This show won't ever have a conclusion. Not even a halfassed wrap up episode. I believe that it will go unfinished to keep the show "open-ended" and "up to the viewer" like they did with the Sopranos.I think at this point, the writers just aren't focusing on Ash's goal in the anime. Though I believe that eventually, probably in the second to last season (or in the last season), they will have Ash become a Pokemon Master. Of course, the obvious reason why this hasn't happened yet is - when Ash becomes a Pokemon Master, that would probably mean the end of the show. ^^o
Further evidence that this has got to be one of the worst anime shows in history. Not even the primary plot device means anything.Anyway, becoming a Pokemon Master has nothing to do with catching *one* of every Pokemon there is, but rather it means: being the world's greatest Pokemon trainer.
So yeah, a Pokemon Master is just a title or rank, for being the world's greatest trainer.
This is just another mystery of the Pokemon anime. I mean, they've never defined that term before in the anime....