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29th Nov '16 12:08:10 PM Dr.XXX
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26th Oct '16 12:37:14 AM SenorCornholio
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* SenorCornholio: What, you thought the gym battles against Sabrina, Erika, and Team Rocket were a disappointment? Then allow me the (dis)honor of reintroducing you to the gym battle against Elesa. In the games, she's known for being not only a respectable character with quite the appealing design, but also for having quite the annoying team with moves like Volt Switch. In other words, she's quite the capable battler. Now let's see how the anime portrays her gym battle with Ash. The first red flag that this gym battle is going to be underwhelming is that she starts off with her [[SignatureMove signature mon]] Zebstrika, which is easily dispatched by Ash's trump card Palpitoad. Then Elesa's Emolga comes out and beats Palpitoad, and we see how bad this really gets; [[WhatAnIdiot Ash literally thought he could breeze through Elesa with just one Pokémon, and only brought Palpitoad!]] So he rushes out of the battlefield to get one more Pokémon, which happens to be Snivy. And Ash, being [[IdiotHero Ash]], forgot that Emolga's also part flying type, not to mention Attract only works on the opposite gender. Needless to say, Ash is now down 2-1, and Pikachu finally steps up to fight, beating the Emolga. At this point, Elesa sends out her last Pokémon...a Tynamo. Not even evolved into an Eelektross or even an Eelektrik, just...an unevolved Tynamo, whose only move is Tackle. I don't care if it was a powerful Tackle; Tackle is the most basic of moves, and it didn't even get its Gen VI power buff yet. It's such a huge disrespect, because Elesa is quite the fan favorite, and beating her in the games requires you to throw a monkey wrench into her own strategy. In the anime, Ash only nearly lost because he was even stupider than usual, and her team tried to look threatening while having one of the most underwhelming lineups in the anime's long history.

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* SenorCornholio: What, you thought the gym battles against Sabrina, Erika, and Team Rocket were a disappointment? Then allow me the (dis)honor of reintroducing you to the gym battle against Elesa. In the games, she's known for being not only a respectable character with quite the appealing design, but also for having quite the annoying team with moves like Volt Switch. In other words, she's quite the capable battler. Now let's see how the anime portrays her gym battle with Ash. The first red flag that this gym battle is going to be underwhelming is that she starts off with her [[SignatureMove signature mon]] Zebstrika, which is easily dispatched by Ash's trump card Palpitoad. Then Elesa's Emolga comes out and beats Palpitoad, and we see how bad this really gets; [[WhatAnIdiot Ash literally thought he could breeze through Elesa with just one Pokémon, and only brought Palpitoad!]] So he rushes out of the battlefield to get one more Pokémon, which happens to be Snivy. And Ash, being [[IdiotHero Ash]], forgot that Emolga's also part flying type, not to mention Attract only works on the opposite gender. Needless to say, Ash is now down 2-1, and Pikachu finally steps up to fight, beating the Emolga. At this point, Elesa sends out her last Pokémon...[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer a Tynamo. Tynamo]]. Not even evolved into an Eelektross [[MightyGlacier Eelektross]] or even an Eelektrik, just...an unevolved Tynamo, whose only move is Tackle. I don't care if it was a powerful Tackle; Tackle is the most basic of moves, and it didn't even get its Gen VI power buff yet. It's such a huge disrespect, because Elesa is quite the fan favorite, and beating her in the games requires you to throw a monkey wrench into her own strategy. In the anime, Ash only nearly lost because he was even stupider than usual, and her team tried to look threatening while having one of the most underwhelming lineups in the anime's long history.
