in a school with the most boring genre you can smack onto Pokemon. This saddens me to see the Ash I watched as I grew up with has turned into this abomination of trash. Give us the XY and XY&Z Ash back where he is not a kid that isn't flailing through the series, where he is not an immature idiot. The Ash that we loved for 20 years, the Ash that we grew up and laughed along the way through Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos. Give us the Ash we love so dearly back, and get rid of this abomination. All we want to see is Ash being mature and kind and helping his friends with advice to calm their hearts and minds. The Ash that we know the Ash we watched for 20 with love.
Now I dont think ive ever been more annoyed to watch something that is so dear to me.
Lets jump right into this dumpster fire
The story is an 8/10. This is the only part of sun and moon that I actually enjoy. I think the story of alola was one of the best ones (at least by the game standards) and having it animated was slightly exciting. UNTIL I SAW THE ARTSTYLE
1/10 is complementing. This is just gross to look at and its not even all the characters, iTS JUST ASH. He looks like atrocious in every way. The other characters and pokemon look great
but ash... oh boy does he look like the largest Cleveland steamer.
The sound is a 3/10. If they found a way to match the SM/USUM soundtrack into the show (now I know games are separate but the music was amazing.) it would have a higher score but since the music blows it gets a 3.
Dear God if I could put 0/10 I would in a heartbeat. Once again ash looks like shit. Lana, Mallow, Lillie, Kiawe, Fatass and kukui look good and if ASH didnt exist id probably give the characters a 7/10.
Enjoyment is a 2. Id rather my dog shit out a sock than watch this. Now i know that might be an over-exaggeration but its just a poor sad excuse for a show with the status of pokemon.
Overall this show is a 5. Its horrible. Dont feed your kids on this.
As a '90s kid, I have watched Pokemon since Episode 1 of season 1. I have seen almost all of the hundreds of episodes that have been released. Sometimes I loved it, sometimes I hated it.
One thing about the Pokémon anime : we actually CAN'T talk about it as a single show. Each "cycle" has its own art style, its own atmosphere, its own style of storytelling.
Sometimes it's a hit, sometimes it's a miss. None of these shows are perfect but some of them are huge fails and some of them really are surprisingly good.
What about Pokémon Sun&Moon, then? I'll be blunt : imo, it
is a HUGE fail in every way.
Satoshi decides to stay at the Pokémon School in Alola region because it seems fun. He meets some new friends, including Lillie who has a terribly sad background, which is unveiled across the first part of the anime.
Just like the games, the story revolves around Lillie and her family, around the tragedies that they met in the past. That story is different from the game though.
In the anime, Lillie got traumatized by a Pokemon when she was a kid and was never able to touch any of them again since then. After this, her brother Gladion left the house to train, while their mother runs her business, leaving her children aside.
If that story is less tragic than the equivalent in the game, it is still really enjoyable to watch.
Lillie's evolution is progressive and the mysteries around her story are good.
So, what's wrong with the story of this show? Well, aside from Lillie and her family, the rest is empty. Almost each episode is a filler unrelated to the previous ones, and almost none of them actually bring something to the story or the characters.
Also, as there is no Pokemon League and the Alola Tour is barely present, there is no actual story except for Lillie's past and the Ultra Beasts' attacks. This is why most of the episodes are fillers : as long as they don't fit in any of those two stories, they are useless.
Long story short, the story is good but the storytelling is terrible, because most of the episodes are pointless.
I'll be honest, I'm from those who hate the new chara-design. There is just no denying that it is many steps backwards compared to XY. It's way less detailed than before, way less neat than before (there are countless drawing mistakes, like deformed bodies, dirty frame transitions and ugly motion blur).
The worst thing is, Pokemon kept getting better and better when it comes to art style. It came from very far (the original Pokemon series was ugly, even back then!), but it kept getting better, UNTIL Sun&Moon. This show is the very first step backward that Pokémon took, regarding art style.
That said, does it deserve all the hate it gets? I don't think so. Because it is still enjoyable to see, especially thanks to the light effects and the environments. But it is undeniably a flaw when compared to the previous shows.
Pokemon has always been quite memorable when it comes to music. I love the openings, I don't really like the ending, and the OST is cool but not as memorable as before, imo.
Except Lillie, all the other characters are barely developed and are pointless, at least for now. They're just here to fill in. Even Satoshi isn't very important to the story (which is hilarious, considering it's the MC).
