It only took him 22 years and travelling through seven regions to do so, but Ash Ketchum has finally won a Pokémon League and become a Pokémon Master of the Alolan region. He’s still 10 years old by the way, and not a 32 year old as you might expect at this point.
The news was tweeted out by the official Japanese Pokémon Anime Pokémon account. With Ash’s Japanese name Satoshi (and with a bit of massaging to help it make sense) Google translates it as:
Conquering the fierce fight with Gladiol of the Arora Pokemon League, Satoshi shined at the top.
Actually, this is the first time that he won the Pokemon League.
Satoshi, really congratulations!
— 新アニメ「ポケットモンスター」公式＠9/29(日)情報解禁！ (@anipoke_PR) September 15, 2019
After 1080 episodes, Ash is now a Pokémon champion with “The Rise of Alola’s Champion!!” having aired over the weekend in Japan. Those in the rest of the world will have to wait a few months until 18th January to pull off the same feat.
Much like Harry Potter being a terrible wizard, Ash is renowned for being a terrible Pokémon trainer, never making use of elemental advantages, throwing Pikachu into seemingly every possible battle, and generally just being rubbish. Still, he’s managed to come pretty close in the past. He reached the final 16 in his first attempt, then stalled twice in the quarter finals, reached the semi-finals in the Sinnoh League, fell at the quarters again in Unova, and lost in the finals of the Kalos League of Pokémon X&Y. He won the Orange League competition in the Oragne Archipelago, though this wasn’t an official league tournament. His eventual victory has come in the Alola League of Pokémon Sun & Moon, as the game and anime universe prepares for the jump to the next region and generation.
Pokémon Sword & Shield will be out on 15th November and take the series to the UK-like Galarian region. How will Ash cope with tea-sipping brits and very posh top-hatted Koffings? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.