There has been a lot going on in the world of Pokemon this year, with plenty more still to come. The franchise has been dipping its toes in several markets, with a feature film, Detective Pikachu, two popular mobile titles, and the next major console release for the series, Pokemon Sword and Shield, set to come out in November. The next stop is the television.
The Pokemon Company has teased a new anime series also premiering in November that will work as a minor reboot to the show fans already know and love. There are a lot of questions still unanswered about this series, but whether protagonist Ash Ketchum will be a part of it is one of the most people's minds.
What we do know is the show will simply be titled Pokemon and that it will be a reboot, which is the strongest indication that Ash may not return. The trailer for the program features starter Pokemon from every generation, including the upcoming one. This is because the story will span all regions from every game to date, starting with the new Galar region of Sword and Shield.
The original television series had to slowly build upon the world as new games were released, adding in fresh Pokémon with new seasons, but the reboot will begin with all of them in tow. It will make for a busier, more diverse series that won't have to wait for new content. Viewers can expect to see a wide variety of Pokemon from many different regions.
The Pokemon Company issued a press release after the trailer that lays out the basics of what the series is about, which has been translated on Reddit.
The new "Pocket Monsters" series that was announced today will of course be set in the Galar region from the video games "Pocket Monsters Sword/Shield", which will be released November 15th, but also in all the other regions that have appeared in the video games so far, including the Kanto region from the original "Red/Green" games and the Jouto region from the sequels "Gold/Silver.
There is no word so far on whether or not the original series will tie in somehow, nor is Ash Ketchum mentioned in any of the promotional material. What else is missing are the various Pokemon gimmick mechanics such as Mega Evolutions or the new Dynamax. Some or all of these mechanics may find their way into the new series, as may Ash himself, but for now, fans will just have to wait for more information to see what else this new series has in store.