Ash Ketchum and Pikachu’s time in Pokémon Anime is coming to an end

Ash Ketchum and Pikachu’s time in Pokémon Anime is coming to an end

Ash
Image: The Pokémon Company

The Pokémon Company has confirmed that Ash Ketchum’s Pokémon journey is coming to an end. In a video posted on Twitter, it has been announced that 11 special episodes – dubbed ‘Aim to become a Pokemon Master’ – will ship in Japan starting 13 January 2023 and will mark the final chapter in Ash and Pikachu’s story.

It’s the end of an era, to be sure. Ash’s journey started way back in April 1997 with “Indigo League”with classic episodes like “Settlement in Pewter City”, “Charmander – The Stray Pokémon”and “The Battle aboard the St. Anne”. The iconic protagonist appeared in dozens of feature films and even made some subtle appearances in the video game franchise.

Alongside the confirmation that Ash’s journey is coming to an end, The Pokémon Company also announced that a brand new anime series will premiere in Japan in April 2023 and plays two new main characters called Riko and Roy. Little else has been detailed regarding the new series, but we do know that Paldea starter Pokémon will also feature.

So that’s it, then! No more Ash. How bizarre… We’ll miss the little guy, but we’re sure he’ll continue to live out his days as an eternal 10-year-old with Pikachu in peace. Thanks for everything, Ash!

Aim to become a Pokemon Master
Pokemon Japanese Poster – Aim to become a Pokemon Master — Image: The Pokémon Company

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