26th Oct '16 12:32:44 AM SenorCornholio
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* What, you thought the gym battles against Sabrina, Erika, and Team Rocket were a disappointment? Then allow me the (dis)honor of reintroducing you to the gym battle against Elesa. In the games, she's known for being not only a respectable character with quite the appealing design, but also for having quite the annoying team with moves like Volt Switch. In other words, she's quite the capable battler. Now let's see how the anime portrays her gym battle with Ash. The first red flag that this gym battle is going to be underwhelming is that she starts off with her [[SignatureMove signature mon]] Zebstrika, which is easily dispatched by Ash's trump card Palpitoad. Then Elesa's Emolga comes out and beats Palpitoad, and we see how bad this really gets; [[WhatAnIdiot Ash literally thought he could breeze through Elesa with just one Pokémon, and only brought Palpitoad!]] So he rushes out of the battlefield to get one more Pokémon, which happens to be Snivy. And Ash, being [[IdiotHero Ash]], forgot that Emolga's also part flying type, not to mention Attract only works on the opposite gender. Needless to say, Ash is now down 2-1, and Pikachu finally steps up to fight, beating the Emolga. At this point, Elesa sends out her last Pokémon...a Tynamo. Not even evolved into an Eelektross or even an Eelektrik, just...an unevolved Tynamo, whose only move is Tackle. I don't care if it was a powerful Tackle; Tackle is the most basic of moves, and it didn't even get its Gen VI power buff yet. It's such a huge disrespect, because Elesa is quite the fan favorite, and beating her in the games requires you to throw a monkey wrench into her own strategy. In the anime, Ash only nearly lost because he was even stupider than usual, and her team tried to look threatening while having one of the most underwhelming lineups in the anime's long history.

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* *SenorCornholio: What, you thought the gym battles against Sabrina, Erika, and Team Rocket were a disappointment? Then allow me the (dis)honor of reintroducing you to the gym battle against Elesa. In the games, she's known for being not only a respectable character with quite the appealing design, but also for having quite the annoying team with moves like Volt Switch. In other words, she's quite the capable battler. Now let's see how the anime portrays her gym battle with Ash. The first red flag that this gym battle is going to be underwhelming is that she starts off with her [[SignatureMove signature mon]] Zebstrika, which is easily dispatched by Ash's trump card Palpitoad. Then Elesa's Emolga comes out and beats Palpitoad, and we see how bad this really gets; [[WhatAnIdiot Ash literally thought he could breeze through Elesa with just one Pokémon, and only brought Palpitoad!]] So he rushes out of the battlefield to get one more Pokémon, which happens to be Snivy. And Ash, being [[IdiotHero Ash]], forgot that Emolga's also part flying type, not to mention Attract only works on the opposite gender. Needless to say, Ash is now down 2-1, and Pikachu finally steps up to fight, beating the Emolga. At this point, Elesa sends out her last Pokémon...a Tynamo. Not even evolved into an Eelektross or even an Eelektrik, just...an unevolved Tynamo, whose only move is Tackle. I don't care if it was a powerful Tackle; Tackle is the most basic of moves, and it didn't even get its Gen VI power buff yet. It's such a huge disrespect, because Elesa is quite the fan favorite, and beating her in the games requires you to throw a monkey wrench into her own strategy. In the anime, Ash only nearly lost because he was even stupider than usual, and her team tried to look threatening while having one of the most underwhelming lineups in the anime's long history.
26th Oct '16 12:29:29 AM SenorCornholio
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* Tropers/Samusforce: For me, it doesn't get any worse than Ash's fourth gym battle in this season. He goes into a fight with just one Pokemon, expecting to win with just ONE, and he loses and begs to hold off the rest of the fight to come back with a new one! Look, if you want a rookie, then just give us a brand new character with a brand new backstory. DON'T give us a character that we have stuck through with for years and make him pull off rookie moves and lose so easily to a gym leader. This wasn't funny, dramatic, or serious, it was just a reason to make Ash look bad and the viewers wondering why they haven't played the game instead.

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* What, you thought the gym battles against Sabrina, Erika, and Team Rocket were a disappointment? Then allow me the (dis)honor of reintroducing you to the gym battle against Elesa. In the games, she's known for being not only a respectable character with quite the appealing design, but also for having quite the annoying team with moves like Volt Switch. In other words, she's quite the capable battler. Now let's see how the anime portrays her gym battle with Ash. The first red flag that this gym battle is going to be underwhelming is that she starts off with her [[SignatureMove signature mon]] Zebstrika, which is easily dispatched by Ash's trump card Palpitoad. Then Elesa's Emolga comes out and beats Palpitoad, and we see how bad this really gets; [[WhatAnIdiot Ash literally thought he could breeze through Elesa with just one Pokémon, and only brought Palpitoad!]] So he rushes out of the battlefield to get one more Pokémon, which happens to be Snivy. And Ash, being [[IdiotHero Ash]], forgot that Emolga's also part flying type, not to mention Attract only works on the opposite gender. Needless to say, Ash is now down 2-1, and Pikachu finally steps up to fight, beating the Emolga. At this point, Elesa sends out her last Pokémon...a Tynamo. Not even evolved into an Eelektross or even an Eelektrik, just...an unevolved Tynamo, whose only move is Tackle. I don't care if it was a powerful Tackle; Tackle is the most basic of moves, and it didn't even get its Gen VI power buff yet. It's such a huge disrespect, because Elesa is quite the fan favorite, and beating her in the games requires you to throw a monkey wrench into her own strategy. In the anime, Ash only nearly lost because he was even stupider than usual, and her team tried to look threatening while having one of the most underwhelming lineups in the anime's long history.
