Ash Ketchum Finally Wins a Pokemon League! Will His Anime Run End? By: Water Pokémon Master Posted 3 months ago to Anime 33 comments The Internet is celebrating! After more than 22 years, 1,082 episodes, and seven Pokemon Leagues, Ash Ketchum is finally a Pokemon Champion! In today’s episode of Sun & Moon, Ash took home the Alola Champion title after an intense battle with Gladion. 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 While Ash did win the Orange League, the Orange Islands are not considered a Pokemon region. Ash’s overdue victory is now trending on Twitter. Congraulatory Tweets were sent from the official Pokemon anime Twitter account and the official English Pokemon Twitter. Even Junichi Masuda threw his hat into the ring. グラジオとの激闘を制し アローラポケモンリーグの 頂点に輝いたのは #サトシ🏆 実はポケモンリーグで優勝したのは 今回が初めてなんです💡 サトシ、本当に本当におめでとう✨✨#アニポケ #サトシ優勝おめでとう pic.twitter.com/SXvmLwZX6G — 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 Anything’s possible when you believe in yourself, Trainers. 😉 🏆 pic.twitter.com/kee0Wshv1m — Pokémon (@Pokemon) September 15, 2019 おめでとう！ Congratulations! — 増田順一@GAME FREAK inc. (@Junichi_Masuda) September 15, 2019 However, Ash’s victory comes with some fear from longtime Pokemon anime fans. With news that the next Pokemon anime will feature multiple regions, there’s questions of whether or not Ash will continue to serve as the star of the show. In my 2008 interview with Pokemon anime director Masamitsu Hidaka, he stated the writers would end the show if Ash ever became a Pokemon Master. There is no official definition on what qualifies someone to be a Pokemon Master — even Pokemon.com has said this in the past. But in the context of the anime, fans probably associate winning a Pokemon League as major criteria for becoming one. Still though,the writers haven’t answered who Ash’s father is. If they were to end the show, you would think they would also conclude longtern questions about Ash’s character (assuming they even care to answer that question). That’s just my opinion, though!