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XY Anime Checklist

Postby IvoNinja » Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:28 am

Well, the XY anime has already has already gotten a preview in the States, and it won't be long before the series begins in earnest. Given what we've seen in the past sixteen seasons (holy magikarp... I'm really that old?) we can anticipate what will happen in future episodes of the new story arc with reasonable certainly. To that end I have devised a thorough checklist to count down each station of canon as the XY series goes on:

[/]Ash will recieve a new regional Pokedex.
[/]Ash will obtain/catch one of the regional starters.
[/]Ash will meet his male traveling companion.

[_]Ash will meet his female traveling companion.
[/]Ash will have some sort of showdown with a bird Pokemon.
[_]Pikachu will torch somebody's bike (sure, Iris escaped this fate, but it has got to happen eventually).
[_]Ash will meet a rival trainer who is a huge self-righteous prick.
[_]Ash will meet a rival trainer who is a lot more friendly.
[_]Ash's female traveling companion will express some form of unrequited romantic interest in him.
[_]Ash's male traveling companion will do something that suggests unrequited romantic interest in Ash.
[_]Ash's female traveling companion will meet a rival who is a huge self-righteous prick.
[_]Ash's female traveling companion will meet a rival who is a lot more friendly.
[_]One or more rivals that were huge self-righteous pricks will become a lot more friendly.
[/]A gym leader will not have the will to fight/will be absent when Ash arrives at their gym.
[_]Prof. Oak will make room at his classy estate for some of the new region's Pokemon Ash catches.
[_]Prof. Oak will temporarily send Ash some of the Pokemon he caught from a past adventure.
[_]Meowth will have a boss fantasy in which we see Giovanni shirtless.
[_]Team Rocket will split up.
[_]Team Rocket will get back together.
[_]It will be acknowledged that Ash has Aura powers/has saved the world/is the subject of ancient prophecies/is the Chosen One at some point, and then everyone will go back to ignoring this information.
[_]Ash will dress in drag (again).
[_]There will be an explosion of fanart of Ash in drag (again).
[_]A one-off character/minor reoccuring character will express unrequited romantic interest in Ash.
[_]A Fire-type Pokemon will be abandoned by an abusive trainer, and Ash will obtain it.
[_]A Water-type Pokemon that likes exiting it's pokeball at annoying times will be obtained by one of the main cast.
[_]Pikachu will win a battle by doing something that is impossible to do in the games.
[_]Pikachu will win a battle by doing something that is impossible to do anywhere, at all.
[_]Cynthia will find Ash and company (because she follows these kids everywhere).
[_]Cynthia will have a hard time deciding what flavor of ice cream/other food item she wants to eat.
[_]Ash will meet a legendary Pokemon.
[_]He won't catch it.
[_]Ash's Charizard will come back and do something awesome.
[_]Ash will mention that he's been offered a chance at becoming a Frontier Brain, an offer which is still open, but no one will take him seriously.
[_]Ash will die (again).
[_]Ash will come back from the dead (again).
[_]Iris will show up to hang around for a while.
[_]Iris's presence will cause Ash's female traveling companion to start using her catchphrase.
[_]The Magikarp Salesman will appear and attempt to scam one of the characters.
[_]Ash and company will relax at a hotspring.
[_]Some Macguffin or other plot point of huge importance will appear, have a bunch of drama and significance built up around it, only for that item/plot point to be dropped from the storyline and never have it's true meaning revealed.
[_]There will be a specially colored Pokemon that lives in some remote area that Ash and company encounter.
[_]Team Rocket will sell snacks while a tournament is going on.
[_]A member of Team Rocket will disguise themselves to enter a competition.
[_]A member of Team Rocket will appear in drag (again).
[_]A Fire-type Pokemon on Ash's team will disobey him and act like a jerk.
[_]Then the Fire-type will get its act together and do something awesome.
[_]A Pokemon will steal Ash's hat.
[_]Ash will release/trade a Pokemon, then make a totally empty promise to see the Pokemon again.
[_]Mr. Charles Goodshow will appear at the regional Pokemon League conference.
[_]None of you will actually remember who Mr. Goodshow is or recognize him when he appears.
[_]Ash will wipe the floor with one of his rivals at the regional Pokemon League conference.
[_]Ash will make it pretty far in the regional Pokemon League conference, then get utterly destroyed by some dude who appears out of freaking nowhere and uses Pokemon that are banned in real world tournaments, once again preventing Ash from winning any regional championship that isn't the Orange Islands.

