trying to catch up on the Pokemon series. Still!
I started in early 2015, and those Schweinehunde keep making new seasons, Gott! This was a mistake... and yet somehow I can't stop. think I've just got Stockholm Syndrome at this point.
First I started out remembering the show fondly and enjoying the first season or two.
Then the character development (or lack thereof) and writing stagnated but I waited and optimistically hoped they'd improve a little.
Then I went through a period of frustration once I realized they were not only content with mediocrity, but somewhere someone was making millions off it.
I sat through a few seasons on double the speed just to get it over with, probably wearing The General's thousand yard stare while contemplating the acres of forest that must've been felled to make this valueless insult to animation.
And finally once the time vampire that is the Pokemon anime finished sucking my soul dry I was at last able to enjoy the series again, just like old times. Once I stopped scrutinizing it with a magnifying glass, trying to find a good moral, decent writing/character development, passable animation or anything even remotely resembling a redeeming quality or the slightest effort, once I learned to step back and appreciate it for the lazy, mindless, directionless, melodramatic cash cow clusterfuck that it is, I had a blast.
How can anyone not burst out laughing when a stage performer Pokemon tripping in super cerial slow mo is the emotional zenith of an episode? Or when the Pokemon equivalent of a SWAT team repeatedly refers to a magical ancient artifact as "The Big Rock" with a straight face. Or when they're trying to play a character off as Broody McBadass
but you're too busy biting your lip trying not to erupt into a fit of laughter over the give-up-on-life scarf he clearly ripped out of the insulation in his mother's attic to pay attention to their totally-how-real-people-actually-talk, doesn't-sound-anything-at-all-like-a-script dialogue. Oh, oh! Or how they always switch the age groups and write adults like kids and kids like adults! Get wrecked, Ash. That gym leader is five times your age and you never evolve your Pokemon; you won because he let you, not because you're a badass. Look at you, you don't even have an insulation scarf. Plebeian.
I can't tell if I love this show, or if Pokemon has just broken me. Probably the latter. :')