Pokémon Master (Kinda)
What did you guys like or hate about the anime in the beginning?
I miss the snarky attitude the Pokédex gave Ash sometimes. I was really hoping the Room Dex would be like that since it is technically a sentient being because Rotom is controlling the device and would have a mind of its own that didn’t need to rely on computer programming. I want someone to call out Ash for being stupid like Misty and Iris would do and ask him why he kept using it on Pokémon he already had and knew about.
I don't really see how that was the case with Brock or Misty. Sure they were initially presented as competent, but they rarely got to actually battle against anyone except TR, and when they did they had tons of humiliating losses (recall Brock's Onix getting knocked out by a single Rollout from a young Donphan in Johto, or heck in the original series it tying with James Koffing with a single attack). They also hardly ever caught or trained pokemon. It wasn't until much later that Brock and Misty got more consistently shown as good battlers (and perhaps not until Sun and Moon that they got depicted as being genuinely mighty trainers). At least with May there was a format that allowed her to battle consistently (i.e. the contests). Lillie not battling was justified in Sun and Moon as she wasn't even a trainer at first and had little interest in battling even when she became one, plus we had Kiawe for a "competent battler" companion.I did like when Ash’s companions were competent battlers like Misty/Brock and actually did capture Pokémon. We got that back with Iris/Cilan but then lost it again in recent sagas. It gets really tiring to see the same “rookie trainer needs to learn how to battle and capture Pokémon” over and over every new series. I hated how it took so long for May, Serena, Lillie and to a lesser extent Dawn to actually battle in the series. Why were Misty and Iris the only competent female battlers in the anime?