I'll go first and say that for TR I really would like James to get a Tangrowth or something, simply because it'll showcase a 4th gen evo and they can change it to a badass personality. I really would just like to see it whip James every time it comes out.
If Chimchar doesn't at least evolve before Ash faces fantina then i personally don't think it should go at all, cause it won't be able to reatch Infernape unless they pull a Charizard on it and i know no one wants that.
I find it reasonable that Chimchar should evolve at least before the Canalave gym. I don't get why Chimchar just needs to evolve now when it could perfectly evolve into Monferno around the 6th gym, and evolve again around the GF.
I think that would be reasonable timing and I'm sure that with its story with Paul, it will most likely evolve all the way. I mean it would be a huge slap in the face for Paul when it sees Chimchar developing into a strong pokemon under Ash's care.
I think that the episode with Chimchar's rage will be touched upon again which would lead to the first evolution and the second evo would occur for preparation for the league. And heck, if it evolves sooner than what I expect, the better right?
But still, I think there's still enough time (especially if the writers consider on adding Platinum stuff like another BF, etc.) and I'm sure the Paul vs. Chimchar plot will be the thing that leads to a Chimchar evolution imo.
And as I've said before, I could see Chimchar evolving around Canalave so that's a good amount of time between Grotle and Monferno evolutions as well.
So with that, I think the evolutions (for Ash that is) could be handled from now until the end of D/P imo.
There really isn't nothing wrong with having two grass types. He had Cacnera and Carnivine for a brief period, even though Cacnea had basically turned into a deadweight. Since Tangrowth adn Carnivine are both Sinnoh Pokemon and there is virtually no Pokemon on James' team there will be almost no need for any sort of shafting.
If there's any Pokemon that we need to worry about on his team it's probably Mime.Jr. I mean seriously, in the dub it hasn't done anything worthwhile for nearly ten episodes and in thee raw it's basically the same.
I disagree with that, reasonable would be evolving it now before fantina and then evolving it again before or during the sinnoh league, any sooner than that is pushing it.
It would also be a slap to him and all of us is Ash was able to beat him without evolving Chimchar, cause at this point it's pretty likely that may happen.
The problem is it's already mimicing a certain lizards story, and rapidly evolving makes it Charizard mk 2 story wise, and i know no one wants to see that.
Except we're in the middle of the region, not still in the beginning stages.
If you want to build up something when writing a story then you do it as early as you can, the longer you wait, the more you'll have to rush it if you want to get it done before the story ends, and that's not good writing, if they want Chimchar to come out looking good then it MUST evolve asap or it will be look bad if it tries to evolve later on.
They've got too many to handle, and i gaurantee you someone will get cheated over.
I don't see how it's pushing it.
Considering it's proabably a lengthy time between Canalave and the league. Not to mention we might get mini-arcs like we have been, we might get a TG thing, and then there's Dawn's contests. There's also other random episodes so it's definitely going to be awhile from Canalave to the league.
While I admit that it could happen that way, hopefully the writers will evolve Chimchar. Most likely they would too considering that Ash's AG team was filled with mostly evolved pokemon (sans Corphish) and the writers would probably evolve most of his Sinnoh pokemon as well. I mean at least they should, there's nothing holding it back.
The gap between Charmeleon and Charizard was not a lot of episodes.
I don't see how it would be bad for it to evolve near Canalave as I'm speculating.
Well there were plenty of changes in Ash's team this first half of the season. Let's see:
That's 7 changes to his team. From here on out hopefully it would like this:
possible Floatzel evo
That's not a lot as this first half and I think it could be spread out a bit as well from now until end of D/P. But who knows...I think it's fine right now, you don't...to each his own I guess.