Pokemon Anime Sets Up Alolan League Debut

Ash has just got to win a championship one day right? With the newest iteration of the Pokemon anime taking a drastically different design with its location and characters, things are heating up with the debut of the Alolan League. The Alola region introduced entirely new Pokemon and environments, specifically for the video game Pokemon Sun and Moon and the anime of the same name. Sporting a look similar to that of a Caribbean island, this upcoming tournament promises to show who is the strongest Pokemon trainer in the region.

Twitter User JoeMerrick noticed that the league itself would be starting at the end of this month in Japan and wondered to his followers whether this would be the time for Ash to get his big win in the series proper:

Professor Kukui announced in the anime that the stadium was currently being built to house the tournament and its completion is getting closer and closer with each episode. Ash, excited at the prospect of testing his mettle against other trainers, and specifically making his way up the ladder to finally fight against the "Elite Four". The Pokemon series, in both the anime and the video games, has always had similar tournament structures, with the pocket monster protagonists needing to work their way through a series of contenders to battle the "Elites" at the top of the hill.

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Whether the anime will keep the "chamber system" and "Elite Four" similar to that of the video game is yet to be seen, we'd expect that Ash is going to have his work cut out for him regardless.

What do you think of the upcoming Alolan League Tournament in Pokemon: Sun and Moon? Do you think Ash stands a chance? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics and anime.

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If you haven't kept up with the current run of the anime, Pokemon the Series: Sun and Moon is described as such, "What starts as a summer vacation in the tropical Alola region turns into the next exciting chapter in Ash Ketchum’s quest to become a Pokémon Master! There’s plenty for Ash and Pikachu to explore in this sunny new region, with exciting new Pokémon to discover and interesting people to learn from along the way—including the cool Professor Kukui and the fun-loving Samson Oak.

More new faces will help guide Ash’s Alolan adventure, in the form of a group of skilled Trainers—Kiawe, Lana, Mallow, and Sophocles—and a mysterious research assistant called Lillie. Frequent foes Team Rocket have also made the trip to Alola, looking to swipe some high-powered new Pokémon. But they have some heavy competition on the villainy front: the ruffians of Team Skull, who delight in causing chaos and may have more sinister intentions..."

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