Writers ARE writing this for a kids show.... It's not gonna be as complex as you think it's gonna be.
Pikachu wanting to battle in an ELECTRIC gym, ash isn't gonna turn him down for wanting to battle his own type. They've been "best pals" since day 1. Pikachu, imo, is a very strong battler (obviously) and him losing to excadrill was terrible. If pikachu didn't battle in the gym and he lost to excadrill and afro tauros, alot of you would complain.
I'll agree the 2 OHKO's were.... Meh, but tynamo is weak, so I saw it coming
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