December 6th, 2016

12 Moments in Anime 2016, #12: Eight Generations of Pokemon

Well, it's that time of year again, and time for another year of 12 moments in anime!

2016 has been a pretty awesome year for Pokemon. The Sun and Moon games, which have been a runaway success, new spin-off games and trading cards, Pokemon Go, and more recently, a little series of 5-minute short anime called Pokemon Generations. For years, older fans of the children's franchise, while they still love Pokemon in every way, clamored for something more serious, like a darker take on the anime series. We did get one for Pokemon Origins, which has been well received, though debates about its quality still linger. Even so, others didn't like the focus on Red and Charizard, and others just felt it didn't do the games justice.

Then came Pokemon Generations. An 18-episode web series with 5-minute long episodes showing various events from the game, but animated, such as the birth of Entei, Raikou, and Suicune, Team Aqua resurrecting Primal Kyogre and the chaos that comes with it, N going face to facw with Ghetsis in Glacier Cave, etc. Many are still complaining that its not a full series, and I can understand why. Even so, Pokemon Generations, while not perfect, is a good example of how diverse and varied the fanbase for a popular form of media can be. Kids shows can be enjoyed by adults, and some adult shows can be enjoyed by a younger demographic. The Pokemon franchise can be interpreted and adapted in many different ways, and I won't deny that it has a LOT of adaptations, and Pokemon Generations proves that there's a reason Pokemon has lasted this long, and as of now, it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.

Moment #12: Pokemon Generations, giving long-time fans a taste for what they've always desired, for better or worse.