Originally Posted by sin-of-greed
I agree because they are so strong you just obliterate everything and won't be able to catch new ones without beating the living **** out of them making them hate you.
If there's one thing I learned, its: Never, ever input game logic into the anime, period! The anime breaks the fundamentals especially when plot sees it fit. (Why else would a Pokedex have data on a 'mon you simply seen when the machine itself is about gathering data by obtaining the specimen to analyze then learn about) As far as I see it, the anime wanted to remove "level" and just give Pokemon "limitless potential" so it supposed to somehow balance out when Ash faces a foe he never met. Again, only when plot calls for it. It just feels like the anime team is just playing favorites with the “true power” of certain Pokemon when you get right down to it at points.
Thinking like that, even without levels Ash and Pikachu should both know what their doing enough to fight far less sloppily than they do, even if it is against a foe they never truly seen/underestimated.
As far as Ash himself goes... well... I like to say its magic, but I do question his level of memory when he’s dexing a re-met ‘mon that was encountered not too long ago. Is he stupid for removing his guys (except his little favorite Pikachu) and going to new region where he’s a wasted underdog again? No, he’s not stupid for that.