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- Feb 2, 2015
- Reaction score
I feel like that was the original plan. We all know that the show would run for a year and a half only, thus until the end of the Kanto saga. While it's most likely that Satoshi'd beat Shigeru, it could be the other way around too.They could have had Ash lose to Gary at the Indigo League and then get his rematch in Johto - though the battle wouldn't necessarily have been good; Kanto just wasn't too concerned with battles.
I think the success of the movies might have pushed the series in more of an action direction.
Anyway, yes, it felt forced how Satoshi kept saying "Shigeru is my greatest rival, I'm doing all I can to beat him" when their first battle ever was at the tail-end of the Orange League saga. Not mentioning I don't remember any more battles afterwards until the Jouto League.
I don't quite agree. The friendship started an episode prior, so I don't see how it was a genuine one yet (though they did a good job building it up with little time). The conflict was, imo, kinda forced as well. It'd be better if Hiroshi were introduced in mid-Kanto and had more appearances, it'd become more believable for me.That would have provided more weight and buildup for their Johto League rematch. I still kind of like Richie being the one to beat Ash. Their friendship felt genuine and it was the first time Ash had a major battle against someone he considered a friend, so I think that still provided an interesting kind of conflict for him, even if the battle itself was extremely short for all the buildup they had for it.