How would you say they've reverted back to their usual formula? Long continuous arcs of 7+ episodes like this, which would be the island arcs, AF, and I think Necrozma maybe(? I only watch the dub), have only happened before in the leagues at the end of each series, and are now happening regularly in SM, so I would not call this the regular formula.that one emotional litten episode was one of the best episodes of the series overall - and the writers should have stuck with those kind of episodes instead of reverting back to their usual formula
This is generally a pattern with the show, one series experiments and then the next one refines and moderates.I don't like how rushed they are. We finally get to another island and they just rushed right back to the most boring island of them all! Then the same happened to Ula'Ula, no Team Skull appearance during either arc....
I did enjoy how the Ula'Ula arc was just Ash though, I really hope that was experimenting for the future
Overall Ula'Ula > Necrozma > Akala > Aether
I like character rotation, but it only works if the marketing staff is willing to allow Ash to have a reduced role or not even appear at all. Heaven forbid Ash hijacks the climax of someone else's arc.I like the idea of more character rotation, though I wouldn't mind some Ash-less episodes that focused just on a companion as well.
In fairness, the other characters usually get their moments when it IS their screen time. Ash is maybe in too many episodes, but they're good at moderating him as a supporting character.I like character rotation, but it only works if the marketing staff is willing to allow Ash to have a reduced role or not even appear at all. Heaven forbid Ash hijacks the climax of someone else's arc.
While I don't really hate the classmates - and I think Lillie is a fine character even if I take issues with some characteristics of her arc - I agree with that.Ula'ula: I liked this arc the best since it was just Ash and Team Rocket, without any of the classmates, who I frankly just can't stand and find a massive waste of time.
You aren't alone. I tend to do that. And not just for Pokémon but other shows as wellI watched most of the episodes raw and only once, gave my impressions and moved on without much thought about them, but some scenes interested me in a way I'm watching them more than once.
In fairness, I often felt past arcs had a similar feel, just they over-tried to hype up false tension, rarely do I see a bad guy fight where the writers can resist turning it into a glorified curb stomp. Name one big bad guy arc that didn't end in the same basic formula:Overall, I've found SM arcs to be absolutely boring. And I'm not comparing to XY - let's not make it a massacre - but to arcs from previous series. Their timing is off, there's a lack of feelings when stakes rise, not any challenge worthy remembering...
Because they try so hard to be "funny" and light-hearted when it's time to be serious, it just falls flat or it just ends up being uninteresting.
I guess that's a case of gameplay/story segregation. It works in the games since the primary focus is on you doing all the hard work, and heaven knows you'll have to put up a solid effort and if you lose there's no DEM to save you. Such a format doesn't work as well in a cartoon where the primary focus is the story.Wouldn't be the same thing of Solgaleo and Lunala using there Z Moves against Necrozma be the same problem that you have.
Plus, the Legendary Pokemon wouldn't work for the evil team willingly so them using a machine to control or neutralizes them is the only way of the evil team to control the Pokemon I mean the games kind of do this as well like in Pokemon Black and White 2 where they used Kyurem's power for an ice cannon, X and Y where they used Xerenes or Yveltal for the Ultimate weapon andd Sun and Moon and their Ultra games used Cosmog to make Ultra Wormholes in Alola. So your points about the Legendary Pokemon not solid point if the game do the same thing
While I agree on rushed structure and superfluous alterations, I'd say Ash only stole the show in the Ula Ula arc and bits of the Aether one (and even then the Aether siblings played a heavy role in the latter). Akala spread development pretty evenly between Ash, Lana and Kiawe, just Ash's was placed at the end as the grand finale, while for the Necrozma arc, besides Poipole departing, Ash wasn't really much more prominent than the other Z Move users.2) They are burned through quickly and give no logical development to anyone else outside of the main lead. And even if your name isn't Ash, he will take your spotlight in the end. The same goes for Pikachu, who takes spotlight away from the other Pokemon.