Didn't Pikachu lost his strength like twice now? (I forget the first time.. Then the 2nd time at the beginning of Best Wishes where Pikachu lost to a snivy?)
I agree, Pikachu lost his specialness. Ash lost the league AGAIN. I'm seriously fed up with the anime's formula now, I kept trying to give the Anime a chance but now they are in a repetitive cycle where nothing is interesting anymore. Ash never gets close to champion, he see's EVERY. SINGLE. FREAKIN. LEGENDARY. And doesn't catch ONE! And he leaves all his Pokemon with Professor Oak, it doesn't keep the Anime fresh anymore they need to stop pretending that all his other adventures never existed to the newer audience.
UT Shiny Snivy