I watched all of Pokemon Generations this season and it was great. Early on I tried doing episodic reviews, but lost time after a while to do so. Now that the series is done, let’s discuss this a bit further including all my thoughts on the series.
First, let me give a quick summary of what Pokemon Generations is. Pokemon Generations is a series which tells short side stories from Kanto to Kalos visiting each region and fleshing out side characters, missions, and adventures. We see the attempts to arrest Giovanni. We see Blue plowing through the Elite Four to become the new champion. We see Team Magma and their attempt to raise up Primal Groudon. We see Team Galactic and their attempt at awakening Heatran. And so on.
Each episode tells a lot of story in a tiny package, approximately 4 minutes in length. Each episode is beautifully drawn, really evoking the art and imagery we’ve come to expect out of Pokemon. Each episode is also very plot driven, yet each diverge from the other as they tell new stories each time. There is no cohesion between episodes, which can be frustrating as many of them leave you wanting more!
One of the things that I found striking about Pokemon Generations was how frequently the characters use Pokemon to other attack humans. Humans are genuinely threatened by Pokemon in Generations. They are intimidating, powerful beasts that it is surprising to see how some humans can control them. Apart from the occasional ridiculous situation with Team Rocket, pokemon in the main anime are rarely going after humans or directed to go after humans. Not so in Generations.
In Generations, Pokemon are treated as everyday animals in our world – and it mirrors the games more than the traditional anime series. Pokemon make animal noises and grunts instead of saying their names. Pokemon replace all animals in Generations (as they do in the standard Pokemon anime as well), but in this series it feels more like a complete replacement. In a world where you can control a powerful fighting ape, the police will use them to take down criminals. In a world where you can control a psychic blasting ape, it makes sense people will use that to their advantage as well. It shows the grittier side of the world of Pokemon and side tales of characters we do not think of as often.
I appreciated Pokemon Generations, but I was wanting more when each episode was over. I wanted to see more. I want a full version of this series with each region getting a full treatment similar to Pokemon Origins. I do not see that happening, but a man can dream.
Overall, this was enjoyable and, you can watch the entire series for free on the official Pokemon YouTube channel. I would highly recommend it for any fans of the Pokemon games who wants to see some of their favorite characters and villains from the games in action. Below is the embedded feed with the entire Pokemon Generations series. Check it out, you won’t regret it.