Pokemon was one of the very first anime that I started to watch about 10 years ago. It wasn’t aired on the local TV channel at the time so I had to rely on buying VCDs to watch it. It easily became my favourite at that time (and still is one of my fav now) but somewhere during Johto I stopped watching for reasons I can no longer remember, although I was still playing the many different Pokemon games on the GameBoy.
When I finally got my broadband, there were already hundreds of Pokemon episodes which I’ve missed and that discouraged me from watching them again. However, when I recently bought my Nintendo DS and Pokemon Pearl after being influenced by Dyna-Storm, I once again fell in love with the game. That’s when I started to watch the 10th season of the anime, Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.
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Although I’ve missed out a lot of the seasons, I’ve always kept myself up to date on the story development from visiting forums and watching all the movies that came out. Pokemon Diamond and Pearl has been good so far but I am pretty disappointed with Ash’s development. It’s true that he started his journey in Sinnoh with just Pikachu and leaving his other pokemon behind (again), but he should already have enough experience as a trainer to not lose to a new trainer, especially one as stuck up and arrogant as his new Sinnoh rival, Paul (Shinji in the Japanese version). It was especially disappointing to see Pikachu, despite being the most experienced of Ash’s pokemon and has fought other stronger pokemon, to be just on par with Paul’s Elekid.
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However, so far it’s still a great anime and Diamond and Pearl is still tops in my book. I especially can’t wait for the release of the new movie – Dialga VS Palkia VS Darkrai which would be released in Japanese theater on July 14 this year.