- Oct 15, 2015
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Again, I think the whole idea was the staff thinks Goh needs a critter on his shoulder much like Ash has Pikachu for marketing or presentation purposes. When we argue about things, sometimes we forget the main target audience of the series; children, specifically Japanese children.It still amazes me how they gave it an episode with Eevee to teach it to be responsible only for none of that to actually stick. What was even the point?
The difference is that Pikachu was and always will be the lynchpin to Ash's battles so there is more to it than "it looks cute", while Grookey might as well be a malignant growth. Grookey doesn't do anything. It doesn't help (it has been far more of a hinderance, actually) in episodes. Ironically, it once again represents Goh's status as a trainer, where Goh's inability to develop or grow as a is reflected by the monkey, where it just stands there, causing problems when it does get involved because it either doesn't understand things or is unable to remember any lessons learned along the way.
Had Grookey followed a natural development (which is funny cause it's not like the other two starters from Galar had a great time in the anime), we probably would have seen the Pokemon start out as exactly like the malcontent he is, but every couple of episodes, a lesson would be taught about manners or just being a good person to others. I mean, this thing was a TR gacha, after all; one assumes those were just mass caught and randomly chucked into the machine. Then it probably would have gotten a chance at battle, where the fact it was originally meant for the gacha means it would fall on its face and we would feel bad, but by the end of the episode, through training and confidence, he could win. But given the slapdash progression this series has had, we didn't get it. And it's unlikely Grookey will be anything more than just the thing that sits on someone's shoulder.