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You need to watch the Pokémon Sun and Moon anime

(excited Bewear sounds)

Bewear grabs the members of Team Rocket and prepares to take them back home after a failed mission The Pokémon Company via Bulbapedia
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Pokémon the Series: Sun and Moon is wrapping up in Japan and if you haven’t had a chance to give this season of Pokémon a watch, then you should make some time to do so.

The anime itself is lighthearted and funny, and despite an art style that looks like it’s solely aimed at children, there’s tons of bits aimed at older watchers. Why else would the series be making references to Pop Team Epic and Revolutionary Girl Utena, two anime that are commonly enjoyed by an older crowd? The show definitely does not have the action-packed animation that was in the previous season, Pokémon the Series: XY, but the animation in Sun and Moon is still extremely charming and great in its own way.

The storyline in Sun and Moon is what you’d expect from a Pokémon anime. Ash goes to Alola on vacation with his mom and falls in love with the island and its many mysteries. He ends up staying with Professor Kukui and begins to attend the Pokémon school alongside Lillie, Mallow, and some other familiar faces from the games.

To persuade you to give this slept-on Pokémon series a try, I’ve compiled some of the funniest bits in the show, many which feature Bewear, a mama bear who has taken a liking to Team Rocket.

Meowth has a near-death experience and hallucinates being surrounded by female Pokémon

Meowth chases a Glaceon, a Gardevoir, and a Lopunny in a flowery field, though it’s just a hallucination
Meowth is a thirsty dude, isn’t he?
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This is what happens when you see what’s under a Mimikyu’s cloak, apparently.

James’ Mareanie consistently believes James is a Mareanie

A Mareanie affectionately clings to James’ arm in Pokémon the Series: Sun and Moon
Can’t you see the resemblance?
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The joke of James’ Pokémon being overly affectionate with him to a point where he gets hurt is not new. His Victreebel often chomped him in the original series, with many more similar situations happening as he caught more Pokémon. The thing that makes this so funny is that he really does ... look like a Mareanie, so it’s understandable why his Pokémon mixes it up.

Bewear grinds a Poké Ball into dust

Jessie throws a Poké Ball to try to catch Bewear, but the Bewear catches the ball in grinds it into dust
At least there wasn’t a Pokémon inside the ball
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She has no interest in being a human’s slave. I mean, I wouldn’t really want to work under Jessie and James either.

Bewear uppercuts and knocks out a Legendary-equivalent alien Pokémon

A gif of a Bewear fighting a Pheromosa. It uppercuts and knocks out the Ultra Beast.
Bewear isn’t playing around.
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Without spoiling too much, the Pheromosa uses its charms to trick Meowth into doing its bidding. Mama bear was not happy when she saw Meowth in shambles after being used.

Bewear prevents Team Rocket from blasting off

This is a bit in every episode that the menacing trio is in. After getting blown up, they begin to fly off into the sky, screaming their usual, “Team Rocket is blasting off again!” only to be interrupted by the Bewear. She’ll leap into the sky, catch them, and carry them off. She’ll run on water, hop across buildings like a ninja, or even turn herself into a motorcycle to save her strange, human children. It brings up a question on how the Bewear even finds Team Rocket, as often times, they travel to different islands around Alola ...

I could go on and list good moments from the show forever, but you should really just give it a watch. Do it for Bewear. This is also the only season that’s actually had Ash win the Pokémon League, so there’s another good reason to give the show a watch.

The show can be watched in English via Pokémon TV for free. There, it’s broken up into sub-seasons within Sun and Moon, but they’re all good.

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