Did I miss anything important?
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Re: XY Anime Checklist

Postby Crash32 » Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:29 am

Seems accurate.
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Re: XY Anime Checklist

Postby SkyGinge » Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:33 am

The only thing I disagree with is the whole unrequited love thing, which I haven't noticed in any of the gens I watched (and although I haven't watched since midway through Sinnoh, I at least know some of the stuff that happens in Black and White, enough to agree with several of your references).

Other than that, pretty funny and scarily accurate stuff.
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Re: XY Anime Checklist

Postby Jeffery Mewtamer » Mon Nov 04, 2013 2:25 pm

^Like with SegaSonic, I would say 100% of all shipping for the Pokemon anime is pure fan delusion. Brock's g-rated womanizing is the closest the anime has ever gotten to romance outside of maybe a few one-off characters. AshxAny member of his fanon harem is pure crack.

That said:

Ash's female traveling companion will fit some definitions of loli, even if her proportions put her firmly in oppai loli terrioritory, and will one of the most popular characters for Gen 6 rule 34 involving human characters. She will also feature heavily in all-female group rule 34 images with Misty, May, Dawn, and Iris.

Also, while I didn't read the entire list, some of these seem more along the lines of one-off occurrence rather than recurring plot points.
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Re: XY Anime Checklist

Postby IvoNinja » Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:25 pm

^While I agree most of the shipping in Pokemon runs on fan-delusion, there is still a fair bit more substantial evidence for pairing up characters in this series than there is in Sonic the Hedgehog games. Case in point, while the vast majority of Ash's interactions with his female traveling companions are platonic in nature, each girl always gets at least one moment of implied (or explicit) romantic attraction towards Ash. Iris's dreamy expression during Ash's battle at the Striaton Gym and again during a battle with Trip come to mind. Past girls have been less subtle.

Of course, this is when examining the series proper. The Pokemon movies always crank up the ship tease to enormous levels, usually setting up some blatantly romantic situation for the characters to stumble into, or having a one-off character express attraction towards Ash while provoking the regular girl's discomfort. Notably the only times Ash has ever been kissed before (as far as I can remember) took place in the movies. It's hard to tell to what degree the writers of the show consider the movies canon; sometimes they remember Ash has supernatural powers and destiny as the Pokemessiah, sometimes they don't. I'll check it off the list when the token acknowledgement is eventually made.

Whether the events outlined above are regulated to one-off occurrences or larger plot points depends. For example, in past the seasons Team Rocket has split up several times; while this idea has been the subject of single episodes, it's also featured in mutli-part story arcs. And whenever Ash gets an unruly Fire-type or other Pokemon, it typically takes some time for him to beat the devil out of them (or for the Pokemon to get over themselves).

Speaking of Team Rocket, I'm curious where the new season will lead them. They got up to a lot of mold-breaking antics in the Best Wishes episodes.
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Re: XY Anime Checklist

Postby IvoNinja » Fri Oct 09, 2015 4:47 pm

IvoNinja wrote:[/]Ash will recieve a new regional Pokedex.
[/]Ash will obtain/catch one of the regional starters.
[/]Ash will meet his male traveling companion.

