Ash and Pikachu are leaving the Pokemon anime after 25 years

Ash and Pikachu are leaving the Pokemon anime after 25 years

The Pokemon Company announces that the Pokemon Journeys anime will end with Ash and Pikachu’s adventures.


The Pokemon Company releases a trailer that reveals that Ash and Pikachu’s journey is coming to an end in Pokemon journeys anime, and their final episode together will mark the end of their era as main characters. In front of Pokemon Scarlet and Violetrelease, rumors had already begun to circulate regarding the possibility of Pokemon anime ends for good due to the leaked titles of the last episodes of Pokemon Journeys: The Series. It was Pokemon journeys who inaugurated Ash as the greatest trainer of all time after he managed to defeat the so-called unbeatable champion Leon, thus winning the Masters Eight tournament.


Many Pokemon fans didn’t expect Ash to win, and his victory also raises the question of what he could do after becoming the best trainer in the world, story-wise. While there may still be many stories to tell about Ash and Pikachu in the anime, it also makes sense to have their journey end on the highest note of their careers, no matter how sad it may be, especially after 25 years together with this duo.

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As of today, The Pokemon Company released an official trailer for the anime saying that Ash and Pikachu have had many battles and made many memories together, but fans will have to say goodbye to them in the near future. In fact, there will be eleven new episodes dedicated to Ash and Pikachu’s journeys, with supporting characters including the iconic Tam Rocket trio and also both Brock and Misty, possibly also featuring more of Ash’s creatures from previous generations. This is likely to be an emotional rollercoaster for fans who have been there for most of this adventure, and the first of the final 11 episodes featuring the duo will air on January 13.

However, this is hardly a farewell to the anime as a whole, and a brand new main character will be taking on the main role for the Gen 9 dedicated anime starting next April. This is probably anything but a coincidence, like the first one Pokemon anime episode ever aired in April 1997 with the title Pokemon, I choose you!. The Pokemon Scarlet and Violet The anime’s protagonist will apparently be a young girl who chooses Sprigatito as her first partner, but both Fuecoco and Quaxly will be there anyway based on the trailer and the new banner.

It is unclear if Ash and Pikachu will ever return in cameos or as supporting characters in the future, and the existence of other characters is also at stake, considering that they have always been connected to the anime’s main characters to some extent. As such, the new Pokemon Scarlet and Violet anime can simply be a blank slate for the series to start over in its entirety, and while that can be exciting for many fellow trainers, there’s also a certain sadness to leaving childhood characters behind. Yet, Pokemon journeys and both Ash and Pikachu are currently trending on social media with many thank-you messages from fans of the series, showing just how much of an impact they’ve both had over the past 25 years.

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