News culture Pokémon: Goodbye Sacha and Pikachu, goodbye to the craze for the series?
Published on 23/12/2022 at 19:30
Yes, after a quarter of a century of good and loyal service, Sacha is leaving the Pokémon animated series. A hero so emblematic and inseparable from the TV show that it is appropriate to ask a question, what will happen now that he is gone? For you, at JV: we are discussing the future of this anime.
Ash took 25 years to become the best trainer, but yes, for him and his faithful Pikachu, it is indeed the end… “After 25 seasons of thrilling adventures, Ash made history by winning the Tournament of World Coronation (the highest distinction in the Pokémon universe, editor’s note)” explains The Pokémon Company, via a press release. “To celebrate his victory, a collection of special episodes will air to put a point final to the Pokémon The Ultimate Journeys series and provide a glimpse of what the future holds for the world’s best Trainer”. Everything will be broadcast in 2023. That same year, a new TV show will arrive with the creatures from the Violet Scarlet games.
“My name is Ash (…) I will travel to face the best Pokémon trainers, and I declare to all Pokémon around the world: one day I will be a Pokémon master, the best, I swear to it” – Ash, in the first episode of ‘Pokémon: The Series’
long way of the cross
Frankly, it was time for Sacha to get his way. More than 1,200 episodes, to be precise, he who made the “oath” to one day be the “best Pokémon master”, in the very first episode of the series. For once, with his victory at the World Coronation Tournament, the famous hero – who would still be ten years old despite all his adventures – has come to the end, winning the equivalent of the Pocket Monsters World Cup. For the anecdote: Sacha had already taken a long time to win his first League (competition specific to each region)! A deliverance that occurs during the twenty-second season, at the Alola tournament… In the past, Pikachu’s best friend had arrived as a finalist in Kalos, semi-finalist in Sinnoh and in quarterfinals in Johto, Hoenn, Unova – specifies Le Parisian.
A long journey, too long for some! “This revival brought to the series comes at the right time, it was really going around in circles” explains for example Mamathis, on Twitter. Same story for Persephone, who believes that the show “needs freshness”. According to PikaMew, the anime was even “prisoner of Sacha’s image”: “too many things revolved around his existence, now that Sacha has left his place, the series will be able to have a revival worthy of the name”. On the one hand, the future seems to hold good, but on the other, Sacha’s farewell begins a seesaw. unprecedented on Pokemon Date. “Changing the main protagonists is the biggest change in anime,” Asuna says. Stallion, moved, writes “it does something anyway”.
“Ash is portrayed as a hero on the show so it makes sense that he wins in the end. But if he wins, the story is over. Sacha is a challenger every time” – Kunihiko Yuyama, Pokémon film director (Melty, 2017)
The new Pokémon series “after Ash”, with the creatures of 9G. On the left, Liko, on the right, Roy.
A promising future
But, take heart, a new series will soon be available! This will feature Liko and Roy (a girl and a boy) in “thrilling adventures” – comments The Pokémon Company. On the program: “captivating Trainer battles and fun encounters with Pokémon”, and all the codes dear to fans of the cartoon, namely “action, adventure, friendship, and of course creatures ”. And maybe a surprise? Yes, if you take a good look at the new heroine Liko, she seems to have a family resemblance with Sasha. Not to mention its green bar, which recalls the Bourg Palette logo on the famous hero’s cap. In short, between animals and region from the ninth generation, new characters | history, this new show seems to have some pretty things in store.
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