This is what started it all. Even though this saga had some clear flaws, I still found its tendency towards slapstick humor and general upbeat entertainment to be endearing. As someone as mentioned, this series almost felt like it wasn't really taking itself seriously, which I think is what made it so enjoyable when I was a young child watching it so many years ago. From Ash's childish, impulsive personality, Misty's hotheadedness, and Brock's flirtatious escapades, I really got the sense that the show was more than just monsters fighting each other. It was a show that the whole family could enjoy. The Kanto saga is probably one of my favorite sagas to this day, and periodically, I'll re-watch some of the episodes from this saga and still find the jokes funny. Some of the jokes that I didn't quite get when I was younger, I understand them now and find them absolutely hilarious.
The reason why I gave this saga a "7" and not higher is because while it did have plenty of good points in my eyes, a few negative aspects of the series cannot be overlooked. At times, the series would contradict itself about what type affects what, like when Pikachu was able to use an Electric attack Blaine's Rhydon. The Kanto saga isn't the only series that is guilty of this, though. Another con of this saga is the way Ash would earn a few of his badges, like when Ash got the Marsh Badge from Sabrina just because he made her laugh. I mean, yeah, I'm glad that Ash taught her to not be such a damn stick-in-the-mud, but that's not at all worthy of a badge, in my opinion. There's other reasons, but I don't feel like talking about them, so I won't.
Orange Islands: 6.5/10
This series was interesting, since it actually made the writers think outside the box a little. The way that Ash got his badges in this saga was pretty neat and different. While not my favorite saga by any means, I'm trying not to base my score on my neutrality towards this saga. The Orange Islands series did have its cool points, such as the episodes where Ash challenges the gym leaders, the episode where they go to that island where all of the pink Pokemon are, as well as that episode where Tracey captures Scyther. I also liked the episode where they meet Lorelei, even though the dub gave her that ugly name instead because of lip flap issues, apparently.
A huge reason why I marked this series down is because while the whole tropical islands setting allowed for some interesting episodes, it seemed to have lost that humor that existed in the Kanto saga. The comedy was one of the reasons why I really enjoyed Kanto, but I didn't really get that from the OI saga. I also thought Brock's reason for leaving the group was lame, although I guess it is somewhat in character for him to do something so drastic and sudden.
Just watch the series and you'll see how crap it was, LOL. I did enjoy the Whirl Cup, though. The movies during the saga were okay as well.
...Yep, that's about it.
Hoenn was a pretty good saga. It gave something for the female lead to do, and I liked the four-person group aspect. In my opinion, having four characters instead of three gave the saga a more well-rounded feel. I don't know what it is about just three characters, but it always felt like Ash, Misty, and Brock/Tracey could have used a fourth person to add more to the dynamic of the group. I'm not sure if the anime will ever have a four-person group again, although I would welcome the idea with open arms if they wanted to try it again. I felt that it really worked well for this saga. Some people may have thought Max as annoying, but I don't really think he was that bad. At least the writers gave him some episodes focused on him that showed his interest and knowledge about Pokemon, rather than him just following around without a real purpose. Also, May's rivals definitely deserve a shout out for being particularly fabulous (Harley moreso).
Now, for the negatives. First strike against this saga is that Ash had no actual rival except for at the Hoenn League. I'm actually not too fussed about this, though, since May's rivals more than made up for the lack of a rival on Ash's side, I think. The second strike (which I wasn't going to bother with, but I'm going to anyway because I can't really think of anything else at the moment) is Ash's God-awful dub voice during the Battle Frontier. I'm sorry, but it was just not that good. His VA has improved a bunch since then, though, but I haven't watched the dub since the beginning of the Best Wishes series, so it's not a big deal to me now. I can't think of a third strike right now. :|
(I'm getting tired of typing, so I'm gonna make these last two shorter) I liked Sinnoh overall, although I felt that it sort of dragged on towards the end. I know Sinnoh is a big region, but at the end of the saga, I was ready for it to end. -_- I also wasn't really the biggest fan of Dawn, although she is certainly not nearly bad as someone else... Anyways, the writing for this saga was really good. The best of the series, in fact. It wasn't a very funny saga like Kanto was, but I have to admit that the writers really stepped it up in this series. Good job, writers!!!
Unova: >_>/10 (4/10)
The saga started off alright. I was neutral towards Iris in the beginning, but fell in love with Cilan's character fairly quickly. Cilan is so fun, and it's always nice to see what new sommelier technique he'll debut next. As the saga progressed, I only got more and more fed up with the writing for Iris, Ash, and Trip. Iris for getting rewarded for doing nothing, Ash for being a half-wit again, and Trip for being obnoxious and irrelevant. I don't know why the writers made Trip be some badass trainer, even though he is supposed to be a rookie. Fail. The writers for this series would really need to get it together if they want to win me over for this one. At this point in the game, though, I doubt that'll be possible. Cilan really should have been introduced either in Sinnoh or in a future saga where they actually don't suck at writing. Cilan really should stay for the next saga, so that he can get a chance to possibly be in a well-written series.
Sorry if there are typos in this, but I can't be fucked to look over this post after how effing long it took to write it.