The Pokémon anime has been working since 1997, and there does not appear to be an finish in sight. Many a joke has been made about how Ash Ketchum has been ten years previous for 25 years, and his journey most likely will proceed for a while. However within the days earlier than the franchise’s immense reputation ensured the anime would proceed to run, head author Shudo Takeshi did have an ending in thoughts — and it might have been extraordinarily darkish and unusual.
In a blog post written in 2009, Shudo mentioned his experiences writing for Pokémon, sharing a number of new behind-the-scenes info. Amongst these revelations had been two attainable endings he had considered for the anime. The primary idea was meant for the debut Pokémon film, Mewtwo Strikes Again, and whereas much less darkish than the second, it was nonetheless fairly weird and melancholy.
This ending would have seen Ash, now an previous man, wanting again on his childhood journey and the thrilling experiences he might not have. Then, he hears his mom’s voice telling him to fall asleep and that he’ll be setting off on his journey tomorrow. The subsequent day, Ash wakes as a younger boy once more, prepared to begin his adventures anew. In keeping with Shudo, this time “he’s going on a journey not to catch Pokémon or become a Pokémon master, but to discover the meaning of existence, to discover how to coexist with others.”
Shudo’s second thought for a Pokémon anime ending was a lot much less hopeful. “The Pokémon would stage a rebellion much like Spartacus in ancient Rome,” he wrote. “Although at first glance Pokémon appear to be friends with humans, they would realize they’re actually being used like slaves, which would lead to an uprising.” The chief of this revolt can be none aside from Pikachu, which Ash would discover himself having to combat towards. Crew Rocket would try to mediate the human-Pokémon battle with the assistance of Meowth’s translation abilities, however would by chance find yourself making issues worse.
This is able to have been a surprising finale for followers of Pokémon, who’re used to Pikachu being portrayed as Ash’s loyal greatest buddy. The franchise’s canon emphasizes that Pokémon take pleasure in working with people and battling, and though some trainers do work their Pokémon too arduous, they’re the minority. There have been occasions when Pokémon have attacked people — resembling within the traditional episode “Tentacool & Tentacruel” — however these incidents are at all times portrayed as uncommon and stunning.
Shudo himself acknowledged that his thought “would break the rules of the Pokémon world and make it impossible for the series to continue,” and that if the story was produced, “it would literally have to be the last episode ever.” Shudo, who wrote the primary three Pokémon motion pictures, had thought of writing a fourth however deserted the try as a result of the rebellion story was the one thought he might consider.
The weblog put up is filled with different unusual info, together with that Ash initially wasn’t going to look within the second film in any respect, however Shudo’s ending concepts stand out as essentially the most putting. In actuality the Pokémon anime continues to be going sturdy, and Ash and Pikachu are nonetheless the perfect of associates. However it’s fascinating and slightly unsettling to know that, if the sequence had not been common sufficient to proceed, issues might have ended on fairly a darkish and miserable word.