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  1. OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    23 Hours Ago 5:56 PM
    OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    That's true...

    And not to mention all the fact that Gen V and VI have only one Mega each while VII has none (and if the rumors are true, that will apply to VIII too... unless if a Sinnoh remake fixes that (but them bringing back a feature for the remakes (which aren't related to the originals) would be kind of odd... sure HgSs brought back Pokemon following, but that feature was teased in Amity Park in DPP...))
  2. Mateo
    1 Day Ago 2:09 PM
    Mateo
    for sure, haha
  3. Mateo
    1 Day Ago 1:32 PM
    Mateo
    Yeah, between my real job, my forum job, and real life stuff it's been a pretty busy few weeks lol! I think things are starting to calm down now, though. *knock on wood*
  4. OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    1 Day Ago 7:23 PM
    OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    Wonder if they'll add a new mechanic in the 8th Gen again.
  5. Mateo
    2 Days Ago 9:17 AM
    Mateo
    Hey, sorry, yeah I've been busy af lately. And while I actually had the last few days off, I wasn't really on the forums much because I had irl stuff I needed to catch up on while I had the chance. Will try to get you a reply soon.
  6. OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    3 Days Ago 4:59 PM
    OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    Interesting.

    Yeah, Gen 7 does feel like a filler to some degree. The anime more so.
  7. OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    3 Days Ago 11:18 PM
    OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    Perhaps we could see Rainbow Rocket reappear. Rainbow Giovanni seemed like he wasn't done yet...
  8. OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    3 Days Ago 11:16 PM
    OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    Until USUM... but those introduced ones were extra dimensional beings... with the exception of the new mythical.
  9. OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    1 Week Ago 6:24 PM
    OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    True. Some think it'll be a rewrite of the Pokemon 2000 movie.

    I am too. I want to know what the region will be. Rumors say Spain or Italy... wonder if my theory of returning to Kalos might come true... but it'll need to be by boat (more likely if it's Spain than Italy) as Kalos is only northern France.
  10. OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    1 Week Ago 4:59 PM
    OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    I mean the upcoming movie seems to be a continuation of it.
  11. Mateo
    1 Week Ago 3:52 PM
    Mateo
    Been busy again. Work and moderatory stuff. How've you been?
  12. Mateo
    3 Weeks Ago 3:51 AM
    Mateo
    Merry Christmas! Hope its great x

    Also, not sure if I'll get a chance to reply today or if it will be tomorrow, but should be one or the other.
  13. OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    3 Weeks Ago 7:10 PM
    OmegaRuby and AlphaSapphire
    xD

    Speaking of movies, what do you think of the direction the Pokemon movies seem to be taking this generation?
  14. weedle_mchairybug
    4 Weeks Ago 12:57 PM
    weedle_mchairybug
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    I felt that early OS (Kanto/Orange) Team Rocket struck a good balance between funny and threatening. They still had their comedy moments, but they also had some brains and depth.
    Yeah, not to mention they actually DID prove to be threats a few times during those sagas.

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    As with most of the original characters, Johto should've been the end for the TRio. GSC were the last games to feature Team Rocket as the main antagonists, so Jessie and James had no business appearing in any regions past Johto, and they had also started to wear out their welcome by then, anyways.
    Also agreed there. And even if they WERE to be retained, it's not like they needed to keep their Rocket memberships. Just have them quit Team Rocket and try to pursue Ash and Co. while acting as mercenaries for the current regional villain teams. Or just go with suspiciously similar substitutes as well, even giving them reasons for going after Pikachu that directly tied in to the villains' goals (Team Magma and Team Aqua, for example, could express interest in Pikachu for the fact that it possessed genomes allowing it to bond with the orbs used to summon Groudon/Kyogre, which actually could neatly foreshadow the climax where Pikachu was possessed by the Red Orb).

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    May's fear of Pokémon probably came from the writers trying to set her up as a meek "little sister"-type character for Ash to mentor and protect. She had to appear timid, weak, and stupid, or else the Eternal 10 Year Old wouldn't be believable as her big strong mentor.
    Yeah, no kidding. Overall it was a horrible matchup. May, of all people, should not be afraid of Pokémon, considering she literally grew up with them due to her dad being a gym leader. And I've seen mentor-relationships that were a lot more plausibly done, to be honest, at least enough to avoid making them looking bad for no real reason.

