Hey peeps. Now I know the majority of people whom read this article are already standing there with their pitchforks out ready to stab me in the eyes. You see, a lot of people on the “interwebz” dislike Ash Ketchum. Whether it be my colleagues here at PTVP, gen “wunners”, or simply people who love to complain about everything, Ash Ketchum is an easy target. The amount of rubbish I hear in relation to his character and his failures is unbelievably stupid. Here is one example:
Maybe people really enjoy bashing “failure”. Or maybe they just do not understand the Pokemon Anime. Either way, I will dispel folklore and talk about why Ash is pretty cool.
Now that the intro is out of the way, let me beat down some typical Ash stories.
“Ash has never won a Pokemon league hahaha, that loser he is”
He hasn’t and I am not denying that. He hasn’t won the “big one” yet and has proven even a person who loses can still be great. What he has done however is place and rank in every Pokemon league to date above the first 4 elimination rounds. With several differing line ups, Ash has constantly and consistently finished high up in every tournament. Not bad for a ten year old huh? That said, he has beaten legendaries and won plenty of little tournaments. This statement will become irrelevant when he does win the big one.
“Ash never evolves his Pokemon, he sucks that way”
Where have you been? Charizard, Donphan, Sceptile, Glalie, Staraptor, Torterra, Infernape, Pidgeot, Butterfree, Gliscor, Unfezant, Leavenny and Krookadile are examples of Pokemon that are completely fully evolved. Also Ash has lots of Pokemon that don’t evolve anyway, such as Heracross, Muk and Snorlax. The only Pokemon he really hasn’t evolved are Bulbasaur, Squirtle, a couple of others, and Pikachu. That statement is not even a thing, stop using it.
“Ash is so stupid, he still cannot tell Team Rocket apart”
Urghh. He is ten years old. As a pre-pubescent kid, his mind hasn’t developed to it’s full potential. I find it weird how many people bash Ash for being stupid, and blame it on other things. He is 10..
“Ash will never be as good as Red. Red iz Godz”
No shit. Red in the mangas was made to look like the greatest trainer ever. You know the sort of guy who spins Pokeballs on his finger while whistling the Globetrotters tune. Then the Red in the video game franchise is a direct representation of every single Pokemon player out there (except Twitch), whom has conquered Kanto and became Pokemon Champion. Ash is a character from a TV show designed for kids. There is no comparison to be made. . But I must ask you, the first time you ever played Pokemon, did you not get messed up by Brock’s Onix? Or Misty’s Starmie? This here leads to my next point..
“Ash always just gets given badges. He never wins them fair”
Pfft. That is so generation one talk. Ash got given like 3 or 4 badges for the right reasons, mind you he was days into become a Pokemon trainer. When Brock’s Onix messed Pikachu up, Ash was still fresh and in a world he never knew. When Ash was “given” the Cerulean Badge, he was winning that match regardless. Team Rocket ended that pre-maturely and he deserved the win for saving the gym. It’s not all about wins and losses. Geez.. He saves people’s lives and still gets ripped on,
“Pikachu is like level 3529 at the moment. He STILL lost to a new Snivy LOLOL”
These arguments are getting silly by this point. In Unova on arrival, Pikachu was attacked by Team Rocket, then Teravolted by Zekrom. As a result, Pikachu was unable to use Electirc attacks and was heavily fatigued. Snivy used Leaf Storm which is a move common in Unova, but not Hoenn, Kanto or Johto, and was defeated. Pikachu never lost a fair fight, and in the rematch, it won with ease. People who don’t watch the show *tsk tsk tsk*.
“The show should end and stop showing Ash. It’s like so 1996″
This one ticks me off the most. Pokemon the show is nearing 900 episodes. The games are stronger than ever. Why would you end or reboot it? Why? Ash goes on a new journey parallel to the gaming franchise and brings the younger generation into the show. The show looks crisper than ever, we are in beautiful Kalos now, and Ash I feel will go all out in the next Pokemon league. Why you ask? The same guys who wrote the Red movie now write the show. That said, the show still makes me feel good watching. I still go back and watch the older series. The show should not end until Ash is a Pokemon master and on Pokemon Company’s own terms.
Last but not least,
“Ash is a moron, a failure, a nobody, I love Digimon, I love Anime, I hate the Pokemon show, Ash’s character sucks, etc etc”
OK, if I can’t still win you over. I will end it this way. Ash is imperfect. He is great for comic relief, and he is a stereotypical child who finds himself on the greatest journey ever (you’d kill to be a Pokemon trainer). His trials and tribulations build to the Ash we see today, with many friends and partners who have shared his journey. Ash in the show has had some major moments that are historic, such as releasing Charizard, fighting Drake in a two show war, the Kanto league, beating legendaries such as Articuno and Darkrai, getting paired up with chicks frequently, and doing something Red never accomplished, get all badges in every region. It’s not all about wins and losses, hell, Ash wins 95% of battles.
It’s the journey and everyone always forgets that. Ash is a kid who has grown (not age wise) in ability, skill , and confidence. He will be a Pokemon Master mark my words, and finally become the best “like no one ever was”. Until then, enjoy the Kalos story unfold.
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