If Ash really loses here, getting Top 8, then he hasn't really went lower than Top 4 or was downgraded as some are saying here. He's technically got the same rank, so if he said that his performance has been weaker, then he'd be lying to the audience and to himself. Now you'll ask, how can that be? It's simple. It's an illusion. Your mind hasn't calculated everything.
How many participants were there in the Sinnoh League? 64. How many are there in the Unova League? 128. Ash beat the same amount of opponents, four, to get to the rank that he is now. Where is the downgrade? I'm not seeing it. If I recall correctly, in every League that Ash has competed in, he has always beaten four trainers and then lost the battle against the next trainer. So therefore, this League isn't any different than the 4 before it.
Ash fought multiple matches at the prelims in johto, some in short but you counted swalot girl and in Hoenn he beat five. Also as evidenced by backround character not getting bracketed there was an off screen cut down in Sinnoh league. Also you don't have all the varibles they could be more trainers in certain leagues because of population yes or gym difficulty. And if calculate how well he did by how many trainers are higher than him aka distance from the goal Ash would have a higher distance. Also in both his previous leagues after OS he lost to winner being the second strongest in Sinnoh I doubt they would introduce Virgil just to have him lose to Kotetsu.
Originally Posted by Linkara
Heatran guy was rejected and so was Marowak Luxray guy. And you didn't account for the Losing to a guy who loses thing which is far less impressive than beating a third of the team of the guy who swept every one else including gym leaders.
I'm done we still don't know the population or how the difficulty of the gym leader compared to each other or how high battle enthuism is or what have have you. Tons of varibles right there.
Originally Posted by Linkara
Darkrai, much less defeat just that one), so he was still a top contender to win the whole thing if Tobias didn't enter. Only Paul and maybe Conway could have done just as well.
That's besides the point, anyway; the point I was making is that there are no trainers with uber legendaries to stop him in his tracks this time, so the fact that he's going out by an "ordinary" trainer doesn't make him look like he's as skilled a trainer as he was before.
Great job writers.
You may have made one of the worst leagues ever. Either way, if Ash loses to Kotetsu or Virgil, it'll suck in different ways. They backed themselves in a bad corner.
If Episode N sucks, this can be worser than Kanto.
There is no picture here, there will never be pictures here.
Also, my favorite game on the PC is Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword!
Does this say anything new?
So it turns out that Kotetsu forgot to bring a sixth Pokémon for the battle. The writers wouldn't do that if they wanted Ash to win.
They're definitely making it seem that Ash has regressed by having him lose to such a scatter-brained trainer. Kotetsu's Pokémon may be strong, but he doesn't use them well.
Whether or not Satoshi has regressed has nothing to do with this episode either.