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Sun & Moon is NOT a continuation of XYZ series – The main characters are completely a new Ash and Pikachu

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Let’s start from Masafumi Mima’s tweet (The Sound director of Pokémon anime series)

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Just for this reason, the final episode of Pokémon XYZ
has to be considered absolutely conclusive since there isn’t even the
usual ending sentence “next time a new beginning”.

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This is because the main series, at the moment, it’s really over.
Sun&Moon is only a NEW Pokémon anime, with a reboot of the protagonist who is strongly reminiscent of Ash. This is due to merchandising reasons.

One of the reasons that led the anime to its end is without any doubt the fact that its ratings drastically crashed in Japan, as demonstrated by the graphic below:

GEN MINMAX – AVG
OS 8.3%18.6% AVG 14.105%
JT 5.3%14.9% AVG 10.689%
AG 4.2%11.0% AVG 7.065%
DP 4.1% 9.3% AVG 6.396%
BW 2.2%9.3% AVG 5.292%
XY 3.2%6.4% AVG 4.559%
XYZ 2.4%4.4% AVG 3.673%

As you can see, the series registered a gradual audience ratings decline. XY and XYZ series were much appreciated from Western audiences despite the fact that they registered the lowest rate in Japan.

This led to a drastic reduction of staff’s funds, ever since the promotion of the film “Volcanion the Mechanical Marvel. Because of these cuts, with the Sun&Moon anime series the frame rate of the episodes has been lowered.

As you can understand by yourself, the Pokémon anime is in a bad situation which is caused by the same staff of the animated series, who completely ignored Shudo’s directives. As time goes by, the audience became gradually sick of seeing Ash that loses everytime and re-starts with a new journey, as if nothing had happened, instead of realizing his dream. At this point, in order to send things forward, it has been decided to focus entirely on the merchandising aspect. And here I am going to explain the reason why Black&White and Sun&Moon have to be considered a world apart, that is to say, series not linked with the main ones.

The plot of the Pokémon TV series does not always follow a logical thread. Moreover, for primarily economic necessity, writers are inclined to create series comparable to spin-offa. This often happens without explaining it directly in the episodes of the series (which keeps going on without any explanation of these story changes).

Concerning the Pokémon anime, a real continuity is ensured by the following main series: Kanto – Orange – Johto – Hoenn – Kanto BF – Sinnoh – Kalos. By following the episodes of these series, you may notice that there is a plot progression in the aforementioned regions, thus also proving that there is a connection and a progression, indeed, among them.

Black&White and the Sun&Moon are reboot and parallel series that feature a regressed version of Ash, also differentiated from the original with a change of Character Design (in order to attract young audiences). As well said by Masafumi Mima, that’s not the same Ash of original series and he shouldn’t be confused with him.

In the DP and XYZ final were included specific scenes to make it clear to spectators: the final shots where Ash departs shoulders.

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In the Sun & Moon Series Misty and Brock have been shown with the original clothes they had, rather than their most recent ones, mainly because there’s no continuity between the series anymore (this is also valid for the pajama that “Ash” wears in the last episode of the Black & White series). The Sun&Moon, Black&White serie and the last movies are obviously set in “parallel dimension” so don’t be fooled by the various flashbacks. It is only a commercial strategy to fix the flop of the anime, trying goofly to use some first generations callbacks. Indeed, before the airing of the episodes, the official site launched a survey in which it was asked to the utents, which older character they would have liked to see in a cameo.

At the end of the XYZ series we could see some small forms of protest by the same animation directors or writers. This tells us that even they haven’t an effective control of the anime; in fact the staff changes with each generation and given that Pokémon is a commercial anime, control goes mainly to sponsors such as TV Tokyo. Obviously, they do not care about Ash and the storyline: their only interest is to cash with ratings and merchandising.

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We of Satoshipedia join to the protests, because we care about Ash and the development of his history. We decided to stop following the anime, because to continue would mean to accept the treatment that is reserved to Ash for purely commercial purposes, which it was against the same Takeshi Shudo (creator the anime).

As explained in our separate article, Takeshi Shudo wanted to create an anime targeted to both children and adults, and he care relative of the gain. This led him to disagree with the other writers, that have gradually removed to Shudo the control of his own anime.

I don’t need to explain how all that has happening is not right and is not respectful of Shudo and the same Ash. It’s up to you to decide whether to continue with the anime, but you must be aware of the consequences. No one denies that the episodes of Sun & Moon can be sympathetic or show the pseudoAsh in epic situations, However, the fact remains that this does not really respects Ash’s character, which continues to be seen by the public as a ridiculous and eternally childlike cartoon character (things that do not really represent him).

Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Delia Ketchum – The Super Mom

ita icon_satoshipediaIn his novels “Pocket Monsters the Animation”, Takeshi Shudo dwelt very much upon Delia, often repeating, during the narration, that reading this information would help us learn more about Ash and his future events.

Ash has inherited the character from his mother Delia (Hanako in Japanese), who in fact we are used to see always smiling and carefree. Even as a mother, she has always been a strong and courageous woman, despite the enormous sufferings she had to endure in her life.46790

Delia is in fact very young and the relationship between Ash and her is much more like the one between brother and sister, rather than the one between mother and son. At the beginning of the anime, Delia still was under her 30s, even though she already had an 11-year old child. So, the day when Ash left for his trip, while wiping away her tears, she thought:

… Tears, huh… I’m still young but, although my young age, I’m already the mother of a fully-fledged adult… As his mother, I’ve had to prove to be brave… I remember all the past ten years, ten months and ten day7cf1d25b66efd2538162fcb3419314efs with Ash… All the adversities… All the painful moments in which it seemed impossible to  go on… The period of motherhood was really tough… But it was worth it.

Since Ash’s father left home, she did not shed a single tear for a farewell any longer, although she generally was a person who tended to cry like a baby or have exaggerated reactions, even for a simple splinter stuck in a finger.

It all started when Delia was only 18 years old and her mother was still alive. A young aspiring Pokémon trainer was staying in heDelia_Ashr inn, the “Pallet House. Delia immediately fell in love with him and their relationship quickly became stronger, so much that they got married in a heartbeat. But right after Ash’s birth, the young man left the town and never came back. To make matters worse, Delia’s mother soon got ill and passed away, leaving her daughter alone with the Pallet House and the new-born Ash.

At that point, Delia had no choice but to be strong. Even if her husband had come back home, after leaving her alone for over ten years, she would have completely ignored him. If someone asked her:do you still love him? her answer would be a clear < no >. Despite this, Delia rejected all the proposals she received from other men, because she actually never wanted to divorce from Ash’s father. There were even a few rumors of her relationships with other men, but none of them was true.2d73lu.jpg

Until the day Ash left home to travel and become a Pokémon Trainer, Delia managed to go on on her own. < It’s natural…> she thought to herself. Ash is her beloved son and she would take care of him until the day of his departure. It was her responsibility.

The relationship between Ash and Delia

As already said, there is a very unique relationship between Delia and Ash, very similar to the one existing between a couple of friends or brothers. Sometimes Ash wondered if some of Delia’s behaviors were the same of a typical mother and wanted her to be more like a normal adult woman. He often accused her of “pulling the mom card” only when it was convenient.0789079808

As a matter of fact, on the day of Ash’s departure Delia began to fantasize a bit. She was sad but at the same time she felt like a student who is about to start his summer holidays without any homework to do: starting from the following day she would have returned to be a free woman. Given that she still was so young, she could devote herself to many things. But until the next morning she still had to be the mother of Ash.

Shudo explains that being a mother is already a very hard job. However, despite her situation, Delia has never perceived her motherhood as something  tough. After all it was better than remaining completely alone, after her 77969husband had left home.

Of course it has never been so easy for her… Despite that, every once in a while Delia felt the need to say < Thanks baby > to Ash.

Just to give an example, Ash became rebellious for the first time around the age of three. He combined a prank after another and, in order to keep him quiet, Delia often pretended to cry:

Having such a rebellious son makes me the most unfortunate beauty in the world… Sniff, sniff. Waaah, waaaah >

However, as usual at her age, girls should go out and have fun rather than working as single mothers. That’s why Delia felt so unfortunate. At the beginning, she started to pretend to cry, but her tears soon became real when she started to stop and think of her life situation.

Ash was caught off guard when seeing her mother crying, so he immediately stopped making trouble. Then he approached her with a very sweet expression and asked: < Mom, what’s wrong? Are you ok? >. This gesture consoled Delia and made her feel the need to express her gratitude to his son.

Delia and the fathers of the bullies

When the bullies picked on Ash at the kindergarten and then to school, he’d get the teachers or the bullies fathers to tell them off. Or else, if the fathers of the bullies didn’t rebuke them, he would made sure the teacher did.

These bullies were children who at home didn’t breath an atmosphere of serenity. They were often children of single fathers or of husbands who were kicked out of the house after a marital dispute. If these men were looking for something to eat they had two options: a bento from the only convenience store of the village or going to the Pallet House (being the only restaurant in Pallet Town).

Delia, just like Ash, has the ability to always find the right words to help someone in need, so when these family men decided to eat at the Pallet House, she scolded them: < Children need a mother and a father! Especially a father! You can’t underestimate the importance of a father! A father can’t just be working all the time! He has to spend time at home! 709790>. Delia knew well what she was saying, she had the experience of both her father (Ash’s grandfather) and her husband: both left the family to become Pokémon trainers and never returned.

Thus, the bullies fathers would remain silent and let her talk. In exchange, if you can call it like that, Delia would listen to their problems with their wives.

The mothers in the country, therefore, never complained the fact that their husbands came home late at night saying they were at the Pallet House. On the contrary, they would consider it a relief, because talking with Delia would inspire the fathers o79800f Pallet Town to do their best for the home and their children. This helped to improve the mood of mothers in the town. So, with both parents in a good mood, children would breath a climate of serenity and bullying against Ash ceased. Being no longer picked on, Ash was delighted to be able to focus only on its pranks. He loved to play around and cause mischief. Delia rebuked him when he was causing too many problems, but she never forced him to focus on his studies.

Delia’s wish

Delia has always wanted to convey optimism and serenity to Ash, therefore, also thanks to his strong character, he was never deeply shocked by the absence of his father, however as a child, he used to ask about him to his mom. He wanted to know what kind of person he was and what he was doing. He addressed to her the same questions also about his grandfather. Delia initially replied that they were two very special pokémon trainers. However, when Ash was five years old, she decided to reveal him the truth: though they left to become pokémon trainers, no one has heard anything about them. There is no evidence that they really became trainers.

Whether his father and grandfather were or were not good trainers made no difference in his desire to become a Pokémon trainer. However, if Ash had found out on the internet or when he grew up, it may have come as a shock.5685896

Paradoxically, having the weight of his father and grandfather failures on him was a kind of weird encouragement for Ash: < I’m not going to end up like dad or grandpa! > said Ash to his mother the night before leaving for his trip. But Delia thought, within herself: < If he was anything like his father, he may never be back >.

