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PREVIEW: Pocket Monsters the series (2019)

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Just like with Gou/Go I just hope that Koharu ends up as an interesting and enjoyable character. This is all I want. But when it comes to female characters most of the time end up as passive background fanservice. So far the series only handled four of its major female characters probably: Jessie, May, Dawn, and Lille. So their track record for female characters is not the best.

And to be honest, I do not think that Koharu will be handled well since she won't be a major character. If she would be, they would have shown her in the promotional posters and videos. I think she will be more of a recurring side character like the Professor.

And even if she will end up becoming a traveling companion for Ash and Go, I do not think she will be a battler. None of the female characters in Pokémon are. Misty became one, but that happened off-screen or in special episodes after her departure of the anime, Lana is also strong, but also she battles pretty rarely. Iris is the closest thing we had for a strong female battler that traveled with Ash. And that isn't saying much, because like Lana she didn't battle all the time.
 
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Whilst I was initially perturbed by the (seemingly) lack of game characters, I remembered that I wasn't the biggest fan of how several game characters from S&M were handled in the anime so I'm now much more open to the possibility of them taking more liberties with anime-only characters.
 
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I'm actually disappointed that none of the video game characters are a part of the new anime. Because a lot of them seemed to have potentials like Milo, Nessa, Bea, and Allister. We first have to see how the anime handles Go and maybe Koharu if she will become a companion, but so far they do not make the best impression for me. Go feels a bit to close to Ash's personality from what I have seen so far and Koharu just screams typical girl character for me.
 
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I don't see Go similar to Ash personality wise. Go is suppose to be cool, but can be occasionally hot-headed. Ash is excitable and wears his emotions on his sleeve. The writers set their personalities up to contrast one another.

As for the lack of game characters, I am glad that they are using their own characters. They can now create the characters that they want to create and not have to adapt game characters or alter their backgrounds to have them fit in.
 
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I'm actually disappointed that none of the video game characters are a part of the new anime. Because a lot of them seemed to have potentials like Milo, Nessa, Bea, and Allister. We first have to see how the anime handles Go and maybe Koharu if she will become a companion, but so far they do not make the best impression for me. Go feels a bit to close to Ash's personality from what I have seen so far and Koharu just screams typical girl character for me.
It's also probably to do with the Japanese Era changing from Heisei (1989-2019) to Reiwa

Some of the actors and people that worked on the anime and games have by now since Gen 4 have either retired, moved on or passed on. Similar respect is why The Rescuers never had a Third Movie since the voice actress for Bianca died.
 
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As for the lack of game characters, I am glad that they are using their own characters. They can now create the characters that they want to create and not have to adapt game characters or alter their backgrounds to have them fit in.
I agree! I think this gives them a lot more freedom to make a full personality for the character and goal, without them having to deal with the limitations of potential backstory or base personality from the games. I think Go, Koharu, and Professor Sakuragi will really benefit by not being tied down to personality traits already established from another media, especially Go and Koharu. They can also do their character development progression differently.

So anyone have any hopes and whatnot with Koharu?
I am definitely hoping she is in the main cast, as it does seem like she is. I don't think I mind her going back to being the more sassy kind of characters like Misty and Iris has been in the past, but I definitely want her personality to differ a bit more from that, instead of how Iris who was almost a virtual copycat to Misty, and I want them to make sure she has more of a goal for traveling. Seeing how she and Go are childhood friends, I really want to see that dynamic.
 
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I agree! I think this gives them a lot more freedom to make a full personality for the character and goal, without them having to deal with the limitations of potential backstory or base personality from the games. I think Go, Koharu, and Professor Sakuragi will really benefit by not being tied down to personality traits already established from another media, especially Go and Koharu. They can also do their character development progression differently.



I am definitely hoping she is in the main cast, as it does seem like she is. I don't think I mind her going back to being the more sassy kind of characters like Misty and Iris has been in the past, but I definitely want her personality to differ a bit more from that, instead of how Iris who was almost a virtual copycat to Misty, and I want them to make sure she has more of a goal for traveling. Seeing how she and Go are childhood friends, I really want to see that dynamic.
in other words... M21 as an anime.
 
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in other words... M21 as an anime.
Well, I am not sure how the general public felt about them, but I thought M20 and M21 especially really benefitted from having a cast of anime/movie exclusive characters. M21 can easily fit into my Top 5 favorite Pokemon Anime movies, maybe even Top 3. All the characters had tons of progression in the story, and each had their own distinct personality. It wasn't just about Ash and it really helped flesh out the world. I like seeing a focus on characters who are not necessarily Pokemon trainers.

So personally, if they make sure that Go and Koharu get as much focus on development as Ash does, I can see this anime being a big hit for me.
 
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Well, I am not sure how the general public felt about them, but I thought M20 and M21 especially really benefitted from having a cast of anime/movie exclusive characters. M21 can easily fit into my Top 5 favorite Pokemon Anime movies, maybe even Top 3. All the characters had tons of progression in the story, and each had their own distinct personality. It wasn't just about Ash and it really helped flesh out the world. I like seeing a focus on characters who are not necessarily Pokemon trainers.

So personally, if they make sure that Go and Koharu get as much focus on development as Ash does, I can see this anime being a big hit for me.
All characters in M21 had great character development... except for Ash and Team Rocket. The TRio were just... there, they might as well be a the film's original villains, and Ash was just shoehorned in to such a degree that if they weren't in the film, then I'm sure it would've been the best film for anyone who is already tired of Ash and the TRio.

