I agree with those talking about how it went downhill, but I'm surprised no one has bothered to point out Ash's signature that he did before catching a Pokemon or went into battle. He would always turn his hat backwards. That may seem like a little thing to most people, but to me that seemed like his entire ego. Without the trademark, the constant downgrading of Pikachu's strength, and the fact that Ash always leaves his Pokemon that are actually strong behind, the series is going downhill. I know they don't want him overpowered, but at the same time they're making him look stupid and weak. He appears to be a rookie trainer in every new generation regardless that he's had much experience, and the whole Team Rocket plot has become redundant. Why don't they just move on and stalk another kid with a Pikachu, because obviously they aren't going to get his.