- Mar 24, 2020
- Reaction score
That's a fair point. I'm not used to him having all of his Pokemon on hand anymore...kind of makes me sad!
Also, I'd love to see Ash hunt someone down for a battle himself. That'd be interesting to see; I hope that's something they do in the future.
I know PIkachu's been getting a bit of overexposure when it comes to the PWC battles, but there's also the "necessary" aspect regarding those battles:
SS018: It's his first PWC and with Visquez, Lt. Surge's stand-in at the Vermillion Gym. PIkachu was necessary here, especially when they brought up how the staff there know of Ash and his victory against Lt. Surge.
SS020: This was the orientation episode and kind of a soft summary episode where Ash and Gou reaffirmed their goals and showed off their progress towards them (ranking and # of Pokemon caught). Pikachu kinda needed to be here. It should be noted that the PWC match is pretty much an afterthought compared to the rest of the events of the episode.
SS021: A bit of a weaker reason, but Riolu hatched because it felt the Aura Ash exhibited when battling. It would cheapen the meaning behind Riolu hatching if Ash was battling with one of his other Pokemon. Again, the PWC was an afterthought compared to the egg, its hatching, and subsequent hijinks.
I like to think that Pikachu's "necessary" battles are over and Ash will be free to use his other Pokemon. When the PWC matches become the focus of the episode(s) again, they'll definitely include more Pokemon and give the others the chance to shine.