Most of those characters have very few episodes dedicated to them, and even those episodes don't teach us anything that really matter. Actually, the whole characters don't really matter as they don't have any story (thus, no progression towards any goal).
Even Satoshi, who has ever had a goal, kind of stopped his progression. Some say it's because he is kind of on vacation... and I actually like that idea. In Pokémon SM, Satoshi takes a pause in his journey. It doesn't change the fact that he doesn't progress at all in this show though.
Personally, I really hate this show. After Pokemon XY which was serious and epic, we get one of the dumbest shows in japanimation EVER. There is a lot of brainless comedy, which is not even for kids : it's for babies, or retarded.
No, I did NOT enjoy Satoshi jumping on an aquarium's glass. No, I did NOT enjoy the dozens of funny faces per episode. No, I did NOT enjoy "Black Oak" 's Pokemon puns.
That said, I really like the battles. The animation is not as good as before, but it is still quite good!
Finally, there's the worst point: if the Pokemon anime has always been here to advertise the games, all the previous series didn't do ONLY that. Even BW, highly criticized, didn't do all its choices based on marketing.
But Pokemon SM does. Almost EVERYTHING they do, it's for advertising. Want some examples? They bring back Brock and Misty in a few episodes. Story-wise, there's LITERALLY NO REASON. So why bring them back? Because the Let's Go games have been released.
The same for everything: they keep throwing Z-moves in our face, like they're desperate to show what can be done in the SM games. For the sake of comparison: when they made Contests in the 3rd generation, the series version of the Contest barely had anything to do with the games version. Of course it introduced that new functionality, BUT the Contests in the series were their own thing. And they were developed. They weren't thrown to say "look, you can do that in our games, please go buy them right noooow!". The Contests were creative and the story of May (and Dawn later on) were developed.
Honestly, the Pokemon SM anime is JUST an obvious advertizing showcase. Something even BW was not.
Many people consider Pokémon is "for kids" (meaning : "not really clever"). Well, it's not always the case. Some of those shows are deep enough to be enjoyed even by adults, namely Pokemon DP and Pokemon XY. Even Pokemon AG can be fun for older people.
Why's that? Because Pokemon can be watched as a SPORTS ANIME. Pokémon Battles and Pokemon Contests are some sort of sports after all, with the competitions and the training sessions.
But Pokemon SM is definitely, with no doubt, stupid as hell. There is no competition to follow like in the previous show, there is very few story to learn, and it is plain stupid most of the time.
Pokémon is not supposed to be dumb. Hell, "kids shows" in general are not supposed to be dumb!
Once you get used to the artstyle, you'll see a really great Pokémon series.
It sure is mostly comedy, a real change of pace compared to XY(&Z) Minus the pokémon names jokes, it's usually nice comedy.
Where Sun & Moon shines the most, it's through it's characters. The cast is vibrant, full of personality.
The show really shines when it tries to be serious; there's a whole episode dealing with death (which is something almost never talked in Pokémon) another one about family issues; and more recently, the episodes focusing on Lilly's trauma.
As of episode 50, lots of things actually happened, and it was by far the most
shocking episode of the series, due to the way it ended.
So yeah, this is Pokemon...and the reason you love it? Mouse with red cheeks? Cute looking creatures? Well that is the reason why pretty much most people got attracted to Pokemon GO and now it's dying. But seriously, I am not going to weep over the art style like the entire Internet. This is a legit non-salty review so give it all the hate you want.
Oh, there is a story? Despite removing the gyms and making something more complicated like trials? Well that is a pretty stupid reason. There is little to no plot in this entire thing except fillers and more
random and stupid little things that no one literally cares about. This is a very cheeky strategy, to make their viewers watch a hell load of stuff and then fill them with hype for an "epic battle". (Since the very beginning, but atleast the old fillers were bearable and fun to watch)
I have nothing to say since you people are smart enough to figure it out. Remember how people were crying on Facebook and telling everyone to boycott Pokemon? Yeah, you should get an idea.
Nothing to say here either. I guess the OP and ED is good for kids below 13 but there's literally nothing I can do if you like it because it is kiddish and all that. But trust me I am not judging anyone.
Completely dumped down to the very midst of nothingness. Well it was a stupid decision to send him to school and seeing his maturity get crushed is okay and all that but not at this level. Remember the "fun" we had watching Misty, May, Dawn and Iris fight with Ash? Yeah, it's nothing at that level.
Interesting character, For the least I would say she's okay and she knows what she is doing. Most people think that she likes ash and all that stuff so they have started shipping. (That reminds me Amourshipping is dead.)