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Tropers/Samusforce: For me, it doesn't get any worse than Ash's fourth gym battle in this season. He goes into a fight with just one Pokemon, expecting to win with just ONE, and he loses and begs to hold off the rest of the fight to come back with a new one! Look, if you want a rookie, then just give us a brand new character with a brand new backstory. DON'T give us a character that we have stuck through with for years and make him pull off rookie moves and lose so easily to a gym leader. This wasn't funny, dramatic, or serious, it was just a reason to make Ash look bad and the viewers wondering why they haven't played the game instead.
21st Oct '16 10:21:37 AM SuperSonicHeroes
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** SuperSonicHeroes: This is the episode that truly killed the series for me. The XY series began its fall from grace when Ash lost to Alain in the finals of the Kalos league, like many other fans I hated that moment, unlike other fans though I do not believe that the Team Flare arc made up for anything afterwards. The arc felt like filler and it was just wasting time trying to distract us from Ash's loss until it could get to Sun and Moon. Despite this I stuck with it hoping that something would happen to make up for Ash's undeserved loss. Would Alain be forced to give his title to the runner up perhaps, or face Ash one more time in a single match where Ash is the victor? No! Instead not only is Alain not punished at all for his involvement with Team Flare, Ash releases his best Pokemon, Greninja, for such a lame reason. Why does Greninja need to protect a legendary, how is he even going to do that without Ash? The whole point between the two was that they need each other to form Ash-Greninja! This episode has finalized what began with Ash's loss all those episodes ago, XY began as one of the best series the anime has had in a long time but they threw it all away. If anyone asks me, Ash won the Kalos league and none of this bullshit ever happened afterwards. This anime is dead to me.
21st Oct '16 10:05:12 AM HunterSeeker
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** Tropers/HunterSeeker: Seriously, it's just more than that. Ash may probably never win a League proper, but how he loses this is downright humiliating to him and audiences. To explain how thick PlotArmor Alain (or specifically his Charizard) got, consider this: Ash-Greninja's [[{{BFS}} huge Water Shuriken]] can defeat Sawyer's Mega Sceptile despite a total type disadvantage (along with its Leaf Storm but still), and then its powered-up version (the orange disc which is probably borrowed from Manga/{{Naruto}}) can't even seem to do any significant damage on Charizard; and instead Greninja fall on one Blast Burn and just one or two Dragon Claws (it parried most of Charizard's attacks, especially Thunderpunches)! This fight is complete bullshit even before other factors are added into the equation (the imperfect Ash-Greninja can flat-out curbstomp Mega'd Charizard; and even before the two met in the final fight Pikachu had already zapped Charizard with Thunderbolt, which is still supper effective at time), and considering how much shilling the anime staff showered on Ash over his possibility to finally win a League, as well as illogicalizing Lysandre's MO during the Team Flare arc that followed (seriously, what's the point to chase after Ash's Bond Phenomenon when it can't even beat a normal Mega Evolution, and what's so special about the Phenomenon anyway?), this single fucking fight (and Ash's loss) flushed XY's good reputation right down the shitter. The huge InternetBackdraft following the episode is well-deserved; the fans have had enough. (I just feel bad for Alain, somehow he is shaped to avoid all the complaints over Tobias, yet he unwillingly become one even worse than the original.)

