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Thoughts on CoTDs in general

Discussion in 'Pokémon Animé Discussion' started by matt0044, Dec 19, 2012.

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  1. matt0044

    matt0044 Well-Known Member

    Pros:

    1.They offer us some insight on the Pokemon World in an interesting way at times.

    2. Now and then, they have nice personalities along with their Pokemon like Katharine and her Gothita.

    Cons:

    1. They often waste time that COULD have been used to develop our main characters and maybe an overarching storyline.

    2. Their episode follow a formula that I think doesn't bear repeating since everyone here practically knows it by heart. Even with slight variations, it become predictable like in Johto's dreaded filler hell or DP with a year without badges.

    I think I've made my point. How about you guys?
     
  2. Latiken

    Latiken Member

    COTDs can be good if they're fleshed out, but most of them aren't.
     
  3. An00bis

    An00bis Wicked Witch

    There should be more of them around and fewer Recurring Characters.

    I felt that way in Sinnoh. It seems like they've actually managed to make it worse in Unova. It'd be nice if they just focused on developing one or two Recurring Characters alongside Ash and co. With the current formula there's so many people that someone's going to get the short end of the stick, which makes me feel sorry for that character's fans.
     
  4. matt0044

    matt0044 Well-Known Member

    Probably with Characters of the Day is that they're just what the title implies. After that episode, BOOM they vanish until the plot (rarely) requires them.
     
  5. CyberCubed

    CyberCubed Banned

    Most COTD's after Kanto were bland, with few exceptions.

    This is nothing new. In fact several Kanto COTD's actually got a second appearance during Johto such as Duplica, etc.
     
  6. An00bis

    An00bis Wicked Witch

    There are recurring characters who are just as bland.

    Exactly. That works better for the structure of the show, I think.

    I just like the idea of Ash meeting a variety of characters with different personalities, backgrounds, and Pokemon more then him meeting the same 3-4 people everywhere he goes.
     
  7. CyberCubed

    CyberCubed Banned

    The difference is the writers only choose a select few characters to be recurring characters of the region, the rivals and sometimes some secondary characters.

    Like Angie from the summer school arc got another filler later on. Luke in BW came back again after the first Don Battle tournament.

    Sometimes I honestly wonder why the writers choose to bring certain characters back, but yet more interesting ones are forgotten. What the hell happened to Tepig's original trainer? Its odd that they didn't have him show up again, oh well.
     
  8. Interference

    Interference Banned

    They are pointless, just like filler episodes.
     
  9. HatersGonnaHate

    HatersGonnaHate Throwing Shade

    Probably because he was a little too much like Paul. I mean just look at him.
     
  10. Pokemaniac24

    Pokemaniac24 Banned

    Some are good and some are bad. That's all I could really say. I think some of the earlier ones like AJ and Samurai really stood out as good characters. But yeah, COTD could be boring at times but other times, they could be really fun to watch.
     
  11. matt0044

    matt0044 Well-Known Member

    Yet they rarely help with his character development.
     
  12. An00bis

    An00bis Wicked Witch

    Neither do most of his Rivals.

    True Character Development is so rare in this show that I'm surprised people still expect it after ten years.
     
  13. Blessed

    Blessed Well-Known Member

    To be honest, some COTD's are really exciting with fun personalities. While others are very boring with dull persoinalities. Duplica, Lara Laramie, Marina (OI), Poncho, etc are just one of my favorites.
     
  14. Honeyichigo

    Honeyichigo The manliest

    As do I. The show is all about exploring this big world of Pokemon, and having Ash cross paths with a lot of different characters who get to be important for an episode suits this better than having only a few people be important overall.

    Also... character development? The Pokemon anime has never been about that on anything more than a rather small scale. If you're watching the show for that, you're doing it wrong.
     
  15. matt0044

    matt0044 Well-Known Member

    I'm just upset how they could do things far better than they could if they tried. To me, the Anime is a prime example of wasted opportunities. It's not all bad but something it bugs me how they could do better than this.

    But I'm just some guy with a passion for storytelling so what do I know?
     
  16. Completely agreed on this.
     
  17. jh941

    jh941 ncfc 4 eva :D

    To be fair, if you treat the anime as real life, the fact that Ash travels the world and meets different people all the time, its not surprising that he often meets people once and doesn't again. He doesn't usually go back to the same place twice, where he met said character, and only a few times has he happened to run into someone he actually knew from somewhere. I guess its pretty realistic.
     
  18. Dragalge

    Dragalge This is more than 20 characters long

    Like the others said, some COTDs were fun like Duplica and Gligarman (to me) where others having a boring treatments.
     
  19. Brownie

    Brownie Anti Drew & paul fan

    Its really a shame that more COTDs arent given a second chance, like AJ, for example.
     
  20. pacman000

    pacman000 Well-Known Member

    I can agree with this, though it would be nice to see some characters again.

    Pokemon isn't the only show to use the CoTD format. Early Edition, Touched by an Angel, Lost in Space, The Time Tunnel, Gilligan's island, Dragnet, and others have used similar formats. If it's worked for so many other shows, why shouldn't Pokemon use it?
     
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