Originally Posted by platinumrug
I almost shut the damn show off when charmander got bit by squirtle dude, that scream it let out was horrifying lol. That's the kind of show I want to watch, Ash is a fucking loser. I know they keep Ash losing just so that they can keep the series going and make more money
but god damn man, have him win something for once in his life. If he's going to remain at 10 years old, he should be a LOT better at battling.
Couldn't agree more. Going off from your Kotaku link, I agree that having a character win battles all the time can get boring and predictable but the same can be said about the opposite. If anything, it would have a worse effect on the character, basically saying "I suck when it really matters."
Mix it up a bit. Having him win more than one tournament (Ash actually did win during the Orange League). Take a page out of the current most popular shonen series in Japan now, One Piece. Luffy doesn't necessarily most of his battles. It took three rounds to beat Crocodile. He ran away from Smoker during the first half since he couldn't lay a finger on him (except during Alabast where he accidentally knocked him through multiple buildings along with Ace. lol) He lost a lot during the Sabaody Archipelago and Marineford arcs yet made a huge comeback in the New World. That is what Ash needs, a situation where he can back a huge comeback as a respectable trainer. Pikachu is his most used Pokemon, we can't have him losing to newbie Pokemon from other regions considering the amount of battling experience he has had since setting off from Pallet Town all those many years ago.
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