Finally with a Pokémon avatar
- Sep 27, 2007
- Reaction score
There are two factors I can think of:As for why they're doing this as opposed to just having the series set in Galar, it's hard to say. Right now, it mainly comes off as an attempt to make the series more distinct and unique right off the bat. I doubt that this has anything to do with the fan backlash considering that this series was most likely in development well before fans complained about the games. Considering we don't know too much about the storyline of the anime or how much they'll cover for Galar, it's also too early to say that they just gave up telling a story or adapting the games. The latter is especially strange to me considering the anime has always prioritize telling its own story as opposed to being a faithful adaptation of the games.
*A general desire to branch out. They did six (seven, if you count the Orange Islands) badge quests in a row over about twenty years. Sun/Moon did something different and it's easy to imagine wanting to keep trying new things instead of going back to a badge quest.
*Pokémon has recently had some major successes outside the mainline games or the anime. There were spinoff games beforehand, but Go was a big success that got the series in the mainstream news again, and there was also the very successful Detective Pikachu movie recently. So the new name and focus could be part of a desire to focus the anime on advertising the brand in general rather than the most recent games in particular.