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Retro Pokemon - The Makeover by crystilmitsuru Retro Pokemon - The Makeover by crystilmitsuru

Took me FOREVER. I got lazy when I got to Ash/Satoshi and Pikachu, so the shading sucks. But it's DONE! =D So happy . . .

Yes, yes, it's a Pokemon Makeover in all its cel-shaded glory. Set when Ash/Satoshi is 16-20 years old, in a random Pokecenter. They haven't seen each other in a while, yet remain oblivious to each other's presence.

I'm not a rabid fan of the series due to the insane amounts of repetitive-ness and oh-so-friendly characters. (I dislike it even more after the voice-acting change. *shudder*) And their outfits are so amazingly dull. (T-shirts and jeans . . . *twitch*) And Ash never seems to age. EVER. xDDD Seriously.

Well, yeah, that's pretty much the only reason this was created. xD First I wanted to see Ash older. And then all the other stuff snuck in. > >;;

Tools: Pencil sketch, Photoshop, Wacom Tablet
Completion Time: I have no idea. O_o
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raptorrex07 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014
This show desperately needs a reboot like this
G-Blackwood Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Any reboot would be good. I think the series could use a bit of a Gritty, Harder and darker touch.
dragonclaw20 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
love their new clothes and great art style.
bunkertheroomate Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013
This picture has an interesting plot to it.
Mathiais Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
It is mentioned in story that the Kanto region took around 1 year for Ash and Co to traverse. Add in what was it 2 months to prepare for the League because he was early in getting his badges. So right there Ash is 11 and some change I figured that the Orange Island arc took 6-7 months 8 tops so that puts Ash at around 11.5 to 12 ... If we then figure that each other League arc took around a year as well ... That makes him 12.5-13 after Johto, 13.5 to 14 with the end of Hoen plus say 3-6 months for the Battle frontier challenge puts him at 14-14.5. Coming Back from Sinnoh he would be 15-15.5 and After Unova he would be if we take the round of 16 for the lowest tally and at highest puts him around 17. I honestly think the reason they never aged him was originally the series was only supposed to last through the Kanto saga and it just kept going on and on likely by the time they thought about aging him and the other characters it was too late to begin the process.
klausiboy Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
but in the first episode of pokemon black and white they say that ash is a 10-year old bey from pallet xD some time is seriously messed up in pokemon.
also, if i remember correctly, the original japanese version said "a while" instead of "1 year" after ash finished kanto, sooo....
Mathiais Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
The Black and White series is almost reboot with the same character, Ash looses nearly all development and experience he had obtained in the past 5 regions and is nearly back to the point where Misty fished him from that river (As you can likely tell I'm NOT a fan). At the same time I get your point the B & W series states he is ten at the beginning. What one has to remember is that the series is designed to appeal to children, so it's less likely that all five regions total took place in less than the span of year as it is that the creators are simply ignoring the passage of time as a part of reality in terms of the characters in the show.  In deference to the majority of the people who are long time fans this makes far more sense. It's less bruising on our childhood memories when we simply state that Ash is only "10" for obvious cooperate reasons, than it would be to accept it as true canon.  That or Ash is in fact an immortal vampire or something crazy like that LOL. ( I have actually heard from a friend who works in the animation industry that they originally intended to age and mature the characters but it was either vetoed by cooperate HQ or they simply didn't implement it soon enough.) Again I do get your point though
klausiboy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
I already knew pretty much everything that you just stated, and i agree with the points, and all of this still makes time in the pokemon universe very messed up. We can't simply say that time doesn't exist at all, since there are pokemon with time-based powers (here i am talking about dialka, which literally is the time pokemon and celebi, which can travel through time), so the only logical explanation is That either time is weird in pokemon, or Ash is weird xD
but the reason for the messed up time is, as you say, most likely to make sure that the franchise keeps appealing to a young audience
DarkBlackArcanine Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Have you ever considered making this into a comic series?
SmokenShadows48 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012
Ash aged, these chars look better than the new chars on tv, but even that doesnt stop Ash from his stupidity for not seeing Misty.
GiratinaZero Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ash has a great outfit! When I first saw this,I was all...:iconnosebleedfaintplz: :iconpervplz: :iconnosebleednplz:
EmberWolfHeart Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist
Good, picture and I like the original characters a LOT better than the newer ones, I still say that the creators should've kept Misty in with the Hoenn, Sinnoh, and Unova regions, I think that they should start thinking about bringing back Misty for GOOD... Sorry for ranting eheh *sweat drops and rubs back of head sheepishly* But still good drawing and it's good to see that Ash AGED!!!
Tsuki222 Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2012
What an awsome pic!
SilverWingGentleman Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very nice! I'm glad to see a "retro" drawing back with the original characters. I like seeing all the characters in their new clothes and a bit older.
bigbulbasaur Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
uhh ash did age its just,lets say i took 3-5 months for the reigons ^_^
MizuriRumor Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
In Black and White, it still says that Ash is 10.
animefan9545 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
the wikia says ash is 13 or atleast since i cheked it a few days ago when i was bored and had nothing to do so i started looking up random things
MizuriRumor Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
I was only saying what the narrator said on the first episode of Black and White. If he has indeed aged like he was supposed to, then they never fixed that mistake.
animefan9545 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
the dubbing companie is to layzy to do that, but yeah its confusing
DylanFox27 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Love Ash's Clothes
MegMewMew Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Student Writer
I love the random Pichu in the background xD
roller323 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011
Will Misty find Ash?
Will Brock keep hitting on Nurse Joy's?
Will those three idiots in the background ever give up?
Eevee-in-a-box Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
:drool: Ash looks so cute~!
Luvv-Star Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LOL random Dragonair in the backround XD
iRy926 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2011
I love the old Pokemon, I just searched up Retro Pokemon in google, and found this epic super fantabulastic pic. I haven't really seen the new Pokemon (sounds like Ash got a new voice actor): so I have no real say in how the new Pokemon is. The pic is amazing. I can't draw to save my life, so this is like... totally epic.
BTW my sis brought up the point that we all may have pondered on: ASH CAN' CATCHT ALL THE POKEMON BECAUSE THEY KEEP MAKING MORE.
blueflareart564 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hate it when people say their art sucks, I think its better than anything ill ever draw
Rex-Fallout Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2011  Student Writer
This needs to happen. I'd totally watch the show again. Honestly how is Ash still a kid?
SilverJ7 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Turn around Misty! :eager:
DPhyreROX Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2011  Student
Awesome pic :D I agree that Ash's design is very bland and his voice actor is terrible >>
animamomentlover Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
this pic is very extreme, its awesome, love it
GreedLin Featured By Owner May 5, 2011  Student Writer
I like Red more then Ash... At Least Red ages, has a girl (two if you count yellow loving him) and is a real master
LordHanyouInuyasha Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist
This is a hell of a picture. Nice makeover of the characters. Especially Ash.

