Yes, you read that right, Ash is going to have his story come to an end next year with another anime having new protagonists. I'm expecting it to be more open ended in case they wish to bring back Ash.
Not going to lie though, while he's likely outstayed his welcome to many, I was hoping he'd stay for Paldea, mainly for an adaptation of Path of Legends and maybe also Starfall Street while another character did the Gym Challenge. Always thought having him help out Arven rather than do the Gym Challenge would be a fun direction seeing as he's world champion.
What's your thoughts on Ash leaving and what memories do you have of the anime growing up?
I personally remember waking up at 5 am to watch the X and Y anime because the people in charge of CN's scheduling were incompetent. Also watched Diamond and Pearl the most.
I also thought that had we gotten a Sword and Shield anime rather than Journeys, it would've been a fun surprise to have Hop and Marnie as travel companions. An idea I had was Eternatus being unleashed early and Ash aiding Hop, Marnie, and either Victor or Gloria across a still recovering Galar to help with relief efforts and to stop Eternatus.