My favorite character due to various reasons. I thought she was a tsundere but bad luck fell upon me with the release of the game. It wasn't what I expected. She's related to a major plot point so I would avoid any further discussion about her.
Seriously too cute. I would say the second reason why I keep watching S&M but yeah, she's a kuudere I guess? Not sure what to say but she's the silent type. And she's flat..
The only character who has a serious attitude. He is cool and he knows the stuff he is doing so he was the first "serious" character I guess?
It has some funny moments but mostly the jokes are not that funny for an adult but it might be sufficient enough to make a kid laugh. (below 13)
I seriously would have give the enjoyment a 1 rating but there were some parts that would appeal to the younger audience so I let it slide.
Maybe they are trying to oblige the new fans by showing them something new but seriously they never think once about their older audience and we are just overlooked because we turned old. (Just an empty assumption) Well whatever the case may be Reverse Psychology can be a real pain.
If you're looking for nostalgia then you should probably wait for the 20th Movie because the animations look promising somewhat but I wouldn't pre-hype if I were you.
Please think twice before reporting my review. Not hate but my personal opinion.
I remember being really upset when I first saw this. XY and XYZ were amazing and I was just so attached to it. Sun and Moon proved me wrong and showed something else I failed to see.
The story is really good. I love how each episode is unique. Each episode shows the main focus of this anime: Alola. The region shines here and is just not "another" setting. No, my friends. This anime puts the region up front. Alola and its culture were amazing in the games but here we get to see it even closer. Each episode shows a cool new facet of
it and it's a real living and breathing region. Plus it's fun. That describes the anime. Fun. Each episode is so much fun and brought a smile to my face! It's amazing the way it does it. There are no filler episodes because each serves a purpose to show Alola. Then there are the arcs. One time they went to another island, Akala and wow. Wow. It was amazing, the story was amazing and the visuals were amazing. One beautiful evolution with the sunset. I won't spoil but I almost shed tears on how beautiful that scene was. This Pokemon anime. story-wise it holds up and has its amazing moment. Just don't expect deep stuff and see the fun in it. It's worth it. 8/10
Now the characters, a major pillar of the show. I'll say right off the bat they deserve nothing less than a 10/10. Let me explain. Ash is as great as always, he's a bit more energetic and is very childish. It took a while to get used to, as he was the opposite in XY. I admit I miss the XY days of Ash but this ain't half bad. Actually not bad at all. I still enjoy Ash and he's the still the awesome protagonist. Then it's the supporting characters and they rule. Mallow is the more energetic and lovable person or Kiawe who's the more calm but powerful dude. Kukui is awesome. Straight up awesome dude. This show has the best supporting cast ever. Each is amazing in their own right. 10/10
Great music. The same ones you loved in the game are back and they give you the chills! Good stuff.
This show surpassed my expectations. I really do love it and it's a nice chill anime that can lighten up even the saddest of days. It may not reach the heights of XY but in its own right, it's amazing. I love the setting and each episode is amazing. I cannot wait for the future of this series but for gen 8, let's go back to more serious things ok?
My own review, since I'm enjoying it so much! Warning for sorta-ok English, since it's not my native tongue. I've only watched up to episode 22, so this review is relatively a work in progress.
I'm an avid fan of Pokemon, though I skipped out of the BW/XYZ seasons. That kind of flare wasn't for me, and I found the show rather lackluster and a little disappointing, and I just didn't really care about the show anymore at that point.
SM came along and blew my mind away. I got immersed in every aspect of the show! I haven't watch the dub (probably won't touch that at
all lol), but I highly recommend the sub! Especially if you're looking for something with a lot of energy and a sort-of Hoenn-vibe.
I'm very in love with Alola & the places Satoshi goes. They haven't gone to many places yet outside of short visits, but I'm excited to see more of Satoshi traveling with his friends soon!
I'm not sure where the sudden hate for this art style came from. It's very, very amazing if you give it a chance. The move from the very age-old anime style is a huge leap in improvement! It looks very modern and like Ken Sugimori's art in his official works. I'd even compare it to the ORAS anime commercial, and I know of many people who wished for it to become a legitimate series due to how attractive the visuals in it were.
Satoshi has never looked better. Pokemon has never looked better. It's a very beautiful show with smooth, fluid animations, and it makes me drool with how bright, fun, and full of energy the visuals lend to the show!
It's also a very expressive art style! Especially or both the Pokemons & human characters. I can't keep track of how many original facial expressions & animation I saw.The animation is so fluid and smooth. There were a few times where I recognize some small flop in animation, but it's nothing that will destroy the experience.
