Oddly, there were those in the Pokémon fandom who didn't want to buy PokémonHeartGold and SoulSilver. And then came the revelation that you can play the old 8-bit music in place of the new tunes...and there was much rejoicing. Not only that, but the fact that Game Freak/Nintendo not only allowed their fans the chance to get ALL but the rarest Pokémon...they gave us what we really were after all along...MEW!!!
Giovanni appearing, being able to be battled, and the reveal that he's Silver's father.
Another well loved feature was that your lead Pokémon followed you around and you could interact with it like in Pokémon Yellow.
The fandom was already rejoicing, but the notion that the new protagonists in Black and White aren't the same age as the previous one and the female's clothing set them off.
The first Nintendo Direct of 2013 was entirely about the mysterious announcement from Game Freak: "So, an announcement's being made on Pokémon Direct...wait...Pokémon X and Y'?! Do you mean, Generation VI? IS THAT A 3D OVERWORLD MODEL. Okay, that's sort of cool - roller blades? FULLY 3D POKÉMON BATTLES? LOOK AT THOSE GRAPHICS! Alright, that was awesome - WHAT DO YOU MEAN SIMULTANEOUS WORLD RELEASE?! There's also already rejoicing that, as far as can be discerned, the Fire-type starter does NOT evolve into a Fire/Fighting-type Pokémon. Yessss! (with Blaziken, Infernape, and Emboar as 3 consecutive Fire/Fighting fully-evolved starter Pokémon, it's getting old.) The rest has already earned an And the Fandom Rejoicedsubpage''.
Although not a North American release, the fact that Learn with Pokémon: Typing Adventure got any sort of non-Japanese (European English, German, and French) release made some eager fans happy.
Huh? Pokémon GO, eh? Sounds like a stupid name for a ra-Oh. My. God. Catching Pokémon on a phone? CATCHING POKÉMON ON A PHONE IN REAL LIFE?!?! YOU CAN BATTLE WITH EVERYONE?!HOLY SHIT EVERYONE CAN BATTLE A LEGENDARY AT ONCE TO CATCH IT?!???!!? Oh...it says it's for Android...AND IPHONE?? The possibility of Pokémon in real life isalmost fucking here.
Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow are finally getting released on the 3DS Virtual Console, on the same day they were released in Japan, 20 years later! And the Link Cable functionality is being preserved via the 3DS's wireless communication system!
Even better, they preserved the glitches! Missingo and Mew are back!
It'll be a fun nostalgia trip, sure, but it's a shame we'll have to leave the Pokémon in the Gen I games. With all the changes made from Gen II to Gen III, there's no way it'll be possible to bring them over to the modern games. Wait, Pokémon Bank can be used to bring them to Pokémon Sun and Moon?!
First off, Every event Pokémon will be distributed monthly to North America starting February with Mew and ending in December with Meloetta! AWESOME! We can get our hands on Pokémon that haven't been distributed in years!
There's a New 3DS bundle that comes with the faceplates of the Gen I artwork or Charizard and Blastoise, and comes predownloaded with Pokémon Red and Blue for the VC. Sweet!
Even better, word on the web is that Game Freak was inspired by the praise and shaking up that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey got and did. Given how changed up Sun and Moon were from the first six generations, it makes you wonder what they have in store for the Switch.
Oh, look, a trailer for the Virtual Console release of Pokemon Crystal. Nice that it's finally out! ...Though I kind of already bought Gold or Silver, so there's really no reason for me to double dip- wait, what? Celebi can be obtained in-game?! Excuse me one moment. (runs to buy an eShop card)
They're doing a special episode to commemorate the show's 10th anniversary? That's coo-wait? They're replacing the 4Kids cast with entirely new actors? And the special revolves around an Anvilicious allegory for Hacked Pokémon? I don't know...wait, Misty is going to be in it in a speaking role? Sign me up!
They brought back Who's that Pokémon? for the Black and White dub!
