Pokemon Journeys Finally Welcomes Hop to the Anime

Pokemon Journeys is now making its way through its final climax as Ash Ketchum kicks off the final Masters Tournament, and the newest episode of the anime’s airing in Japan has finally welcomed Leon’s younger brother Hop (and a major rival from the original games) to the series in full. Because the newest iteration of the anime has eschewed the traditional pattern from past anime releases and saw Ash taking on the entire world rather than just the newest region of Galar, many of the new characters introduced in Pokemon Sword and Shield have yet to have their proper anime introduction.

The newest episode of the series recently airing in Japan officially kicked off the Masters Tournament between Ash and the other final seven competitors of the World Coronation Series. It means everyone has gathered in one place to see it all go down, and that includes Leon’s brother Hop. As one would expect from one of the newest rivals from the games, Hop immediately challenges Ash to a battle upon their first meeting and that also ends in pretty much the same way you’d expect too:

With this episode, we might have recorded the shortest Pok?mon battle in the history of the anime: Ash vs Hop, at only 11 seconds long ?#???? anipoke pic.twitter.com/SWs6InZO7Q

— Somanshu Aikat (@SomanshuAikat) June 17, 2022

Episode 115 of Pokemon Journeys has recently aired in Japan, and with it has started the Masters Tournament. Fully introducing the final eight competitors of the tournament, Ash and Goh stumble upon Hop right outside of the stadium. When the two of them come face to face, Hop challenges Ash to a battle despite knowing that Ash was one of the actual eight trainers. But this battle ends immediately when Pikachu takes out Hop’s Wooloo with a single attack in just a matter of seconds.

Hope’s laidback nature comes from the games as well as while he loses to Ash, he still keeps a huge smile on his face and he and Goh watch the start of the tournament together and eventually see Leon take on the first match of the final tournament. Hop likely won’t be playing a critical role in the rest of the series as it continues, but at least now he’ll be one of the many faces enjoying it all from the sidelines with Ash and Goh.

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