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** Tropers/HunterSeeker: Seriously, I'll explain it a bit further since other entries had been taken out because seriously, it's just more than that.what the above troper said. Ash may probably never win a League proper, but how he loses this is downright humiliating to him and audiences. To explain how thick PlotArmor Alain (or specifically his Charizard) got, consider this: Ash-Greninja's [[{{BFS}} huge Water Shuriken]] can defeat Sawyer's Mega Sceptile despite a total type disadvantage (along with its Leaf Storm but still), and then its powered-up version (the orange disc which is probably borrowed from Manga/{{Naruto}}) can't even seem to do any significant damage on Charizard; and Charizard (it was even nicknamed Healing Shuriken among some fandom); instead Greninja fall on one Blast Burn and just one or two a few Dragon Claws (it parried most of Charizard's attacks, especially Thunderpunches)! This fight is complete bullshit even before other factors are added into the equation (the as follows: 1)The imperfect Ash-Greninja can flat-out curbstomp Mega'd Charizard; and Charizard, while the perfect-but-not-yet-100% Ash-Greninja can give even before Diantha and her Mega Gardevoir (Kalos' Champion and her ace, mind you) a run for their money; 2)Before Greninja faced Charizard at the two met in the final fight Final, Pikachu had already zapped Charizard with Thunderbolt, which is still supper super effective at time), time; 3) Greninja was totally uninjured when coming out and considering how much shilling the anime staff showered on obviously has a type advantage against a battered Charizard; 4)Lysandre's MO and his actions against Ash over his possibility to finally win a League, as well as illogicalizing Lysandre's MO during the Team Flare arc that followed (seriously, the league became largely illogical (in the end, what's the point to chase after Ash's Bond Phenomenon when it can't even beat a normal Mega Evolution, and what's so special about the Phenomenon anyway?), anyway?); 5)There are some weird lines and scenarios after the Kalos League which probably fit in if Ash was the winner (such as Alain saying he would never grow better than Ash, despite he was the actual winner of the League, and meanwhile Ash-Greninja didn't contribute much during the big fight, or at least not that much as expected); and 6)The amount of shilling from the anime staff showered on Ash over his possibility to finally win a League (in-universe or not) was unusually high, this single fucking fight (and Ash's loss) flushed XY's good reputation right down the shitter. The huge InternetBackdraft following the episode is well-deserved; the fans have had enough. (I just feel bad for Alain, somehow he is shaped to avoid all the complaints over Tobias, yet he unwillingly become one even worse than the original.)
21st Oct '16 8:14:06 AM dlchen145
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* Loekman3: The Ghetsis that appears in this anime bears [[InNameOnly absolutely no resemblance]] to the Ghetsis that appears in the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite video game incarnation]]. Why? Its because in this universe, his entire plan hinges on summoning the Legendary Pokemon Reshiram (If it follows the game version, he would have treated the Dragon as just another Pokemon for his own plans). And when Ash's [[GodModeSue GodChu]] immediately breaks the White Dragon free with just a [[AntiClimax single thunderbolt]] does he challenge Ash to a battle and wipe the obnoxious trainer with his own Hydreigon? [[AdaptationalWimp Nope, he just tries to pointlessly order Reshiram around and gets arrested immediately without putting up any fight]]. This is a massive insult to [[LoveToHate Ghetsis fans]] (Including me) who wishes that the creators treat him just like what they did with [[KnightOfCerebus Pokemon Hunter J]], an intimidating, cunning {{Badass}} villain who manages made the tone of Pokemon darker, not some sort of a BigBadWannabe whose role as TheHeavy is replaced by Colress.

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* Loekman3: The Ghetsis that appears in this anime bears [[InNameOnly absolutely no resemblance]] to the Ghetsis that appears in the [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite video game incarnation]]. Why? Its because in this universe, his entire plan hinges on summoning the Legendary Pokemon Reshiram (If it follows the game version, he would have treated the Dragon as just another Pokemon for his own plans). And when Ash's [[GodModeSue GodChu]] immediately breaks the White Dragon free with just a [[AntiClimax single thunderbolt]] does he challenge Ash to a battle and wipe the obnoxious trainer with his own Hydreigon? [[AdaptationalWimp Nope, he just tries to pointlessly order Reshiram around and gets arrested immediately without putting up any fight]]. This is a massive insult to [[LoveToHate Ghetsis fans]] (Including me) who wishes that the creators treat him just like what they did with [[KnightOfCerebus Pokemon Hunter J]], an intimidating, cunning {{Badass}} badass villain who manages made the tone of Pokemon darker, not some sort of a BigBadWannabe whose role as TheHeavy is replaced by Colress.
