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The Great Walk to Masterhood: "Gotta Ketch'um": The Story of Ash

Kaoz

Intro/Set-up/Explanation

So... Pokémon. About a year ago before Black and White 2 hit the States, I decided I had absolutely nothing better to do than marathon through the anime. Results were mixed, Kanto was a fun nostalgia rush, Johto was filler hell and I didn't remember that. As I was one of those kids who dropped the show when they dropped Misty, Hoenn onward was all new to me.

It was all going fine till Best Wishes Episode 1... but I digress. Long story short as I went through the show, I took notes, made comments, and had a fanmade timeline going, because yeah comic book time is one thing I get that, but did the narrator have to definitively say that he was still 10? When the audience can clearly see on his desk mementos Ash has gotten on his journey? Still, that's a rant for a later time.

Warnings, The follow posts will continue Enjoyment, Outrage, Swearing, and (worst of all) Personal Opinions and Fan Theories (The Horror!) If any poor soul is prepared to go on I just have one question: Are you a boy... or a girl... Welcome to the World of Pokémon off to Pallet we go. Here's what you're in for.

Ash Ketchum Current Overall Trainer Stats for All Regions (up through Unova) 1—799

Evolutions count as seperate pokemon, assuming they evolved after capture. 69/647 out of 649 that Ash has caught/seen +3 Kalos Pokémon (Gogoat, Helioptile, Noivern) missing porygon2 and porygon-z

{pikachu, butterfree, pidgeot, bulbasaur, charizard, squirtle, kingler, primeape, muk, haunter, tauros {x30}, lapras, snorlax, bayleef, quilava, totodile, heracross, noctowl, donphan, larvitar, swellow, sceptile, corphish, torkoal, glaile, ambipom, staraptor, infernape,torterra, buizel, gliscor, gible, unfezant, oshawatt, pignite, snivy, scraggy, leavanny, palpitoad, boldore, krookidile} -1 if you only count aipom and not ambipom which I do, add +2 if you count the raticate and beedrill he had for like half an episode if that which I obviously do not.
  1. times ash should have died= 26
  2. of battles/badges ash won on technicality or cheating= 6/4
  3. of battles/badges ash won fair and square= 206/47 (battles involving Team Rocket are not counted)
  4. of battles lost= 52 (battles that are interrupted or uncompleted or that end in a tie are not counted)
  5. times ash saved world= 11-15 (depending on the exact definition of world peril/Ash saving it)
ash dick moments= 5 (2 in Kanto, 1 in OI, 1 in Johto, 1 in BF)

Total eps that are "bad" filler and can be cut: 251/800

Total eps that are IMO opinion terrible enough to be non-canon: 5

Level of Canonicity each movie has from high to low, 1st [] definite canon, 2nd pretty much canon, 3rd circumstantial evidence in canon, 4th nothing says it can't be canon, 5th incompatible with canon:

[8,1,10],[4,2,13],[3,7,5,11,6,16],[9,12,15],[14]

Personal Enjoyment Rankings for the movies 1st [] must watch, 2nd good, 3rd poor but watchable, 4th terrible:

[9,8,3,1],[13,5,14,2,11],[12,16,15,10,4],[7,6]

(Posted July 19, 2013)
{Originally Penned Aug 1, 2012}

How this guide/time-line/dissertation/rant thingy/WTFIDK/huge block of text is organized...

1st is an abridged episode guide with all (bad) filler episodes skipped and about where the movies fit in the time-line placed accordingly, for any future viewers.

2nd is the actual time-line of Ash's journey with accompanying episode # and brief summary of what happens, followed by any personal thoughts I had/have when I watched it (note filler episodes are included in this.)

3rd Character-specific bios/rants, 4th Ash's trainer stats for the region, 5th Any final thoughts on eps,movies, whatever I didn't go over yet... I hope at least one person is interested enough to read this, so it doesn't feel like I wasted my time for nothing... Anyway enjoy.
(Added July 19, 2013) Next up... "How we got the Band together in the first place, so we could have a reunion movie later" Episodes 1-5

Comments

Yeesh, I hope this will end up being an entertaining analysis instead of a sinkhole for opinion. Because if it is, I ain't reading further.
Greener223224 31st Aug 13
This looks very interesting. Can't wait to see how this liveblog goes.
Ramone490 3rd Sep 13
Considering you've commented on a later post, I assume you read on and found this at least mildly entertaining. I hope that's the case anyway.
Kaoz 15th Sep 13
So Ash has won 206 Battles and lost 52? That's not bad really. Especially not as bad as Ash-Haters make him out to be.
WorldTurtle 7th Mar 14
I laughed at the first statistic being 'times Ash should have died'... Mostly because I've considered making the same list myself more than once.
EeveeMistress 6th Jul 14
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