Pokemon Journeys Titles Ready Masters Tournament's Next Matches

Pokemon Journeys is now working its way through the highly anticipated Masters Tournament among the top trainers in the Pokemon world as a whole, and episode titles for its next couple of releases in Japan are hyping up the next couple of battles. Ash Ketchum has battled his way up the ranks of the World Coronation Series thus far, and the newest episodes of the series airing in Japan have finally reached the climax of his journey this season as he is gearing up for battles against some of his toughest opponents in the series to date. Some of which fans have wanted to see him battle against for quite a while.

The most recent episode of Pokemon Journeys airing in Japan officially kicked off the final Masters Tournament of the World Coronation Series, and fans got to see how the returning Alain fared against the unbeatable champion Leon. It went about as well as one would expect, and thus the second battle of the tournament is gearing up for its start with Lance and Diantha. But the next two episode titles for the series confirm that right after that second battle we'll be seeing the next two matches of the tournament. Meaning it won't be long before we see Ash's first battle! 

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As spotted by @AnipokeFandom on Twitter, Episode 117 of Pokemon Journeys (slated for a release on July 15th in Japan) is titled "Vs. Cynthia! Iris' Road to Dragon Master!!" This sets up the third match in the quarterfinals bracket between Cynthia and Iris, and the winner will go on to face the winner of the fourth battle, which will be kicking off with Episode 118 (airing on July 22nd in Japan) titled "Ash Heads Into Battle! Vs. Steven!!" This will be Ash's first battle in the Masters Tournament overall, and he'll be taking on Steven for the first time in the entire franchise

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These titles tease that fans will get to see the Masters Tournament progress at a steady clip, and after these next two battles settle the quarterfinals it won't be that much longer until we get to see the final battle of the World Coronation Series entirely. It's yet to be revealed whether or not Ash will be in this grand finale, but we'll see how it all shakes out soon enough. How do you feel about the Masters Tournament in Pokemon Journeys so far? Which battles are you most excited to see next? Let us know all of your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even reach out to me directly about all things animated and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!