20th Oct '16 2:15:15 PM Eddy1215
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* Eddy1215: Ash losing the Kalos League has officially been one-upped in terms of outrage. Ash. Has. Released. Greninja! Perhaps the most powerful Pokemon Ash has had, whom he went through so much with, and is able to bond with like no other, and he parts ways with it! Why? Not to be a defender or something, but to help Zygarde track down the remains of Team Flare's nature tampering! Even worse, since Greninja didn't help Ash win the Kalos League, it pretty much flushes away everything Ash has been through with it! That's right, the writers have taken the arc where Ash trains perhaps the strongest Pokemon he's ever had and rendered it AllForNothing! It's official. Everything that made XY such an amazing series has been destroyed! Even what the series managed to recover after Ash lost the league with the awesome Team Flare confrontation arc has been negated! If it weren't for the fact that I'm a dedicated fan with high hopes for the future, I'd leave this series.


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15th Oct '16 2:09:34 PM Dr.XXX
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** Dr.XXX: Contrary, I didn't mind Ash losing. In fact, I saw it a mile away. The guy suggested the league to Alain so I see it as HoistByHisOwnPetard. What bothers me is actually related to this though. Ash Ketchum is the character we have followed throughout the whole journey. When he finally gets close to winning an actual league, the next step to his rather undefined dream, he just sits down and smiles. [[https://youtu.be/sI0Lo7OOpXA This video]] also brought up another infuriating point. Ash was basically thrashed around the entire battle, got crushed by Alain, lost the opportunity to challenge the champion and possibly win the title, and just sits there and smiles like some robot with his happy switch that never gets turned off. It really does speak volume when Sawyer and Team Rocket are sadder for Ash's loss (Well, Saywer was actually sad for his own loss) than Ash himself. I have officially lost all sympathy for this shallow PuritySue.

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** Dr.XXX: Contrary, I didn't mind Ash losing. In fact, I saw it a mile away. The guy suggested the league to Alain so I see it as HoistByHisOwnPetard. What bothers me is actually related to this though. Ash Ketchum is the Three years for some, ten years for others, or even twenty years of watchers saw Ashís character we have followed throughout the whole journey. struggle to get stronger and get one step closer to his dream. When he finally gets is so close to winning an actual league, the next step to his rather undefined dream, step, he just sits down and smiles.loses. Itís not that he lost; it is what he did after he lost. He smiles. He simply smiles at losing the league. [[https://youtu.be/sI0Lo7OOpXA This video]] also brought up another infuriating point. Due to the mechanics of Ash-Greninja, Ash was basically thrashed around the entire battle, got crushed felt every inch of pain sustained by Alain, Greninja, lost the opportunity chance to challenge the champion and possibly win win, and lost to a guy he invited to the title, and just sits there and smiles like some robot with his happy switch league. [[SarcasmMode Naturally, the reaction of having the tar beaten out of you is to smile at it.]] Itís maddening that never gets turned off. It really does speak volume when Sawyer and Team Rocket are sadder for Ash's loss (Well, Saywer was actually sad for had a more emotional reaction to Ash losing the league. It feels like he simply did the league as way to see his own loss) friends and rivals again rather than Ash himself. I have officially lost all out of any true desire. No sympathy for shall be given to this shallow PuritySue.
lowly PuritySue anymore.
