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I wonder if the art style will revert or if the movies will as well.
Assuming the next female companion isn’t Marnie the writers are going to have to struggle to keep the next girl relevant if we go back to 1 token female companion again. If Serena didn’t have the crush going for her, her character would have wound up completely forgotten. And now they can’t do that again with a new character.
Now that we’ve seen a number of game trailers it doesn’t seem like there’s any real viable side quests again outside of Gyms so I don’t know what they will do. Having a female lead with no goal or role won’t fly nowadays like it did back in 2001.
Edited by precita on Aug 8th 2019 at 6:30:04 AM
Then perhaps, presuming we don't get a new full Protagonist (e.g. Marnie), it's time for a new character dynamic.
I've said a few times that the Walking the Earth premise can be Reimagined, by having Ash as the only constant human in the party. "Sun & Moon" gave him enough character notes that he only hold whole arcs by himself.
It may now be time to put that to the test. Make "Line 1" Ash and his Pokemon only. This is what the game-journeys are about: You and your Pokemon out to gain glory through the League.
Note that I said to make Ash "Line 1". This implies that there would be at least Two Lines to follow. Hop, Marnie, and or Sonia could give us that second line (or more). (Add Team Rocket for Fifth Week Events, and you have a Third Line.) All of the above could still interact with Ash every so often. I think that Morpeko can hold a good number of episodes, by which time Marnie could be established. And when Team Rocket is good, they're great.
Of course, at the start and near the League and Villain climaxes, there would be no need for the distinction between viewpoint characters, save for changes in Perspective. Otherwise, Ash could get a majority of episodes but sit out of 1 or 2 per month.
I know people want Bede to be the next Paul, but what if he was a companion? His attitude could clash with Ash's.
I don't want a solo Ash. It feels weird whenever I see it in fanfics or in ETOP.
Since the league seems to be going on longer than expected, whatever they do with Mohn after it ends will probably only be 1-2 episodes long. It's funny that people speculated some Mohn arc or Ultra beast stuff after the league, but the league is so long that they probably only have 1-2 eps to show Mohn. The last 1-2 eps of each saga are usually reserved for the goodbye/farewell eps and to tell us what all the main characters will do after Ash leaves them. Then there's the possibility of specials after SM ends which of course eats into a timeslot airing of a normal episode. The new games come out in November so they are pretty much cutting things close. They could technically even give Misty/Brock 1 more episode if they appear at Pallet Town before Ash heads off to Galar, since the art style is probably going to change again next gen and it would be a last chance to rehash their SM designs before they can't use them anymore. But...don't hold your breath.
The appearances of Misty and Brock in Alola are to set them up to be Ash's companions in Galar. It's unlikely, true, but it'd be interesting to see what they'd do with Misty and Brock if it were to happen.
Fingers crossed for "kaiju-pikachu".
Or even better, "Kaiju-Wobbufett".
Edited by TitanJump on Aug 9th 2019 at 1:15:55 PM
With the reduced number of episodes, I'm thinking that the search for Mohn will be what sends Ash to Galar, Mohn having ended up there. So the farewell episode won't be a "traditional" one, as Ash will stay in Galar while Lillie & Gladion would head back to Alola.
As for his old team, he could send Lycanroc and Torracat/Incineroar back with the Aethers, Meltan would be sent to Oak's, and Rowlet would have the option between the two.
Then again, Pallet Town only got about 2 minutes in "X & Y". It may be that the Pallet Town visit would be sacrificed to finish Mohn's story arc.
Or perhaps the farewells will happen early relegating the Quest for Mohn to a post-series Special. If we didn't have Sophocles, I'd expect the following to be uttered:
Misty will have to submit a letter of resignation to the league before she can rejoin as a Companion. Brock doesn't, but I don't think that many people will want him back...
To Kaiju-Pikachu, add "Ash being on Pikachu's shoulder".
At the end of the last SM cameo, Misty did say she wanted to make the Cerulean Gym the best Gym in the Kanto region, or something along those lines. It's pretty obvious she has no intention of traveling again. It's pretty funny how the writers turned Misty's dislike of returning to the Gym at the end of Johto and early AG into now something she wants to do and enjoys. It's actually pretty good character development and on a meta-level makes sense because they will never have her as part of the main cast again and gives her a fitting ending, along with it being similar to her role in the games.
Edited by precita on Aug 9th 2019 at 4:57:05 AM
Are Misty's sisters still on a trip?
They probably just gave the position to Misty and are out doing whatever.
They've been back forever, they just come and go.
I hope Bonnie/Clemont appear in a special after SM ends to visit Alola, similar to how Cilan met Bonnie/Clemont and then Brock meeting Cilan. If there are specials after SM, and Bonnie and Clemont would work best in SM style.
between Delia, Luana and Ariana
Giovanni has a type
Is Misty safe?
I like how the anime had its first double battle in the Orange Island Gym, over 4 years before it would become canon in the games with Ruby/Sapphire. Between that, giant pokemon, alternate colored pokemon like pink Butterfree, regional forms like Crystal Onix in Orange Islands, and even stuff that seemed like Contests in johto with Brock/Vulpix/Suzie...all before this stuff became canon to the games...I honestly wonder if the anime writers influence Game Freak at all.
Half the stuff we see added to the games are in anime episodes years or decades in previous sagas before they existed in the games.
Always wanted to see Ice Aqua Jet done in the anime.
Keep in mind that we are now in the era where the first generation of Pokémon fans have grown up to become Pokémon creators themselves.
Leauge Update: As we expected, Kiwae has beaten Sophocles, and Guzma has curbstomped Lana.
Curbstomped? You mean outright Brutalized to the point it could have easily gone certain DOUJIN angles with the various ways with the way Golisopod was restraining Primarina . Seriously after that NO one gives a shit about Hau now everybody is beighing for blood for Ash to take Guzma out. I mean I give Primarina and Lana this they kept fighting to the bitter end... but Damn did they drive home just how op Guzma's Golisopod is
I hope Kiawe gets a good showing, I know he can't win... but him pulling a Joey Wheeler and making Gladion sweat near the finish would be nice.
Edited by FrozenWolf2 on Aug 11th 2019 at 6:30:54 AM
is it even possible for Ash to win? Guzma said Pikachu was so weak his Golisopod lost interest after tanking a hit that was super effective.
Pikachu's like Batman...
You can only kick his ass once but then He adapts
I find it amusing Z-moves are proving to be absolutely pointless. Like almost every time a character has used one of them, they either fail or get countered. What was the point of Z-moves again? I guess the writers don't care since they'll be gone next gen.
Guzma is a Paper Tiger when it comes to Golisopod. Emergency Exit only occurs if the Pokémon's HP is cut in half. It's just Wimp Out with a Tactical Withdrawal flavor. If Golisopod hadn't retreated under the cover of "it's bored with Pikachu", it might just lose to Pikachu and thus humiliate Guzma in front of everybody.
Edited by Shadao on Aug 11th 2019 at 11:28:59 AM
This is basically why I wanted the 1-on-1 restriction to be binding in those battles, to prove the truth of that. And, by "binding", I mean Golisopod (and any other Pokemon) would be physically/digitally/etc. prevented from withdrawing. Basically a Field Effect that overruled ability/moves that would normally cause Mean Look etc. to fail.
More like a 1.5 vs 1 match.
Edited by DonaldthePotholer on Aug 11th 2019 at 4:30:23 AM
Actually, it would be more humiliating if Guzma did a 2 vs. 1 match against Ash... and still lost.
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