And on top of that, why do you think they didn't have Iris do Gyms? She could have been a Gym-challenger as well and been a league opponent for Ash.
But they didn't do it because they feel having two characters do Gyms on the cast would be way too repetitive. Seeing every Gym leader be beaten twice and go through the same struggles?
I wouldn't mind Contests making a comeback, but only unless they changed it up a bit somehow to make it slightly different than Hoenn and Sinnoh's... Or just make up a completely new side quest for the next traveling companion to have a passion for. Idk just have them do something proactive. Anything but more Don Battles...
Answering the question, yes I would enjoy seeing contests again. But not with a female trainer, with a male trainer for some variety. Why not Cilan? xD Stunfisk would be amazing lol. I always found contests cool, and after a saga without them I realized I actually miss them.
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While I would like to see contests, is Cilan really that good of an idea?
I could see him participating in one or two for fun, but not changing his entire career. I mean, first he was gym leader, then wants to become the top Connoisseur and then a coordinator? That would be even worse than Brock suddenly changing his career. I say, let Cilan reach S-class by the end of Unova so we can say goodbye to both him and Iris.
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Yes of coursse. Anything taking the focus from Ash is good.
Qith contest U've got more pokes getting more focus in different way. And the contest animation is always great.
At the moment I saw Cilan I thought he was Contest material and Pansage as proven is good in Contest battling.
I just hope the new girl won't do some deaigner stuff. Let her fight. . .
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I actually liked Contests and Contests battles a lot, so yes I'd like to seem them back. Nando vs. Zoey is one of my fav Animé battles.
I could see contests coming back for some small arc for few episodes if Ruby and Sapphire remakes are made, with purpose of promotion. This would also open up chances for May making cameo too, since she is min playable female from third generation being its representative. But i seriously doubt they will become one of main quests in anime ever again, especially now that they were dropped out from games.
You could argue how game developers could restore them as on of main quests in future generations, but it simply wouldn't make sense to get rid of something and get it back after few years reflecting bad on Nintendo and Game Freak reputation and credibility. Point of new games is to offer something new to customers, instead of going back to old quest which was dropped in 5th generation for a reason.
That said i wouldn't mind contests coming back for few episodes like it was case with Wallace Cup with May or Dawn coming back for it, but definitely not as main quest anymore. I want to see female companions with different careers for a change being included in show getting development and actual growth.
It would be interesting instead seeing girl trainer, ranger, explorer for a change added to cast developing in different directions with writers showing various type of careers on screen through which characters can grow and learn new things just like its case in real life.
However she was in anime at time when writing wasn't on same height like it used to be in AG/DP era and now its obviously too late. Unless by some miracle she comes back getting sequel which is doubtful.
As mush as I would love to see the girl or boy do Gym Battles, they will not. Which is why I am hoping for a new second quest.
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I'd like to see something new. Seeing Contest again, eh...and seeing two people do Gym's wouldn't be that exciting either. Maybe X/Y will bring something new.
Also, I think we will see how they handle stuff in Gen 6. If there is contest available in Gen 6, it's safe to assume that contests are making a return. The most battle-style quest would be Battle Frontier, and that's more plausible than the girl challenging the gym again since Battle Frontier is in a different "class". It's not like you can collect you symbol here and then oh it's Canalave city, let's go get the Coal Badge! No. That's not how BF works, so the girl challenging BF has a higher chance than the gym.
Also, why wouldn't Ash and the girl challenge the same gym. Why wait to the NEXT anime gym to battle the leader? The "not enough to challenge" reason isn't strong enough (no pun intended) to warrant the extra distance walked by the group just to challenge another gym when they could've easily challenged the one Ash challenged.
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The Contests alone are pretty much what prevented AG and DP from going full blown filler fest like Johto was. While we still had some fillers, the Contests and the episodes related to them essentially replaced those episodes.
If they have a new similar quest to replace them with it'd be fine too.