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This is the third time they showed Brock return to the Gym to see Forrest and his family. First that special where he left Geodude/Onix/Crobat there at the end of Johto, then the Battle Frontier one where he returned, and now this one.
Now that TR aren't comic relief anymore and don't interact with Ash and co. in every ep anymore, I can see them leaving. Plus they gave Giovanni a new outfit after 13 years, what was the point of that?
I think there's going to be a TR Vs. Team Plasma confrontation, more or less a Magma/Aqua arc that's actually done right.
I can see Giovanni either being arrested or maybe even dying like Pokehunter J, the rest of the rockets disbanded.
TR are the only old characters left besides Ash, so if they do get finishes its really only Ash himself making the show one big continuity.
If Ash is gone they can just reboot it in a totally different universe for Gen 6 and beyond.
Serebii forums are kinda boring now that any thread in the anime section is closed immediately unless it meets a criteria. Then the spoiler section is just the usual about what Poke Ash will get, etc. The shipping section in SPP is so dead and boring.
Although to be honest I miss all that early speculation when DP first started. Back then people seemed to think DP would do anything, (and there were some legitimate surprises along the way), and its funny everyone speculating what old character would appear and whatnot.
I have the feeling Best Wishes will be the first saga with no older character cameo, not counting Delia/Oak/Giovanni.
I really don't think either Dawn or Brock will cameo in Isshu, and if they don't, obviously nobody older than them will.
Since there are no Contests I can't see Dawn appearing, and for some reason I don't think we'll be seeing Brock for a long time. His Japanese VA isn't doing any roles on the show at all anymore, not even Pokemon voices which he used to do many of.
I think the difference is when AG was airing nobody thought the show would still go on with new female characters for another 8 years.
As I always said, if people knew from the getgo how long the anime would go on for, and how characters would be mostly irrelevant after they left, most people wouldn't be bothered.
I honestly think Takeshi Shudo admitted shipping helped justify Misty's existence says a lot. When you get down to it, aside from being a girl, Misty's only real plotline in the show was a mis-handled shipping subplot.