I still think that Ash was at his dumbest in DP :P.
Black and White/Best Wishes
I still think that Ash was at his dumbest in DP :P.
Last edited by HumanDawn; 9th June 2012 at 06:25 AM.
Link And no, I haven't found the actual blog translation. I have the link to actual blog post though.Originally Posted by Andriasang.com
In addition to that:
But "did writers think DP was too serious?" question may not be properly answered, especially since we don't know how serious TP vs. TR episodes were supposed to be; DVD covers ceratinly agree on you about DP being more serious, and BW being more goofy:
There is actually quite a lot of merchandişing change in Best Wishes, but I need to research those more carefully to make a point, and that needs it's own post anyways.
Sidenote: Is it me or does Shooty totally look like he has the same face as Urara has in that picture?
Edit: Of course the chart I posted has changed a long time ago, and Tomioka has been doing both Hachiku battle and Homika Part 1, but it still gives you a general gist of things.
Its funny, I think I liked Dawn's character more than Iris, but I enjoy watching the BW trio far more than I ever did the DP trio. In fact the DP trio itself is why I started getting bored of Sinnoh somewhere around the middle, the main cast was just getting so stale.
Its the same with Paul and Trip. The Ash/Paul rivalry was the most exciting aspect of DP, yet the Ash/Trip rivalry is the most boring thing I've ever seen in my life. Its amazing how the writers can sometimes do some things better than others.
The absence of any clear direction in BW makes it seem sloppily put together.
The lightning-fast pace of BW may have at least a small impact on my distaste for the series. I'm obviously not the target audience for the show in general, but DP's much slower pacing worked for me (for the most part). 4 years allowed for many well-written and consistent subplots, subtle character development that in most cases didn't come off as forced (Ash having much less Pokemon to fight for screentime helped develop all of them into their own individual characters with at least one chance for some spotlight), and even when the pacing was at the slowest point (between Snowpoint City and Sunyshore City - arguably that gap can be justified if you apply game logic and realize the two cities were on like opposite ends of the region in the games), there was still a lot going on in terms of consistent plot and character development, as well as some episodes purely there for comedy and lighthearted enjoyment. I would definitely not liken DP to Johto despite the similar slow pacing due to this; Johto didn't make nearly as much use of its free time.
With BW, the pacing is so fast that it's bizarre and hard for me to comprehend where the staff is going with this. It cuts down on time that could've been used to perhaps improve on some of the major issues of BW (such as Ash's Unova team sucking ass and being bland save for only a handful of exceptions), subplots such as Iris' are resolved before they have a chance to gain any steam, and honestly the "journey" atmosphere of the show is damaged a bit when the journey itself goes by so quickly. In nearly every case of the series, Ash is traveling each region by foot (unless something like a river/sea is impeding his progress). At a pace like that, I sorta expect things to go slowly. After all, Ash needs that time to prepare for the League (especially since he feels so backwards in progression compared to previous series). In DP, I safely assume most felt that Ash was at a higher level of power than he'd ever been before just before the Sinnoh League. We had high hopes for him, and Ash delivered in his battles. He not only made his first rank progression since Johto, but technically I consider him an informal Runner-Up given that the trainer that made it to the finals with Tobias didn't fare nearly as well as Ash did.
Now, in less than half the time of DP, BW Ash is about to get his final badge (in the stupidest way possible), and I certainly don't feel Ash is anywhere near ready for the League, especially if he plans on using his Unova Pokemon for most or all the battles. I don't believe this iteration of Ash deserves to make the Top 4 again, or even Top 8. I hardly think he qualifies to make it past the preliminaries; BW has not shown Ash off very well at all because they've overemphasized his status as a kid in a foreign region (because Ash has totally never been in this position before, right? :P), for the most part ignoring his advancements from past. Maybe this could have been rectified if BW wasn't so fast-paced, but the writing would have to be adjusted too, of course.
I understand advertising the games comes first in this show and BW2 just happens to be coming out at an unusual time compared to the releases of past main-series games. But that doesn't justify BW's crazy pacing, as I've come to find that BW lacks a coherent general story to follow due to this and many other factors. But DP to me was a well-written and properly planned series with a cohesive story from beginning to end that made me want to keep watching the show, even during its lower points. BW, however, lacks everything that isn't the core basics, which makes it a chore for me to watch. All iterations of the Pokemon anime have the core story of "little boy with big dreams"; but most series had other features and storylines to follow to keep the story fresh and interesting. With BW... I only see the core storyline being consistent, and it isn't engaging due to the writing flubs. I see plenty of ideas tossed around in BW, but very few of them stick and the ones that appeal to me just give me this ominous feeling of "this won't end well; they'll irrepairably screw this up somehow".
Some welcome the fast pacing that BW brings, and that's fine. I'm just not one of those people. I don't mean that BW *should* be as lengthy as DP, but the significantly smaller amounts of time available in this series to expand on other story elements are already handled pretty badly; BW rarely makes good use of what time it does have. Having less time to get attached to the new cast doesn't help either, especially if choice members of said cast are notably hard to tolerate.
I want to believe things will turn around in season 2 here, I really do, as there are elements there that appeal to me. But they can be messed up just as easily as the other potentially likable things in this series were for me. And there are elements that I already don't like to the new arc of the series. And honestly, if the Unova League IS 3 months real time, that doesn't give BW2 a lot of time to turn things around enough to make up for the nigh-unbearable crap that's happened for the last 2 years. One summer to rectify everything that went wrong in BW?
Doesn't seem terribly likely to me. But that's me. Just sayin'.
I've seen only a few ep. of BW , but I just like the characters and pokemon of DP more.
My favourite DP episode is the last episode. Why? Because it meant that the horrible saga was finally going to end!
Originally Posted by Linkara
Except DP had plot and character development, which is exactly why the saga was liked when it was airing. I understand people not liking parts of DP, but at least it showed that the writers are capable of continuing plotlines and arcs when they try.
Why? Better plots and better consistency. We see Ash grow further from his expirience at the Battle Frontier. We see interesting stories, rivals and threats. Even if Ursula and Conway did next to nothing, they proved to be more interesting and hold more potential than Trip (and I'd dare say, Georgia, Burgundy and Stephan).
I see none of that in BW.
What does BW have that DP lacks? Dento. That guy does nothing and yet is still amusing as hell.
Even in the same timeframe of the first 80ish episodes of DP to the first 80ish BW episodes, there's a load of difference.
Ash may have more pokemon in BW, but they're barely shown and developed poorly. All of the Sinnoh Pokemon got proper development. While I don't care about the whole Dawn/Iris preference, they obviously focused on Dawn a lot more.
Then there are the battles, rivals and villains, which DP just handled better in every way.