The Pokémon Company released an extended trailer for Pokémon the Movie 20: I Choose You! the other day, and people aren’t happy about it.
The movie is a remake (or rather, retelling) of the long-running anime’s first season, which sees Ash – or Satoshi in the Japanese version – leave Pallet Town with a troublesome Pikachu in tow and chase his dream of becoming a Pokémon Master and defeating the Indigo League (neither of which he manages to do).
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The trailer starts off as you’d expect: Pikachu electrocuting Ash, the pair being attacked by wild Spearows and struggling through a rainstorm… but what’s this? The trainers accompanying Ash on his journey aren’t Brock and Misty!
Fans (a lot of whom haven’t actually watched the anime in well over 10 years) are crying foul that the sidekick duo have been cut from the film despite this only being a trailer – the two may still appear in their roles as Gym Leaders that Ash has to face.
Also, we don’t know how good or bad the new characters – called Souji and Makoto in Japan – will be or how they fit into the film’s plot, which looks to feature the brand new Pokémon Marshadow quite heavily.
The new characters also have Gen IV Pokémon, which could be another hint that Diamond & Pearl remakes are on their way. If that turns out to be true, then we’d say it justifies the replacements. There are way more than 151 Pokémon after all.
Also, Ho-Oh is getting an expanded role in the film and is one of the best Pokémon ever, so there.
Last year, the 20th anniversary of the Pokémon franchise, saw the release of Sun & Moon to critical and commercial success, and the release of Pokémon Go to world domination.
Coming up in 2017 we have the release of Pokken Tournament DX on Nintendo Switch and Ultra Sun & Ultra Moon on the 3DS family. Basically, if your Pokémon experience is limited to the originals only, you’re missing out.
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