The Pokemon television series has been around for a while now -- long enough that Ash Ketchum's character design has changed a number of times over the years (sometimes, not so subtly -- the same goes for Pikachu).
Now that there's a new game coming, there's also a new anime series to go along with it. Said season starts airing in Japan on October 17th, but we can already see Ash's new design -- it's the last Ash on the right in the image above, which was posted to Reddit by 009reloaded.
Overall, the design changes continue to make Ash more and more svelte. A sign of different fashion and beauty standards over the years? Either way, I don't know about you, but the latest Ash looks cooler, if not classier, than earlier designs. His clothes are fitted, making him seem less like a kid. And the hat's minimalism may not be as iconic as original Ashs' hat, but it manages to convey the idea of a Pokeball effortlessly.
I like the new Ash, although I appreciated Pikachu better when he was chubbier. Cuter that way and all.
What do you think?