Just days ahead of the official reveal of the next Pokémon TV series, we may have our first look at what’s in store. A poster has been making its rounds on the web today showcasing Ash alongside a new character and a Scorbunny. Surrounding this duo is a series of images symbolizing all the regions we’ve come to experience over the years, providing a timeline of sorts for the franchise’s storied history. It’s been previously confirmed that this new series will take place across all the prior regions as well as Galar, so this is an incredibly nice touch.
Assuming for a moment this poster is indeed real, there’s a few things worth noting. First, it puts to rest a lot of recent rumors regarding whether Ash will be featured in the next series. Given that Ash finally won a major Pokémon League championship a few weeks ago, many speculated that his story is done and that the series would focus on a new main character going forward. Ash is featured prominently on the poster, indicating that he’ll continue to play a major role in the series for the foreseeable future.
Second, it seems as though the series will premiere on November 17th at 5:30. It will then continue to air on Sundays at 6:00. Granted, I can’t read Japanese, so this is based on a Google translation, but it doesn’t seem too Farfetch’d that the series would premiere then. After all, Pokémon the Series: Sun & Moon will be ending soon. More importantly, Pokémon Sword and Shield release on the 15th, so this would fall nicely in line with the next generation of games.
Of course, we live in a time when fake images can be easily crafted and rapidly spread across the web. It’s entirely possible that this image is fake. However, Serebii webmaster Joe Merrick feels fairly confident in its authenticity, stating that “If it’s fake, it’s a damned good one.”
Was umming and ahhing about whether or not to post that. Sorry it took so long to come to a decision.
If it's fake, it's a damned good one.
— Joe Merrick (@JoeMerrick) September 27, 2019
Personally, I’d have to agree. There are so many small details in this image that I would honestly be shocked to find out it’s fake. That being said, until some sort of official confirmation is made, you should take this with a grain of salt as always.
Until then, we only have a few short days to wait until more information about the next Pokémon animated series is unveiled. The full reveal is planned for this Sunday, September 29th. Stay tuned here at Nintendo Enthusiast for more information as it breaks.