- Apr 20, 2017
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Could you please clarify what you are trying to say here?On the other hand, you're exactly doing the same thing that they have done for more than twenty years, to the point it's a borderline running gag. Hell, it was one of the reason Pokémon is the one non-dramatic series where I'm starting to feel darkness-induced audience apathy. Seriously, I would not even look back and even pretend the anime doesn't exist at all. The first times it was alright, but after Tobias, Cameron and Alain where they pulled different Diabolus ex Machinas it was sincerely getting ridiculous.
I don't think it is fair to compare twenty years of anime material against Kiawe's lone appearance in this season. Besides, the anime treats anything before Sun and Moon as tangentially related. His worthiness should be measured by what he had exhibited in that season alone.Ash has done the following as of the start of Sun and Moon:
*Entered seven different Pokémon leagues (I'm including the Orange Islands in that count).
*Participated in the Battle Frontier and won
*Defeated several Legendary Pokémon--Articuno, Darkrai, Regice, maybe others I'm forgetting.
*Entered various smaller competitions, winning some of them (ringer competitions, the tournament in Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, etc.)
*In XY we see he can hold his own against Elite Four tier opponents like Alain.
What does Kiawe have in his resume to make him a better trainer than Ash? Kiawe showing better strategies in the league feels like a choreography problem more than anything, possibly because of it was more of a comedy series.
I agree it's nice how they broke out from the league arc but I just don't think its deserved. Melmetal added nothing and it didn't even win the match iirc. The Z-move against Z-move thing was also really dumb. If he had shown better use of his pokemon, the win wouldn't have felt so undeserved imo. We all complained about Tobias and Alain but he had become them here in Alola and hindered their development.Really, though, the biggest issue is that Ash losing a league is the single most boring outcome at this point. Letting him win has allowed them to give him a new, higher level goal. There's actual, genuine excitement for Ash's story arc because he's finally actually advanced his arc and it even seems to be a permanent step.
Also, he could pursue whatever he is doing now even though he had lost the league too.