Ash Ketchum is trending on Twitter because he finally won a Pokemon League Conference after all these years. The big win happened on the Pokemon Sun and Moon anime’s 139th episode, “Birth! The Aloha Champion!” And now Twitter is celebrating his big win after 22 long years.
Twitter Is Celebrating His Big Win After More than 20 Long Years
The news was first shared by @anipoke_PR, Pokemon’s official anime Twitter account. The translated tweet reads: “He won the fierce fight between Gurajio was shining at the top of the Arora Pokemon League # Satoshi. Actually, this is the first time that I won the Pokemon League. Satoshi, really congratulations.”
Ash won after fighting Lillie’s brother Gladion, and this marks the first time he’s ever won a Pokemon League Conference. Yes, it’s been a long 22 years. Some fans have said that they were born when Ash first started down this road, so they’ve been waiting pretty much their entire lives for this moment.
Now everyone’s celebrating on Twitter too.
On Twitter, @ActualAero wrote: “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 :)”
One of his most heartbreaking losses was in 2016, but all of that is forgotten now.
The celebrations aren’t limited to Twitter. Reddit is celebrating too. The announcement is the trending topic on r/television right now.
One person on Reddit wrote: “he finally became the very best ?.”
Others wonder what this means for the future of Ash on the anime series. Redditor u/brucebananaray wrote: “This is bizarre and what Alternative universe do we live. Does this mean Ash will grow up now that he isn’t ten anymore? Will he finally go on a date with Serena and friendzone her.”
But u/Animeop isn’t impressed. They wrote: “Like about time but this is a little lame. Alolah is like the baby brother of leagues. Not even 6v6 and the competition was mehhh. If Ash had to win it should have been XY or Sinnoh when his team was pretty stacked. Ash winning at least may retire his character or else he’s going to need to come back guns blazing.”
Others are hoping this means he’ll become the challenger for new protagonists in future series.
But overall, most people are excited about the news.
The Win Comes Shortly After a New Pokemon Anime Was Announced
And all those Quora questions about why Ash never wins are outdated.
Back when he never won, people guessed it was because he was a “mediocre Pokemon trainer.” But Mike Justin suggested: “The creators want the Pokémon anime continue for as long as possible. The main storyline of the anime focuses on Ash Ketchum’s journey to become a Pokémon Master, “the very best like no one ever was”. If Ash did achieve that dream or even made significant progress towards it, it’s a signal that the show will come to an end. Masamitsu Hidaka, a former director of the anime, even stated himself that if Ash becomes a Pokémon Master, the show ends.”
It’s interesting that this happens right after a new Pokemon anime was announced.
The new series will cover “the world of all Pokemon” and “all regions.” But Ash may not be the hero of this series, given that he’s finally won. Of course, all that’s conjecture, but more information is supposed to be announced about the new series on September 29.