Ash Ketchum to Exit Pokemon Anime in 2023

Ash Ketchum will no longer be the main protagonist of the long-running Pokemon anime series.

The Pokemon Company revealed that Ash's story would wrap in 2023 with 11 final episode.

This would feature Misty and Brock and various fan-favorite Pokemon and provide "a glimpse at what the future may hold for the world's strongest Trainer in this final chapter for Ash and his Pikachu."

While Ash is exiting the series, the Pokemon anime series will continue with two brand new protagonist.

These are named Liko and Roy in the Japanese series, who will adventure in the Paldea region.

Notably, Liko and Roy will not only encounter Paldean Starter Pokemon Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly, they'll also encounter a Shiny Rayquaza in the region.

Ash Ketchum first debuted as the protagonist of the Pokemon anime back in 1997, partnering with Pikachu and journeying through every region featured in the Pokemon games. 

Initially, Ash traveled with gym trainers Misty and Brock, but started to cycle through new companions as he traveled to new regions.

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