Why we will see Misty in anime again?
by, 4th February 2012 at 11:58 AM (4428 Views)
It seems to me that certain number of fandom seems to be dead set convinced how this character will never return again in any shape or form, so i decided to write small blog about it explaining why such assumption doesn't hold ground on so many levels.
First and foremost their main argument is "character was absent for too long,its too late for him to return". Its true that Misty was absent for unusually long period of time(6 years and counting) but that doesn't mean writers wont have her appear in future when they decide its right time and how her return would hold some significance. In other words when they decide to do something with character,they will return her.
I believe writers already showed with random returns of some other older characters in past,how long absence doesn't stop them in any way to comeback at some point if they decide to make them relevant again.If decade old and minor characters like Jessibelle, Gary or Butch and Cassidy could return, there is no reason why someone much more popular and relevant to anime like Misty couldn't as well.
What, she was part of cast for less than half of anime total run? Last time i checked Tracey was main for one measly season and writers still made sure to acknowledge his existence in every following arc afterwards, never being forgotten.
Being long gone from cast doesn't erase fact how Misty is extremely popular as character even nowadays leaving big impact on anime series at some point and fandom as whole. Her departure caused quite a backlash and demand for return is huge,and seeing how unexpected returns of old time favorites tends to bring boost in ratings along with bringing some breeze of fresh air i doubt writers would miss on opportunity to gain some benefit from return of Misty character at some point.
Pokemon anime is still following Ash journey being set in same timeline and universe being treated as one big continuity,and as long complete revamp doesn't happen older traveling companions will always have chance to return.
Another tiny thing which some people forget is that Misty never received closure to her story. We saw her going on journey to become water master just to end up forced to go back to gym, taking care of it out of obligation and necessity.
She didn't come to fruition how to accomplish her dreams, goal was never fulfilled and many things about her past, fears, motivations and everything else which is standing on her way to go forward was left unexplored .
Her last known appearance was in Real Cleffa Hanger which in itself left several things unanswered about character. For start it revealed how Misty still has unfinished business in relationship with sisters as evidenced when talking to Max and she always viewed gym as job doing it out of necessity forcing it on herself because of not being able to count on Daisy and others. She felt it was her responsibility to take care of thins,and put her own dreams on hold. Way in which she initially reacted and from what was showed in hosos was writers way of giving message how her goal is still to become water pokemon master.
We don't know what are Misty future plans not being set if she will continue to be gym leader or decide to leave and pursue her goal of becoming master.
What i mean is that they left her story open, being undefined in what direction Misty will go ,not being set up what are her future plans compared to others like May, Brock or Dawn for example who precised what they intend to do with their lives.
Context of last known Misty appearance in regular series didn't seemed like something you would call character "final return", leaving message how at some point in future Misty is expected to return again. Fact that writers made her sent lure to Ash, have her show in High touch opening from DP series as well on Brock picture in DP special, served as indication how they don't want audience to forget character wasn't last we will see from her. So people can expect that Misty will return again, if anything than to have writers tie up loose ends.
Another very important thing is that Misty was first and original girl and because of that tiny little fact, she will never be forgotten having chance to comeback. As much as this may irritate some people its true, in every known show original characters are always bound to return at some point and receive recognition sooner or later, because they were present when show started setting path for future generations to come making anime popular and recognized worldwide.
For this reason solely Brock,Misty and Ash will always exist,because they were part of original trio becoming iconic and worldwide recognized as group.
One vital word, iconic.
Lastly, but not less important there also happens to exist interview with Masamitsu Hidaka on pokebeach which happened 3 years ago. For those not familiar with him, he was pokemon director until Battle Frontier and now works as storyboard artist for pokemon series. He said how Misty will probably never be main character ever again, but will continue to make cameo appearances like she did in past.
It was mentioned how she may comeback in similar manner like May did(for some tournament)or meeting up with Ash and group somewhere on road.
Generally very little attention is payed to that interview but this words came from someone who works for pokemon staff, being a lot more familiar with writers plans and how they work than any of us around here.
Writers tend to be very unorthodox when it comes to older characters and quite unpredictable too,so in reality you never know what you can expect from them. And i believe sooner or later we will see Misty comeback for cameo appearance again.
As main character probably not anymore, but i will be enough bold to say how even such thing isn't completely impossible in grand scheme of thinks. However for something like that to even be taken in consideration, only real chance is if writers break current pattern of constantly replacing characters and decide to reuse older characters again.
Similar how other anime like Bakugan or Inazuma Eleven go do. They bring back older characters even if they are gone for long periods updating them and taking to new directions.There characters from past become relevant again being given new role which influence current story and advance it.
Quite popular approach if i may say too, because anime at same time please all kind of fans making sure to not have older characters forgotten and brings unexpected twists to story by including them in show again, being developed more and influencing new characters story.
I think the most realistic possibility for return is if Game Freak one day touch upon Misty line from Generation II, where she said that she wanted to travel the world. I could easily see her being a tag partner (like Cheryl and the other characters from DPPT) in some future game. After all if minor rocket grunt from second generation could appear in 5th generation, someone much more important game wise could as well.
Either that or if writers decide to reunite original trio for ending season of pokemon, with purpose of things coming to full circle to emphasize better on show going back to its roots.
However in reality this probably wont happen ,but people can at very last expect that Misty will make cameo appearance at some point in future again.
Misty played very important role in show history, she was part of group which was responsible for pokemon becoming hit and demand for return id enormous.
Losing hope and everything is fine and everything, but imo its little naive to presume how writers will erase her completely from face of existence never to be seen again.
When they decide its optimal moment, they will include her in anime again.
Now feel free to tear me apart for thinking otherwise.:P