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Jewel the Quaxly

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But considering her as a Pokémon character, she is quite underdeveloped.
Because her development really only just started? And she hardly gets focus episodes and regular screentime compared to other pokemon characters-Tracey got more screentime than she has at this point in time and she's still got more going for her.
 

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Because her development really only just started? And she hardly gets focus episodes and regular screentime compared to other pokemon characters-Tracey got more screentime than she has at this point in time and she's still got more going for her.
If you ask me, her development should have started a long time ago, along with her appearing more than she has.
 

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Controversial Opinion : Darkrai and Cresselia 2 episode arc should've been 3 episodes instead (and Yes I know we didn't even see the second episode but I'm gonna be bold on this take)
 

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It's in Japan.
Unova, Kalos, and Alola weren't in Japan. Alola had entire themes based around its region as a whole. Honestly, I just can't see that as a viable excuse, especially since the Pokemon series' primary focus is marketing: it makes more sense to advertise the newest games by putting Galar at the forefront.
 

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I’m only writing this because I genuinely want to learn, but what is it about Koharu that makes her interesting/good character to people? Can anyone shed a light on my ignorance?
Mostly because she's relatable. She's like a girl from real world dropped on Pokémon World, a fish out of water situation. Her interaction with pokémon too pretty interesting, like, "I like pokémon too guys, but it's not everything you know?"
Unova, Kalos, and Alola weren't in Japan. Alola had entire themes based around its region as a whole.
So?
 

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The anime doesn't feel that Japanese, that was during the original Kanto.
But now it feels like a generic setting that could be everywhere.
In part thanks to the Internationalization of the series.

There are other animes that get to keep those elements; no matter if they will air, eventually, in other countries.
 

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You know, as more time passes, the more and more the popularity of the DP movies begin to frustrate me. I haven't watched the fourth one, but the first three being popular picks among fans just doesn't resonate well with me. They're just so generic and contain such terrible writing that I honestly can't enjoy them as much as other people do. The Rise of Darkrai dragged on for too long, Giratina and the Sky Warrior was confusing, and Arceus and the Jewel of Life legitimately baffled me as to how they could take such an interesting and unique premise, with interesting characters and relationships set up, and execute it so badly. Not to mention, it often felt forced as to how they would often make it unclear as to who the movie's focus was. Everything was so muddled, I couldn't understand what was happening, or how each movie connected with one another. Nor was anything well paced, in my opinion. Not to mention...Ash. His role in these movies often don't make very much sense to me. It's not like the early OS movies, where you could understand Ash as a character and how he's important, but, here? I just don't understand what role he plays and it feels like Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea all over again(seriously, why was Ash playing the big rescue role at the end there? May was more important than he was and had more personal stakes, this felt so unnatural...).

I know this probably sounds like incessant complaining, but I really can't understand the appeal of these movies. Why didn't The Rise of Darkrai focus on the Darkrai more and make it the protagonist? They spent ten minutes introducing Ash, Dawn, and Brock anyway, so why couldn't they have just started the movie focusing on Darkrai's story and establishing the garden and the characters surrounding it? DP's movie trilogy has interesting premises and potential character exploration, but it feels like it's all thrown to waste in terms of execution.
 

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I haven’t watched the Pokemon films for a very, very, very long time. All I know is…I’ve only liked about three of them.

They all just feel boring. Majority of the time is just showing off the Pokemon goofing off, which I suppose made me watch when I was a kid, but don’t have much replay value. Then, there’s just random fights with characters barely established and I don’t think I could name a single antagonist (besides Zero, cause that name is stupid), leading to no intense moments that give a good pay-off.
I just remember watching the X&Y films and thinking, this is solely based off exploiting the fact legendaries/Mega Evolutions are fighting, and that’s it. Meanwhile, the Best Wishes movies were painfully boring and predictable. The Advanced screenings I really don’t remember that well. I think Lucario & Mew had a few heart-warming moments and somewhat of a cohesive plot, and I think I enjoyed it? Jirachi & The Wishmaker, I don’t think I’ve seen, which is weird. I’ve heard its good though.
The OS I think were pretty predictable as well, with the third film being bizarre, which at the same time was cool?
Pokemon, I really feel as though it’s not adaptable for films. It’s like Tom & Jerry, there’s only so much you can do with characters’ premises before it gets stale.

That is, the reboot movies I actually enjoy. “I Chose You” was actually a really nice homage that kept me interested because there were new themes to explore with branching characteristics of new characters, even from Ash, surprisingly. Seeing Ash actually say “Maybe I would have won with Pikachu” made me drop my jaw. It was so much fun to explore an entirely new realm.
However, the ones that were non-cannon which ran alongside the anime, were inconsistent.
Maybe they’re better than I remember? Again, it’s been a long time since I indulged myself in these products, so I’m just writing this off the top of my head.
 
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It's in Japan.

I don't think Journeys is set in Kanto simply because Kanto is in Japan. In fact, I believe Journeys could take place in any region, except Galar.

One of this season's proposals is not to stick exclusively to any region. Instead, the intention is to revisit, in some way, all of them. Therefore, it would be unwise to establish the series in a new region, unexplored by the characters and the audience.

On the other hand, the smartest thing would be to choose a region that is already overexploited and very familiar to the public. In this sense, there's nothing better than Kanto, which is the first region, the protagonist's home land and, for that matter, based in Japan.
 

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Journeys was supposed to be everywhere. The entire point of the show is getting the characters to explore every single region including the newest one, in this case, Galar. The problem is that it's a show that completely failed it's own primary premise by only focusing in Kanto for whatever reason.

