For those who don't know who Takeshi Shudo is, he is a former chief writer of the anime up until the Johto series (the final episode he wrote was EP244). A while back Shudo made a novelization of the anime which was extra things on the anime that he couldn't fit in the series itself. This stuff has been posted on Bulbagarden and reviewed by Archaic (webmaster who speaks Japanese), over there, so this is all legit: I am posting these here as I found them to have interesting things that I figured might interest some/most of you. Shudo's vision of the anime was very different to how it played out. Takeshi Shudo's Novelization: http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/ ... on_tidbits And here are Takeshi Shudo's blogs, tne entries were translated on a mod staff's website: http://bmgf.bulbagarden.net/f228/takesh ... ogs-71914/ blog: http://www.freewebs.com/rocketshipper Also interesting to note is if you read entry 2, it explains why Shudo and the other writers made the decision to remove Misty from the anime. They basically imply she was the "least justified" main character of the show, and the only reason Pokeshipping existed is it was an attempt to make her character interesting and appeal to girls. They also imply that she wasn't a good enough female protagonist, given she did very little on the show and they had no clue what to do with her. This correlates with the fact that she was permanently removed from the series, and bringing in May, Dawn, etc. after her as more active female protagonists. Here is the direct quote about how the writers felt about Misty during the Johto days: Also interesting to note is they were also considering having Team Rocket leave the anime at the end of Johto, but instead kept them around. Even though Shudo unfortunately passed away a year or two ago, you can see how the writers viewed the anime at that time period. Its actually kind of interesting to see this "behind the scenes" stuff about the anime, I wish there was more of it.