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Netflix Streams New Pokémon Journeys TV Anime on June 12 (Updated)

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Series debuts on Teletoon in Canada on May 9

Netflix announced on Thursday that it will begin exclusively streaming the new Pocket Monsters television anime under the title Pokémon Journeys: The Series in the United States on June 12. The company began streaming an English-dubbed trailer for the series, which features Walk Off the Earth's English theme song.

The first 12 episodes of the anime will debut on Netflix on June 12, and the service will add new episodes quarterly. Netflix describes the anime:

Pokémon Trainer Ash Ketchum has a new plan: see the world! But first, he and his partner Pikachu are headed to the opening of the Cerise Laboratory, a research facility dedicated to uncovering the mysteries of Pokémon in every region. Ash meets Goh, another boy with boundless curiosity about Pokémon, and both are overjoyed when Professor Cerise asks them to become official research fellows. With Ash as determined as ever to become a Pokémon Master, and Goh aiming to catch one of every Pokémon (including the Mythical Mew), our heroes are in for adventure and excitement as they explore the wide world of Pokémon! “Pokémon Journeys: The Series” arrives June 12, only on Netflix!

The show premiered on TV Tokyo and its affiliates on November 17, two days after the Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield games shipped worldwide. The series is airing on Sundays at 6:00 p.m., the same timeslot as Pokémon Sun & Moon.

The anime's staff announced on Sunday that they are temporarily suspending part of its production of the series due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation and the state of emergency declared in Japan. As a result, new episodes are delayed, and channels will re-air old episodes starting next week. The staff will reveal at a later date when the anime will return.

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

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 features all of the regions covered in the franchise so far, from the Kanto to the Galar region. Machito Gomi is drawing a manga adaptation of the new anime.

Update: The Pokémon Company International also announced that the anime will premiere on the Canadian television channel Teletoon on May 9 at 12:00 p.m., and it will then debut on Télétoon in French later this year. Thanks to jlaking and Jesse Betteridge for the news tips. Source: Press release

Sources: Netflix Futures' YouTube channel, Deadline (Denise Petski)

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