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Original timeline of Pokemon anime

Original timeline of Pokemon anime

Satoshipedia is based solely on what is demonstrated in the series that constituite the original timeline of the Pokémon anime. All other series, with related films, are alternative timelines.

What is the original Pokémon anime timeline?

“Original timeline” DOES NOT mean “the others are not Pokémon” or “the others are disgusting”. By “original timeline” (which derives from “origin”) we mean the timeline that progressed Ash Ketchum starting from the first series, objectifying the growth and maturation of the character.

The original timeline was interrupted for the first time in 2010, at the end of the Diamond&Pearl series. In fact, the aforementioned series ends with Ash moving away from the back, without mentioning any reference to the subsequent Black&White series.

The original timeline seems to resume in 2013 with the XY series, in which Ash demonstrates a physical and psychological progression with the Diamond&Pearl series. Not surprisingly, the XY / XYZ series do not mention in any way the events of Black&White (despite the presence of Alexia, which in fact is never explained during XY), nor the events of the next Sun&Moon series.

Another factor that demonstrates the discontinuity between Black&White and XY is the timeline: the Black&White series ends in early autumn (Episode: “Me and Butterfree”), while the XY series begins in late spring.

Exactly like Diamond&Pearl, XYZ also ends with Ash shown from his back. In fact, the original timeline is interrupted again in 2016, but despite the generational change of 2019 it is not yet resumed.

A tweet from the anime’s sound director, Masafumi Mima, literally says: “Sun&Moon is NOT a continuation of XYZ”  confirming the discontinuity between XYZ and Sun&Moon timelines.

Anyway someone might ask «And what if XY is a series not connected but alternative as well?»
We don’t have proof that XY is the sequel of Diamond&Pearl, so we’ll still call “original series” the episodes untill the end of Diamond&Pearl. But as already said, in XY Ash shows a psychological progression which is cohoerent to the original series. This, united to the fact that Ash’s age was never mentiones, permits us to include XY and XYZ in the encyclopedia.


Series that constituite the original timeline

Pokémon

Original title: “Pocket Monsters”

Seasons in english:  “Pokémon” ; “Pokémon: Adventures in the Orange Islands” ; “Pokémon: The Johto Journeys” ; “Pokémon: Johto  League Champions” ; “Pokémon The Master Quest”

Regions: Kanto ; Orange Islands ; Johto

Age of Ash Ketchum: From almost 11 years old to almost 13

Pokémon Advanced

Original title: “Pocket Monsters Advanced Generation”

Seasons in english: “Pokémon Advanced” ; “Pokémon Advanced Challenge” ; “Pokémon Advanced Battle” ; “Pokémon Battle Frontier”

Regions: Hoenn ; Kanto

Age of Ash Ketchum: From almost 13 years old to 14 and a half.

Pokémon Diamond&Pearl

Original title: “Pocket Monsters Diamond&Pearl”

Seasons in english: “Diamond&Pearl” ; “DP Battle Dimension” ; “DP Galactic Battles” ; “DP Sinnoh League Victors”

Regions: Sinnoh

Age of Ash Ketchum: From 14 and a half years old to 15

Pokémon XY / XYZ

Original title:Pocket Monsters XY” ; “Pocket Monsters XY&Z”

Seasons in english: “XY” ; “XY Kalos Quest” ; “XYZ”

Regions: Kalos

Age of Ash Ketchum: From 16 years old to almost 17

XYZ is currently considered the latest series of the Pokémon anime. For more information, please consult this FAQ.


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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

Ash’s psychological profile

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In the article “Ash’s sunny and positive personality” we talked in detail of what distinguishes Ash Ketchum: his gentle, emphatetic and positive character. However, his psychological profile needs to be illustrated in a more accurate way, by specifically talking of all the aspects that charaterize him. To do this, it is also useful to make use of the the japanese theme songs lyrics of the Pokémon anime.

The lyrics of the theme songs in Japan are structured in a different way than ours, and this is what makes them more appreciated: in fact, they focus on the emotions and  feelings of the protagonists.

