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Anime & Manga General Discussion

I remember a news about movies in progress. The news said that Liko will be the star of those movies. But it’s been a whole year since Horizons started and no movie has been announced yet.
That must have been some rumors because I haven't heard anything about any Pokemon being in development. While I could still see them making new Pokemon movies eventually, I'm still not sure about them using Liko and Roy as the main leads. I think using Ash would be a bigger draw to a new Pokemon movie than the new leads. Horizons has been on for about a year, but it's hard to say how well it or the new leads have been received in Japan and if using the current lead for a hypothetical movie would be a selling point.
 
And not AU Ash either, hopefully.
It does depend, as the main reason why M20-M21-M23 were a reboot trilogy was because the mainstream films were cliché storms that stopped making a profit by M18. M24 being a continuation of Ash's quest after becoming World Champion might be a major draw in the box office (especially in the United States) if done right.

But I wouldn't expect another movie for awhile, since I'm not sure if the "production issues" that lead to the breaks and clip episodes in mid-2022 have been resolved yet. And even if we do get another movie, it'll probably be another sequel to M20 (or a CGI remake of M02).
 
While I could still see them making new Pokemon movies eventually, I'm still not sure about them using Liko and Roy as the main leads. I think using Ash would be a bigger draw to a new Pokemon movie than the new leads.
It wouldn't make sense if Liko and Roy weren't in the next movie. They are the new MCs after all.

Even if Satoshi's presence made more sense, his story is over, continuing it might be a bit of a stretch.
 
Happy birthday to Erica Schroeder, one of the Pokémon anime's most notable VA's and one of NY's most prominent and memorable actors as well.

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It wouldn't make sense if Liko and Roy weren't in the next movie. They are the new MCs after all.

Even if Satoshi's presence made more sense, his story is over, continuing it might be a bit of a stretch.
I wouldn't say that Ash's story is over exactly when he didn't get a definitive ending. He's just continuing his adventures off-screen, so showing one of those adventures in a movie wouldn't be a stretch or difficult. They could easily have it be AU Ash instead if they're really worried about that, but I don't think that would be a major concern either.

Liko and Roy are the new leads, but I don't know if having them be featured in the first new Pokemon movie in years would be as much of a selling point compared to Ash. Having the movies feature Ash would also help to make them distinct from the anime series too. I'm not sure if they are planning on more Pokemon movies either way, but I do miss the yearly movies. It was something new to speculate on and I really liked when they finally just went the AU direction for the movies too.
 
Happy birthday to Erica Schroeder, one of the Pokémon anime's most notable VA's and one of NY's most prominent and memorable actors as well.

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I hope she has a very happy birthday! :yay:

And speaking of Erica, here's a picture of me with her at my state's very first Anime-Con last year! :yay:

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Happy birthday to Marc Thompson, one of NY's most prolific VA's who's still part of Pokémon (voicing a huge array of Pokemon like Gengar, Gliscor, Krookodile, Sirfetch'd and recently Squawkabilly and Lechonk) and Yu-Gi-Oh and still as active as ever having been in stuff like The Last Slam Dunk, Pluto, Mars Express, Wo Long: Fallen Dynasty, Hero Inside and more.

He's recently moving to Austin, Texas too so who knows what else is just around the corner for him. And in five days time it will also be 22 years since Marc made his Pokémon debut as well back in 2002.

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I remember that 16 out of all Ash's official trained and/or bonded Pokémon, including the first eight of his former, and the final eight of his currently in rotation, have not physically appeared in any of his To Be a Pokémon Master episodes, and these include Butterfree, Anthony's Primeape, Noctowl, Larvitar, Torkoal, O's Ambipom Gliscor, Gible, Greninja, Goodra, Lycanroc, Nebby (nickname of Solgaleo), Naganadel, Melmetal, Lucario and Dracovish despite being shown on the To Be A Pokémon Master English dub anime poster. Now I wonder why you think that they hadn't physically appeared in any of the To Be a Pokémon Master episodes, and were any of those mentioned?
 
I remember that 16 out of all Ash's official trained and/or bonded Pokémon, including the first eight of his former, and the final eight of his currently in rotation, have not physically appeared in any of his To Be a Pokémon Master episodes, and these include Butterfree, Anthony's Primeape, Noctowl, Larvitar, Torkoal, O's Ambipom Gliscor, Gible, Greninja, Goodra, Lycanroc, Nebby (nickname of Solgaleo), Naganadel, Melmetal, Lucario and Dracovish despite being shown on the To Be A Pokémon Master English dub anime poster. Now I wonder why you think that they hadn't physically appeared in any of the To Be a Pokémon Master episodes, and were any of those mentioned?
If you ask me, it's because the writers just didn't care anymore by that point. To be A Pokemon Master is popularly known as Aim to be Mid, after all, because it was so disappointing and lackluster.
 
