You would have to be mentally incapable to not be able to tell the show's writers have no ambition or talent if they even exist. People pretty much got annoyed when they realized that you can have a Metapod up against an Arceus and it wouldn't matter, if the writers say Metapod wins, the Metapod wins and neither logic nor basic human intelligence would have any say in the matter.
While this may have been the case from the very beginning the show no longer has romantic subplots to mask how terrible the writing really is.
The reason people say the anime sucks now, is because it just sucks.
You just have to learn to take it with a grain of salt.
The original Japanese is pretty cool. The english version is absolute, complete, terrible garbage. Unfortunately you need to hunt them down but its WELL worth the effort unless you're completely obsessed with English and can't hear anything else.