It was natural that Ash would have ended up dreaming of becoming a Pokémon trainer. Delia herself sometimes muttered: < Your dad and grandpa are out there somewhere trying to become Pokémon Trainers… Must be nice out there.. >

She would say that only occasionaly but, in over ten years, this sentence ended to reach Ash’s ears many times, triggering in him the desire to become a Pokémon trainer.

Delia herself lo48675ved Pokémon and also wanted to become a trainer.

If she didn’t had to take over the Pallet House, being the only child of her family, Delia would have ignored any opposition of her mother and once she became ten she would have left home to become a Pokémon trainer, just like Ash.

The Voltorb shaped alarm clock

The alarm clock shaped like a Voltorb was donated to Ash by Delia for his tenth birthday.69876790

Pokémon themed goods are always a best seller, so you can’t get them in a small village like Pallet Town. Consequently to get that clock, Delia had to leave her busy schedule for three days and go to a department store in the metropolis of Cerulean City, where she waited five hours in line to buy it.

For Delia, that Voltorb clock held more significance than just a birthday present for his son: it was an expression of motherly love for Ash to take on his journey. His birthday was only a suitable opportunity to give it to him.

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Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Ash Ketchum

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Original name: サトシ (Satoshi)
Gender: Male
Birthday: May 22
age in each series
Hair colour: Black
Eye colour: Black, then Brown
Hometown: Pallet Town
Region: Kanto
Profession: Trainer
Relatives: Mother (Delia Ketchum), Father (unknown), Maternal Grandmother (defunct), Maternal Grandfather (missing)
Debut: “Pokémon I Choose You!”
Japanese voice actor: Rica Matsumoto
English voice actors: Veronica Taylor (until episode AG145), Sarah Natochenny (since episode AG146 and on), Kayzie Rogers (The Mastermind of Mirage Pokémon)
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Character

Ash Ketchum is the main character of the Pokémon Anime. He is based on Red, the protagonist of the first generation games (Pokémon).  The original name Satoshi means “Wash_ketchum-467isdom” (a quality that Ash has gradually gained throughout the series) and comes directly from the Pokémon creator, Satoshi Tajiri, which, in many interviews, claimed to be reflected in the character. In the games Pokémon Red and Blue, and Pokémon Yellow, Ash is one of the default name which the player can choose. His surname “Ketchum” comes from the slogan “gotta catch ‘em all”, but it is also a real and existing surname. It’s possible that it has been choosen due to the number of movements of the mouth made, in the anime, to pronunce the protagonist ‘s original name, in order to make the dubbing easier since “Satoshi” has two more syllables than “Ash”.

As many others shōnen characters, he would like to achieve a very difficult goal. In this case, Ash wants to become a Pokémon Master. For this reason, he travels around the world challenging Gym Leaders and competing in Pokémon Leagues, similarly to the protagonist of the videogames.

Though being a character with the typical shōnen hero peculiar features, Ash has some specific qualities which highlight an even more articulated personality. In particular it stands out his exceptional ability to comfort and encourage those who need a helping hand, making use of his empathy. This makes him a landmark for most of his fans, so that in the book “The Japanification of Children’s Popular Culture” Ash is cited as an example of cultural identification. Additionally it emphasized the character’s growth and development as the anime series progressed.Ash_growup

Personality

Ash is particularly unselfish, empathetic and kind, but at the same time he also has other peculiar characteristics, like his courage and determination. Ash is indeed extremely stubborn and he never gives up, despite difficulties. His motto is “saigo made akirameru na” (literally: “never give up until it’s over“). As mentioned above, he shows a particular empathy, thanks to which he always manages to find the right words to cheer up those who kiuyhfgyyneed it. Thanks to this particular trait, friends consider him a sort of psychologist in the group, often making use of his own teachings on how to face life and its difficultiesBut when he is having a problem, he prefers to keep everything inside and can become grumpy against anyone who tries to help him. Ash established  a relationship based on trust and mutual respect with his Pokémon: he wants his team to feel part of a big family. Moreover, as explained by Takeshi Shudo, Ash also has super-strong feelings thanks to which nothing can traumatize him, so that he has never been deeply shocked by the absence of his father. In fact this has strengthened his character.

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Physical appearance:

Ash appears as a boy of short stature (165 centimeters) and thin, but at the same time very athletic and vigorous (as a matter of fact, he is known for his great agility).
He is used to wear a red hat on his thick and messy hair, while, as far as his hands are concerned, he wears some fingerless gloves. He prefers to wear jackets with short sleeves and long pants (probably for convenience and practicality while travelling).

History

On the 1st of April, after his 10th birthday, Ash left his hometown Pallet Town, along with three other trainers, including Gary Oak, his rival since childhood.
But that morning he overslept and met Gary, professor Oak’s grandson, from whom he already received his first Pokémon. Once he reached the professor laboratory, Ash found out that all the starters (Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle) had already been taken, so he decided to take an exemplary of Pikachu, the only remaining creature, together with the Pokédex provided by the professor (called Dexter). However, Pikachu hates Poké Balls, which is the reason why it still follows Ash as if it was a “free” Pokémon. Initially, it caused some problems to its trainer by not respecting him, but when Ash risked his life to protect the little Pokémon injured by some Spearow, the two became inseparable friends. AshvsSperaow_1°epAt the end of this adventure, Ash and his Pikachu saw a peculiar Pokémon. During a video-call with professor Oak, Ash realized that it was the legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh, but nobody believed him. He was, in fact, the first to have seen Ho-Oh in the last three centuries.

Since Pikachu is able to generate powerful electrical attacks, it is often the target of Jessie, James and Meowth (members of Team Rocket) plans, that often consist on trying to steal the Pokémon and bringing him to their boss Giovanni. At the beginning, Ash was accompanied by Misty, who followed him to get her bike back, taken by Ash to save Pikachu and destroyed by the Thundershock it used to help Ash. Having to win eight badges in different Gyms to partecipate in the Pokémon League, he fought Brock, the Gym Leader of Pewter City, who joined the team after being defeated. -.jklkj.j,.In the second season of the anime (according to the western numeration), Ash finally participated in the Kanto League, situated in the Indigo Plateau, where he was defeated by his friend Richie and finishing in the top sixteen positions. Subsequently, Ash traveled through the Orange Islands alongside Misty and Tracey Sketchit to win the Orange League. In the episode “Enter The Dragonite” he defeated Drake and obtained the trophy. Ash’s next journey took place in the Johto region, where, once again, he was followed by Misty and Brock. In the Johto League, Ash finally defeats his rival Gary, but is then beaten by Harrison finishing in the first eight positions.

In the Advanced Generation series, Ash had to separate from Misty and Brock, which made him feel very sad. However, Brock came back and joined again Ash and his new friends: May and Max. This time, a more mature and experienced Ash acted as if he was a mentor for the young new trainer, May. In this region Ash had to defeat again 8 Gym Leaders in order to enter the Hoenn League, where he also fought his friend and rival Morrison. Ash finished alongside the eight best trainers.Lunch_Pkmn_AdvNext, he separated from his friends again and came back home. However, he found them right there, in Pallet town, a place in which they decided to set off again for another journey altogether. This time, Ash’s main objective was the Battle Frontier. Ash defeated all the Frontier Brains, gaining the Champion title in the episode “Pace – The Final Frontier!“, during which he managed to win against Baldo. At the end of his second journey through the Kanto region, Ash saw for the first time Gary’s Electivire, experience that lead him to decide to visit the Sinnoh region, where he met again his friend Brock. In Twinleaf Town, the two met Dawn and with her they started a new journey during which Ash not only faced matches in Gyms, but also, with her new friend, joined two Pokémon Contests. During this series Ash, has become an experienced trainer, specialized hfthtrhdxin creating new and spectacular fighting strategies, so much that Dawn developed a great admiration for him. However, more than once Ash has been under pressure because of his new rival, Paul, who is used to train his pokémon with completely different methods from the ones used by Ash. Paul, in order to make his pokémon stronger, doesn’t even worry about them. His methods, for this very reason, are stricts and heedless. After many difficulties, Ash finally managed to defeat Paul in the most spectacular match of his life, arriving at the semifinals of the Sinnoh league but being defeated by Tobias and his legendary Pokémon. However, Ash was the only trainer who managed to defeat not only Tobias’s Darkrai, but even his6789 Latios, this way becoming the moral winner of the Sinnoh league. Once the competion ended, Ash separated from Dawn and Brock. In the end the latter wouldn’t come back to travel with Ash because he decided to study very hard to become a doctor.

From here on, the timeline the Pokémon anime becomes irregular, due to merchandising strategies implemented by the staff. All explanations are provided under the following articles:

The XY series, in fact, sees a return of Ash as we had left him in the Sinnoh region: mature and extraordinarily skilled in Pokémon battles. In a short period of time, Ash has improved a lot his trainer skills and during the XYZ series he  also dis386px-Ash_XYcovers a power that binds him to his Greninja. Thanks to it, Ash reaches a level never seen before and is ranked finalist in the League of Kalos. His travel friends were Clemont, Bonnie and Serena. The latter is in love with Ash after he, as a child, helped her in a forest where she had lost. Upon arrival in Kalos, Serena recognizes Ash seeing him on television and decided to travel with him.

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Family

Ash as a child

The reason for which Ash’s parents are separated is that his father, a person whom information are ignored, abandoned the family a little while later Ash’s birth, leaving a young 19-year old Delia alone. We only know that he is a pokémon trainer (who doesn’t appear in the membership list of the World Pokémon trainers Association) currently travelling in a far land. As for Ash’s maternal grandparents, Delia’s mother died because of a disease, while her father had a behavior very similar to that of her husband: he also left home to become a trainer.

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Ash’s Pokémon

Note: moves marked in dark blue are the ones currently  known or used recently by the Pokémon.

Pokémon series (click on spoiler to view):

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Pikachu ♂ – Type: Electric
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Pikachu is the initial Pokémon of Ash, obtained from Professor Oak in the episode “Pokémon – I Choose You!“.
Moves: Thundershock, Thunderbolt, Thunder, Agility, Double-Edge, Quick Attack, Tail Whip (used sporadically without command, as in the Vermilion Gym), Tackle, Leer (used only in the episode “Hour of the Houndour“), Iron Tail (teached by Ash in the episode “All Things Bright and Beautifly!“), Locomovolt (learned in the episode May’s Egg-Cellent Adventure), Electro Ball (learned in the episode “Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!(Black&White series).
Bulbasaur ♂ – Type: Grass/Poison
Bulbasaur di Ash
Given to Ash in the episode “Bulbasaur and the Hidden Village“.
Moves: Razor Leaf, Vine Whip, Sleep Powder, Take Down, Leech Seed, Solar Beam (learned in the episode “Bulbasaur’s Mysterious Garden“), Whirlwind, Tickle, Dig.