13th Oct '16 6:00:56 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** SenorCornholio: I'm changing my entry to this because it came off as even more insulting than any bad gym battle. Not only did Ash lose despite countless buildups to him actually winning this league, not only was Alain's victory a total AssPull, not only did they make the end of the fight such an anticlimax that it hurts...but the fact is, the anime outright lied to us. They pulled everything out of their hats to make us think this would be Ash's greatest hour, giving him a bit more backstory, adding a childhood friend, giving him a new anime-exclusive ability, building up the final confrontation with Alain, not to mention the Mega Evolution specials getting everyone excited, and the fact that Ash has a perfectly balanced team consisting of his Pikachu, [[TheAce Greninja]], [[LightningBruiser Talonflame]], [[WrestlerInAllOfUs Hawlucha]], [[MightyGlacier Goodra]], and [[UnskilledButStrong Noivern]], which are all, might I remind you, considered [[EnsembleDarkhorse Ensemble Darkhorses]] (oh, and [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Pikachu]] because y'know...). In fact, the Japanese titles imply this would be Ash's greatest battle, giving us the impression that it'll be a satisfying conclusion to everything we've seen! And after all that, he still somehow loses due to PlotArmor, and the fight itself was just SoOkayItsAverage. Talonflame's battle against Unfezant resulted in a double KO, [[TheWorfEffect Noivern and Goodra didn't even get one in against Weavile and Bisharp respectively]], and the only ones to knock anyone out without getting themselves KO'd were Hawlucha, Greninja, and Pikachu (who took out two of them, both being a Tyranitar and a Metagross, two pseudo-legendaries, and the latter of which was almost an exact copy of how he defeated previous victor [[ToughActToFollow Tyson's]] Metagross back in Hoenn). Then Greninja finally fights Charizard and it comes down to one final attack, with Charizard barely even flinching and Greninja suffering the KO because Ash had to lose. Again. This all simplifies to "no matter how good Ash gets, he must lose because we want him constantly in the anime, or else we lose our money!" Yeah? Well, you know what would be a better financial decision? [[PutOnABus Replacing Ash!]] Because now, it's the only thing that can WinBackTheCrowd for good. Everything great about XY, from Ash's lineup to his friends to their rivals to even Alain, is all sullied for the simple matter of Ash going to Alola and leaving behind everything he learned, because personal relationships be damned, personal experience means nothing, and the anime is allowed to flat out lie to keep its viewership like a bad SpongeBob special. And with the reveal that Alola has no gyms, it only makes me afraid for the anime's future since there's probably no Pokémon League. And the worst part to me is that it even paints the earlier seasons in a darker light. You heard me right: the earlier seasons, from Kanto to Unova, are all meaningless because of this moment. All those hardships Ash and his friends faced, all the friends they met, all the Pokémon they encountered, and all the times they saved the world...are absolutely pointless, all because Ash isn't allowed to break the status quo; he's allowed to make dents in it, but not actually break it, and any dents he makes are immediately patched up by the [[TrollingCreator Trolling Creators]], making everyone else wonder why he even still tries. Thanks to that, I've officially stopped caring about the anime altogether. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to wait for my [[Manga/PokemonAdventures Pokémon Adventures]] anime. [[Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy So long Ash, and thanks for all the Filler.]]
** RavenWarcast: And to top it all off, Alain's motives for competing in the first place are the most shallow I've ever heard from any character in the anime: all he wants to do is fight Ash. He's not even there to win the tournament, it's just a means to an end for him. Add in the fact that he basically blitzed every Gym in the span of less than ten episodes, and it tells us one thing: like Tobias before him, Alain's a player allegory, but not in the way Tobias was. Where Tobias represents those players who load up their team with Legendaries, Alain is the player that power-levels their starter, and both have the same devastating effect on their respective leagues. At least Tobias was trying to win the tournament. With Alain's motives, his presence in the competition is an insult to not just the viewing audience and to Ash, but to every single other trainer on site, marginalizing all the time and effort they all spent into training and qualifying for the tournament. Him actually winning it all makes it all the more damning, and it brings to mind Zoey's mindset of Ash and Nando trying both Contests and Gyms. With how she took issue with them, she was very clearly made out to be the type of person that either goes all out for her stated goal or not at all, and we understand her perspective even if we as the audience know that she's missing some information (Ash entered the Contest for Aipom and not on a whim). I can just imagine her reaction had she been written as a Kalos trainer in the Lumiose Conference instead of a Sinnoh Contest performer. She would have laid into Alain, and rightfully so. I could have swallowed an Ash loss if it had been to Sawyer; he's the one that looked like he was going to be that guy that boots Ash from the tournament, but they'd deviated from the standard formula in two ways. First, they actually took the time to build up Sawyer's Trainer career from the ground up instead of introducing him at the Lumiose Conference. Second, they completely subvert the formula by Ash beating him. In short, just to deny Ash what looked to be a rightful and properly built-up League win, they pulled a WriterCopOut at the last second and proved beyond all shadow of a doubt that the writers are just yanking Ash's chain. And finally, the backlash is so great (and rightfully so) that they actually can't have Ash win a League now even if they wanted to write that, since now it would look like the writers are just pitying Ash due to fan outcry. All those jokes we make about Ash getting pity Badges? Those come back in full force and with the immense weight of a pity League win behind them. What we just saw is the ignoble end of any reason to watch the anime.
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