For someone who has a motto that says ‘I want to be the very best – like no one ever was‘, Ash Ketchum is pretty much the worst at his job.
Since 1997, the immortal 10-year-old has floundered in his quest to be a Pokemon Champion, losing at every notable League he’s been in. But now, 7 regions and more than two decades later, Ash can finally scream ‘ANYTHING IS POSSIBLEEE‘.
Pikachu’s beloved trainer finally, FINALLY, won a championship via the Alola League in the latest episode of ‘Pokemon: Sun and Moon’. This is the equivalent of Leo Di Caprio finally nabbing an Oscar, Lebron winning after being down 3-1, and the MRT not breaking down for a day.
Anime’s longest-running loser has done the impossible and achieved his dream of becoming a Pokemon Master – and fans rightfully went nuts.
Ash finally won, after 22 long years! It's been a long time coming, but so deserved.🏆 pic.twitter.com/j3zAL3GfTE
— Aaron Schmit (@theaaronschmit) September 15, 2019
— AlphaTheArtist (@artist_alpha) September 15, 2019
— Sour (@Sourcastic25) September 15, 2019
Stan Lee didn't publish his first comic until he was 39.
Vera Wang didn't enter the fashion industry until she was 40.
After 22 years, Ash Ketchum finally won the Pokémon League at the age of 32. Congratulations Ash 🎉
You're never too old to accomplish your dreams 💖 pic.twitter.com/M6CeG6pAE6
— 🌸 shirley j. 셜리 🌸 화이팅!! ♡ ٩(ˊᗜˋ*)و✨ (@LionintheTrees) September 15, 2019
If you ever feel like giving up on your dreams just remember it took 23 years for Ash Ketchum to finally win the Pokemon League.
You can do it! pic.twitter.com/tiZZYNrBWa
— Foxdrop (@Foxdroplol) September 15, 2019
Which was bigger? LeBron coming back 3-1 against the Warriors or Ash Ketchum winning his first Pokemon league after a 22 year drought? pic.twitter.com/aU3BM9Kvhl
— Troydan (@Troydan) September 15, 2019
Even Ash’s OG voice actress, Veronica Taylor, recorded a message for the character.
Congratulations to Ash Ketchum on winning the Pokémon League from Ash’s ‘younger’ self, circa 1998…yup, hard work, determination, good friends, and a bit of luck pay off! #pokemon #ashketchum #winning pic.twitter.com/JhgRcGJBEy
— Veronica Taylor (@TheVeronicaT) September 15, 2019
Ash’s milestone comes after the news that a Pokemon reboot might be underway. If that’s the case, then this win serves as a fitting send-off to everyone’s beloved underdog.