I admit it might be exacerbated by the fact they interrupted both of Mallow's only limelight episodes thus far, and besides that she's not been allowed to do much at all besides banter. Both her battles were TR curb stomps and seemed largely driven by outside forces (eg. Steenee's DEM evolution, Oranguru's Instruct), while still basic enough to show Mallow wasn't really battling material. They could have focused on something that benefitted her development much more and could have allowed her character to fully drive the plot. Demonstrating Oranguru and evolving Steenee has some plot relevance, but it would have been nice if we'd got at least one episode of some full relevant Mallow development before using it to pitch another character (I'm sure Steenee could have evolved another way that felt like a boost to her and Mallow's strengths for example).
So...you don't consider the rest of the Oranguru episode to be character development for Mallow? Her character may not have progressed, but it was fleshed out, which counts as character development (you know, because her character was developed
Yes, they're.It's same if you ask: "are battles heart of Dragon Ball?" Yes they're. Main thing in Pokemon is battling other trainers and getting experienced. Also, I never said it's one heart. Pokemon has multiple hearts.Battles are one heart. Travelling is another, characters and Pokemon are third. Reducing one heart is making show worse. Relationship between humans and Pokemon are present in every season. Again, you're implying it was only in SM and Kanto...
Sato, you mean to list all fillers here?
IMO, when it comes to the "hearts" of Pokémon—the elements of the show that matter most—battles are on equal standing with, but certainly not more important than, the relationships between humans and Pokémon. The two are actually intertwined, as a Trainer's success in battle is sometimes determined by his/her relationship with his/her Pokémon. In fact, Ash's relationship with his Pokémon, particularly Pikachu, is one of his defining character traits. So, one can't disregard how important an element that is to the series.
Actually, I was more asking what type
of episode you consider filler, because IMO, SM has had surprisingly few filler episodes.
What they benefit? They get stronger, stronger moves, evolve, get experience etc. It's not point that they're overused, point is they're unfunny. Maybe they're funny to little kids, many people here and on YT showed displeasure in SM's comedy. It's on same level as Adam Sandler doing fart and poop jokes( unfunny and at some extent overused).Previous seasons also showed Ash training his Pokemon, you're implying SM is the only one...Ash and Kiawe only have battle agendas, unlike in previous seasons where only Ash only had( AG, DP) and they still had more battles than SM.
Yes, and those little kids are the target audience
—not the teenagers and young adults on Serebii or YouTube or Bulbagarden or wherever. The Pokémon anime's primary target audience has always been, and always will be, young children. I think part of the problem is that older fans want a show that appeals more to them, and forget that they are the periphery
demographic, not the main target demographic.