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New Pocket Monster TV Anime Casts Kana Hanazawa, Yūichi Nakamura

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
New Pokémon series with 2 protagonists premieres on November 17

The official Twitter account for the new Pocket Monster television anime revealed two more cast members for the series on Friday. Kana Hanazawa will play Gō's 10-year-old childhood friend Koharu, and Yūichi Nakamura will play Koharu's father, Professor Sakuragi. He is the head of Sakuragi Lab, which was built in Kanto region's Kuchiba City. Nakamura previously played N in Pokémon: Black and White: Rival Destinies.

Kana Hanazawa as Koharu

Yūichi Nakamura as Professor Sakuragi

The new anime will premiere on TV Tokyo and its affiliates on November 17 at 5:30 p.m. as an "expanded live broadcast special." The series will then air on Sundays at 6:00 p.m., the same timeslot as Pokémon Sun & Moon.

The new series will feature two protagonists: Satoshi (Ash) and the new character Gō. Gō's partner Pokémon is the starter Pokémon Hibunny (Scorbunny) from the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games. Daiki Yamashita will voice the character Gō. Gō is 10 years old, and his dream is to capture all Pokémon.

The tagline on the below visual reads: "Dreams and adventure! To the world of Pokémon! Let's go!"

Daiki Tomiyasu (Pokémon Sun & Moon) is serving as chief director of the anime at OLM, and Maki Odaira (Pokémon Sun & Moon episode director) is directing the series. Kunihiko Yuyama is the creative supervisor, Shoji Yonemura is in charge of series construction, and Shūhei Yasuda is the character designer. Yuki Hayashi is composing the music, and Masafumi Mima is the sound director. Scriptwriters include: Reiko Yoshida, Shoji Yonemura, Deko Akao, Jun'ichi Fujisaku, Michihiro Tsuchiya, Touko Machida, Yuka Miyata, Aya Matsui, Atsuhiro Tomioka, and Akemi Omode, among others.

The new series will feature all of the regions covered in the franchise so far, from the Kanto to the Galar region.

The Pokémon Sun & Moon anime series premiered on TV Tokyo and its affiliated stations in Japan in November 2016.

The show, under the title Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon, premiered in the United States on Disney XD in May 2017. Although the show is known under just one title in Japan, its U.S. airings have several titles. Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon—Ultra Adventures premiered on Disney XD in March 2018, and Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon—Ultra Legends premiered on Disney XD on March 23.

The Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield Nintendo Switch role-playing games will ship worldwide for the Switch on November 15. The games will take place in the new Galar region.

Source: Pocket Monster anime's Twitter account

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