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"Hellllllo and welcome to Pokesins."

After the success of Cinemare Sins (CinemaSins for My Little Pony), numerous are the people who decided to adapt the CinemaSins formula to anything.

Gar1onriva is one of them, and decided to do it to the Pokémon anime.

While the first episodes adopt the traditional CinemaSins formula, they eventually turn to a different system with TWO counters: The Minun (sins) and the Plusle (awesome things).

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Tropes picked apart by PokéSins:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Geran gives a Plusle for every time a joke makes him laugh. (E.G. A scientist in episode 62 frets that he can't replace his broken scanner if he can't find "ze comic book [he] ordered it from.")
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: invokedGeran's convinced the "doctor" from A Chansey Operation is just a janitor pretending to be a doctor, Rebecca's father from The Punchy Pokemon swindled Ash out of his Primeape because he was jealous, and Bill and Melvin the Magician both come across to him as being creepy stalkers/rapists.
  • Artistic License – Geography: He occasionally calls out the show for playing fast and loose with the geography from the games. For example, he sins it for the river around Viridian forest, which doesn't exist in the games, and for Pokemon being in areas where they can't be found in the games.
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  • Berserk Button: Downplayed due to his relaxed nature but Geran's seems to be non-accidental Child Endangerment, such as when James (and then Jessie) started throwing bombs at Ash (who is hanging off a waterfall) attempting to kill him. And when Tomo's father was shown holding his infant son OUT A HELICOPTER WINDOW Geran said nothing while steadily adding more and more Minun for the whole duration of the scene... and then gave another five after blowing up at him when it was done. Most of his comments in the remainder of the video make it clear how much he detests the guy.
    Seriously. Lock him up. Lock him up now!
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Most instances come from Team Rocket and most get a Minun. ...unless it makes Geran laugh.
  • Bystander Syndrome: In "Pokemon Shipwreck", Geran calls Misty and Brock out for not helping Ash when he's hanging upside down and Meowth for not getting Jessie and James out from under a burning stove.
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  • Captain Obvious: Ash usually, but Misty and Brock occasionally get in on the action too.
    Ash: "It's a door."
    Geran: "Well done!" (Sarcastic Clapping)
  • Changing Clothes Is a Free Action: Jessie switching outfits in front of James and/or Meowth.
  • Continuity Nod: Usually gets a Plusle, as long as it makes sense.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Pikachu being cute is a big source of Plusle. Togepi's existence can get even more.
    N'aaaawwww!
  • Cut Lex Luthor a Check: In episode 62, he questions why Giovanni doesn't reassign Jessie and James to the R&D department if they can invent complex machines.
  • Cutting the Knot: Geran will often ask why the characters don't take the simpler and more obvious answers.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: His earlier episodes used the standard CinemaSins format before implementing the Plusle and Minun system in Episode 16.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything??: Yes, many times over:
    No, THIS is a straitjacket. I could show you what this DOES look like but then this video would get taken down for indecency.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Not only on his part (see above), but because he's sinning the first era of the show he's given out a lot of Minun for references made to real-world places or animals or things that are directly related to them (like Meowth's cat puns) because these things don't exist in the Pokémon World as we know it today.
  • Faux Symbolism: In "Pokemon Shipwreck", Jessie and James are daydreaming about sunbathing on a beach. When they start to scream over what they think is the sun beginning to burn them, Garen comments there's an analogy for Heaven and Hell somewhere in their lines.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: "Remember kids, love is getting the first punch and beating them hands-down. You heard it here, now NEVER REPEAT IT."
  • Fantasy Gun Control: Enforced, even in Legend of Dratini.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: It is a children's show, after all.
    James: "So size really does matter."
    Geran: "Wow. WOW." (ding)
  • Hammer Space: Often wonders where things came from and where they went. And then gives them a Minun.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Probably Geran's biggest issue with The Ultimate Test.
    I would say when something's that easy to get into, it's not worth it but let's be real, nobody passes this test.
  • Insistent Terminology: Gar awards a Minun for every time Silph Co. is referred to as "Silph Company" in Origins 3: Giovanni.
    • After Charmander The Stray Pokemon, anytime a character says "Pokemun" it's an automatic two-Minun penalty.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Invoked — Geran doesn't pull punches at Tomo's father when he dangles his son outside of a helicopter. He points out that in real life, he would have been arrested with CPS taking Tomo away from him.
