Even though I still ship the (Well alternatively Ash and Goh), the non shipping outcome I can respect.
I question the whole Pokémon no longer wanting to be trained as:
A. The anime itself showed that Pokémon can refuse to obey a trainer for varying reasons. And that trainers like say Damien (Charmander The Stray Pokémon) aren't seen as the respected norm.
Dig Those Digletts even if the Pokémon say refusing to help against the title creatures aren't reprimanded for it and the guy in charge of wanting to make the dam does come around.
I guess if that angle was played up for say 90 percent of the anime up to and during Johto, sure. But as it stands? Well...
2. It comes off as being apologetic by someone who had to make a living off a merch driven show. I find the Pokémon Adventures manga getting praise for it's darker tone to be iffy as dark stories aren't always going to be good quality.
But I think a thing I find appealing it that it can get dark without feeling like a dislike towards the franchise.
The reason I removed that list of episodes from my Episode 38 comparison is because I noticed there were a few inaccuracies in there but didn't have time to readjust everything at the time. A more accurate list (with proper sourcing this time around!) will be posted in April.