Taylor commented: "I enjoy playing Ash now much more than I did in the very beginning because I can have fun with him more, and we kind of know him and can work out how he really would react. Bart remarks "Wow, how does this show stay so fresh? In Japanese, the character is voiced by Rica Matsumoto. In a stark contrast to the Unova seasons at least in the beginning , Ash displayed a greater deal of maturity and skill throughout the Kalos seasons, even becoming something of a mentor to his traveling companions. Ash's outfits through the anime,  especially his various hats, are also considered to be just as iconic as him,  and also have good reception,   in particular, his first costume from the original series. Also unlike previous seasons, Ash battled against a much more malevolent Team Rocket, as well as the evil Team Plasma. Ash was forced to take shelter under a hollow tree.
Kenzie. Age: 31.
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Zaria. Age: 29.
Also unlike previous seasons, Ash battled against a much more malevolent Team Rocket, as well as the evil Team Plasma. In fact, the only legitimate victories were over Lt. Retrieved February 25, During his travels, Ash still had a lot to learn as a trainer.