I thought it was handled well, minus the Zygarde involvement in the anime because Yveltal and Xerneas were snubbed as a result.Somewhat. I think the whole Team Flare situation in the anime was a much more complete and entertaining story than what we got with the XY games.
Sinnoh as a region in the games was bland, so I thought that the anime handled it far better, especially the anime exclusive places.I quite liked Sinnoh, but a lot of the anime series was less notable. So mostly Sinnoh..
Some of the movies are good, but often the series along them are mediocre.
Did you do any postgame content? There was a new island/cave and it makes the region feel bigger.Well I greatly enjoyed the Dp saga more than I liked the Dp games. I didn't like Sinnoh much in the games because the region felt small to me, but the anime fixed that by adding tons of new places as well as by spending a long time exploring the region. :]
I visited every area of the region, but it still felt lacking in size to me which is why I was glad that the Dp anime made the Sinnoh region seem much more vast and expansive than the games. Also, the lack of restriction in terms of wild Pokemon found in Sinnoh in the show was nice as well. ^^Did you do any postgame content? There was a new island/cave and it makes the region feel bigger.
^Very well-written. Thanks for that.Kanto - these games were bare-bones in terms of characters, with only a handful of distinct NPCs and not much indication of personalities. If anything the anime interpretations (along with the manga versions and supplemental materials) fleshed out the character that was absent from the game's script. I did miss some of the best game story which could have made it to the anime, such as the Marowak story and the Silph siege, and Giovanni was sidelined too much. But otherwise I'd say the anime improved on the games and was a major factor in their popularity at the time. Anime wins.
Johto - The anime was very poorly paced and had too few overarching arcs, it was padded beyond belief and a good 70% of episodes were filler, which is odd as it was based on one of the denser game stories. Much of the best stuff from GSC followed from RGB material which wasn't adapted either, so let's put this down to sins of the father. Not including the character Silver was their biggest mistake. Games win.
Hoenn - The contest subplot with May was a major win for the anime, taking a fun but unnecessary peripheral side-game and putting lots of character and action into it. This continued into Kanto, and into Sinnoh with Dawn, and contests were a staple of the show for an impressive eight years. Ash's main arc was a little disappointing because of the lack of a rival and the tendency of the gym leaders to be played a little on the mundane side without memorable personalities to match their creative designs. We also didn't get much from the Elite Four, Steven, Wallace, Wally, Archie or Maxie, all of which should have been a well of possibilities. They built up Aqua and Magma well enough but had an underwhelming finale, exacerbated by introducing Archie and Maxie too late and not integrating the Emerald plot as well as they could. Why no Rayquaza? All in all, I'd have to vote games as better with the exception of the contests which were far better in the anime iteration. Games win.
Battle Frontier - this is an odd side-category, but as much as it bothered people at the time spreading the facilities out across Kanto was a smart idea. Unfortunately, they did very little with Kanto and wasted valuable opportunities for revisiting the original series at the 10-year mark, and including some of the material from GSC and FRLG which had expanded Kanto for them. Seeing Misty again was nice, revisiting Brock's family was nice, finally including Agatha was nice... but I can't think of anything else Kanto-relevant we got out of this. I still say anime was better for expanding on the Frontier Brains and finding room for more contests, but putting it in Kanto was a wasted opportunity to make it a better FRLG adaptation. Anime wins.
Sinnoh - Paul was a huge factor in DP being a superior saga, and as we eventually got Barry too that's an improvement. Apart from the Distortion World and Battle Frontier from Platinum, I can't think of much from the games which was left out of the anime. It seemed like the communication between the games and the anime was at its best during this time, so it comes down to the continued use of contests with Dawn's arc being more dynamic than May's. Throw Paul in, and you've got a superior telling of the Sinnoh story. Anime wins.
Unova - We'll never know how fully the cancelled episodes affected the anime's telling of the Team Plasma storyline, which was the BW games' best asset. I liked the concept of the multi-episode tournaments bringing in lots of recurring rivals, but they were't always executed to their full potential and didn't include much actual development aside from Scraggy getting stronger during the Donamite. This saga gets a lot of flack, mostly over Iris' characterisation and Ash's rotating team being handled poorly, but for me the biggest problem is the lack of Team Plasma and N until much later, the lack of Elite Four characters and the replacement of Cheren with Trip. Games win.
Unova 2 - This was the lowest point of the anime for me. The Unova League was a mess, the Decalore Islands arc was a fillerfest, the long-delayed Plasma arc was a letdown without any moral greyness and with Reshiram alone instead of the Tao Trio as a collective. Even the return of Charizard gave us little of worth. The World Tournament also had very few characters of note, unlike the games which littered us with fanservice. Games win.
Kalos - Like with Plasma, it took a long time until Team Flare were introduced, but I liked it when we did get to it, and the mediocre characterisation and plot of Gen VI is reflected well and sometimes improved. Occasionally a character or plot point didn't make it in, but overall I think they did a good job and we got a good idea of what Z version may have been like. Characrers like Alain were an improvement, and the occasional bits of ORAS lore including an overdue bad-*** feature for Steven were welcome too. Anime wins.