In addition, the rest of the visuals are gorgeous. Even though I wasn't very into BW/XYZ, I do recognize the gorgeous animations with the background art. SM still has all those things. Gorgeous Pokemon moves, background art, paneling, animations, and battles! The Z-Moves are executed with as much power and beauty in the animation as you'd expect.
The sound was very good. In addition, I'm totally in love with the Japanese OP & ED songs!! (The English OP does not compare. At. All.)
Characters are fun and exciting! Satoshi seems so much more comfortable being himself. The way he's animated really allows him to be the fun, dorky kid with so much energy and love for Pokemon, and I feel like that really bounces off the screen & towards the audience to immerse them into the show.
SM has so much character. It's very expressive and energetic, and I love the entirely sincere tone with it's excitement and sunny atmosphere. When there's a tone or emotion being expressed in the show, it expresses it with full force & doesn't skip a beat. I haven't had this much fun since the Sinnoh season!
This will be probably the most underrated Pokemon series. Specially considering the whole new dynamics and style for older characters.
Is it bad? Not really if you consider that the anime ( even the games ) have been repetitive for approx 20 years.
Is it good? For the whole concept of the anime and the audience that is mainly targeted, yes it's a pretty good change.
Now I'm not saying this season is childish, and in fact this season is NOT a downgrade at all. By any terms this is the best upgrade so far for the pokemon anime.
Why you say? First and best
1. No travelling partner.
Most of the time we always see a group of two three travelling with Ash. This changes a lot here since he has 5 friends who he can interact, this of course giving enough space for any of them to join an episode. It might be Lillie just one episode or Lillie and Kaki at the same time. So they are freely put a character who is NEEDED on that episode to share time with Ash. It's a great dynamic and improves a lot the impact of the episode.
The Alola characters are not only unique but are written really good, to the point they're not robotic or repetitive and everyone are a supportive part for Ash-Satoshi. Each one of them are important and none of them stay in the shadow of irrelevance.
Not only this but the episodes are well planned of not having ALL of the characters with Ash-Satoshi at the same time. Which gives a relief of having them all at the same time.
2. Team Rocket dynamic change.
The team rocket stills the same, that's for sure. They want to capture Pikachu because reasons. But they're not irrelevant characters that only are used as a "wow let's blow these characters with all the attacks of our pokemon".
Their partners are like they used to be in OS, they actually HAVE pokemon with personality. And the Mimikyu, god that Mimikyu is the best thing that has happened to the Team Rocket ( and let's not forget Bewear ).
Not only this, Team Rocket in the anime has been shown as a 'Bad' Team, but bad doesn't mean they're heartless and this is shown more here, they give a human perspective to them and empathize a lot with their 'enemies' to the point of rejecting a bigger enemy doing real 'evil' deeds.
3. Art Style.
While a lot of people would say "uhh this style sucks" "the animation???? sucks". They know nothing but rant because Ash-Satoshi doesn't look "badass" like XY.
This art is really good and the animation has improved a little more since you can see it has a fluid movement and the movement doesn't seem like a square robot trying to dance.
This is even more positive due the fact that Z-Moves are implemented here, and the animation for them is extremely fluid and has a nice choreography.
I would say the art needs a tune up since sometimes you can see that for example Pikachu Iris look weird giving a creepy look, or some small frames that are insignificant to the whole animation but still are visible and gives a small negative impact.
4. It's funny and refreshing.
Not only the main episodes are funny and interesting but also the "filler" eps fulfilling the task of entertaining the public.
Ash-Satoshi going to the school is a great movement for developing even more the character. It shows that the MC is not a hollow robot that only wants-needs to fight battles but learn about everyday experiences and acquire unknown knowledge.
5. Story doesn't continue a lineal path.
This season is full of surprises and doesn't follow a movement path. Ex: I got X medal so I'm going next for X one. So far this isn't used here and challenges come randomly because certain event happen. Giving the MC a time to train, know and prepare himself for the next opponent. This gives a more lively and realistic view of the story.
My rating for Pokemon S&M:
Concluding. Pokemon Sun and Moon is a nice way to follow the Pokemon animation and even start watching it. Don't let yourself get drawn into hate for this season just because you got fond of the last one. This franchise is always evolving to something new, just like the pokemon itself.
People are very harsh on this but usually it’s based on first impressions. I think if people gave this a solid chance they’d realize it has a lot to offer.
