As with both the Advanced Generation and Diamond & Pearl series before it, the Best Wishes! series begins with only Satoshi, headed off to the Isshu region, located far away from Kanto, Johto, Houen, and Sinnoh, with his Pikachu. After he meets up with the new trainer and rival Shooty and the region's Professor Araragi, he gains traveling companions in Iris, a girl from a town known for its Dragon Pokémon, and Dent, Pokémon Connoisseur and the Grass Pokémon specialist of the three Sanyou City Gym Leaders.
#1: "Fanfare of the Heart 「心のファンファーレ」" by Aki Okui (eps 1-25) #2: "Can You Say the Pokémon? BW (ポケモン言えるかな？ＢＷ)" by Shougo Toda (eps 25-60) #3: "Nanairo Arch (七色アーチ)" by Pokemon BW Choral Gang (eps 61-78) #4: "Mite Mite ☆ Kocchicchi (みてみて☆こっちっち)" by Momoiro Clover Z (eps 79-84)
I got to say.
What the hell, OLM?! You had gold of a storyline and you freaking blew it!
Did you learn anything from Diamond and Pearl? ANYTHING?! You forgot how to write a good rival. You made Ash look like a joke after he was at the top of his game. You gave him companions that were either cheesy or annoying as hell. Whatever happened to having a companion that COMPLIMENTED Ash, huh? What was wrong with Misty, May, or Dawn, hmm? They at least acknowledged his progress and didn't call him a stupid kid! I will say, I liked that they showed that catching more
than 6 Pokémon exists and CAN work. The problem was there were a MASSIVE lack of training episodes. Ash had a great team he could work with. Some are fantastic competitively. So what did you do? You left so many unevolved. Why? To be like the original series, you said? The one that Ash didn't know what he was doing yet had a sense of humor. Yeah, after Sinnoh, it was NOT wise to make him look like an idiot again. I'm sorry OLM, but you done goofed BIG TIME on this one. Learn from this that it was not a great idea to write it this way. NEVER downgrade Ash ever again.
As a pokemon fan since age 10,I have noticed how repetitive the entire anime series is, and Best Wishes is no exception.
After recently finishing this series I felt the need to share my opinions so here I go.
story- 5: The story in this season seemed to take longer than needed. Some episodes weren't even necessary and can be considered fillers. The fact that it took the creators 84 episodes to conclude the first Best Wishes season baffles me,but that's pokemon for you. Some parts of the story took so long to tell that I can honestly say I felt confused some of the time while
watching this. Eventually the story did start to make sense again,so it's not all bad.
art- 6: The animation in this season was considerably better than past seasons,but it still had many flaws that were hard to ignore. For some of the time,the animation would be pleasing to watch, but occasionally, there were a few mistakes and poorly drawn characters.
sound- 6: The soundtrack for this season was above average. Barely above average. The music is forgettable aside from the more recognizable classic pokemon tunes heard here and there. As for the voice acting in the Japanese version, it's well done and many professional voice actors can be heard. In the English version however, most of the characters' voices either do not match the character (for example,giving the voice of an adult man to a 10 year old...?) or are just terrible.
character- 8: In my opinion,the character development was the best thing about not only this season, but the whole Best wishes series. My only problem was the speed of the character development. The fillers get in the way sometimes,but the main characters and rivals do have their respective screen time and get an opportunity to shine. Only a few characters receive in-depth backstories and some exclusive episodes,but the characters who do are definitely well written even if their story takes forever to tell. Of course, some rivals and side characters are not completely necessary or just downright annoying,but they are bearable I guess. On a side note, Ash Ketchum remains practically the same as when he started aside from how he interacts with some characters. If you have the patience,definitely watch this series for the side character arcs. It's worth checking out.
enjoyment- 8: I spent almost 2 years total watching this season and I am now on the second one. I actually enjoyed watching Best Wishes despite its many flaws. It kept me entertained for sure.
overall- 7: I truly like this series a lot. Of course this review is slightly biased,and I do feel like Best Wishes is overlooked. I have no problem admitting how mediocre and slow paced the Pokemon anime is,but each season has something to offer. The fifth generation is my favorite and,actually,I like every generation. I wrote this review based on my opinion of the actual anime and not how much I like or dislike the fifth generation. Best Wishes makes me feel slightly nostalgic so that might have affected this review.
