Ash Ketchum is now Pokémon World Champion: NPR


Pikachu and Ash Ketchum, pictured in Pokemon: The First Moviehave traveled the world as part of Ash’s journey to become the best Pokemon master.

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Ash Ketchum is now Pokémon World Champion: NPR

Pikachu and Ash Ketchum, pictured in Pokemon: The First Moviehave traveled the world as part of Ash’s journey to become the best Pokemon master.

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Ash Ketchum has embarked on a journey from humble beginnings in Pallet Town to become the best like no one has ever been. More than two decades later, he is now the Pokémon World Champion.

Ash emerged victorious from the Pokémon World Coronation series in the latest episode of Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series which was released in Japan. The first 12 episodes of the season premiered on October 21 in the United States on Netflix, but a release date for the episode showing Ash’s ultimate victory has yet to be announced.

“Ash Ketchum’s determination and perseverance in achieving his goal of becoming the world’s best Pokémon trainer over 25 seasons represents the very best of what it means to be a trainer,” said Taito Okiura, Vice President of Marketing. for The Pokémon Company International, said in a statement.

In the very first scene of the series, Ash had just turned 10 and was eligible for a Pokémon trainer license.

“I will travel to gain the wisdom of Pokémon training, and I hereby declare to the Pokémon of the world, I will be a Pokémon master!” he stated.

Twenty-five years later, he did.

The series follows Ash and his Pikachu across many regions as they make friends, encounter new Pokémon, and battle. other trainers. Ash often shied away from winning tournaments until the recent Manalo Conference, where he became the first Pokémon League Champion in the Alola region.

But to be a Pokémon World Champion, the trainer must be the strongest in the world, not just in a league.

It’s unclear where the series will go from here now that Ash is the world champion. The Pokémon Company has not announced its plans beyond this season and remains focused on this time.

The last episode of the season is titled “Pokémon! I’m glad I got to meet you!” The first – and the start of Ash’s journey – is called “Pokémon – I Choose You!”


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