The XY anime series is getting so many things right!
by, 9th November 2013 at 02:48 AM (3952 Views)
At least, for these first few episodes. I might have a change of opinion once Serena joins the group, but so far this series has been outstanding.
-I love how varied the teams are for the characters (even Eureka gets to have a Pokémon!) with each Kalos starter belonging to a main character a la AG instead of Satoshi getting all three.
-It's really cool that Satoshi, Serena, Eureka, and Citron are around the same age and height. It makes their relationships more unique and personal and their adventures more engaging, IMO. Them having their own little segments in the opening and all 4 of them being together in the title card help emphasis this, for some reason. (For the record, I consider Takeshi, Kenji, and Dent 16-18 years old; Satoshi and the main girls 10; Citron 12-13; and Masato and Eureka 7.)
-Citron, Eureka, and Serena are already showing strong, multifaceted personalities and characterization right off the bat. I remember it took a really long time for Dent to do something else besides flamboyantly fanboy over something.
-Satoshi's regained battle competence.
-The Orchid-hakase gets tormented by the Pokémon of the day is back. XD
-It's really great how the writers are able to have the Rocket-dan be cute and goofy while still being cool and badass at the same time.
-The episodes are really well-paced, nothing really seems forced or rushed.
-The animation and storyboarding are phenomenal. It's fluid, the characters are on-model, there's dynamic camera angles, etc., really well executed. Plus, really neat French architecture!
-Finally, music is really well composed and rivals BW as having my favorite set of BGM. That XY Rival battle theme and the Battle Tower theme are really awesome.
So there's my thoughts on the XY series right now. I might regret this blog months from now if XY becomes a train wreck, but right now I'm really optimistic!
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