I actually can't believe that anyone would give this a rating above 5.
I actually wanted to watch it after playing my Pokemon Black, however to say that I was disappointed would be a major understatement.
With that said let me get down to the review part.
Story : 5
The usual fail-safe Pokemon story, so can't really complaint about anything here.
However, I just couldn't understand one thing, HOW CAN ASH's PIKACHU LOSE TO A LEVEL 5 SNIVY ?!?
Art : 4
The art was let down. It broke the tradition and did not seem right.
Character : 2.5
I was not against getting new characters in the series but the
characters must be of some quality. The new characters were just pathetic. To be honest the only characters I did like were some of the new Pokemon (that too only because of the game)
Enjoyment : 1
This was a series that made me drop Pokemon temporarily, I completed the first Unova season but I did not even bother with the rest.
Pokemon is one of my favorite video game series of all time. I also a huge fan of the movies,anime,etc. I love anything pokemon. Pokemon Best Wishes! is a very boring series. In my opinion, it ruined pokemon. Like a Ice Cream Cone pokemon? Thats stupid. I can't stand it. I wish pokemon will be like what it used to be.
Storyline3/10-Ash Ketchum, a 10 year old kid now going to the Unova region to catch em' all. I wouldn't hate the storyline to much if it wasn't so dumb. I don't hate the pokemon storyline. From Indigo Leauge, to Dimaond and Pearl, it was amazing.
Black and White ruined it. Its so boring now. It got less interning because of the fillers. Like one fill about Ash helping some little kids with some thing. I really don't care because its boring. Pokemon used to have good fillers like Meowth's backstory. The fillers here suck. Also, the storyline gets less enjoyable. The only good thing is that pokemon still has its charm with the storyline. But the charm here is very little.
Characters3/10-This is the worst part. Iris is worst then Dawn. All she says is "Your such a little kid"! I can't stand that. Ash seems more childish now too. It seems like he just got less mature. Ash was always a idiot, but not like this. I mean, no trainer uses a water type pokemon against a grass type pokemon. It just doesn't work. Ash should know that by now if he's been a trainer for almost 20 years now. Cilian is the new character that replaced Brock. Even if he's strange, no character can replace Brock. Team Rocket isn't funny no more. WHY?! Team Rocket was so funny. There aren't many good characters, only Snivy(the grass starter pokemon).,and that otter pokemon that Ash caught are the characters are good.
Soundtrack5/10-Pokemon always had great music. The wild pokemon battle theme and the trainer theme are the best. Sadly, Best Wishes! fails with the soundtrack. Its okay, its not the worst, not the best. Its in between. The Black and White video game had this really sad music that was beautiful. However, the anime didn't have the music. Why does the soundtrack have to be worst then the other soundtracks from the anime? Its not even close to being horrible, but that doesn't mean its great. I never really thought of the OST because its unmemorable. (the opening theme songs are good,but the OST is still decent).
Art4/10-Best Wishes! has new art, but its not good. The new looks for the characters are just plain bad. Ash has a very bad look now. He used to have black hair and black eyes. Now he has blueish hair with big brown eyes. The new look just isn't that good. The characters looks just feels sloppy. The pokemon attacks has bright colors, and the opening theme songs has a lot of bright colors, but it just not as good as the other art.
Enjoyment4/10-There where times when I did enjoy this anime, in a way,but the overall anime is a let down. It is bad. Nothing will change that. Pokemon used to be great,now its bad. There isnt a lot of enjoyment,so it gets a 4.
Overall4/10-Pokemon Best Wishes! is still boring, and is one of the pokemon series so far. I barely enjoyed it. The pokemon looks, candles, ice cream, steel ants, what is this? DO NOT WATCH THIS ITS POORLY MADE.
Over the years, Ash Ketchum (Satoshi) has traveled to many different regions in the Pokemon world. Each new region brings a new generation of Pokemon with it and the anime features Ash and his pal Pikachu catching a new team of Pokemon with each new adventure.