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Old May 21st, 2013 (7:17 PM).
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    Misty's parents were never mentioned on the show.
    Doesn't anyone think she was a significant enough cast member?
    All May did was contests, and both parents were seen. Contests are only a small part of the game.
    Doesn't anyone think Misty should've been well-covered? If so, then Misty could make a return in order to remain along Ash Ketchum's side.
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    Old May 21st, 2013 (7:39 PM).
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      Hmm. Well, I would say that Misty's parents were never really relevant. She and her sisters seemed pretty capable of living without parents and they had their gym and performance and things. Maybe they were dead, maybe they were travelling, who knows? But they weren't really relevant to her character. Brock's family was more relevant, being that he was taking care of a ton of siblings after his mom and dad left. It was only by his dad coming back that he could leave the gym and travel. That was important to the story and his character. For May there was a good reason to feature her parents as well- her dad is a gym leader. Her brother travelled with the group. The family dynamics were a prominent theme in multiple episodes. Even if they had gone the other route and had May be Professor Birch's daughter, he still would have been featured. There is really no escape from meeting May's parents unless there was a drastic departure from the game.

      And I object to you saying that "all May did was contests". Contests may have been a small part of the games, but in the anime they were hugely popular and widespread, seemingly even more entertaining for the common person than gym battles. And that girl accomplished a hell of a lot. Misty, sad to say, didn't get nearly as much character development as May.

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      Old May 21st, 2013 (9:54 PM).
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        i resent that statement "all may did was contests", as contests are even more entertaining than gym battles IMO. its a shame they took them out in unova.
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        Old May 21st, 2013 (10:43 PM).
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          I think due to the fact that May's parents were shown because Norman (her father) was a Gym leader. Misty's parents were not even shown in the games so I don't think there is any need for them.
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          Old May 22nd, 2013 (12:53 AM).
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          Haruka was much more important character in anime than Kasumi. That's why her family was introduced (beside mentioned reasons).
          Kasumi was just side kick for Satoshi in the first seasons while Haruka was a MC.
          And still they featured Kasumi's sisters.
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          Old June 1st, 2013 (6:55 AM).
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            Been awhile i been here.
            Anyhow main reason why Misty parents weren't showed is because they weren't relevant to Misty story or plot at that point.
            For same reason Ash and Dawn father, Iris or Cilan parents weren't brought up either.

            This has nothing to do with how important traveling companion in this show is, but in whether writers find diving more into someone past and history is required to resolve issues like it was case with Pewter gym and Brock dis functional family, or be done for sake of more substantial story with purpose of learning more about character past giving it depth in aim of achieving significant development with character having him grow further emotionally.

            That said i always thought some info about Misty parents would have been intriguing to see and set up foundation for quality driven story twist. Considering how family tradition in Cerulean is to mainly use water type, her parents could be some recognized water specialists which left on journey to achieve mastery over said type . Which could provide some good character development in having their daughter not wanting to fail their expectations or ending disappointed with her causing anger and revolt in wanting to prove them wrong. But also shatter her confidence not being sure if she is cut out for such task.

            Often someone relatives can become important to storyline later on if writers decide to use them as vectors,being possible to do some great development by just exploring more on someone family or past. Touche it wasn't meant to happen.

            She surely was great character and hopefully writers will give her some recognition and screen time in future, whenever that would be. She can certainly offer more and there exist many unanswered things about Misty story which would be interesting to expand upon and give her some more development.

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            Haruka was much more important character in anime than Kasumi. That's why her family was introduced (beside mentioned reasons).
            Kasumi was just side kick for Satoshi in the first seasons while Haruka was a MC.
            And still they featured Kasumi's sisters.
            I wouldn't necessarily say she was much more relevant, its more she had bigger role. May was relevant in aspect of introducing contests in this show being first female protagonist. While Misty importance derives from being Ash coach and motivator pushing him to go forward along with Brock . Brought humor, tension and lot of flare in group interactions, often played role of classic heroine giving tom anime identity with her strong presence.
            Along with having her motives and desires, quest of becoming water master, background etc paving way for future females to come in anime.

            Both left big impact on anime and fandom in their own ways.
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