My apologies, but its tied in regardless. It was wrong to start off with the age reference, I realize. But it's a real fact that the makers/producers are keeping Ash the age he is to keep their target audience, so they will also keep making him lose at just about EVERY league tournament, just to keep the money base going. Other than that Orange Islands League, he will NEVER win, NEVER really progress, the producers/makers will keep making more new generations, making Ash start over every time..... making new friends is great and all, but they are making Ash a giant pushover with no real staying ambition. May the producers/makers prove me wrong, but as long as they can keep making Ash lose at those tournaments, come up with more pokemon to train, Ash's poor story will keep going as long as they can make their money.