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Preview JN059: The Lost Sarunori! Who is the Trainer!?

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Apparently japanese folks are overall pretty upset that Goh will (most likely than not) catch Grookey. I can't confirm if that's true or not since I can't read japanese, but yeah... oof.
What's your source?
 
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Okay, time to put on my clown wig, because I have a theory I need to let out. When the new opening premiered, I noticed that in that particular scene where Grookey startled Sobble, Pikachu hit Grookey with the “calm down, calm down” hand motion. I thought, “hmm, if Ash catches Grookey, will Pikachu take on the brotherly role, protecting Grookey and trying to keep it in check whenever it gets a little too hyper or mischievous?” Now, having seen the preview and seeing Grookey somewhat attached to Pikachu (as well as the artwork we got of Pikachu and Grookey putting Ash’s puzzle-face together), I have a sliver of hope. The only counter argument I can think of is Pikachu can still have that brotherly bond with Grookey even while under Goh’s ownership, pretty much like he did with Togepi.

The scans and summary are more Goh-leaning, but the preview is more balanced, so that gives me some hope as well; and if it’s true that none of Goh’s Pokémon will be around, then that gives Ash a chance to step in and protect Grookey from TRio; thus not exactly ruling him out as someone Grookey can show interest in.

As far as Grookey having a trainer, I kinda hope it does turn out to be a gatcha Pokémon, so that the transition from TRio to joining Ash or Goh makes a little more sense. If it belongs to a COTD, I don’t see that trainer just giving it away, especially so easily.
 
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Okay, time to put on my clown wig, because I have a theory I need to let out. When the new opening premiered, I noticed that in that particular scene where Grookey startled Sobble, Pikachu hit Grookey with the “calm down, calm down” hand motion. I thought, “hmm, if Ash catches Grookey, will Pikachu take on the brotherly role, protecting Grookey and trying to keep it in check whenever it gets a little too hyper or mischievous?” Now, having seen the preview and seeing Grookey somewhat attached to Pikachu (as well as the artwork we got of Pikachu and Grookey putting Ash’s puzzle-face together), I have a sliver of hope. The only counter argument I can think of is Pikachu can still have that brotherly bond with Grookey even while under Goh’s ownership, pretty much like he did with Togepi.

The scans and summary are more Goh-leaning, but the preview is more balanced, so that gives me some hope as well; and if it’s true that none of Goh’s Pokémon will be around, then that gives Ash a chance to step in and protect Grookey from TRio; thus not exactly ruling him as someone Grookey can show interest in.

As far as Grookey having a trainer, I kinda hope it does turn out to be a gatcha Pokémon, so that the transition from TRio to joining Ash or Goh makes a little more sense. If it belongs to a COTD, I don’t see that trainer just giving it away, especially so easily.
 
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Yeah. The only hope left for Ash getting Grookey is that the cast list does not include a single Pokemon owned by Goh. But I still think that Goh will get it anyways.
 
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So, given that this Grookey is already owned, is it not possible that this is a similar situation to Gible back in Sinnoh where this one is its premier but another one down the line is the one caught?
 
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Don’t worry. I won’t let you be delusional alone. We still have a fighting chance :bulbaLove:
I personally stick to my own expectations. I can't wait until this debate can finally be laid to rest next week.
 
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How will Goh save Grookey from TR without Pokemon? I think Ash might defeat them and then Grookey impressed and will slash Goh’s face. Please let Ash catch it. My monkey son needs some love.
 
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I find it weird that people want the Japanese Writers somehow to remember every single thing America considers as racist (there is a lot). People aren't even this diplomatic in Nordic Countries lol.
 
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Today marks the day Every Final Stage Starter has made their Debut in the Anime.

My Sons! I Love Them! :bulbaLove::bulbaLove::bulbaLove:
(Yes I know that last one technically isn't Rillaboom, but still)

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Rilaboom is going to be hard to animate every single episode. Won't appear that much.
 
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What do you mean by that?
Rillaboom is a huge Pokemon. Takes up a lot of space in each scene. It isn't a humanoid or metroid Pokemon say as the other Galar Final Evolutions such as Cinderace & Inteleon. There is a reason why Axew never fully evolved into Haxorous in Best Wishes. Iwane Masaaki said on his blog that Axew never fully evolved as Haxorous because Haxorous would be hard to animate every single week. This is also why Ash's Boldore never evolved into Gigalith and why Torracat evolved into Incineroar only at the end of Sun & Moon. Because its hard to draw the Pokemon every single week. I also suspect it is why Guzma & Golisopod made their debut very late. Golisopod is also a hard Pokemon to animate.
 
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This Series seriously needs something to salvage itself. Even Twitter is becoming angry at this Series now on this controversy. It's going to be a very dangerous time in the fandom if this escalates. We are looking at another BW 2.0. I really really really hope the Gary & Iris Episodes are received well for the sake of everyone's well-being.
 
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