 

Charizard ♂ – Type: Fire/Flying
Charizard di Ash
Evolution of his Charmeleon, which evolved from Charmander. This Pokémon was caught by Ash in the episode “Charmander the Stray Pokémon“. Charizard is training in the Charicific Valley. However, in case of necessity, Ash can ask Liza to use it temporarily.
Moves: Flamethrower, Leer, Ember, Fire Spin, Skull Bash (used only in the episode “Pokémon Scent-sation!“), Seismic Toss (learned after evolving), Tackle, Mega Punch, Submission, Take Down, Rage, Dragon Rage, Dragon Breath, Whirlwind, Overheat (learned in the Charicific Valley), Steel Wing (learned in the Charicific Valley before the episode “Gathering the Gang of Four!), Wing Attack, Slash, Dragon Tail.

 

Kingler – Type: Water
Kingler di Ash
Evolution of Ash’s Krabby, one of his first Pokémon and caught by Ash in the episode “Mystery at the Lighthouse“.
Moves: Crabhammer, Harden, Leer, Bubble, Water Gun, Hyper Beam, Vice Grip, Stomp.

 

Muk – Type: Poison
Muk di Ash
Caught in the episode “Sparks Fly for Magnemite“.
Moves: Body Slam, Poison Gas, Sludge Bomb.

 

Tauros ♂ – Type: Normal
Tauros di Ash
Caught at the Safari Zone in the banned episode “The Legend of Dratini“, together with 29 other Tauros. Indeed, Ash has 30 Tauros.
Moves: Fissure, Take Down, Horn Attack, Double Team (used for the first time in the episode “Second Time’s the Charm!)

 

Snorlax – Type: Normal
Snorlax di Ash
Caught at the Orange Islands, during the episode “Snack Attack“.
Moves: Tackle, Body Slam, Hyper Beam, Ice Punch, Mega Punch, Mega Kick, Protect, Rest, Headbutt.

 

Heracross – Type: Bug/ Fighting
Heracross di Ash
Caught in the episode “A Sappy Ending“.
Moves: Tackle, Take Down, Leer, Fury Attack, Megahorn, Horn Attack, Endure, Sleep Talk (shown in the episode “League Unleashed!), Focus Punch (shown in the episode “League Unleashed!), Hyper Beam (shown in the episode “The Semi-Final Frontier!).

 

Bayleef ♀ – Type: Grass
Bayleef di Ash
Evolution of his Chikorita, a Pokémon healed by Ash, after the struggle with his Charizard in the episode “The Chikorita rescue“.
Moves: Tackle, Razor Leaf, Vine Whip, Sweet Scent (which has been used only in the episode “Gettin’ The Bugs Out”), Body Slam (learned right after evolving into Bayleef), Headbutt (used only in the episode “Playing with Fire!).

 

Quilava – Type: Fire
Quilava di Ash
Evolution of his Cyndaquil, caught in the episode “Good ‘Quil Hunting“.
Moves: Tackle, Flamethrower, Quick Attack, Agility, Smokescreen, Swift, Flame Wheel (shown in the episode “An old Family Blend!), Eruption (learned right after evolving into Quilava in the episode “An old Family Blend!), Aerial Ace (shown in the episode “League Unleashed!).

 

Totodile ♂ – Type: Water
Totodile di Ash
Caught in the episode “The Totodile Duel“.
Moves: Scratch, Water Gun, Bite, Slash (used only in the episode “Just Add Water“), Headbutt, Skull Bash, Scary Face, Leer (used only in the episode “Playing with Fire!), Tail Whip (used only during the second phase of the Silver Conference after the command ” Finish it!”).

 

Noctowl – Type: Normal/Flying
Noctowl di Ash
The only shiny Pokémon caught by Ash, during the episode “Fowl Play!“.
Moves: Tackle, Whirlwind, Peck, Foresight, Hypnosis, Confusion (learned in the episode “From Ghost to Ghost“), Air Slash (shown in the episode “Working on a Right Move!), Sky Attack (shown in the episode “Working on a Right Move!), Extrasensory (shown in the episode “Working on a Right Move!).

 

Donphan – Type: Ground
Donphan di Ash
Evolution of his Phanpy, born from an egg received in the episode “Extreme Pokémon!” and hatched in the episode “Hatching a Plan!“.
Moves: Tackle, Take Down, Rollout, Earthquake, Defense Curl, Hidden Power (used for the first time in the episode “Hooked on Onix), Hyper Beam (learned right after evolving into Donphan in the episode “Reversing the Charges).

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Pokémon Advanced series (click on spoiler to view):

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Swellow – Type: Normal/Flying
Swellow di Ash
Evolution of his Taillow, caught in the episode “You Never Can Taillow“.
Moves: Quick Attack, Wing Attack, Double Team (learned right after evolving into Swellow in the episode “Solid as a Solrock), Aerial Ace (taught by Ash in the episode “Lessons in Lilycove!).

 

Sceptile ♂ – Type: Grass
Sceptile di Ash
Evolution of his Grovyle, which evolved from Treecko, caught in the episode “Tree’s a Crowd“.
Moves: Quick Attack, Pound, Slam, Agility, Bullet Seed (taught by ash during the episode What You Seed is What You Get), Leaf Blade (learned right after evolving into Grovyle in the episode “Exploud and Clear!), Solar Beam (learned during the match with Spenser), Verdebufera (shown in the episode The Semi-Final Frontier!).

 

Corphish – Type: Water
Corphish di Ash
Caught in the episode “Gone Corphishin’“.
Moves: Crabhammer, Bubble Beam, Bubble, Harden, Vice Grip, Dig.

 

Torkoal – Type: Fire
Torkoal di Ash
Caught in the Valley of Steel, during the episode “All Torkoal, No Play“.
Moves: Flamethrower, Overheat, Iron Defense, Body Slam, Heat Wave (learned before the episode “Overjoyed!).

 

Glalie – Type: Ice
Glalie di Ash
Evolution of his Snorunt, caught in the episode “Let it snow, let it snow, let it Snorunt!
Moves: Ice Beam, Ice Windy, Powder Snow, Double Team, Headbutt.

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Pokémon Diamond&Pearl series (click on spoiler to view):

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Staraptor ♂ – Type: Normal/Flying
Staraptor di Ash
Evolution of his Staravia, which evolved from Starly, caught in the episode “Two Degrees of Separation!“.

Moves: Wing Attack, Quick Attack, Gust, Aerial Ace (learned right after evolving into Staravia in the episode “A Staravia is Born!), Brave Bird (taught by Ash in the episode “Crossing the Battle Line!), Close Combat (learned right after evolving into Staraptor in the episode “Pursuing a Lofty Goal!).

 

Torterra – Type: Grass/Ground
Torterra di Ash
Evolution of his Grotle, which evolved from Turtwig, caught in the episode “Gettin’ Twiggy With It!“.
Moves: Tackle, Razor Leaf, Synthesis, Bite, Energy Ball (taught by Ash in the episode “Tanks for the Memories!), Rock Climb (learned in the episode “The lonely Snover), Leaf Storm (learned right after evolving into Torterra in the episode “The Fleeing Tower of Sunyshore!).

 

Infernape – Type: Fire/Fighting
Infernape di Ash
Evolution of his Monferno, which evolved from Chimchar. This Pokémon, has been abandoned by its previous trainer, Paul. So, Ash decided to ask it to join his team in the episode “Smells Like Team Spirit!“.
Moves: Flame Wheel, Ember, Dig, Fire Spin, Scratch, Flamethrower, Mach Punch (learned right after evolving into Monferno in the episode “Evolving Strategies!), Flare Blitz (learned in the episode “Working on a Right Move!).

 

Buizel ♂ – Type: Water
Buizel di Ash
Previously owned by Dawn. Ash recevied it from her with a trade thanks to which Dawn obtained Ash’s Aipom, in the episode “Throwing the Track Switch
Moves: Water Gun, Aqua Jet, Sonic Boom, Water Pulse (used for the first time in the Veilstone Gym), Ice Punch (taught by Ash in the episode “Short and To the Punch!).

 

Gliscor – Type: Ground/Flying
Gliscor di Ash
Evolution of his Gligar, caught in the episode “Riding the Winds of Change!“.
Moves: Sand-Attack, X-Scissor, Steel Wing, Screech, Fire Fang (learned in the episode “A Breed Stampede!), Giga Impact (learned in the episode “Mastering Current Events!), Stone Edge (shown in the episode “A Real Rival Rouser!).

 

Gible ♂ – Type: Dragon/Ground
Gible di Ash
Caught in the episode “Gotta Get a Gible!“.
Moves: Dig, Draco Meteor, Dragon Pulse, Rock Smash.

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Pokémon XY/Z series (click on spoiler to view):

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Greninja ♂ – Type: Water/Dark
Greninja di Ash
Evolution of his Frogadier, which evolved from Froakie, caught by Ash during the episode “Lumiose City Pursuit!“.
Moves: Water Pulse, Bubble, Pound, Double Team (learned in the episode “A Rush of Ninja Wisdom!), Cut (learned during the episode “Forging Forest Friendships!), Aerial Ace (learned after evolving into Frogadier), Water Shuriken (learned right after evolving into Greninja).
Check also: Ash GreninjaAsh Greninja

 

Talonflame – Type: Fire/Flying
Talonflame di Ash
Evolution of his Fletchinder, which evolved from Fletchling, caught by Ash during the episode “A Battle of Aerial Mobility!

Moves: Double Team, Peck, Razord Wind, Steel Wing, Nitro Charge (learned after evolving into Fletchinder), Brave Bird (learned after evolving into Talonflame).

 

Hawlucha – Type: Fighting/Flying
Hawlucha di Ash
Caught by Ash during the episode “The Forest Champion!“.
Moves: Karate Chop, High Jump Kick, Flying Press, X-Scissor (used for the first in the Laverre Gym).

 

Noivern ♂ – Type: Flying/Dragon
Evolution of his Noibat, hatched from an egg found by Ash’s Hawlucha during the episode “A Not-So-Flying Start!“.
Moves: Supersonic, Tackle (learned during the episode “Terminus Cave! The Mystery of Z is Set in Motion!!”), Acrobatics (learned during the episode “Onbat and Flaette! An Encounter in the Wind!!“), Boomburst (learned during the episode “Thunder and Onvern! The Lightning of Anger!!“), Dragon Claw
(learned during the episode “Rival Showdown! Satoshi VS Shōta!!”).

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In training (click on spoiler to view):

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Primeape – Type: Fighting
Primeape di Ash
Caught by Ash, after that his pre-evolution (Mankey) had stolen the boy’s hat, in the episode “Primeape Goes Bananas. Next, he donates it to a fighting type Pokémon trainer, Antony, in the episode “The Punchy Pokémon“.
Moves: Trash, Scratch, Mega Kick, Seismic Toss.

