I hate to sound like them, but these new starters seem to have some sort of...charm to them. I don't think the 5th Gen starters were bad designwise(Emboar was meh at best), but I think it's the fact that we were unsure with how their first forms would evolve, asides from believing that Tepig would predictebally evolve into a giant boar and I believe everyone thought Snivy would have a very dragon look to it's evos. These starters however, I think you have a feel of what they could evolve into.
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I think that at the beginning of gen 5 it was still a much more widely held opinion that it made you cool on the internet to hate on any new Pokemon, and while I'm not saying that there are not still an abundance of people who think that, a lot have noticed that it's more and more popular to like them, sort of a counter-nostalgia movement, almost.
For me the starters go:
3 > 6 > 5 > 2 > 1 > 4
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