My Idea for the Galar region anime
(Me and a friend came up with this last night and it doesn’t apply to the show’s canon at all.)
Ash gets a letter from his older brother with nothing but a few photos and a plane ticket. One of the photos is of the Galar map, the other is of a house, and the last is of red, green/blue and leaf.
Ash immediately knew what Red is trying to say:
“Come to visit Galar. I have a place to stay and you can see me and my friends.”
For once Ash is conflicted about going to a new region. Sure, the chance to meet new people and new Pokemon is great but this was his brother.
His brother was one of the youngest regional champions in Kanto history. He left home shortly before Ash was born and only visited for holidays so Ash barely knew him. They never really had a conversation really but mostly because Red was a selective mute. When they did communicate which was rare it’s was all pictures and symbols and a lot of guessing.
It was frustrating. This was one of the reasons he never talked to red during his journey. That and he didn’t like bringing up his brother. Red was a natural trainer, never made mistakes, never failed, never settled for less than a clean win. He gave up his title of regional champion to travel the world and never looked back. It’s hard not to compare yourself to someone like that even if you aren’t related to them. Not to mention Red is just intimidating.
Delia was quick to encourage Ash to visit Galar. She wanted her sons to interact more since they never grew up in the same house but she knew with time they’d be inseparable.
She was quick to remind Ash that Red cared about him a lot, after all those hats where all gifts from his brother and all those postcards he sent was to help encourage Ash to see the world.
Slightly unsure Ash does take a plane to Galar to meet Red at the airport. Almost immediately he’s intimated by his much larger and more muscular big brother. But suddenly Red pulled something out of his bag. It was a red and white baseball hat with a few personalized pens attached to it and he gave it to Ash.
Red wore one just it but with a few different colored pens. Ash smiled as he put on his new hat and walked with his brother to the place he was renting on the edge of Wedgehurst.
Ash is immediately greeted by Red’s Pikachu who was helping green and leaf set up Ash’s room. Unlike Ash’s, Pikachu was very meticulous and he wanted the room perfect for Ash. The bedspread had to have 3 more pillows, the bookshelf had to have just enough books but not too many, and the bed for Ash’s Pikachu most be up to his standards.
When the brothers arrived Green and leaf we’re quick to marvel about how much Ash had grown and how small he looked compared to his pictures. They talk about what he was like when he was still a baby when they first met him.
They all eat dinner together with their Pokemon and tell Ash they were taking him to the research center tomorrow to get his first Galar starter.
Ash is uncomfortable that for once he was being talked over not too. Right after he was sent to bed, something else he wasn’t used to. In the past, he had set his own hours and while he usually did sleep around this time being told to was different.
The next day Red’s Pikachu who was named Raijin or Rai (Thunder in Japanese) for short woke him up with a slap on the nose. After eating the breakfast Leaf cooked and changing clothes Ash met with Red at the door bit Red just pointed him back upstairs.
After a few moments of confusion, Green responded.
What he’s trying to say is; “change your shoes it’s to wet outside to walk around in sneakers and put on a raincoat.”
Ash did as told but even more, he felt like he was just being ordered around. So what if it’s wet, usually if it rains he’d be fine.
As the group walked around town they stopped to talk to locals ask about goods spots for rare Pokemon Ash spotted something running around the corner and immediately tried to run after it only to Red grab him by the collar and scolded for running off of his own.
Time and time again he would be instructed what not to do or treated like a toddler. It was: “Ash please don’t run into the fog.” or “Ash, why don’t you go play with your Scorbunny but don’t run to far from the house.”
Green was the worst because he was bossy and never let Ash out of his sight and Red always agreed with him. Leaf was more hands-off but she didn’t care one way or the other.
“Stop treating me like a kid!” He yelled finally. It was right after they went left a battle tournament and told Ash he couldn’t enter.
Red gave him a stern look before pulling Ash away from the crowd of people exiting the match. He sighed and gave Ash an irritated look, he wasn’t used to finding the right words but he tried his best to get it across.
