Should Ash Be Replaced?
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March 3rd, 2013 (10:13 PM).
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TPC has already stated that they will never think about replacing Ash. It was in an interview some long time ago with the director of the anime. Ash IS the face of the Anime as well as a metaphorical representation of Tajiri Satoshi. They even said that Ash will be used to showcase future regions and adventures as more came along.
They have also tried replacing Ash with a few other show changes. One with the Johto MC renamed Jimmy which received negative reviews. The second was the attempt at the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon anime which also received negative reviews.
His reset is to lure in new fans rather than cater to the older ones. The anime's target is solely children of younger age groups. Its also easier to show the character messing up and learning as he goes for the children rather than blatantly explaining everything after the fact has passed in nonchalant ways.
He's never going to be replaced or removed due to his iconic status as the sole major character(by association majority of his pokemon are protected this way as well) while all his companions are minor characters to varying degrees.
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Xander basically explained it all, but he is right in a sort-of way. The reason why Ash is apparently not getting replaced is because he's the face of the anime, the main protagonist (and based on Red for that manner) and not to mention his signature Pokemon is Pikachu, the mascot of Pokemon in general.
The resets are, like Xander said, to lure new fans to the series. While there are older fans who still watch the anime (some are even around my age) it's the younger audience they put first.
Even though there have been several attempts to replace Ash, they all didn't do as well as they thought and they decided to keep Ash. He simply won't be replaced.
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