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by , 13th September 2013 at 08:41 PM (363 Views)
So with Best Wishes concluding its run in the next couple of weeks, I was feeling a little nostalgic and decided to watch some of the episodes from the end of DP's run. It was slightly more emotional for me than I expected it to be.

I know there's a somewhat mixed opinion about DP among fans -- everyone has their own opinion of it for varying reasons -- but I had nearly forgotten how much I personally enjoyed it. A very big part of that, I think, was simply that prior to the start of DP, I hadn't been following the franchise. I picked up Pokemon when it first came out, but due to various family issues, never had a chance to play it very much. The same can be said about the anime, although I think I may have had more opportunities there. That said, shortly after G/S/C launched, I lost interest, primarily because I had a large load of difficult classes and needed to focus on them. Throughout most of high school and college, Pokemon didn't register on my radar. It wasn't until I was getting ready to graduate that one of my friends had started playing Emerald. I fell in love with the franchise all over again.

After beating Emerald, I promptly started my way through the anime again. I was old enough that it shouldn't have appealed to me, but it was still something nostalgic and fun. I never took it all that seriously and, because I wasn't all that invested, the separations at the end of the OS and AG never particularly hit me all that hard. However, I caught up just as DP was starting and it was that series that I watched on a fairly regular basis. When BW came out, I think I was pretty excited, but going back, it's definitely emotional to see the end of that series play out and watch Satoshi, Takeshi, and Hikari separated. I have no doubt I'm going to say the same thing with regards to Satoshi, Dent, and Iris, either.

It's strange, though, because as sad as I am, I'm definitely looking forward to the next series and what it brings. I'm not deluding myself into thinking it will be all that different... but then again, I don't think it needs to be in order to be enjoyable, at least for me. I will miss Dent and Iris as much as I miss Takeshi and Hikari, but I'm looking forward to the new crew all the same.

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  1. The Fighting Misty's Avatar
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    What makes me sad about the end of DP was it really was the only time I truly believed Ash could have won the league. So much foreshadowing of Ash challenging the Elite 4 and he was at his strongest, not to mention he was also bringing back old Pokemon.

    In a sense I consider DP 191 to be the finale of the series. If XY doesn't improve the series, I'll just view it and Best Wishes as spinoffs set in a different universe.
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    [QUOTE=The Fighting Misty;bt294886]What makes me sad about the end of DP was it really was the only time I truly believed Ash could have won the league. So much foreshadowing of Ash challenging the Elite 4 and he was at his strongest, not to mention he was also bringing back old Pokemon.

    In a sense I consider DP 191 to be the finale of the series. If XY doesn't improve the series, I'll just view it and Best Wishes as spinoffs set in a different universe.[/QUOTE]

    As much as I feel DP is when the show started to truly lose its appeal in my eyes, if there's one thing that kept me around despite the sheer disgusting handling of Brock in DP (and Team Rocket if counting the dub), it was how much Ash had grown as a trainer and how far he had come over the years. That all culminated in Sinnoh, and his rivalry with Paul is proof of how much he had matured. The Sinnoh League was one of the best Leagues in Pokemon History. If only Trollbias hadn't come around, it would've been perfect. Still, I can't complain, as it was nowhere near as bad as...the terrifying Unova League...Cameron alone sums it up pretty well. -_-
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fighting Misty
    What makes me sad about the end of DP was it really was the only time I truly believed Ash could have won the league. So much foreshadowing of Ash challenging the Elite 4 and he was at his strongest, not to mention he was also bringing back old Pokemon.

    In a sense I consider DP 191 to be the finale of the series. If XY doesn't improve the series, I'll just view it and Best Wishes as spinoffs set in a different universe.
    I don't think I consider DP 191 to be the series finale, but I do agree that during the climax of DP, I could have seen him going all the way to the top. I don't particularly mind that he didn't as well during the Isshu League, though. I've participated in tournaments before where my performance was below what my abilities should have been, so I don't particularly blame Satoshi for not doing as well as he has in the past.

    XY will definitely have a big effect on how I, and many people, I'm sure, view the series as a whole. As long as we see Satoshi improve again, I'll be fine with most of what they do. If not, I'll still likely enjoy it, but in a different way.

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