 

Squirtle – Type: Water
Squirtle di Ash
Joined Ash in the episode “Here Comes the Squirtle Squad“. It works in a firefighters team formed by different Squirtle and their evolutions.
Moves: Water Gun, Bubble Beam, Withdraw, Skull Bash, Hydro Pump (learned in the episode “Misty Meets Her Match), Rapid Spin (learned along with the Squirtle squad), Bubble.

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Released (click on spoiler to view):

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Butterfree ♂ – Type: Bug/Flying
Butterfree di Ash
Evolution of his Metapod, which evolved from Caterpie, caught in the episode “Ash Catches a Pokémonl. Released in the episode “Bye Bye Butterfree because it fell in love with another Butterfree.
Moves: String Shot, Tackle, Harden, Sleep Powder, Whirlwind, Stun Spore, Double-Edge.

 

Pidgeot – Type: Normal/Flying
Pidgeot di Ash
Evolution of his Pidgeotto, caught in the episode “Ash catches a Pokémon“. Released in the episode “Pallet Party Panic” to protect a group of Pidgey and Pidgeotto from the attacks of a Fearow, the evolution of the same Spearow which attacked Ash and Pikachu at the beginning of the first series.
Moves: Gust, Quick Attack, Sand Attack, Whirlwind, Wind Attack, Double-Edge.

 

Lapras – Type: Water/Ice
Lapras di Ash
Saved by Ash when it was young in “The Lost Lapras, used as a ferry in the Orange Islands, released once it found its family at the end of the journey, in the episode “Viva Las Lapras“.
Moves: Ice Beam, Water Gun.
Goodra – Type: Dragon

Goodra di AshEvolution of his Sliggoo, which evolved from Goomy, caught in the episode “A Slippery Encounter!“. Ash helped it to become stronger, so that it could protect its friends. It returned to live with them in the episode “Beyond the Rainbow!“.Moves: Rain Dance, Bide, Dragon Breath, Dragon Pulse, Ice Beam.

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Traded away (click on spoiler to view):

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Raticate – Type: Normal
Raticate di Ash
Ash received it from a trade on the St. Anne, in the episode “Battle Aboard the St. Anne“, for his Butterfree. However he later traded it away in order to get his Butterfree back.
Moves: Jump Kick, Super Fang, Hyper Fang.

 

Aipom ♀ – Type: Normal
Aipom di Ash
Caught at the end of the Kanto Gran Festival, in the episode “Channeling the Battle Zone!, subsequently traded with Lucinda in the episode “Throwing the Track Switchbecause it preferred Pokémon Contests to Gym battles.
Moves: (when traded): Scratch, Swift, Focus Punch, Double Team.

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Given away (click on spoiler to view):

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Beedrill – Type: Bug/Poison
Beedrill di Ash
Caught by Ash and given to Casey in the episode “The Bug Stops Here“.
Moves: Twineedle.

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Unofficial (click on spoiler to view):

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Haunter – Type: Ghost/Poison
Haunter di Ash
Caught by Ash in Lavender Town during the episode “The Tower of Terror and given to the Gym Leader Sabrina in “Haunter versus Kadabra“.
Moves: Lick.

 

Larvitar – Type: Rock/Ground
Larvitar di Ash
Born from an egg given to Ash by Professor Elm in the episode “Lapras of Luxury“. Ash finds its mother and gives her the Pokémon in the episode “Mother of Alls Battles“.
Moves: Screech, Hidden Power, Harden, Bite, Strength.

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Obtained Badges:

Kanto League
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  • Boulder Badge (Episode “Showdown in Pewter City)
  • Cascade Badge (Episode “The Water Flowers of Cerulean Cityl)
  • Thunder Badge (Episode “Electric Shock Showdown“)
  • Marsh Badge (Episode “Haunter versus Kadabra“)
  • Rainbow Badge (Episode “Pokémon Scent-sation!“)
  • Soul Badge (Episode “The Ninja Poké-Showdown“)
  • Volcano Badge (Episode “Volcanic Panic“)
  • Earth Badge (Episode: “The Battle of the Badge“)

 

Orange League
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  • Coral-Eye Badge (Episode “Fit to be Tide
  • Sea Ruby Badge (Episode “Navel Maneuvers“)
  • Spike Shell Badge (Episode “Misty Meets Her Match“)
  • Jade Star Badge (Episode “Pokémon Double Trouble“)

 

Johto League
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  • Zephyr Badge (Episode “Fighting Flyer with Fire“)
  • Hive Badge (Episode “Gettin’ The Bugs Out“)
  • Plain Badge (Episode “Dairy Tale Ending“)
  • Fog Badge (Episode “From Ghost to Ghost“)
  • Storm Badge (Episode “Machoke, Machoke Man!“)
  • Mineral Badge (Episode “Nerves of Steelix!“)
  • Glacier Badge (Episode “Nice Pryce, Baby!“)
  • Rising Badge (Episode “Better Eight Than Never“)

 

Hoenn League
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  • Stone Badge (Episode “The Winner By a Nosepass!“)
  • Knuckle Badge (Episode “Just One of the Geysers“)
  • Dynamo Badge (Episode “Watt’s with Wattson?“)
  • Heat Badge (Episode “Going, Going, Yawn!“)
  • Balance Badge (Episode “Balance of Power“)
  • Feather Badge (Episode “Sky High Gym Battle!“)
  • Mind Badge (Episode “Solid as a Solrock“)
  • Rain Badge (Episode “Eight Ain’t Enough!“)

 

Battle Frontier
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  • Knowledge Symbol (Episode “The Symbol Life“)
  • Guts Symbol (Episode “Wheel… of Frontiera!“)
  • Tactics Symbol (Episode “Tactics Theatrics!!“)
  • Luck Symbol (Episode “Queen of the Serpentine!“)
  • Spirit Symbol (Episode “Ka Boom with a View!“)
  • Ability Symbol (Episode “Second Time’s the Charm!“)
  • Brave Symbol (Episode: “Pace – The Final Frontier!“)

 

Sinnoh League
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  • Coal Badge (Episode “O’er the Rampardos we Watched!“)
  • Forest Badge (Episode “The Grass Menagerie!“)
  • Cobble Badge (Episode “A Triple Fighting Chance!“)
  • Fen Badge (Episode “A Crasher Course in Power!“)
  • Relic Badge (Episode “Shield with a Twist!
  • Mine Badge (Episode “Dealing With Defensive Types!
  • Icicle Badge (Episode “Sliding Into Seventh!“)
  • Beacon Badge (Episode “The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!“)

 

Kalos League
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  • Bug Badge (Episode “Battling on Thin Ice!“)
  • Cliff Badge (Episode “Climbing the Walls!!“)
  • Rumble Badge (Episode “Showdown at the Shalour Gym!“)
  • Plant Badge (Episode “The Green, Green Grass Types of Home!“)
  • Voltage Badge (Episode “The Moment of Lumiose Truth!“)
  • Fairy Badge (Episode “Fairy-Type Trickery!“)
  • Psychic Badge (Episode “All Eyes on the Future!“)
  • Iceberg Badge (Episode “A Real Icebreaker!

 

Pokémon League ranking

  • Indigo Plateau Conference (Top 16)
  • Silver Conference (Top 8)
  • Ever Grande Conference (Top 8)
  • Lily of the Valley Conference (Top 4)
  • Lumiose Conference (Runner-Up)

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Ash’s Others classifications

The real Ash Ketchum

Masafumi Mima, sound director of Pokémon Anime, made it clear that the new Sun&Moon series is not a continuation of XYZ and that the protagonists are new versions of Ash and Pikachu. It is a merchandising strategy which, of course, also applies to Black&White series.

We, the staff of Satoshipedia, are very keen to Ash and can’t stand the idea that he is treated like a puppet because of commercial strategies. Which is why we only deal with the TRUE Ash Ketchum and we would like to point out that both of the Black&White and the Sun&Moon versions of Ash, are only ALTERNATIVE and noncanonical versions of Ash!

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Pokémon, badges and rankings in the Black & White series (Spoiler click to view)

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Unfezant ♀ – Type: Normal/Flying
Unfezant di Ash
Evolution of his Tranquill, which evolved from Pidove, caught in the episode “Enter Iris and Axew!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Quick Attack, Air Cutter, Wing Attack, Aerial Ace (learned right after evolving into Unfezant).

 

Oshawott ♂ – Type: Water
Oshawott di Ash
Caught in the episode “A Sandile Gusher of Change!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Water Gun, Tackle, Razor Shell, Aqua Jet (learned in the episode “Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!), Hydro Pump (learned in the episode “Expedition to Onix Island!).

 

Pignite ♂ – Type: Fire/Fighting
Pignite di Ash
Evolution of his Tepig, caught in the episode “The Battle Club and Tepig’s Choice!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Ember, Tackle, Flame Charge (learned in the episode “Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!), Flamethrower (learned in the episode “Battle For The Underground), Fire Pledge (learned right after evolving into Pignite), Brick Break.

 

Snivy ♀ – Type: Grass
Snivy di Ash
Caught in the episode “Snivy Plays Hard to Catch!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Vine Whip, Attract, Leaf Storm, Leaf Blade.

 

Scraggy ♂ – Type: Dark/Fighting
Scraggy di Ash
Obtained when being only an egg in the episode “Here Comes the Trubbish Squad!” and then hatched in the episode “Scraggy—Hatched to be Wild!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Leer, Headbutt, High Jump Kick (learned in the episode “Meowth’s Scrafty Tactics!), Focus Blast (learned in the episode “The Clubsplosion Begins!).

 

Leavanny ♂ – Type: Bug/Grass
Leavanny di Ash
Evolution of his Swadloon, which evolved from Sewaddle, caught in the episode “Sewaddle and Burgh in Pinwheel Forest!” (Black&White series).
Moves: String Shot, Razor Leaf, Bug Bite, Tackle, Energy Ball (learned right after evolving into Swadloon in the episode “Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!), X-Scissor.

 

Palpitoad ♂ – Type: Water/Ground
Palpitoad di Ash
Caught in the episode “Facing Fear with Eyes Wide Open!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Hydro Pump, Mud Shot, Supersonic, Sludge Wave.

 

Boldore – Type: Rock
Boldore di Ash
Evolution of his Roggenrola, caught in the episode “Gotta Catch A Roggenrola!” (Black&White series).
Moves: Sandstorm, Stone Edge, Flash Cannon, Rock Blast (learned after evolving into Boldore), Rock Smash (learned after evolving into Boldore).

 

Krookodile ♂ – Type: Ground/Dark
Krookodile di Ash
Evolution of his Sandile with sunglasses appeared in the episode “A Sandile Gusher of Change!“. Evolved into Krokorok in “Dancing With the Ducklett Trio!. The Pokémon is captured by Ash in the episode “Battling the Bully!. Later it evolves into Krookodile. (Black&White series).
Moves: Dig, Bite, Stone Edge, Crunch, Dragon Claw (learned right after evolving into Krookodile), Aerial Ace.

