After his mother wins a free trip to the islands, Pokemon trainer Satoshi and his partner Pikachu head for Melemele Island of the beautiful Alola region, which is filled with lots of new Pokemon and even variations of familiar faces. Eager to explore the island, Satoshi and Pikachu run wild with excitement, quickly losing their way while chasing after a Pokemon. The pair eventually stumbles upon the Pokemon School, an institution where students come to learn more about these fascinating creatures.
At the school, when he and one of the students—the no-nonsense Kaki—have a run-in with the nefarious thugs of Team Skull, Satoshi discovers the overwhelming might of the Z-Moves, powerful attacks originating from the Alola region that require the trainer and Pokemon to be in sync. Later that night, he and Pikachu have an encounter with the guardian deity Pokemon of Melemele Island, the mysterious Kapu Kokeko. The Pokemon of legend bestows upon them a Z-Ring, a necessary tool in using the Z-Moves. Dazzled by his earlier battle and now in possession of a Z-Ring, Satoshi and Pikachu decide to stay behind in the Alola Region to learn and master the strength of these powerful new attacks.
Enrolling in the Pokemon School, Satoshi is joined by classmates such as Lillie, who loves Pokemon but cannot bring herself to touch them, Kaki, and many others. Between attending classes, fending off the pesky Team Rocket—who themselves have arrived in Alola to pave the way for their organization's future plans—and taking on the Island Challenge that is necessary to master the Z-Moves, Satoshi and Pikachu are in for an exciting new adventure.
Watching the subbed version, lots of complex jokes in tone, would recommend the show be watched this way. Ignore the hate. People are real salty about the art change around the internet, this is a show you shouldn't judge by its overall score.
There is a distinct feel they seem to be going with here. you'll know if it hits by the team rocket scene in episode 3.
I used to watch pokemon as a kid and this show recaptures that feeling of childlike wonder. The show is aware of its own silliness and pokes fun at it.
Story, its pokemon, you know the
drill, however the connection to the game gives the show a whole new meaning.
The art is a massive improvement, and fit the tone of the show is a huge change up and is now self aware.
Character, tbd too early
Enjoyment, this is fun, mindless, feel good entertainment.
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.