Let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way first. Yes, the animation quality took a hit. The animation is kind of underwhelming and choppy at many points. It’s probably the hardest part of this new generation to get over. But there is another angle to it, being that this is the first time the show hasn’t looked like a generic shonen and it feels like it has an actual identity of its own
Ash’s personality has been reworked in this generation like it has in every other generation. But honestly this is one of my favorite Ash personalities. This is the first time he’s behaved like an actual ten year old since the Indigo League but unlike then he has retained his competence from the Kalos League. This creates a real great balance to his character where back in Kanto Ash was massively incompetent and only won through flukes which made the series borderline unwatchable at times. But here he can capture the childlike naivety and wonder while not being a constant fuck up. If you want to see what I mean, check out Episode 10 for his competence and Episode 22 for his childlike behavior. You shouldn’t worry about spoiling anything for yourself, if you are even remotely familiar with the franchise then you should know how everything plays out.
Then there’s the Pokemon School element to the show. Now when I learned about this I was convinced I would HATE this. But actually it has given some variety to the previously tired formula. See instead of tracing the footsteps of the generation’s respective game Ash instead attends a “Pokemon School” that he goes to daily to receive lectures from Professor Kukui or Professor Oak’s cousin. If you played Sun and Moon you’d already know Alola is a small place so the usual “Go on a journey” thing wasn’t going to work anyway. Instead they use the school as Ash’s sort of central hub for his adventures and whenever he thinks he’s ready he will attempt a trial.
Most episodes have him hanging out with one of his friends who in the game are some of the trial captains but in the show are his classmates. I thought I’d hate them too by the way but each of them has real personality far beyond the one note personalities of all his previous companions making each of them endearing. This is made all the more amazing by the number of them. Usually when a show has a large cast all the characters feel malnourished since the writers ave to divide up attention but here they feel wholesome and amusing. This makes me think very poorly of whoever was writing the show before now because now I realize just how little effort they had been putting into Ash’s companions before this generation.
There’s a lot more humor involved in this generation which I’m not entirely opposed to. The previous generations had jokes in them but they were usually all just recurring gags that got beaten to death early in the series. There is no shortage of lame recurring gags here either but they are balanced out with REAL jokes this time which I appreciate.
Lastly I want to mention Team Rocket’s role in all of this. In previous generations they would harass Ash in every damn episode like fucking Swiper the Fox but this time around they usually only have a brief “meanwhile” sequence that shows us what they’re up to. I LOVE this. Since now when they actually do come to mess with Ash it actually feels special. I can not praise this choice enough. I love Jessie and James but they were downright mundane until now. Also they caught some really devastating Pokemon this time around. Jessie’s Mimikyu is a psychopath and is borderline unstoppable. It kicks Pikachu’s ass regularly, James’ Mareanie is nothing to sneeze at either.
Overall I think this is extremely underrated and if you were turned off by the animation I strongly urge you to give it another chance and see what it has to offer.
Pokemon Sun & Moon, highly regarded well amongst those who enjoy anime for its difference from the previous plots of the other previous seasons of Pokemon, yet highly hated (and seen as a disappointment) by fans of the long-running series.
TL;DR: You'll enjoy it if you haven't kept up with the series and are coming back after watching only the first couple of regions (Kanto & Johto). You'll probably find a lot of faults with this series and may come to hate the anime if you've kept up with the series through the Kalos region.
This review will be based on the point of view of
a fan of the series from day one (of games and anime). This review will also try to be as spoiler-free as possible, but there might be some minor spoilers so keep that in mind.
Ash has finished another journey from the Kalos region and decided to hop on a plane with his mom to take a vacation in the Alola region. Ash then finds the Alola region interesting and wants to stay thus starting up the premise of the entire anime.
My main gripe with the story is the fact it basically disregards man relationships between Ash and his peers. The Pokemon series has always been about the camaraderie between the characters and how they bond throughout their journey (eg.: Ash, Misty & Brock the iconic trio, or Ash, Dawn, & Brock from Diamond and Pearl). The Pokemon series has also been about the friendship Ash develops with his Pokemon (e.g: Ash & Butterfree, Ash & Chimchar, Ash & Froakie). However, Sun & Moon as an anime completely disregards the building of the friendship between both humans and Pokemon. Yes, there are some episodes focused on the characters and their backgrounds, however, I feel like there are too many "main" characters that the writers cannot find the balance of developing the relationship with Ash & his "friends". For example, his relationship with Lillie (*minor spoiler warnings*). Lillie is a girl who was introduced in the main series of video games and put into the anime. Her storyline is just as important as it is in the video games, however, is extremely underdeveloped. Her relationship with Ash is also not developed so when Ash does his "Ash" thing of saving everyone and the world, it doesn't feel as impactful as it does like in Pokemon X, Y (&Z). It really disappointed me that arc because there was so much to explore with Lillie like how they did with Bonnie in X, Y (&Z) but they cut the arc short and it was extremely forced.