Therefore, examining the lyrics of the pokémon anime theme songs, in particular those sang by Rica Matsumoto (Ash’s japanese voice, that performs the theme songs always by putting herself in Ash’s shoes), a quite interesting context about Ash’s psychology emerges, even if it was already deductible from the episodes. All the quotes you’ll read in this section are from the theme songs.

As we all know, Ash is presented as a very particular guy: with a noble soul, kind, positive and sweet if needed. kiuyhfgyyHe demonstrates a remarkable wisdom on how to face life and it’s difficulties, in fact he is a reference point for all of his friends, that consider him a sort of psycologist of the group and use his teachings  to overcome their insecurities.

“Courage is the key that opens doors
We always had it on our hands”
(Challenger – Opening 7 )

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“Through tears and smiles, you’re not alone
I will always and forever cheer you up!”
(Spurt – Opening 10)
“I want to help, I want to protect you during painful times”
(Challenger – Opening 7)
“OK! Let’s swallow our fear!”
(Ok – Opening 3)

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“Pinches and chances are different sides of a coin”
(Challenger – Opening 7)
The bud that is our dreams
Hasn’t changed, but
Little by little it’ll bloom…
I can feel it
(The Rivals – Opening 2)

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Basically, Ash is sweet and kind, but at the same time he is bold and determined.

Another of Ash’s famous characteristic is his stamina. He often receives attacks from confused Pokémons or act as a shield to protect his friends and, if he gets injured, he never stops and continues undeterred to help, even at the cost of losing his life.vlcsnap-2015-11-12-00h33m02s414vlcsnap-2015-11-12-01h41m26s3478Ash never complains too much for pain, if he does, it means he is feeling really bad, like in the episodes The Stun Spore Detour (Adventures in the Orange Islands series), A Better Pill to Swallow (Johto League Champions series) and “Battling at Full Volume!” (Series XYZ). Generally, if he is not feeling well, as  not worry those who are with him, he tends to downplay the problem, saying that everything is fine, even though in reality it isn’t.

“There are salty tears on my cheeks, but
Shedding them will make me strong
I’ll forget my pain and scratches
But not my important memories”
(Challenger – Opening 7)

However, since Ash’s personality is so good-natured and reassuring, no one would expect him to become hateful and surly, though there are some cases in which Ash reveales an unexpected side of his character, which may stun not only his travelling companions, but also the audience.

Ash actually always keeps everything bottled up, he never wants to talk about his problems and if someone insists so as to persuade him to do that, he always ends up getting angry.vlcsnap-2015-08-23-17h14m54s720 When Ash is really sad, nervous or worried for something (especially for Pikachu, but also for all of his other Pokémons), he may become unrecognizably grumpy, sour and unpleasant (like Misty, May and Dawn defined him sometimes) to the point of becoming offensive or being quite rude. In these cases, even speaking to him could cause a bad reaction from him. For this reason Brock, knowing Ash very well, sometimes had to stop those who tried to speak to him, to calm him down or even worse, to scold him.
In such cases Ash needs to stay alone, the only ones who can approach him are his Pokémons.vlcsnap-2015-08-23-16h24m21s053

Generally, in this way he calms down and his friends can take over.
In some rare occasions Ash got to the points of talking back even to Brock, who he respects and thinks highly of.vlcsnap-2015-08-23-16h23m31s430 In the episode On a Wingull and a Prayer! (Advanced series) Ash, nervous for having lost the ferry to Dewfor Town, addressed May in a very sour way. The girl didn’t expect such a reaction from Ash and took it badly.

In episodes “All Hail the Ice Battlefield! and “Seeing the Forest for the Trees!” of the XYZ series, Ash has once again had a moment of crisis, and as usual he asked to be left alone. But Serena, worried about him, is still gone to look for him and has considerately tried to cheer him up. However, as we all know, Ash in these moments is unapproachable and obviously he is  turned against Serena in a decidedly stern way. 

Serena, not expecting such a behavior by Ash, is burst into tears and began throwing snowballs on him, reproaching him to not recognize him anymore. This act has come to help Ash to find himself.

