Just a few days ago, we reported on the sad news that the currently airing Pokémon television anime, titled Pocket Monsters in Japan, will have new episodes delayed indefinitely due to the ongoing struggles and concerns over the rapid spread of COVID-19 across Japan. With the country in a state of emergency and countless other major anime projects like Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World- and Sword Art Online: Alicization War of Underworld also being put on hold, fans of the iconic Nintendo franchise in Japan are in a rough spot right now. Fans overseas have something to look forward to, though, as Netflix has just announced that they will be the exclusive home of the English version of the Pocket Monsters anime, which will be titled Pokémon Journeys.
A new trailer uploaded to the official Netflix YouTube account gives us our first look at Pokémon Journeys: The Series, which marks the beginning of a new multi-year relationship between Netflix and The Pokémon Company International concerning upcoming seasons of the Pokémon anime series. Things kick off on June 12th, when the first 12 episodes of the new anime premiere exclusively on Netflix. After that, new episodes of the show will be added in quarterly chunks for the rest of the season.
Netflix describes the anime:
Pokémon Trainer Ash Ketchum has a new plan: see the world! But first, he and his partner Pikachu are headed to the opening of the Cerise Laboratory, a research facility dedicated to uncovering the mysteries of Pokémon in every region. Ash meets Goh, another boy with boundless curiosity about Pokémon, and both are overjoyed when Professor Cerise asks them to become official research fellows. With Ash as determined as ever to become a Pokémon Master, and Goh aiming to catch one of every Pokémon (including the Mythical Mew), our heroes are in for adventure and excitement as they explore the wide world of Pokémon! “Pokémon Journeys: The Series” arrives June 12th, only on Netflix!
The anime is being produced at studio OLM, with Daiki Tomiyasu serving as the chief director for the series. He was previously the director of Pokémon Sun & Moon. He’s joined by Maki Odaira, director for the series and previous episode director on Pokémon Sun & Moon. Kunihiko Yuyama is the creative supervisor on Pocket Monsters, while Shoji Yonemura is in charge of series construction and Shuhei Yasuda is working as character designer. Music for the anime is being composed by Yuki Hayashi, while Masafumi Mima serves as sound director. The series has a huge amount of scriptwriters, with some of them being Reiko Yoshida, Shoji Yonemura, Deko Akao, Jun’ichi Fujisaku, Michihiro Tsuchiya, Touko Machida, Yuka Miyata, Aya Matsui, Atsuhiro Tomioka, and Akemi Omode.
Source: Nintendo Everything