And it was pretty much everything I had hoped the original anime would be when I watched it when I was little. An actual Pokemon Journey instead of "Forever a 10 year old who is terrible at Pokemon" Ash. I mean the main character can be kind of an idiot for purpose of the plot but I thought they made him a dynamic character who improved over the course of the Journey. But maybe I don't remember the anime that well cause holy crap that definitely made me feel even more like battling Pokemon was some kind of gross "Dog Fighting" kind of sport. Especially the first battle between Red and Green.
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