Takeshi Shudo’s Pokemon anime novelisations
A while ago, there was a post going around about the two novelisations Takeshi Shudo wrote about the anime, with some notes on what they were about. I did some digging the other day and I found a website discussing the books with some difference content. Better still- it contained a link to an English translation of both novelisations! I’ve not had time to go through all of them, but there’s some very odd stuff there.
There’s the general cuteness we’re used to seeing in the anime. Apparently Ash practised his “Getto Daze!” victory pose for ten days before he got it right!
Ash also had nicknames planned for his first starter, Charmander, Bulbasaur or Squirtle. When he ended up with Pikachu, he tried to nickname him too, but he wouldn’t let him.
And then, of course, there’s the disturbing stuff the novelisations are notorious for…
Trainers go on journeys to seemingly fill the hole their lack of parents leaves in their life… one of the books apparently says “Children who do not have a model of a father grow up thanks to a trip”. Brock falls in love with any woman he sees because he is desperate for love, but he can’t ever be with any of them unless he ‘changes the way he sees love’.
Of course, the canonity of these novels is up for debate since Takeshi Shudo is long gone from the anime, but it’s still something to consider.