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Ash Ketchum will no longer star in the Pokémon anime in 2023

pokemon company announced that the animated franchise of Pokemon will begin a new main series that will follow an entirely new duo of protagonists, known as Liko and Roy in the Japanese version. Premiere is scheduled for the month of April 2023 in Japan, taking the place currently occupied by the series Pokemon Ultimate Journeys: The Series.

The anime will feature Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly from the video games. Pokemon Scarlet and Pokemon Purpleand also with the Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza in its Shiny form.


This implies the definitive conclusion of the story of Ash Ketchum as the protagonist of the animated franchise of Pokémon, following his victory as Pokémon World Champion in the most recent story arc. However, his story has not ended, since A collection of 11 special episodes is in production to conclude Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series.

This latest collection of episodes will celebrate the adventures of Ash Ketchum across twenty-five seasons, and the company stated that the episodes will feature fan-favorite characters like Misty and Brock, and “will offer a glimpse of what the future holds in this final chapter for Ash and Pikachu.“. The episodes will premiere in Japan on January 13, 2023.and in Japanese the series is titled Pocket Monster Mezase Pokémon Master (Aiming to be a Pokémon Master).


It should be noted that the television tv tokyo issued a press release in December 2022 reporting that “Ash Ketchum’s adventures were far from over“, implying that the series would not change the protagonist. However, it seems that the message was written “for the short term”, taking into account this new statement.

Finally, a special episode titled “Pokemon: Harukanaru Aoi Sora (The Distant Blue Sky)”, which will air on December 23 to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the anime franchise. The episode will feature the return of the production team from the 1997 series, who will once again animate a special day between Ash Ketchum and Pikachu.

Pokemon Masters Synopsis

On a new day in the Kanto region, Professor Yukinari Ookido invites Satoshi to the opening ceremony of Professor Sakuragi’s laboratory in Vermillion City. During the ceremony, Professor Sakuragi receives an alert about a possible rare Pokémon appearing in the port of Vermillion City, prompting Satoshi and the other Trainers to rush to the area in hopes of finding the mysterious Pokémon. At the port, they find Lugia – a Legendary Pokémon – locked in battle with other trainers.

Noticing the other trainers’ tactics, Satoshi has his partner Pikachu hit Lugia with a Lightning attack. Undeterred, Lugia runs away, but not before Satoshi decisively jumps on his back. To Satoshi’s surprise, he runs into another boy, Gou, who has also jumped onto Lugia’s back. The two climb on the back of Lugia, who takes them on a strange adventure across the seas. As he lands them on the ground, Satoshi and Gou say goodbye to Lugia and head back to Sakuragi Institute.

Impressed by Gou’s discoveries and Satoshi’s insight during their encounter, Sakuragi requests that the duo be his new research partner. And so begins the duo’s journey, traveling across multiple regions to meet many new Pokémon, including those with the ability to Gigantamax!

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