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Official Favorite "Series" Thread 2.0

Discussion in 'Animé Polls' started by Encyclopika, Sep 2, 2013.


Which is your favorite "series"?

  1. Gen I - Kanto/OI

    50 vote(s)
  2. Gen II - Johto

    8 vote(s)
  3. Gen III - Hoenn/BF

    40 vote(s)
  4. Gen IV - Sinnoh

    101 vote(s)
  5. Gen V - Unova/Ep N/DA!

    11 vote(s)
  6. A specific sub-series within the above.

    11 vote(s)
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  1. Encyclopika

    Encyclopika The Queen

    Now that Unova is coming to a close fairly soon, it's a good time to reopen this topic and allow CIVIL conversation about which "series" is your favorite, why you think so, and how the Pokemon anime is doing overall.

    Now I say "series" with quotation marks, because although Pokemon is distinctly broken down into a few series, they are not commonly recognized by most of the community. The poll above is our best attempt at making this fair, by providing all of the major sequences of the anime, with the option for you to choose "Another Specific Arc" if you must be specific.

    If you need it, it is broken down as the following:
    Kanto (includes Indigo League and Orange Islands)
    Johto (includes Johto League and Whirl Cup arc)
    Hoenn (includes Hoenn League and Battle Frontier)
    Sinnoh (includes Sinnoh League)
    Unova (includes BW, BW2, Episode N, and DA!)

    Now, just like the last thread, this will be the ONLY place to discuss the show as a whole and which "series" is better than the other. Although massive arguments like this have decreased since this thread first opened, it still happens.

    Here's an FAQ for your convenience:

    Basically, the rules of this thread are the same rules applied everywhere on this board. Enjoy yourselves.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2013
  2. Alfred the Second

    Alfred the Second Dracoflare

    Without a doubt, it's the Sinnoh Saga for me. I won't be talking about the positives and negatives, but I would simply say it hit the spot for me. I loved each an every second of it. Ash actually making strategies, having some strategic talk, a powerful rival that pushed him to the extremes, the wonderful team etc. And of course, a league where he uses reserves is always good. I didn't really care much for Dawn back then, her contests were good to watch, but I mostly loved the spinning technique she developed, which Ash proceeded to develop in many ways.
  3. lanmanna

    lanmanna Well-Known Member

    All of Kanto and the Battle Frontier for me. Kanto because it was all new and BF because it was a change of pace.
  4. Pokemaniac24

    Pokemaniac24 Banned

    I'm going to go with good old Kanto/Orange Islands here. I will admit that later sagas did things that I liked better than I did in Kanto. The battles got better, the sidekicks were given more to do, Ash confronted the evil team's leaders in later arcs, etc. But what this comes to do for me is the entertainment factor. Kanto is the only season that could really have me laugh, tear-up, smile, etc. It had so many memorable moments for me. I feel like the handling of the characters was great as well.
  5. Tuskie Tyrant Yoko Kurama

    Tuskie Tyrant Yoko Kurama Fancy footwork

    Humana, humana, ha. Hm, I honestly don't know. I mean I love OS since it was the start of things, it had my favorite Pokemon, Misty and whatnot. But, as the show went on things started to improve, like the animations, moves, Pokemon and characters. But, eh, no matter. I pick Kanto, then Unova would probably be next.
  6. An00bis

    An00bis Wicked Witch

    Sinnoh for being so balanced.

    We got Battles. We got Contests. We got the occasional Brock / Team Rocket episode.

    We got story archs and character development and training just like you guys always wanted.

    The Pokemon were all bursting with personality. There was bound to be someone you actually liked.

