Because it was released in a year when most oldschool pokemon fans were in their teens. Some of them had begun to hate religion because they didn't find it as exiciting as drugs and sex, thus leading them to dislike anything associated to it, such as a God-like fictional creature.
If Arceus was a Gen 1 pokemon it would be adored by the fanbase like Metwo is, you can bet on it.
Because it is the creator of the Pokeuniverse and can be caught in a pokeball. --- 3DS FC:3222-6949-4801 | Tell me if you add me so I can add you back. :) Official Lugia and MegaBlaziken of all Pokemon Boards.
if it was a pokemon that created the whole universe, and if its 2 pokemon that are keeping time and space from collapsing in on itself, then why the hell is humanity the dominant species in the pokemon world?
why are you able to enslave these deities so easily? why does Arceus have stats? he is god, so shouldn't he just be "you lose"? --- Waiting for golden Sun 3DS 2 things are infinite: The Universe and human stupidity. I'm not sure about the Universe, though -Albert Einstein
1. Many of the people here are western players, and thus certain religious aspects are lost on them. They are used to the idea of a god being an all-powerful, almighty entity, while other cultures have more fallible creatures. Thus, why you tend to see things such as people scorning the idea of a "llama" for a deity, or people trying to make it an analog to the Christian god.
2. People (incorrectly) feel this is a retcon of the Pokemon lore, and that this somehow invalidates Mew. The new basically imposes on the old and damages it in their eyes, even when their grievance isn't logical - think back to people freaking out that Mewtwo is now awful because "he" had a sex change and looks all pretty and skinny and frail now.
3. They just don't like the design or the idea of Pokemon going from "Be the best trainer ever guys OH NO TEAM ROCKET GOTTA SAVE SAFFRON CITY" to "Time to be the very best OH NO CYRUS IS GONNA BECOME A GOD". --- "Murder of the living is tragic, but murder of the idea is unforgivable." - Janus, speaker of the synod