 

Unova League
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  • Trio Badge (Dreams by the Yard Full!)
  • Basic Badge (Rematch at the Nacrene Gym!)
  • Insect Badge (Battling For The Love of Bug-Types!)
  • Bolt Badge (Dazzling the Nimbasa Gym!)
  • Quake Badge (Battling the King of the Mines!)
  • Jet Badge (An Amazing Aerial Battle!)
  • Freeze Badge (Caution: Icy Battle Conditions!)
  • Toxic Badge (Rocking the Virbank Gym! Part 2)

 Unova League ranking: Top 8

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Despite its multiple contradictions, the Black&White series is in between two of the series which show a plot progression (DP and XY/XYZ). This is the reason why we still keep into consideration the timeline of the Black&White series.

Trivia

  • The initial project for Ash’s hat, in the original series, was similar to that of Red (in the first generation). Subsequently, it was modified until its final design.tumblr_m2lzafGJzz1qh3ipho1_1280
  • When the english voice actor Veronica Taylor was interviewed in the documentary “Adventures in Voice Acting”, she revealed that, during the period of Ash’s voice auditions, the protagonist was known as Casey.
  • Rica Matsumoto (his japanese voice actor), during an interview said: “Satoshi always comes up with funny phrases, like pajama wa jama (japanese pun that more or less means ‘pajamas are a threat’) or jokes. This is what drew me to him as a character”.
  • Just as said by Rica Matsumoto, Ash is also known for his jokes with puns (it is famous, in the american dub, the phrase “I’m an apple for a day and I need a doctor right away“). Especially when he mutters, he often comes up with funny-sarcastic phrases.vlcsnap-error023
  • Ash loves apples. Among his favorite food we also find: fried chicken, spaghetti and custard as dessert. Ash eats everything and he also likes every kinds of vegetables. It seems that the only thing he doesn’t appreciate is the type of hazelnut which grows on Grotle.
  • In the episode “Up Close and Personable!” it is shown that Ash is good at drawing.
  • Ash is particularly good at climbing, also because he used to do it often as a child, playing on his own (as he mentioned in the episode “The Screen Actor’s Guilt“).
  • As seen in some episodes, Ash seems interested in catching a Dunsparce.68698
  • Ash is not by any mean tech-savvy.
  • The marking pen that Jigglypuff always kept with it actually belonged to Ash. The Pokémon had stolen it from his backpack.
  • Ash is really good at Physics: during battles (and in other situation too) he always creates tactics based on levers, calculation of forces, forces and accelerations, combination of natural elements, ecc.
  • The Master Ball-shaped ball, recurrently seen in the anime, belongs to Ash.
  • Ash has the same aura of Lucario and is the so-called “Aura Guardian“, however, at the moment, he is not interested in developing this particular ability.
  • Ash doesn’t like wearing pajamas, in fact, as a child, he often went sleeping without changing, making his mother angry.

Other Ash’s preparatory sketches:

Sources and external links:

  • EPISODES OF THE POKEMON ANIME
  • Takeshi Shudo books (it contains links to sources too)
  • “Pokémon Mania” Magazine (fun fact about Rica Matsumoto)
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Ash’s Age in each series

We’re sorry for all our eventual syntactical and grammatical errors. We’re italian and we’re doing our best 🙂

 ita icon_satoshipediaWhat you’re going to read is candidly observable in the animated series. So I have written NOTHING that you cannot check for yourself 🙂

Note: Black & White has to to be considered a separate series, not correctly connected to the main anime (HERE for clarification). However, in this article there are some references which mention the discrepancies present inside the series.

We can’t start talking about Ash without having clarified first the question about his age.

As mentioned in several previously published articles, one of which you can read at THIS LINK, the urban legend that Ash is always 10 after many series, has been largely disproved by several factors, like official sources from the creator of the animated  series and many informations given in the anime episodes themself, such as:

> The first animated series, in which OFFICIALLY has passed more than a year: in the various episodes were regularly inserted tips about the passage of months. Therefore, you can know with absolute certainty the period of time of each episode.

> The episode in the Rival Destinies series “Goodbye, Junior Cup – Hello Adventure!” where Dawn clearly says that a year has passed since her participation to the previous Wallace Cup, so it’s impossible that Ash was nine in that series.

> If we take into account the months elapsed that were mentioned in the episodes (two monts after Ash’s departure in the episode “The School of Hard Knocks“, two months before the Indigo League in the episode “Showdown at the Po-ké Corral“, one month before the Wirl Cup in the episode “Around the Whirlpool“, three months before the Silver Conference in the episodeWhy? Wynaut!“, three months before the Hoenn League in the episode “Eight Ain’t Enough“, one month before the Kanto Grand Festival in the episode “New Plot, Odd Lot!“, one month before the Sinnoh League in the episode “The Eighth Wonder of the Sinnoh World!” and two months before the Unova League) together make more than ONE YEAR in the timeline of Pokémon anime.

> The third mini-movie (Pikachu and Pichu Brothers), where Ash celebrated the anniversary of his meeting with Pikachu. It was  not the first anniversary and the movie must have took place between the 4th and the 5th season (for reasons you will soon read) but anyway there is NO DOUBT ABOUT IT: since Ash’s departure, more than a year has passed.

> The growth of Ash’s Lapras, who changed in appearance in one of the last episodes of “Master Quest”.

Picture of the episode in which it is mentioned the change of Lapras

> In the book This is Animation Pocket Monsters The Movie “Mewtwo Strikes Back” “Pikachu’s vacation” Takeshi Shudo explains that between Mewtwo’escape from the Team Rocket’s base and the moment in which Ash received the invitation for New Islan, a year passes. Anime writers have decided to make pass only a couple of months (since Mewtwo’s escape is present in the episode titled “Showdown at the Poké-Corral“), thus proving yet another mistake concerning the timeline in the anime. The film “Mewtwo Strikes Back“, indeed, has a precise collocation in the anime: the events took place between the episodes “The Pi-Kahuna” and “Make Room for Gloom“.

> Several trainers visibly younger than Ash, have already obtained their first Pokémon (Including Trevor and Scottie, in recent episodes of XY), but, as you know, it is NOT possible to receive the first Pokémon from a Professor or affiliates BEFORE having turned 10 years old.

> In the episode “A Goldenrod Opportunity” (Pokémon Johto League Champions), the Magnet Train was not built and it needed a year to be completed. In the Best Whishes episoded where Iris and Cilan decide to travel from Kanto to Johto, they decide to use that same train, showing even in this case the passage of years in the series.

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Informations reported also on Bulbapedia (Click to zoom in)

> Paul also competed in the tournaments of the Pokémon League of Kanto, Johto and Hoenn. They are held EVERY YEAR and since Paul has competed in different editions from those in which Ash competed, this proves that they inevitably have different ages (and also that, of course, height is by no means a major factor in establishing the age of a character)

Pokémon League
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Also, in the recent episode “A Festival Trade! A Festival Farewell?” of the XY series, Jessie makes a reference about her birthday (in the Japanese version too) that was even celebrated during the same XY series. Demonstrating once more that, in the story, there is a passage of years.

More reasons in the article I linked above.

As for the official information given by the creator of the animated series, we are going to open a broader case concerning the age of Ash in the various series.

Takeshi Shudo, creator of Pokémon Anime, published two books in 1997 and in 1999 that unveiled some of the secrets of the animated series (if you are curious about it you may check THIS LINK for a detailed summary of the books), including the truth about the day of Ash’s departure on his journey.

In Pallet Town it existed the rule that new trainers could begin their formative journey on APRIL 1st following their tenth birthday. This fixes the inconsinstency in the first episode of the animated series in which it’s said that Ash was leaving because he just turned 10, but at the same time Gary and other two trainers left with him. Was it everyone’s birthday, perhaps? No, simply the writers have made a mistake.

Takeshi Shudo also revealed that on the day of his departure Ash was exactly 10 years, 10 months and 10 days, so, starting from April 1st and going back this amount of time, it is possible to determine the date of his birth: May 22nd. Basically, Ash was almost 11 when he left.

Since during the 9th episode of the animated series it was made clear that two months have passed since Ash’s departure, here’s another confirmation that he has been 10 years old only in the first 6-7 episodes of the animated series.

For what concerns the other series:

In the Orange League Ash was 12. Summer was confirmed in that period (the 2° movie). The previous summer (the one in which Ash was 11) was in the period of the censored episode “Beauty and the Beach”. As already mentioned, in the first series were inserted specific references to the months in which the episodes were set. Ash left for his journey in April, and after 9 episodes May arrives. We clearly understand that the episode “Beauty and the Beach” was set in the adjacent summer.

After several episodes (enough time to make 6 months pass) the events of “Holiday Hi-Jynx” took place (which, according to the OFFICIAL numeration, it’s the episode 39) and an episode of the New Year’s Eve titled: “It’s New Year’s Eve! Pocket Monsters Encore” but which has never been broadcasted because of the scandal of the episode titled “Electric Soldier Porygon“.

Another handful of episodes later we have “Princess vs. Princess” (which was postponed due to “Electric Soldier Porygon“, but remains the fact that according to the official numeration it’s the episode 50) set on March 3rd because it refers to the celebration of Hinamatsuri. Five episodes later the events of “The purr-fect hero” (this episode was also postponed) were set on May 5th because it refers to the Children’s Day in Japan. Here, a year has already passed. In the following episodes, it’s further confirmed that it was Summer (the episode “Riddle Me This“, “The Breeding Center Secret“, etc.). From there to the Indigo League another two months has passed, so the Indigo League was held in the month of July, while the Orange League was set around August/September.

Together with Hideki Sonoda, Takeshi Shudo also wrote a novel dedicated to the film “Mewtwo Strikes Back” in which he explained that between Mewtwo’s escape from the Team Rocket’s base and the moment in which Ash received the invitation for New Islan, a year passes. Anime writers, instead, have decided to make pass only a couple of months and this way they made another mistake concerning the anime timeline.

It is not clear, however, whether this year should be considered as an additional year which has to be added to the timeline or Shudo wanted to collocate Mewtwo’s escape and film in the same year in which the first series takes place.

During the Johto League Tournament Ash was about 12/13 because Winter was confirmed during the Johto League Champions series (episode “Moving pictures”). Two Christmas episodes of the Pokémon Chronicles series are also set in this period (consequently the episodes in The Johto Journey series were set during Autumn). The League was held in the Spring/Summer of the same year.

During the Hoenn League Tournament, Ash was more ore less 13 because the Advanced and Advanced Challenge series took place right after the Johto League (in some episodes of the two above mentioned series it has been said that it was still Summer). The Hoenn league was held in the following Winter (Source: the episode “The Relicanth really can!” set more than 3 months before the league, where the beaches were crowded with people, because it was Summer.)