    There were flaws but they didn't hinder my enjoyment of the series too much. I didn't have many " Why did this happen " moments. Maybe the Chimchar thing.
  7. Naito

    Naito Well-Known Member

    Kanto and Sinnoh. Anime is something different than games, that's why I prefer gen 1 over gen 4. The reason why I like Kanto saga s because of Ash's Pokemon. They all had unique personalities and stories and the relationship with Ash was much more complex. I will always have love for his original six. Also, there were Brock and Misty, which were the best travelling partners for Ash imo. Furthemore, Kanto is the region where it all started.
    Then there is Sinnoh. I like it because of Pokemon again, but mainly Piplup :D. Another plus are Paul and... Brock again. I can't think of anything else that would sum it up, I just like these two regions the most.
  8. Cloud_Arcanine

    Cloud_Arcanine Scarlett starlett

    Sinnoh all the way. It was the first time we saw Ash properly grow up somewhat. He'd taken on board things he'd learnt and came up with more unique strategies beforehand instead of constantly thinking outside the box. I loved how they dealt with Team Galactic and then the whole Chimchar saga coming to a climax with his eventual showdown at the league against Paul's Electivire. Also I loved how Ash's journey went side by side alongside Dawn's and how they worked together, it felt more of a team effort all round.
  9. OceanicLanturn

    OceanicLanturn Non non non!

    It's a Sinnoh vote for me. I'm a big fan of Dawn, and I loved her interactions with Ash like them encouraging one another and utilizing one another's techniques. Aside from that, I think Ash felt the most mature in Sinnoh to me, having strategies and what not. His clash with Paul was interesting to watch, and it made me feel good that Ash beat him in the Sinnoh League. Dawn's contests were pretty amazing, and so are her Pokemon. Her team members are pretty cool choices.

    Next would be AG for me.
  10. Matsuyamakun

    Matsuyamakun Well-Known Member

    Although Kanto pokemons are my favorite (especially Kanto starters , I love their personalities), I voted Sinnoh. Ash had an awesome team, Dawn was a great character. They support each other (ice-cream episode, double battles, Dawn waking up at the midnight to help Ash's Gliscor, Dawn giving Ash huge support after heavy defeat against Paul etc.) and their pokemons became a lot stronger at the end of DP. First time ever Ash was really close to win the league. He had a great team, he used strategies like counter shield, ice aqua jet. He didn't make any big mistakes in battles and he did his best. Also Team Galactic episodes were interesting. Paul was a great rival, Ash had to train his pokemons more. I think Brock should have got more screentime. Surely Team Rocket was funny, but I didn't like Team Rocket blast off in "most of episodes". Sinnoh is still the best for me.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2013
  11. Pokegirl Fan~

    Pokegirl Fan~ Ruler Of The Galaxy

    Either the Battle Frontier or Sinnoh. Both series had great battles and I liked how May and Dawn were handled and the amount of focus both got in each series. Also the rivals in both series were pretty good. Paul, Drew, and Harley were probably the best rivals in the entire series because they were all handled well and were great characters.
  12. Nodame

    Nodame Well-Known Member

    I feel excatly the same. I choose kanto for sure, brock misty were my favorite and I know they are not well-developed but they have more personality/ humor etc.. than others. I think thats the defintion of a good anime where you set down, laugh and enjoy and have great battles at the same time with ash having the most focus.
    I liked AG too because I liked may a lot she's my second fav poke girl. everything from her contests, rivals were handeld very well. Also, I liked the way they developed her. It was reasonable amount without being boring.
    dawn was OK, she bores me a little. She got a lot of development more than she deserves which I find it boring and I didn't like her rivals at all, but atleast her contests were fun. What i liked the most in DP is the battle styles and contests appeal ( they were the best in my opinion)
    And ash was strong and mature which is good.
    Last edited: Sep 4, 2013
  13. Acdog

    Acdog Well-Known Member

    I have to pick Kanto for nostalgia purposes and the chemistry between Ash, Brock, and Misty. The emotional episodes were amazing, the references were funny, and the dub theme song was iconic. Sinnoh is probably a close second for Ash's maturity and great battles. Then it would have to be AG, which was kind of limbo for me. AG was kind of the middle ground for the series as a whole. Then it would be Johto, then Unova.
  14. PanchamSquirtle

    PanchamSquirtle Well-Known Member

    For me it has to be Sinnoh. I loved the progression of Ash(& his Pokemon) in this so much. Another thing I really liked was Paul. I feel that he is by far Ash's best rival. I thought they had some great battles and Paul drove Ash to become a better trainer.

