Pokémon has experienced a massive resurgence this year thanks to Pokémon GO, but the next titles in the series, Sun and Moon, have also taken to the spotlight many times due to how much they appear to be shaking up the series’ formula. It seems the games won’t be the only part of the franchise getting changes, though. In addition to Ash now attending school, a new teaser trailer for the Pokémon Sun & Moon anime shows a noticeable change in art direction; depending on who you ask, the new animation style may look like either Studio Ghibli’s work or a bad piece of fanart.

While there’s no official word as of yet, many are taking this shift in styles to indicate that a new animation team has taken the reins of the series. The result has been, in a word, polarizing, with as many fans adoring this fresh take on
Pokémon as there are people infuriated by the loss of the crisper, more mature art style seen in recent series like XY&Z. Ash especially has taken the brunt of criticism, with most saying he looks like a little kid now…which would actually be fitting, given that he’s still supposed to be just ten years old.

Check out the trailer and decide how you feel about the new animation style with the video above! Personally, I’m a bit torn on it—I too think that Ash looks horrible, but other than that I kind of like the new style. Of course, I haven’t watched the show in years, so I may not be the best person to judge it. Have you been keeping up with the anime? Will this change in styles make you give up on the show, or is it just what you need to get back into it? Give us your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Polygon

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Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.


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