References: these two pictures as a confirmation

Note: The Hoenn region is the most southerly located region and is based upon the Kyushu island (Japan), where there is an almost tropical climate. It may also be noticed in the anime during the episodes of the league, in which, although it was winter, it didn’t seem to be cold.

In addition, during this generation Ash has also reached Misty in height.

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In Battle Frontier Ash was 14.

Ash returns to travel in the Kanto region, where his previous travel lasted one year. The series starts more or less during the Winter, in fact the episode “Time Warp Heals All Wounds”  is set on the Christmas period, as in the Japanese air of it.

Later, in the episode “Spontaneous Combusken” it’s shown that it was again Summer, as was in the movie “Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea“.

The last episode of the Battle Frontier series is clearly set on February, because in the Kanto region during this month the sun sets at around 5 PM, just as shown in the episode (further confirmation comes from the DP series vlcsnap-00003which takes place in Spring). Since almost an year is needed to cross the Kanto region, this is the reason why the same amount of time has passed in this case too.

 

During the Sinnoh League Tournament Ash was 15. This was because in Diamond and Pearl series it was Spring and in Battle Dimension and Galactic Battles it was Summer. (The episodes of the Pokémon Summer Academy and the 12th movie were clearly set in the Summer). The league was held in Autumn (the tournament has started two months after Ash won the last badge, and here there are also confirmations related to the time the sun was setting).

 


At the end of the Sinnoh League, Ash stayed at home for a few months. He left for Unova in Spring (pink Deerlings) and so he was still 15.

Warning: The Black&White series should be considered separately, however, given its multiple contradictions and given the presence of it between two continuing series, we keep still account its timeline.

In Best Wishes 2 (Rival Destinies and Adventures in Unova), it was Summer (green Deerlings), so he just turned 16. The league was held two months after Ash won the last badge. Towards the end of Best Wishes DA (Adventures in Unova and elsewhere) it has been clearly said that Autumn was coming (in the episode “Butterfree and Me” we can see many migrating Pokémon).

Obviously, the beginning of the XY series is set in the late Summer- early Autumn (Summer Camp episodes are set in the mid-September period, exactly like in real-life). This is confirmed by the presence of a vineyard with ripe grapes in the episode “A Jolting Switcheroo!“. Subsequently is Autumn as we can notice from the presence of many autumnal landscapes and falling leaves, as in the episode XY073: A Fashionable Battle!“.

The start of the XY&Z series is set in November because in the episode  XY097 “Dream a little dream from me!” the protagonists are watching the Litleonids. Litleonids are a meteor shower mentioned in the Delta Episode of the OR AS games. It takes the name from the Leonids shower, which always falls in November (intentionally coinciding with the Ruby and Sapphire games release, reference also mentioned in OR AS). The same XY097 episode aired in Japan during November. The end of the series seems to be set in the spring and Ash is 16 and a half.

For obvious and logical reasons the Pokémon anime has ended. Anyway if you are continuing to follow it, you must always take into account the instructions provided in this article. Try to differentiate the real Ash that we all know (and whose growth is evident for all of us) from the purely commercial reboots.

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A closer look at how Ash has changed and matured over the years at THIS LINK.

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Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Focus – Ash’s Childhood

ita icon_satoshipediaMost of the information that  you are going to read are taken from famous books written by the creator of the animated series, upon which you can read informations at THIS LINK.

Ash’s Childhood

Ash was a very lively and naughty child, in fact, he loved playing around and cause mischief.
Delia told him off when he caused too much trouble, but she never forced him to focus on his studies.

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Ash became rebellious for the first time around the age of three. In order to keep him quiet, Delia often pretended to cry. However, Ash was also a very sweet child. Indeed, on one occasion, it happened that Delia ended up crying for real because she kept thinking that she was a very young, single mother. Once that had happened, Ash immediately stopped making trouble. He approached Delia and by simply asking her < Mommy. What’s wrong? Are you okay?he managed to console her. Ash’s gesture made Delia feel very reassured and as a matter of fact she often felt the need to tell him < Thank you Baby>

Ash attended maternal and primary school in Pallet Town, unlike Gary, who decided to attend an elementary school in the nearby town. Since he’s member of the Oak family, he didn’t want to attend the small primary school of Pallet Town. Every day he had a two hour journey to get to and from school.

Ash could not stand Gary, but at the same time he didn’t give too much weight to his attitudes of superiority, because in a way he was sympathetic towards him: < Gary is a self centered jerk who look down on others just because he’s a member of the Oak family, his lineage is all he have going for him, yet he is still full of himself. However, it must be tough having to live up to your ancestors… >. That’s what Ash thoughtsometimes in regards to Gary.

On the other hand, with a father and grandfather who were complete failures, it’s quite possible that Gary thought that Ash was quite pitiable himself.

Ash and bullying

When bullies picked on Ash in maternal and elementary school, he’d get the teachers or the bully’s father to tell them off. Or well, if the bully’s father wouldn’t tell them off, he’d make sure the teacher did.

The problem of bullying was finally resolved by Delia, who talked to bullies’ fathers and urged them to solve their conjugal problems. Having a happier family, bullies gradually stopped targeting Ash, who could devote himself to his pranks again.

Ash always played alone while having fun with rather dangerous games like climbing trees and  descending from the hills on wooden boards (thanks to these activities he developed a great agility). He also loved fishing and hunting insects.

Despite that, Ash has  claimed many times to hate loneliness, describing it as “very hard” and “a source of suffering”, as if he felt such sensations on his own skin. This makes it clear that in his childhood Ash felt quite alone, although he always hid his sadness. This is also confirmed in the texts of some Japanese theme songs,

Note: For those who don’t know: usually, in the anime series, the lyrics of Japanese theme songs are about the feelings of the characters. In THIS ARTICLE we delved into all Ash’s character and psychological aspects, also taking advantage of them.

Little Ash and his father

Ash has never known his father, except through pictures and stories of his mother Delia, who was constantly inundated with questions about him: “Where is Dad?” “What is he doing now?”. Delia obviously couldn’t answer these questions, so she merely told him that he was an extraordinary Pokémon Trainer, until one day, in which Ash was 5 years old, she has been forced to confess to having told him many lies, because no one had heard anything about Ash’s father, so no one even knew if he actually became a good trainer.

That same day, a computer was given to Ash, through which he could have verified through the internet if his father has been successful as a trainer, but unfortunately he couldn’t find anything.

However Ash was never deeply shocked by his father’s absence, thanks to his strong feelings. This was a relief for Delia. In this regard, as explained by Shudo, probably Ash’s character now would be different if he had known his father.

Given that Delia had always wanted to be a Pokémon Trainer, occasionally she murmured: <Ash’s dad and grandpa are still now on a journey somewhere with the aim of becoming a pokemontrainer…How I envy them! >

These words come so many times to Ash’s ears that triggered him a strong desire to become a Pokemon trainer.

(You can read the full chapter in the dialogue between Ash and Delia at THIS LINK)

Ash and Prof. Oak

Initially, Ash didn’t know much prof. Oak, he had only seen him a few times, at night, while he used to go to the inn of his mother (in which he went ther just to eat pre-cooked meals while reading a book). Ash didn’t have chance to talk with the Prof. just because in that moment, Ash must have been sleeping. As time passed he had the opportunity of knowing him better, because he’s always been a Delia’s close friend and Gary’s grandfather.
The two families spent a lot of time together, also going at the Cinema.

Ash and Serena at Summer Camp

Later, Prof. Oak organized a Pokémon Summer Camp, to which, obviously, Ash participated.
There he meets Serena, a girl he met again in the Kalos region.

Serena fell on the ground and hurt her knee, but then Ash intervened. He tied a handkerchief and gently applied it to her knee and helped her to stand up, accompanying her to the camp, from which she got lost. The little girl was impressed by Ash’s kindness and immediately had a crush on him, but unfortunately, once terminated the camp, she had no way of seeing him again.

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> As a child when Ash communicating using his computer or tried to put on airs, Ash was referring to himself by the pronoun “boku”, but in general he always says “ore”.

Delia often enlists the help of Ash to do the gardening. However, Delia made Ash work so much that he couldn’t even study.

> In Western versions of the anime, Ash, as a child, was nicknamed “Little Ash”, because of its (still) short stature. This nick was used mostly by Gary (who called him “Ashy-Boy” too) as well as in the first series of the anime, where Team Rocket and Misty used it too (adding other nicknames like “Little Twerp” or “Little Face” etc.)

> Before his departure, Ash has spent 10 days trying to find his characteristic pose of victory (that always accompanies his “Getto Daze”).
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Photo taken from a book by Takeshi Shudo

Moreover, having planned to start his journey with BulbasaurCharmander o Squirtle, he had thought at some nicknames for these three Pokémon, respectively: DanesukeKagetarou e Zenibou.

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Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Focus – How Ash has changed and matured over the years

ita icon_satoshipedia(Important: To better understand this article it’s necessary for you to read the one concerning the various ages of Ash, at THIS LINK)

Over the years and with the progress of the story, we can objectively observe a mental and physical growth concerning Ash, and this is an established fact.

Watching the episodes is impossible to not notice that in the first series Ash had a totally different behavior from now, which is now unequivocally more mature.
For example, in the early seasons Ash often brags about small successes and had a childish arrogance, but now, since he’s matured, he doesn’t even think to behave in this way and he even scolds (in his own way ) those who make this mistake.
Ash’s way of reasoning and his way of relating to the others are also visibly changed from the first series, and this was undoubtedly noticed by those who have always followed the anime assiduosly. In fact, the book “The Japanification of Children’s Popular Culture” emphasized Ash’s growth and development as the anime series progressed.
 
Let’s see specifically how Ash has changed over the years.

Ash in the first series

In the first series, Ash had just started his journey. Even though he was only at the beginning of his trainer career and he never put an effort in studying Pokémon when he was at school, he showed a good knowledge of the attacks that every pokemon was able to use, and you can easily see his talent for Pokémon Battles, although it was still immature and needed to properly develope his ability, since Ash was still clumsy and inexperienced; because of this, in Pokémon Battles, he always needed Misty’s and Brock’s suggestions. Even in his first tournament of the Pokémon League they sat on the sideline as assistants. Ash’s behaviors were obviously childish, and in fact, after every success he tended to become conceited (often becoming quite obnoxious) and euphoric. When he doesn’t act as a vain boy, he is quite cute.
Ash has always been a nice and polite guy, however, he always said what he thought and that made him sincere, but somewhat cheeky.

At that time, he was also very spiteful, especially towards Misty who often did not appreciate his humor at all. He kept his particular feature with him: being a prankster is part of his own personality but, of course, it’s not as obvious as when he was a child.

