While they didn't have to continue the name thing I'm glad they did not just for tradition but for name seperation from their other counterparts. While the likes of Red, Silver, and Gold can be argued to have no names outside colors, starting from Gen 3 the player characters got real names. I liked that Kusaka didn't just hand them their game names as it's far easier to seperate them now in discussion if you were to say be having a discussion with a casual Pokemon fan instead of a big one. This is more effective with those that have more then one counterpart. Since the characters in Pokespecial rarely act like their game counterparts (The ones that have personalities) I don't see what's so wrong with giving them names that are not their game ones. Barry really isn't the gen 4 rivals official name game wise, it's just the most popular one and the one the anime choose, similar to Gary. For example I would hate to just dump the name May on Sapphire, there's already two May's in the Pokemon universe why not give the gen 3 girl a different name in Pokespecial to set her apart? She certainly doesn't act like the two May's we have already. Even if it's not a name based off the game I still wouldn't name her May. She's different so lets give her her own Identity.
Originally Posted by Weedy Spyze
RIP anime version of Glovehead. Pokemon Adventures will save you.