If you ask me, it's because the writers just didn't care anymore by that point. To be A Pokemon Master is popularly known as Aim to be Mid, after all, because it was so disappointing and lackluster.
To be fair "Ash's Pikachu defeats the Charizard of the strongest trainer in the world after visions of every other Ash team member cheer him on, all beautifully animated and with the original opening theme playing" is such a flawless sendoff for the character already that there's really not much else they could've done that would've added to the finality. I guess doing what Arthur did and having a final episode flash-forward where Ash and friends are all adults would've been neat but it's not essential.
 
If you ask me, it's because the writers just didn't care anymore by that point. To be A Pokemon Master is popularly known as Aim to be Mid, after all, because it was so disappointing and lackluster.
I don't know if it's a matter of not caring when they already showed off all of Ash's Pokemon when he defeated Leon. I think it's more likely that they simply did not have the time to showcase all of Ash's Pokemon, especially when more of the popular ones would have more priority. Not to mention Aim To Be a Pokemon Master wasn't really trying to be this grand finale, but rather some more adventures with Ash, Misty and Brock before Horizons started.
 
Not to mention Aim To Be a Pokemon Master wasn't really trying to be this grand finale, but rather some more adventures with Ash, Misty and Brock before Horizons started.
Getting into some speculation, I do think Aim was itself not sure of whether or not they wanted to be a grand finale for Ash. Compared to other finales, even open ended ones, this feels less like a final send off for Ash and more like a temporary send off. I guess the attitude makes sense because Liko and Roy’s adventures are unprecedented since they need to fill an iconic character’s shoes. If they failed, then I assume they would have Ash in their back pocket.
 
Getting into some speculation, I do think Aim was itself not sure of whether or not they wanted to be a grand finale for Ash. Compared to other finales, even open ended ones, this feels less like a final send off for Ash and more like a temporary send off. I guess the attitude makes sense because Liko and Roy’s adventures are unprecedented since they need to fill an iconic character’s shoes. If they failed, then I assume they would have Ash in their back pocket.
This is what I guessed, as well. If you're taking a risk you want a backup--so from a business standpoint it would be foolish not to keep Ash around to put back on the table if Horizons doesn't work out.
And even if Horizons does work out Ash could be useful to bust out for a film or a special years later.
 
Getting into some speculation, I do think Aim was itself not sure of whether or not they wanted to be a grand finale for Ash. Compared to other finales, even open ended ones, this feels less like a final send off for Ash and more like a temporary send off. I guess the attitude makes sense because Liko and Roy’s adventures are unprecedented since they need to fill an iconic character’s shoes. If they failed, then I assume they would have Ash in their back pocket.
I think it's a bit of both. While I don't think that they intended for Aim to be a Pokemon Master to be a grand finale, leaving things open ended fits with both Ash's personality and the tone of the series. None of the other traveling companions have definitive endings. They're still working on their goals off-screen, so Ash doing the same makes sense. He also loves to travel, make new friends, battle anyone he comes across and flat out stated that he still isn't a Pokemon Master, so Ash wanting to continue to travel around the world even after becoming a World Champion fits with his personality.

It's also a good safety net if they ever wanted to bring Ash back. It's probably still too early to tell how well Horizons has been received when it's still on-going and the dub just started to be released a few months ago on Netflix. I don't think that Liko and Roy have been failures by any means, but I can't really say that having new lead characters has really increased interest in the anime, especially now that the shine of having new lead characters has probably worn off a bit. I do think that it's interesting that unlike all of the other series since DP, I don't have a decent gauge on how fans on this site feel about Horizons. That probably doesn't mean much when this is a small portion of the online community at best, but I think that's pretty interesting. Even if they do continue to bring in new lead characters going forward, it's a good idea from a marketing perspective to give wiggle room to your iconic protagonist to return in some form. Giving Ash a movie or a special down the road would be pretty easy too.
 
Time for the next part of the SV chapter of Adventures. We're still following Scarlet and she has her battle against Brassius. She also has an Amarouge, which is fitting considering her name. We also get some teases for the other Team Star bosses.

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Time for the next part of the SV chapter of Adventures. We're still following Scarlet and she has her battle against Brassius. She also has an Amarouge, which is fitting considering her name. We also get some teases for the other Team Star bosses.

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So what’s the deal with Scarlet that she seems perpetually angry at the world?
 
So what’s the deal with Scarlet that she seems perpetually angry at the world?

She just seems to be a more serious character. Add that in with her using one of the customized eye shapes and she has a harsh expression.
 
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