Pokemon the Series: Sun & Moon (Season 20) Episode 1 Impression

Pokemon.com synopsis:

What starts as a summer vacation in the tropical Alola region turns into the next exciting chapter in Ash Ketchum’s quest to become a Pokémon Master! There’s plenty for Ash and Pikachu to explore in this sunny new region, with exciting new Pokémon to discover and interesting people to learn from along the way—including the cool Professor Kukui and the fun-loving Samson Oak. More new faces will help guide Ash’s Alolan adventure, in the form of a group of skilled Trainers—Kiawe, Lana, Mallow, and Sophocles—and a mysterious research assistant called Lillie. Frequent foes Team Rocket have also made the trip to Alola, looking to swipe some high-powered new Pokémon. But they have some heavy competition on the villainy front: the ruffians of Team Skull, who delight in causing chaos and may have more sinister intentions…

(no spoilers)

Pokemon is very popular series for all ages around the world. As a way to celebrate the recent release of Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon for the Nintendo 3DS and celebrate 20 years of Pokemon, we got another anime but with a twist… Ash goes to school!

Episode 1 Synopsis:

The anime begins with Ash, Pikachu and his mom with Mr. Mime on a family vacation at the Alola Region after winning a prize for vacation. Not only they are having family time, Ash agrees to help Professor Oak deliver a Pokemon Egg to his cousin, Professor Samson Oak, in the Alola Region. During vacation, Ash explores the island and sees the new Pokemon residing the island, some are used for travel and fun like deep see swimming with a Pokemon or using Pokemon to travel on land or air. Along the way, Ash eventually comes across a school where students and Pokemon learn and bond. However, Ash also comes across the rude and dangerous gang Team Skull. This whole episode is beginning of a new adventure for Ash and Pikachu.

Episode Feedback:

When I first heard and even saw the promo image to the anime, I was very skeptic than usual.

First off, I want to talk about the art style to this anime. The art is really different compared to the previous seasons; this current version of Ash makes him look way younger. Forget about eternal youth from the fountain of youth, he is reverse aging!

Besides the appearance, I noticed that the anime is trying to play around with the new animation as a way to make the show more “animated” like most anime out there. In my opinion, it is funny but it feels weird seeing it and it may take a while to get fully adjusted. Here are some pics I found.

On the characters topic, Ash voice actor is still the same voice from the previous anime like X and Y and Diamond and Pearl. The new characters in the show are pretty fitting and out of the new characters, I like Kiawe and his Charizard and Samson Oak. Kiawe is a cool kid and Samson is a funny guy (I will admit, he does look like Ansem from Kingdom Hearts).

Will I continue?

I might continue more as the episodes progresses… and until they add more episodes on the Pokemon TV app. I want to see how far will the show will go as we see Ash attend school as opposed to traveling around town in the past seasons. I will miss him having icnoic friends and crush that usually follow him (friends like Brock, Misty, May, Sarena, etc). I already know that Team Rocket will be here but I wonder how will they deal with this new change. I also can’t wait to see Ash and Pikachu learn more about the new Pokemon, Z Moves, Team Skull and the island’s guardian.

Have you seen the show so far? What’s your opinion? Comment down below for feedback.

10 thoughts on “Pokemon the Series: Sun & Moon (Season 20) Episode 1 Impression

  1. Out of itnerest, how would rate the animation quality overall? I caught a trailer for it and was put off, but i’m well aware that the trailer was set to a low video quality. I have no issue with a shift in style, I wouldn’t want the overall quality to suffer as a result.

  2. I’m kind of getting used to the new animation style but still not a fan of it. I’d prefer it to have the same art-style as the games. One of the only things the anime ever did right was being loyal to the Sugimori’s art-style and character designs.

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