After 25 years, Ash Ketchum, the main character in the Pokemon anime series, has finally become the world champion and has won the title of the world’s best Pokemon trainer. Pokemon’s official account took to the microblogging site Twitter to share the news. They wrote: “He did it! Ash became the world champion!” alongside a video congratulating the new star. The tweet has received more than 4.3 million views and 3.6 lakh shares.
He did it! Ash has become world champion! 🏆🎉 pic.twitter.com/a2jPb8pym3
— pokemon (@ pokemon) Nov 11, 2022
Ash and his Pokemon partner Pikachu fulfill their long-awaited dream of winning the eighth tournament of the Pokemon World Coronation Series in the latest episode of “Pokemon Ultimate Journeys: The Series,” which aired in Japan on Friday. According to the BBC, the final battle took place between Ash and Leon, a reigning world champion and lasted four episodes. In addition, it witnessed the reintroduction of former friends from earlier season, most notably Brock, Misty and Dawn, three viewer favorites.
Sarah Natochenny, Ash’s voice actor in the US version of the series, tweeted: “I can’t wait to share the English dub of this episode of Pokemon with the world. What an absolute honor to be able to voice Ash Ketchum as he becomes a world champion. He really is the very best like no one ever was.”
Taito Okiura, Vice President of Marketing for The Pokemon Company International said: Variety“Ash Ketchum’s determination and perseverance to achieve his goal of becoming the world’s best Pokemon trainer over the course of 25 seasons represents the very best of what it means to be a trainer.”
“We can’t wait to celebrate this moment with Pokemon fans as the latest season of ‘Pokemon Ultimate Journeys: The Series’ and this adventure-defining episode airs around the world in the coming year. This is one season fans won’t want to miss !” he continued to share the happy news.
Many fans of the anime franchise have taken to social media to express their joy at the character becoming the strongest Pokemon trainer in the world. One user wrote: “25 years! We have waited 25 years for this moment. Ash became the BEST!!!!” “A legend of the game – congratulations to one of the best who ever did,” wrote a second on Twitter.
The TV show initially started as a video game and has aired over 1,200 episodes. Since 1997, when Ash Ketchum first saw the Pikachu, the smiling yellow squirrel, on his 10th birthday, the series has focused on his journey to become a Pokemon Master. According to their official Twitter handle, two new Pokemon games called “Scarlet” and “Violet” will be released on November 18.
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