Another gripe of why I rate the story so low is the disregard of Ash's dream of becoming a Pokemon Master. The definition of a Pokemon Master has never been explicitly stated, but one way to see as achieving this goal is to win battles by defeating Gym Leaders & winning the Pokemon League of the area. However, this is thrown out of the window in this series making many non-Pokemon fans very happy that they changed it up. But as someone who has enjoyed this anime to see how Ash travels throughout the regions, I personally hate it. Ash's journey is stagnated on Mele Mele island and it's rare to see him travel to the other islands. The thought of traveling and exploring the world (even though it was the same basic plot throughout Kanto, Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, Kalos) it was interesting. Adventuring through a new region is new and exciting because it's always about the journey and the things that happen in them. Staying on one island, however, is not interesting (and sometimes creates snooze-fested episodes, because I think (from watching and playing all the games) a Pokemon Master is established as Pokemon Master because of their travels of exploring and meeting new Pokemon and people. Ash doesn't travel and explore the other islands, he doesn't camp out anymore in the forest or in-between cities, he just stays in his nice cushy home at Professor Kukui.
Oh my, if I could say the things I wanted to say about the art styling of Pokemon Sun & Moon (S&M), I'd probably be hated by the majority of the consensus of the non-pokemon fanbase of S&M. Many people enjoy the artistic choices Sun & Moon make from having the characters draw in certain ways to portray emotions, and sometimes playing off of drawing styles of different Animes. However, as a Pokemon fan, it disgusts me. Why? Because Pokemon has had its definite style of Art set from the moment that it came out as an Anime back in the late 1990's. The anime has changed a bit in style in terms of having better fighting scenes between Pokemon during a battle, but this is completely disregarded in S&M. This was really quite disturbing for me because I saw nothing wrong with the art styling, and no matter what season of the Pokemon series you saw a picture of, whether it's the original series or Pokemon Diamond & Pearl, you knew it was a Pokemon series. However, when Pokemon decided to take the drawing styles of different animes to incorporate it into Pokemon, they lost what made Pokemon, Pokemon by it's drawing style.
Also, all battle scenes in S&M are rated 1/10 for me because every time a (insert pokemon) battles (insert another pokemon) with an attack, whether it's a water vs a water attack, or an electric vs fire attack, it results in an explosion. This personally as a fan of Pokemon battles ticks me off the most. I watch the anime to see how an actual move would look like when put up against another move, not to see explosions happen 24/7 when it shouldn't be happening (e.g: water vs water move).
It has the classic Pokemon tunes that also draw in from previous seasons. The openings about being a Pokemon Master & songs about the mysteries of Pokemon. It's not overly spectacular but it's still that classic Pokemon style of music.
I know Ash every time he goes to another region has to disregard everything he's learned in the previous region. The only time Ash has somewhat remembered what he learned from the previous region is when he traveled to the Johto (Johto because it was connected to Kanto) & Kalos (actually retained some brain cells and a sense of battling skills). However, in Alola, the same thing happens again, although it is quite heavily implied the relationship between Kanto & Alola is strong. Ash in this series disregards everything he learned in Kalos and has actually become less intelligent as a character and I never thought it was possible. His understanding went from a pre-teen (10/11/12 yr old) to almost a 7/8-year old. It is childish his understanding of thinking from what you see normally in the Pokemon series regarding his battling style. Maybe I was spoiled in X, Y (Z) by his diverse usage of Pokemon throughout the season like his rotation between Pikachu, Froakie (and it's evolved forms), Hawlucha, Fletchling (and it's evolved forms). However, in S&M, Ash rarely uses his other Pokemon in battle, only focusing on Pikachu. This gravely disappointed me because it's not like Rowlett, Litten & Rockruff are terrible battlers as Pokemon but he just uses Pikachu, and only uses the others when battling a (insert important person).