Note that Ash’s character improved over the years.  In the first series he was often very arrogant, but as the years went by he matured and became generally kind and thoughtful, as we know him now. In fact, in the recent episodes it is quite rare to see him get nervous and talk back to his friends. Particularly in the XY series, Ash demonstrates to be more patient even with who is a first-time trainer and instead of getting angry (as he did with Dawn at the beginning of the Diamond&Pearl series) he prefers to make reproaches for greater good.

Here is a little fun fact: in the Japanese version of the first series, Ash was often very obnoxious towards Misty. Most of the time she rebuked him or just tried to give him some advice, Ash replied to her: “urusai na” (term used in Japan to silence someone), but in the Western version of the episodes, most of these dialogues have been totally changed or even removed.

vlcsnap-2015-11-11-23h26m32s963Ash is very impulsive. As a matter of fact, if he is nervous or in a bad mood he tends to lose his temper easily. However, at the same time, he can be very patient.
Let’s take Paul as an example, that is Ash’s rival in the Diamond&Pearl series.
Although Paul often insulted him, Ash has always been kind to him. Obviously, on those occasions, Ash firstly came up with a retort and knew how to be respected. However, shortly after he always tried to make some kind of friendship with him.
So many times Paul insulted him, as often as Ash tried to be kind to him. This is a feature of Ash that emphasizes his personality.213iop

Ash also tends to be much more patient with those who are constantly kind to him, as if he perceives that in some cases his bad reaction might particularly offend the person next to him.

Talking about perception, Ash is particularly well known for his empathy. It is in fact possible to notice from the episodes that he has some sort of “sixth sense” thanks to which he is able to understand immediately if someone is sad or demoralized. For example, in the episode Team shocker! (DP Battle Dimension series) Dawn, deeply disappointed for her defeat at the Solaceon Town Pokémon Contest, nervously tightens her fists. Ash immediately notices  and realizes that in fact something is wrong, although the girl said she was fine. Ash_Dawn_angry

Even though Ash is totally naive about love matters, he understands when someone cares particularly for him.
To cite another example: in Serena’s case, Ash obviously hasn’t understood that she is in love with him; however he understands or realizes that their friendship really matters to her. XY059_clip2This is why Ash adopts many caring attitudes towards her, like paying compliments or giving her gifts, as seen in the episode “Under the Pledging Tree!” ( XY Kalos Quest series). Serena is obviously the most present among the girls who openly demonstrate their love for Ash, so it’s easier to to take her as an example, but Ash has shown similar attitudes with other girls in love with him (such as Miette, Melody, Lyra, Macy and so on).

Ash also revealed that he can understand the feelings of his Pokémons, as if he feels the same thing they do (to quote his exact words).

“Strength, kindness, dazzling smiles
With my heart’s map, I’ll look for them”
(Challenger – Opening  7)

Moving on, Ash is famous for being really stubborn and this is the main characteristic for which they all know him. Resolute and determined, his motto is “Saigo made Akirameru Na” (literally: “don’t give up until it’s over“), so overflowing with optimism that for him it comes quite natural to transmit it to others and encourage those in need.

I’m tightly grabbing your hand and taking you along
(Ready Go – Opening 5)
“I thirst, I’m hunger
Even so, my strenght is boiling up
My wounds throb, my sweat flies
But I can see clearly
[…]
The forest is dark, there are no roads
Even so, my courage is overflowing
The mountains are tall, the valleys are deep
But of course, I’m all fired up!
[..]
I’ll tightly tie my shoelaces
I’ll fulfill the promise to my future self!”
(Spurt – Opening 10)

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“If I keep walking on my tired feet
I’ll be a step closer to my dream”
(Challenger – Opening 7)

Does Ash ever have weak moments? The answer is yes.  Anybody could be demotivated after disappointments and  failures, Ash too.

“Do you remember who won?”
Now look!
I can laugh as I talk with you
“I forgot!” said while playing dumb
(The Rivals – Opening  2)

vlcsnap-2015-11-12-00h22m30s459As stated in the japanese theme songs,  Ash forces himself to always be positive and determined, because he actually hides some insecurities inside himself, as shown in some episodes when Ash loses his confidence apparently for no reason. An example can be found in the episode “A Dairy Tale Ending” (Johto League Champions series) where after being defeatet for the first time by Whitney, Ash thought of giving all up and going back home.

