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Old July 9th, 2013 (9:16 AM).
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I stopped watching more or less after the orange islands episodes. I've seen a few of Johto here and there but nothing beyond that. Season 1 was still the best.
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Old July 9th, 2013 (3:02 PM).
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I've stopped watching from about season 3, but I recently began watching the Black and White episodes only to see N. I skipped everything in between.
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Old July 10th, 2013 (5:08 PM).
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I began to lose interest around the start of the Battle Frontier Arc (let's say), and stopped entirely when Sinnoh entered the equation. Gen 4 never appealed to me.
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Old July 10th, 2013 (5:32 PM).
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I stopped watching it like at half of Diamond and Pearl. It's not that I lost interest, but the mexican Cartoon Network stopped airing it Monday-Friday and changed it to Saturdays...Oh, and they started using annoying words in the dub that nobody even uses anymore. So after that I stopped being interested.

I'm considering watching the X and Y anime in english when it's released, though.
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Old July 11th, 2013 (6:50 AM). Edited July 20th, 2013 by tnfsf11.
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I stopped watching the Anime somewhere during the Johto arc & that's because I live in the Middle East & as y'all may know a high religious authority in KSA accused Pokémon of being satanic & other crap & as a result of following him the only TV channel that aired Pokémon in the ME stopped full thread

Anyway I didn't watch any episodes online since then even though I had the chance because I don't enjoy watching TV material on a PC, due to many reasons..
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Old July 11th, 2013 (2:18 PM).
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I have stopped and started so many times I've lost count ...

I stopped watching on television at the end of Hoenn (I think?) But I picked up some of the later episodes, some of Unova... then dropped it again.

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Old July 11th, 2013 (2:18 PM).
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I stopped watching a long long long time ago. I guess part of it was because it went to cable when I didn't have cable. When I finally did get access to the show, I was so far behind, I didn't think it'd be worth it.

Also, it shows at 8:30 in the morning. No way I can wake up that early. :c
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Old July 11th, 2013 (2:21 PM).
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Yeah, me too stopped in Hoenn, but rather in the first of its seasons. I think I might have just grown up, and disliked May compared to Misty, haha. Plus, I thought the adventures they made up in Hoenn weren't as interesting as the ones from Kanto and Johto. At the time, at least.

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Old July 13th, 2013 (9:06 PM).
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Yeah, me too stopped in Hoenn, but rather in the first of its seasons. I think I might have just grown up, and disliked May compared to Misty, haha. Plus, I thought the adventures they made up in Hoenn weren't as interesting as the ones from Kanto and Johto. At the time, at least.
Most of Johto had tons of horrible filler, how did you make it through that? Also most people found Misty really dull during that arc, while May was actually the reason people started to like the anime again. Hoenn was a much better arc than Johto as anyone who watched through it can attest.
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Old July 13th, 2013 (9:11 PM).
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I stopped watching after about Johto. They switched from cartoon network to 4kids when Ash went to Hoenn and I just did not like 4kids even as an 8 year old.

Since then, I tried to get back into but... I watched the first episode of Diamond & Pearl one and I didn't particularly like it. I'm still like watching the movies that come out, though.
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Old July 13th, 2013 (9:26 PM).
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That doesn't mean **** to people's original perceptions, though. Like I mean now I absolutely adore May and the Hoenn arc, they're my absolute favourites in their categories, but back then? Boy was I pissed to see Misty- "Ash's 1 tru luv"- leave the show. Seriously. People grow attached to characters and are resistant to change. People who had stuck with Misty throughout Johto especially didn't like to see her go. And some still can't get it through their heads that it was a change for the better. Back then, I liked the one-off CotD-based adventures. Now? Riveting battles, character development, and arcs please! Strong female characters, too- Misty was a sidekick, May was a main character in her own right. As was Dawn.

I loved Misty back then. Really, I grew up with her. I identified with her. She was really the only girl in Pokémon for a long time, and a tomboy at that. But now I look back on her and I see her character falls so very flat in the face of May and Dawn. Johto is padded to hell and back with filler. It's not godawful, no, but it certainly got better. OS is not the peak of the anime's storytelling and creativity.

