"Some must fight, so that all may be free."
- Dec 3, 2018
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You know, I really don't understand this line of thinking. "That's how it is in the games, so therefore that's how it should be portrayed in the anime, no matter whether it makes sense or not". You wanna know why some of the things that happen in the games happen only in the games? Because they're video games. And, just like any video game, they have mechanics and gameplay and interactive elements that keep the player interested in the game. However, the anime is not an interactive video game. It doesn't take place in a virtual world, it takes palce in a more realist, a more organic world, a world that has some similarities to our own in a way. So you can't just recreate elements of the games down to a T and implement them in the anime, as that would clash with the more realistic setting. Pokémon battles aren't turn-based in the anime as they are in the games, because that wouldn't make any sense (the Pokémon aren't restrained by the turn-based format of the games and aren't locked in one place do to the limitations of the hardware and/or the style of gameplay, so they are free to move around, to launch attacks at the same time as their opponent, to make creative and sometimes even crazy move combination, to doge incoming attacks etc.) and would make for some pretty boring actions sequences (which is also why the accuracy of a move's damage, even when it's a super-effective one, isn't 100% identical to that of the games and why OHKO-ing a Pokémon with a super-effective move rarely happened in the anime). It's also why, before/while/after catching a Pokémon, the characters would try to bond with it: because, unlike the games, where the Pokémon are just a bunch of virtual data that is stored on a cartridge, Pokémon are treated as living being in the anime. Living beings who are as intelligent as (or, in some cases, even more intelligent than) humans, beings who have their own personalities, their own dreams, their own likes and dislikes, their own style of living. You can't just treat them like they're some kind of collectable items that have no soul like in the games (which, by the way, not everyone does, as you and others who use this excuse keep implying; even some those who do catch Pokémon to make a living dex end up getting attached to those Pokémon and caring for them (as Dexit proved)), as that would make for a very jarring clash with the world they established. You can't just have something that is in the games because of the way video games are structured be thrown into the anime, something that belongs to a whole other medium, and expect it to go smoothly. That's not to say that some things form the games can't be adapted in the anime, like catching Pokémon or Pokémon moves and Pokémon evolution and the type chart. But you can't just take anything and everything from the games willy-nilly, without thinking about it or caring how it would impact the anime's world, throw it in a pot no matter whether it makes sense to or not, stir it, pour it in the show and call it a day.Also, you might want to consider actual players who try to fill the dex or accumulate catch numbers - go to a route, throw a Quick Ball. Done. No one - not even in-game NPCs - questions the morality.
As for NPCs not questioning or lecturing the player on this: you do realize that some people actually had a problem with this, right? You are aware that one of the reasons people loved Generation V was because of Team Plasma and how they tackled the morality of catching Pokémon, which made for an interesting story that a lot of people loved? You do know that Game Freak has even added some mechanics in the last two generations that allow you to take care of the surplus of boxed Pokémon that you have, by sending them to a place where they can have fun and relax, while also growing and becoming stronger (you know, stuff like the Poké Pelago)? And you also do realize the catching all of the Pokémon is a completely optional side activity that is not mandatory or forced upon the player in any way?