What in the world? You think they won't make new merchandize for a new character?
Pikachu. When Satoshi already does all that and sells a huge amount of merchandise and advertisies the show greatly? And to boot that the show gets top 10 in ratings every week. This franchise is a gold mine, why should they risk that?
Why go through all the trouble of introducing a new girl to do Contests? Or new travel companions?
And why can't they make money with a new male protagonist?
Pikachu, Badges, Friends, Adventure, and all the other stuff. So it the end what's the point? Why should Satoshi be replaced? Everything's going great with ratings in the top 10 and the sales are through the roof, so what's the point? Why should they replace Satoshi?
But, Scott What's the point? What's the point? Why should the writers replace Satoshi? I can't think of anything.Seems like they did this before. Who the hell do you think these people are? These are highly paid professionals, not 15 year old kids working for minimum wage.
The "work" they did for Dawn is about the same work they'd need to do for a main male. Dawn got a tremendous amount of promotion back when DP first started, especially if you see all those original Japanese adverts hyping up the DP series back in 2006.
So, question for all the people who insist that replacing Satoshi would be a good idea.
Can any of you name one - just one! - example of a show that went on for 14 years, then replaced the main character after all that time, and then continued to be successful after that?
I know I've asked this before in another thread, but I never got any answers. Which leads me to believe that there's absolutely no precedent for what a lot of you are claiming would be so great for this show.
Especially after being in it for so long.
Difference is that supporting characters arent nearly important to show like main star is.Writers can afford replacing traveling companions but trying to get rid of Ash who is driving force of pokemon series being its icon as well having high marketing value with people associating pokemon anime with him is just asking for trouble.They introduce new characters every saga. They now have the same for Iris and Cilan. Again, having to do it once more for a third main character makes no difference.
That doesnt make any sense.For multi-billion franchise like pokemon this shouldnt be much of problem for them.The VA salary obviously wasn't as high for Satoshi in the early days. I also highly suspect Takeshi's VA salary being as high as it was after 13 years might have been a contributing reason for him finally being axed. TR are very expensive too, no wonder why they're not in every episode anymore.
Amount of effort which writers put in Dawn development is nothing to amount of effort and resources writers and producers would have to invest in creating completely new series with new protagonist.Comparing Dawn with Ash is like comparing pears to apples.
By replacing Ash they would have to completely change structure of this show having to recreate everything from start for new protagonist.
Fact that they cant get rid of main mascot Pikachu from this show as well having to stay faithful to typical heroic shonen type of character who is naive and stubborn while deeply caring for his pokemon doing right thing which is writers way of appealing toward young kids doesnt give them much to work with to differentiate new protagonist enough from Ash character.,
Whoever would come after Ash would need to have more or less same personality un-replaceable Pikachu starting everything all over again like Ash did as rookie entering gyms and leagues is something which noon would want to watch.
Very soon people would start complaining how new character is just cheap copy of Ash basically watching rerun of current show starting to lose interest for it.
Replacing someone like Dawn is nothing compared to replacing main star who represents this show being its driving force.There is too much risk involved not being worth all the trouble of introducing new protagonist when Ash is already being popular doing its job of promoting new games and attracting new generations of kids toward this show just fine.
For that reason and many others which were mentioned Ash should not be replaced.
It is still show which follows relatively same formula of main character doing gyms and entering leagues,Not much has changed in basic formula this show has been following for all this years.I love how people are acting like the sagas all feel the same, when we can all agree they do not. No two sagas of pokemon have ever felt the same, even if they all have Ash do Gyms. A new series with a new male would be nothing like any saga Ash was in.
Whats the point in keeping Ash if all of his memory and previous achievement he made gets erased leaving us with shell of a character along with all of previous characters which mattered to his life stopping to exist?
Replacing Ash wont fix anything either with new protagonist still suffering from same mistakes writers are doing now.
Getting rid of current character isnt solution in fixing problems being needed first to fix core of problem they are making with current character starting to gradually develop him making steps forward.
Characters from other anime like Luffy from One Piece or Naruto are also long lived characters with writers gradually developing them making steps forward with fans welcoming such thing.
If other anime dont replace their characters still doing great why should pokemon do any different with its main star?
Why?Because people viewed them as original characters which brought identity to pokemon being worldwide recognized as such.Its always like this with first set of characters,not only in pokemon but in other anime as well.
We are talking about two characters which are much less important than Ash is to this anime still lifting up so much dust.Well in Ash case its pretty much guaranteed how this would not only cause negative reactions but would also spell doom for this show causing so much damage that show would have to be cancelled.
Majority of older fanbase supports Ash stay becoming attached to him,with same going for kids who started watching this show in previous generation(DP) still being among target audience becoming attached to main character like older fans are making significant portion of audience who brings them money.
Needless to say many of new kids who start out with pokemon do some research about Ash background like others already pointed out viewing Ash as someone who brings identity to pokemon anime which is focused on his journey.
Problem is that its too late to remove him at this point.Ash became so much integrated with this show and recognized as its mascot worldwide with people becoming too used to him that any attempt of taking him away brings more risk than benefit.It went to such point that people associate pokemon with him.
From marketing point and story point there doesnt exist any reason for Ash to be replaced.Bringing new protagonist might lead to negative repercussions and lose of interest among people for new series which pulls consequence of ratings dropping like there is no tomorrow.
If i was writer i know i wouldnt want to take such risk and once Ash gets replaced it would be too late to repair any possible damage this move could cause.
Partially it was because of advertizing reasons with new characters being better suited to do job of promoting contests but mainly because writers rather like to add new characters for "eye candy"purposes to try out new designs.
It cant get more official than that.
Its obvious how continuity isnt the only reason.
People who are no longer in target audience arent important like new kids are but they are still playing significant part of customers who buy pokemon products and watch this series with writers being well aware of that.
Quite frankly i would rather have that Ash sticks around with pokemon series ending when time comes with character who started everything and his traveling companions being treated as one big continuity which introduced us to world of small creatures being known as pokemon giving us insight in their adventures.
I want to remember pokemon as something which played part in my childhood having good memories of it instead of everything being dropped by starting out new series with cheap attempt of replicating original show and Ash character ruining picture pokemon anime had and everything it stood for.Thats not kind of pokemon i want to see or remember.
Last edited by pokemon fan 132; 14th July 2011 at 11:10 AM.
You have to look at it from a marketing standpoint but also caring about the character and what has been established. If the show keeps getting stretched, more material will be born, and most likely forgotten, thrown away. And since it will all belong to the same continuity it will keep pileling on and on and on just to be forgotten. Do you want to see more cases like Misty? Never to be acknowledged again? Might as well reboot and severe all ties.
I'd rather see a new fresh continuity retelling how his adventures can go, than seeing what's been established get further neglected.
Also, it's obvious the writers would preffer not to get rid of Ash, so rebooting him also makes things easier for them to write. The character would be a blank slate in a sense.
If the character is going to be treated like that, and the writers expect us to accept there is a sense of continuity, they're better of having a certain protagonist for a number of series, then having a new on replace him. Because one can only maintain suspension of disbilief for so long.