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  1. Daren

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    I think you could cover a whole game's main story in 50 episodes if you made a very lean series with no filler or wasted time, but I don't think you could show off every Pokémon very well.
  2. Daren

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    Looking back at an older interview, the executive director (until JN117), Daiki Tomiyasu, had told the writers to make Journeys "about Pokémon in the human world" instead of the reverse. There are a couple ways to interpret such a statement, however (it may have been more clear in Japanese).
  3. Daren

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    I think I recall a chart showing that after AG the number of battles per season began to slowly drop, and then nosedived in Sun/Moon. I don't think JN was on the chart due to when it came out, but that had one plenty of complaints about having mostly small battles against one-off trainers until...
  4. Daren

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    A lot of what I've read about Horizons gives me the feeling of something trying as hard as possible to split from it's predecessor--something I can understand, to some extent, but some of this sounds like it's just completely abandoning the main themes of the franchise.
  5. Daren

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    Okay, with Horizons not available here yet I knew from a bit of online chatter that Captain Pikachu was being built up to an extent but I'm a bit amazed at how far it's apparently going. Even when Ash's Pikachu was portrayed as a regional ace he never completely dominated the competence zone and...
  6. Daren

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    Thank you. Today has been a lot better. :) To be fair the show already had a problem really just a step below this; they wrote Pikachu beating Regice and then tying with a Magikarp, they wrote Ash beating Paul then being booted out of the next league by a guy who only brought five Pokémon to a...
  7. Daren

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    Sorry to respond so late but I've been having allergy issues all day. Although this is certainly true, I don't think being a weekly series prevented things like capturing/defeating "box legendaries". There may be some other mandates we're unaware of when dealing with such a big franchise, but...
  8. Daren

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    As I said, I think we're going by different definitions of a power fantasy; I think a power fantasy character isn't just competent, they're absolutely exceptional and amazing, someone for the audience to live vicariously through and forget their real world struggled for a bit, to have the kinds...
  9. Daren

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    We might be going off different ideas of what a "kids power fantasy" means. From my perspective Ash gets bailed out by older kids/adultsall the time, can't defeat the major criminal characters in battle, is regularly humiliated or defeated to make other characters look better, was never allowed...
  10. Daren

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    Honestly this is unerringly similar to my complaints about the modern games, too. (Though to e fair, I think most of the Ash era messed up the "kids power fantasy" element of the games very badly as well). It seems like they're making the show very, very different from the Ash era for whatever...
  11. Daren

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    Truthfully, I think the way the show went actually leans towards the writers (probably accidentally) agreeing with Paul about using strong Pokémon instead of ones you bond with and help get strong later; since Ash stopped using reserves for anything important after DP and his major victories...
  12. Daren

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    Oh, I understand it and don't blame them; during XYZ and especially the Alola league I was one of the people cautioning everyone not to be optimistic until the infamous image leak.
  13. Daren

    Controversial opinions

    The comments there about how Ash was going to lose the Alola league aged like either milk or wine, depending on one's choice.
  14. Daren

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    That was unironically my favourite part of Destiny Deoxys because of how wild it is.
  15. Daren

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    Honestly, I tend to forget DP had a different director from OS and AG but it explains a lot; I've posted at least once before that DP didn't feel like a continuation of the same story to me, and that could explain why.
  16. Daren

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    I mean I can understand people that are disappointed that after Serena left XY giving him a kiss and we got an interview after seemingly doubling down on the ship that they barely interacted when she appeared in JN. I actually think that's a different thing entirely; I once suggested on the...
  17. Daren

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    Edit: I understand the manga adaptation (Electric Tales of Pikachu) has even more of that kind of thing, mostly censored from the English release. I recall seeing people say that Pokémon is officially a "Kodomomuke", which is aimed at lower audience than Dragon Bal's "Shonen", but that Pokémon...
  18. Daren

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    The question of whether 2019 was always intended to be endgame is an interesting one, and the type of thing we might just get answered in a post-end interview. The main thing I can't ignore is that making Leon world champion feels sort of pointless if the plan was just for Ash to go to Paldea...
  19. Daren

    Controversial opinions

    As one of the people who'd suggested Ash might be replaced eventually I think my perspective was just that he was originally designed to last a fairly short time and there was really only so long the rubber band could stretch before snapping. Once Ash won a league and finally got that proverbial...
  20. Daren

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    "Don't worry, Brock. You'll find plenty of other girls to reject you." OS Ash was incredible.
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