Ash’s final episodes Pokémon The journey was broadcast and it brought him a Legendary encounter. As Ash took care of an injured Latias, fans debated whether this particular Pokémon was a familiar or not, since Latias and its partner, Latios, starred in the second Pokémon movie. year, Pokémon Heroes: Latios and Latias.
In the movie, Ash meets a girl who is being chased by two members of Team Rocket. The girl turns out to be an illusion created by Latias – something the real criminals are after. This Ash and Latias become close throughout the series, to the point where it seems to have developed feelings for Ash. Latias and Latios in the film are notable for having many abilities that these Pokémon do not normally possess, such as being able to appear as humans and being invisible.
In the first episode of To Be a Pokémon Master, Ash comes across an injured Latias who falls into a pond in the forest. Ash pulled it out of the water and tried to treat its wounds. While Latias attempted to remove the bandages and flee upon awakening, the Pokémon was soon attacked by Team Rocket hoping to steal it. Ash and Latias were both sucked into Team Rocket’s machine, and Latias was surprised that Ash would put such effort into protecting it. Pikachu is able to free both of them with a bolt of lightning, sending Ash flying above Latias. After Team Rocket is dealt with, Latias seemingly leaves, but is seen observing Ash from afar and eventually follows him.
Latias follows Ash throughout most of the miniseries and eventually requests his help in rescuing its counterpart Latios. Ash goes on to save Latias and Latios from the Pokémon Hunters, allowing them to return to their home. The series finally confirmed that Latias and this Latios are related to the Pokémon Heroes movie in the episode “Ash and Latios”, showing them returning home to Alto Mare, the city seen in the movie. Although this is not the Latias who stars in the film, as it does not give credit to Ash, it appears that the Latias and Latios seen here are the same Latias and little Latios seen at the end of the film.
The Pokémon Heroes movie was a fan favorite and marked the end of an era as it was the last movie to feature Ash, Misty, and Brock. It would make a lot of sense to bring elements of the movie back to Ash’s final storyline, tying it to the last time the three characters were together. The plot also helps show Ash’s growth since that movie, as he is able to gain Latias and Latios’s trust more easily than before. This also makes the final episodes even more grateful to those who have been working for a long time. Pokémon fans more than before – exactly what the finale of a long-running series should do.