22 Years 'Til Victory: Pokemon's Ash Finally Wins Big

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Ash's former voice actress Veronica Taylor gets in character to celebrate

The perpetually 10-years-old Ash Ketchum (Satoshi) has faced challenge after challenge to become the very best Pokémon Master, like no one ever was. His journey has taken him to countries far and wide to achieve his destiny, a trip that started over 22 years ago. His slow climb to the top was unique for a children's cartoon protagonist where the main character was always expected to win with hard work and perseverance. In a way, Ash taught generations of viewers that failing at something isn't the end of the road.

After Ash's loss in the Indigo League, he continued to improve his skills as a Pokémon trainer, taking on regional championships in Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova, and Kalos. September 15, 2019 marks a monumental day in the character's story as Ash became, for the very first time, the league champion in Alola. The victory was celebrated across the internet, with news articles on CNN and even ESPN congratulating the anime character.

Fans, including hockey team Golden Knights, were ecstatic too to finally see their boy take home the big prize. Ash's former voice actress Veronica Taylor also returned to the role to wish the protagonist well.

Ash's victory was shown in the 139th episode of the Pokémon Sun & Moon (Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon—Ultra Legends) series, "Tanjō! Alola no Hasha!!" (Birth! The Champion of Alola!!) that aired on Sunday. The English-language version is currently at episode 121 with new episodes airing weekly on Disney XD.

Ash's victory seems to tie in nicely with the upcoming Pocket Monster anime series. The title is the same title as the original 1997 Pokémon television anime series and will feature all of the regions covered in the franchise so far, from the Kanto to the Galar region. The episode of Pokémon Sun & Moon that will air on September 29 will reveal more information about the new show.

Source: Oricon News

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