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    Default Is Ash Ketchum Japanese?

    Okay, so I know that the Pokémon franchise is from Japan. However, in the anime it's not said whether the main protagonist, namely Ash Ketchum, is in fact Japanese. I know the Pokémon world itself has a whole lot of regions, but is Ash a Japanese person?
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    Default Re: Is Ash Ketchum Japanese?

    Though it's not mentioned what nationality Ash is, there is a possibility that he could be Japanese. My theory is that he is Japanese because he is from the Kanto region in the pokemon universe which is loosely based on the real world Kanto region of Japan.

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    Default Re: Is Ash Ketchum Japanese?

    Technically in his world he is Kantonese. Being that Pallet Town is in the Kanto Region of the Pokemon world.

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    Default Re: Is Ash Ketchum Japanese?

    Ash was born in Kanto, which is based on the Kanto region in Japan. The kid is Japanese! lol

    And I'm sure in the Japanese version of Pokémon, there are some things in Japanese, like signs, town names, and gym leaders. Etcetera Etcetera, so on and so forth. lol
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    Default Re: Is Ash Ketchum Japanese?

    His name is Satoshi in the Japanese editions of the show/game, and he's actually named after the creator of the franchise, Satoshi Tajiri.

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    Default Re: Is Ash Ketchum Japanese?

    Quote Originally Posted by Digimon___Sommelier View Post
    Ash was born in Kanto, which is based on the Kanto region in Japan. The kid is Japanese! lol

    And I'm sure in the Japanese version of Pokémon, there are some things in Japanese, like signs, town names, and gym leaders. Etcetera Etcetera, so on and so forth. lol
    But just cuase it is based off of that it does not make him from a Continent. But it was created in Japan. The story does not revolve in Japan. A lot of the regions are loosely based of real places. At the end of the day it is still a work of fiction and should be taken as it is presented instead of trying to force a label onto it.

    Here is a link for more information:

    http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wi...the_real_world

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    Default Re: Is Ash Ketchum Japanese?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitou Ace View Post
    His name is Satoshi in the Japanese editions of the show/game, and he's actually named after the creator of the franchise, Satoshi Tajiri.
    Oh, that's right, I forgot. Satoshi/Ash IS Japanese!! xD
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    Default Re: Is Ash Ketchum Japanese?

    Obviously, his name is Satoshi which is a Japanese name...
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    Default Re: Is Ash Ketchum Japanese?

    The bigger question is, is Mario Japanese or Italian?

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    Default Re: Is Ash Ketchum Japanese?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton_n View Post
    The bigger question is, is Mario Japanese or Italian?
    We're going off-topic, @Clayton_n , but I think Mario is of Italian descent. I've never seen or met a Japanese plumber in my life, though I'm sure there are some.
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    Default Re: Is Ash Ketchum Japanese?

    Most were killed by a large gorilla with a princess fetish.
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    Default Re: Is Ash Ketchum Japanese?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kaitou Ace View Post
    His name is Satoshi in the Japanese editions of the show/game, and he's actually named after the creator of the franchise, Satoshi Tajiri.
    You took the words right out of my meowth. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Is Ash Ketchum Japanese?

    LOL
    Sorry for the off topic, I think Ash is not japanese, the Pokémon world apparently isn't our world, he's from the Kanto region.....

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