    Also, Dawn is my favorite of all of Ash's traveling partners. Oh, and I thought this was the best Brock was in all of the series he was in.

    One more thing, Ash's Sinnoh team was my favorite of his Pokemon teams.
    Last edited: Oct 3, 2013
  15. The Power of Pika

    The Power of Pika Way Past Cool!!

    I like sinnoh. I enjoy the story and development the show had. I also enjoyed the group and the region itself personally.=3
  16. ~Sam~

    ~Sam~ Trader and Battler

    I feel like Ash was the best at Battling and the most mature at Gen 4. By far my favorite.
  17. Ash6K

    Ash6K 8D

    A tie between AG and DP for me. There are some elements of AG that I loved and there are elements that it didn't have that DP had which I loved so it's a tie. For AG: I really liked Ash's Hoenn team (especially Sceptile), the fact that the Hoenn team had the league to themselves where each had at least one win if not more, Swellow being the first bird to be used very frequently after its evolution (almost used as much as Sceptile), Phanpy returning and evolving to Donphan, May's contest arc was pretty good, Jessie taking part in contests, Ash being able to go up against/win against legendaries in the BF, and more. The more non-eventful episodes were fun to watch too. I really enjoyed the giant Claydol episode. For some reason, Ash being an eggplant outfit was just hilarious to me.

    For DP: I thought they developed the contest arc more in-depth, more closely tied to the games, Ash vs. Paul is probably the best rivalry ever and lead up to what I thought was the best battle ever in the series with Infernape vs. Electivire at the end, Infernape's storyline and Blaze overall, Sceptile winning against Darkrai, Ash vs. Tobias (even though he lost) showed that Ash probably was the best trainer out of that league besides Tobias, innovations during battles such as counter sheild, Energy Ball absorption, Infernape's Flare Blitz/Dig combo, Ice Aqua Jet, etc.
  18. NPT

    NPT Just a member

    It's the Sinnoh series for me. Ash actually showed his experience in this saga, I liked how he trained hard with Pokémon to become stronger. Also, One of the best things about the Sinnoh series is Ash and Paul's rivalry, I liked how Ash trained Chimchar and later he defeated Paul in the Sinnoh League as an Infernape. This saga also has awesome and strategic battles, the final battle between Ash and Paul is a good example of that. Also, the Sinnoh League is the best Pokémon League I've ever seen, this time Ash actually used his other Pokémon
    instead of using just his Sinnoh team. Also, the battles were awesome! Ash was only one who's able to beat two Legendary Pokémon of Tobias, it just proved who strong he has become since AG.

    I liked the interactions between Ash and Dawn. It's nice of her to support Ash in the gyms, Ash also did the same for her contests.
    The only things I don't like in this saga are the slow pace, Team Rocket's constant interruption and Kenny. Other than that, DP is the best Pokémon saga in my opinion.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2013
  19. vespiqueen

    vespiqueen Well-Known Member

    Sinnoh >>>>

    Ash was in his prime, and his DP team is the best team he's had so far imo.

    Also, most of the characters introduced this saga were handled well.
    Paul was incredible rival to Ash, and I enjoyed almost ever battle they had. I liked Dawn and Zoey's rivalry/friendship too. I'm still a little disappointed that Dawn never beat her but it made it more realistic.
  20. pokemon fan 132

    pokemon fan 132 Well-Known Member

    First place goes to Original series for me. I manage to receive most fun and entertainment from Kanto,OI and Johto giving me lot of touching moments,smart/ witty dialogue and unique plots accompanied with awkward scenes and natural play of between Ash,Misty and Brock.

    Be it arguing, teasing and moments of care coming from Ash and Misty stubborn attitudes, Brock eccentric , flirty nature balancing things out when conflict and tension would arise or strong unity they produced feeling like friends which understood themselves very well, had fun and liked to joke, bicker and share their past through interchangeable interaction.