And then later they brought it back to the Japanese version!
Ash can't seem to win against Brandon, and now it's time for the final chance, wonder who Ash will..CHARIZARD! Yes, but we already saw him battling Noland's Articuno....wait, Bulbasaur and Squirtle and Pikachu! The Four icons of Season 1! They do care for the old fans!
Cool! Another season of Pokémon, I wonder how it'll compare to D/P - they have a female sidesick who isn't Ms. Fanservice? They're cutting Brock from the main cast?! They're cutting down the filler?!
So, its the Sinnoh League, bet Ash'll just use his Sinnoh...wait a minute, he's using old ones!? CYNDAQUIL EVOLVES!
There was also some fan-squeeing when the Team Rocket trio slipped back into their original motto for one episode in D/P.
And then permanently reverting back to it from the end of Best Wishes.
Team Rocket is getting a promotion. Likely going to goof it up somehow...wait a second. Are they actually being competent? Taking their job seriously? No silly little fantasies about the boss? They have not been sent blasting off again ever since this new series started?! Holy shit, this is the most incredible growth in badassness ever!
Despite their Badass Decay in the Kalos region afterwards, many retro fans were quite happy they were at least in their original Kanto personalities, thus undoing years of Flanderization that befallen the trio beforehand. Add to that them keeping some of their higher tech equipment and battle competence (as well as being used more moderately instead of getting a Curbstomp Battle shoved into every single episode) it's obvious Team Rocket hasn't quite fully lost their Not So Harmless streak again.
Damn Earthquake, now we'll never see Team Plasma in the anime...Wait, what's that? N is finally going to appear in BEST WISHES? YES, OH YES!
To add to that, they're finally appearing with Ghetsis and Colress, no less. Given how the former is such a Love to Hate villain, the fandom went CRAZY.
Unfortunately, the same episode (BW112) has confirmed that ifthe two-parter still exists, it did not happen in its original place in the story. Until Gen. 6, whether the two-parter exists in any form at all will remain up in the air...
Charizard's return in BW. Not only that, Brock and Misty appear in reanimated flashbacks from the Original Series, featuring Charizard's story, so it all worked out somehow.
SWEET MOTHER OF ARCEUS! The anime team has remembered BUTTERFREE! ASH'S BUTTERFREE!
You know, I really do wish that the current arc of Pokemon would show off some more old school characters than just Charizard and Butter....Clair!? Blackthorn City Gym Leader Clair!? YES!
You know, Best Wishes were fun, and Kalos looks neat, but it still needs something....a mysterious trainer with a Mega Blaziken appearing mysteriously...cooler than Paul perhaps, and maybe a sign of a darker story...but I still feel there needs to be something more...Wobbuffet Returns!?
Let's see, first episodes....Team Rocket is still being blasted off again, so that's kind of Badass Decay....wait, did they actually use Wobbuffet well enough to actually cause damage!? (They actually still have some competence from BW's!) Pikachu didn't just randomly lose power and lost or tied with a starter's Snivy this time, but actually had a decent fight with a Gym Leader's Pokémon!? The new female character is being developed before she drops in for a Pokémon!? Perhaps you can teach an old anime new tricks and avoid all the fandom complaints from Best Wishes!
The romantic subtext for Ash and Serena has been surprisingly popular, to the point where even non-shippers are delighted by their chemistry. Oddly enough, there's been little to noShip-to-Ship Combat over the pairing.
And it's reportedly going to evolve again, into Greninja. A fully-evolved water starter in the main characters' lineup is unheard of already, but the reveal that it sports a distinct looknote quite possibly a Super Mode, put the fandom into a frenzy!
When is Serena going to catch a Pokemon?! It's been almost 40 episodes! This pretty much confirms that she's just a prop for viewers—-WHAT?! She's going to catch her own Pokemon at last?! FINALLY!! Better late than never; welcome to the team, Pancham!
Repeated for XY088: Serena catches an EEVEE.
Ugh, can't Ash see that Serena is completely smitten with him? I mean, I know he is Oblivious to Love, but come o- Ash and Serena's First Date?! The Vow Tree And The Presents!?! OH YEAH!
Oh, come on! It's almost two years, so where in the world is Team Flare? Sure, seeing Lysandre in the Mega Evolution Specials is nice, but it better not mean, Ash and co. won't get to—wait? A poster for Pokémon XY & Z featuring Ash, his friends, and Alain and...LYSANDRE?! Zygarde also has MULTIPLE FORMS?! Ash facing of the Team Flare scientists and grunts in the trailer over Zygarde Core?! Ash crossing paths with Alain?! ABOUT DAMN TIME!
Ash's Noibat evolves. Sure we're still waiting for that 6th slot, but hey, Ash finally has a complete team of fully-evolved mons!
Pretty much anytime Team Rocket Wins or genuinely scares the shit out of the heroes for once, you can expect the fandom to elate. Along with their competence boost throughout Best Wishes, there is also Jessie's contest victories in both the Sinnoh and Kalos eras and pretty much anytime Meowth wins a battle (which seem to get more comically badass with each one).
Chapter 12 of the Sun and Moon saga deserves a separate mention: THEY JUST WON A LEGAL BATTLE AGAINST ASH! After 20 years the fandom saw them defeating the protagonist in the most legal way possible.
Arceus damned, the Kalos league is being rushed like all hell. For what, is Sawyer just going to beat Ash in the Top 4.....huh, The Finals! Ash VS Alain!! and Kalos League Victory! Ash's Ultimate Match!! !? Ash is actually going to be in the Finals of a Legit League!? He could actually win it all!? And even if he doesn't, he'd still be in the FINALS!
Wait, aren't top 4 matches Full Battles? How the heck is he going to fight them with only 5 Pokémon - ASH'S GOODRA IS BACK?! This victory suddenly became a lot more likely...
So, just how are the writers going to cap off the Team Flare saga? Wait, the Kalos Leaders are watching the Lumiose invasion on TV, and they're all pissed. Does this mean—? ...Yep, they're ALL here!
Their appearance plus Diantha on XYZ42-43 (1 hour double episode to finish the Team Flare saga) aiding Ash and his friends in what promises to be an epic episode, with the world at stake of course.
We also have Zygarde Complete Forme in XYZ43.
While the fandom's initial response to the Sun and Moon poster was mixed to negative, one element did stand out as an overall positive: Ash having a Z-Ring. Unlike Mega Evolutions, it seems like Ash will have access to the new mechanic in full.
Also on the subject, after Ash's unfortunate loss in Kalos, many saw the school setting and Ash's goofier design as signs that Ash will have taken a level in dumbass ala Unova. Come the first episode of the Alola seasons, and yes, Ash is definitely sillier than he was before, but he's kept his battle experience from Kalos; he's not Too Dumb to Live this time! It's like a perfect mix between the two Ashes; now everyone can be happy, even those who weren't fond of Ash's Vanilla Protagonist status in XY.
One writer told Amourshippers that they should wait until the end of XYZ. "What are we supposed to be waiting for, then? Serena's made up her mind, she's going to Hoenn, and— DID SHE JUST KISS ASH FAREWELL?!" Lots of explosions, good and bad, have erupted in the shipping fandom that day.
And considering what she said is even bigger than expected: in her farewell, she just declared her love to him!! And he accepted it!!!
Man, the Pokémon movies have gone down the gutter these days, nothing more than underwhelming promotional advertisement vehicles for event Mythical Pokémon with little to no continuity with the show. Can they ever focus on an actual story for a change? Bet the 20th movie is going to be an advertisement for Marshadow and...wait, is that Pallet Town? And is that Ash? With his fingerless gloves? And original hat (albeit redesigned)? Could be it? A movie celebrating the 20th anniversary of the show...with the one of the greatest episodes of all time as the plot basis, Pokémon - I Choose You!? Cue the original Japanese theme song, Aim to be a Pokémon Master!
