Netflix and The Pokemon Company International have announced that Pokemon Journeys: The Series will premiere exclusively on Netflix in the U.S. The new partnership kicks off with the launch of the first 12 episodes of the 23rd season on June 12, 2020. Additional new episodes will be added quarterly on Netflix for the duration of the season.
As a fan of the Pokemon franchise, I’m glad that the latest partnership offers easier access to the animated series for fans in the U.S. I know that many people enjoy watching anime that’s dubbed. Well, your wish will be fulfilled very soon!
“With their tremendous reach and ability for fans to enjoy content anytime and anywhere, Netflix is the ideal partner to premiere new episodes of the beloved animated Pokémon series in the U.S.,” shared Emily Arons, senior vice president of international business at The Pokémon Company International. “We can’t wait for Pokémon fans of all ages to continue discovering the spirit of adventure and friendship in Pokémon Journeys: The Series, our newest season coming to Netflix this June.”
The first international trailer and details for Pokémon Journeys: The Series were shared as well.
Pokémon Journeys: The Series Synopsis: 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 will feature a new theme song written and performed by the band Walk off the Earth.
Of course, while fans wait for the new season, Netflix already has a ton of Pokemon content for all of you to enjoy. I recently watched Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back – Evolution. It was released on the streaming service in February. While I understand that certain fans weren’t okay with the CG character designs, the way everyone looked didn’t bother me as I went through the movie.
Also, yes, I have been watching the 23rd season (simply known as Pokemon in Japan) of the anime. It debuted on November 17, 2019. The first episode served as a flashback to when Ash’s Pikachu was a baby. The character design for Ash’s new traveling companion (named Go/Gou) has been welcomed by numerous fans. There’s a deliberate queerness surrounding Go. I’m all for nonbinary representation in media, especially in a big IP like Pokemon.
Anyway, with Ash and Go traveling to all of the past regions (as well as a new one named Galar), I just hope we get to see cameos from all of Ash’s previous traveling partners. I really want Misty and Brock to appear already.
Have you been keeping up with the Pokemon anime? Let us know.
Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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