It is shocking to think that, after 25 years, Ash Ketchum will no longer be the face of the Pokemon Anime series. As covered in our article back in December, The Pokemon Company announced Ash Ketchum’s departure from the anime series shortly after achieving his long dream of becoming a Pokemon Master in the 42nd episode of Pokémon Ultimate Journeys.

The New Pokemon Leads

Meet Liko, Roy, and their partner Pokemon, Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly. Liko and Ray are set to star in a brand new Pokemon series set to air in April 2023, alongside a new Pokemon Professor, Friede, and his partner Pokemon, Captain Pikachu.


Described as “The girl with the awe-inspiring pendant.”, Liko has a crystal-like pendant that seems to have some power, hinting at a possible connection between the pendent itself and certain Pokemon. Maybe it can produce a rare, special ability? Could the pendant have something to do with Terapagos’ small hexagonal protrusion on the center of its shell or Ogerpon’s crystal-like object on its mask?


Roy is described as “the boy with the mysterious Poke Ball” Could this be old, ancient technology? New, secret technology? Something made by Friede, perhaps…?


Not much is known of Professor Friede and his Pokemon, Captain Pikachu. They seem laid back but ready to fight if given no choice. Based on the trailer, Professor Friede is passionate about his work as a Pokemon researcher.

The New Trailer

There is no exact title for this new series; however, according to the newly released trailer, the series is set to air on April 14th in Japan. No word yet, on its English dub or cast. Watch the trailer below for a sneak peek at the upcoming journey, new villains, and familiar faces from Pokémon Scarlet and Violet.

What do you guys think of the new series without Ash? Will you be watching? We’d love to hear from you; Comment your opinions below!

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