Ash From Pokémon No Longer Has Superhuman Strength

Ash Ketchum’s strength is legendary. He can carry heavy Pocket Monsters with ease. He can lift logs and throw them. Rather, he could.

In the latest episode of the Pokémon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh tried to lift a heavy log but they could not.


Ash said it was “impossible.”

Remember, in 2006, Ash lifted a log by himself and then chucked it no sweat, so he should’ve easily been able to make this happen


Or not.

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In 2017's Pokémon: Sun Moon, he also wasn’t able to lift a log, which seemed like a fluke at the time. But, I guess, it’s just that the character no longer has superhuman strength.

Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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John Vuojolainen

Ash is losing his strength. Maybe his immortal curse itself is starting to weaken and he’ll eventually start aging again... Of course, even if this is the case, I wouldn’t expect we’ll see any physical changes for another 1000 years, as Ash’s curse is an exceptionally potent one. I’m really interested to find out where the storyline goes next!