The Pokémon XY Series first aired on October 17, 2013. It ran strong for over 3 years and officially ended back in October 27, 2016. The 6th Generation of the Pokémon anime not only redeemed itself after the disgrace that was Black and White (which I still think deserves some credit), but it ranks up there as one of the best. So, it’s the perfect time to take a trip down the memory lane. Let’s look back at what was the best Pokémon anime has offered since Advanced Generation, and even for the Original Season for that matter.
Pokémon XY: Its Comparison With Black And White
It’s certainly not the opinion of many, but there are others out there who think that the Black and White series was a huge failure. I’m one of those people who actually liked Black and White. However, I’m willing to look the other way to see why people hated Black and White.
Here are some reasons why…
They rebooted Ash to become a novice trainer again, as well as Pikachu being a low-leveled Electric Mouse. If Brock was annoying for you, you’re going to have to re-think that when you see Cilan. Iris is no different either, she can get very annoying in between episodes. Plus, Ash couldn’t beat his rival here, he uses his Pokédex on everything that he sees and it was clear that he didn’t have a clue about anything. There was also a time where he only bought one Pokémon to a Gym Battle, which was dumb.
Those are just some of the few things fans have mentioned about why they hated Black and White. Well, everything changed once Pokémon XY came in . The XY series felt like a fancied reboot of the Diamond and Pearl Series. Ash was a pro-trainer once more and Pikachu went from zero in Black and White to awesome in XY.
Let’s dig deeper into Ash’s XY character in the next point I’m about to present.
Pokémon XY: Ash’s Character
As stated, Ash in the Pokémon XY season is just like the Ash in Diamond and Pearl. He was experienced, he knows what he’s doing and never pointed his Pokédex at Pokémon he already saw. It was clear right off the bat that this was going to be different than the other Pokémon series that came before it. Heck, there was one episode where Ash convinced me that he could actually win the Pokémon League this time.
In that episode, Pikachu was blinded by Team Rocket’s Inkay in a battle. Clemont, Ash’s travel companion, attempts to intervene and Ash tells him not to, that he and Pikachu can still battle despite being blinded. Then, with a crippled Pikachu, he went on to win the battle as if it was nothing. This battle showed Ash as a leader who was confident and shows a high level of experience; all convinced me that he could win the Kalos League. In the end, Ash didn’t win and lost in the final round. Well, we can still give credit to him being in second place. This was the first time after 20 years.
Pokémon XY: The Traveling Companions
Ash’s traveling companions in the XY series certainly weren’t hated. Personally, I love them all. Clemont’s invention gags were your general comic relief that you get in these kinds of shows which don’t bother me all that much. Bonnie, Clemont’s younger sister, was definitely an attempt to try the Max role from the Advanced Generation. Max was annoying to say the least, but Bonnie went up a level and never went along with the flow like Max was.
Then there’s Serena. Among all of Ash’s female companions, Serena is by far the best of them all! I really like Misty, May and Dawn equally, but Serena’s development in the XY series was noteworthy! I’m not into those “shipping” thing like a lot of people do, but I liked that she had a crush on Ash and it had a pay off at the end. As a matter of fact, this pay off was a huge part in her development. Why? When you look at where she started and where she ended, her character grew a lot.
For the record, I think these three were the best among all of Ash’s traveling companions.
Pokémon XY: Overall Verdict
At the end of the day, XY received a popular conclusion that showed us fans the different characters ended up as well as giving us a little bit of a flashback sequence which highlights all the major moments in the series. If you haven’t watched the XY series just yet, I recommend that you should! I could watch it over and over again and I still will love it. It’s sad that it ended though. Nonetheless, Pokémon Sun and Moon is up next and I hope this lives up to XY’s reputation.