Pokémon: Twilight Wings episode 5 has launched online. The new episode is available both in Japanese and English for as many people as possible to enjoy. This episode in particular contains a few references to the launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield, which is fitting considering how close we are to the launch of the Expansion Pass. It’s worth watching the episode before you go looking for any of the references, there’s no sense in spoiling it.
Here’s the English version.
Here’s the Japanese version.
The references in Pokémon: Twilight Wings episode 5 were spotted by keen-eyed Twitter user @TAHK0. They caught two, one of which is so obscure that you’d probably miss it even if you’re a hardcore fan of the franchise.
According to the new Pokemon Twilight Wings episode, it looks like we might have actually been helping out Oleana with her research as well ? pic.twitter.com/iZ18FZ3qnU
— TAHK0 ?? (@TAHK0) June 5, 2020
The first one, showing Galarian Ponyta, looks very much like the scene in which this Pokémon was revealed during a 24-hour livestream. The livestream consisted of a single forest scene, and thousands of people watched on to see just a small glimpse of this new form for Ponyta.
The second reference is even more niche than the first. The pixelated image that appears in the new episode for a second or so is actually the same image that The Pokémon Company released to tease the existence of Sirfetch’d before its official reveal.
@TAHK0 described how they thought that Pokémon: Twilight Wings episode 5 made it feel like everyone was helping Oleana with her research. The promotional period before the launch of Pokémon Sword and Shield was a crazy time of trying to piece together everything we knew about these games, discovering new clues and hints about the Galar region before we even knew what it really was. It’s a great nod to fans who have followed the games since before their release date, as well as a nice look back at their short history before the new Expansion Pass launches in a couple of weeks.