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    I don't like Dawn, but at least she was portrayed as being more of an equal to Ash. On the other hand, May and Serena's "passive waifu" act was grating and vomit-inducing. Those two were clearly designed for fanboys who project themselves onto Ash and fantasize about having a shy, younger girl constantly worshiping them. Strong girls who challenge Ash and aren't afraid to tell him "no" (like Misty and Iris) threaten these fans.
    Yeah. I watched Pokémon since I was in elementary school, and while I did look up to Ash, I must admit I don't EVER recall inserting myself into him, and there were actually a few instances where I ultimately agreed with Misty in her criticisms. Besides, I guess it rubs me off the wrong way since with Beauty and the Beast when someone gets no criticism whatsoever, not even when it's necessary (I can understand it if people dislike unfair criticism, where there's no merit to criticizing other than for the sake of criticism to demonize someone, but when it's an actual flaw that needs to be pointed out, I think it does require stating).

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    And, it wasn't even a good anniversary movie, too. Despite supposedly being a "tribute" to Kanto and the OS era, it went out of its way to ignore Kanto/OS stuff in favor of a bunch of random Sinnoh/DP references and callbacks, even though Sinnoh is probably the least relevant region in the series right now. It hasn't appeared in a game since 2008, nor are its games aren't being remade or re-released anytime soon. Cynthia's appearance in SM/USUM is just random, plot-irrelevant fanservice, while Cyrus in USUM is merely just one out of a group of returning Evil Bosses (and one of the least relevant ones, too -- Rainbow Rocket is more about Giovanni and Ghetsis than the other villains). Looker appearing in every game has become a series staple by this point, so it's hard to call his Alola appearances a deliberate Sinnoh callback (and his role was downplayed in USUM, anyways).
    Yeah, no kidding. I don't have any problem with Generation 4 myself, but I do think that if you're going to make a movie actually honoring an anniversary for a long-standing franchise, you might as well, you know, actually make it relevant to the actual plot and not include stuff that isn't even related to the anniversary directly. I'd cry foul if they used Generation III, V, VI, or even VII Pokémon as marketing. I'd tolerate Gen II being marketed since, well, Ho-Oh did debut in the first episode and clearly wasn't Gen I.

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    I'll cry fowl if M21 continues the trend and tries to shoehorn in a bunch of Sinnoh nonsense into an OS-inspired setting. Wonder if the blonde girl from the trailer will turn out to be another Cynthia relative?
    Quite frankly, all I can say is I'm not feeling optimistic about this upcoming movie. They still haven't even teased Gen 8 yet (and believe me, if they were going to do Generation 8, they would have started hinting at it by now, like how Metroid Prime 4 got teased at this year's E3). If Movie 21 ends up being a massive bomb, that only reinforces my view that M20 being released on the anime's anniversary is the only reason why it succeeded.

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    I don't blame you for feeling that way. I don't like most official streaming sites, in general. Even if you don't have to pay to use them, they still tend to be loaded with ads, slow as hell, and needlessly restrictive in content. It's a shame that none of the unofficial sites have anything past XY/XYZ yet, or I'd direct you over to one of those.
    Yeah, agreed, and it also doesn't help that I'm not even that fond of SM as it is anyways, and Misty and Brock's return is the only reason I have even a slight interest in it right now. That and maybe Lillie. They've pretty much rushed through Alola right now, got past the climax (honestly, I haven't seen a region go by THIS quickly since Kanto), and since they didn't even HINT at a Gen 8 right now, I'd even wager that Alola might end next year. I just hope the writers bring Misty and Brock into Alola before they inevitably stop with Alola. At least with the CBS app, I can rewatch episodes of various shows I watched that I either missed or otherwise missed some sound on thanks to my sound system going mute at the worst possible moments that forces me to "reset" by turning the TV on and off.
  15. weedle_mchairybug
    4 Weeks Ago 1:21 PM
    weedle_mchairybug
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    It's painfully obvious that the TRio were mainly kept on for comic relief purposes. They had already deteriorated into bumbling joke villains by the end of Johto (Jessie getting Wobbuffet seemed to be the turning point -- they now had an annoying, disobedient comic relief Pokémon with them), and in Hoenn and Sinnoh, they literally served no purpose besides adding cheap humor and filling space when the writers couldn't come up with a plot for an episode.