[/]Ash will meet his female traveling companion.
[/]Ash will have some sort of showdown with a bird Pokemon.
[_]Pikachu will torch somebody's bike (sure, Iris escaped this fate, but it has got to happen eventually).
*didn't happen, but like in BW and Johto, Pikachu electrocuted the first female he encountered in the region, in this case Bonnie
[_]Ash will meet a rival trainer who is a huge self-righteous prick.
[/]Ash will meet a rival trainer who is a lot more friendly.
[/]Ash's female traveling companion will express some form of unrequited romantic interest in him.
[/]Ash's male traveling companion will do something that suggests unrequited romantic interest in Ash.
[/]Ash's female traveling companion will meet a rival who is a huge self-righteous prick.
[/]Ash's female traveling companion will meet a rival who is a lot more friendly.

[_]One or more rivals that were huge self-righteous pricks will become a lot more friendly.
[/]A gym leader will not have the will to fight/will be absent when Ash arrives at their gym.
[_]Prof. Oak will make room at his classy estate for some of the new region's Pokemon Ash catches.
[_]Prof. Oak will temporarily send Ash some of the Pokemon he caught from a past adventure.
[_]Meowth will have a boss fantasy in which we see Giovanni shirtless.
[/]Team Rocket will split up.
[/]Team Rocket will get back together.

[_]It will be acknowledged that Ash has Aura powers/has saved the world/is the subject of ancient prophecies/is the Chosen One at some point, and then everyone will go back to ignoring this information.
[_]Ash will dress in drag (again).
[_]There will be an explosion of fanart of Ash in drag (again).
[/]A one-off character/minor reoccuring character will express unrequited romantic interest in Ash.
[_]A Fire-type Pokemon will be abandoned by an abusive trainer, and Ash will obtain it.
[_]A Water-type Pokemon that likes exiting it's pokeball at annoying times will be obtained by one of the main cast.
*Clemont's Chespin is exactly like this but isn't a water type
[/]Pikachu will win a battle by doing something that is impossible to do in the games.
[/]Pikachu will win a battle by doing something that is impossible to do anywhere, at all.

[_]Cynthia will find Ash and company (because she follows these kids everywhere).
[_]Cynthia will have a hard time deciding what flavor of ice cream/other food item she wants to eat.
[/]Ash will meet a legendary Pokemon.
[/]He won't catch it.

[_]Ash's Charizard will come back and do something awesome.
[_]Ash will mention that he's been offered a chance at becoming a Frontier Brain, an offer which is still open, but no one will take him seriously.
[_]Ash will die (again).
[_]Ash will come back from the dead (again).
[_]Iris will show up to hang around for a while.
[_]Iris's presence will cause Ash's female traveling companion to start using her catchphrase.
[_]The Magikarp Salesman will appear and attempt to scam one of the characters.
[_]Ash and company will relax at a hotspring.
[_]Some Macguffin or other plot point of huge importance will appear, have a bunch of drama and significance built up around it, only for that item/plot point to be dropped from the storyline and never have it's true meaning revealed.
[_]There will be a specially colored Pokemon that lives in some remote area that Ash and company encounter.
[_]Team Rocket will sell snacks while a tournament is going on.
[/]A member of Team Rocket will disguise themselves to enter a competition.
[/]A member of Team Rocket will appear in drag (again).

[_]A Fire-type Pokemon on Ash's team will disobey him and act like a jerk.
[_]Then the Fire-type will get its act together and do something awesome.
[_]A Pokemon will steal Ash's hat.
[/]Ash will release/trade a Pokemon, then make a totally empty promise to see the Pokemon again.
[_]Mr. Charles Goodshow will appear at the regional Pokemon League conference.
[_]None of you will actually remember who Mr. Goodshow is or recognize him when he appears.
[_]Ash will wipe the floor with one of his rivals at the regional Pokemon League conference.
[_]Ash will make it pretty far in the regional Pokemon League conference, then get utterly destroyed by some dude who appears out of freaking nowhere and uses Pokemon that are banned in real world tournaments, once again preventing Ash from winning any regional championship that isn't the Orange Islands.

I'm surprised by how little of this actually happened. XY has tended to break tradition on a lot of points.
For example, none of Ash's water type Pokémon have ever evolved in prior series. Then Greninja happened.
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