The Pokémon franchise has been entertaining millions for over two decades. The games, show, and merchandise have attracted fans of all ages, but Game Freak typically tries to keep things kid-friendly. The recent Detective Pikachu movie had a slightly darker, noir aesthetic, but it still felt like a family film. What if the series went even darker? And what if Netflix Castlevania producer Adi Shankar was the one to take it there? Enter “The End of Pokémon.”
The End of Pokémon
This short video is part of the ‘Bootleg Universe’ This is Adi Shankar’s ongoing series of knock-off trailers inspired by popular franchises. The latest entry in the Bootleg Universe is Directed by Luis Pelayo Junquera and Enol Junquera with animation by Angry Metal Studios. As you’d expect from the producer of the Netflix Castlevania show, it’s got some edge to it.
The End of Pokémon is set in a future where Ash Ketchum succeeded in his goal. He’s the very best like no one ever was, but at what cost? When Pikachu passes away, Ash begins to see Pokémon battles as senseless violence, and he sets out on a new mission. It’s time to free them all! This new calling sets him in direct opposition to Giovanni, but that’s nothing new for Ash.
I like the idea of a more mature take on Pokémon, but I gotta say I’m glad this isn’t an official product. I like the concept, but I found the execution a bit cheesy. It reminds me a little of that old, infamous Pokémon Apokélypse trailer.
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