With only three episodes left in the series, it’s clear that the Pokemon anime is about to go through a major change. Despite the release of Pokemon Scarlet & Violet and the imminent end of Journeys, we still have no confirmation that the show will return for the Paldea generation. Given the rumored behind-the-scenes issues and suspiciously final-sounding descriptions for the final episode of Journey, it’s possible that this may be the end of the Pokemon anime as we know it.
Despite the evidence, it’s hard to imagine the anime ending for good. Pokemon is still the biggest franchise in the world and the show has always been a mainstay. Even as Ash’s journey comes to an end, there are still many possibilities for the future. Here are five ways the Pokemon anime can continue after Journeys ends.
Goh becomes the protagonist
Ash passing the torch to Goh has been the most popular theory throughout most of the Journeys era. At the start of Journeys, Ash’s origin story was modified to include Goh, and throughout the series we’ve seen Goh become more of a deuteragonist or secondary protagonist rather than a typical sidekick. With Ash winning the World Coronation Series, the final three episodes shift the focus to Goh and his work with Project Mew. The trailers for the new arc barely feature Ash, which could be an indication of the anime’s future. Fighting will always be a big part of the show, but now that Ash has taken top honors, maybe it’s time the show focused more on catching ’em all. That’s what Goh is all about, so it would only make sense for him to run the show going forward.
Continues as normal
Ignoring all other factors, the simplest explanation is that Ash will move to the next region and make new friends, just as he has for over 20 years. The Pokemon franchise is a machine with a lot of moving parts, and they all – the show, the games, the TCG – need to work together and keep moving forward. This is why some argue that new Pokemon games are released on a regular schedule with no room for delay (regardless of quality) and why it’s likely that a new anime series starring Ash Ketchum will appear in the near future. to appear.
As the new Monarch of the World Coronation Series, Ash is now able to defend his title, and we may see new contenders rise through the ranks to challenge him. This could even lead to a better transfer than Goh down the road if Ash encounters an up-and-coming trainer he takes under his wing. Alternatively, Ash can just compete in Paldea’s Ace Academy Tournament. If the Pokemon Company wants to maintain the status quo, it certainly has proven itself capable of doing so. We didn’t accidentally hit the 1,200 episodes with virtually no plot progression. It’s only in the past year that things have moved forward for Ash, and a new series could reset everything as it always has.
Continues as direct-to-streaming movies
We’ve seen some changes in the way Pokemon episodes appear over the past few years. In the US, new episodes are released in blocks on Netflix instead of TV. Recently, the four-part miniseries Arceus Chronicles was released by Amazon as a direct-to-streaming movie. Since there hasn’t been a new Pokemon movie since 2020 and no new ones have been announced, it could be that the anime plans to change formats in the future. Given the supposed production problems, OLM may have to slow things down. Instead of making hundreds of episodes in a few years, maybe we’ll see more Arceus Chronicles-style specials. These could keep Ash’s story going, or they could tie in with the games like the Twilight Wings web series did. Even if mainstream anime ends, the show could come back in a different form.
Chloe takes over
This outcome had more potential early on in Journeys, but over time, Chloe is increasingly absent from the series. Still, there’s a compelling reason for Goh’s little sister to take the driver’s seat in the next season.
Chloe is the youngest trainer we know. Throughout Journeys, we’ve seen her grow out of insecurity and embrace to become a trainer after meeting her partner Pokemon, Eevee. Chloe and Eevee (Pokemon’s de facto second mascot) explore the world of Pokemon together in the same way Ash and Pikachu did when the show first started. There’s a nice parallel to their travels, and it’s possible that this series will set Chloe up to relive Ash’s glory days as a young, scruffy trainer with a lot to learn. At the end of the day, Ash and Goh aren’t that different from each other. It would be great to have a girl be the face of Pokemon in the future.
Skip time, Ash is a dad
This is the most bizarre possibility, but it makes a lot of sense. Many people think that Ash will never leave the show because that would also mean losing Pikachu, the most iconic mascot to have ever existed. One solution is to jump forward 20 years and make Ash an adult with a young child just starting their Pokemon journey. It’s not like Pokemon age, so Pikachu could be his kid’s Pokemon partner, and Ash could serve as their mentor. Ash’s child would have a lot to live up to, causing them a unique conflict that Ash never had, as his father was apparently a dork. This way the show will still get the refresh it needs and Pikachu will still be the star.
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