The courage, of course, is a quality he always had, although in the first series he was a little crybaby and, though he did not want to admit it, he was terrified of spectral and ghostly places.

Ash in the series of Orange and Johto

In the Orange League we can start seeing a little maturity in his attitudes, although occasionally he continued adopting conceited behaviors (this is until the “Battle Advanced” series).

In the Johto saga, in his favor there’s the fact that he actually matured as a trainer: In fact, it is from this point in time that his talent as a strategist comes out, proving to be very able to get out of critical situations using his now famous sudden strategies (in depth analysis on THIS LINK) which in most cases were based on the exploitation of the battle field.

During the Johto League, Misty and Brock continued to sit on the sideline as assistants, but they stopped giving advices to Ash, since he proved to no longer need them.

Regarding his character, he also started to consolidate its sweetness, visible especially in respect to his pokémon, which he lovingly cuddled and comforted especially if sad or frightened. He won his Chikorita’s love (currently Bayleef) that in many cases was also assuming attitudes of jealousy towards Ash.

During this series the fights between Ash and Misty also started to decrease.
In fact Ash, especially in the second half of this saga, has become sweet and cute even towards Misty (and of course vice versa), until he reached the apex, in the episode in which they separate.

Ash in the Advanced saga

After finally having defeated Gary and after saying goodbye to the friends who accompanied him on his journey until Johto, Ash looked slightly bewildered, because from that moment on, he would have to go on by his own, but being extremely positive, he took the opportunity for what he considered a new beginning: he left home all of his Pokémon except for Pikachu and departed towards the Hoenn region, in order to start a new adventure, but this time, all on his own.

Once arrived in the new region, Ash’s new traveling companion has become May, a novice trainer initially very awkward and clumsy.

In fact, from this series on, Ash began to assume the role of veteran trainer (although at first a little insecurely), helping  May with advices and instructions about the lives of Pokémon trainers: role previously held by Misty and Brock towards Ash. In the middle of this third generation, Ash has finally stopped taking conceited attitudes, even giving May wise adviced, who suddenly, in the series, started to take the same behaviors.

Once May has become an expert coordinator, she expressed her gratitude to Ash for all the things he teached to her.

As for Ash’s talent on Pokémon battles in this generation, as already mentioned, he became much more mature and expert, his Pokémon battles became truly immersive and his skills as a strategist have gradually consolidated, bringing him, at the end of the Battle Frontier series, to earn the title of Battle Frontier Master.

During the series Battle Frontier, because of the change from 4Kids to Pokémon USA, Ash’s voice has changed from Veronica Taylor to Sarah Natochenny. The latter was chosen because she has a voice much like that of Rica Matsumoto (Japanese Ash’s voice actress), but more mature (although female) and better suited to the current Ash, since he is no longer a child.

Ash in the Diamond & Pearl Saga

The DP series has represented the apex of Ash’s growth as a person and as a trainer. Here, too, he has had to deal with a novice trainer (or precisely a coordinator): Dawn, which immediately showed a lot of admiration for Ash, thanks to his skill as a trainer and for his gentle and reassuring personality.

Dawn often tended to become demoralized, but Ash promptly intervened trying to reassure her and to instill her a bunch of self-confidence.
He also helped her in her trainings. After Dawn succeeded in developing an ingenious technique to use in Contests, based on the rotation of her Pokémon, Ash gave her Ash_Dawn_High_Fivefurther proof of his experience, using himself this technique, but strengthening it over time with different variants and bringing it to a higher level, transforming it into a brilliant Countershield.
In this series, in fact, Ash has also become an expert in the creation of new battling techniques.Ash’s attitudes in this generation are very mature (although occasionally his “playful side” continues to come out) and this is also reflected on his work with Pokémon, with whom often turned out to be very severe, but at the same time sweet, especially against the more timid Pokémon. This kindness with Pokémon put him in collision with Paul, a very rigid trainer, whose attitudes were the exact opposite of those of Ash, but in the end, after the most spectacular battle he ever fought, Ash has put into practice all his experience, managing to defeat Paul and making him more friendly towards pokémon.

Ash in XY Series

The XY series is considered in all respects a sequel of Diamond & Pearl, because there we find an Ash Ketchum mature again and at the same level where we had left him in that series. That level, in the course of history was even exceeded.
It is not a case, in fact, if in the course of the XY series were included very often statements of the protagonists referring to thereturn of the TRUE Ash(Show us what the real Ash can do” “here is the real Ash” etc.).

In this series Ash travels with Serena, Clemont and Bonnie. All of them consider Ash a reference point and a special person. They have a lot of admiration for him, and often make use of his advices to deal with life and its difficulties. Serena in particular is in love with Ash since they were children. On that occasion, Ash helped her after she had lost in a forest.

Translation: Ash drags the other, he is full of vitality and always cheerful. He is positive and does not give up in the face of adversity. In every situation he grits his teeth and goes on!

Regarding the physical aspect, Ash’s current height is 5’05” (1 meter and 65 centimeters tall).  In some scenes it might be a bit disproportionate because, as  explained in this Bulbapedia’s article, the anime’s drawers almost never comply with the proportions between Pokemon and characters.

Despite Ash’s height should be a little ambiguous to allow everyone to identify with him, in the episodes it was also possible to note a stature growth.

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The official proportions of the characters confirm that, in the first series, Ash’s stature was actually the one represented in the examples you have just seen; while in the most recent episodes, Ash is always higher than the first series.

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 In this regard, it is also a fact that in the series XY, new trainers as Shauna, Trevor, Mairin and Sawyer are all visibly smaller than Ash. As you know, a professor is not allowed to give the first Pokémon to a child under 10 years.

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We also observe how the same drawer has developed Ash’s features in time through these images:

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For consistency, all the images you just seen are by Masaaki Iwane, the best animation director in Pokémon Anime, which makes the most fluid and realistic designs. However you have to take into account that there are many other designers, each with his own style some more realistic and some less.

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Note: The series Black & White is not mentioned because it has brought no development to Ash’s character, being a “separate series”, incorrectly connected with the main anime (HERE for clarification).

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Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Ash’s Family

ita icon_satoshipediaThe only information we have about Ash’s family come from books written by the creator of the animated series Takeshi Shudo (of which is spoken at THIS LINK).

Although Ash’s life has always been very happy, his family situation does not look very goodThe reason for which Ash’s parents are separated is that his father abandoned the family a little while later Ash’s birth, leaving a young 19-year old Delia alone.
As for Ash’s grandparents, it is only know that Delia’s father abandoned the family to become a Pokémon trainer when she was little, while her mother died due to an illness when Delia was pregnant of Ash. Also because of this situation, Ash wants his Pokémon to be a big family: he says that in each episode. This because he wants to enlarge his family in some way (in addition, of course, to want create a climate of solidarity between his pokemon).

In the whole story, the character who arises the most curiosity is the mysterious father of Ash, but before talking about him, it’s necessary to get to know Delia better.

Delia is Ash’s mother. The relationship between them is more like that between brother and sister than the one between mother and child, because of the young age when Delia gave birth to Ash.

She is an always-cheerful and full of energy woman. Ash, indeed, inherited his “naughty side” from her. She can also be very strict with her son, especially for what regards politeness

Delia is a bit apprehensive towards Ash. In fact, she always floods him with recommendations and advic, especially for what concerns washing and changing his clothes every day.

Among her passions we can find gardening. Delia is known for her fantastic green fingers, and you can notice that by the beautiful flowers and the vegetables that she grows in her little garden. Beware though, offering yourself help her in the garden could be a big mistake: when Ash was a child, he could not even study because she always ended up assignin him one task after other, endlessly!

Delia is also an excellent cooker.
She managed the restaurant “Pallet House”, which has inherited on the death of her mother.
Every morning Delia leaves the house at dawn to go shopping, then he begins to prepare lunch for guests of the inn: she is very careful to choose healthier and energy foods. That’s because Delia says that lunch is the most important meal of the day and a simple bento is not enough to provide sufficient energy to deal with it.

Delia actually wanted to become a Pokémon trainer, but because of the inn and Ash’s birth she could never leave. So she just studied Pokémon in Prof. Oak’s laboratory, where she met his friend Spencer Hale (as seen in the third movie).

Most people in Pallet Town consider her a natural beauty: in fact, when she was 17, she appeared on the front cover of the new year special issue of “Pokémon Pals” along with a flower Pokémon known as Bellsprout. However she has never told Ash this.

(in-depth analysis about how Delia lived the motherhood of Ash at THIS LINK )

As for Ash’s father, he is a Pokémon Trainer currently traveling in a faraway land. Delia knew him in her inn, when she was 18 and her mother was still alive. He was a traveler and aspiring Pokémon Trainer. The two fell in love and their relationship became rapidly stronger, so that within the same year they got married. When Ash was born, Delia was only 19 years old.

The man, however, left Pallet Town right after Ash’s birth and never came back. For this reason, Delia got very angry and promised herself to ignore Ash’s father even if he came back.

However, over the years, after her husband’s disappearance, Delia received more than a hundred proposals from other men but she refused them all, because she actually never wanted to divorce from Ash’s father. As a matter of fact, despite her bright and cheerful personality, Delia suffers a lot due to her husband’s disappearance. The period of motherhood has been really tough and more than once Delia cried in front of the same Ash, who always managed to console her, despite being only a three-year old child. Nevertheless, Delia has never considered her motherhood as something tough. Thanks to Ash she was not completely alone.

When Ash was a child, he often asked about his father, he was always wondering what he was doing and where he was… but Delia, obviously, wasn’t able to answer to these questions, so she just told Ash how exceptional his dad was as a trainer (even if there was no evidence that he had become really extraordinary, given that she hadn’t heard anything from him) and showed him some photos.

The writers of Pokémon Anime promised to 4Kids that by the fifth season (The Master Quest) would introduce Ash’s father, but as we all know, it’s never happened.

(You can read the complete chapter of one such conversation between Ash and Delia by Shudo’s book at THIS LINK)

Despite the situation, Ash has never been shocked by the absence of his father and this is just thanks to Delia being an extremely positive woman who hates seeing his son sad. For this reason she did her best to make everything appear positive and joyful to him. Fortunately Ash has a very strong character in every respect. As explained by Takeshi Shudo, this derives from the absence of his father. If Ash had known him, probably his personality would be very different.

The night before leaving for his journey, Ash assured Delia that he will not end up like his father. Apart from that, we do not know the exact consideration that Ash currently has of his father. However, it’s true that he always avoids this topic, although his friendsspoke of their fathers in his presence and in several episodes. He’s never mentioned anything about his father. All this indicates that Ash is now very angry with his father, even though he probably hopes to meet him one day.

