- Mar 15, 2018
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Well that’s why I specified that in the meta sense. They can write him as caring for his Pokémon because, let’s face it, they’re not gonna write a main character who doesn’t treat their Pokémon well. I was speaking from the standpoint of the execution of the character. They essentially created a character who catches more Pokémon than they could ever hope to actually characterize, having the majority of them just become background fixtures for the majority of the time. This coming in direct opposition to the past 7 generations of the Pokémon series where each cast member had a focused number of Pokémon that they formed a party with all of whom had their own personalities and quirks. By comparison, Go, who is created to be the embodiment of Pokémon Go, just feels soulless, corporate and cold.I wouldn't say it makes him soulless, we know that he cares for all of the pokemon he has caught and tends to them daily. We also know that he isn't trying to acquire a living dex, but like Reborn Talonflame mentions, in universe pokemon may not want to evolve and it is faster to catch an evolution, and from a writing standpoint it is easier to write a random capture than an evolution.
I do agree that it isn't handled well and that evolutions are more satisfying than catching an entire pokemon line, though I think it is important to note that Goh has only caught the whole line on 2 occasions: The Kanto bug episode, which was to establish Goh's goal, and the Flygon episode.
Aside from the Trapinch line, most of Goh's captures have been first stage pokemon, though I do wonder why they gave him final or mid stages like Boldore and Ariados.