Finally! Someone else that agrees with me! When I first saw Pokemon and knew that Ash was 10 I nearly flipped my gourd. I thought there'd be something against child labor laws or something, or at least the human rights coalition. Ugh that weirded me out to no end.
The monster was very cute, but you hit the nail on the head: some of the attacks in these games are among the dumbest! Bubble beam, Razor Leaf? Come on Japan what are you thinking?!