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- I gradually stopped watching TV in general. As I spent more time on the internet I realized that I essentially had all the entertainment I could ever want at my fingertips, which killed my desire to ever turn on my TV again if it isn't to play games or watch movies with someone on a big screen. I generally dislike most television programs anyway, and anything I want to watch is on netflix/DVD or available through more questionable means.
- My interest in Pokemon waned as the fad died down. I wouldn't really get into the series again until the release of Platinum and Pokemon Black and White, which reinvigorated my interest in the franchise. It's not really a great game series, and I wish game freak would take more risks in their formula within the main games, but I am fond of it all the same and think there is potential in it for both gameplay and decent stories.
- Funnily enough, it was at the time where catching up with the anime was the easiest that I realized it wasn't something I was interested in.
Well, as someone who "has" liveblogged the entire series up till the start of XY (in a really brief sketchy overview way) I'm interested in your outside opinion on the movies as it were. 3 quick things I'd want to mention now before you even start tho as a prep warning I guess. 1) the only movie that really got throttled by the dub is #5, the rest of them, even the cheesey as hell 1st movie, at least keep their overall plots in tact so if subs are unavailable it shouldnt change the quality one way or the other too drastically. 2) #1 is the most "embedded" of the films and expects the audience to be familiar with everything more so than the rest, so its narrative fails in that regard while #6 (imo) has trouble finding a plot at all. 3)10,11,and 12 form a trilogy, so they might read better when divorced from the series proper, and the two versions of 14 are virtually indistinguishable aside from some scence changes and differing dialogue at points which is "interesting" but doesnt justify the watch unless one actively enjoyed the film. I know full well Pokemon is a show for kids like you said, and thus is hard to enjoy if one cant jump into that mindset, but I hope in doing this you at least find 1 of the films to be good to watch... a critic suffering thruogh something merely for the sake of completion is a terrible fate indeed. I just cant write a short comment, sorry about that.
@Kaoz: Well, spoilers, but I watched the subbed version of the first movie and I did enjoy it, so there's that. I do think the dub for the first movie changed a lot of things that made it much less enjoyable, but I'll let the review speak for itself about what my thoughts on that are.
Narrator: And so, our journey begins with Wehrmacht and his friends, as they make their way to the first town of Pokemon: The First Movie! But little do they know what sights and dangers they will encounter so very soon! (zoom out to credits, cut to black)
One. Digimon is an imitation of Pokemon. Two. I can't say, for fear of being banned. Just know that YOU, wehrmacht, are on my personal List of Enemies.
I'm not really interested in whether Digimon is a knock-off of Pokemon, and it bears mentioning that the mon concept predates both series, going as back as Megami Tensei. What I was saying was that Digimon Tamers, and pretty much every digimon series up to frontier, provides a far better narrative experience than the Pokemon anime ever did, regardless of whether it's an imitation or not.
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