“Ash, you are a child.” He said simply with that same expressionless face.
“I can take care of myself! I know what I’m doing! I’ve done it before, I didn’t need you before and I don’t need you now!” He yelled before running off to sulk.
This is why he didn’t want to see Red. He traveled across many regions, fought his own battles and learned his skills the hard way. He didn’t have his brother hanging over his shoulder telling him what to do or teaching him anything. Just when he became the Alolan champion suddenly he was important enough to see, but not when he sent Red a letter a few months before he left home to travel across Kanto. Where was he then, where was the brother who seems to care so much?
Ash hid in a nearby park in the base of a tree. His eyes stung and the more Pikachu and Scorbunny tried to cheer him up the worse he got.
He was found by a boy his age who was training with his Grookey. It turned out they had something in common, their brothers were both league champions. Hop wanted to get strong enough to challenge his brother one day and take his place as champion. He wondered if should challenge his brother. Would Red finally take him seriously
That night after Red found him sulking and dragged him home, Ash hatched a plan.
He packed a few outfits and other necessities. The next morning he was gone without even a note. In the most childish sense of the word, he ran away from home.
In the following weeks’ Ash, Hop, and Marnie made their way across Galar. Each of them trained hard to make it to the championship all the while going on adventures. Overtime Ash felt a bit of jealousy towards his companions, at every competition their families were there. Their brothers were so supportive and called every day without fail. Ash barely glanced at the crowds because if Red was there and he lost…he didn’t want to face that.
It wasn’t like his friends knew that he was a runaway, he pretended that this was what Red wanted and he lied whenever they asked where his family is.
Deep down Ash hoped that Red did go to one of his battles and that when he won, he’d be proud. He wanted his brother to see him as an equal and for once understand him. He wanted to have a real conversation.
In the end, Ash didn’t make it to the final battle against Leon. The honor was reserved for Hop, who earned the right face his brother. Still, this didn’t lift the weight in his chest. Yes, he had been here before but not when he had so much on the line. He knew he should be out there cheering his friend on instead of hiding out in the locker room but he was going through something right now. Ash was doing everything he could keep it together when he heard the door open. He turned to see Red who was as stoned face as ever. Ash could feel the lecture coming and the disappointed glare that would be aimed at him. Only it never came.
Red closed the distance between them slowly as though Ash would runaway at any sudden movements. He pulled Ash into a hug, it was so nice, so soft and so gentle. Ash didn’t realize how much he missed this, he missed this feeling. But why? Why was he here hugging him when he messed up? Ash had run away, disobeyed him and in the end, lost the league. Unaware Ash had begun crying.
“It’s okay. You did your best and you did so well.” Red said softly, running a hand through the 10-year-old’s hair.
“But…I lost. You were right, I couldn’t do it.” He sobbed into Red’s shirt.
“No, don’t say that. I never thought for a moment you couldn’t win, and I don’t care if you lose a battle. I’m proud of you. No matter what. Look I’m not good with words or conversations but I’m trying to get better. I realized I messed up when you left. I need to explain. I didn’t want you here because I don’t want you to be like me. I took battling so serious back then, I cut myself off from the world to focus on training. I forgot how to talk to people after years of isolation. When I returned I had missed so much especially your birth and had hurt mom so much. I want you to live your life Ash, for you to be a kid for once and explore life outside of battles. But I understand now, you aren’t me and battling is how you explore.” It was the longest Ash had ever heard Red talk for and every word was sincere.
“I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have left. I should have listened.” Ash buried his head in Red’s arms “I missed you.”
“I missed you too. But I was also worried. Next time, please rely on me more. It’s a dangerous world and I need to protect you whether it’s a wild pokemon or cold weather.”
After Ash wiped his tears and calmed down they went to their seats back in the stadium were Blue and Leaf were waiting. it was then Ash noticed the red jerseys they were wearing with his number printed on them. Whether he knew it or not they were always cheering for him.