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Pokénerd

About Pokénerd

Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia

Ash’s Qualifications and Titles

ita icon_satoshipediaThe first thing that must be remembered of Ash, but which in many, however, tend to forget, is that he, having earned the title of MASTER OF Kanto’s BATTLE FRONTIER, is also the EIGHTH FRONTIER BRAIN of his region, but Ash refused temporarily to fill the role in order to continue his journey. So, actually, he already holds an important title close to that of Pokémon Master, but as we all know, the goal that Ash really want to achieve is the last one.

In the course of his journey, Ash has participated in many tournaments and leagues of any kind. Let’s see what are all the titles he has received, and consequently the number of awards.

Most important titles

Orange League Champion
Orange League Champion
Battle Frontier Master
Master of Kanto’s Battle Frontier,
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Sinnoh League top 4
Semi-finalist (top 4) at the Sinnoh League (but the moral winner, because he was the only one who defeat not only Tobia’s Darkrai, but also his Latios)
Kalos League Final
Runner-Up at Lumiose Conference (But also in this case moral winner, for his unjustified defeat. Also some animation directors of the anime have  expressed their disagreement about it)

Regarding the other leagues, Ash is in the top 16 trainers in the Indigo League (a good position, because that’s the first League in which he participated) and in Top 8 at the Silver Conference (Johto) and Hoenn Ever Grande Conference.

Success in other tournaments

In addition to Pokémon Leagues, Ash also took part in other secondary tournaments. Let’s see those in which he won trophies:

P1GrandPrix Champion
P1 Grand Prix,in which his Primeape won the belt in the episode of first series: The Punchy Pokémon
Pokémon Sumo Champion
Pokémon Sumo Championships, in wich Ash, along with his Snorlax, has won a King’s Rock and an Annual Pokéfood supply 
(immediately devoured by Snorlax), in the episode “Ring Masters” of the series Johto League Champions
Grossgate Town Pokéringer Champion
Crossgate Town PokéRinger Tournament in wich Ash has won honorary citizenship of the town (episode “That’s Just Swellow” of the Advanced Challenge series)
Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition
Hearthome City Tag Battle Competition, in wich Ash, teamed with Paul, has won a Soothe Bell (episode: “Smells Like Team Spirit“, series Diamond & Pearl)
Squallville Pokéringer Champion
Pokéringer Tournament of Squallville, in which Ash has won the honorary citizenship and an annual supply of PokéFood  (immediately devoured by Dawn’s Mamoswine), in the episode: Pursuing a Lofty Goal!” of the series DP Galactic Battles
Twinleaf Festival Champion
The tournament of Twinleaf Festival,in which Ash has won a trophy and privilege to challenge Tower Tycoon Palmer. (episode:
Challenging a Towering Figure!” of the series DP Galactic Battles)

Other trophies won in secondary competitions

Ash has also participated in many other competitions, always focused on Pokémon, but that aren’t related to the classical battles:

Pokémon Race Champion
The Pokémon Race sponsored by Laramie’s Clan, in which Ash won first place riding Lara Laramie’s Ponyta (which after evolved into Rapidash) (episode “The Flame Pokémon-Athon, in the first series)
Bug-Catching Contest Champion
The Bug-Catching Contest at Johto’s National Park, in which Ash has won a Sun Stone and a Beedril, which was later gifted to Casey. (episode: “The Bug Stops Hereseries Johto League Champions)
Hot Air Balloon Race
The hot air balloon race, in which he participated with his Noctowl in team with Misty and Brock. They won on a par
with the team of Skyler and his father
, to which the protagonists have decided to give the balloon burner as a prize
Extreme Pokémon Contest Champion
The Extreme Pokémon contest, in Eggseter Town, in which he won a Trophy (episode “Extreme Pokémon“, of the Master Quest)
Hearthome Collection Originality
The Hearthome Collection, to which he participated along with Pikachu and has won the award for originality (episode: Arriving in Style!” of the series DP Battle Dimension”)
Triathlon of Pokémon Summer Accademy
The Triathlon of Pokémon Summer Accademy, in which he won the final race and he also received, as all other trainers, a commemorative plaque for have participated at the event (episode: One Team, Two Team, Red Team, Blue Team!“)

Positions in which he is placed in competitions he didn’t win

Grass Tournament Runner-Up
Runner-up (2nd) at the Grass Tournament, in the episode ” The Grass Route“, Johto League Champions series 
Whirl Cup Top 16
Top 16 at Whirl Cup, in the Whirl Islands (episode: “The Perfect Match!” of the series Master Quest”)
Pokémon Dress-Up Contest Top 3
Top 3 in the Pokémon Dress-Up Contest, episode: “All Dressed Up With Somewhere To Go!“, series Diamond & Pearl.
Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament Top 32
Top 32 at the Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament, in the episode “To Thine Own Pokémon Be True!“, series DP Galactic Battles
Hurdle Dash of Pokéathlon Second Place
Second at the Hurdle Dash of Pokéathlon in Camellia Town, episode: “A Marathon Rivalry!“, series DP Sinnoh League Victors

Pokémon Contests

Ash has also participated at several Pokémon Contests, for fun and to help his friends May and Dawn, although he is not at all prepared for this type of competition, as admitted by the same Ash, whom, being focused on the effectiveness of the moves, tends to forget to present them elegantly.

Despite this, Ash has always carefully observed the Pokémon Contests, from which he’s often able to draw inspiration for some of his most spectacular battle moves (to learn more go to THIS LINK).

Below, here’s Pokémon Contests to which he took part, with all the positions in which he is classified:

Terracotta Town Pokémon Contest Champions
Pokémon Contest in Terracotta Town, in which he won on a par with May (episode: “Home is Where the Start is“, series Battle Frontier)
Hearthome City Pokémon Contest
Pokémon Contest in Hearthome City, in which he is ranked in the Top 8 (episode “Arrival of a Rival!“, series Diamond & Pearl)
Wallace Cup Top 8
Wallace Cup, in which he is ranked in the Top 8 (episodio “Pruning a Passel of Pals!“, series DP Battle Dimension)

Note: The series Black & White is not mentioned because it has brought no development to Ash’s character, being a “separate series”, incorrectly connected with the main anime (HERE for clarification).

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Ash’s Method of training and fighting style

ita icon_satoshipediaAsh says that he and his Pokemon are like a big family and this affects his training method, based primarily on trust and on encouragement of his Pokémon, in order to develop their strong points.

Many trainers tend to think that in order to strenghten a Pokémon it is necessary to work on his weaknesses, but Ash realized that the best thing is to use the strengths of a Pokémon to cover its weaknesses.

To cite an example: when his Turtwig has evolved into Grotle has not been able to move as fast as before, so Ash helped the Pokemon to change his fighting style, working on the resistance, so that Grotle could have been able to take lumps, rather than dodge them, and then attack at the right time.

Although Ash instills much confidence and positivity to his Pokémon (to the point of being willing to make as target of their moves in order to help them), in training he often becomes severe and intransigent: he doesn’t claim that his Pokémon tire too much or sacrifice themselves in any way, but he demands commitment and will, saying they should never give up and that evolution can never replace a bit of healthy work.

Regarding evolutions, Ash has always been very understanding with his Pokémon: he doesn’t force a Pokémon to evolve, especially if against his will, because he claims that a Pokémon can become very powerful without evolving if trained with patience and love (which is possible in the animated series, being different from the game).

One of the greatest of Ash’s skill is to know how to devise tactics based on the battles of others, and then customize and strengthen them in his own way. A clear example of this is the Counter Shield, Ash’s most important technique, to which he has arrived after having upgraded with time two techniques developed by Dawn: the Spinning and the Ice Aqua Jet.

The Spinning consisted in rotating the Pokémon, a way to avoid elegantly and efficiently the shots. Ash had the idea to strengthen this technique with rotations of different directions, which gave rise to a spectacular battle in the first Sinnoh Gym.

Later, Dawn had the idea to use Ice Beam to transform her Buizel’s Aqua Jet in a ice bullet, but she was never able to reach the desired effect. When Buizel became Ash’s Pokémon (following an exchange with Dawn), he understood that, in order to ensure a successful technique Buizel had to rotate, in this way it was able to complete the move, which has been renamed “Ice Aqua Jet”. The same Dawn said that it was necessary Ash’s ability for the technique to come out.

The last level where Ash brought these rotations is the Counter Shield, a technique entirely created by him which consists of blocking an opponent’s attack by using another one, in order to attack and defend at the same time.

It was originally designed to contrast the gym leader Fantina’s Hypnosis.

Ash got this idea when he saw Lucinda’s Ambipom contrasting Delcatty’s Sing using Double Hit. Then, the boy decided to strengthen this strategy, applying the tactics of the spinning: rotating and simultaneously launching their special attacks, Pokémon would have created a barrier with which they would have blocked the opponents’ moves, and at the same time attack the opponent Pokémon.

During the battle with Fantina, it has been created a situation which led Ash to reveal another characteristic of his Counter Shield: it could block not only Hypnosis, but also other moves, like Dark Pulse. Fantina was taken by surprise… after seeing Ash’s Counter Shield, she decided to make trouble for Ash, lining up on the field its Mismagius, unable to use Hypnosis.

Ash’s motto is “The best way to defend is to attack”, which is reflected, in fact, also in the technique of Counter Shield that he has developed. Ash generally prefer to use the attacks as a defense, rather than dodge, but of course, he is also adept at dodging hits: he always teaches his Pokémon to wait until the last second before dodging a move, in order to surprise their opponents.

Thanks to the original episodes, we can see that Ash is also excellent at physics sciences. He used several times: levers, forces, accelerations and combinations of natural elements to his advantage.

Ash is in fact known to all to be a very skilled strategist.
He’s able to devise sudden strategies, that no one would dare even think, when he is in a critical situation, displacing the opponent who lowers his guard thinking he practically won. Most of these sudden strategies are based on the control of the battle field, that Ash always manages to use to the advantage of his Pokémon 
(For example he made Chimchar skate on a piece of ice because he could not move on frozen ground, or use rocks as if they were trees to make quickly move his Treecko, a Pokémon who’s used to move and live in forests).

Regarding to this, Brock said several times that “Ash is a genius at gaining total control of the Battle Field”. This is what makes him unbeatable.

Ash’s strategist skills are also visible in other situations: sometimes he pretends to be in difficulty or have made a mistake and keeps hidden until his Pokémon’s last few techniques, just to let down the opponent’s guard. Ash is extremely crafty during battle, much more than it seems and it is very difficult to deceive him, as said, for example, by the same gym leader Fantina.

One thing that Ash always recommendeds to those who ask him advice about the battles is to keep focused :you should never be distracted and think of something else, but try as much as possible to be in tune with your own Pokémon, in order to understand when it’s pushed to its limits and to be ready for every single situation.

 

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Pokénerd was born in Umbria, Italy, in June 1992. She got so attached to the pokémon anime since the very beginning that she carefully watches every single episode. Her knowledge about the main character, Ash Ketchum is really vast. She discovered everything about him, and now she manages the entire online encyclopedia