“Though I had begun to give up
There was no reason for me to
The morning sun burning brightly on my journey
Asks me, “That much is fine, right?”

(Ok – Opening 3)
I’ll pack up my eagerness and energy
Today, too, I swear!
[…]
I can’t turn around it, I can’t lie down
I can’t get depressed, I can’t give up, I believe
I won’t rush, I won’t get confused, I’ll always
Aim for that distant dream…
(Challenger – Opening 7)

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As already stated in the article “Ash’s sunny and positive personality“, in the DP there’s a character who really mines Ash’s positivity: Paul.

Paul is a trainer with very cold methods, severe and intransigent. He treated his pokémon with extreme strictness. vlcsnap-2015-11-12-01h04m02s062Ash oblivously was completely against these methods, because he knows well that Pokémons must be treated with kindness. Therefore he firstly faced Paul with a confident attitude, to make him understand that… but Ash continued to lose against him.dp 59 After the hard defeat at the Lake Acuity, Ash literally had a breakdown  and started to ask himself if perhaps he was doing it all wrong. The shots that do not show Ash’s face for the rest of the episode “Evolving Strategies!” (DP Galactic Battles series) emphasize his mood in that moment.   Luckily, as we all know, Ash never decided to give up, eventually managing to make Paul more gentle towards his Pokémons.

“It’s so disappointing to lose
I’m trembling, but,
My clenched fist loosens
I wipe the sweat on my jeans, let’s shake hands!”
(The Rivals – Opening 2)

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“I’m so happy to win
I want to cry, but
Both winning and losing are important
There must be something to it!”
(The Rivals – Opening 2)

Ash tends to lose his confidence when he feels lonely.2yufz2g.jpg
Although he spent his childhood playing on his own, he lets slip that he hates solitude. He defines it”Very hard” and “the cause of suffering”, describing  it like he experienced that on his own skin. That makes us understand that he felt really lonely even if, as always, he never made it obvious.

“When i look back on yesterday, stopped and retreated;
there were tears, but i don’t care
I’ll take a step towards the future
[..]
There will be no time for gloom, as that would repeat the past
(Ready Go – Opening 5)

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“Even though I have memories
Of a few painful things
I don’t even notice as they fall out
from a hole in my backpack”
(Type:Wild – Ending 5)

 

The lyrics that you have just read may also refer to the moment when Ash saw his mother crying because of their family situation.

At the end of the Johto saga (after the first separation from Misty and Brock) Ash was really sad, so Pikachu made him understand that he’ll never be alone again, and that he had it, his best friend, by his side.skuql5.jpgLoneliness is a recurrent theme in the japanese lyrics. It is from those, and also from some episodes, that it becomes particularly clear that Ash is scared and hurt by it.

“I’m not alone, I’m not lonely, still a way to go”
(Challenger – Opening 7)

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“The words of my friends, look,
They’re more reassuring than I thought!
They’re extremely warm, so much it makes me cry
(Spurt – Opening 10)

Let’s end the section with some things that anger Ash.

He is unlikely to lose his temper; it only happened  a few times (actually scaring his friends) but never became hysteric.vlcsnap-2015-11-12-01h09m50s993 The only case could be in the episode “Ignorance is Blissey” (Always Pokémon series), in which the Team Rocket stole some food from the Pokémon Center when Ash was fasting since the day before (Misty made the comment: “he never gets this mad“). With the exception of these gags, his biggest rage fit was with Lucario in the movie “Lucario and the Mistery of Mew“, or when he punched a window in the episode “A Frenzied Factory Fiasco!” (XY Kalos Quest series). Ash explained several times what are the things that make him angry or, as he says, “enrage him”. Some examples are the ones mentioned down here:

– Finding out about people who steal or exploit their Pokémon for money or shady dealings.
– Being too far off Pikachu, especially if he’s worried about it.
– Know-it-alls
– Stealing his food

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About Satoshipedia

Satoshipedia was created with the aim of improving public opinion on Ash Ketchum (Satoshi), through objective encyclopedic data. We wants is to valorize Ash Ketchum, in order to defend him from all those distorted information that causes a childish and approximate consideration of him.