  • Never Say "Die": Gar himself will freely point out when someone should have died but it's apparently a Minun if the show refers to death directly.
  • Nightmare Fuel: A recurring Minun is Geran calling disturbing-looking off-model freeze-frames this. Sometimes though, it IS something in-universe.
    • Treats Delia Ketchum's Mr. Mime as this as a Running Gag.
  • No OSHA Compliance: Complains that Blaine's "Secret Gym" is located in the MAGMA CHAMBER OF A FUCKING VOLCANO! Apparently expecting challengers to battle Pokemon of all shapes and sizes on a platform that's hanging over a DEATH PIT on nothing but four measly chains!
    This is officially the most criminally dangerous gym in the world! I'd take Sabrina's magic dolls over this.
  • Not So Above It All: He tries to be professional and analytical for the most part, but if a character annoys him enough, he'll award Minun simply for being in the episode. The only recurring example thus far being Todd Snap. He'll also occasionally award Plusle for awesome comebacks. See also Cuteness Proximity above.
  • Off-Model: Always gets a Minun, no matter how small.
  • Once an Episode: From Pokémon Shipwreck onwards, Geran opens every episode with the page quote followed by the episode's title card.
    • All of the Season 3 episodes so far have each gotten a free Plusle for "Best Intro".
  • Police are Useless: In Hypno's Naptime, Ghost Of Maiden's Peak, and So Near, Yet So Farfetched he notes that the police. Are. Useless. (Mostly) averted for The Case of the K-9 Caper! at least.
  • Precision F-Strike: Gary Motherfucking Oak (Minun cry).
    • When Gar runs out of patience with a particular episode, he'll usually hit back at it with "Fuck this episode!" So far, only two have managed to push him over the edge.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Geran is quick to point out whenever this pops up, which is surprisingly often. Most notably in The Kangaskhan Kid where he is in constant disbelief that the father dropping his infant son out of A HELICOPTER WINDOW is just glossed over by everyone.
  • Rage Quit/Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Gar ends The Kangaskhan Kid episode with this.
  • Reality Ensues: Comes with the territory. A notable example is The Breeding Center Secret where he points out a few holes in Misty's plans, Butch and Cassidy's plans, and the police's professionalism.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Or as Geran calls it: "Demon Eyes" although these Minun are usually the result of an animation error or a character being Off-Model. Conversely, eyes that are glowing white are "Avatar State Eyes".
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Courtesy of Seymour the Scientist: "Random, unprovoked rhyming (ding!)."
  • Running Gag:
    • "Don't be silly, [character], X doesn't exist" where X is something that wouldn't exist in the Pokemon world (typically Real Life animals).
    • "Gary Motherfucking Oak" whenever Gary is being a Jerkass.
    • Putting creepy words in Delia's Mr Mime's mouth whenever it shows up on-screen.
    • Whenever a trainer uses two or more Pokemon to battle one (or any other unfair matchup), Geran will play the clip of Ash saying "The Pokemon League rules say only one at a time" from Episode 3 and add a Minun. He has noted that there are exceptions to this, like when Ash uses multiple Pokemon to battle the giant robot in The Kangaskhan Kid. Also, 2 vs 2 battles are allowed as long as no single Pokemon ends up battling both of the others (therefore making it an unofficial Double Battle before the concept was introduced).
    • "N'awwwwwww!" during cute moments. He had to stop himself on this reflex during "Pikachu's Goodbye" because the wild Pikachu really were too adorable.
    • Similarly, "Balloon!" when Jigglypuff puffs up.
  • Sarcasm Mode: A favorite of his.
  • The Scrappy: invokedHe's got enough for a list. So far there's: Todd Snap, Tomo's Father, The Ultimate Test Instructor, The (alleged) Doctor Proctor, Melvin the Magician, the Three Eevee Brothers, and Bill.
    Ten pounds says that Mankey beat the shit out of him. -Plusle!-
  • Special Guest: He has a few guests appearing from time to time, giving Plusle and Minun. Notably SkulShurtugalTCG, ProtoMario, and MysticUmbreon
  • Sturgeon's Law: Even with the Plusle and Minun system, so far episodes have always ended up with more Minun than Plusle, leading to a score in negative numbers. The highest scored episode so far is Pikachu's Goodbye at -7.
    • Finally averted! The first episode to earn a positive score (largely due to good writing) is Johto Episode 15, "Fighting Flyer With Fire", at +11. And it only took us 83 episodes of Pokesins (Not counting specials) to get there!
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: invokedHis recurring problem with the OVAs is events that would have made for good episodes are just glossed over.
  • Tranquil Fury: In The Kangaskhan Kid, he just gradually adds 20 Minuns to the scene where Tomo's father dropped his infant son out of A HELICOPTER WINDOW without saying a word.
  • What Measure Is a Mook?: The presumed deaths of all the Rocket Grunts are what drags down Battle Aboard The St. Anne so much that it's solidly at the bottom of the list, right behind The Kanghaskan Kid.
  • Wild Mass Guessing: Geran has gone out of his way to theorize how some of the more... "Video Gamey" aspects of the Pokémon World would actually work in-universe, like the six Pokemon limit or how one can quantify "experience".
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