Meta Battle Subway PokeBase - Pokemon Q&A

Why can't Ash Ketchum ever win a Pokemon League Conference?

0 votes

We are all pretty much sick of it by now. Normally when anything goes wrong in the series, it would be all worth the while if he could just win a league (like how Ash won the Orange Island League, after losing in Kanto and how he won the Battle Frontier, after losing in Hoenn). Even possible methods for improving his chances of victory (evolution, higher levels, older Pokemon, more prep time, less filler, better movesets) have justified for not happening. If Ash truly can't win, why should the rest of his league rivals be exempt (Richie, Harrison, Tyson, Tobias, Cameron)?

BTW, Solidad won the Kanto Grand Festival and still when on to Johto, Why would the buck stop there with Ash if: Pokemon League Victory ≠ Series End

asked Dec 8, 2013 by Kid Sonic
The only closure from winning a conference, would be a regional one. And it wouldn't stop with a conference victory. Ash would still get to at least challenge the Elite Four (formally) (maybe they can have him lose there, since that's their favorite thing)

And besides, they never treated Ash's Orange Island League victory as a form of closure, nor have they differentiated that league from the other regional leagues. They don't know what's filler and what isn't (or else Ash would double his efforts and stop wasting his time with COD affairs :) )

1 Answer

1 vote

Because if Ash really did win a major tournament, the anime would probably end. I can only assume that those who win the main tournaments stay in the region, or that the winning of a tournament is Ash's definition of becoming a Pokemon Master, and the anime needs Ash to continue exploring new regions. The anime focuses on process/ journey over end result. Of course, they could just come up with a new protagonist, but they won't.

Also, his rivals are also meant to show character growth like Ash, and losing a battle usually makes them much more humble (Paul & Trip especially). If they just won, it would either be strange that they were Ash's rival in the first place since they're meant to be kinda on the same level, or it would just show no development for their character, and the anime lacks any in-depth character development as it is.

answered Dec 8, 2013 by fondant
Notice the Does not equal symbol (≠) when I say:

Pokemon League Victory ≠ Series End
I think Pokeleage Victory would equate series end at this stage. Ash has lost so many that winning one would be like some form of closure.
You're right, it would be some form of closure, ......of his losing streak (along with the anime's redundancy department/appeal to all the tiny-minded kodomos who never once experienced a good plot). Japanese children cannot be that dense, and this is making American children of the same age-group worse.
Right, if he won, than there would be no reason to keep traveling because if he won he would have pretty much fulfilled his dream.
Of course Ash has a reason to keep traveling, he ALWAYS does. To meet lots of Pokemon. But nowadays, that's ALL he ever does. If he can't take the Pokemon Conferences seriously, he might as well stay home and log onto PokeFacebook.
What on earth(haha) is PokeFaceBook?
A social network site for those who wish to meet people, as opposed to traveling across different regions and towns and pretending to make an effort in winning a Pokemon League Conference.
thanks.:)