Thank god its not paul or gary. Journeys would have ruined their character. Paul loosing to Leon like this would have been more unbelievable If they want Ash to go toe to toe with Leon.Willing to bet had this been Virgil or Tyson going up against Leon and getting smoked, none of this discourse would exist. Hell, if had been a powered up Gary, or a participating Paul, this wouldn't exist.
Honestly i hate the fact that they put ash outside with goh and hop, because we waste opportunities for interaction with the champions to make them feel more rounded as characters and not just cardboard cutouts, and get the three boys just going ‘oohh ahhh’ at everything instead.I'm not going to lie, but even though I did like the mini-character interactions and bits of continuity between the participants, Alain nonwithstanding, it still ultimately felt unsubstantial for what is supposed to be Opening Episode of The Masters 8.
I just wish the episode was solely spent on the character dynamics between everyone since there's just so much potential there for actually good and meaningful fanservice that's tied into the narrative. Can't understate how much JN drops the ball with how much potential it has. It's one of the most aggravating parts about the series.
There's still potential for it considering we're getting all the battles between everyone animated and presumably the other participants will comment on the battles, but I don't have much hope for anything substantial. What aids in that concern is that there's a pretty high possibility that the losers might just get written out/disappear for the rest of the tournament. Not confident enough in that assertion to make any hard and fast claims yet, but the way they treated Alain this episode didn't give me great vibes for the rest of the tournament.
Ash-Greninja doesn't appear even in flashbacks.
Korrina jobs to everyone she faces.
Alain is destroyed in a bad fight.
Drasna battle is one of the worst battles in all of Journeys.
Serena has barely any interaction with Ash.
If Diantha loses to Lance then gg Kalos, deserved better with Alain and Greninja.