Ash Ketchum and Pikachu leave Pokémon anime ahead of 2023’s new Pokémon series. After Ash’s much celebrated victory in the World Coronation Series, which is arguably Ash’s most impressive feat since the beginning Pokémon series in 1997, audiences couldn’t help but wonder what would become of Ash in the future Pokémon seasons. Ash’s victory in the World Coronation Series brought closure to Ash in many ways, leading to speculation as to whether Ash would leave Pokémon anime or even if the story would be restarted.
While the passage of time i Pokémon Anime can be a bit tricky, audiences have followed Ash Ketchum for the past 25 years in several different settings and adventures. Made exclusively for Pokémon anime, Ash quickly proved to be more than just “a different red” and has earned his place among the most iconic anime protagonists of all time alongside names like Goku, Naruto and Luffy.
Now Pokemon has officially announced (via Twitter) that Ash Ketchum is leaving Pokémon anime before 2023. In other words, Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series is Ash’s finale Pokémon season. Considering that Ash and his companion Pikachu are forever together, Pokémon Ultimate Journey: The Series will also be Pikachu’s last Pokémon season. That said, Ash and Pikachu are coming back for a limited 11 episode run Pokémon series named Pokemon aims to become a Pokemon Master starting January 2023. This particular Pokémon limited season is expected to conclude Ash and Pikachu’s story and will see the returns of Brock and Misty. Then, starting in April 2023, a new one Pokémon the series begins following two new characters in the Paldea region.
Everything we know about the next Pokemon series
The next Pokémon the season will borrow from Pokémon Scarlett and Pokemon Violet game. The next Pokémon season will follow Liko and Roy, two characters created exclusively for the future Pokémon season. As an adaptation of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet game, the next Pokémon the series will take place in the Paldea region and will therefore feature the three Paldea starters. As such, those who recently had to choose between Sprigatito, Fuecoco and Quaxly will get to see all three Pokémon Scarlet and Violet beginners get the anime treatment. Pass by Pokémon new series trailer, Liko wants a Sprigatito to start.
Can Pokemons New heroes live up to Ash and Pikachu?
Comparisons between the new ones Pokémon main characters and Ash will surely be inevitable, which Pokémon anime has followed Ash for nearly three decades. The first Pokémon series without Ash and Pikachu will be a landmark for Pokémon franchise, and it will reveal whether Pokémon anime can continue without its most famous Pokémon, Pikachu. Given how Ash and Pikachu were the main characters for dozens of different ones Pokémon adaptations, it will be interesting to see if Liko and Roy will continue Pokémon anime for multiple seasons too, or if Pokémon will switch main characters more often.
While Ash and Pikachu’s exit from Pokémon anime may be a disappointment to some, Ash and Pikachu’s 25-year legacy will forever affect not only Pokémon but also other franchisees. Ash’s story already has several “perfect endings”, but winning the World Coronation Series might be the best. Now, Pokémon will have the chance to explore new main characters along with new Pokémon in an exciting future for the franchise.
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