I've lost track of the anime sometime before Johto that i only really discover episodes due to things such as....
• Contest episodes • Characters of the Day (mainly, Hunter J, Francesca, that random Pokemon Connoisseuse in Burgundy's episode) • Reoccurring characters (Zoey, Ursula, Harley) • Big events (That one time May came back more awesome, Cynthia but not Dawn*, Charizard's planned comeback) • Or just general....interest (again, mainly Anabel, Francesca, Cynthia, Fantina <3)
The movies are fair game, only remember watching the 1st, 3rd, Manaphy, Jirachi and Deoxys movies...and even then, it's usually the side-characters or even antagonists that looks genuinely interesting. (Mewtwo, Molly, Butler/Diane....the Manaphy movie was more of May though...the Pirate and Ranger guy didn't impact much plot)
Just seems weird that the early movies had potentially world threatening aspects, but then they dipped down slightly with either no clear villain, or a villain for some weird goal.
But i guess there's aspects of each part of the franchise that would probably pull in fans of another part into.
*Note: Not that i hate Dawn, just that there was no reason she had to be in Unova with Cynthia, considering that May had valid reason for having a contest battle with Dawn due to Sinnoh...having contests, but there are only Musicals in Unova which places Dawn at a battle disadvantage anyway.
But then you look at May appearing at Sinnoh and you see she took several levels of awesomeness, evolving most of her Pokemon, she even have a Venusaur, despite losing slightly to Dawn, she still left a memorable impression to the fans even before revealing her new contest outfit...contest outfits tends to be Exotic anyway...still nice and varied though. :D
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