One of the world’s most beloved character duos is finally getting ready to hang up the hood. The current season of Pokémon animated series, Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series, drew to a conclusion, and with it, so did Ash. Ash (or Satoshi in the Japanese version) has been a mainstay in Pokémon animation for the last 25 seasons. His first appearance was way back in 1997, just after his 10th birthday. In the first episode, Ash welcomed his trusty partner Pikachu and embarked on an incredible journey.
Over the years, he has caught, trained, and grown stronger alongside Pokémon from all of the series’ main regions and challenged countless gyms and elite trainers. Despite that, Ash often lost at the height of a region’s challenges, whether he was knocked out by a member of the elite four or the champion of a region. This season of Pokémon had an incredible win by Ash as Pokémon World Champion. Understandably, this win was a huge achievement for him and the perfect cap to years of adventuring and working alongside Pikachu. Even more so, for people like myself who grew up with Ash, that victory felt like it belonged to the fans who watched for years for Ash to finally get the shine he deserved.
Ash and Pikachu’s story will end with some special episodes of Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series. These episodes will likely involve many cameos and conversations with the people Ash has met over the years. It’s also set to give audiences a few hints as to exactly what’s next for the new Pokemon World Champion.
The next generation will arrive in April 2023
A new Pokémon saga was revealed at the same time as Ash and Pikachu’s departure. This new animated series will feature a completely original story and characters and will premiere in April 2023. For now, all we know about the new main characters is that they are called Riko and Roy. Next to them are the appetizers from Pokémon’s newest region, Paldea. These appetizers and other features introduced in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet will be highlighted during this new series.
You can check out a video teaser for the series here and stay tuned to the official Pokemon website for future updates. The final 11 episodes that conclude the story of Ash and Pikachu will air from Friday 13 January 2023 in Japan.
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