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Pocket Monsters (2019) Speculation Thread

Almighty Zard

He has returned.
You can’t stretch title defense for 3 years, son.

Sure you can, I mean how often has Leon battled to defend his title so far since this series started? like 2 times?

Ash could still battle trainers regardless, and every once in a while do a high tier PWC style fight, all the while the new trainer gets inspired by Ash's battling.

Putting him in a mentor role would be retiring him from the main character position. So why not put an end to his journey instead?

It's the best way to let Ash go in a slow manner while accepting a new lead to take his place, people still like the guy and don't want them to just drop him immediately for a new lead.

So why not let him become a mentor for a new trainer like Brock and Misty (more so the former) did for him and then let the new trainer take his place in full at the end, vowing to someday battle Ash, or doing so but losing and vowing to have a rematch.

Granted that would only work 1 time, and if they didn't want to focus on the new trainer we'd need either an AU or timeskip to keep things fresh.

At the point things are at, Ash is beyond going back to gyms, and to reset him they would have to go to a level even worse than what BW pulled, and doing that would only turn more people away.

now as far as captures go, if i understand correctly it was said Ash has owned about 98 species by this point, I say 2 more tops and hopefully no 100 is a legendary.

Just make the new protagonist his kid…then you can keep him around while still following a new protagonist.

He could do it even if he wasn't related to that person too you know.
 

cricketlaxwolvesbandy

Currently watching the entire Pokémon anime
I agree with @Morax. Greninja didn’t do enough in terms of strength to prove itself like Sceptile and Charizard so it needed to get its “big win” against Alain’s MCX.
Greninja got done DIRTY. I care about Ash but Greninja matters too which is why I’m mad about how they wasted Greninja’s arc but that’s how I interpret it and at the end of the day it’s all about perspective.
 

Ragnarok4

Journeys >>>> SM by far
I was late too, I can't believe so many years have passed ... To this day for me XY is still the best series, the second best version of ash, the best pokegirl, the best pokebro and a decent league. I enjoyed XY too much at the time and even today it has many fans, despite its mistakes it was the peak of anime for me.
 

Eddieursa

Marsh Trainer
After fighting Bea again, they really need to make Ash to call back his reserves to make them stronger. The only improvement left here would be Ash's Gengar gaining his Gigantamax form. After that, I wish the return of Ash's old Pokemon, learning new moves and some evolving.

The games of "legend of Arceus" could give us a hint about new evolutions for Cyndaquil, Rowlet and Oshawott (according to rumors), so it would be fitting if Ash makes them evolve into these new forms.
 

KenzeyEevee

Gliscor is amazing
Speaking of Ash's Greninja.

Do you guys think he will show up in Journeys?

It's pretty suspicious that we haven't seen a Greninja in the show yet but it's appeared on a LOT of merchandise

Maybe next year for the Anime's 25th Anniversary?
I think so! I would make sense. At least end the save the world storyline. Just conclude the story
 

Risrhayne

Well-Known Member
Ah XY. The first time I actively watched Pokémon straight outta Japan. What a fun ride that was. Looking back on it, I do thoroughly miss the adventure aspect of the anime. Even though it’s been years, I still can’t get used to Ash having a home base. It’s more realistic for a 10-year old, yes, but I just keep seeing the same kid eager to get to the next gym, traveling with people who have their own motives waiting for them in the next city.

While I still enjoyed DP a bit more, XY was when I really started to care about Pokémon beyond the games and started talking with people about it again. Most of my friends IRL have stopped watching or worse, pulled a Genwunner and bashed anything not Brock, Misty or Kanto, so I appreciate this season making me feel less alone.
 

SerGoldenhandtheJust

Remember: Eevee Taxi>Showcases & Best Girl Dawn <3
Hau? It’s more like a marketing flaw.
Like you mentioned yourself, it was the classic rival battle Ash and Alain had going, where Ash was set up to best Alain. Not only that but it would have served a major catharsis for Greninja's arc and Ash was being built up for it, I'd argue ever since the last BW episode which was honestly an amazing tie in to XY and an explanation for why he's so much more battle driven. The early XY seasons in general tended to build up the league with Ash saying stuff like "he'd definitely win this time' and TR saying in the Kalos league they think the twerp may win after Sawyer's battle. Add to that the Orange giant water shuriken as Ash and Greninja together bonded to unleash the ultimate attack and then see the result.....it feels so jarring
I like the concept of somehow Ash always being meant to lose to tie into the TF arc and Ash being better than Alain as a character (which Alain admits at the end of TF arc and gets rid of his mega evolution), but it honestly wasn't played all that well at all, the kalos league loss DOES feel too jarring in the narrative still and the ending later on doesn't make it better for me atleast, and add to that the insane marketing, the clickbaitiest title and the fact how the kalos league had ignored focus on Ash anyway.....and it just sticks out as weird and a sore thumb.
 

janejane6178

Kaleido Star FOREVER in my heart <3
Ah XY. The first time I actively watched Pokémon straight outta Japan. What a fun ride that was. Looking back on it, I do thoroughly miss the adventure aspect of the anime. Even though it’s been years, I still can’t get used to Ash having a home base. It’s more realistic for a 10-year old, yes, but I just keep seeing the same kid eager to get to the next gym, traveling with people who have their own motives waiting for them in the next city.

While I still enjoyed DP a bit more, XY was when I really started to care about Pokémon beyond the games and started talking with people about it again. Most of my friends IRL have stopped watching or worse, pulled a Genwunner and bashed anything not Brock, Misty or Kanto, so I appreciate this season making me feel less alone.
You are wonderful
 

Mythical-Moonlight

Well-Known Member
It’s interesting how different countries and fanbases have different ideas on where the series should go.

If not for the Western fanbase, Journeys might not have even existed.
The Western fanbase is responsible for Journeys?

Is it weird I am more excited for the Gou stuff for once?
Nope. At least Project Mew episodes tend to be unpredictable.

I don't feel as much excitement knowing what the outcome of Ash's battles will be.

The directors already said he's going to become unbeatable which is good for Ash fans but leaves him with not much to overcome

Goh is at least struggling with his Project Mew challenges
 

Spider-Phoenix

#ChespinGang
Speaking of Ash's Greninja.

Do you guys think he will show up in Journeys?
Possible but I'm not holding my breath. If Infernape is any indication, their priorities seem to lie with the current team
 

Almighty Zard

He has returned.
I agree with @Morax. Greninja didn’t do enough in terms of strength to prove itself like Sceptile and Charizard so it needed to get its “big win” against Alain’s MCX.
Greninja got done DIRTY. I care about Ash but Greninja matters too which is why I’m mad about how they wasted Greninja’s arc but that’s how I interpret it and at the end of the day it’s all about perspective.

not just as AG, but also in it's base form.

We finally get a fully evolved water starter for Ash...and they highjack it so bad...
 
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