Yes, this is a shameless attempt at making up for the fact that I missed the awesome movie thread Anyway, this thread is all about moments in the anime that surprised you. Specifically about the stuff you thought would suck but was awesome or conversely, the stuff you thought would be awesome but was a huge let down. As far as stuff that surprised me by being awesome: The Diamond and Pearl season as a whole. After being completely traumatized by Hoenn, I was ready to write off the anime for good...but then DP started being surprisingly good in a lot of places. I hated Paul at first but I soon became part of his misaimed fandom because he provided such a good foil to Ash and his heart of the cards battling style. As much as I didn't like Dawn, I loved watching any episodes where she had character development--particularly when she had to rebuild her self-esteem after losing those contest battles. Aaaand the stuff that surprised me by sucking: The Kyogre/Groudon event from Hoenn. Good grief, so many missed opportunities. I don't recall the storyline being all that great and they didn't involve Rayquaza at all. The worst part which I realized in hindsight was that this could have been an excellent opportunity to showcase Steven Stone and Wallace and instead we got Lance << tl;dr, but that's it for me for now.