That wouldn't work too well with the censors, you know.
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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It's kinda obvious why... Child friendly stuff.
But if Pokémon was like the real world... Then why not?
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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.
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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.
But I suppose I should write it off as the Pokemon world not being developed enough then.