by, 13th September 2013 at 08:41 PM (344 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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