The Pokemon Anime's Decline in Popularity-- What Went Wrong?
by, 9th March 2013 at 10:55 AM (2988 Views)
This is solely an opinion-based article, so feel free to disagree with any of these points, but I feel the five main reasons that can be attributed to why the show isn't as popular as when it began are basically:
1) Misty's departure at the end of Johto in Season 5- Took away the sense of camaraderie established between the three main characters, and the unique dynamic they shared. A lot of people feel Kasumi/Misty could never be replaced like that, and it shocked them greatly she was. Many fans to date prefer her to May, Dawn, and Iris. Personally, I like Misty and May about equally despite their different personalities, didn't mind Dawn at all, but I am quite annoyed by Iris.
*2) English Dub Switch in Season 9 from 4Kids to TPCi- Took away well-defined personalities of main characters in English, and some would even argue replaced the very characters themselves that day with totally different individuals. Besides the commonly used VA work excuse, the dub intros, dub BGM, and dub scripts for TRio are also generally considered poor by fans in comparison to what they used to be. Although, the TPCi dub has also had its pros over the 4Kids dub, like no wall-to-wall BGM, more faithful scripts, and little to no errors, edits, and mistakes. Despite this, most fans seem to prefer the 4Kids English dub overall, an opinion which I also happen to share with them.*
3) AG and DP taking the series in too mature of a direction without keeping things more dynamic, fluid, and personality-engaging (DP in particular suffers greatly in this department-- while an interesting take on the series, feels somewhat rigid and character chemistry was particularly low this arc).
4) BW's generally poor writing and Ash's regression.
5) Naturally, the show is/has become too redundant and repetitive for a lot of people's tastes, and that makes it harder for them to enjoy or continuing to stay watching the anime when it's "same thing, different form."
*NOTE: Condition 2 only applies to the English dubbed version.*
What do you guys think has made the Pokemon anime series less liked overall these days?