Why I prefer the Dengeki/ EtoP Misty
by, 23rd August 2013 at 03:52 PM (629 Views)
The Dengeki/EToP, I discovered, is probably my favorite version of Misty. Dengeki, as a manga, is an adaption of the anime verse with very notable differences. This Misty, IMO, took the anime template and improved it.
This Misty is an experienced trainer and is also a mentor to Ash like in the anime. My preference in Dengeki Misty over the Anime Misty can seen in the different portrayals of Ash obtaining the Cerulean Gym Badge.
In the anime Ash first is exposed to the water shows that Misty's sisters hold at the gym. When he later goes to battle the gym leader(s), we learn that Daisy, Violet, and Lily lost 3 times in a row against rookie trainers. This automatically gives the impression that gym is easy to roll through. What makes it worse is that Daisy, Violet, and Lily show disinterest in battling both because their lack of pokemon, but also because they want to spend more time doing other things and offers Ash a pity badge.
Misty only fights Ash because she does not want to give him an easy badge and to not further embarrass the gym's reputation.
Dengeki's Ash was overconfident in his abilities after battling with Brock. He believed that the Cerulean Gym would be a steamroll which offended Misty because his words insulted the skills of herself and her family members. When we see the gym, it is treated in the opposite manner of the anime verse. The gym is run competently by Misty's sisters with Daisy as a secretary of sorts.
She calmly asks Lily or Violet to battle Ash both are willing to battle him without excuses (especially Lily).
When Misty arrives she takes upon herself to take on Ash to teach him a valuable lesson about his Pokemon and for playful revenge for insulting her family.
What makes this version interesting is that Misty decides not to battle Ash. She humors him with a game in which he has to recapture his hat from her. What also makes this interesting is how we meet Misty's pokemon.
In the anime, Misty's pokemon aren't really shown in a positive light. Her first pokemon shown is Goldeen at the Pokemon Center in Viridian City. It pathetically couldn't battle due to not having any surrounding water (How does Misty not know this? Why didn't she pick Staryu or Starmie?). In her gym battle with Ash, Starmie gets nerfed, while Staryu is the one that pulls a constantly good showing.
In Dengeki, we don't see Misty's pokemon prior to the Gym. She sends a Gyarados to retrieve Ash's hat for the Gym challenge. She states that she raised a Magikarp as her first pokemon and it later evolved. She also mentions its obedience to her, an attribute she berates Ash for in regard to his pokemon due to their refusal to fight.
Misty never fights Ash in Dengeki, but her Pokemon usage and attitude suggests that Ash at that point in time may not have been able to beat her. Hell, Pikachu in this verse choose to not to fight because it was afraid of Gyarados, not because of his friendship with Misty.
I would also like to note that this was favorite version of Misty's siblings as well. They came across as professionals when they talked to Ash (I loved when Daisy asks Ash if he would like to battle at the "Cascade Level" as well as when Ash referred to them as "Masters").
Their relationship with Misty is also better. They do tease her but they don't dismiss her as a sibling and Misty does not appear to show jealousy towards them. They greet her ask if she caught any new pokemon. Based off of the Ponyta chapter, they also occasionally travel together as sisters.
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