Those series =/= Pokémon series.
Those series =/= Pokémon series.
I think the way both Misty and Brock were handled overall is worth mentioning. Both started off strong for their first 150 or so episodes, but afterward the writers seemingly treated them as being nothing more than characters who stand around getting no proper development.
They are giving Cilan lots of screentime so he avoids Brock's fate, but I hope Iris gets some focus soon or else she'll be another character of wasted potential.
I have no complaints yet. This is good.
Some fans also contradict themselves. For example, if Johto was all about battling, it could have become more dry than it was considered to be. Fillers are not a bad thing, and can be useful to flesh out a saga.
Another thing, people complain about Misty and Brock often not doing anything, but with Ash as the star, and them not having a clear, cut, precise, and regular routine actions to take to achieve it, what else is left for them to do. I personally found Misty and Brock to fit perfectly into each saga they were.
It is nice for fans to want more, and to have preferences, but for those who think it is absolutely necessary or detrimental to the show, need a reality check of some sort, IMO.
Seriously, it gets sickening to read complaints about how this or that saga sucks simply because this character is or isn't part of that group, or because this didn't happen even with the supposed "evidence" that it was suppose to, ect.
I'm not too fond of Pikachu's power seemingly reseting every saga (though at least it's understandable as long as Ash is around), but if I had to choose just one, it would probably be Trip. Ash's rivals go from one that fans have wanted for a long time to a
watered-down version of himmore mellow but still arrogant kind of rival who teases the hero until the Grand Finale when he shows more respect for him that we've already seen several times before (I know it's still early to know that for sure but who doesn't see that happening again?) but is also a beginner to make Ash look even more like a noob.
They were fine for Kanto/Orange, but during Johto it became especially noticeable that they were being neglected. It got worse for Brock since he stayed two more generations yet got ignored even more due to the intro of Contests.Another thing, people complain about Misty and Brock often not doing anything, but with Ash as the star, and them not having a clear, cut, precise, and regular routine actions to take to achieve it, what else is left for them to do. I personally found Misty and Brock to fit perfectly into each saga they were.
I think the writers have been improved aspects of the show each gen, so whatever the case, they do some things better a tiny bit each generation.It is nice for fans to want more, and to have preferences, but for those who think it is absolutely necessary or detrimental to the show, need a reality check of some sort, IMO.
Ash kinda sucks for being a main character. No wonder I usually end up cheering for his rivals, they are far better than him 90% of the show, and he pulls a win out of his ass once or twice.
There's only 3 things bothering me:
First, Ash is still 10 years old. After 4 Regions, I'd expect him to be at least 13 years old. It would be cool to see some maturation from him. However, he matured a lot in AG and DP compared to the original serie.
Second, changing his travelling companions every series is a bit annoying, altough it put some diversity in the anime. They add a new character that follows Ash for ~200 episodes, make her appear for 2-3 episodes in the next serie then throw her in the garbage can (Misty for 2 episodes and May for the Wallace cup).
Third and last is that there's too many of Ash's Pokémon that don't/refuse to evolve. Pikachu randomly decided to not evolve after getting his butt kicked by a Raichu, and Bulbasaur for no reason at all. Squirtle could've evolve at least in a Wartortle, and Totodile in Croconaw/Feraligatr to go with Bayleef/Quilava.
I also had some trouble with the voice change between AG and DP, but I'm used to it since then.
Personally i would enjoy alot more in this show if characters werent replaced so often giving chance to older ones to to shine more developing their stories further instead of starting with each new generation from scratch.I dont see nothing appealing in that.
Goldeen was basically nonexistant)and establish little more how its supposed to achieve her dream she strived for.
In Mistys case reason they didnt was because ex head writer for original series Takeshi Shudo appareantly didnt cared much for main cast not giving her bigger role or focus to do something with story which was left underdeveloped admitting himself mistake he did.
Both Brock and Misty got fine screentime in Kanto and OI but in long region like Johto was writers could surely have better use of spotlight by giving more focus on Ash travelling companions like having them battle more,flesh them out as characters doing some notable progrss in their stories.Instead they wasted it on many uncessary fillers which didnt focused on anyone in main cast.
Sure supporting characters werent expected to get as much as co-stars like May and Dawn did,but in all honesty that doesnt mean they cant have their stories and goals developed more aswell.
Thing is they didnt received enough even for supporting characters.
Last edited by pokemon fan 132; 13th March 2011 at 02:53 AM.
Majority of screentime always one-sided.
I don't get why they don't make Ash look a little older? Well, I think after Best Wishes they should have a special that Ash, Iris, Cilan, Misty, Brock, May, Max, Tracey and Dawn all reunite with each other. It'll be pretty good to see them all together. Also, I don't mind the new VA they're just as good as the 4Kids VA's. I like how in Best Wishes they've changed the graphics of Pokemon getting caught and evolving, they even changed the graphics of Iron Tail (yep, Pikachu's tail now looks like real metal when he uses it). Also, Ash's first Unova Pokemon evolution has occurred in Japan (his Pidove evolving into Tranquill). But shouldn't they have written off Ash when Diamond & Pearl ended and replaced him with the main characters of the new games, Pokemon Black & White (The BW game main characters - Hilbert/Blair, Hilda/Whitlea, Bianca and Cheren are aged between 13 and 16).
