Pokemon’s Ash Ketchum becomes World Champion winner after 25 years

Pokemon Journeys Episode 132 screenshot, featuring victorious Ash and Pikachu.
Pokemon Journeys Episode 132 screenshot, featuring victorious Ash and Pikachu. Pic credit: @oricon_anime_

It’s a big day for Pokemon fans since Ash Ketchum has become World Champion. It’s been 25 years since the TV anime Pokemon first aired in 1997 and Ash and Pikachu started their journey together. Ash’s dream is still to become a Pokemon Master, but he’s only about halfway there.

On November 11, 2022, Pokemon Journeys Episode 132 aired featuring Ash and Pikachu participating in Pokemon World – a tournament to decide the stronger Pokemon battler. During the championship’s final match Ash defeated Dande, who was the undefeated absolute champion, and became World Champion. Ashe has gained the position of “the strongest in Pokemon battles”, but not yet the title of Pokemon Master.

You can watch a clip of the final battle here:

Pokemon Journeys Episode 132 clip.

What is the plot of Pokemon?

Pokemon Journeys Episode 132 screenshot, featuring victorious Ash commanding Pikachu to attack.
Pokemon Journeys Episode 132 screenshot, featuring victorious Ash commanding Pikachu to attack. Pic credit: @oricon_anime_

The story is set in a world filled with Pokemon and Pokemon trainers. Pokemon are strange creatures that have a wide variety of abilities and appearances. Pokemon trainers capture and train Pokemon, often with the intent of battling others to gain even more Pokemon as their prize.

The story centers on a young boy named Ash Ketchum, who not only dreams of becoming a Pokemon trainer but also a Pokemon Master. On Ash’s 10th birthday he has the opportunity to make his dream a reality. Unluckily, all three Pokemon available to novice trainers were already claimed and only Pikachu – a rebellious Electric-type Pokemon remains up for capture.

However, this chance encounter marks the start of a lifelong friendship and epic adventure. Ash and Pikachu set off on a journey to become “the very best” and travel across beautiful, sprawling regions along with their friends: Water-type trainer Misty, and Rock-type trainer Brock.

Danger lurks around every corner and the infamous Team Rocket is always close by seeking to steal powerful Pokemon through nefarious schemes. Jessie, James, and Meowth set their sights on Pikachu, who is a very powerful Pokemon. Ashe and his friends must thwart their efforts as he also strives to earn the eight Pokemon Gym Badges he’ll need to challenge the Pokemon League and eventually claim the title of Pokemon Master.

Who is Ash Ketchum?

Pokemon Journeys Episode 132 screenshot, featuring Pikachu gearing up to attack.
Pokemon Journeys Episode 132 screenshot, featuring Pikachu gearing up to attack. Pic credit: @oricon_anime_

Ash Ketchum is the main hero of Pokemon the Series. He begins as a ten-year-old Pokemon trainer from Pallet Town in the Kanto region and has always dreamed of becoming a Pokemon Master. Teaming up with Pikachu he is able to win the Orange League, Kanto Battle Frontier, and Alola region’s Pokemon Champion competitions defeating other Pokemon trainers and their Pokemon.

After winning the Pokemon Champion’s first Pokemon League Conference he’s gained the title of Pokemon Champion. Ash is one of the 8 best trainers in the Pokemon World after his defeat of Raihan, and has reached Master Class in the World Coronation Series.

If you’re looking for an anime to binge watch Pokemon is available for streaming on Netflix, DisneyNow, HuluPlus, Amazon Prime Video, and Pokemon.com.

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