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- Ash is all the way in front of the poster, making it seem like he'll be the star again. If you remember those DP adverts generally promoted Dawn alongside Ash in most cases. The way Serena is in the background makes it seem like she'll have a role similar to May. In fact the whole XY poster resembles those AG posters in many ways.
- Bonnie is Max with a cute pokemon. Most likely Bonnie won't do much battling and her pokemon will be more of a pet than anything like all kid characters
I don't know if the writers planned this specifically, but if Serena is Ash's new companion than all of Ash's female friends will have had a different hair color:
- Misty = redhead
- May = brunette
- Dawn = blue hair
- Iris = purple
- Serena = blonde
All of Ash's female friends had different hair colors. For a long time I wondered if we'd ever have a blonde female on the cast, and I guess that's finally
I'm not the only one who noticed this, but those few trailers of the XY anime remind me a lot of the DP series for some reason. I'm getting the same feeling now as I did back in 2006 when the initial Sinnoh 3-parter aired in Japan.
Honestly the only reason anyone liked DP is because it showcased the pinnacle of Ash's journey as a trainer and battler. Good rivals like Paul and evil villains like Pokehunter J added to that. Ash cannot be a rookie anymore with a terrible pokemon team,
Here is my Pokemon anime viewing experience for someone who has been watching from the beginning:
1998/1999: Like most people I got into the show during Kanto and watched the show religiously in new episodes and repeats. I've probably rewatched this saga more than any other, simply because KIDSWB used to rerun it to death and I always saw the same episodes over and over.
2000: Watched all of Orange Islands, still a bit Pokemon fan
2001-2003: Johto started
I notice a lot of people are putting up similar themed blogs about the older seasons, the reception of the anime's popularity in the U.S., and/or the original trio. So here's my take on it. Yes this is going to be a "too long, didn't read," but I know some people are going to read the whole thing merely out of curiosity (and to understand what the hell goes on inside my head), and why I have such great dislike for this arc over the last 10 years. Here we go, folks: