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* Which is the better English Dub, [=TCPi=] or [=4Kids=]? Those in support of [=TCPi=] cite their more accurate translations, none of the [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bolderization]] that [=4Kids=] was known for, and far less of a gap between the Japanese airings and the dubs (Before [=TCPi=] picked up the dubbing, it was a near year-long gap. As of ''Sun and Moon'' the gap is just over 4 months). Those in favor of [=4Kids=] feel that they had better dialogue and a wittier script, especially with Team Rocket. Others point out that despite [=4Kids=] known reputation for replacing the score, it was nowhere near as bad as [=TCPi=] got post ''Best Wishes'', and their music at least carried some charm that [=TCPi=]'s dub OST lacks. Then there are others who believe that [=4Kids=] simply put more effort and love into their dub, something that [=TCPi=]'s dub has never been able to recapture.
** This was most noticeable with the dubbing of ''Anime/PokemonIChooseYou'', which had some fans demanding that Creator/VeronicaTaylor return to voice Ash, while others argued that Sarah Natochenny, having voiced the role for over 10 years by that point, was now the definitive Ash.
* The depiction of certain legendaries as "merely" very rare species and not [[SingleSpecimenSpecies lone individuals on par with gods]]. Either it makes complete sense as Legendaries are shown to breed, or it [[UniquenessDecay cheapens the awe of seeing them]].






** [[spoiler:Alain beating Ash at the Kalos League to become the Kalos League Champion. Those against it felt that after the far from insignificant amounts of buildup and the heavy hints toward Ash's possible victory that he should've lost to Ash. Those for it point out that Alain was a pretty strong trainer and that his Charizard, the one to beat Ash-Greninja, had already proven himself more than justified in his win, having gone toe to toe with many other strong opponents prior to the League (The fights with the Legendaries and the 10 consecutive Mega Evolution battles come to mind).]]





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* [[spoiler:Alain beating Ash at the Kalos League to become the Kalos League Champion. Those against it felt that after the far from insignificant amounts of buildup and the heavy hints toward Ash's possible victory that he should've lost to Ash. Those for it point out that Alain was a pretty strong trainer and that his Charizard, the one to beat Ash-Greninja, had already proven himself more than justified in his win, having gone toe to toe with many other strong opponents prior to the League (The fights with the Legendaries and the 10 consecutive Mega Evolution battles come to mind).]]
* The depiction of certain legendaries as "merely" very rare species and not [[SingleSpecimenSpecies lone individuals on par with gods]]. Either it makes complete sense as Legendaries are shown to breed, or it [[UniquenessDecay cheapens the awe of seeing them]].
* ''Sun and Moon's'' approach of finally having [[OlympusMons several mythical Pokemon officially caught by (or at least allocated to) main characters]]. Some enjoy the taboo finally being broken and rare Pokemon being allowed in as main characters utilized by the protagonists. Others complain it takes away their elusiveness and makes them more generic. Then there are others who are merely split over the execution, particularly with so many given to trainers all at once, along with some of them [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter barely doing anything afterwards in spite of their status]] (in particular Ash's Poipole [[spoiler:until after the Alola League]] and Mallow's Shaymin though Ash's Melmetal was well received).
* Which is the better English Dub, [=TCPi=] or [=4Kids=]? Those in support of [=TCPi=] cite their more accurate translations, none of the [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bolderization]] that [=4Kids=] was known for, and far less of a gap between the Japanese airings and the dubs (Before [=TCPi=] picked up the dubbing, it was a near year-long gap. As of ''Sun and Moon'' the gap is just over 4 months). Those in favor of [=4Kids=] feel that they had better dialogue and a wittier script, especially with Team Rocket. Others point out that despite [=4Kids=] known reputation for replacing the score, it was nowhere near as bad as [=TCPi=] got post ''Best Wishes'', and their music at least carried some charm that [=TCPi=]'s dub OST lacks. Then there are others who believe that [=4Kids=] simply put more effort and love into their dub, something that [=TCPi=]'s dub has never been able to recapture.
** This was most noticeable with the dubbing of ''Anime/PokemonIChooseYou'', which had some fans demanding that Creator/VeronicaTaylor return to voice Ash, while others argued that Sarah Natochenny, having voiced the role for over 10 years by that point, was now the definitive Ash.

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\n\n!Specific/Other\n* [[spoiler:Alain beating Ash at the Kalos League to become the Kalos League Champion. Those against it felt that after the far from insignificant amounts of buildup and the heavy hints toward Ash's possible victory that he should've lost to Ash. Those for it point out that Alain was a pretty strong trainer and that his Charizard, the one to beat Ash-Greninja, had already proven himself more than justified in his win, having gone toe to toe with many other strong opponents prior to the League (The fights with the Legendaries and the 10 consecutive Mega Evolution battles come to mind).]]\n* The depiction of certain legendaries as "merely" very rare species and not [[SingleSpecimenSpecies lone individuals on par with gods]]. Either it makes complete sense as Legendaries are shown to breed, or it [[UniquenessDecay cheapens the awe of seeing them]].\n* ''Sun and Moon's'' approach of finally ** Finally having [[OlympusMons several mythical Pokemon officially caught by (or at least allocated to) main characters]]. Some enjoy the taboo finally being broken and rare Pokemon being allowed in as main characters utilized by the protagonists. Others complain it takes away their elusiveness and makes them more generic. Then there are others who are merely split over the execution, particularly with so many given to trainers all at once, along with some of them [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter barely doing anything afterwards in spite of their status]] (in particular [[spoiler:before being unceremoniously released.]]
** [[spoiler:Ash winning the Alola League. On one hand, people were just glad that after 20 years of failures, Ash Ketchum finally got a league win under his belt and that Gladion was a well enough established rival to make the victory meaningful. Others, however, felt that
Ash's Poipole [[spoiler:until victory was [[AntiClimax too lackluster]] after the Alola League]] and Mallow's Shaymin though Ash's Melmetal 20 years of buildup, that he was well received).
* Which is the better English Dub, [=TCPi=] or [=4Kids=]? Those in support of [=TCPi=] cite their
far more accurate translations, none deserving of it in other leagues (Sinnoh and Kalos being the top choices), and that the questionable writing choices leading up to the victory largely dampened the feeling of accomplishment from it. A large factor of the [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bolderization]] that [=4Kids=] was known for, and far less of a gap between split is how the Japanese airings and victory feels in the dubs (Before [=TCPi=] picked up vacuum of the dubbing, it was a near year-long gap. As of ''Sun and Moon'' series alone compared to it being the gap is just over 4 months). Those in favor culmination of [=4Kids=] feel that they had better dialogue and Ash trying to win a wittier script, especially with Team Rocket. Others point out that despite [=4Kids=] known reputation League for replacing the score, it was nowhere near as bad as [=TCPi=] got post ''Best Wishes'', and their music at least carried some charm that [=TCPi=]'s dub OST lacks. Then there are others who believe that [=4Kids=] simply put more effort and love into their dub, something that [=TCPi=]'s dub has never been able to recapture.
** This was most noticeable with the dubbing of ''Anime/PokemonIChooseYou'', which had some fans demanding that Creator/VeronicaTaylor return to voice Ash, while others argued that Sarah Natochenny, having voiced the role for over 10 years by that point, was now the definitive Ash.
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\n* Which series is canon? Ever since the ''BW'' series, the fanbase has debated whether a series is canon or not with the only series universally agreed upon being the ''OS'' to ''DP'' series. Many fans who believe ''BW'' and ''SM'' are not canon point to how tonally different they are with the former series going so far as to remove some of Ash's knowledge as a trainer to give a fresh feel to him. They also believe that ''XY'' was a return to the original universe and Ash's Unova journey was just an alternate universe. While ''SM'' had mistranslated tweets about the canonicity to serve as "evidence" for its status as an alternate universe. People who argue all series are canon point to the numerous [[CallBack references to past events and cameos by old characters]], going so far as to say the people who deny events happen as [[NoTrueScotsman not real fans of the show]] or telling them that they're trying to elevate their {{Fanon}} equal to canon. Those who argue that these series aren't canon say that [[WildMassGuess similar events couldn't have happened in an alternate universe]]. ''Pokemon (2019)'' established that all series are canon by displaying achievements from all series, rendering the argument moot, but the debate manages to rock the fandom.



* ''Sun and Moon's'' approach of finally having [[OlympusMons several mythical Pokemon officially caught by (or at least allocated to) main characters]]. Some enjoy the taboo finally being broken and rare Pokemon being allowed in as main characters utilized by the protagonists. Others complain it takes away their elusiveness and makes them more generic. Then there are others who are merely split over the execution, particularly with so many given to trainers all at once, along with some of them [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter barely getting to do anything afterwards in spite of their status]] (in particular Ash's Poipole [[spoiler:until after the Alola League]] and Mallow's Shaymin though Ash's Melmetal was well recieved).
* The English dub once [=TPCi=] took over the dubbing from Season 9 onward. To some, there's an intense dislike that [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks all of the voice actors were replaced]], while others enjoyed [=TPCi=]'s more accurate translations. This was most noticeable with the dubbing of ''Anime/PokemonIChooseYou'', which had some fans demanding that Creator/VeronicaTaylor return to voice Ash, while others argued that Sarah Natochenny, having voiced the role for over 10 years by that point, was now the definitive Ash.

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* ''Sun and Moon's'' approach of finally having [[OlympusMons several mythical Pokemon officially caught by (or at least allocated to) main characters]]. Some enjoy the taboo finally being broken and rare Pokemon being allowed in as main characters utilized by the protagonists. Others complain it takes away their elusiveness and makes them more generic. Then there are others who are merely split over the execution, particularly with so many given to trainers all at once, along with some of them [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter barely getting to do doing anything afterwards in spite of their status]] (in particular Ash's Poipole [[spoiler:until after the Alola League]] and Mallow's Shaymin though Ash's Melmetal was well recieved).
received).
* The Which is the better English dub once [=TPCi=] took over the dubbing from Season 9 onward. To some, there's an intense dislike that [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks all Dub, [=TCPi=] or [=4Kids=]? Those in support of the voice actors were replaced]], while others enjoyed [=TPCi=]'s [=TCPi=] cite their more accurate translations. translations, none of the [[{{Bowdlerise}} Bolderization]] that [=4Kids=] was known for, and far less of a gap between the Japanese airings and the dubs (Before [=TCPi=] picked up the dubbing, it was a near year-long gap. As of ''Sun and Moon'' the gap is just over 4 months). Those in favor of [=4Kids=] feel that they had better dialogue and a wittier script, especially with Team Rocket. Others point out that despite [=4Kids=] known reputation for replacing the score, it was nowhere near as bad as [=TCPi=] got post ''Best Wishes'', and their music at least carried some charm that [=TCPi=]'s dub OST lacks. Then there are others who believe that [=4Kids=] simply put more effort and love into their dub, something that [=TCPi=]'s dub has never been able to recapture.
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This was most noticeable with the dubbing of ''Anime/PokemonIChooseYou'', which had some fans demanding that Creator/VeronicaTaylor return to voice Ash, while others argued that Sarah Natochenny, having voiced the role for over 10 years by that point, was now the definitive Ash.


* ''Sun and Moon's'' approach of finally having [[OlympusMons several mythical Pokemon officially caught by (or at least allocated to) main characters]]. Some enjoy the taboo finally being broken and rare Pokemon being allowed in as main characters utilized by the protagonists. Others complain it takes away their elusiveness and makes them more generic. Then there are others who are merely split over the execution, particularly with so many given to trainers all at once, along with some of them [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter barely getting to do anything afterwards in spite of their status]] (in particular Ash's Poipole [[spoiler:until after the Alola League]] and Mallow's Shaymin).

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* ''Sun and Moon's'' approach of finally having [[OlympusMons several mythical Pokemon officially caught by (or at least allocated to) main characters]]. Some enjoy the taboo finally being broken and rare Pokemon being allowed in as main characters utilized by the protagonists. Others complain it takes away their elusiveness and makes them more generic. Then there are others who are merely split over the execution, particularly with so many given to trainers all at once, along with some of them [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter barely getting to do anything afterwards in spite of their status]] (in particular Ash's Poipole [[spoiler:until after the Alola League]] and Mallow's Shaymin).Shaymin though Ash's Melmetal was well recieved).


** ''Sun and Moon's'' approach of finally having [[OlympusMons several mythical Pokemon officially caught by (or at least allocated to) main characters]]. Some enjoy the taboo finally being broken and rare Pokemon being allowed in as main characters utilized by the protagonists. Others complain it takes away their elusiveness and makes them more generic. Then there are others who are merely split over the execution, particularly with so many given to trainers all at once, along with some of them [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter barely getting to do anything afterwards in spite of their status]] (in particular Ash's Poipole [[spoiler:until after the Alola League]] and Mallow's Shaymin).

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** * ''Sun and Moon's'' approach of finally having [[OlympusMons several mythical Pokemon officially caught by (or at least allocated to) main characters]]. Some enjoy the taboo finally being broken and rare Pokemon being allowed in as main characters utilized by the protagonists. Others complain it takes away their elusiveness and makes them more generic. Then there are others who are merely split over the execution, particularly with so many given to trainers all at once, along with some of them [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter barely getting to do anything afterwards in spite of their status]] (in particular Ash's Poipole [[spoiler:until after the Alola League]] and Mallow's Shaymin).

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Given that the anime has run for [[LongRunners over 20 years and counting]], there is bound to be some aspects of the show that people have different opinions about.
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!Series Wide
* The series itself is very divisive among older fans, more so than other ''Pokémon'' incarnations. It's either an awesome cartoon [[FirstInstallmentWins that you]] [[NostalgiaFilter grew up with]], a GuiltyPleasure that's had its ups and downs, or an embarrassing FranchiseZombie that needs to be [[AdaptationDisplacement kept as far away from the games as possible]]. In this respect, it's considered the '90s equivalent of ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'', both of which have similarly divisive "were they good or was it all just nostalgia" reputations.
* A section of the fanbase is split on if the show's focus should be on highlighting and progressing CharacterDevelopment with serious arcs and a strong narrative, or rather be on entertaining episodes with little regard for the larger picture. Fans of the former usually favor entries that highlight Ash's veteran trainer status and face him and his companions with problems to overcome in terms of rivalry or internal struggles, and feel the show should focus on portraying him as a skilled trainer and progress as a character, and tend to perceive entries where his skills and/or personality hit the ResetButton back to square one as going against what the show should be about; fans of the latter tend to favor episodic storytelling, a take on Ash that highlights his more amusing and/or ButtMonkey sides, wacky plotlines and amusing interactions between the cast members over major plot beats, either being largely uninterested in development or finding the major plotlines of the show to be nothing remarkable on the whole or pointing out their futility if none of it is guaranteed to carry over to the next entry.
* The DubbingVersusSubbing debate exists and is a persistent debate. Originally, the fanbase was strictly on the side of the dubs; however, as the Japanese version became more popular due to it becoming easier to access for overseas audiences, the launch of Dogasu's Backpack and the change in dubbing companies, the quality of the English voices, music, and scripts became debated compared to the subs.
* The league. For over twenty years, fans and detractors of the anime have argued back and forth over this part of Ash's journey. Supporters, while annoyed at Ash's constant losses, defend its presence in the show's StoryArc and believe it is a vital part of Ash's journey, alongside a framework through which his progress can be measured, his rivalries be developed and concluded, and provide each regional adventure with a climax related to Ash's skill as a trainer. Detractors often point to how the anime's formula surrounds the league conference and thus causes the plot to feel formulaic and boring to them, alongside compounding the issues of Ash's continued role as the show's protagonist by making each new region's tournament a ShaggyDogStory that he's fated not to win. ''Sun and Moon'' brought this to a head by either proving that the show would be better off removing this part of its formula, or displaying that it needs it to give the series direction and development, furthering the divide when the Alola League was announced and led to every character getting power-ups in the thirteen episodes preceding the League.
* Releasing Pokemon. Either it's a good way to keep the main cast from having Pokemon who could become [[StoryBreakerPower too overpowered]] to make anything interesting or it [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter wastes a perfectly good member of the team]] for seemingly no reason.
* The benching of all of Ash's Pokemon (except [[SeriesMascot Pikachu]]) whenever he goes to a new region post-Johto. Those for it feel that it allows new Pokemon from other regions to get their chance to shine while also preventing Ash from becoming too strong with a team he's already built up. Those against it feel that benching them essentially [[PutOnABus writes them out of the show for good]], especially post Battle Frontier, where Ash's older Pokemon are rarely seen apart from [[WolverinePublicity Charizard]] and Bulbasaur.


!Seasons
* Kanto: Considered good by some due to feeling fresh (before becoming a FranchiseZombie), with some good humor and an enjoyable cast chemistry, while to others it's seen as reeking of EarlyInstallmentWeirdness that's subject to NostalgiaFilter, and riddled with inconsistencies (both in itself and to the games) that later series avoided.
* Hoenn: Misty's departure and May's introduction served as this, as to some, Misty being replaced removed a vibrant cast member who was part of Ash's early core development, while others enjoyed having a new character with a more concrete goal, making her a {{Deuteragonist}} alongside Ash, and helped turn him into a mentor.
** Ash's lack of a rival is seen as either a positive as it allowed him to grow solely on his own and embrace a mentor role, or it detracted from the series by giving him no challenge outside of the Gyms and Battle Frontier.
* Sinnoh: The finale of the region either suffered from ArcFatigue (with a 52 episode gap between the 7th and 8th badges), or was well-paced with enough interesting things that made up for the gap (6v6 between Ash and Paul, Team Galactic finale, Grand Festival).
** Dawn's Contest career was either a step up from May's, with more complex strategies and rules, or just a rehash of May's own arc that made Dawn live in her shadow. Furthered by the fact that they are the only two main characters to have the same goal in the series.
** While most agree that Chimchar had a strong plot and CharacterDevelopment that tied into the rivalry between Ash and Paul, some feel this didn't justify him becoming a SpotlightStealingSquad [[note]]Chimchar takes out 2 of each Gym Leader's Pokémon from Fantina on, is one of two Pokémon to take down one of Paul's in the Lake Acuity battle, and takes out '''three''' of Paul's Pokémon at the Sinnoh league[[/note]], while others believe that Chimchar's story justifies this status.
* Unova: The series can be seen as starting off strong with Team Rocket [[TookALevelInBadass gaining newfound competence and importance]] along with a brisker pacing compared to the previous series, or is seen as the same with Ash [[TookALevelInDumbass gaining newfound ''in''competence]], replacing previous, well-liked companions with a new cast entirely, and moving so fast that it resorted to an entire FillerArc at the end.
** Team Plasma's arc was seen as either a passable villain arc that made up for the Unova League, or was a shadow of its game plot that had plenty of [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter misfires and wasted arcs when it came to Charizard, N and Team Plasma's motivations]].
* Kalos: While some see the series as strong thanks to Ash's [[TookALevelInBadass newfound maturity]], a LoveInterest for Ash in the form of Serena, and a strong villain climax rife with CharacterDevelopment, others believe that it came at the expense of making Ash into a FlatCharacter, had too much Ash CharacterShilling, and that Showcases were a poor substitution for Contests that made Serena seem like a SatelliteLoveInterest.
** The Mega Evolution Specials were either a great side series that developed Alain and Mairin into characters in their own rights, irrespective of Ash, or were the reason that Team Flare didn't enter the series for the first 2/3 and thus weakening the villain arc.
* Alola: The radical art style change, shift to a stationary, school-based SliceOfLife story and Ash's more expressive personality are seen as a breath of fresh air to the series to some, while to others it [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks changes the series too much and removes what made Pokémon enjoyable in the first place]] due to no traveling and a lack of battles that had become the norm, and also has an art style that is at direct odds with all of the previous series.
** The stationary setting is seen as either a positive, giving Ash the ability to return to a fixed location after his adventures while allowing more recurring characters rather than just characters of the day, or it's a negative since it strips Ash of his wanderlust and removes one of the core components of the games and anime from the series, while giving a CompressedAdaptation of all other islands but Melemele.
** The upgraded animation is a major point of contention. It's either good because it makes every movement smooth or it's wasted potential by being used for expressions and funny faces instead of the battles where it's arguably most needed.
** The idea that Ash can transform his Electrium-Z into a Pikashunium-Z. Its either an AuthorsSavingThrow for those who wanted Ash's Pikachu to have his own Bond Phenomenon with Ash or a complete AssPull.


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* [[spoiler:Alain beating Ash at the Kalos League to become the Kalos League Champion. Those against it felt that after the far from insignificant amounts of buildup and the heavy hints toward Ash's possible victory that he should've lost to Ash. Those for it point out that Alain was a pretty strong trainer and that his Charizard, the one to beat Ash-Greninja, had already proven himself more than justified in his win, having gone toe to toe with many other strong opponents prior to the League (The fights with the Legendaries and the 10 consecutive Mega Evolution battles come to mind).]]
* The depiction of certain legendaries as "merely" very rare species and not [[SingleSpecimenSpecies lone individuals on par with gods]]. Either it makes complete sense as Legendaries are shown to breed, or it [[UniquenessDecay cheapens the awe of seeing them]].
** ''Sun and Moon's'' approach of finally having [[OlympusMons several mythical Pokemon officially caught by (or at least allocated to) main characters]]. Some enjoy the taboo finally being broken and rare Pokemon being allowed in as main characters utilized by the protagonists. Others complain it takes away their elusiveness and makes them more generic. Then there are others who are merely split over the execution, particularly with so many given to trainers all at once, along with some of them [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter barely getting to do anything afterwards in spite of their status]] (in particular Ash's Poipole [[spoiler:until after the Alola League]] and Mallow's Shaymin).
* The English dub once [=TPCi=] took over the dubbing from Season 9 onward. To some, there's an intense dislike that [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks all of the voice actors were replaced]], while others enjoyed [=TPCi=]'s more accurate translations. This was most noticeable with the dubbing of ''Anime/PokemonIChooseYou'', which had some fans demanding that Creator/VeronicaTaylor return to voice Ash, while others argued that Sarah Natochenny, having voiced the role for over 10 years by that point, was now the definitive Ash.

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