Things Wrong with Showcases in the Pokemon Anime

You hear how people are bothered by Pokemon Showcases while criticizing Serena. Well, so am I.

The Top Ten

1 It's not about the Pokemon

"Pokemon are equivalent to props"
You hit the nail on the head, Ruee. I completely agree. That is exactly my main problem with showcases. - eventer51314

At the very least, it teaches Pokemon trainers to work with them rather than making them do most of the work

I don't really hate Serena; it's Amourshipping itself that I have a problem with - yungstirjoey666

2 It promotes sexist ideals about girls/women

They literally held a girls only baking competition. Twice

The only time they battled was when they were accompanied with another male

3 It's based off popularity, not skill

So true. Even dawn wouldn't have beaten aria because of this fact alone. - HeavyDonkeyKong

4 The tasks are based on feminine stereotypes

And if you step out of those stereotypes, the audience won't vote for you. As shown when Jessie tried to be innovative and show her personal quirkiness in her first performance. - eventer51314

5 It's exclusive to one gender while literally everything else in the Pokemon universe is not
6 There is barely any effort involved in winning the competitions

People have said that Serena barely did anything to win her Princess keys and those she beat have done a lot better. I'll let commenters to explain that as I feel like they can elaborate better than me. - Ruee

7 You can win without putting any thought to your Pokemon, just yourself

Yeah, putting emphasis on the trainer rather than the Pokemon has been considered low class since day one in the anime. Serena/Kalos region comes along and now it's ok? - eventer51314

8 The writers realized that Showcases were pointless that they switched Serena's goal from a Pokemon Performer to a Contest Coordinator

The best Ed, Edd n Eddy quote to describe how I feel about the writers doing this at the last minute: "That's stupid! I could've thought of that! " - Eddy. Wow, why didn't they just do contests again in the first place?! It would have been so much better to watch than those sexist showcases! - ModernSpongeBobSucks

How very telling! - eventer51314

@Ruee WE GET IT! YOU DON'T LIKE SERENA! DROP IT ALREADY!

If you don't like her lists than why do you go out of your way to look at her lists and comment? Just bug off! - eventer51314

9 Idol culture does not belong in Pokemon

There are so many idol culture animes running so why would we need to see it in Pokemon? - Ruee

10 It's one of the most pointless goals in Pokemon for a female companion

Let's send the message that girls should strive for the shallow goal of becoming celebrities who are loved because they're "cute". SO useless and pointless! - eventer51314

The Contenders

11 Those Ryhorn had no reason to head towards Serena
12 It doesn't involve connecting with your Pokemon.

As this may not imply to Aria, it sure as heck does for Serena. - Ruee

13 Showcases present everything that Pokemon should not be about
14 Rip off of contests
15 It uses Pokemon like props
16 It's about fashion and beauty, whereas the whole Pokemon anime is about bonding with your Pokemon
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