US Pokémon fans will need to mark their calendars as the Netflix premiere date for the final episodes of Pokémon Ultimate Journeys has been announced.
The Pokémon Company International has announced when US fans will be able to watch the next episode of Pokemon Ultimate Journeys: The Series episodes.
The popular anime series returns to Netflix on February 24th with a series of new episodes that not only conclude the 25-season journey of Ash Ketchum and his Pikachu, but also see the fan-favorite Pokémon trainer become world champions , a feat the character has been trying to achieve since the anime first premiered in 1997. Additional episodes of Ultimate Travelincluding a special collection saluting Ash Ketchum will be released on Netflix at a later date.
After Pokemon revealed that Ash Ketchum’s story was coming to an end, voice actress for the iconic character Sarah Natochenney posted a tribute on Twitter which read: “It has been an extraordinary privilege to be the English voice of Ash Ketchum for 17 years. No matter what lies behind his final chapter, he will live on forever in the hearts of many generations to come. Cheers to new beginnings!”
She later expanded her thoughts on the character’s retirement, saying in a December 2022 interview, “If I could speak as Ash Ketchum, I would say what Sarah Natochenny would say, and that is, to quote Jason Page’s song, ‘Be the best like no one ever was.'” She added, imploring fans, “And do it with love. Don’t be cutthroat. Don’t step on people to get what you want, but know your goals and do them to the best of your ability. Do them with passion and do them while loving and being kind to those around you.”
The next Pokémon series will feature new protagonists
Ash Ketchum’s time as a franchise protagonist may be over, but Pokemon itself is going nowhere. The beloved property has already announced a follow-up series Ultimate Travelwhich is installed scarlet and Violets Paldea region. The untitled anime will focus on two protagonists, known as Riko and Roy in the Japanese version, as they embark on incredible journeys and “uncover the mysteries of the Pokémon world and experience everything from exciting Trainer battles to fun Pokémon encounters.” “. A teaser trailer for what’s to come Pokemon series was also released, showcasing the three Paldean starter Pokémon, Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly, and a shiny Rayquaza. The new Pokémon animated series will premiere in April 2023 in Japan.
Fans can keep up to date with Ash and Pikachu’s journey on February 24th Pokemon Ultimate Journeys: The Series becomes available for streaming on Netflix.
Source: The Pokemon Company International