Aw man, yes! When that storyteller of the first seasons died is probably when I stopped watching the show and decided I'd keep on making up my own pokemon stories in my head.
I so love how you portrait that first episode relationship between Ash and his pikachu here! Grumpy unbreakable pikachu is the best personality ever, I remember laughing when pikachu shocked him the first time Ash hugged him.
I stopped when Team Ash, Misty, and Brock fell apart I think. I mean first there was this photograph dude that replaced Brock, then he stayed with Oak and Brock came back. But then Misty and Brock got replaced with annoying kids.