aah thank you, saph! i just tried to mimic what i'd noticed on gen v sprites when i spliced them (laughs). star-crosse helped me out a lot with shading, too!
but i had a really hard time figuring out pivot animator (which i've heard is the best for getting it to look like an authentic pokemkon animation style), so i gave up for the day. luckily i have a final tomorrow, so i only have to be in school for an hour and a half.