I was not expecting to be as blown away by the story in S/M as I ended up being. To be honest, despite my nostalgic affection for Emerald and how memorable I found Gen V’s story, I can’t really make a case for anything besides Sun and Moon being the best games in the series. I wrote a whole long thing about it (shameless plug but also way too long for me to recreate here) on my games/film/pop-culture blog:
But TL;DR, the supporting characters were on the whole much more developed than usual; Lillie being the quasi-protagonist really added to the story’s emotional resonance; the Trials and the clear framework for your adventure made a lot of sense and mapped pretty perfectly onto the coming-of-age story plot; Alola was just beautifully designed and actually felt like a presence in the story (in a way I’ve only ever felt about Hoenn previously)… a whole host of things really. Besides the postgame, which definitely left some loose plot strings, Sun and Moon are really spectacular games.