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My history with Pokemon dates all the way back to 1999 when I got Yellow Version for my birthday. I got into the series however when I got Sapphire Version in 2003 and since then the series is of interest to my. In my opinion, the first three generations were the best. The fourth was slacking, and the fifth was sort of a refreshment but still slacking. Generation IV's new mechanics (the separation of physical and special moves by what kind of move they were rather than their type for example) are what save it from most of my criticisms. I most dislike the lack of originality for some of the names, namely Infernape and Monferno; I also thought that some of the designs were lacking (Croagunk, Toxicroak, the Lake guardians to provide some examples). In the game department, the cry of Dialga was a very large disappointment. The sprites were a small improvement in comparison to the previous generation (bar sprites for Kanto region Pokemon + Teddiursa in FireRed & LeafGreen), and the 3D-scale game Battle Revolution was very successful, though it wouldn't have been too hard for them to redesign all of the graphics for the Pokemon (Nidoking looked like it did in the Pokemon Stadium games). I appreciate the "fresh start" environment of Generation V although I criticize the lack of originality for the Pokemon's cries. Other than that, the Pokemon were well-designed and the mechanics are a small step up from the previous generation's.
I have the Yellow, Sapphire, LeafGreen, Emerald, Diamond, Platinum, and Black versions, as well as Stadium 2, Gale of Darkness, Colosseum, and Battle Revolution. I frequently use the Pokemon Trainer in Brawl.
I watched the TV show actively from 1999 to early 2004, right before the theme song was changed to This Dream. After that, I infrequently watched the episodes as they would come on on Cartoon Network. The primary reasons I dislike the anime as it is (as it became in the late 00's) are the lack in effort for the voice acting (James sounds like a congested Barney the Dinosaur, the voices of the Pokemon all sound the same and the voice actor portraying them does a very lousy job), removal of trademark themes and tunes, and poor opening songs. One thing that is a step up are the graphics, but that's it.