Pikachu were getting personalities, but once Togepi left, she didn't have much going for her, if she stayed, she probably wouldn't have caught Gyarados and probably like Dawn, instead of allowing her to overcome this fear, she'd probably still be scared of them, hell, maybe they could have had her catch a bug Pokemon. The Cerulean Gym probably would have been shut down, because her sisters are irresponsible and the worst leaders I've ever seen in that show.
She probably wouldn't have caught much and just like Brock, her older Pokemon would have gotten shafted even more in favor of the current ones, you know, I honestly forgot Brock even owned a Forretress, because after about 4 episode appearances in Hoenn we hardly ever saw it again. I wonder which Pokemon of Misty's would have gotten that treatment. . . probably Corsola.
So, lets say she caught Mudkip, you think it would have reached Swampert? I don't, maybe it would have evolved, probably trying to save her from a Gyarados or something, since she probably wouldn't even be bothered with Contests, Lotad into Ludicolo? Lotad probably would have been another Psyduck, hell she probably wouldn't have gotten it at all. They maybe would have given her a Wingull, but who knows.
By Sinnoh, hmm what could she do? Dawn and May had contests and giving Misty them as well would just be redundant and boring, she'd just be on the sidelines, like Brock, commenting on battles, giving encouragement, training off screen and never capturing anything. She'd get stale, repetitive and by the time they kicked her off, fans would probably still complain she didn't get her closure or some shit and the writers did her dirty.
I understand that you like Misty, I get that you feel as though she got the short end of the stick. But dude, you need to realize, at the end of the day Pokemon will never be about Ash and his friends stories, its about Ash's story and unless their names get bumped up to Co-Star status, they will never accomplish anything more than what they need to because that's how these writers work. The show revolves around Ash, his friends just work around him, they don't get his special treatment. Can't you just be happy Misty got this much, rather than nothing at all? Sure, May and Dawn got better treatment, Dawn was understandable and May was the one that paved the way for her, but Brock and Misty and Max got the short ends of the sticks because they were nothing more than characters to fill a spot so Ash wouldn't be so one dimensional granted, he kinda is, but at least his friends varying personalities make up for it somewhat.
I could say, Pokemon would be better if it were just Ash and we didn't worry about him traveling with his friends and traveling by himself, but we all know that's a lie and Ash is about as dull as a doorknob by himself, his impulsiveness would get him in to so much shit, he wouldn't know what to do. Without outside help, Pikachu would have probably been gone by like the eighth episode, because Ash doesn't have the common sense to survive on his own or use what's in his arsenal, instead of looking stuck on stupid, when someone steals from him.
They also screwed her over by giving her such an open ended goal, because we all know, that when you travel with Ash Ketchum, you don't get to accomplish anything majorly important, your extra baggage is just a hindrance, you take a back seat to his quest and his alone, because he's the main character and the show revolves around him and his shoulder rat, and they are nothing more than side characters that got lucky, at least off screen or in side stories, the characters seem to accomplish a hell of a lot more than when they're traveling with Ash.
Last edited by Kaitou Kid; 13th March 2011 at 09:03 AM.
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@ Gliscor'd: Even though Hoenn was nicely balanced, that does not necessarily mean it was one of the better sagas. There are some viewers who prefer longer sagas, with less battles, and no contests, which would be Johto. I'm well aware that a saga can be very well balanced with fillers and action, but not every saga has to be to be considered good. Kanto was great, yes, Sinnoh had much more developed animation, but what can anyone expect after 10 years of a series already.
As for Misty and Brock, as far as I look at it, Brock never became stale, because if Brock was that much of a bore, bother, pain to have, he would have been removed a long time ago, they already did it once before, and while fans were pissed beyond all recognition, they clearly had no problem removing Misty, which is something unfortunately many fans have not moved forward from. Pokemon Characters are like celebrities, they all have their time to shine, but their glory days will be over one day, not including cameos of course, and for those who just enjoy their characters or simply are obsessed with them, need to enjoy them in their prime.
As far as neglection, eh, clearly, if neglection for Misty and Brock was something that was extreme, I doubt the show would still exist to this very day. I never looked at the writers as changing for the better, I just saw them as evolving for a profit, and and knowing what the target audience wants at the time.
@ Pokemon fan 132: It's understanding that you think Misty and Brock should have gotten much more screentime, but think about it, would the show still be the same? Would it be as enjoyable? I am not a crazed Ash fan at all, I'm just saying, that the flow of things would not be how they usually were. The same thing applies to May, Max, Tracey, and Dawn, and Iris to a lesser extent.
May and Dawn's contest arcs were focused on in completely different ways. You can't blame May or the writers for actually just starting out with contests and making them appear more-so like battles, compared to Dawn's. Contests were just starting out,it's natural for them to appear as like mini-battle arcs of some sort, which is probably why many more Males or Tomboys appealed more to May than to Dawn, because Dawn's arc had much more glitz and glam. It does not make Dawn any less, for her arc actually perfected what a contest truly is, but make no mistake May introduced them.
Fans can dream yes, and prefer certain things, but if all of these things were taken into affect, it would be madness and mahem. I don't consider myself any more highly of any fan out there, for there's many, but for the one's who are out there, believe Ash needs to be older than he actually is, or characters should be permanent on the show, or that rivals are developed poorly, need to remember the power of plot. At least, that's how I look at it. For example, I don't believe in the term supporting characters when it comes to Pokemon, same as co-star. Ash may be the main star, but every other character, including Team Rocket, was a star in their own right for that season alone.