Happy National Ash Ketchum Day! 1 year ago today (Sept 15th), the wishes of many fans' hearts were granted. Ash defeated Gladion and was crowned Champion of the Alola League! And after that, this happened. Spoiler In honor of that, I figured it would be fun to do an Ash Ketchum positivity thread! No matter how imperfect the anime can be, (and our boy Ash), he has impacted all of us somehow, especially if you grew up watching the anime. So today, let's celebrate Ash Ketchum! Post pics, art, stories, or anything else Ash-related that suits your fancy. You can tell a story about your first memory of Pokémon/Ash, draw some special art, write a song, make a video or just CELEBRATE! For those of you who don't know where to start, I'll post some 'questions' you can answer if you want. Spoiler: Asks Favorite version of Ash's design? Favorite region (personality/story wise)? Favorite of Ash's teams, overall (by region)? Favorite singular Pokémon? Favorite League? Favorite quotes? Favorite movie? What was your first memory of the anime? Favorite episode? Are there any scenes that you still remember to this day? Favorite gym battle Ash has been in? Favorite non gym battle? What do you feel like you have in common with Ash? Coolest technique Ash pulled off? Spoiler: My answers [*]Favorite version of Ash's design? Journey's, like I mentioned [*]Favorite region (personality/story wise)? XY, and original but ultimately Journey's. OG Ash is special to me tho bc he roasted people [*]Favorite of Ash's teams, overall (by region)? XY, and Alola. Also Journeys [*]Favorite singular Pokémon? UUUHHHHH hard... Torracat I think. Awesome character development and character in general. And that little hack Rowlet. [*]Favorite League? SM&XY (even if they handled the ending weird) [*]Favorite quotes? Hm... Cant think of any off the top of my head from Ash. But I do love Mewtwo's quote from the 1st movie!!!! [*]Favorite movie? The first Pokémon Movie!!! [*]What was your first memory of the anime? I honestly don't know... [*]Favorite episode? The SM episode where Lana hooks Kyogre. SO BEAUTIFUL [*]Are there any scenes that you still remember to this day? Swellow's Thunder Armor from Ash vs Tate and Lize. it was RIDICULOUS [*]Favorite gym battle Ash has been in? Hmm... Ash vs Olympia, Ash vs Bea, Ash vs Grant... so many. [*]Favorite non gym battle? Gotta agree, Ash vs Paul. I did like seeing Ash's Krookodile beat Iris Dragonite though [*]What do you feel like you have in common with Ash? His deep love of Pokémon and his loyalty. [*]Coolest technique Ash pulled off? Counter Spin is dope, Thunder Armor is... something else, and Ash using Iron Tail to ground Pikachu Naturally, you don't have to use these questions. Add your own, answer all or none, or just chat about Ash stuff! Of course, I think it goes without saying to keep things positive and respectful . It is a celebration, after all. here is a little thing I wrote that's been on my mind. Spoiler: On the Alola League The Alola League win is in many ways, more important than anyone realizes, in my opinion. I am writing this to hopefully give some new insight and love to the league. Like many fans, I really really really wanted Ash to win a league. Especially Kalos. He got so close, and I was so excited. Needless to say, I was a bit sad it didn't happen. Then came Alola. Up until the very end, I didn't have much hope. Then, at the last moment, it happened. Ash countered a counter and won. the. battle. Joy filled me. After 20 years of being a die-hard Pokémon anime fan, Ash had won a league. I was just as stunned as him. Later, I had moments of doubt. I would hear things about how his league wasn't 'good enough'. And plenty of other stuff. Long story short, I came to realize this. The feat Ash accomplished is impressive, important, and special. Incredibly special. Ash Ketchum became the first person ever in history to win the newly formed Alola League. This means he won't ever be 'just' another league winner, like Alain or Virgil or something. No matter who might win later, Ash will still, always and forever, be the first winner. Which means he will never be forgotten. The writers allowed Ash to simultaneously make personal history and make actual history. And the icing on the cake? Ash gets to go on to defeat Kukui, who is easily as strong as a member of the Elite 4, by my guess. To culminate everything? He gets to defeat a freakin LEGENDARY DEMIGOD Pokémon. By doing a flippin' Kamehameha super move with Pikachu. His starter and best friend. His PIKACHU got to take it all the way. Ash got to be a boss. It was extravagant, over-the-top, gorgeous and earned. In less than a year, Ash raised a team of powerful Pokémon, deepened his bonds, and explored the full extent of their power. Ash will never be forgotten. Congratulations, 1st Ever Winner of the Alola League Now, let's celebrate!