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First Details of Fifth Pokémon Movie Revealed

posted on 2002-03-19 19:52 EST
Pokémon Press Release with details from Japanese News Gala regarding the upcoming 5thPokémon movie.

Official Pokémon Press Release:

At a gala news conference in Japan bustling with celebrities and guest appearances by performers dressed as Pikachu, the Pokémon Co. of Japan revealed details of the fifth Pokémon movie.

Tsunekazu Ishihira, the president of Pokémon Co. and producer of both Pokémon games and movies, said the all-new Pokémon game for Game Boy Advance is on track to be released in Japan in late fall. Millions of Japanese Poké-fans are eagerly setting aside plenty of playing time for the still-unnamed game. No U.S. launch plans for the game were announced at this time.

The movie, whose Japanese title literally translates as "Guardian Spirits of the Water Capital: Latias and Latios," takes place in a mysterious city on water. A baffling maze of canals and alleyways provides the glamorous setting for the continuing adventures of Ash and his Pokémon.

Think of Venice, with all the unique thrills and challenges of Pokémon. In fact the filmmakers prepared for the animated feature by visiting and painstakingly studying the world's most famous water-bound city.

Latias and Latios are the Japanese names of two Pokémon introduced in the still-secret story-line. Latias, a female, is a red Pokémon who is smaller than big, blue Latios, who apparently is her brother.

Curious gamers might cross the Pacific to www.pokemon2002.jp. Because this Flash-enabled site is in Japanese, exploring it requires a spirit of adventure. However, you can find some real treasures here, including exclusive wallpaper, big pictures of the all-new Pokémon and a QuickTime of the movie trailer.

As with previous Pokémon movies, "Guardian Spirits of the Water Capital: Latias and Latios" will be preceded by a short, here called "Pika Pika Starlight Camp." Debuting in this mini-adventure is a pre-evolved form of Wobbuffet. In Japanese, the new Pokémon's name is Sohnano. A photo of Sohnano appears on the official web site.

"Guardian Spirits of the Water Capital: Latias and Latios" is scheduled to hit movie screens from the Pacific Ocean to the Sea of Japan on July 13. The date, a week before most Japanese schools let out for the summer, is always one of the most popular movie-going weekends of the year.

While no U.S. release date for the movie has been announced, be sure to check back at Pokémon.com often for all official Pokémon news.

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