I have to admit, I didn't know that there even was a Clone Wars series until I started to read about Star Wars online. This series is very popular among fans and many recommend watching it. One thing I have been hearing is how it "helps" with Anakin's characterization. I decided I need to see what everyone is talking about. I do think it's an enjoyable series, to a certain extent. It doesn't "feel" like it's actually part of the movie universe, for me though. The Mandalorian does, but this series just doesn't capture the same energy. I think the character of Ahsoka is probably the best and most interesting in the series. I don't know if I will continue to watch, but if I do it would be for her story. And that leads me to two things, Obi Wan seems to just be too goofy (the voice actor is very good though, sounds a lot like Ewan) and Anakin misses the mark completely. It is as if they took everything that made him unique and then stripped it all away. I think the prequels handle him much better. 1. Anakin having a padawan. Yes, I like Ahsoka. No, I do not think it makes any sense for her to be his padawan. She could've just been any random master's padawan who interacted with Anakin and Obi Wan frequently. TCW Anakin is supposed to be 19, this is coming off of AotC. I cannot wrap my mind around the council giving Anakin a padawan in RotS, much less the very brash and reckless 19 year old Anakin who was just a padawan himself. I also don't like what it does to his dynamic with Obi Wan, as Anakin is always presented to be the learner and him the teacher, even in RotS. It's like they're trying to rush him to this parental state of maturity that doesn't fit his character and hardly even works on the tv show. 2. Anakin slaughtered all those Tusken Raiders when his mother died in the movies and I cannot picture TCW character doing any of that. I can't perceive that darkness lurking inside of him. Maybe because it aired on cartoon network, so they couldn't fully delve into his psyche, but he just doesn't come off like someone who held his mother in his arms as she died and raged against the entire world. I don't see him carrying those emotional scars. He doesn't feel like he could go on to become Palpatine's apprentice and slay younglings. I can't see him on Mustafar, unhinged and losing it. 3. He just seems really aggressive and macho, without the nuance behind it. I'll use AotC as an example, when Anakin has the conversation with Padme about the Tusken Raiders, he's angry. But, that's not the only emotion he felt. You can hear the pain and anguish in his voice. See that part of him hates himself because he feels disappointed in his actions, but he can't even conquer his hatred and still feels justified. It causes him to say "he's better than that," while knowing he's not. That feeds into his insecurities and lust for power. Or on Mustafar, the look on his face after he slaughters the separatists and fully gives into the darkside. There's just a lot going on inside of him and his emotions are much more complex than "I'm mad" or "I'm sad." TCW Anakin just seems so reductive. 4. Anakin exists in a state of conflict and duality. He is constantly battling against his inner darkness and trying to be a good Jedi. He can hate just as strongly as he loves. To remove that from him, is to make him a generic and normal hero. A normal, generic hero will not turn to the darkside. Why erase that part of him? To make him more "likable?" To market him to kids? I find it very bland and disappointing. He's more like a mix of Luke/Han than Anakin. It's just not prequel Anakin.