    BW attempted to return them to their roots by ditching Wobbuffet and making them more serious and threatening, and they also started making fewer appearances since the plan was to eventually write them out for good at the end of the saga. Unfortunately, this wasn't well-received, and they were promptly reset back to their pre-BW selves at the end of BW. At this point, we're probably stuck with them forever, just like Ash and the Yellow Rat.
    Yeah, and that Earthquake early into BW's run didn't help either.

    Honestly, if they're going to keep them, whether as villains or comic relief, they should have done it like how they handled Oolong back when he's a villain. Namely, actually REDEEM them beforehand so that they can be comic relief WITHOUT needing to be the villains. Or, they can at least make them far more threatening and a menace while still keeping their humor. That way, they can remain joke villains and yet most importantly still actually BE villains. The Red Ribbon Army made a far better Team Rocket than they did, heck, General Blue made a better joke villain than Team Rocket, since he was both humorous AND a genuine threat. It's as if the writers don't even know how to actually balance those two aspects and go for extremes even if they betray the entire point of being a villain. Heck, forget Dragon Ball or Mario or anything like that, even Gaston from the 1991 Disney Beauty and the Beast film comes across as a far better joke villain than Team Rocket does, and I thought he was a poorly written villain thanks to the Gaston Reprise having him loudly declaring key details of his plan in such a stupid and reckless manner that should have gotten him arrested or at least talked out of the plan by the villagers at least. Team Rocket right now is one of two main antagonists that are quite frankly written in an exceptionally embarrassing manner that is really unbefitting of villains, the only other being the Galactic Empire in Star Wars: Rebels, which has the main protagonists outwitting and defeating the Empire in a similarly embarrassingly easy light multiple times, to such an extent that, were that show reality, the Empire would have collapsed LONG before they even developed the Death Star and used it on Alderaan.

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    I think May was already enough of a reason why Norman and Caroline failed as parents. How in the world can you grow up as the daughter of a Gym Leader and hate Pokémon? And, they didn't even try to give her any backstory to explain why she was like that. All she did was come off as an annoying, useless bimbo.
    No kidding. I'm almost tempted to say they're the worst parents ever, but on the other hand, I can name parents in the series who were far worse, like Brock and Misty's parents (the latter isn't stated in-series per se, but it's made clear in that novelization that Misty's parents ditched Cerulean Gym like Brock's parents did, and one of the production staff apparently confirmed that bit at least was indeed canon to the series. And don't get me started on Brock's parents, who literally ditched their kids to fend for themselves, and constantly screwed up the gym and even after "getting back" for their families STILL screwed up ultimately.), or even James' parents (blue bloods or not, they have REAL character problems if they thought the best fiancée for their son was dominatrix sadist and a likely psychopath.). And yeah, no kidding about how they failed to elaborate on May's hatred of Pokémon. This isn't merely something like Misty's fear of bugs where such probably didn't need much of an explanation (though that being said, I do kinda wish they explained that one), and was useful for gags, this was plot-relevant and something that would require an explanation. Probably the closest they got to even beginning to explain it is after Max unknowingly humiliated her by revealing that she got conked on the head by Caroline trying to catch Pokémon at the beach, and even there... yeah, I fail to see how that really was much of an explanation. Embarassing story, sure, but not enough to have hatred of Pokémon over unless you were mentally unstable to begin with.

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    That's probably why they've started doing this AU stuff with the movies. After the XY movies flopped, it became evident that the old movie formula no longer worked and that the movies needed something besides a new Event Legendary to sell themselves. Their AU stunt worked out okay for M20, but there's no guarantee that M21 will repeat its success.
    Yeah, and I suspect the only reason Movie 20 did nearly as well as it did was because it aired during the 20th anniversary of the anime/movies. Had they not aired it then, I'm pretty sure it would have flopped even more than Movie 19.

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    Actually, from what I read, the app's free and ad-supported.
    ...

    I'll try to discuss some things with my parents first. Don't get me wrong, I do want to watch the Misty and Brock return episodes, and I'm even willing to use Disney and make them an exception if I must, but I don't want to end up getting an app solely for those two episodes and leave it unable to be used otherwise.

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