there’s a picture in mimikyu’s room that looked like ash was in it, and you wonder, is ash canon to the pokemon games?
but we see some kids playing pokemon in a few pokemon centers, so the game Pokemon must exist in the universe of the pokemon in some weird meta way. it’s probably like the equivalent to nintendogs to us; raising virtual pokemon in a game even though pokemon are real, just like how people raise virtual pets even though pets are real
so anyway i think the pokemon anime is an actual show in the pokemon world, just like it is here. ash isn’t a real person, but a character! people tune in to watch the story of a fictional pokemon trainer and his pikachu, because even though pokemon are not made up creatures to them, its still probably entertaining to watch a trainer’s journey, especially since most viewers probably have never seen most of the pokemon ash comes across, like the legendary ones. and in the hano grand resort, theres a pikachu relaxing and the guy next to it says its a celebrity; perhaps the actor for ash’s pikachu and therefore the most famous pokemon in the world?