And no one believed it, or wanted to believe it. Who else truly thought and WANTED the leak to be fake? I remember i did. And then they were confirmed to be real.. I was the most disappointed I've ever been with the Pokemon series. Which, to be honest, is a good thing considering it was the only time i was truly disappointed with Pokemon.
It was mainly the typings that broke my heart now that i think of it. No need to say which starter was the most disappointing, hahaha. The most exciting thing with the announcement of a new generation, in my opinion, is to find out how the starter's final evolution will look like. I honestly can't wait until we have some leaked info and the speculation starts all over again. This time however, i'm pretty sure i won't be disappointed after last gen.
I think the biggest problem that I had with the Gen 5 starters/evos, and why I just don't care about them at all to be honest, is because their second and final evo designs came off as just too "fancy". Just look at the previous generations. Gen 1 had very clean-cut and simple designs, orange dragon, big green toad with a flower, and a big blue turtle, nothing complex. Same kind of deal with gen 2 and 3, simple, clean designs and nothing too fancy. Gen 4 is somewhat guilty of this with Infernape and Empoleon as Infernape has a very colorful design, with lots of tiny details, and Empoleon has quite a bit of embelishment, but they were still nice designs and not OVERLY fancy.
Then came Gen 5. Let's do a giant pig with a HUGE detailed face, and all kinds of armor with fancy designs on it, and then a big grass snake with detailed scrollwork all over it's body. Samurott isn't quite as bad, but I also take issue with it because it literally looks unrelated to the previous two in it's line. Bipedal otter, bipedal swordman otter, quadruped shelled dog-looking creature. Not generally how starter evolutions go. Some other pokemon have drastic changes between evolutions, but starters tend to just turn into larger, more mature/detailed versions of themselves. They kind of dropped the ball on this one. If they've learned the lesson then Fennekin should be an elegant, Ninetales-esque final evo, Chespin probably some kind of large/stream-lined mole/otter/armadillo creature, and Froakie probably some sort of thin, agile-looking frog with a foam/bubble beard. Unnecessary details just make it look like they were trying too hard. Clean and simple makes for widely-liked designs so that everyone can stay attached to their starters, otherwise they just start to look ridiculous to a lot of people and become something to be replaced at the first possible opportunity.