The Internet Reacts To Pokemon's Biggest Loser

The latest episode of Pokemon XYZ sure is good at eliciting opinions from the internet. [Image via Pokemon Go Master]

[Note: The article has spoilers]

As Kotaku first reported, Ash just competed to win the Kalos League in the most recent Pokemon XYZ episode.

In nearly two decades, this was his best chance to win his first official league championship.

Cruelly, he lost.

[Image via Gahalog]

Of course he did.

The teaser hyped up the possibility of an Ash win, so going into the episode, folks were excited. Instead, they saw their dreams of an Ash win crushed.

[Image via Gahalog]

It probably didn't help that this episode was titled "Kalos League Champion! Ash's Decisive Big Battle!" It doesn't say Ash was going to win, but I can see how some people's expectations would raised that he would.

Ash apologises for not meeting our expectations. [Image via Gahalog]

The dislikes on the teaser clip for next week's episode shot up soon after the this week's show.

[Image via YouTube]

Ouch.

Let's have a look at what people have been saying online about the episode and Ash's loss.

Reddit /r/Pokémon

[Image via Reddit /r/Pokémon]

[Image via Reddit /r/Pokémon]

[Image via Reddit /r/Pokémon]

[Image via Reddit /r/Pokémon]

Kotaku US

[Image via Kotaku US]

[Image via Kotaku US]

[Image via Kotaku US]

[Image via Kotaku US]

[Image via Kotaku US]

NeoGAF

[Image via NeoGAF]

[Image via NeoGAF]

[Image via NeoGAF]

Twitter

(Note: Everyone is responding to an official tweet stating the episode was starting and asking if Ash or Alain was going to win.)


Comments

    I wonder if these same people would call the first Rocky movie the worst.

      But even Rocky wins in the sequels, but not poor Ash

        and those movies missed the point of Rocky. Except for Rocky 6.

      Well it was the first movie, not the sixth. And he didn't lose all the others preceding it.

    I remember when the XY season started and being told I should watch it as Ash finally seemed competent. I hadn't watched Pokemon since the Advanced block, as I'd given up on Ash having any character development and just constantly resetting, but I always hoped that something would happen.
    I had other shows on my list and so held off watching the latest series, but I kept hearing how Ash finally had a good chance. He'd gotten his shit together and was using proper tactics. I heard the theory that he'd win this league as Alola wouldn't have gyms and would be the next progression for a champ instead of the whole '8-badges-then-league'. I was excited to eventually get around to it.
    And now it's over. That excitement to get back into the show is dead. There will never be development. I understand the whole message of "It's okay to lose", but this is torturous at this point and is now sending the message of "no matter how hard you try, you will always fail". 19 years on and it's still "Gary was here, Ash is a loser".

    Seems strange to me that people are suddenly so hung up on this. The anime has a continuously refreshing fan base so it's less about losing every time and more about repeating the same message to the new set of fans. I don't think they expect anyone to watch more than a few seasons.
    From what I understand they made Ash a decent trainer in XY so it was a bit of a tease, but it's really not surprising that they're continuing the tradition of Ash always having room to grow. Plus it beats having to constantly increase the world's power level to keep up with the best trainer in the world.

      +1 not a showed designed to be watched continuously.

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