The time has finally come. Decades ago, anime fans met a boy named Ash Ketchum who dreamt of being the very best like no one ever was. Pokemon stepped out with an anime which brought the title to new heights, and Ash became a quick favorite to millions of fans. Now, after more than 1,000 episodes, the moment has arrived for Ash to see his long-held dream come true.
After all, it is official. Ash Ketchum of Pallet Town is a Pokemon Champion. In the show's latest episode, fans saw Ash win the Alolan League, and the Internet is roaring over the long-awaited win.
If you head to Twitter, don't be surprised if you see a few hashtags going around for Pokemon. After the big episode went live, fans began to trend hashtags like Pokemon League and more to hype up Ash. Audiences from all over watched as Ash took on Gladion in the Alolan League's deciding match. At first, the whole thing appeared like a standoff, and fans did get worried for Ash before the Kanto region star pulled out a win.
The win prompted hundreds and thousands of fans to hit up social media with their reactions. For the most casual of fans, news of Ash's win was a quick jolt to the system. It is no secret the hero always wanted to become a Pokemon Champion, and he has come so close to reaching that goal in the past. His near miss in Kalos turned Ash into an even stronger trainer, and his travels in Alola proved as much. Now, Ash stands as the newest Champion to join the franchise, and the slides below prove fans are all sorts of emotional over the awaited win.
For now, celebrations are at hand as Ash enjoys the upsides of success. However, fans are equal parts eager and scared to see where Pokemon takes the hero next. Earlier this month, news broke that a new Pokemon anime will debut next year featuring all of the regions including Galar. Ash's endgame win has fans concerned the hero may not star in the upcoming series, so here's to hoping the newly crowned Champion does not get the boot.
How do you feel about Ash's long-awaited win? Let me know in the comments or hit me up on Twitter @MeganPetersCB to talk all things comics and anime!
More than 20 years of traveling far and wide.
More than 20 years of Pokémon training+battling.
In more than 20 years and 1000+ eps, his courage pulled through, his destiny was fulfilled, and finally became the very best.
Congratulations, Pokémon League Champion Ash Ketchum. pic.twitter.com/n0WmRXhDep— TSF EV (@Alpha_Eevee) September 15, 2019
Been reading his bio on this site for the past 15 years, so satisfying to finally see champion listed as a league position pic.twitter.com/76sVngd6Gi— Neil ⚔️🛡️ (@Arkeus88) September 15, 2019
If Ash can stay on the grind for a whole 22 years in order to realize his dreams, then so can all of us.
Proud of you Ash, you did it ❤️ pic.twitter.com/GGiqKuR5x8— TAHK0 ☕️ (@TAHK0) September 15, 2019
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3 Years Later on the same day: Ash Ketchum Wins the Alola Pokemon League— Alola's Champion #サトシ優勝 (@sriram_kun_) September 15, 2019
How Ash Ketchum gonna be in the next episode after his eternal youth gets lifted for winning the Pokémon League pic.twitter.com/MMLIvG5Mye— Jacob™ (@yourloyalpal) September 15, 2019
Ash Ketchum winning the Pokemon League— JaySTAN Tatum109 (@Marckie109) September 15, 2019
-(colorized) circa 2019 pic.twitter.com/o43l5RZrh8
AFTER 7 REGIONS AND AFTER OVER 2 DECADES, ASH FUCKING KETCHUM HAS WON A POKÉMON LEAGUE! ASH KETCHUM IS THE ALOLA LEAGUE CHAMPION!!!! pic.twitter.com/sxPddtHLkZ— champ 14 Days until B-Day! (@ChampX1999) September 15, 2019
ASH WON THE POKEMON LEAGUE
ASH KETCHUM FROM PALLET TOWN WON THE ALOLA POKEMON LEAGUE.
HE WON. pic.twitter.com/RIzfdHxJ8j— jea @ ASH WON THE POKEMON LEAGUE (@cryingforlillie) September 15, 2019
Ash Ketchum has been a part of millions of lives & while many stop watching the Pokémon anime Ash continued to be a role model trainer for new generations. He's lost every Pokémon League to teach children it's ok to lose & today he finally won. What a day to be a Pokémon fan :) pic.twitter.com/Gzbf9j08N9— Aero (@ActualAero) September 15, 2019