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Why do people bash Ash?

Discussion in 'Pokémon Animé Discussion' started by Kokatsu, Feb 10, 2013.

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  1. Kokatsu

    Kokatsu Well-Known Member

    Ok hear me out on this. No bashing or trolling or any of that. I am curious to know why people say Ash sucks. Even in BW where he seemed to regress at the start he still has skills in battle. The kid has pulled of some awesome moves in the middle of a battle,beat legendaries and saved the world over ten times. Now I know he never wins the league and idk if it is the writers saying something to us but I keep seeing people say he sucks and she be replaced. (Which if you think about it would be silly since they would do the same thing with a new person. So without making this a war discuss.
  2. LizardonX

    LizardonX Banned

    He should be far less stupid than he acts. At least in the last series Ash could be called many things but "stupid","retarded", and "mentally challenged" were not applicable. Now in best wishes he just regressed too much. That is why he is being bashed so much. Overusing 2 base form starters for over 100 eps does him no favors
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  3. Kokatsu

    Kokatsu Well-Known Member

    I did find it odd how he went from like skilled and a teen (yes I believe he was like 16 in DP and BW just regressed him in not just skill but age) I do think he seems better latter BW compared to the early bit
  4. Here goes:
    - He's regressed way too much in the BW Saga.
    - He's stale, boring, and repetitive.
    - He's still 10 years old after 15 years.
    - The writers are disgracing his character by not allowing me to progress at this point.
    - He has now regressed in rank at a League.
    - He scans Pokemon he has seen numerous times over and over again.
    - He never wins regional Pokemon Leagues.
    - There is no such thing as being a Pokemon Master, because his happiness is to lose every 3-4 years, acts as if nothing happened, and reset!
    - He sucks the life from different 10 year old girls in order to maintain his youthfulness. XD.
    - His dub voice is unbearable to listen to for me in late BF until the end of DP. It's too deep, and does not sound like a 10 year old boy.
    It's been unbearable for many dub fans since the start of BF (you'll know why).
    - He has not gotten much further in his goal than when he started his journey.
    - His Pikachu can beat a Dragonite, a Regice, and tie with a Latios, but can lose to an Eevee, Elekid, and a Lvl. 5 Snivy.
    - He's no longer a likeable or somewhat genuine character. He's become a marketing tool.
    - He's too stupid these days.

    ...Need I say more?...

    Honestly, I think it's less Ash, and the fact that the older characters have been milked dry at this point. It's time for a change.

    The writers need to either 1) bring all of the older characters back for a final, huge arc, where they all reach their goals, or 2) start off with a clean slate.

    He's always been 10. That's never changed. The narrator only confirmed it in BW001.

    The movie 3 short and Battle of the Badge dub statements were errors made by 4Kids (Battle of the Badge) and TPC JPN (movie 3 short Birthday), respectively.

    None of the characters are any older than when they started out in Kanto. That's also why I still feel many of TPCi's dub voices do not fit the characters.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2013
  5. Blessed

    Blessed Well-Known Member

    BW regression, stale, boring, looking up pokes on the pokedex that he's already viewed plenty of times before, BW League , oblivious to love, etc.
  6. That's a good one. I forgot how oblivious he's been to love all this time.
  7. Kokatsu

    Kokatsu Well-Known Member

    I think this is due more for the new people watching or people that forget.

    When you say Eevee do you mean Gary's Eevee? If so I think that could be justified with the whole he could of been trained a long time Paul's Elekid too. However I totally agree with Snivy who was obviously not trained prior to the battle. Ash not winning leagues is something I never got. He saves the world and has done well against legends so a league should be easy. He pretty much almost won Sinnoh but than Tobias came XD.

    As for obvious to love aren't most shonen heroes? lol
  8. Fair enough. Trollbias was the worst part of the Sinnoh League. XD.

