With the way Virgil seems much more interested in how Ash is doing, than Kotetsu you'd think he would actually end up battling Ash. But that doesn't seem to be the case.
I had kinda hoped Oshawott would be better treated. I mean at least Piplup, was treated pretty well. Granted, it was Dawn's starter...but Oshawott has done nothing of note since Clay.
At least Dewott vs Lucario would have made a better match.
Plus the Johto series was 149 episodes long (minus the league part), if the writers can't properly handle 4 pokemons in that many episode, can we really expect them to handle 9 pokemons in around 100 episodes of the BW series (before the league started) (except Charizard and Snorlax none of the Kanto team was used for gym battles during Johto, which means Ash mostly used his Johto team in gym battles).
Also the reason that Ash's Unova team didn't get proper battles during the League is not because he has to many pokemons, but rather the no. of battles he had and how they were handled.
In Kanto League, he had 5 battles: all of which were 3 Vs 3 (two battles weren't shown completely).
In Johto League, he had 8 battles: 3 were 1 Vs 1 battles, the next 3 were 3 Vs 3, and the last 2 were full battles.
In Hoenn League, he had 6-7 battles: 1 was 1 Vs 1 battle, the next 2-3 were 2 Vs 2 double battles (one battle was not shown so its a bit confusing), and 3 were full battles.
In Sinnoh League, he had 5 battles (not sure if there were preliminaries as they were most likely skipped): 3 were 3 Vs 3 battles, and 2 were full battles.
Now in Unova League, he had 5 battles: 1 was 1 Vs 1 battle, 2 were 2 Vs 2 (mostly skipped), 1 was 3 Vs 3 battle and 1 was a full battle.
Looking at this, except the Kanto League, were Ash didn't have a single full battles, in all the other 3 leagues, Ash had atleast 2 full battles.
But in Unova he is only getting one. Also one battle was completely skipped and one was only shown half.
Also, during the time of Hoenn when Ash only had 5 regional pokemons, Ash fought the maximum number of battles. If the writers had used the same idea during the Unova, it would have worked much better than that time.
Ash had more pokemons at his disposal during the Sinnoh league than Unova since he used his older reserves there but still all the matches turned out good, even-though 2 battles were mostly skipped. Thats because the other 3 battles were still enjoyable.
Where as only one battle (i.e., Ash Vs Stephen) in Unova League felt enjoyable to me.
And if we count the number of match-ups shown during the Unova League, then we would see that Ash had 11 match-ups with Ash using each pokemon once except Pikachu who was used twice. Also was it really necessary for the writers to give 2 wins each to Pignite and Pikachu in the only full battle, and the rest were left dry.
If the writers had added atleast one more full battle, then all those pokemons who didn't get wins could have done better in that.
So, in all its not the problem of having too many pokemons, but rather its how the writers are planning to use them plus the number of good battles we had seen. As seen in the Unova League until now, were out of the 11 match up shown, Scraggy had one win, Krookodile and Pignite had 2 wins each and Pikachu had 3 wins. The rest no wins.
Last edited by Lucario At Service; 21st December 2012 at 5:44 PM.
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The anime where Stunfisks fly and Meowths talk. Where Oshawotts pop out of pokeballs and tranquills use wing attack. What more could you ask for, Oshawott evolving?. THE ANIME !
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The crew - Shun the Greninja , Wing the Talonflame , Tank the Gogoat , Ragequit the Tyrantum , Joules the Heliolisk & Melody the Sylveon.
Greninja all the way
Tackle? On a Hydreigon?
I cant believe that people are still bashing this episode when the world is ending right in front of their eyes... You would think even you forum nerds would care that little girls are blowing up outside your houses and millions of earthquakes are destroying places around the world. The Pokemon fandom seriously needs to get its priorities straight :/