Warning: Spoiler for Pokémon Horizons, Episode 12Pokémon Horizon locked into the next destination: the Galar region, where Ash won the championship and became the world’s top Pokémon trainer. However, the question on everyone’s mind is whether the show will actually acknowledge Ash’s significant achievement in the region or simply dismiss it by avoiding the subject altogether.
Ash entered the Masters Eight tournament as one of the top coaches, held at Galar’s Wyndon Stadium. There he defeated the undefeated Galar champion Leon for the final crown and was crowned King of the World Coronation Series. It’s a pretty big event in an area that treats Pokémon battles like a mainstream sport, something people will talk about for a long time after that. While there isn’t any indication of when Pokémon Horizons is set compared to the original series, the technology on display (such as the Revolving Phone) appears to remain at the same level as when Ash left. go, showing very little time left. pass.
An Ash reference will cement Pokémon Horizons as the same continuum
When asked about the possibility that Ash would appear again, the show’s producers said that they always thought Ash was 10 years old and that if he appeared again, he might still be 10 years old, shattering dreams. fan’s dream of a bigger Ash Ketchum. It also suggests that Ash’s victory can’t be for long in the universe, and that Pokémon Horizons will more or less continue where the original series left off, over time. The rebooted series even featured Nurse Joy, an original name for Ash’s anime, which makes it clear that they share a continuum.
In the game and anime, the Galar area is covered with images and mentions of Leon, so it’s fair to assume that might be the case with Ash, as the newly named champion in the area. It’s highly unlikely that Ash will show up in Galar, but if the creative force behind Pokémon Horizons wants to mention him, Galar is the perfect place to do it without fan service. It makes sense that Ash’s photos, or at least references to the World Coronation Series, would appear in the Galar region. Seeing him there wouldn’t feel forced, as he might have been acknowledged by the series before.
Of course, the series could solve the problem altogether by staying away from the big towns of Galar, as the spacecraft’s destination has been described as “an ancient castle” that few people know about. There’s no indication of how many Galar fans will be watching, but it looks like, with as little information as the characters have, they’ll have to ask around for clues. Sticking a poster or an ad celebrating the man who defeated the invincible champion of Galar in the back would be an easy way to placate fans without harming. Pokémon Horizon‘ own identity in the process.