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The protagonist has cited a need to “relax and grow up”.

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Who are you hoping will become the new protagonist?
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Shame, I had really just started to like Ash more than ever before after watching some more of the anime as of late.
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Jimmy from Legend of Thunder! would bean option I would totally hope it is being considered given he's the one other actual protagonist who also has had a plot going on; everyone else has only had movie cameos.
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    Pretty sad none of you know an April Fools joke when you see one *rolls eyes*
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      Pretty sad none of you know an April Fools joke when you see one *rolls eyes*
      It's 5:38 PM here but i know it's a April fools joke, sadly that would be too good to be true if Ash retired
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      Oh good i can change my name to whoever the new protag is

      (Theres such a thing as following along with a joke btw)
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      Have it be Team Rocket.
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      Have it be Team Rocket.
      Starring James and his Inkay?
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        To be honest, I wanted to believe this April Fool's joke so that new life could be injected into the anime.
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        I agree with Caite let's have it follow Team Rocket as they just explore each region. It'll be cute.
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        But what does Team Rocket think about Ash retiring, I wonder.
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          Pretty sad none of you know an April Fools joke when you see one *rolls eyes*
          I agree. thats what i thought when i read this.

          has anyone noticed that if you hover over ash's profile picture and click the inkay a secret appears?
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          how about we have a girl replace him for a change nice april fools joke btw
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            Damn. I almost believed this. It wouldn't be too bad if it really happened though. At this point, I feel any protagonist would be better than Ash.
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              I think some people did realise it was an AF joke and just went with it in their posts, haha. But glad some of you seemed to enjoy!
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              Have it be Team Rocket.
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              I agree with Caite let's have it follow Team Rocket as they just explore each region. It'll be cute.
              They'd have to get used to the idea of not having to chase Ash for his Pikachu half the time. :V
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                Thing is, while it’s not a bad joke, there were better options than saying Ash was being retired from the Anime:

                Galar Pokemon leak(say a Leprechaun or other Pokémon native to UK for example. Would need help from artist community to pull this off)
                Galar final starter evolutions and typings(ongoing debate but it’d be massive clickbait)
                Serena returning as Galar main lead <- that would be clickbait x 9000. Iris or another former lead would also entice interest but none more than Serena due to UK’s proximity to France(and hence speculation that she might return).

                And so on... If Ash was going to be retired, they would have done it by now as I see it(right after winning Kalos as opposed to coming up short yet again or even earlier than that). Curious as to what the joke will be next year. Could try faking someone’s death or announcing the engagement of two people? *Cough* Sheep and Bob *Cough*
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                Ehh. I believe so many other places were probably doing the whole leak thing for April Fools I'm def okay with this as a joke instead haha. 'Sides we had a few other jokes going around the forum too (the fake hacks for one)!!
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                  This would've been somewhat funny if it had been even slightly realistic or plausible, but as it stands this was a very lukewarm joke. 7.8/10 too much predictability.
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                  Thing is, while it’s not a bad joke, there were better options than saying Ash was being retired from the Anime:

                  Galar Pokemon leak(say a Leprechaun or other Pokémon native to UK for example. Would need help from artist community to pull this off)
                  Galar final starter evolutions and typings(ongoing debate but it’d be massive clickbait)
                  Serena returning as Galar main lead <- that would be clickbait x 9000. Iris or another former lead would also entice interest but none more than Serena due to UK’s proximity to France(and hence speculation that she might return).

                  And so on... If Ash was going to be retired, they would have done it by now as I see it(right after winning Kalos as opposed to coming up short yet again or even earlier than that). Curious as to what the joke will be next year. Could try faking someone’s death or announcing the engagement of two people? *Cough* Sheep and Bob *Cough*
                  As Ash (the member) said, leaks for new game info is kinda predictable and done already to death without AF. As for Serena being a lead... I must confess I don't really follow the anime (contrary to any hints of that in the article), and so don't follow the fanbase trends so much.

                  I doubt anyone's death is going to be faked... and no pressure on that last one, huh?
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                  This would've been somewhat funny if it had been even slightly realistic or plausible, but as it stands this was a very lukewarm joke. 7.8/10 too much predictability.
                  Each to their own - intention was not to be realistic though, given the whole mock press conference and all within the article.
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                      I guess my idea of a good April Fool's joke is one where I actually do a double take and fall for the bait for a few seconds prior to realizing that it's April 1st. But in this case, a thread with a title like "Ash to retire from Pokemon anime" that deals with a subject that's obviously not feasible kinda ruins the punchline imo. :x
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                      There's different ways to present a joke on April Fool's imo. There's the kind where you're actually trying to get people to take seriously and fool, while other kinds of jokes you don't take seriously from the state and it's just something fun to read/do on April Fools. This falls under the latter clearly with the caption, imo, but to each their own it's no big deal in the end. You either liked the article or you didn't.
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