Annoying yellow rat, or annoying brat?

By on 19 September 2006

Over the weekend, I’ve started to watch the Pokémon TV series on DVD all over again, and watching it, I’ve come to the conclusion that the main nuisance in the show isn’t that annoying yellow rat, but that ever-so-annoying kid. No, not Max, or even Tracey… I’m referring, of course, to Jari-boy (aka Twerp) Ash. In fact, after Jari-boy, Max, Tracey, Pichu Brothers #1 and 2, and Pichu Brothers #3 and 4 (ie. Plusle and Minun), that obese fluorescent yellow rodent (o^;^o) is actually dropping down the “most annoying anime character” list. (Then there’s Tyson from Spinning Tops, who actually makes Jari-boy look competent, but that’s another story.)

And speaking of Jari-boy showing his Pokémon-training competence, using Bulbasaur, then Charmander, against Chopper’s Golem in episode 36 (when he has a Squirtle!—ok so he keeps most of his Pokémon as little pipsqueaks but that’s another rant). And then there is the first movie. How for the love of dog does the Rat thundershock that trainer’s Golem out of existence during the opening sequence?!?!?

Of course, the Rat has the right idea at first, recognising Jari-boy’s idiocy. But after his attempts at “self-sacrifice” (during which the Rat ends up saving Jari-boy’s butt from the flock of Spearow anyway), it turns in his favour. Why, oh why? (Other than the obvious reason, there wouldn’t be a storyline otherwise.)

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