The most recent episode of the anime to air in Japan showcased Ash's victory over the incredibly powerful Gym Leader of Hammerlocke City, Raihan, which pushed him into the position of 8th-best Trainer, and to the Masters Eight, a group comprised "of the eight best Pokémon Trainers in the world", which "consists of Elite Trainers who have won other championships and competitions around the world."
The rankings for the Masters Eight are as follows:
- Leon, the current world's best Trainer and Champion of Galar
- Cynthia, the Champion of Sinnoh
- Steven, the Champion of Hoenn
- Lance, the Champion of Kanto and Johto
- Diantha, the Champion of Kalos
- Alain, the Kalos League Champion
- Iris, the Champion of Unova
- Ash, the Champion of Alola
The Pokémon anime currently airs every Friday from 6:55 PM JST on TV Tokyo.