The Pokémon Company made major announcements regarding the long-running Pokémon animated franchise including a new series and the final chapter of the Ash & Pikachu storyline.
The new Pokémon animated series premieres in 2023 featuring Pokémon from the Paldea region, the setting from the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet games for Nintendo Switch. Fans can also expect Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza to appear in its Shiny form in the anime. Many mysteries about the Pokémon world will be revealed by the new dual protagonists, Liko and Roy.
Before Liko and Roy set off on a new adventure, Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series will conclude with the final chapter of the Ash & Pikachu story. The iconic duo’s journey will end with 11 episodes starting on January 13, 2023 in Japan. Ash, Pikachu, Misty, Brock, and many more iconic characters have been with the franchise since the very first season in 1997.
Here’s an overview of what’s to come via The Pokémon Company:
New Animated Series
The new series will premiere across markets in 2023 and beyond, and it will feature Paldea first partner Pokémon Sprigatito, Fuecoco and Quaxly from the Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet video games, as well as the Legendary Pokémon Rayquaza in its Shiny form. Fans can look forward to unraveling the mysteries of the Pokémon world — from exciting Trainer battles to fun Pokémon encounters.
The upcoming story will debut after the current season of the Pokémon animation, “Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series,” which features Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu winning the Masters Eight Tournament of the Pokémon World Coronation Series.
Ash and Pikachu’s Final Chapter
Following Ash’s historic win as Pokémon World Champion — the culmination of his adventures spanning 25 seasons — fans can commemorate his storied journey with a collection of special episodes to conclude “Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series.” These episodes will feature fan-favorite Pokémon and characters, including Misty and Brock, and they will provide a glimpse at what the future may hold for the world’s strongest Trainer in this final chapter for Ash and his Pikachu.
The forthcoming special episodes not only celebrate Ash’s monumental achievement, but they also act as an expression of gratitude from Pokémon to all the fans who have joined him and his partner Pokémon Pikachu along the way. Fans can also look forward to what’s to come in the new animated series, which will represent everything they love about Pokémon animation, including action, adventure, friendship and Pokémon.