The other reason why I rate the characters as a 3/10 is that of Team Rocket. Over the years Team Rocket has turned into comedic relief in the series. But, since this anime has turned one of its main focuses of the genre into comedy, Team Rocket is just tossed to the side. I'm not a huge fan of Team Rocket but the regards to them as comedic relief & as villains are rather pathetic. Team Rocket in previous season has had some rather successful attempts as villains which were nice to see, however, nothing has succeeded for Team Rocket even though some of it should have. Another reason Team Rocket is a pretty poorly written is that of Bewear. I understand that Team Rocket could never "blast off" because of the ratings of keeping it as a kid show and it implies the "death" of them, but to have Bewear stop them every time? After the first time, it was not funny. It was just irritating. Bewear as a character is written horribly and instead of focusing on trying to catch Team Rocket before they blast off, write about how it doesn't stop them while they're building a machine or something.
I'm Pokemon trash, so matter how much this anime is a disappointment compared to the other seasons, I'm still going to watch it. I'd watch Pokemon even if it was drawn in stick figures and probably enjoy it as well. Pokemon is something childhood me loves and it still stuck with me throughout my entire life (Pokemon game came out the year I was born so I've been a fan ever since it's creation).
As a long-time Pokemon fan that was hoping to see something good, especially because in X, Y (&Z) Pokemon fans were spoiled with good storylines, good development of characters and great battles. I'm (always) caught up with this anime, and everything compared to it just pales in comparison of what a Pokemon series should be.
If you're a fan of just anime in general and have not stayed with this series, you'll probably enjoy it because "it breaks the stereotypes" of what a Pokemon anime "should be like". If you enjoy seeing references to other animes in terms of art-styling, you'll enjoy this. If you have been a long time fan (and someone who was expecting something along the lines of what they saw in the Kalos region) you'll definitely be extremely disappointed in terms of storyline, characters, and art.
Pokemon's "freshest" reboot yet to date. Why did I use "fresh" to describe Sun and Moon? First, Sun and Moon completely removed the default concept of Ash's Traveling routine all throughout the past 6 Generations. Second, the supporting characters around Ash give the anime a new fresh feel, apart from the stereotypical feel that the past generations gave. Third, the new concept of Pokemon competition, where Gyms are removed and Trials are introduced, along with the concept of Z-Moves, all refurbished not only the anime, but the game too. Lastly, the ART, which triggered a lot of people, actually gave room for better facial reactions,
conveyed better emotions, and overall made the anime a lot more fun in conjunction with the jokes utilized in Sun and Moon. In summary, this season focuses more on the substance of Pokemon Sun and Moon anime instead rather than the animation. If Pokemon XY&Z raised the bar on battle animations, Pokemon Sun and Moon will raise the content standards.
Ok, last time my review freaking got deleted due to some rules..... (Fak u Mal... jk) :p
After watching somemore episodes after my previous review..... Its getting a bit weird and stuff since I am so used to Team Rocket blasting allll tthhhee wwayyy (jacksepticeye reference... hehe, k) and gyms but surprisingly I am not so bothered about it like all other weird anime fans..... You get what i mean right? No.... uhm okkkkk?
Good stuff to talk about this, well the animation is going to remind me of Dragon Ball Super.... (Recommended but art is definitely shiet.....)
The other characters look like the previous
art style, which is nice but what in the actual fak is wrong with ash, now he looked like people would thought they took too much drug and cocaine..... (Not that serious, jokes aside now) but at least they maintain his character and body figure, gottat right
Average Pokemon battle and weird themes i don't really like.... Nothing to talk much.......
Oh nothing to talk much about this tooooooooo.......... So LETS GET RIIGGHHHTTT TOOO TTTHHHEEE NEEXXTT ONE (You get that reference, no? Good you are safe)
This anime reminds me of other series of pokemon you know? Like new starters, pokemon and different regions to travel with companions and guess what? THEY CHANGED SOME OF IT NUUUUUU (i am just kidding guys, chill)
But seriously, what the heil? But still enjoyable and like heil i am spoiling to you guys. :D
Well thats my review so thanks for reading this crap review....... Hope get your butts clenched too (Get that too? No? Please don't)
If I am being honest, the show is actually pretty good. However I would prefer to start with the animation, a slightly over discussed topic I know.
The animation can be looked passed, although Ash's style is a bit more childish, it isn't all that bad. It can be looked past once you get in to the series a bit more, I don't like some of the faces Ash makes though, a few of them are gross in my opinion. However the Pokemon look great, and the 3d effects they seem to have added into the battles look really nice. The lines are a little soft
however, they should be a little more rough in some areas, they have a lack of strait and hard lines, and everything seems a little soft on some of the characters. Ash's cheek marks and eyebrows seem a bit soft, along with the eyes and hair, this is a problem on many old characters which seem out of place with these changes, I mean James honestly looks worse than Ash in some situations. Again you can get used to these changes.
