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If Ash is Red's anime counter part shouldn't Red's Pokemon be the same since they're the same person but Red is like Ash but in the game so shouldn't Red have a Ivysaur and Squritle since Ash didn't sadly take time to train them to evolve them?

asked Apr 3, 2013 by connorg123

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Ash and Red are suppose to be similar, yet not the same. The anime is much different from the manga.
The biggest indicator is the fact that manga is has much more violence, and is better suited for an older audience. The anime is aimed at a much younger audience, and has more respect for American parent's boundaries.
Not to mention that the producers of Pokémon never said Ash and Red were the same person. There is a reason that they have different names.

Unlike the anime—which, though drawing much inspiration from the games, does not follow them exactly—Pokémon Adventures is a mostly game-based manga, with the fifteen main characters taking their names from the main series games and their various adventures tending to stay restricted to their home region. Also unlike the anime, which has gone to great lengths to indicate the danger of a legendary Pokémon being captured, the main characters of Pokémon Adventures have captured and sometimes use their own legends, much as the player can in the games. Pokémon Adventures also contains darker elements than other media, including certain characters and some Pokémon actually dying.

Snippet from Bulbapedia
Source: I've watched the anime and read the manga.

~Emily

answered Apr 3, 2013 by Rio
selected Jun 9, 2013 by Mewderator
good point.
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A few points:

i. while you can say that Ash didn't evolve his Pokemon, he did train with them
ii. the anime focuses on the fact that Pokemon don't need to evolve in order to achieve more; however, this is impossible in the games due to everything being determined by base stats - even with perfect IVs, a Squirtle is no match for a Typhlosion
iii. when you get to Red after climbing that huge mountain, how are you going to feel when the champion's Pokemon are easier to beat than the Golbats you had to swat away to get to him? If Red had a Bulbasaur and a Squirtle, he'd be easily beaten
iv. it's actually not that commonly accepted that Red & Ash are the same person, because Red and Ash are different a lot of other ways, the main one being that Ash isn't Kanto Champion, and his journey didn't end in Kanto

answered Apr 3, 2013 by fondant