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Pokémon Anime Moves to Disney XD in U.S. With Pokémon Sun & Moon

posted on by Karen Ressler
Pokémon: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel film debuts alongside 1st 2 episodes

The Pokémon Company International announced on Thursday that Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon (Pokémon Sun & Moon) will air on Disney XD in the United States. The network will air the first two episodes on December 5 alongside the debut of Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel.

The previous Pokémon anime series, Pokémon XY & Z, premiered in the U.S. on Cartoon Network on February 20. The Pokémon Company International also announced that Disney XD and its platforms has acquired the 19 previous seasons of the Pokémon anime, as well as 15 movies, as part of a multi-year distribution deal. The Pokémon anime currently airs on Disney XD in Europe.

The official YouTube channel began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, a second trailer for Pokémon the Movie: Volcanion and the Mechanical Marvel, and a trailer for the Disney XD premiere.

The anime series premiered on TV Tokyo and its affiliated stations in Japan on Thursday.

In the anime, Satoshi (Ash) will go to school with friends in the series. Ash will also use the new Z-Moves in battle in the anime, just as players use them in the upcoming games. The anime will feature new Pokémon and new characters.

The Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon games will debut in Japan and North America on November 18, followed by Europe on November 23. The games will be available on the Nintendo 3DS worldwide in Japanese, English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Korean, and — unlike in the previous generation — Chinese (Traditional and Simplified). Players can choose their preferred language when they launch each game.

The games are also inspiring a manga adaptation by Tenya Yabuno (Inazuma Eleven, Digimon V-Tamer) titled Pokémon Horizon that debuted in the October issue of Coro Coro Comics in September. The Pocket Monsters Special (Pokémon Adventures) manga series will begin its Sun Moon arc in the January issue of the Coro Coro Ichiban! magazine on November 21.

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