Remember how the Internet kind of flew into a rage because Brock and Misty were erased from Pokemon history in the latest Pokemon movie? That’s just not okay. Brock and Misty helped make Ash and arguably are two of the most important characters in the series. I’m a little biased because I don’t like a lot of the new characters and I especially don’t like how the cadre of girls around Ash always seems to be changing. I grew up watching Ash, Brock, and Misty travel through Kanto together. I watched them on freakin’ VHS. I can’t imagine a Pokemon world that doesn’t have Brock and Misty–it just isn’t the same. I mean. Imagine living your life without two of your closest, oldest, most influential friends.
Also…Ash + Misty forever! At least, I wish it could be that way. I know Pokemon is a kid’s show, but in my headcanon, I’ve always believed that maybe Ash will finally go back to his roots and be close to Misty instead of traveling with Dawn and May and whoever and whoever. Seriously, what’s up with that, Ash? You’re 10. How do you have so many female companions?
Instead of Brock and Misty in the movie, there are two different characters, with this generation’s characteristic weirdly colored hair. Seems like everyone new in the Pokemon universe has some wild shade of hair.
So these two new characters are named Makoto and Shouji. They’re being released and drawn alongside Ash in the 20th-anniversary promotions, on magazine covers, etc. Even in the movie roster, you’ll see characters like Nurse Joy–but of course, there’s that glaring omission of TWO OF THE MOST IMPORTANT CHARACTERS EVER MADE. It’s just not possible or fair to replace them with two the random kiddos. No offense to these two but how are we supposed to celebrate them when we don’t even know who we are?
Okay, okay. We’ve cleared that up, right? I’m a die-hard fan of the original trio, and I will never ever accept Pokemon’s new characters (at least, not if they’re going to serve as replacements).
Anyways, I haven’t actually been keeping up with the new Pokemon anime. I stopped watching Black White–it’s more…for my brother’s generation. The art looks kind of goofy, and I remember how last year everyone was up in arms about that. Honestly, it seems alright…ish. Different, but different doesn’t necessarily mean “bad” after all.
Here’s the news that makes me excited: I’ve heard through the grapevine that Brock and Misty are planning on appearing in upcoming Sun Moon episodes. Specifically, the episodes airing in Japan on September 14th, and the 21st. In these two episodes, Ash is going to travel back to Kanto and supposedly meet his old buddies.
I might be hoping for too much, but maybe Ash will like it so much there that he’ll decide against leaving and traveling the world and just become a gym leader in Kanto. LOL. This news also raises some interesting questions: if after all this time Brock and Misty still exist, doesn’t that mean that Ash has spent a really extended period traveling to different regions? And doesn’t that mean he should…be older? I dunno, if he took, say, a year to travel with Brock and Misty, and a year for each of the following regions, it seems like he should be a LOT older. At least fifteen or so. But as far as I know, he’s still 10.
I wonder how producers are going to reconcile that if they do at all. Knowing them, they’ll probably just ask us to do some mental gymnastics and accept that time in the Pokemon universe just doesn’t travel the same as it does in ours. Maybe Palkia and Dialga did something funny with space-time? Or maybe…THIS IS JUST ALL A DREAM IN ASH’S HEAD. Maybe people in the Pokemon world aren’t actually humans. Maybe they’re aliens and 1 year of their life equals 7 years of ours. So let’s say they live for 70 years of alien-life. And 1 year of their alien-life = 7 years of our life. Which means that by our schedule they live 490 years. Sounds kind of cool and wacky.
I think that’s my new theory. That’s why Ash hasn’t aged.
Okay! I’m gonna wrap it up here. What do you guys think about the reappearance of our most beloved Pokemon overlords? Do any of you keep up with the new anime? Do you love it? Hate it? Tell me your thoughts below in the comments! 🙂