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Newly-translated blog from chief Pokemon script writer reveals years-old idea for anime ending

The following is a newly-translated blurb from Takeshi Shudo, the man behind the Pokemon anime. This blurb was posted many years ago, but never translated. It seems to pertain to Shudo's potential idea for an end of the anime series.

Months and years having passed, Satoshi, who has become an old man, suddenly remembers the old days. It is an embellished memory of childhood. A fantasy...The imaginary creatures, Pokémon, and their adventure. Friendship. Coexistence. That is, in the real human world, something Satoshi could not possibly encounter. However, somewhere in childhood, surely Pikachu and the other Pokémon are there, Musashi and Kojirou are there, Mewtwo is there...

Not just that; everyone Satoshi encountered on his childhood adventure can be seen in the elderly Satoshi's eyes. Satoshi hears his mother's voice in his ear. "Come along, hurry to bed. You set off on your journey in the morning, don't you?" The next morning, woken up by his mother, Satoshi, once again in the form of a young boy, energetically rushes out of the house.
This is a search "Not to catch Pokémon, not a journey to become a Pokémon Master, but to discover what I am", a journey with the goal of coexisting with others.

Long story short, Mr. Shudo seemed to desire an ending where Ash's journey was nothing but a dream. I don't know about you, but I really don't care for the ending! I guess one day we'll see if those in charge of the anime now decide to take that direction! Thanks to TheDreamingHawk for the heads up!

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blade_master
Tue Nov 15 16 08:20pm
Rating: 8

Ash coma theory almost confirmed?

chrome
Tue Nov 15 16 08:08pm
Rating: 2

that has got to be one of the most depressing things the Pokemon company has came up with. I mean god damn that hit me right in the feels

blade_master
Tue Nov 15 16 08:20pm
Rating: 8

Ash coma theory almost confirmed?

I'm not sure it's even "almost", it's pretty much a dead-on confirmation. Not really happy with that, though. I'm kinda glad they haven't done this.

No, it's not a confirmation.
1. This was just an idea, but nothing concrete or confirmed
2. He stopped working on Pokémon long ago, somewhere in the Johto arc, so his ideas, while nice, are irrelevant now
3. They haven't done this in the anime or even alluded to it, so no confirmation there
You even said number 3 yourself, so I don't know how you see it as a confirmation

Wait... That would confirm why Ash doesn't age, right? Interesting...

What is this? Captain Tsubasa or something?

I dislike "It was all a dream" (or similar) endings. Though I do have to admit that reading that small blurb awakened some feelings inside...

I agree with you on both counts. I'm rather glad they didn't go with this, though I do wish they'd moved on to a different protagonist, like with the games... >.>

Man, that's deep. I kind of wish they went with it.

hamr
Tue Nov 15 16 10:13pm
Rating: 2

So old!Ash is embellishing his childhood memories to the point of literally inventing thousands of imaginary friends he never actually had, but even in his dreams he manages to choke every time he gets to the league?

"not a journey to become a Pokémon Master, but to discover what I am"

That is going to be a pretty quick journey.

Tue Nov 15 16 10:38pm
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So old!Ash is embellishing his childhood memories to the point of literally inventing thousands of imaginary friends he never actually had, but even in his dreams he manages to choke every time he gets to the league?

Way to kill the mood, man.

Ash has been taking Ls for the last two decades and will probably continue to take them for two more.

Any mood that arises around the potential endgame being 'Oh, yeah, this unending cavalcade of failure and Sisyphean anticlimax is the happy, idealized version of his childhood' should involve way more pitchforks. Razz

Yeah, that's...that's a pretty damn depressing "Just a Dream" ending.

I dont like the current anime, like at all, but i really hope they NEVER use that ending in the anime as the series TRUE finale

He basically just confirmed that all those theories were not too far off. lol

I wouldn't like that as an ending. Makes you fell like it was a waste of your time if everything you watched didn't actually happen. Even if it never happened in the first place because the show was never real, but still.

"You know that cartoon that almost three generations of kids around the world are super nostalgic about? What if I told you it's really about the delusions of an old man? Pretty funny, right?" Yeah... this would not go over well at all. This would go over as well as Miyamoto admitting that the Legend of Zelda is just the day dreams of a boy from his hospital bed after being in a serious car wreck and no longer being able to walk.

That's pretty lame.

... Then again I still wonder what Ash and Ho-Oh's deal is [as the later has seen the former at the end of almost every region he's been in],and Ho-Oh still never got a movie role, so it wouldn't fit my headcanon that the series finale would have something to do with that...

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