We learn in the anime that a trainer gets to enter the Champion League after coming out as #1 in a regional Pokemon League Tournament from Lucian of the E4 in DP 035 when talking to Ash and the group after first meeting him.
He also mentions that a trainer can become a member of the E4 if they win a Pokemon League from their respective regions. For Ash to be a member he’d have to beat the Indigo League, Paul it would be Sinnoh League or Trip using his haxed Garden Hose…I mean Serperior it would be the Unova League.
Things get a little confusing for me after that because it seemed like double talk in terms of how to become a member of the Elite 4 vs. how you get to face the actual Champion of a particular region vs. how do you become a Pokemon Champion yourself.
I got the impression that similar to the games (minus having an actual tournament against numerous trainers which seems to be substituted with the Victory Roads of most games) you face the Elite 4 one by one until you get to the Champion for a battle.
Another impression is that once you win a regional league you get to face other regional league winners in a tournament which is called the Champion League. I’m assuming that it must be similar to the tournament in Driftveil City in BW2 where as a Champion of the Unova League you get to face the other champions of leagues?
My biggest concern is how it will eventually/hopefully be shown for Ash in the anime. There is no doubt in my mind that as Cynthia hoped; Ash and Paul would BOTH be in the Champion League. The question is how?
I guess that Ash would have to re-enter and win the Indigo League while Paul re-entered and won the Sinnoh League beat their respective region E4 members and challenge Lance (Ash) and Cynthia (Paul) and see what happens from there.
Why do you think? To me this makes as little sense as to how a trainer in the anime is supposed to reach the title of Pokemon Master.