In December last year, it was reported that beloved Pokemon series protagonist Ash Ketchum (also known as Satoshi) from Pallet Town would retire after 25 years. While news of Ash's departure shattered the hearts of millions of fans worldwide, more recent coverage by Famitsu shows that Ash will be accompanied by old friends Brock and Misty during his sendoff in Pokémon Ultimate Journeys: The Series.
Ash and his Electric-type Pokemon companion Pikachu will bid farewell in a three-episode finale, starting Friday, 13 January 2023, in Japan, with the final episode airing on Friday, 27 January 2023. The episodes will premiere at 18:55 JST | 10:55 EST | 7:55 PST on TV Tokyo. Unfortunately, there is currently no confirmed release date for the English version of the last season, but it should be released on U.S. Netflix in the near future.
It's worth noting that Ash and Pikachu's departure does not mark the end of the Pokemon anime series as a whole. Instead, this move will pave the way for new characters, Liko and Roy. Following the finale, Liko and Roy will embark on their journeys to becoming the world's greatest Pokemon masters in an all-new series set in the Paldea region, where the Pokémon Scarlet and Violet games take place.
Here is a breakdown of each episode, per the Famitsu report. Also, it is reported that each of these episodes will feature the 1997 classic Pokemon opening theme, tracing Ash's 25-year journey in the series.
Satoshi (Ash Ketchum) and Pikachu go on a journey, encountering wild Pokémon and facing off against Team Rocket, who tries to steal Pikachu. In the midst of their adventure, they come across the legendary Pokémon Latias, who is injured.
Ash Ketchum and Pikachu continue their journey and arrive at the beach, where they encounter a wild Clauncher. Ash tries to catch it but is interrupted by the arrival of Misty, his former traveling companion. The two of them compete to catch the Clauncher.
Ash Ketchum and Pikachu reunite with Brock and Tracey, their former traveling companions. However, Brock is depressed because he has recently lost his love. Suddenly, a wild Hatterene kidnaps Brock. Ash, Misty, and Tracey must rescue Brock and bring him back.
Note: The synopses and titles above were translated from Japanese using Google Translate. The translations provided might not be accurate.