That wouldn't work too well with the censors, you know.
Well if they used a sniper rifle and put a bullet through Ash's head from long range the show would be over.
As to the issue of Team Rocket putting Ash and friends in "realistic bodily harm," JJ&M have had fewer qualms about that than you might think. I *still* remember their kidnapping Ash in Friend and Foe Alike(have fun thinking about what might have happened had Ash not been able to escape), and IIRC this was far from the last time the TRio crossed *that* particulary line.
To answer the topic question; they actually do so quite a bit, just using hardware that wouldn't necessarily be out of place in Macross/Robotech, Mobile Suit Gundam, or Super Robot Wars. They're not *great* at it, thank heavens, but they definitely make an effort.
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If I was team rocket....
It's kinda obvious why... Child friendly stuff.
But if Pokémon was like the real world... Then why not?
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Giratina will return....someday.
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Like people said it's a kids show. That's too extreme for this show. + it wouldn't really make the show as fun. If that happened then Pikachu would be gone for good and that's obviously not gonna happen.
Ash's team right now
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Tom Wayland actually said over the weekend it was because Pokemon became so big all over the world. That is why things after the first few seasons were toned down. Not just weapons but Japanese references too since it was not jsut a show for Japan at a certain point but a worldwide show.
There's a tyrant king with a reptile heart
And he's started a wave of crime now
From his ship high above he abducted my love
For the fourteenth or fifteenth time now
But I suppose I should write it off as the Pokemon world not being developed enough then.