Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon is in its final stages as the next series is set to be revealed later this month. As always, the series winds down with Ash trying to tackle the region’s Pokémon League, often leaving defeated. This time, however, things are different. Believe it or not, Ash proved victorious in the Alola Pokémon League and has been crowned as a Pokémon League Champion for the first time in 20 years!
If you’ve followed Ash’s journey, you’ll know this is a major milestone for him. Starting out, Ash was only able to pull off a Top 16 finish in the Kanto League. Over the years in the major Pokémon Leagues, his experience started kicking in, eventually earning him a second-place finish in Kalos a few years ago. Despite this, victory hasn’t been entirely elusive for Ash. The anime-exclusive Orange Islands Pokémon League crowned Ash champion back in 1999. In 2006, he also successfully tackled the Battle Frontier and was extended an offer to become the next Frontier Brain, which he declined.
The real question now is, what does this mean for Ash’s future in the television series? After all, Ash’s primary motivation throughout the franchise is to become a Pokémon Master. While this championship puts him closer to that goal, does it elevate him to Master status?
I’ll be interested to see what the next series has in store both for fans and for Ash. We already know that it will take place across every region, so maybe we’ll see Ash will travel the world attempting to re-challenge the prior leagues. Or will the series ditch Ash entirely now that he’s won, as per recent rumors? We won’t have too long to wait, as the next series is set to be revealed in two weeks on September 29th.
Having grown up with Ash from the beginning of his journey, I can’t help but feel some small level of personal victory with his accomplishment as well. Regardless of what Ash has in store for his future, I think we all should take a moment today to celebrate this momentous occasion. After all, it’s been 20 years in the making!