- Jun 17, 2006
- Reaction score
I don't think it would have been redundant. Misty had Togepi for a large portion of the original series, but it didn't really do much. She didn't attempt to train it beyond one flashback, its only battle was a cheap way for Misty to defeat Pikachu and it spent the majority of the series just being a cute arm decoration. I honestly never had a problem with new characters catching Pokemon that other characters had already caught. It wouldn't have been Misty's Togepi 2.0 any more than May's Bulbasaur would have been Ash's Bulbasaur 2.0. As long as they make them distinct enough from what the other characters caught, then I don't see the problem. It would have been distinct enough just by the virtue of actually battling consistently, something Misty's Togepi never did. I remember some people really wanted Dawn to catch the Togepi from that filler episode too. I don't know if they would have done that, but having a more mischief kind of Togepi or something with a different personality than just cute baby would make it stand out too.I fell that my ultimate problem with Dawn raising a Togepi tho is just because that was something that Misty had already done during Kanto and Johto. I understand your reasonings, but it's just that seeing another Togepi on the cast after having two sagas worth of content about it would've felt... redundant imo.
Yeah, seeing a Togepi actually battling and evolving would've been cool, and I definitely don't dislike Misty's Togepi/Togetic. But I can see why they skipped it and went straight to the final form. I still stand that a Togetic around the 3th-4th ribbon would've been the safest option all things considered: you get her making the bird feel earned with all the traning and evo, but you can get to Togekiss in a faster way that doesn't feels neither contrived or too rushed nor do you just make a ''''Misty's Togepi 2.0'''' so to speak.
It still feels kind of weird to consider Dawn getting her own Togepi redundant when plenty of new fans at the time wouldn't have been familiar with Misty or her Togepi. Plus, they've never had a problem with giving May or Dawn starters that Ash already caught, so giving Dawn one of Misty's Pokemon wouldn't have been a problem either. Togetic around the middle of Dawn's Contest journey probably would have been fine. She could have just been trying to train Togetic for a Contest before it evolved and before Zoey could see it in action. I just generally prefer it when characters raise Pokemon from their base forms and being able to see a Togepi battle would honestly be pretty refreshing.