- Dec 31, 2019
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Ash doesn't have a traveling party, a rival, or even an evil team boss to deal with in Journeys
And it doesn't detract away from literally everything else I said
And this doesn't contradict anything I said.
Your initial claim Ash in Journeys should get the same criticism as he did in XY because he's "worshipped" doesn't hold up when Goh is the only example you can bring up. Whereas I can bring up several from XY.
That’s just on paper. Has the character treated it as anything more notable than he’s done before? No. It got forgotten for a decent chunk of the saga.
Yes, actually. He has a fixation on Leon he's not had for any one trainer for a while. From the beginning, he gave a public declaration of challenge to Leon. He gets invited to a random contest by Opal and is convinced to go because Leon is there. He's into his battle vs Bea but gets even more into it because Leon is watching. Winning the PWC isn't more important for Ash than winning any other tournament, but beating Leon is.
There's a significant difference in aspiring to win a regional league, and aspiring to beat the Champion, one who is considered the best trainer in the world.
In general, Ash knows he has to be on top of his game in this tournament. He got his Z-Ring just to fight Volkner because he knew he needed the extra power. He got a Mega Ring so he could use Mega Lucario. Now he's getting G-Max Gengar. This is a different mentality to previous seasons when he was more content to work with what he had.
I cannot see how functionally, based on on screen material, PWC is big for Ash as a character based on his behaviour rather than the show telling us it’s important for him and the scale of it.
What should he be doing then? Because as I see it, he's behaving as I'd expect him to. He's working with his Pokemon, battling people, and setting his standards high.