Take Dawn off and Bring May Back!
by, 13th July 2008 at 01:51 PM (1154 Views)
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Strangely, people expressing this sentiment are a mere wisp in the Pokemon fandom, especially considering how nasty the Anti-May rhetoric was back in the good old days when Misty had just left the cast, and even now, the Bring Misty Back lot far overpowers the Bring May back lot. Personally, I wouldn't be able to stand having every other anime forum post being about how Dawn sucks and May should come back, despite May being my favourite character (okay, my favourite character is Breloom, but we're talking homo sapiens here), but the absence of the madness is curious.
I suppose some snarky Bulbagardeners will say that no one cared about May. Um... 800,000+ views for an Advanceshipping video on Youtube (http://bmgf.bulbagarden.net/www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8COx7Wn7mM) is no mean feat. Even snarkier fans will claim that people only cared about her breasts. Well, I suppose that would explain how the infamous horny Misty fanbase mysteriously vanished off the radar with the advent of Advance, but that's another story. Although my response to that argument is purely anecdotal, I do know many people that passionately followed May's story, a good deal of them even female. Yes, indeed I am fairly upset that the reaction to May's departure here was similar to the reaction when the Death Star was blown up, but this is no time to discuss my vendetta.
The reaction to May's departure among her fanbase is interesting. Many of them were more accepting then vengeful (once again, anecdotal, but I have noticed this trend). They were happy that May could become strong independent from Ash. I guess that a satisfying conclusion goes a long way in abetting manaical "Bring Character Back" attempts. Even the ones that do want May back on the main cast convey a mood more of hopefulness or resignation rather than vindictiveness. I suppose that the rampant May bashing years ago turned them off that sort of attitude.
Do I want May back? Of course. Will I attempt to start some mad campaign to do it? No. I respect the writers' decision, and there's more to life than bringing back a character on a children's TV show. In fact, just because my favourite human character is gone doesn't mean I can't still enjoy it, although I do hope that they let Brock retire for a few seasons next time rather than introduce a new girl just to satisfy desperately horny Nintendo fans deprived of the erotic women of other franchises such as Dead or Alive or Soul Calibur, or even other anime shows. Even Advanceshipping is not an adequate reason to bring May back, because Ash and May can always keep each other in their hearts even when far apart. And it could have been worse. The show could have ended right there, or May could have received an anticlimactic conclusion which would crush any hints of her returning.
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