How are they going to flesh Ash and the TRio out for this new series, when it clearly looks like it wants to be a completely new series entirely? This makes it look like it has an identity crisis, it doesn't know what it's suppose to be about anymore. Once it was for the games, but now since Go, it has become for the franchise as a whole. No doubt the old Gym Leaders, E4 and Champions will appear in the series, but how they will do it is beyond all of us.
 
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I hope she has a personality similar to Webby's from Ducktales (the reboot, not the original).
I hope not. The new Webby is such a mary sue that can do everything without any real flaws, making other characters like Scrooge, Donald or Darkwing Duck look like a joke. Plus she has this really, really annoying voice where it sounds like she screams all of her lines. So, please, for the love of Arceus, do not make the new girl like another Webby or Star Butterfly-ripoff. I'm sick of these modern girl stereotypes. I rather would have a no girl if this would be the case.
 
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I hope not. The new Webby is such a mary sue that can do everything. Making other characters like Scrooge, Donald or Darkwing Duck look like a joke. Plus she has this really, really annoying voice where it sounds like she screams all of her lines. So, please, for the love of Arceus, do not make the new girl like another Webby or Star Butterfly-ripoff. I'm sick of these modern girl stereotypes. I rather would have a no girl if this would be the case.
Plus WE are NOT the main target audience who gets the say, since TPCi never listens to us... it's the kids. Most importantly Japanese Kids. Pokemon is Japanese First and Foremost, which makes me feel like it should've stayed there. Going outside of Japan is where it started dropping, starting with Gen 5 which, although better than Gen 4 was the High Noon before the descent.

Sorry if I sound so negative here, but it makes sense when you look deeply into it.
 
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Diamond and Perl was also the last anime I really enjoyed. But I have to say, S&M came pretty close. Best Wishes sucked because it didn't have an identity on its own and XY sucked because it didn't felt like Pokémon, but more like a shipping-drama show like Star vs. the Forces of Evil (which btw is one of the worst written animated shows I ever came across).
 
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Diamond and Perl was also the last anime I really enjoyed. But I have to say, S&M came pretty close. Best Wishes sucked because it didn't have an identity on its own and XY sucked because it didn't felt like Pokémon, but more like a shipping-drama show like Star vs. the Forces of Evil (which btw is one of the worst written animated shows I ever came across).
Yeah it seems like the true Pokemon series ended after Diamond and Pearl (Gen 4), when the series was based on Japan. It's when it began going international that it started to decline gradually over time. Plus some of the original people that worked on the first 4 Gens have either left, retired or passed on.
 
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XY sucked because it didn't felt like Pokémon, but more like a shipping-drama show like Star vs. the Forces of Evil
I'd like to state that you're seriously wrong here, but whatever... I doubt I can change your mind and I'm tired of trying to anyway.

As for tomorrow's anime related news... I don't expect anything substantial. At best they'll tell us more about Sakuragi and Koharu and nothing more.
 
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Stumbling about in the whimsical place of 4Chan led me to this:

This is from the recent CoroCoro issue and I don't know if this will mean anything but could this mean that this new series will get a manga to go with it? Or is me and my big ol' brain looking into this too much?
Ash looks decent but Pikachu and Go look bad. It seems like it's a new manga, as the blurb says something about Following Ash and Go's adventures on Corocoro. Also, Dogasu said that a new Pocket Monsters manga will start there on November.

Now, I want to talk about Masters and the reboot...Neither are confirmed or even hinted at. Masters takes places in Pasio, not around the world, and we've seen ZERO focus on past gym leaders and characters in the promotional material, they could only focus on the locations if they wanted. And about the reboot, the SM series and its apparent lack of graduation for Ash shown that they are becoming more flexible with Ash's goal, and we still don't know what he'll exactly do. Also, the poster contains lots of nostalgic Pokémon that seem to be pandering to fans of that series: Bulbasaur, Squirtle, Charizard, Jigglypuff, Togepi, Croagunk, Piplup, the Unova starters, Greninja, Rowlet...I doubt they'd bait and switch fans of those series with new members of that species (they've done it in the past but not to this scale).

Anyway, I think Koharu could own a Cramorant. It would go well with her navy style and could provide some gags.
 
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I can see Koharu taking a more supportive role and be a possible love interest for Gou. Somehow I'm picturing a dynamic similar to Roll and Mega Man Volnutt from Mega Man Legends. She will mostly be used for transportation and tech stuff (being the daughter of a professor). On the other hand, the fact that they mentioned she was 10 gives me traveling companion vibes.

Also I think the reason we're only seeing original characters is because we've only been shown characters situated around Kanto. I'm sure all the Galar characters will show up in their home region.
 
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I can see Koharu taking a more supportive role and be a possible love interest for Gou. Somehow I'm picturing a dynamic similar to Roll and Mega Man Volnutt from Mega Man Legends. She will mostly be used for transportation and tech stuff (being the daughter of a professor). On the other hand, the fact that they mentioned she was 10 gives me traveling companion vibes.

Also I think the reason we're only seeing original characters is because we've only been shown characters situated around Kanto. I'm sure all the Galar characters will show up in their home region.
Except we might not see them, as I think that Kanto will overshadow everything else.
 
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All characters in M21 had great character development... except for Ash and Team Rocket. The TRio were just... there, they might as well be a the film's original villains, and Ash was just shoehorned in to such a degree that if they weren't in the film, then I'm sure it would've been the best film for anyone who is already tired of Ash and the TRio.
Ash wasn't mean't to get development in M21. He was the catalyst for the development of the rest of the cast, which is a good role for him these days.
 
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