I think keeping Ash throughout the series has to do with marketing IIRC. Put Ash and Pikachu on anything and it'll sell like hotcakes.
So yeah, Ash is a marketing thing I guess, but it doesn't mean its truly horrible...nor does it mean its good. But Best wishes still stays in the top ten shows on Tv tokyo...And most of the ones that beat it are family shows if I remember correctly.
When refering to learning..."In other words, groups are not where ideas are born. Groups are where ideas are evaluated."
My eyes! (my eyes!) are filled with curiosity! You think! (You think!) that you have power over me! In this life! (This life!) There’s no room for you and me! So turn around and face the day with me!
Such[ a sexy song. Urgh.
My introduction to Pokemon was through the anime and when I watched the first few seasons I enjoyed them. For the most part my friends and I were into all things Pokemon (games, cards, TV, movies) so we consumed all of it. If it was Pokemon related we were there.
The anime became this repetitive cycle and very quickly (around Orange Islands) I realized that unless Ash was battling I did not really care to watch it. Eventually unless Gary was in the episode or Ash was battling in a tournament I didn't tune in. When Ash battled Drake for that two part episode was probably my favorite since Drake had so many Pokemon that I had not seen a trainer use.
I remember being introduced to the magna with the Electric Tale of Pikachu and Pokemon Adventures and found they were able to keep my attention for much longer than the anime. When Gary unleashed his Nidoking, Arcanine and Gyarados, they were just plain scary looking to me. It was my first time I saw Pokemon portrayed in a different light that was not the cutesy anime perspective I was introduced to. Going back to the Drake story arc in the anime, the confrontation also took place in the magna and I realized how much better it was handled in the manga as well.
Pokemon Adventures in my mind successfully captured what type of story the anime would have been better suited for while continuing to portray the characters in a way that children could have enjoyed it too. Seeing Red actually get hurt, and revealing that there were truly evil characters in this world, not just bumbling idiots, went a long way towards solidifying my enjoyment of the manga.
For me the manga will always be the better of the two.
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"If Pikachu becomes a Raichu, I might be able to win that badge. On the other hand, to make it evolve just to fight...I would be just like Surge...Pikachu, what do you want to do? I really wanna beat that Surge, but I also don't want to force you to evolve if you'd be happier staying the way you are now." -- OS Ash, ESS
1. The Anime: OS > AG > BW > DP > XY (Tentative)
2. The English Dub: 4Kids + TAJ Productions (Seasons 1-5) > 4Kids Entertainment (Seasons 6-8) > DuArt Film and Video (Seasons 11-Current) > TAJ Productions (Seasons 9-10)
3. The Games: XY > BW > RSE > GSC > Y > HGSS > DP > RBG
4. The Manga: RSE > RBY > BW > DPPT > GSC
5. Pokemon: The Origin: Excellent: 94.7/100.
6. The Movies: OS > AG > DP = BW
One thing about Pokemon Manga overall is that (and this is a personal theory of mine) the various Manga are usually written and drawn by one guy, the Mangaka, who have more creative liberty (though their editors may object to somethings) and the chance to really tell a story unlike the Anime which is pretty much one huge commercial riddled with filler or just overall dull moments. The Anime has this vibe that the writers just have no idea what they're doing or where this "story" is heading.