We are nearing the end of Ash Ketchum's journey in the Pokémon animated series and we are starting the see the tributes pouring in for the newly-crowned Pokémon Champion and his Pikachu companion.
One of the most thorough tributes that we have come across so far, however, comes from Shinjuku Station in Tokyo, where an advert for Ash's final episode is showing a long reel of the trainer's highlights in the run-up to his departure (thanks, @JoeMerrick).
As shared by Oricon News, the advert plays in a loop of roughly 90 seconds and shows clips from Ash's entire journey including every catch, evolution and final league match (of which there have been a lot by this point). The clips run across the length of Shinjuku Station's tunnel, so this would definitely be one to walk up and down a few times in order to take it all in.
While you will have to make the journey over to the station itself to catch the advert in full, @oricon_anime_ shared the following clip to Twitter and it gives a pretty good idea of what is going down:
Ash and Pikachu's final episodes are currently airing in Japan, with the series finale scheduled for the 24th March. We don't know exactly when these will be making their way out West just yet, but we will be sure to keep you updated.
What is your favourite Ash moment from the animated series? Let us know in the comments.
[source oricon.co.jp, via twitter.com]
I stopped watching the anime back in the 4th or 5th season, but this still hits me in the feels
The final episode must be very good. Something special.
The only reason I watched Sun & Moon, as well as Journeys anime when many people are hating on them is because of Ash, and now that he’s leaving I guess it’s time for me to move on from the show.
I’ve been like trying to ignore seeing news about this. Kinda like in denial. Like if I don’t acknowledge it, it’s not real. 😅
Was still pretty abrupt to pull the plug on Ash out of nowhere like that. He’s been around so long, I wonder if any new character will be able to even match the older characters. People have nostalgic ties to the likes of Ash, Misty and Brock after all.
The whole thing is out on the Japanese Pokémon Youtube channel. Its a really nice highlight of the anime
I hope now they can let Ash grow up and become a real boy. They could make him at least 16 in later seasons, its not just new 12 year old kids watching the show
I am thinking, they want to kill the Frenchise.
Bring out Games made as bad as even possible and kill the decades old Main Cast of the Series.
My fiancée saw this today at Shinjuku station and sent me a video. Hopefully I can see it in the next few days!
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