Monday, April 2, 2012

about Poke'Mon

OK, Poke'Mon is an excellent RPG, a decent card game (with room for improvement) and a terrible Anime.
Don't get me wrong, I love the game (named my charmander AshFire), and own over one thousand cards, but the show is so insanely stupid i'm surprised they managed to keep it going for 15 seasons! Only the first three or so episodes in Indigo League (taking place in the Kanto region, main territory of the first four games) are original. After a while the whole thing starts getting repetitive, with "Oh look what new Poke'Mon Ash and company caught with the same techniques they use every time!" or, " Observe the latest absurd invention and insane exploits of the two idiots in Team Rocket!" And of course (for some series) the Poke'Rap. It gets real old, real fast. The theme songs are compelling but they promise more than the writers can deliver. An RPG centered around catching, and training wild creatures that you can fit on your belt, and card game based on that RPG can make it (that's why they made it from gameboy color in 96 to DS currently) but without major changes a show can't really go very far. pretty much the only good thing that came out of the series was popularizing the franchise and of course, Poke'Mon Yellow. I can see why the entire TV show is banned in some places since it's only redeeming value is the fact that it produced Poke'Mon Yellow (if you don't know, Yellow is the most complete version released since you don't need to trade to get some of the creatures) if they do a remake, they need to cut the Jesse and James characters, maybe turn Team Rocket into a Mafia group the likes to use explosives, make Ash a bit older, taller and voiced by a male, and add in some elements of darker Sci-Fi to add realism and to expunge the memory of the 14+ seasons from our brains! since the manga came AFTER the Anime, (unlike most anime which is either based on manga or at least written well) the manga is probably as bad as the anime. compare this to Yu-Gi-Oh!: Yu-Gi-Oh! is based on an extremely well written manga series of the same name, then came the card game, then the video game (or vice versa) it actually has a good voice cast, writers (since it's based on a good manga) and models for the characters. I give Poke'Mon video games a 9.89* rating, the card game a 6.43* rating, and the anime a  2.1* rating. the only thing keeping it out of the 1* and below category is the hardly there redeeming qualities of popularizing the franchise further than the games took it, and the fact that they always seem to make a rather compelling case for watching the show one more time every series in the theme song.