"The oppression of Poké Balls."
The Pokemon anime in its current weekly format is not working anymore. Aside from the unsatisfactory working conditions and lack of available animators, people aren't watching shows like this anymore. Seasonal animes are king and allow for more versatility, especially for a promotional thing for Pokemon. Why would I advertise Pokemon Go three years after its peak when I can drop a lil series for it? I don't even know what they are supposed be advertising anymore. Ash got a Mega Lucario while megas aren't even a thing in the games now lol. I was shocked to see the official English account spoil this. Goes to show that even TPCI can't be bothered to synchronize stuff for the anime at this point.What people forget about the Pokémon anime is that it's not directly funded by GameFreak or Nintendo. Rather, it's TVTokyo and lately, they've been running into animator shortage and a prioritization of other anime.
It has also become clear that Ash's journey is becoming incompatible with the games as his achievements demand bigger feats and stronger opponents (Galar advertisement is minimum and only focuses on certain highlights). Plus the fact that the English dub releases to the second most important market in the Pokémon franchise were lagging further and further behind in an age where anyone can go online and see the results.
I mean look at this:
Even the official Twitter account didn't waste time posting it because everyone is going to know anyways thanks to Twitter news.
So the anime, once a marketing force for the Pokémon games, is losing relevancy as a promotional vehicle. Ash's adventures demand him venturing away from the main plots of the game. English dub episodes are no longer in sync thanks to international release dates, leading to awkward late episodes that promote events that already long passed in the NA markets. And then you have mini-series and specials that better showcase the world of Pokémon games that the main anime couldn't. Clearly, something had to change.
Bro, I've been saying this for a while now. All of those shorts and mini series they've been pumping out like crazy are experiments for what's to come. Regardless if Ash stays or not, this weekly format isn't gonna last forever. Something's gotta give.Yep. YouTube series and direct to streaming are going to be the future of animated Pokemon content.