As I said before in a previous comment: any resemblence of reason to put the base in Kanto is also enough reasoning to put it anywhere else. But Galar is the most obvious and arguably better alternative for even more reasons: the newest region with the most recent games, new and unexplored places and Pokémon, a whole new cast of characters, etc.

The argument that ''JN focuses on Kanto because the target audience is in Japan'' is weak as paper for a multitude of reasons, but primarily for 2:

Kanto is not the only region based off Japan, since Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh are too and they don't receive anywhere near levels of love and focus compared to Kanto by the writers. And the target audience is global. It's not a Japan-only show and it never was.
 

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This seems random, but I will forever be unable to understand why people liked Team Rocket in BW. They weren't even that competent! I mean, why would they literally put Pikachu with all of the Pokeballs they're stealing despite having hunted down Pikachu for so long? Hell, they even say this, afterward:
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No. :lapras::lapras::lapras:Really??? You don't think it has anything to do with, gee, I dunno, where you kept him captured??? :bulbaFacepalm: This is idiocy at its finest and SM Team Rocket were much more competent without having to pretend to be. The BW Rockets just don't have any substance and only ACT smart, but they're essentially just the same as any other minor antagonist in this anime-they're treated more seriously, when the mistakes they make are worse than when they weren't treated more seriously.

Also, they still do the motto in BW, so I'm not sure what people mean that they're more like villains when that's pretty silly in of itself, especially if they're the only ones doing it. So, not only are they soulless robots, but they're still pretty dumb. Actually, they might be even MORE dumb because they're not even coming up with their own schemes anymore. They're just following orders like good little grunts.

Not to mention the jarring transition from where they go from ridiculously unlikable to the anime trying to make us like them again. Why did Meowth feel guilt for being a manipulative jerk in Danger...Sweet as Honey but not when he was doing it for weeks??? Why did they suddenly go from super serious to super goofy? The transition is too jarring and the before and after don't do any favors either. The bonds between them aren't shown off, neither are the bonds between their pokemon, so what was so appealing about them?
 

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This seems random, but I will forever be unable to understand why people liked Team Rocket in BW. They weren't even that competent!
Fanbases often latch onto the perception of competence more than the actual thing, and once people talk something up enough it becomes very entrenched.
If someone acts cool and collected and isn't used for too much comedy then even if the character is a massive screw-up people will buy into the facade.
You do see exceptions, though, often when the writers tries to push the character's supposed prowess too hard and backlash hits.
 

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Journeys was supposed to be everywhere. The entire point of the show is getting the characters to explore every single region including the newest one, in this case, Galar. The problem is that it's a show that completely failed it's own primary premise by only focusing in Kanto for whatever reason.

As I said before in a previous comment: any resemblence of reason to put the base in Kanto is also enough reasoning to put it anywhere else. But Galar is the most obvious and arguably better alternative for even more reasons: the newest region with the most recent games, new and unexplored places and Pokémon, a whole new cast of characters, etc.

The argument that ''JN focuses on Kanto because the target audience is in Japan'' is weak as paper for a multitude of reasons, but primarily for 2:

Kanto is not the only region based off Japan, since Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh are too and they don't receive anywhere near levels of love and focus compared to Kanto by the writers. And the target audience is global. It's not a Japan-only show and it never was.


- First, I didn't justify Kanto's choice simply because it is in Japan.

- Second, no one has argued that: ''JN focuses on Kanto because the target audience is in Japan". The argument was that: "JN is set in Kanto because the target audience is in Japan". While the Protagonists' base of operations is in Kanto, the anime shouldn't focus on a specific region. If so, that's another matter.

- Third, no one said there are no other japan-inspired regions. The fact that they don't receive as much attention as Kanto is probably why the protagonists' base are not there. Unlike Kanto, these are regions to be explored.

- Fourth, The argument that you used to choose Galar as the location for the protagonists' base is the same one that, every season until Journeys, the producers used to decide the location where the anime would be played. Therefore, considering the new premise, Galar is not the ideal place to hold the protagonists' base, but, instead, the ideal place to be explored more further.

- Fifth, if you always mumble reasons why the anime should be in Galar, and never try to understand why Kanto is the "base" region. Well, you will never understand the producers' reasons.

- Sixth, Whether the choice of producers was right or not, It is another matter. However, they definitely have their reasons.


Except Galar? You cannot revisit a place you’ve never visited even once.

- Yes, for the sake of pure semantics, Ash and Goh are precluded from going to Galar. Life is not always fair.
 
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- Fourth, The argument that you used to choose Galar as the location for the protagonists' base is the same one that, every season until Journeys, the producers used to decide the location where the anime would be played. Therefore, considering the new premise, Galar is not the ideal place to hold the protagonists' base, but, instead, the ideal place to be explored more further.
Would setting the “base” in Galar not be more ideal for exploring it more further than how things are now? Given how many episodes occur in Kanto due to that being the “base” location, it stands to reason that that level of focus could have been given to Galar had that been the location.
 

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The argument that ''JN focuses on Kanto because the target audience is in Japan'' is weak as paper for a multitude of reasons, but primarily for 2:

Kanto is not the only region based off Japan, since Johto, Hoenn and Sinnoh are too and they don't receive anywhere near levels of love and focus compared to Kanto by the writers.
And this point makes no sense because, again, three regions weren't even based off of Japan.
Not comparable at all. Kanto region is the home region, it's basically cultural economic and political center of Japan. Almost every anime take place in Kanto region, places like Hokkaido and Kansai regions are only shown as places where the main characters go as part of school trips and holidays.
The anime doesn't feel that Japanese, that was during the original Kanto.
But now it feels like a generic setting
There is noticeable things in recent episodes that makes me feel like they take place in a japanese background.
 
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