I would not consider this the kind of anime that is a action adventure anime, its more of a slice of life at this point. And along with that, there is a bit of character development. Ash begins to seem more in place, and Sophocles and Ash become better friends, as well as Lillie being able to touch the Pokemon egg, Ash however, seems a bit immature, he seems to be more of a school boy than the amazing trainer he truly is, he should be a little more mature, and independent, but that is my only problem there. Hopefully as we get further in he will begin to get closer to his Pokemon.
Not really much to complain about here, Lillie's voice gets a tad annoying when she gets fired up or battles, but other than that I don't see a problem.
Sun & Moon is a stark break away from the previous XYZ season, and it's definitely a welcome change. With the new animation technology this season, Ash is more involved than ever in each episode plot and daily adventures of his pokemon. His character animation is lively and rarely has any repeated animation (looking at you XYZ pokeball throwing Ash you can literally line them all up side by side for each battle and there's about a total of like 3 different throws) and he does more than just standing like a cardboard cutout and talk. And I personally enjoy the comedy aspect of it;
yes, it's cheesy, but it's endearing and there are honestly some tear-jerking and heartwarming moments in the series (check out episode 21 for the waterworks). And contrary to what his character design might tell you he is still capable and if not more capable than his previous versions of handling mature issues well, tackling issues like pokemon death and familial tension respectfully and actually reflecting his character as someone who loves pokemon (some previous seasons have some trouble keeping that continuity until he runs into a situation where it's needed and then it's like a switch). And I REALLY liked that Ash was actually aware of his past for once! He doesn't dwell on it but when it becomes relevant and he references a moment from previous seasons it makes me happy to know that his writers were kind enough to not press the reset button on him. The story is a lot more varied than the lineal "well time to go to every gym I guess just like the games do" and since its main setting is the school the story gets to branch off into learning more about the Alola region that we wouldn't find if we played the games. I like this a lot because I feel that if you're going to adapt a product related to the games it should have things that separate it from its original and introduce more elements to give it a sense of originality. So all in all, if you couldn't tell already, I am enjoying this season thoroughly and I ask that you look through the bullshit of "ash looks retarded and this series is childish go back to XYZ" criticism and give this season a try.
Pokemon Sun and Moon is by far the most different Pokemon anime, unlike the rest of the seasons it went from the adventure genre to a more slice of life like show. Not only that but the art style changed drastically.
At the current moment (ep 34) we're not in the main story yet but we have quite a few characters introduced that seem important to the plot, mainly Gladion.
The art style, altough different, personally got quite better, it fits the overall theme of S&M way more than the static art style from the earlier seasons and it allows the characters to express
themselves a lot more, which is important, as S&M added a lot of slapstick comedy.
Currently we have 2 openings and 1 ending, which are all above average and the OST mostly consists of game remixes and quite a few older soundtracks from X&Y. (as far I know)
The characters improved a lot as well. All the main characters get at least 1 or 2 episodes just for them and at the current state (ep34) we got a good amount of character development for a pokemon anime.
I only speak for myself but I enjoy S&M way more than any other season of pokemon but thats mostly me being a sucker for slice of life, not really liking the older art styles and 0815 adventure "hey lets get 8 badges" seasons.
Overall Sun and Moon is by far the easiest to enjoy season and has the most depth out of any pokemon show, as it doesnt hesitate to tackle more adult problems like dealing with the death of a loved one and the grieving that comes with it.
First off, I didn't really plan on watching this anime because of the sudden art change. Of course, its prequel left me disappointed. But then again I decided to give it a chance and I never regretted, first episode is hilarious, so I kept coming back for more.
Now, the anime has over 20 episodes and it kind of broke the typical storyline where Ash will lose his first battle against a gym leader or in this case the Kahuna. Strangely enough, this doesn't follow how the game went, seeing Satoshi's classmates are supposed to be the captains of the second island.
So I am curious how the story will go.
It broke many traditional ways of the Pokemon where Team Rocket will always be defeated and such, there's this episode where you will need a tons of tissue because you will cry a lot.
The art style of this anime has really changed but I didn't mind because it is actually hilarious for me to watch even for that overreacting faces they make.
I hope for the haters out there will try watching the first episode and stop hating the art style. Because you will get to see why they did that.