The problem with DP, is the writers treated Dawn as Ash's equal, which made no sense as Dawn was a rookie trainer and Ash had 4 regions of experience over her. They had to downplay Ash's Pokemon just so Dawn could battle against and alongside him. I remember how ridiculous it was that in the episode right after Dawn's baby Cyndaquil hatched, it was actually giving Grotle trouble in battle...which made no sense. And then we had Piplup which the writers treated like it was as strong as Pikachu was so it could battle alongside it.
When he took the time to tell her to get better that was also the act of a friend, so once again... NOT A MENTOR!
A mentor is one who teaches things to another individual, pushing them past their current limits to help them become better than they are. The archetypical mentor of AG was Brock as he was in OS and DP. Ash never became the mentor.
Max didn't really look up to Ash all that much, he more looked up to his father, and while he was impressed with some of Ash's achievements he also managed to see Ash's losses. You get more of an impression that he viewed Ash as another sibling than he did an idol. I never once while watching AG got the impression that Ash was a mentor to May or idol to Max. He seemed more like a friend or sibling to them. Then again that was the theme of AG... family. Ash, May, Max, and Brock became a sort of secondary family to each other.
Hell no, not until they throw him a bone for once.
The basic reasoning behind them not removing Ash previously is the fact that there are new viewers all the time... unfortunately they also feel to realize that with the accessibility of the internet to younger and younger fans and the growing amount of youths that base their primary opinion on what they hear and see online, added together with the numerous people online calling for the replacement of Ash will cause even the younger fans to turn against the once loved protagonist. We are headed for a perfect storm against Ash and the writers will realize it eventually, I just hope it's before it leads to the end of Pokémon.
Once again I hate using tropes when referring to things... I just don't think people have the patience to read the five page editorial I wrote on Pokémon and the current state of its primary character.
ABSOLUTELY! Ash needs to retire. I don't hate Ash but I think the X/Y anime will do better with a new hero.
No, unless they end his reign with a tournament that he actually wins, beat at least a member of the Elite Four and look strong (like his DP self) I won't want him to end. Why? After watching the show for ages, watching him leave after a terrible performance in Best Wishes is an insult to all those who have been watching it. DP was the perfect time to kick him out, and step up his story. I want his story to end, but not after a terrible saga like Best Wishes. If XY saga is good and he does an excellent performance I won't mind them ending his story.
It is a question of going out with a roar or going out with a whimper.
If they're gonna keep making him lose Leagues every 3-4 years, sure. Let the poor kid win already, win the so called "Champion League" too, and let someone else take his place.
His journey ended a while ago. It's time to let him go if you can't handle him well, writers.
I say replace him after Kalos. It wouldn't be right for him to go out in his Unova form. I guess the same goes for Team Rocket, as old and tiring as they've gotten this saga.
If they're doomed to lose time and again, then just replace them now.
Seriously, DP was really a perfect time. They had so many references to the Champion League. They had hinted that Ash will one day challenge the Champion's League. They built the hype around Elite Four so perfectly. A dual hero story line with Ash as the protagonist who challenges the Champion's League and a new hero who starts from scratch. The old ans will vouch for Ash and watch his episodes while the newer fans could watch all the episodes.
It could have been much easier to write for them though time consuming.
Give him the friggin League Champion Cup in XY and be done with him...
...is what I'd like to say. But of course they'll never replace him because they're too scared the new boy won't be as popular as Ash
until the day he'll become the pokemon master, no.
First off Ash wont be going anywhere, his conection to the old characters and Pokemon plus his marketability and Pikachu. Pikachu alone is enough to keep him in. I also get the feeling that any new protagonist would be a carbon copy of Ash.
What really annoys me is they continue to struggle to surround Ash with the right travelling companions, reset him to being a noob at the start of every new region and not diversifying his as a trainer with the Pokemon he catches. The trio of Ash, Misty and Brock was brilliant, then i even felt they did well in Hoenn. But in Sinnoh Dawn and Piplup were new trainer and Pokemon made out to be on the same level as Ash and Pikachu. Unova was a train wreck on all fronts, the companions added nothing new, Ash regressed as a trainer and his leauge defeate was just a total mess. Not to mention that in Unova Pikachu was set back to level 1 and lost Volt Tackle, with the rival outclassing Ash being a brand new first time trainer. (I still cant get over the loss of Volt Tackle).
In Sinnoh we saw how he coped with his Pokemon and their issues, allowing them to overcome them exhibiting his skills. Torterras issues after evolution, Gligar's fear of heights and childishness, Buizel fitting into his team, the trade that with Aipom and Buizel, Infernape's blaze and Paul issues. All exhibited Ash at his best, they even snuck in a Pikachu evolution episode and Ash's battling brilliance with things like adapting the spin move and a counter shield to name a few.
The reality is that the only reason that fans are "suffer from Ending Fatigue... we want to see Ash's story end, just to see his story end and for no other reason." is because of the way the writers are portraying him, a new protagonist will not change that. I think all the writers need to do to reignite/refresh Ash is to give him the right travelling companions and rivals, stop making him a noob and allow him to display qualities as a trainer he has shown before give him a dragon type to fully train from start to finish or a ghost type, not giving him the same squad every gen, there are a number of types he has not caught yet, maybe an Eevee to see how he would handle all the evolution options. Maybe bringing back old Pokemon into rotation like with Charizard or even finding old friends like Pigeot. Even adding rare Pokemon to his team, personally i would love to see Ash with an Arcanine or Riolu/Lucario given his aura being so strong. Maybe even just to mature his character, im sure that would help, or confirm the whole Ash Misty thing.
For me the base of it is that Ash is not necessarily done, the writers just need to start doing their job..... I am enjoying the N series though look forward to seeing the return to Kanto too.
If they're not going to replace 'Ash', then I kinda wish they severed ties with all the past and started with a brand new Ash that is a completely new trainer - in other words, a different Ash in a parallel world with no reserves and having no history of traveling with Misty or May or anyone else. Thus, we get a new boy that shares the same design as Ash and same name as Ash and even gets a Pika starter like Ash.