Hello hello everyone!
Satoshi Da Ze here! I've been looking for a community in which I could discuss the anime without people bugging me for prefering the japanese version or not using the localized names. From what I've seen in the review topics some people stick to the japanese names, so I'm assuming it's safe to use them here without being flamed, right?
I tried two other communities before this one and didn't feel very confortable in neither for reasons I don't want to talk about.
I watched some of the episodes during the time they aired in the brazilian TV. But I quickly lost interest.
Probably because back then I used to feel bothered by "childish" stuff. Also because I found some lines and references didn't make sense. Plus there was something else bugging me about the presentation of the anime or whatever...
Well, I'm not really sure how to explain what it is that really bothered me. I usually prefer brazilian dubbing in anime with very few exceptions. But with Pokémon the voices were just... kinda very annoying. And the character names sounded awkward to me. But yeah... I don't hate redubs, I just hate when they're made over the US version of an anime. And since the brazilian translators are lazy this has became a common trend with most anime since then...
Anyway... when I started watching the entire series from the start in its original format, I enjoyed it a lot more and decided to go all the way. It's still a child's anime, I have no problem with that. And with the majority of new anime being filled with unecessary yaoi/yuri/straight erotic fanservice, huge boobs and panties shots, harem upon harem upon harem filled with generic copy-paste cast of characters in a school setting I can appreciate having something more simple and lighthearted, but fun like Pokémon. On top of that, I do enjoy the battles (that don't involve Team Rocket...). In fact I prefer the good, the awesome and the nonsense strategies they pull on the anime over the logic in battles of the games themselves.
So far I'm finding each series better than previous. There's a lot of nostalgia in the original series, but I really really hated the pacing in that one... and I hated (still do) Kasumi with passion. I found Advanced Generation surprisingly better and I'm currently enjoying Diamond & Pearl a lot more. (Although I miss a character like Masato and specially Satoshi's Heigani)
With that said, unlike most of you I'm not up-to-date with the series. I also avoid reading about future episodes because I care a lot about spoilers. I didn't even get to DP 100 yet.
Thing is, I was looking forward to commenting/discussing about the series only up to where I watched. I couldn't find anything in the Episodes Preview/Review session about being allowed or not allowed to post in topics of old episodes there. Can I really post in a, say, DP 90ish topic without being punished for it?
Sorry for the long introduction. The anime is really infamous (and yeah I do know why, obviously) wherever I go so I could never find a place or someone to talk about it.
Sorry again if I offended anyone or did anything I wasn't supposed to.