What did you think of the third Pokemon film?
Honestly it’s been way too long since I saw it to comment on it in any detail. I remember liking it at the time, and I love that it gives the Unown their due as a mysterious and alien supernatural force. In retrospect the whole “crystal castle of illusions” thing, and having to confront the little girl’s neuroses in order to defeat her monsters, seems super trippy, and that’s not necessarily bad, but I don’t know if the Pokémon anime is necessarily cut out for psychological horror? Might watch it again if I ever have time.
They shoulda made Ash win the Sinnoh League! Ash was at his peak, his rivalry with Paul was such a huge part of that series and they had a 3-episode climactic battle and everything. They literally had to bring out a troll character with multiple legendaries out of nowhere just to stop him! They coulda made Ash win and retired him as the protagonist, and started anew for the Unova series (which woulda worked perfectly because the fifth gen was the reboot gen anyways). Do you agree?
Sinnoh is actually the series that I’ve seen the least of, so I don’t know if I can comment on the appropriateness of that moment specifically. In general, though… I don’t know, people always bring up getting rid of Ash as something that would be great for the anime and revitalise it, but I don’t think I’m convinced. For one thing, Ash is pretty iconic by this point and I think the fanbase would inevitably be deeply split on any possible replacement. For another, Ash’s ingrained cluelessness is actually a useful character trait for the lead in a story about exploration and discovery, because the audience can learn with him, so any replacement would need to resemble him in some important ways anyway. I don’t think Ash is played out; I think the whole premise of the Pokémon anime and its “Pokémon journey” format is played out – so arguably the better solution is to do exactly what Alola is doing and try to abandon that premise.