Ash Ketchum and Pikachu set to be killed off in Pokemon TV series?

When the Diamond & Pearl series of the Pokemon anime comes to a close later this year in Japan, we might be saying goodbye to the entire original cast. I'm trying to keep it together here, but this is like the end of an era for Pokemon fans or anyone who grew up watching the show after school.

It's hard to imagine the show without Brock, let alone Ash and Pikachu, so this comes as quite a shock if it proves to be true. Still, we can probably all agree that it's about time for Ash to retire from life on the road and settle down as respectable gym leader, or maybe even follow in Oak's footsteps and become a Pokemon professor.

Starting completely fresh with all new characters would be a huge shake-up for the show, so it's exciting to think about whether or not this could mean anything for the games too. Can we can expect more of an overhaul to the Black and White games than we've seen in past new generations? From what we've seen of the screens so far, the gameplay looks unchanged aside from the more 3D graphics, but who knows?

Above: RIP Ash Ketchum, Pikachu, Brock (1997 - 2010)?

Even if the core gameplay remains the same, we could see a change in the way the single player story is structured. Maybe instead of the same old routine of facing eight gym leaders and Pokemon League, Black and White will have a totally new story quest with different objectives. The Diamond and Pearl anime series has been a lot less focused on gym quests compared to the previous series, so it makes sense that the games may follow suit.  

So how do you think Ash will make his exit? Will he be killed off, finally succumbing to the coma he may or may not have been in this whole time? Will he become a gym leader and take the place of Electric-type expert Lt. Surge? Or will he marry one of his lady companions, become a minor NPC in some house somewhere and forget about Pokemon forever? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

[UPDATE: This is probably all a false alarm - the original story doesn't actually mention anything about Ash leaving the show when the new Black & White series starts. Here's to another 12 years of Ash Ketchum not evolving his Pikachu!]

Apr 16, 2010




  • natalie-resendiz - March 30, 2013 7:44 a.m.

    Also buneary and pikachu like each other too but both pikachu and buneary dont evolve also the day of the wedding all ash Pokemon and dawn Pokemon attend and help the wedding of ash and dawns but Kenny has already have a girlfriend named Kelly also Brock and nurse joy are married and misty has a boyfried called John also iris and cilian are boyfriend and girlfriend also may and her boyfriend.
  • natalie-resendiz - March 30, 2013 7:29 a.m.

    I was thinking that ash after he leaves unova he meets up with dawn and they both go to another region but they meet two new trainers one a boy and the other a girl who travel with dawn and ash but little more toward the series ash and dawn start noticing they like each other and the end of the serie ash and dawn become boyfriend and girlfriend and 8 years later they are married and ash becomes a Pokemon master also dawn become a top coordinator the end :-)
  • bob-sagget - April 3, 2012 12:52 p.m.

    hell no if u already took misty from me then u had the nev to take brock! u just dont take the black guy out ,,, if ash gos i will stop watching and ill tell all my friends who like pokemon to stop watching and thats over 34 ppl u already took brock and misty if u need more things for ash to do let him go back to misty and beat the last pokemon leeg make it a movie and brock shows up and ash becomes a pokemon master and end pokemon and let it r.i.p and not try to kill it with more new age crap! plz just keep ash and ill be happy to watch plz iv been a fan from the beging plz just keep him going...or do the movie and let pokemon r.i.p ...
  • ck1122 - April 27, 2011 8:55 a.m.

    Nooo Way!! But I agree To MEX117's Idea And I Also Agree with Forgoten Toast's Idea Please Don't Take Ash Away.. :'( And Did You Think That Many Kid Will Get Sad if they hear this?? Even Me While I'm Typing I am Starting to cry... Have You Ever Forgotten the Song? Come ON! Don't Change Ash and Pikachu! They Are Your BIGGEST HITS! I ALSO AGREE WITH WiLdFiRe567 HmP! BUT I A SURE you half of the POKE FANS WILL STOP WATCHING POKEMON! Report me If you Want But I'll Always TAG it In My Heart THat Pokemon is USELESS WITHOUT ASH AND PIKACHU!!!
  • bob-sagget - April 3, 2012 12:56 p.m.

    hell ya im with this guy
  • animefreak101 - March 22, 2011 5:14 a.m.

    i personally think they should be in one more series that will end with them all reaching their dreams. or at least ash and brock then ash can marry may. i liked her better than misty or dawn. pokemon forever <3
  • Mrhappysadass - March 11, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    He's already the very best, Like no one ever was. To catch them was his real test, To train them was his cause. He has travelled across the lands, Searching far and wide. For ash to leave would be too sad, Its clearly Just a lie Pokemon Gotta cath em' all! POKEMON!!!
  • ace8194 - September 25, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    Everyone just calm down. Ash and Pikach will return in the new season: Best Wishes. He will travel with a girl named Iris and a gym leader named Dento.
  • JESS - August 13, 2010 5:04 p.m.

    *sniff* *sniff*
  • Flame1819 - July 28, 2010 12:57 a.m.

    That or he'll get arrested for stealing people's bikes
  • Flame1819 - July 28, 2010 12:37 a.m.

    I bet they'll just have him settle down with Misty and help her with the gym.
  • bob-sagget - April 3, 2012 12:59 p.m.

    pokemon still got sum fight in it they can go a lil longer put brock and misty in black and white just 1 ep would make me happy andya what this guy said
  • tellemwhat - July 13, 2010 8:40 p.m.

    sorry to be hatin but i dont like ash after 13 seasons he gets boring i like jimmy better also they changend his voice
  • RedBandit - May 4, 2010 11:40 p.m.

    Wouldn't Ash be 23 in 2010?
  • g4m3rk1dd - April 19, 2010 2:24 p.m.

    i dont think hes going anywhere there are too many that would miss pikachu let alone ash and those two are supposed to be inseperable... besides hes defeated every gym anyway wtf isnt he already a gym leader or even part of the elite four >.>
  • Nocturne989 - April 19, 2010 2:24 a.m.

    i think the've finally realized that Ash has been all used up. He had a great run but its time to move on. A couple more gyms and some retarded VA changes later and Ash is runnin on empty. We'll all miss him but its better to go out before everything the character is ever involved in is a trainwreck* *im looking at you Sonic Team
  • V13Dragongal - April 19, 2010 12:48 a.m.

    wow. i stopped watching when they got to sinnoh, because it started to suck them, but still... i see its might be a false alarm, but if its true i would like to know what happons to him in the end. i think he will at least call misty and go meet her back home(kiss?). then he will decide to either stay living with his mom or move out to someplace else. then the show will end with them heading into the sunset, never to be seen again.(until the next main character needs him)
  • bluedarkness22 - April 18, 2010 8:03 p.m.

    This is so stupid. they can't have Pokemon without ash! the only thing that's kept me interested in the series was nostalgia towards the old shows. now that all the people who've ever meant anything in the Pokemon universe is gone, or will be, there's nothing stopping complete destruction... real smart move, guys.
  • Moondoggie1157 - April 18, 2010 3:01 a.m.

    I loved the shout out to the coma theory, that was great. I don't know what I would do without ash leading the show... I mean, don't get me wrong, he is a bit of a bitch, but still, Ash has been around since... well Forever. My world hs been turned upside down...
  • 8bitBaby - April 18, 2010 2:49 a.m.

    whaaaaaaaaaaat?! no way!

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