Earlier today, The Pokémon Company confirmed that longtime anime protagonist Ash Ketchum will be leaving the series after 25 years. In January 2023, the final release of episodes was released under the title Pokémon – Aim to become a Pokémon Master – will be the last chapter for Ash and his companion Pikachu.
Following the news, Sarah Natochenny, who has been the voice of Ash in English since 2006, took to Twitter to share a post talking about her time in the franchise and what the character means to her.
A quick look at Natochenny’s IMDb page reveals that she has previously voiced characters other than Ash while on the show, so it’s not clear if Ash’s departure means she’s leaving as well. Nevertheless, her work has proved invaluable to the franchise and its fans, and we at Nintendo Life sincerely thank her for her contributions.
In other news, it was announced that the new Pokémon series will debut in Japan in April 2023, introducing two new main characters to the franchise alongside the anime debut of Paldean starters Scarlet and Violet.
What do you think of Sharpened’s message? Are you sad to see Ash leaving the anime? Share your thoughts in the comments below!