“Pokemon: The Animation” – Official informations about Ash’s father

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Who is Ash’s Father?

Takeshi Shudo, creator of the Pokémon anime, published in 1997 and in 1999 two books titled Pocket Monsters: The Animation Volume 1 and 2, in which he revealed some of the greatest mysteries of the Pokemon series.

CLICK HERE for more information about these books!

This is the chapter in which there are official information about Ash’s father:

“—I can’t sleep.” Satoshi said.
Hanako said with striking Satoshi’s pillow.
“Sure, I can understand your feeling. All the people of 10 years old and over are aiming to be a pokemon trainer in this town. Your dad, your grandpa —and yourself—.” When she said about Satoshi’s dad and grandpa, the pillow was like a punching bag.
“Dad and grandpa—”
A memory when Satoshi was five years old flashed across his mind.

*

It was the day when a PC was given to him for the first time.
Hanako said with staring at a brand-new PC.
“Hey, my son. I must say to you. —Your father and grandpa are great pokemon trainers. Aren’t they?”
Of course, Satoshi was believed so.
“Hey mom, tell me! What is my dad like? What sort of a man is my grandpa?”
When little Satoshi asked Hanako, she always gave the same answer.
“Your dad and grandpa are sooo surreal trainers who surpass the hero Ohkido Masara— possibly.”
“Surreal?” It wasn’t a familiar word for him.
“Surrealistic— super-realistic”
“They are superior men, you meant.”
“It’s something like that.”
But the day when the PC was delivered, superior dad and grandpa have been transformed into different persons. This is how it happened—
Hanako bobbed her head to little Satoshi.
“Sorry, dear. I told you a falsehood.” Hanako said to Satoshi with his mouth wide open.
“Falsehood—.”
“Surrealistic trainers. Surrealistic is super-realistic, super-realistic means to stand aloof from the reality—in other words, it’s a nonsense. Give me a break!”
A break should have been given to Satoshi more than her.
Hanako asked.
“Satoshi, when you begin to use a PC, you get into on-line communication, —don’t you?”
“Yeah” Satoshi nodded.
“Then, you access to pokemon-related web pages, and maybe you want to know more about your dad and grandpa.”
“Yeah, sure.”
“But maybe you won’t be able to know it. ”
“Why? ”
“‘Cause I told a pack of lies—.”
“Eh—?”
“It’s not a lie what your dad and grandpa aimed to be a pokemontrainer—it’s a fact—they are away on a journey, it’s an obvious fact, too.”
“Well.”
“But they became full-fledged trainers—”
“Well?”
“It is a lie, probably”
“A lie?”
“You have never seen the report your dad and grandpa were elected to the ten thousand best trainers in a magazine or a journal.”
“Yeah, I’ve never seen it.”
“But you are utterly indifferent to it because only the participants of the League Tournament of the year are put on the best ten thousand list. The great trainer called Pokemon Master don’t compete in Pokemon League—there are many great trainers even if the one aren’t put on the list.”
“Well”
“But if you check out www I’ll be completely at a loss for a reply.
“www?”
“Yeah, you can get easily on www the membership list of the World Pokemontrainers Association—all official trainers are on the list—I hear the names of official trainers are a billion including the deceased in the list.”
“The membership list? That’s the first I’ve heard of it.”
“You can get it. Then you can search easily for your dad and grandpa’s names by PC even if there are a billion official trainers. So— I say before you search for it.—you can’t find the names of your dad and grandpa.”
“Why?”
“Your dad and grandpa aren’t authorized yet. In other words, they don’t become quite official trainers yet.”
“H’m”
Long silence hung between Hanako and Satoshi for some time.
“What are they doing now? Dad and grandpa?” Satoshi asked.
Hanako shrugged her shoulders.
“I don’t knoooow. Even if they are aiming a trainer—their names had never been put on the list—it’s so fruitless—”
“It’s so fruitless—”
Satoshi repeated Hanako’s words.
Because Hanako hate gloomy mood, she said it as if it were nothing important.
“But, it doesn’t mean your efforts are fruitless. Don’t mind about your dad and grandpa, from now on. It is up to you whether you become a trainer or not, Satoshi.”
“Drat! Uncool!”
“Yeah, uncool. Sooo uncool.”
Hanako smiled.
It was a relief to her to realize that Satoshi wasn’t a deeply shocked.
Satoshi’s feeling was as his word—“Uncool!”.
His dad and grandpa are not always here closely but he had seen them only by photographs.
To five-year-old Satoshi, it doesn’t seem real story.
Whether his father and grandfather are great trainers or not, he didn’t change his mind to want to be a pokemontrainer.
But she murmured occasionally.
“Satoshi’s dad and grandpa are still now on a journey somewhere with the aim of becoming a pokemontrainer—How I envy them!”
Even if she murmured occasionally, he heard it so many times because it reached his ears until the time he become ten.
It was only natural that Satoshi dreams of becoming a pokemontrainer.
But Hanako didn’t mutter because she was anxious for their safety.
Because Hanako loves pokemons, she herself wished to be a pokemontrainer.
If Hanako wasn’t the successor of her mother’s restaurant, she would have gone on a journey at 10 years old to training for pokemontrainer like Satoshi even if she steamrollered her mother’s opposition.
They said that it had better go into training while young to become a good trainer.
But I’m my teens, so enough for it.
If someone who succeeds my mother’s restaurant appears, I will leave it to the one and start on a journey immediately.
Hanako wasn’t given up.
But—
It was one day when she was 18 years old—Hanako’s mother was still living.
She fell in love with a traveler wanted to be a pokemontrainer who stayed at her mother’s inn at first sight. She went into rapture that she felt absurd for herself, instantly got married to him.
But he set out on a journey, and he never again return home.
To make matters worse, her mother instantly passed away of a disease, Hanako inherited the inn and a newborn baby.
“Do you love him even now?” If she is asked, she will reply “No, sure!”.
If a woman like Hanako was abandoned and her husband return home after 10 years shamelessly, she will ignore him because It is too absurd to get angry.
Hanako made up her mind to bring up Satoshi until he starts on a journey with the aim of becoming a pokemontrainer by herself.
It is natural—Hanako thinks so.

