All he wanted was to be the very best. Like no one ever was. And he’s finally done it.
Ash Ketchum has finally won a Pokémon League.
After 22 years traveling across the land, searching far and wide, catching ’em all and falling short of the championship to stronger trainers, he’s finally reached his Pokémon Master destiny.
In the latest episode of ‘Sun & Moon’, the anime’s sixth series, the forever-10-year-old trainer won the Alola region Pokémon League to claim his dream.
And the internet couldn’t be happier for him.
The kid finally did it.
Ash Ketchum became a Pokemon Champion after 20+ years! pic.twitter.com/LncVCvvnVy
— Mike Mamon (@xPmnms) September 15, 2019
Me waking up and seeing Ash Ketchum finally won the Pokemon League… pic.twitter.com/MMEEWVLwVY
— KurotheWolf (@KuroTomoWolf) September 15, 2019
If you ever feel like giving up on your dreams just remember it took 23 years for Ash Ketchum to finally win the Pokemon League.
You can do it! pic.twitter.com/tiZZYNrBWa
— Foxdrop (@Foxdroplol) September 15, 2019
— Sour (@Sourcastic25) September 15, 2019
And if you don’t get why this is such a big deal, Twitter has compared it to other sporting events to explain.
As of winning the 1st Alola League Championship along with previous titles like Orange League Champ & Battle Frontier Conqueror my boy Ash Ketchum now joins Lebron James as a 3 time Champion, took em both nearly two decades ‼️ pic.twitter.com/3W7Oz4T1mx
— EE »//« (@ThePhenomenalEE) September 15, 2019
When the episode aired in Japan on the weekend, fans watched as Ash triumphed over Gladion to become the inaugural winner of the Alola Region Pokémon League. It’s been a long time coming for the trainer who has only won two major competitions (Orange Islands League and Battle Frontier) and faced League defeat after crushing League defeat since his debut in 1997. And no, Orange Islands doesn’t count.
Just to be clear & not have anyone confused; Ash won “A” #Pokémon League; not “The” Pokémon League. There’s no such thing as THE Pokémon League since each Region has their own League. Orange Island and Battle Frontier don’t count; Orange is not a region and BF was a Challenge. pic.twitter.com/A9H9xZp4oi
— Ralfington @ New track OUT NOW!! (@ralfington) September 15, 2019
So yeah, fans are freaking out.
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
— Gentleman Jack Gallagher (@GentlemanJackG) September 15, 2019
— Benana xXx (@Banana6677) September 15, 2019
I’m not crying, you are. Pika, pika.
— サトセレ (@AshandSerena) September 15, 2019
Same energy. #anipoke #サトシ優勝 #Pikachu pic.twitter.com/lDM6qAAK2p
— Shadao (@rex_shadao) September 15, 2019
I don’t think Twitter has ever been more wholesome.
Longtime Pokémon director and composer Junichi Masuda weighed in.
— 増田順一@GAME FREAK inc. (@Junichi_Masuda) September 15, 2019
And his original voice actor, Veronica Taylor (who voiced eight seasons fo the western dub) has congratulated him (herself? himself? themself?)
Congratulations to Ash Ketchum on winning the Pokémon League from Ash’s ‘younger’ self, circa 1998…yup, hard work, determination, good friends, and a bit of luck pay off! #pokemon #ashketchum #winning pic.twitter.com/JhgRcGJBEy
— Veronica Taylor (@TheVeronicaT) September 15, 2019
My heart is exploding. I can only imagine what this is like for a die-hard fan.
Who knows what’s next for Ash Ketchum: Pokémon Master. But perhaps, now that he’s accomplished his dreams, his story might be coming to an end. But he’s only 10, so surely there’s plenty more to come.
Ash Ketchum after over 20 years finally won a Pokémon league! What’s next for this young trainer? Evolving his Pokémon? Remembering type weaknesses? Aging? The possibilities are endless now pic.twitter.com/ooNPlrKbHW
— Matt Bragg (@Axialmatt) September 15, 2019
Whatever happens, it shows you can and will reach your dreams, no matter how long it takes. And you’ll get there with a little help from your best friends.
Pika, Pika, Ash! (I hope that translates to congrats)
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