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Why did Ruby have to be a coordinator? It should have been Sapphire. Ruby should be the badge collector! - Some moron's opinion on what would have been "best" for the Pokemon Special manga



Ah, don't you love the smell of sexism in the morning? Y'know, that a woman's 'place' in the Pokemon world is that of a coordinator or maybe being a trainer that has no real *big* goal.

I have seen this sexism first hand down at Netbattle, where the guys don't take me as seriously when I'm using a female handle. I get these cracks about why I don't have something cutesy like a Clefairy or a Jigglypuff.

In other forums, I see people complain about how the new Diamond/Pearl anime series will feature a female main character and how that will suck because they don't want to see a 'girly' show. Many of those sexist jerks seem to think that a female lead would only be there to put on make-up and swoon over a(ny) male character. Though, there are also shippers who seem to want the female lead to get together with a boy, namely Ash.

Girls can be kick ass trainers. In fact, there are several females that do, Gym leaders especially. In most of the canons, the topic of sexism doesn't seem to be an issue. Well, maybe in a few episodes of the anime there are some instances of it. However, there's really nothing that indicates that women are given trouble when trying to reach a high position such as being a member of the Elite Four.

Hmm, I guess the Pokemon world just isn't tainted by the "real world".

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BONUS MINI-RANT ( D8 ):

I thought that there would finally be a Pokemon anime that broke away from the 'Ash's quest to wander aimlessly and lose every big competition he enters to be a Pokemon Master' and had a new character star. Now it seems that the anime will continue going through the same tired formula. From the look of it, it will have Ash meet another young female trainer that he will probably mentor.

I know a lot of the people here are fans of the anime and have fond memories of the old days of it. Don't get me wrong, I used to be a huge fan of the Pokemon anime and of Ash. I just hate how it's become so... painfully bland.
Yes, I've ranted on this before on here, but I guess it just pisses me off since the world of Pokemon has a lot of potential for good storylines. Oh well. It's not like I even watch the show anymore, anyhow.
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profhydron
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Time:2006-09-08 06:45 pm (UTC)
Well, there's also the big problem that a majority of video game programmers and anime writers are men. With the exceptions of Inuyasha, etc...

Though I would have welcomed a change of pace with a female lead with open arms (Ash could probably use a little grace in being a coordinator). Without Ash it's not Pokemon, I'm sad to see May get dumped but the show doesn't like keeping more than 1 female lead up front for very long. Sadly..

I get confused for a girl because I <3 Contests and the like...I don't see how they're gender specific now (though the dress-up thing will add a certain element of proper gender roles into the mix).
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profhydron
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Time:2006-09-08 07:53 pm (UTC)
...actually, looking at the pics from the Ash vs. May episode in Japan, Ash is in a Pokemon Contest...I wonder if Hikari will take over for Gym Battles. While Ash tries out Contests...hmmmm
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staff_of_truth
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Time:2006-09-12 10:13 pm (UTC)
Well, that would certainly be interesting if they did it. I kind of doubt it, though. ^^; I'm a little too pessimistic about the D/P anime.
However, I saw the new poster for it and it had a new character who seemed to have some potential. I just ask for the writers to not use the same filler episodes and whatnot.
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(Anonymous)
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Time:2006-12-31 04:24 pm (UTC)
I completely agree with the whole sexist thing, though personally, I don't want to see ash pushed to the background by someone else, regardless of their gender. Simply because he's the lead character. he always has been. And I know he loses a lot of battles and competitions, but that's just about making the show more realistic. One thing I've always liked is the way Ash has grown. He's still not perfect, but you can see he's come a long way since the first episode.

But I digress. Yes, many things today do seem to be leaning more towards males, and I don't like seeing that (keep in mind, I am a guy). I mean they wouldn't even let the Pokemon gamers play as a femlae until Pokemon Crystal came out. And the trio in the series always has to be at least two guys to one girl. I always have wondered why there needs to be more guys in a group than girls. :-/
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staff_of_truth
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Time:2006-12-31 07:39 pm (UTC)
Why does Ash have to be the main character of every single animated Pokemon program that is churned out? They could easily make a brand new series that has nothing to do with Ash's journey, but they don't, because apparently, 95% of the fanbase is infatuated by this kid...who's not really all that interesting, in my opinion.

And the females? They're expendable. This is especially true since the writers of the anime are so intent on ADVERTISING each new gen by introducing a new girl based off the female protagonist. And yet they keep Brock and Ash, characters from the first gen. But, hey, that's okay because they are OMG MALES THAT HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE THE KANTO SERIES. To add insult to injury, they also make female characters like Hikari into Coordinators because that's apparently all that a main female character can do in the show. Poor Misty never did get to shine as much as she should have. She was pushed into the background often, especially during Johto. Jessie's character is also portrayed in a bad light, particularly during AG (and she's a frickin' Coordinator, too). Often, she's the one dishing out insults while James and Meowth are submissive to her every whim, which is different from the first season where they would do things more as a team effort. I mean, Jessie even went against James' request to not have his Chimecho use Double Edge (since it would injure itself during the attack). Gah.

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(Anonymous)
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Time:2008-07-18 09:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, you said it! Ash has really lost his personality. His voice is drastically changed. Now he sounds sort of like Otto from Rocket Power. Also, have you noticed how the show has become all about competition and less about novelty and adventure?
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