    It was nice to see Ash in his starting days as trainer becoming better and more strategic over time learning how to think before reacting, followed with many close moments he established with pokemon like Bulbasaur, Charizard, Lapras or Chikorita showcasing his true trainer qualities and passion he shares for pokemon.

    Rivalry with Gary was pretty sweet too inducing in Ash desire not to give up and try no matter what were the odds resulting in fantastic climax at league.

    Or Misty whose deep passion for water and how to master them growing to understand pokemon and their needs better bonding with Marill and Psyduck which she disliked at first and sad past having to grow up without parents in sisters shadow raised up atmosphere and dynamic of show. I appreciated wide range of emotions and flare she brought into cast, how she developed admiration for her friends becoming better friend and person in general as well being voice of reason in cast and classic heroine in helping to solve many issues by starting initiative through her strong presence.
    Series truly lost some of its charm when she left.

    I dont even have to mention how anime feeled more original to me at that time,with writers being more creative not following games "close to close" as they do now. I enjoyed in unique storylines developed from writer staff like st. Anne , sabrina, Whirl Islands or Articuno erc. Completely anime exclusive region like Orange Islands with gyms and whole league format following different set of rules.
    Including cleverly designed humor and throw away comments containing more mature dialogues and scenes in it with several things passing under radar. More references to Japan culture, romance to shake things up and out of place random features such as use of real guns, bombs, rocket launchers etc.

    Along with anime being more focused on adventure aspect and development of human relationship/personalities rather than on pokemon and marketing to same extent like it was case later on with main cast having genuine spark to their emotions and admiration pervated with close friendship .

    Speaking of Hoenn series they were my second favorite liking group of four with Brock getting little more screentime working well with Max and more or less others aswell.

    May introduced pokemon contests to us having great rivals(ah Harley how could we forgett him or good old Drew), being nice seeing her growth as coordinator and deciding ewhat calling she wants to follow along with collecting several great pokemon(my favorite being Combusken/Blaziken and Eevee(later Glaceon).
    Ash became more mature being capable of taking mentor role toward May starting to develop little different battling style was a good thing too.

    I was contemplating for long time should i put DP or Unova as my third favorite and i came to conclusion how none of them stand out from each other to such extent that i could pull any above each other.

    Unova series while may not been plot and story heavy like Sinnoh had certain innovative and refreshing feel to it experimenting with various new ideas jumping from predictable established .
    And ill readily admit how i liked BW cast dynamc with Iris ad Cilan working out well with Ash feeling like group of friends full of energy and funny quirks their dialogue would produce,. Though not to same extent like OS trio had imo.
    Revival of Giovanni and TR organization with Jessie, James and Meowth being entrusted important missions not being used mainly as comic relief fodder which always gets blasted off was pretty refreshing change as well although i missed their goofiness being glad they became more like their older selves in BW2.

    I guess i liked introduction of Don George tournament too allowing that all main characters remain active, and have outlets through which they can improve not being reserved only on Ash.

    And N arc was for most part enjoyable to me being one of better done things about BW. Especially his fleshed out backstoiy staying faithful to good degree to his past and motive of breaking pokemon free from human influence. N is one of BW series highlights for sure imo.

    Though lack of continuity, Ash reset, terrible league and inconsistent chatracter development took away from lot of appeal and enthusiasm i initially had for BW series.

    Diamond and Pearl:
    It had good characters individually with Dawn being likable character enjoying in her attitude, story arc which resulted with great finish almost winning whole Grand Festival on first attempt and rivals weren't too shabby either(especially Ursula which sadly entered too late leaving more to be desired with her scrimmage with Dawn).

    Ash got some great progress through whole arc,with writers finally giving him proper rivals with Paul playing out well his role with their rivarly having great development and finish at Sinnoh lesague which was surprising and good with return of Ash older pokemon being a plus.

    However chemisty between group was least coherent not having good bonding sending out feel of being like real group of friends travelling together having fun, Brock barely got any screentime, and neglect of some previous characters fom past takes up from it being great.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2013
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