    I think most older fans are frustrated with what the older characters have been turned into. How their voices have changed so dramatically as far as the English dub goes, their personalities so drastically altered, and not in a good way to them. I guess I fall into that category myself. It's painful to watch.
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  9. really

    really Member

    I don't understand why. Ash is one of my favorites.
  10. Kokatsu

    Kokatsu Well-Known Member

    Well I can understand the voices to a point. It is the fact I see people bashing him who watch the subbed version only. I do find it odd how he is a hero but doesn't really do as well as other heroes in kid shows like Beyblade or Yugioh or heck even Bakugan which as horrible writing lol
  11. Bathrezz

    Bathrezz Well-Known Member

    He never wins a league
    He always starts off dumb in the beginning of every season
    He always gets stuck in friendzone
    Loses to weakass pokemon
    Has to use Pokedex on every pokemon
    We don't know who his father is (prob Prof Oak)
  12. Bluelatios*

    Bluelatios* Well-Known Member

    There's been many reasons why people have been upset about Ash in different seasons from using non-evolved Pokemon, to voice acting/dialogue, to being less of a character than they are capable of making him. Honestly, I think it simply boils down to the writers not really knowing how to make Ash change and still be popular at the same time. I'd go as far as to say they don't even know what their audience really wants from Ash because of how mixed opinions are about so many aspects. One things for sure though, they need to start by being consistent with their foundation. What are the core values of Pokemon and how does Ash, as the main character, help express those values? When does Ash utilize trademarks of his character such as rashness, determination, and thinking outside the box, and how can that be balanced more effectively? What types of friends, both human and Pokemon, can surround him so they compliment each others personality and development? If they can come up with a solution to fit the answer to questions like these, Ash will hopefully have a better standing in the fandom.
  13. Exactly. Personally, I think they're just trying to milk poor Ash/Satoshi at this point. It's great that BW was trying to make him more like he was in the OS, but at this stage in the series, it would've been better to see him advance rather than progress.

    I really don't know why he's never done that well as opposed to Yugi, Takao/Tyson, or even...Dan. I think he's being milked.

    TPCi has finally managed to make him sound like a human being this arc. No more "y'know" or "o'course" -esque lines. His voice has also gotten better in the dub as well since the VA switch like most of the current crew (it still holds nothing on Taylor to me). Both aspects definitely still need some work on the part of the dubbers, but it's much better in that regard than it was in the DP arc in that respect.

    Case in point, no "This kid reminds me of me!" stuff anymore. Thank goodness TPCi realized that was poor dialogue for Ash.

    What is with TPCi and making Ash drop his g's, BTW? It's such childish dialogue...-_-. They should really work on that.

    Like most things, I think it's the writers in JPN these days who do not know how to keep the older chars fresh. They tried with TRio, but that's yielded very mixed results. The dubbers aren't helping much, either. *sigh*
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2013
  14. Pokemaniac24

    Pokemaniac24 Banned

    Yugi doing much better than Ash may be an unfair comparison though because Yugi has to win most of his duels or else the whole world he lives in would be in danger.
  15. Kokatsu

    Kokatsu Well-Known Member

    I think it is the fact compared to Beyblade and Bakugan which did story arcs from around 30 to 50 eps Pokemon has to stretch the game story for almost 4 years. I do wish they reduced it to around 50ish and stopped the anime until a new game was out. Even staying with Ash this could do well. For example DP could of been 52 eps ended two years later we get a Giratana and Shaymin movie and after that a 25 or so anime about Ash going back to Johto to advertise HG/SS. That could of been Gen 4 anime in a nutshell without dragging it out.
  16. True, there's no pressure on him to save the world from darkness and chaos. That's too unfair on my part.

    The anime in general has been dragged out for a very long time. LOL.

    Gens II and IV could've been much more faster-paced, but then I don't know how many gens we'd have had by now! ROFL.
  17. Quilava42

    Quilava42 Blazing Flowers

    Not to mention him using type disadvantages over and over like when he sent Oshawott against a Hydreigon and he lost, and he never brung his old Pokemon and he relies on some of his unevolved Pokemon. He can't beat a Riolu and Pikachu lost to an OP newly evolved Lucario and Panpour. Or Leavanny against a Scolipede.
  18. Pokemaniac24

    Pokemaniac24 Banned

    I have a problem with Ash losing every League too but like I said, him losing the League doesn't put him in danger. If Yugi lost the tournaments he entered, something really bad would happen to that world and they wouldn't allow that in a kids' show XD
  19. *Facepalms*


    He forgets all the lessons he's learned.

    ROFL. That's true. I wish he'd just win a league other than the Orange League and Battle Frontier Challenge by now. It's been 15 years. Sure we're obviously not the target audience of this show, but it's really sad what happened in the Unova League. That is easily the worst part of BW, by far, to me. Hopefully, this is it for TRio.
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2013
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