Last December, The Pokémon Company announced that the Ash Ketchum-led anime series will end after gracing screens for 25 years. The company also announced that following the character’s departure, they will introduce two new characters that will carry the franchise forward.
Now, only a few months after the announcement, the entertainment company has unveiled new details about the upcoming anime series. Arriving only a few hours after the final episodes of the Ash-led Pokémon anime aired in Japan, the new series is titled Pokémon Horizons: The Series and will feature two new characters named Liko, a girl from the Paldean region, and Roy, a boy from the Kanto region.
Liko is accompanied by a Sprigatito while Roy is partnered with a Fuecoco.
Judging by the trailer, the new anime will have a different feel from the former anime series. And while it is under a minute long, it provides insight into some of the earlier episodes of the series. It shows Liko having her first experience of a Pokémon battle, after much convincing, and overcoming her fears. It also teases a secret that is linked to her crystal pendant, which seems somewhat connected to a wild Rayquaza.
The show’s synopsis, according to a news report published on the company’s website, reads, "Pokémon Horizons: The Series brings fans an exciting adventure with new characters set in the familiar, fun world of Pokémon. Both Liko and Roy possess mysterious objects—a pendant and a unique-looking Poké Ball, respectively—but in order to unravel their significance, Liko will need to take a courageous first step. Along the way, Liko and Roy meet Friede, Captain Pikachu, and Amethio."
In other news, The Pokémon Company and Netflix are working on a stop-motion animated Pokémon series titled Pokémon Concierge. While the two media companies didn’t provide much detail about the project, we know it will chronicle the inner workings of a Pokémon resort. Also, the Pokémon Sleep app that the company originally announced in 2019 is finally ready and will arrive this summer.
For fans of the latest installments of the game series, Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet, the company revealed last month that it has a two-part expansion, The Hidden Treasure of Area Zero, on the way.
Pokémon Horizons: The Series will premiere in Japan on Friday, April 14. While the series will debut in other countries later in the year, The Pokémon Company is yet to reveal their specific dates.