- Jul 25, 2022
- Reaction score
I think Ash changed a lot over the years (purely subjective whether one dislikes or likes the changes, that said): he has an entirely different English portrayal for the first 8 years compared to the last 17 years, his dialogue also has changed over time in both Languages if you pay attention, his facial design has also changed & his outfits too. Even in Japanese, he is designed the same way in the first 13 years, then has design changes every saga from BW onward in art style, etc. It's not the same person over his 25 year run necessarily to me, the core of what the character stands for stayed the same (the underdog sometimes idiotic protagonist who strives to be the best trainer in the world etc) but everything else is different about him IMO from EP001 vs JN147.
I like this new shift to Liko, even though I like many am a bit underwhelmed by Horizons so far, but this is something various franchises did rather than dragging out their main protagonists well past their peaks (IMO), and it's about time Pokemon did this. That said, Ash will always be the original Pokemon protagonist, and has a lot of good memories for me like everyone (mostly early on, was my hero as a boy in fact). Having said that, I wouldn't mind cameos of an older Ash, but otherwise I think his journey is finally over and grateful for that direction JN took.