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In my opinion, it's Pokemon, especially during the Kanto arc. And, it's for two reasons:

1. Its episodic formula, which was designed to stall for time in-between gym battles. And, most of the time, it's just the heroes fighting Team Rocket to save either Pikachu, the Pokemon-of-the-week, or both, resulting in Jessie and James "blasting off again". And it wasn't like all of that slow, tedious, frustrating build-up was going to matter either, because Ash lost his first league and continued his losing streak to this day with other leagues.

2. The outright incompetence of Ash Ketchum as the main protagonist. He did an awful job at raising his Pokemon, most especially Charizard if you were to consider how he lost his first Pokemon League. The only people he could ever beat were Team Rocket, but when it's against other trainers, he lost to them on a frequent basis, even when his Pokemon had type advantages against his rivals' Pokemon, or were much more fully evolved than said rivals' Pokemon. He also won gym badges out of luck and pity, he lost every Pokemon League he entered, and he would outright replace his previous stronger teams with brand new, weaker ones, while still retaining the exact same Pikachu he owned since the first episode.

At the very least, in Digimon, the threats were much more legitimate, Taichi and his friends were much more competent to the point of being awesome, the story was usually serialized rather than episodic, and the writers knew when the previous heroes' times were up and replaced them with newer protagonists, unlike the Pokemon anime which stuck with the exact same pathetic excuse of a protagonist to this day.

Which anime did you think aged miserably? And why?
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Commander_PonyShep wrote:

In my opinion, it's Pokemon, especially during the Kanto arc. And, it's for two reasons:

1. Its episodic formula, which was designed to stall for time in-between gym battles. And, most of the time, it's just the heroes fighting Team Rocket to save either Pikachu, the Pokemon-of-the-week, or both, resulting in Jessie and James "blasting off again". And it wasn't like all of that slow, tedious, frustrating build-up was going to matter either, because Ash lost his first league and continued his losing streak to this day with other leagues.

2. The outright incompetence of Ash Ketchum as the main protagonist. He did an awful job at raising his Pokemon, most especially Charizard if you were to consider how he lost his first Pokemon League. The only people he could ever beat were Team Rocket, but when it's against other trainers, he lost to them on a frequent basis, even when his Pokemon had type advantages against his rivals' Pokemon, or were much more fully evolved than said rivals' Pokemon. He also won gym badges out of luck and pity, he lost every Pokemon League he entered, and he would outright replace his previous stronger teams with brand new, weaker ones, while still retaining the exact same Pikachu he owned since the first episode.

At the very least, in Digimon, the threats were much more legitimate, Taichi and his friends were much more competent to the point of being awesome, the story was usually serialized rather than episodic, and the writers knew when the previous heroes' times were up and replaced them with newer protagonists, unlike the Pokemon anime which stuck with the exact same pathetic excuse of a protagonist to this day.

Which anime did you think aged miserably? And why?


Remember the Pokemon anime is mostly an advertisement for the games, and Ash and (his) Pikachu have transcended from being mascots to being cultural icons in Japan, you may hate Ash, but he is purposely kept the underdog most of the time for him to have his big moments, one of which is Can't Beat the Heat! (Ash vs Gary) which I still watch to this very day, Charizard vs Blastoise belongs to every Top 10 Anime Battles tbh.

And if you say Ash's Charizard is horribly raised, let my remind you that
1) He was scarred because he almost died after his trainer abandoned him as a Charmander
2) Is the 3rd strongest pokemon in the anime that is not a legendary or a pokemon owned by Cynthia, only Alain's Charizard (A cheat pokemon) and Ash Greninja (another cheat pokemon) are stronger, Ash's Charizards winrate is around 80% (16-6 or so) and is blatantly op, he has kept up with and even defeated a legendary which are exponentially more powerful in the series than in the main games

I also recommend XY&Z (subs), here we have the best Ash, not only is he competent beyond anything you have seen, he is more mature, has a legit roster of op Pokemon (2 whom evolved fighting vs 2 legendaries) and is a legit badass.

And to speak about the anime itself, the art style is SUPERB! Animations are top notch and honestly, one of the best EVER in any anime, battle sequences really come alive with 2D painted 3D battles where we have perspective and fluid movement of the pokemon, sidekicks feel wholesome and complement the series rather than being an add-on to Ash, the music is amazing like always but not only do we get music straight from the games for some battles, but the OP is honestly, one of the bests for any anime, Ash Greninja theme is also badass and inspiring.

I would dare call XY&Z a full fledged anime rather than a promotional cartoon, while it is still kinda goofy (specially with the filler), main story episodes are more serious which Team Flare being legit villains and not some goofy bad guys.

As for other anime, I ave nothing to say, pretty much any old anime is outdated, I can say for sure I wouldn't tolerate Inuyasha, Card Captor Sakura or any famous and good animes from the past with that horrible moe like art-style everyone used back then, but a friend of mine has told me Naruto Shippuden hasn't really innovated since it was released to its ending, he told me art style and animations are pretty much the same and don't hold up to current standards.
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