I get how stupid Pokemon (at least the Anime) has gotten. I can't stand watching the Black and White version.
leontinees Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2011
I agree, Pikachu :ohmygod:
pichugirl2000 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
pichu sooo cute just eat'in ta apple :3

p.s. i LOVE pichus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ash-t Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2011
a-ma-ZING! Totally awesome! Brock is hilarious, team rocket rocks, and I just LOVE pichu in the corner and dragonair in the sky! THIS IS THE EPITOME OF POKE-AWSOMENESS!
FangirlofArt Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't forget the caterpie in the organ-berry tree!
Ash-t Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011
Lol, I didn't even see that before! XD Now it's EVEN BETTER! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
Nightmare5321 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
love it :D
and your right they need to make Ash age at least a little and their clothes are dull
fav+ *gives cookie for a good job*
MikariStar Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
jahavad Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2010
ash would only have 5 pokeballs, pikachu never is in one.
grimlock1992 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2010
you know what if they make ash lokk like this this in the next series ?
Pekamouse Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
dear misty,
hes right next to you!!!
crystilmitsuru Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2010
That he is, that he is.
XxDismalFirexX Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
I really like the feel of this picture. Great job :]
crystilmitsuru Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
Thank you!
hurricane-hinder Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
pikachu never levels up either..... speaking of which, what level IS pikachu?

great piccie BTW
CeruruAI Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
im guessing 40 or 50
hurricane-hinder Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2010
good point
crystilmitsuru Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
You'd think 100, wouldn't you? But Pikachu still gets his butt kicked occasionally.
hurricane-hinder Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010
actually, i always thought at the beginning of each region, pikachu would automatically go back to level it's kinda like rare candies, in a way,but doing the complete opposite.
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