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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 Age in each series

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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:

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

> 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, together make more than ONE YEAR in the timeline of Pokémon anime (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).

> The third short-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”.

> 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.

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)

Screen by Bulbapedia

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 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 hejust 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’s age 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’s age 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 Ash’s age was 10 only in the first 6-7 episodes of the animated series.

For what concerns the other series:

In the Orange League Ash’s age 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’s age 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’s age 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

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.

In Battle Frontier Ash’s age 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 which takes place in Spring). vlcsnap-00003Since 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’s age 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 some months, then he went for a new journey (in a place never mentioned nor in Diamond&Pearl series nor in XY series)  where he met Alexia.

Be careful: The events of Unova region are NOT mentioned nor in the Diamond&Pearl Series, nor the XY One. Our enciclopedia takes in consideration only what was shown during the series that are part of the original timeline. So the lenght of the Black&White series constitues a Hole in the timeline.

The time hole starts from Ash’s return at home in the last episode of Diamond&Pearl (autumn) to Ash’s arrival in Kalos (summer-end of the following year). So, we continue counting the timeline by adding an year.

At the start of the XY series Ash is 16 years old. XY is initially set in late spring. Later, the episodes of the Summer Camp demonstrated the summer season. Autumn is coming towards the end of Kalos Quest, indeed there are lots of autumn landscapes and falling leaves like in episode “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’s age is 16 and a half (17 in the following May).

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.


 

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

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Focus: Ash’s Childhood

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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.

Most 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 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,

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)

HERE for other interesting details about Ash’s childhood and his relationship with Delia

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.

tidbit about Ash’s childhood

> 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”).
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 and Zenibou.

We’re sorry for all our eventual grammatical and lexical mistakes. We’re Italian and we’re trying to do our best 🙂

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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