Seriously guys, after around half a year of "waitin' time" after the actual games' release for this new arc to come out, and it featuring the return of the now-classic protagonists and landmarks of Johto, there was, for lack of better term, a lot of hype for a manga series more or less "superseded" by the obvious resident overrated kiddie show. The fact that a Gold in new garb was facing fucking Arceus with the whole Sird plotpoint not yet uncovered and that Lance was shown to have gone missing early on added to the "suspense" (the Giovanni event in the games also being a huge factor).
Yet, so far, the most they've accomplished is a lot of party changes in the forms of evolution spamming like crazy. We've had people go missing a lot of times before, and whenever that was the case, the battle that led up to such happenings were always shown later (Red vs. Bruno and co., for example), but all we have is... Lance showing up in the last chapter with ragged clothes saying he got "jumped." Instead, all we've gotten is (again) two of Silver's Pokemon evolving at the same time (seriously, it's gotta be some kind of a tradition now, and it got old around the time Ruby showed up V_v), Gold not just training to achieve, but actually triggering an evolution on a whim, and so far for the rest of the party we've seen nothing that improved or changed much save for Silver getting a loan on Rhyperior after... well, you guessed it, evolving it. No new moves, but rather a crazy spammage of old and powerful moves that should kind of be saved for later (give me one time Saur or Charizard spammed their "ultimate" moves after mastering them unless it was for important occurrences, and you win 20 bucks), plot points like the plates being revealed way too early on, waaay OOC moments, and art regression to top it off. Hell, we've no neat in-game references like before (the whole Radio Tower fiasco could've definitely qualified if they're up to no good like before), either. Nada.
Hell, this's pretty definitely the last arc of this generation, and the only "cameos" we've seen are useless old faces like the Johto GLs and the E4 members that amount to even less than they did in GSC (not that that arc wasn't good), or even the Hoenn ones, no older protagonists (or the recent ones), no nothing, and we're closing in on the final chapter already. What've we accomplished? How double evolutions purposely triggered by the guy flat-out giving you the item is somehow AWW-RIGHTTT?
So... yeah, fanservice central, much? I grew to have smaller expectations for the series thanks to the failures of the post-FRLG arcs (*points to Mr. Crescentmidget*), and even the two before them being relatively sub-par compared to their predecessors, but this is just waaay pushing my buttons, and this's nearly the level of the retarded show, Inuyashit, GT, and Digimon Frontier - onwards (the stuff before that was terrible, but at least it didn't make me fork my eyes out as badly) that we're talking about. None of the arcs, whether separately or as a whole, were the shit as far as their appeal solely as parts of a manga series and not a Pokemon comic, but ever since about 1999, when I'd grown tired of the dull bullshit the show "offered," I've kind of looked to Special for a "relief" as far as adaptations of the superior games go, but this damn detour just screams little more than "MASSIVE ANNOYANCE."
Where's the Kusaka before 2005 gone to? All that potential and hype, and we get this bullshit.