Great, as if the Sun and Moon anime didn't ruin Ash's appearance, remove Serena and Greninja, and turn the show into a comedy, they've also decided to completely butcher Lillie's character and backstory! Wonder what's going on in that mansion that she just happens to randomly own-wait, who's that in the portrai-HOLY ARCEUS! IT'S GLADION AND LUSAMINE!!!
Speaking of, guess whose coming into the series in May 2017? Gladion! And he has a Z-Ring.
Many were hoping Ash would get a Rockruff, but with him living with Kukui and his Rockruff, it's not gonna happen. It would just get too confusing for the kids watching the show, after all...wait, why is Ash shown with one in those promos. Wait, did he get catch Kukui's Rockruff?!
Fans are really having a hard time figuring out what Rockruff will evolve into, or even if it would evolve it at all. Then it's found out the upcoming Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon games will feature a third Rockruff evolution, Lycanroc Dusk Forme, and shortly after the announcement, Ash's Rockruff is going to evolve into that.
Later previews also revealed the appearance of not only Nanu, but Acerola as well. After Ilima was Adapted Out, many fans are happy to see her present in the show herself.
Nebby's gone? Disappointing but, well, there's that everlasting rule that Ash never catch a Legendary and yet—Is that Ash holding a BEAST BALL?!
Pokémon Origins: "An anime Mini Series? Sounds interesting...Wait, it's a new animated take on Pokémon Red and Blue featuring the game incarnations of the characters? Neat! Red's getting voiced by the Japanese voice actress of Naruto Uzumaki?! Nice! Brock and Lance are appearing? Cool!" These instances were just a few of the reactions to the announcement of the anime special miniseries Pokémon Origins, and fans practically went ballistic when Giovanni and Mewtwo were revealed to be making appearances.
This special's looking pretty great, so far! I'm liking the direction it's going—did Mr. Fuji just give Red a Mega Stone? I should have known they couldn't resist promoting the new generation...well, at least if anyone had to show off Mega Evolution's potential, it'd be Red and Charizard, though the design was a bit disappointing. Looks like they're finally up against Mewtwo, and now it's time to see Mega Charizard—wait, DID CHARIZARD JUST ASSUME A NEW MEGA FORM?! AND IT'S A PHYSICALLY BASEDDRAGON TYPE?! Hoooooo boy, Mewtwo doesn't stand a chance now!
To top those reactions, the revelation that the special was actually getting dubbed in English and was going to be viewable online sealed the deal for even more fans. No Export for You averted yet again!
People who were looking for a breath of fresh air when it came to the voice acting were excited when it was revealed this series will be dubbed by California-based voice actors, including veterans such as Kyle Hebert as Professor Oak and Bryce Papenbrook as Red.
Oh, so Base Set is pretty much getting a reprint. That's cool I guess. Wait. All the Pokémon are given HP buffs to make them more viable? AND there's completely new cards that use the old template, complete with Mitsuhiro Arita-inspired illustrations? AWESOME!
Wait, Pokémon Adventures is finally going to be re-released in America?! YES! No more expensive imports from Singapore! Going beyond the first seven volumes?! The GSC arc is finally going to be released in America?! YES AGAIN!
Although now there are quite a number of fans who don't like how Viz is running things when it comes to Pokemon Special. Running the fourth gen arcs aside of the second gen to catch up with the Japanese release? A few possible spoilers aside, yay! The not-yet-collected-in-volume-form fifth gen arc is being released as well? Um, okay, even if the previous point also applies here and that a lot of details that get changed from the magazine to the volumes...What?! You have no plans to release the third gen arcs, whose loss will inevitably cause massive plot holes in the arcs you have already published? WRONG! The Ruby/Sapphire arc and FREAKING HEARTGOLD/SOULSILVER arcs have been confirmed for release in 2013! LET THE FLAILING COMMENCE!