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Viz Media Licenses Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us Film, Spinoff Manga

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Film planned for BD/DVD release, Zeraora side story manga slated for summer

Viz Media announced on Wednesday that it has licensed Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Minna no Monogatari), the 21st film in the Pokémon franchise, in the United States and Canada, and plans to release it on Blu-ray Disc and DVD. In addition, Viz announced that it has acquired the rights to the manga Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us—Zeraora and plans to publish it this summer.

The film premiered in theaters in Japan on July 13 and opened at #2 at the Japanese box office.

The film had a release through Fathom Events in the United States from November 24 through December 3 and earned US$789,170 at the box office. The film is already available for digital purchase via several outlets.

The Pokémon Company describes the film:

Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us tells the story of Ash and Pikachu as they journey to a small seaside town filled with a diverse set of characters, including a young athlete, a compulsive liar, a shy researcher, a bitter old woman, and a little girl with a big secret.

Every year, the townspeople gather to celebrate the Legendary Pokémon Lugia, who brings the wind that saved the town from destruction many years ago. The festival is a time for celebration, with a Pokémon Catching Race and a ceremonial flame burning brightly to summon Lugia. But when a series of incidents threatens not just the festival, but all the people and Pokémon who call the town home, it's going to take more than just Ash and Pikachu to save the day. Will these people be able to put aside their differences and work together to rescue their town? Or will it all end in destruction?

Kemon Kawamoto began the Pokémon the Movie: The Power of Us—Zeraora (Gekijōban Pocket Monster: Minna no Monogatari Gaiden -Episode Zeraora-) side story manga in May 2018. Shogakukan published a single compiled volume in July.

Source: Press Release


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