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Old July 14th, 2013 (3:15 AM).
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I am still watching the anime...I just watch new episode 1 time the call it good....just wish Iris would go away lol..come back May or Misty plz

I still enjoy the movies mostly for the ending song and theme song full versions

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I stopped watching in the middle of Johto, because my family got DirectTV, and we could never find the channel for Kids!WB.

When we got the channel back, I watched nearly 95% of the Advanced and Diamond/Pearl series. I stopped watching at Black/White, mostly because I went off to college and did not have a television there. It was not worth watching it online. And I was disappointed with many of the changes in Best Wishes. I watched, like, 20% of the episodes.
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Old July 18th, 2013 (6:42 AM).
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Interestingly enough i hasn't being one of i suppose rare fans which watched it from episode 1 until now. Barring few banned episodes which are hard to go by and newest pokemon movie which im planning to when i catch enough spare time.

However that's not to say i didn't thought of taking break from it or even considered quitting due to some rather jarring decisions and bad directions anime headed to. First time it happened at end of Johto when Misty was replaced liking character and original trio chemistry being disappointing to see such great character which still had lot of unexplored potential about her leaving in such abrupt way. With series losing some of humor and charm her strong presence brought to show. Though i decided to give chance top May and AG and i grew to like them over time.

Second time it happened after voice actors were replaced with dubbing being took over by PUSA finding how we lost spontaneous, unforced and natural portrayal of voices for main characters bring jarring to get used to new ones whose acting felt out of place. However even though i still prefer older dub i can say i grew to accepot it with new VAs doing decent job compared to early days.

So all in all despite all changes or moves which changed things for better or worse depending on your own according i managed to stick with anime. With pokemon while not being especially deep and quality written series having certain lighthearted appeal, relaxing note and journey aspect of exploring new regions, people and cultures which makes you excited and hooked toward it.

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Most of Johto had tons of horrible filler, how did you make it through that? Also most people found Misty really dull during that arc, while May was actually the reason people started to like the anime again. Hoenn was a much better arc than Johto as anyone who watched through it can attest.
Im not sure if its fair to talk in everyone name, because each person has different perception on each saga and preference of what they will find appealing or not. Perhaps you found Johto saga boring, but i can assure you how many would think exact opposite.

This saga had its share of good moments like Lugia and red Gyara arc,Whirl Cup(where Misty shined through whole region most being done in pretty good way),Silver Conference league,breeding contest Brock had with Suzie,episodes like Seaking catching contest,one with wild Teddiursa(pretty funny thanks to nice dynamic between redhead and wild pokemon)etc.
Group as a whole worked well having pretty good chemistry between Ash,Misty and Brock seeming like long time friends providing funny moments,and interesting dynamics.
Problem is that some things due to lack of experience weren't done properly.

Also dunno about you but Misty wasn't boring at all there. Ill give you how she didn't received as much development as she should had and there were times where it seemed like she was on sidelines. But generally speaking she was very vibrant, playful and temperament as character bringing lot of comedy and dynamic interactions, battled more compared to Kanto forming pretty interesting team and had some pretty good growth entering several competitions, meeting other specialists and gradually overcoming complex of inferiority imposed on her by sisters.

Personally i liked May,welcomed addition of extra side quest in firm of contests and found her rivals funny, peculiar and multidimensional. But i can say without doubt how anime for me lost great deal of appeal, lively humor, sarcasm and flare Misty colorful personality brought to anime.
Not to mention we got deprived of opportunity to learn more about character relatively unexplored past and story with her water career offering lot of untapped potential and several directions through which writers could had continued on. Whether it involved expansion on Whirl Cup creating fresh, alternative quest in form of water based events in which people could had enjoyed in case of getting bored with gym quest, taking her through E4 route with such members being one type masters meeting other specialists etc.

With that said i can understand why so many lost interest in pokemon series around time AG began finding series lost its identity and purpose it established around itself with backlash being ensued to happen after such drastic change made for first time.
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Old July 19th, 2013 (8:56 PM).
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I watched Pokemon in High school when it first came out. Eventually school and college and work got in the way. That's life I guess.
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