Ash’s original goal in the Pokémon anime was to become a Pokémon Master. He wanted to be the absolute best there was, tackling any and all challenges in his way. Now, over 20 decades later, there’s no doubt Ash has achieved that goal.

While battling and winning Pokémon skirmishes is certainly part of being a Pokémon Master, there’s obviously more to it than that. Animedia Magazine spoke to Pokémon anime director Kunihiko Yuyama to see what the deeper meaning of being a Pokémon Master is, and their response is quite interesting.

“I think it might involve accepting Pokémon for what they are, without projecting yourself onto them. When we were in the process of creating Mezase Pokémon Master, I thought of a Pokémon Master as being like a rainbow. It’s THERE, but you can’t touch it, nor reach it. But despite that, people still move towards rainbows they see in the distant sky.

I used a rainbow as the motif of the very last scene of Pocket Monsters the Movie: I Choose You, and even though I hadn’t thought of this at the time, that scene always comes to mind whenever I think of the concept of a Pokémon Master now.”

[Kunihiko Yuyama, Director]

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