The beginning of the end starts now.

Having aired its first episode back in April in 1997, the Pokémon anime has had an incredible run and one that is not due to end any time soon. What will end, however, is Ash Kecthum’s role within the series. Together with his partner Pikachu, the pair have had some incredible journeys over the last 25 years, but their time is coming to an end.

After a lifetime of highs and lows, Ash Ketchum finally won the Pokémon World Coronation Series in the Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series. Now, finally crowed the Champion long-time series fans believed him to be, it’s been announced his journey will conclude as part of a special run of 11 episodes, said to conclude the current series, under the name of “Pokémon – Aim to be a Pokémon Master.”

The 11 episodes are said to begin their run on January 13, 2023 and if it’s any consolation, it will see the return of Misty and Brock. After Ash’s journey comes to an end, a new one will take place in the Paldea region as a new series of the anime gets underway in April, with two new protagonists front and centre. A clip of the upcoming series can be seen here:

Source: Pokémon

By Jack Longman

In 2015, when rumours of the NX and Zelda U were everywhere, my brother and I started Miketendo64 and we've been running it ever since. As the Editor-in-Chief, I have attended video gaming events in three different countries, been to preview events, and penned more than 4,000 articles to date, ranging from news, to features, reviews, interviews and guides. I love gaming and I love all things Nintendo. I also love Networking, so don't be afaid to reach out. Email: / Website: YouTube channel:

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